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Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Dustin Himes moved to Pennsylvania from Olympia, Wash., where he could get marijuana legally to treat pain from an injury. “You talk to people ...

Pennsylvania’s teacher pension system scores D plus, National Council on Teacher Quality says

By Megan Harris 11:04 a.m.
Young teachers just joining the Pennsylvania education system may not see much bang for their pension buck, according to a report issued Tuesday. Pennsylvania’s teacher pension system carries the third highest unfunded liability in the country, findings from the National Council ...

Pennsylvania shale gas producers received hundreds of environmental citations in 4 years, PennEnvironment says

By David Conti
Hundreds of environmental citations issued to shale gas producers over a nearly four-year period provide evidence that Pennsylvania should halt well development and tighten regulations, an anti-drilling group said Tuesday. But gas drillers and their trade association dismissed the report’s veracity, ...

Obamacare enrollment up in Pennsylvania

By Alex Nixon
Uninsured people in Pennsylvania are enrolling for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act at a faster pace this year than last, but federal data released Tuesday suggest the Obama administration has a challenge signing up young adults. The government said ...

Flu activity downgraded, but Pa. not out of woods yet

By Adam Smeltz 11:04 a.m.
Reported flu cases in Pennsylvania have fallen for the third consecutive week, a convincing pattern that suggests the 2014-15 flu season has probably peaked for ...

Pittsburgh City Council unanimous in opposition to bill that would change how Pa. defines tax-exempt status

By Melissa Daniels
Pittsburgh’s elected officials are lining up against a proposal that could change how Pennsylvania determines the tax-exempt status of nonprofits. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday on a resolution that urges state legislators to oppose Senate Bill 4, a proposed constitutional ...

Aging weather satellite may be leaving forecasters with a large blind spot

By Brian Bowling 10:57 a.m.
Federal cost overruns and delays helped keep a new weather satellite from launching in time to prevent gaps in long-range forecasting, possibly leaving forecasters with ...

NTSB: Better oversight needed to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents

By Mike Wereschagin
Operators and regulators of the country’s largest natural gas pipelines need to beef up safety to prevent major accidents such as the explosion that torched ...

State audit of Baldwin firefighters’ group questions $13K in spending

By Tony Raap
A state audit of the Baldwin Borough Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association found more than $13,000 in spending that could not be explained. The audit spanned Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2013, and showed that the association could not document $13,358 ...

3-D images to help police in Western Pa. navigate terror, hostage scenes

By Aaron Aupperlee 11:04 a.m.
Laser scanners that produce a three-dimensional image will help police navigate a terrorist or hostage incident and investigate crash and crime scenes, police and emergency ...

SEC alleges BNY Mellon bribed foreign investors by handing internships to their relatives

By Chris Fleisher
Securities regulators are considering charges against Bank of New York Mellon, alleging that it violated federal bribery laws by giving internships to relatives of foreign officials to win business managing investments for their country. The bank disclosed in a regulatory filing ...

Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans and the fired director of the state’s Open Records Office on Monday sued Gov. Tom Wolf in Commonwealth Court, accusing him ...

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of Indiana ...

New Year’s Eve sales set LCB record

By Tribune-Review
Shoppers purchased more wine and spirits on New Year’s Eve than on any other single day on record, the state Liquor Control Board said Monday. State ...

State court blocks release of emails between Freeh investigators, AG’s office

By Adam Smeltz
A state court blocked the release Monday of more than 30 email messages sent between the state Attorney General’s Office and an independent group that investigated the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University. A panel of three Commonwealth Court ...

Christian day camp in Somerset County sued over sexual assault

By Adam Brandolph
Officials at a Christian-themed day camp in Somerset County allowed a counselor with a history of sexual abuse to continue his criminal conduct, a victim claimed more than a decade later in a civil lawsuit filed by her lawyers. The woman, ...

Pittsburgh travelers feel effects of Northeast blizzard

By Bobby Kerlik
Asha McRae scrolled through her smartphone Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh International Airport, hoping she wouldn’t be stranded on Concourse B because airlines canceled nearly all ...

‘Free’ wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board has spent nearly $300,000 in legal fees to fight a lawsuit over its “free” wine kiosk initiative. The kiosk maker claims ...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court hopefuls tout accountability

By Matthew Santoni
Six Democratic candidates competing for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said during a forum Sunday in Pittsburgh that whoever prevails must bring ...

Storm could drop 4-6 inches of snow on Pittsburgh area

By Aaron Aupperlee
A major Northeast snowstorm is expected to drop 4 to 6 inches on the Pittsburgh region as early as Monday afternoon. Wet snow fell Sunday night as the temperature hovered above freezing. It was forecast to drop below 32 degrees by ...