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Wolf nominates former revenue colleague to Pennsylvania Turnpike post

By Melissa Daniels 1:08 p.m.
Gov. Tom Wolf appointed a former colleague to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday. Barry Drew served as the Deputy Secretary of Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011, under governors of both parties. His tenure …

Former state Sen. Orie appealing corruption conviction to federal court

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge should grant former Pennsylvania Senate majority whip Jane Orie a new trial on her state corruption charges because the state prosecution was motivated by personal animosity District Attorney Stephen Zappala has toward Orie, she claims in an …

Bishop’s ex-assistant in Venango charged with Lutheran synod thefts

By The Associated Press
FRANKLIN — A former bishop’s assistant has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the northwestern Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Online court records don’t list an attorney for 64-year-old Mary Housholder, of Franklin. She …

Wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in girlfriend’s 1983 death

By The Associated Press 12:30 p.m.
ALLENTOWN — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago. Prosecutors in Lehigh County announced the results of a grand jury investigation ...

Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran

By Salena Zito
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one ...

Bankruptcy judge urges Conneaut Lake creditors, trustees to make a deal

By Rick Wills
A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday said he wants trustees of Conneaut Lake Park to detail how they will repay debts and to work more closely with lawyers representing creditors of the struggling amusement park. “It’s not an easy case to decide. ...

Pittsburgh schools scramble for money amid Pa. budget impasse

By Katelyn Ferral
As the budget debate persists in Harrisburg, school districts in the Pittsburgh region lean on loans and reserves to fund their schools without money from the state. The Sto-Rox School District’s board of directors approved a line of credit Aug. 20 ...

Killings of police officers leave departments on edge

By Megan Guza 12:24 p.m.
The slayings of more than 20 police officers this year — including four in the past nine days — have turned national attention toward the ...

Pope Francis calls for abortion mercy

By Natasha Lindstrom
Six months after she had an abortion, Nancy Tanner nervously entered Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park, Md., to talk to a Catholic ...

Western Pa. played role, was transformed by victory in World War II

By Chris Togneri 2:22 p.m.
Everyone everywhere spilled into the streets. Norma Olszewski followed, sharing in the excitement of victory and relief at war’s end. “I was amazed at how many people ...

Potential suspension of Pennsylvania AG’s license unusual

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license before her criminal case is resolved, it would be “unprecedented, but ...

Conneaut Lake Park wants to sell some land

By Rick Wills
Conneaut Lake Park trustees plan to ask a federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday to allow them to pay down some of the amusement park’s  $3.8 million debt by selling parts of the property. The plan to save the 300-acre park has ...

Ex-LCB official Short to plead guilty to soliciting, concealing kickbacks from vendors

By Debra Erdley
A former top state Liquor Control Board executive has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges that he solicited and concealed kickbacks from vendors doing business with the agency overseeing the state’s 500 liquor stores, prosecutors said Monday. In the ...

State’s high court rules in favor of turnpike worker, will get another chance to prove his firing violated whistlebower laws

By Matthew Santoni
A former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employee will get another chance to prove his 2008 firing violated whistleblower protection laws because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned a judgment against him. Ralph M. Bailets, formerly a manager of financial reporting and systems, ...

Risks don’t get any better as online dating prospers

By Megan Guza
Cautionary tales for online daters exist from the fine print on their dating site of choice to horror stories from friends, but experts warn dinner ...

Animal welfare groups see opportunities in dialogue about Vick signing

By Adam Brandolph
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ signing of quarterback Michael Vick last week caused outrage among football fans and dog lovers alike — starting a conversation that animal ...

Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

By David Conti
Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil ...

Pennsylvania welfare employees targeted in crackdown

By Kari Andren
Welfare caseworkers who review applicants’ incomes to determine whether they qualify for food stamps and cash benefits are the target of a state Ethics Commission crackdown for refusing to reveal details of their finances. The commission has cited 35 caseworkers from ...

Grieving pet owners find loving support in Pennsylvania group

By Dan Geringer
PHILADELPHIA — Amy Defibaugh was teaching her Death and Dying comparative-religion course at Temple University when her beloved 14-year-old border collie, Macey, died. “I knew Macey was going to die,” Defibaugh said. “She had a degenerative spinal condition. ... “I ...

Wall drawings of turn-of-the-century prizefighter found in Lancaster home

By Cindy Stauffer
LANCASTER — In the early 1900s, Mary Hauck was a widow trying to raise five children, likely too preoccupied to stop two of her sons ...