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Pa. Supreme Court in ‘sad state’ as scandals tarnish reputation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Rocked by a pornography scandal involving two justices, internal acrimony, and the felony conviction last year of a self-proclaimed reformer on the bench, …

Pennsylvania legislative redistricting to take full effect in state House elections

By Melissa Daniels
The invisible, politician-drawn boundaries that affect who represents Pennsylvania residents in Harrisburg are different this election. Why and how they appear the way they do, …

Scam nets thousands from Mercer County woman, police say

By Bill Vidonic
Thieves scammed a Mercer County woman out of $7,800 Thursday by claiming they needed her to help her “grandson” who had been in a car accident, state police said. The New Vernon woman, 74, told state police that she received …

Haverford gets record gift from an alum the college helped save

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
Howard Lutnick lost his mother to cancer when he was a high school junior. One week into his freshman year at Haverford College, his father died, too e_SEmD the result of a medical mistake. That’s when he got the phone …

Police: Man used son as shield to avoid pepper spray

By The Associated Press 12:01 a.m.
SCRANTON — A Northeastern Pennsylvania man tried using his son as a shield to avoid being pepper-sprayed by an officer, police said. It happened Thursday at South Scranton Intermediate, reported the (Scranton) Times-Tribune, citing police. Taron Boddie, 35, was arguing …

Pennsylvania woman gets prison for abusing elderly husband

By The Associated Press
DOYLESTOWN — A 74-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to at least a month in prison for beating her elderly husband and locking him, naked, outside their home in freezing temperatures. Dolores Labrum pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court …

Corbett, Wolf resort to sticks, stones to attract attention

By Melissa Daniels
It takes four seconds for the satire to sink in, before viewers realize the family man seated at a kitchen table and speaking in favor …

Philadelphia Mafia figure returned to prison for meeting friend

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A reputed former mob boss was ordered back to prison Friday for violating parole, and his lawyer complained that the FBI would pursue his client “to the grave.” Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, the reputed head of Philadelphia’s La …

Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted  and Natasha Lindstrom
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge for allegedly accepting a $2,000 Tiffany & …

Federal grand jury reviewing Liquor Control Board violations, sources tell Trib

By Kari Andren
A federal grand jury is investigating whether employees of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had improper relationships with wine and spirits vendors doing business with the agency, according to sources close to the investigation. Current and former LCB employees are …

Bill that would end district-level review of homeschooling in Pennsylvania goes to Corbett

By Megan Harris
State legislators approved a homeschooling bill that eliminates the need for school superintendents to weigh in on whether students are receiving an appropriate education. Under current law, parents hire an evaluator every year to interview the child, review a portfolio …

Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery won’t be charged over wife’s referral fees

By Natasha Lindstrom
Federal prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery over hefty referral fees his wife received while working as …

New Castle man admits to producing child pornography

By Tribune-Review
A New Castle man on Wednesday pleaded guilty in federal court to producing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Prosecutors said Donald A. Miller, 43, videotaped the 8-year-old girl in December and then sold a tablet computer with the …

Eric Frein lookalike: I keep getting stopped

By The Associated Press
CANADENSIS — A northeastern Pennsylvania resident said he’s been stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for a man sought in the killing of a state trooper, including one encounter at gunpoint that left …

Pa. town can keep Jim Thorpe’s body

By The Associated Press
Jim Thorpe’s body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago because a federal appeals court threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma. …

CDC: Pennsylvania, 5 other states set to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana
Pennsylvania is one of six states that will monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken countries under new protocols, federal health officials said Wednesday. Starting Monday, all travelers …

Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop

By Joe Napsha
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday hammered Democrat Tom Wolf over his proposal to raise the state income tax during a campaign stop in Westmoreland County, claiming …

VA promotion for administrator stuns legislator

By Mike Wereschagin
The Department of Veterans Affairs is promoting an administrator who advised against publicly disclosing a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak at its Pittsburgh hospital system, the agency …

State police have seized twice as much heroin this year as in all of 2013

By Margaret Harding
State police seized nearly $50 million worth of illegal drugs in the third quarter of the year, according to a news release Wednesday. The $49 million worth of drugs includes $2.47 million worth cocaine, $37.34 million worth of heroin, and …

Contempt citation sought by state against Highmark for alleged violation of deal with UPMC

By Natasha Lindstrom
HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Wednesday mocked Western Pennsylvania’s two health care giants for being so adversarial they couldn’t even sit in the same room together to strike the summer deal that was supposed to mark a meaningful …