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Temple dumps SAT, ACT scores from application process

By Debra Erdley 6:54 p.m.
College-bound students with test phobias might want to take a second look at Temple University. The Philadelphia school will become the first public research university in the northeastern U.S. to drop the requirement that applicants submit an SAT or ACT …

LCB reduces fee for tavern gaming licenses

By Kari Andren 7:39 p.m.
It just got cheaper for Pennsylvania bars to offer small games of chance. The state Liquor Control Board voted 3-0 today to lower the fee for a tavern gaming license from $2,000 to $500. The licenses permit a bar to …

State to seek comments on drilling below Loyalsock State Forest

By David Conti 7:35 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE — People concerned about the impact gas drilling could have on a sensitive area of Loyalsock State Forest will get a chance to comment on any agreement the state strikes with drillers. The state plans to release to …

Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness tests

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women. The Justice Department’s 10-page lawsuit was …

Pennsylvania working to correct upgrade to welfare benefit applications

By Richard Gazarik
Pennsylvania is one of nearly a dozen states working to correct problems stemming from a federally mandated computer upgrade that now allows online applications for welfare benefits. The upgrades — which welfare caseworkers say open the door to fraud and …

Pennsylvania Turnpike Southern Beltway extension gets funding

By Tom Fontaine
After years of hold-ups and debate, a $666 million project to extend the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Southern Beltway between Interstate 79 and Route 22 in Washington County received unanimous support on Monday from Western Pennsylvania’s regional planning commission. “We need to …

Conneaut Lake borough gets federal money for infastructure improvements

By Rick Wills
It has been nearly half a century since much of the infrastructure in Conneaut Lake borough received upgrades, municipal officials said. So a $1 million federal grant from the Department of Commerce announced on Monday will go a long a …

EPA hearings to bring coal debate to Pittsburgh streets

By David Conti
Hundreds of people will get a chance to tell federal officials in Pittsburgh what they think about new anti-pollution rules for power plants during hearings on Thursday and Friday. Some aren’t waiting. “Because this is one of the few hearings …

Hiring in shale industry shifts to engineering, construction workers

By David Conti
Gas companies operating in and around the Marcellus shale say they are increasingly hiring skilled workers for engineering and construction jobs as the industry matures …

2 charged with murder in fatal Philly carjacking

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said. Johnathan Rosa and …

Corbett, Wolf rush to counter flurry of attack ads

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A flurry of TV ads has debuted in Pennsylvania’s campaign for governor, sending candidates scrambling to counter the attacks as the spending and rhetoric ratchet up. During the weekend, Democrat Tom Wolf began airing a TV ad that …

Observers mixed on grid backup amid carbon rules, natural gas uncertainty

By David Conti
If the electrical grid that powers the United States encounters a supply problem, the easiest solution takes five years. That’s the minimum time it takes …

Construction of $500M power plant in South Huntingdon stalled

By Rich Cholodofsky
The enormous cost of building gas-fired power plants, coupled with regulatory complexities, may mean only one in five proposed plants ever will be built, says the regional grid operator that moves wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states …

Home sellers are able to remain mum about violent crimes committed there

By Adam Brandolph
Soon after Laura Smiley submitted an offer to buy her Squirrel Hill home, she began hearing about the grisly events that unfolded inside. The stories …

Pennsylvania Resources Council puts hazardous materials in their place

By Rick Wills
People have turned in more than 4 million pounds of hazardous chemicals since the Pennsylvania Resources Council began collecting them 11 years ago. “What they are doing is tremendous. It is a great public service,” said John Poister, a spokesman …

More patients take on in-home dialysis due to compensation, yearly savings

By Adam Smeltz
Brad Davern could commute for his dialysis treatments, like about 400,000 Americans who depend on clinics to filter their blood. But going to a clinic …

Lawmakers say answering Census survey should be voluntary

By Brian Bowling
With little fanfare, Congress is debating whether a Census Bureau program is worth the aggravation it causes some constituents. That debate resulted in two House votes — one in 2012 to pass a bill that would end the American Community …

Pennsylvania near top of list for teacher impropriety

By Megan Harris
Claims of inappropriate relationships, sex abuse and misconduct filed against Pennsylvania school teachers are on track to double in less than a year, state officials say. Second only to Texas, Pennsylvania and California each logged at least 24 cases of …

As $50B pension debt weighs on Pennsylvania, other states have embraced retirement overhauls

By Debra Erdley
The future of public pensions has become a bone of contention in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, and public employees fear they’re the ones who will get bitten. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who is trailing in the polls, insists underfunded …