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Grand jury: No criminal wrongdoing by Centre County district attorney

By Tribune-Review
A statewide investigative grand jury found no evidence to support criminal charges against the Centre County district attorney in a case alleging forgery and tampering with records, or theft of services, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday. District Attorney Stacy Parks ...

Lawrence power plant being converted to gas from coal

By Debbie Wachternew New Castle News
Pipeline being laid through Lawrence County will lead to converting the West Pittsburg electrical plant to natural gas fuel. Representatives of NRG Energy of Pittsburgh updated the Lawrence County commissioners Tuesday on the progress of converting the electricity-generating plant from a ...

2001 same-sex union recognized despite partner’s death

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania, even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal, a ruling that has family lawyers across the state buzzing about the potential implications. ...

Emails among Governor Wolf’s aides reveal concern over AG Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Emails shared among top Wolf administration officials show growing concern over the legal challenges facing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including how to fill ...

State Dems broke ties with political consultant days before FBI raids

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn heard rumors of trouble but said that’s not why he severed relations with companies owned by political ...

Evidence for charge not found in Pa. case

By The Associated Press
BELLEFONTE — A central Pennsylvania prosecutor did not forge a judge’s signature on a fake bail order and should not face charges, a grand jury said in a report issued Friday in a case that has roiled the region’s legal …

Co-defendant of Fattah has ties to former Pa. Gov. Rendell

By Brad Bumsted  and Gideon Bradshaw
HARRISBURG — One of four people indicted with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is known to Democrats statewide and politicians at the state Capitol: Herbert Vederman was a major contributor and fundraiser for former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. Vederman, a deputy mayor ...

Pennsylvania Senator Casey pushes for railroad bridge inspectors

By Melissa Daniels
Spending as little as $1 million to double the federal government’s small, underfunded force of railroad bridge inspectors could go a long way toward preventing “catastrophic” derailments, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday. The Federal Railroad Administration employs six bridge inspectors ...

Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with federal grants and charitable donations, funneled campaign funds toward his ...

Va. trucker hit  Mega Millions jackpot in Pa.

By The Associated Press
MIDDLETOWN — A truck driver who purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop claimed his $92 million prize Wednesday at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters. Steven Peloquin, 52, of Mechanicsville, Va., turned in the sole winning ticket from a Mega Millions ...

Peduto blasts Wolf’s plan to borrow $3B to shore up pensions

By Bob Bauder and Melissa Daniels
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday criticized Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to borrow $3 billion to shore up the state pension systems that, collectively, need ...

Pa. man gets life in prison for girlfriend’s ‘obscene’ slaying

By The Associated Press
ALLENTOWN — A man has been sentenced to life in prison plus eight to 16 years in the strangulation death of his girlfriend last year. Anthony Heath, 26, of Allentown was convicted in Lehigh County last month of first-degree murder in ...

Pa. hospital association says Wolf’s proposed tax hike would hit hard

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget includes an 18 percent tax increase on hospitals and would cut funding for burn centers and maternity-related services by $4.1 million for Western Pennsylvania hospitals, the president of a statewide hospital association ...

Victims of sexual violence getting better information about offenders’ status

By Brad Bumsted and Megan Guza
HARRISBURG — It took officials in the state Office of the Victim Advocate fewer than three months to find nearly 800 victims of violent sexual ...

School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania

By Katelyn Ferral
The credit ratings of several school districts in Western Pennsylvania are considered junk in the eyes of Moody’s credit rating agency, underscoring systemic problems in ...

Boy Scouts’ end to ban on gay leaders unnerves religious groups

By Jason Cato
Michael Crane loved the 11 years he worked at a Boy Scouts of America camp in Fayette County and the five years he spent at the organization’s regional headquarters in the Hill District. He walked away in 2012 out of fear ...

Videos spur protests outside Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood, nationwide

By Natasha Lindstrom
An anti-abortion group Tuesday released another video purporting to expose potentially nefarious activity tied to Planned Parenthood, the latest in a series of secretly recorded ...

EPA ordered to ease limits on cross-border air pollution that involves Pennsylvania

Staff and Wire Reports
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax the limits it set on air pollution from nitrogen oxide emissions that ...

Boy youngest to receive double-hand transplant in Philadelphia

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An eight-year-old boy who lost his limbs to an infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big ...

Teen could spend 10 years in prison for role in injuring Ohio teacher

By The Associated Press
LEWISBURG — An 18-year-old man pleaded no contest Tuesday to participating in a rock throwing episode from an interstate overpass last year that caused grave head and brain injuries to an Ohio middle school teacher. Tyler Porter entered the plea to ...