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Licensing boards increase fees to cover costs that include investigations

By Melissa Daniels
Frank Perman paid $50 for his first funeral director’s license in 1990. This year, the biennial renewal fee was eight times that — a flat $400. “I fully expect another increase,” Perman said. He’s the owner of Perman Funeral Home and ...

Police investigate alleged institutional sexual assault at Pine youth treatment center

By Tribune-Review 1:58 p.m.
State police are investigating whether an employee at a Mercer County center for at-risk children had illegal sexual contact with juveniles at the center near Grove City. A 25-year-old female employee, who has not been identified, is under suspicion of …

Climate changes, habitat loss cited as threats to 314 bird species

By Rick Wills
If bird watchers in Pennsylvania think they are seeing less of some species — the ruffed grouse, scarlet tanager, wood thrush and Baltimore oriole — they are right. Those birds could go the way of the once-prevalent Passenger Pigeon ...

PSU employee kicks cancer, picks up degree

By Centre Daily Times
When Bill Moore graduated from State College Area High School in 1986, he started taking classes at Penn State. He took one here, one there, not in a rush to get anything done, just doing it when he had the time ...

Secret Santa saves the day for York County senior center residents

By York Daily Record
Everyone deserves to have a merry Christmas, said Karen Strathmeyer, director of social services at Rest Haven in York. “It’s Christmas time for all of us,” Strathmeyer said. “But Christmas is hard for some people.” Some Rest Haven residents don’t have a ...

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, ...

LCB ruling could mean home-delivered beer in Pa.

By Rick Wills
Mandy’s Pizza in Squirrel Hill gets requests all the time for home delivery of beer with pizza. It will be able to fulfill those requests under a ruling Friday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Food retailers will be allowed ...

Sandusky won’t get his pension back

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled …

Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board is looking to devise a universal plan to help colleges and their surrounding communities combat underage and dangerous drinking by ...

Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law

By Megha Satyanarayana
The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her ...

Public Utility Commission grants Lyft license to operate

By Bobby Kerlik
Ride-sharing company Lyft can operate in Pennsylvania if it meets insurance and safety standards, regulators said Thursday. The Public Utility Commission set the conditions when voting 4-1 to approve Lyft’s license. The PUC handed rival company Uber the same standards and ...

Nonprofit hospitals in Western Pa. feel pain in finances despite Affordable Care Act

By Alex Nixon
The financial pressure nonprofit hospitals are feeling is not expected to ease next year despite a boost in the insured population because of the Affordable Care Act. Lower revenue and higher technology costs will continue, analysts at Standard & Poor’s ...

Judge delays January trial on Penn State sanctions

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge is delaying a trial on the legality of the NCAA’s consent decree that punished Penn State for its handling of complaints about Jerry Sandusky. Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Thursday said the case brought ...

EQT donates $2,000 toward Greene County programs

By Tribune-Review
Greene County Commissioners on Thursday accepted two donations of $1,000 each for county programs from EQT’s Local Giving Program. One donation from the gas utility was for the county’s Farmland Preservation program. The other was to help fund county Department of ...

Erie man charged with 1990 slaying of Virginia Beach woman

By Staff and Wire Reports
Police charged an Erie man with the slaying of a Virginia Beach teenager more than two decades ago. Virginia Beach police said Thursday that Robert William Malick, 46, is charged with second-degree murder in the 1990 death of 17-year-old Joan Schoppaul. Schoppaul’s ...

Pittsburgh fraud case, Uganda-based counterfeiting racket linked

By Jason Cato
A dapper young man known for bragging about Rolex watches and Lamborghini sports cars strolled into an Oakland coffee shop the day after Christmas in ...

Philadelphia mother pleads guilty as boy, 2, shoots, kills sister

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment as a result of her 2-year-old son’s picking up a loaded .357 revolver and fatally shooting his 11-year-old sister. The toddler found the gun under a ...

Pa. attorney general charges 10 in PennDOT fraud, kickback scheme

By Bobby Kerlik
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced charges Wednesday against 10 more people in a widening PennDOT corruption scandal. Kane released a statewide grand jury  report that ...

Philly DA says no affidavits claimed by AG Kane in bribery case existed

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — To prove that an investigation of state legislators was racist and too weak to prosecute, Attorney General Kathleen Kane cited key internal documents ...

Pennsylvania constables need oversight to reduce problems, officials say

By Aaron Aupperlee
Lack of supervision and accountability make addressing misconduct among Pennsylvania’s constables challenging, court and elected officials said. Pennsylvania’s 1,260 certified constables operate as independent contractors under rules that vary by county and sometimes by the judge. Most serve warrants, transport inmates and ...