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Wolf campaign seeks release of more records on Corbett education adviser

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Campaign for a Fresh Start, an arm of Democrat Tom Wolf’s campaign, called on the Department of Education Thursday to release records that a key state senator claims show the governor’s Higher Education Adviser Ronald Tomalis was not …

State Superior Court upholds conviction, sentence of former Justice Melvin

By Adam Brandolph 3:17 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday affirmed the conviction and reinstated the sentence of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, including the requirement …

West Penn Power to pay $1.3 million state fine

By Tribune-Review 3:50 p.m.
West Penn Power will pay a reduced fine of $1.3 million for failing to miss an incremental deadline to reduce electricity use by its customers. The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved the fine, which the utility and regulators …

Records show Tomalis reported to work, key Pennsylvania senator says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Department of Education officials showed him documentation that indicates former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis was …

GOP: Wolf ‘Fresh Start’ campaign violates Pennsylvania law

By Melissa Daniels
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania says Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and his supporters are operating in violation of state election law, while Democrats continue …

Drones grounded on Park Service parts of Appalachian Trail

By Matthew Santoni
A National Park Service ban on drones over its portions of the Appalachian Trail limits people’s ability to enjoy nature, one drone proponent says. The interim ban, announced on Wednesday, prohibits launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft from National …

LCB’s biggest store opening in Shadyside neighborhood

By Kari Andren
Pennsylvania’s largest wine and spirits store, a 17,000-square-foot mega-outlet, will officially debut today in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. The renovated store, built around an existing state store at 5956 Penn Circle South, has been enlarged by about 35 percent, LCB officials …

State police to motorists: Slow down in Lawrence County construction zone

By Rick Wills
State police and transportation officials are urging motorists to slow down on a stretch of a Lawrence County interstate under construction. Five miles of Interstate 376, mostly in Pulaski, have been reduced to one lane in each direction since April. …

Uber manager again refuses to reveal ridership numbers

By Tom Fontaine
A manager for ride-sharing service Uber again refused to divulge the company’s ridership numbers on Tuesday in testimony before state Public Utility Commission administrative law judges. “I’m not authorized to disclose the information in this setting,” said Matthew Gore, a …

State Supreme Court declares fine against casino employee unconstitutional

By Adam Brandolph
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday called a $75,000 fine that an Allegheny County judge dealt to a former Rivers Casino poker dealer “unconstitutionally excessive,” considering he stole $200 in poker chips, and sent the case back for an “appropriate …

Scathing report says college trustees fail in mission

By Debra Erdley
Trustees at many American colleges and universities abandoned the public trust and allowed standards to slip even as costs soared and public confidence in higher education declined, a report says. Governance for a New Era, a scathing report issued Tuesday …

Icy water, donations to fight ALS flow with social media’s help

By Chris Togneri
Odd, random videos of seemingly unconnected celebrities popped up on Terry Divelbliss’s Facebook feed a few weeks ago. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake, Sidney …

New Stanton to craft comprehensive plan to prove borough ‘more than’ turnpike exit

By Jacob Tierney
New Stanton Council President Scott Sistek said he wants the community to be seen as more than just a stop off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The borough is working with the Westmoreland County planning department on a comprehensive plan to …

Former Senate leader’s lawyers say Turnpike corruption charges ‘double jeopardy’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A federal prosecutor on Monday testified that he agreed to give case files on former Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office at a December 2012 meeting with a state prosecutor and state trooper. …

Pennsylvania Department of Health will note fracking complaints

By Melissa Daniels
People who write to the state Department of Health to express worry that natural gas drilling might affect their health will receive return letters to document the correspondence, the agency said on Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health updated its …

PUC appeals ruling that curbed its power to review municipalities’ drilling rules

By David Conti
Regulators want one last shot at convincing the state’s high court that they should have some authority over local ordinances aimed at gas drillers. The state Public Utility Commission asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower …

Gas production from Marcellus shale sets record despite fewer new wells going online

By David Conti
Pennsylvania drillers are pulling record amounts of natural gas from the Marcellus shale even as they bring fewer new wells online, according to state data released on Monday. About 5,400 shale wells produced nearly 2 trillion cubic feet of gas …

College-bank deals inspire calls for openness from regulators

By Debra Erdley
When freshmen arrive on college campuses, many attractive offers for banking services are waiting. What colleges and banks don’t tell students bothers regulators, who are …

Casey Melvin’s insurance fraud case could be wiped clean

By Adam Brandolph
Casey Melvin, charged with insurance fraud for an accident claim she blamed on being distracted by the corruption trial of her mother, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, is expected to enter a program for first-time offenders that …

Ride-sharing service Uber defends itself at PUC hearing

By Bobby Kerlik
A state Public Utility Commission judge told a manager for ride-sharing service Uber that he and his attorney better have a good legal reason for refusing to answer questions related to how many rides the company has given since February …