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All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted 12:19 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan would hit all income classes and amount to a “huge tax grab,” said a leading Republican lawmaker. But John Hanger, Wolf’s policy director, on Friday disputed the Independent Fiscal Office report’s main conclusions. ...

3-judge panel in Montgomery County will hear Kane contempt case

By Brad Bumsted 12:05 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Three Montgomery County judges — a Democrat and two Republicans — will preside over arguments Monday on whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a ...

Judge puts hold on agreements under Gov. Wolf’s care worker policy

By The Associated Press
A Pennsylvania judge Thursday put a hold on an element of a Gov. Tom Wolf policy that critics describe as an illegal attempt to unionize home care workers who look after elderly and disabled people. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini’s order ...

Seton Hill student tells how Pa. Gov. Wolf’s tax plan will hurt her

By Debra Erdley
Penny Fjellanger wasn’t thinking about taxes when she enrolled at Seton Hill University last fall. But the 20-year-old college freshman said Thursday that she’s worried about ...

Pittsburgh VA inquiry halted before deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

By Mike Wereschagin  and Adam Smeltz
A former infection prevention official warned the Department of Veterans Affairs about problems with Legionella bacteria detection in Pittsburgh a year and a half before ...

Pennsylvania AG Kane’s contempt hearing postponed but judges to hear arguments

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane accused a Montgomery County judge and special prosecutor Thursday of colluding during a grand jury investigation of her and said they should step aside. Attorneys Gerald Shargel of New York City and ...

Pa. lawmaker predicts Senate will pass bills to open union negotiations

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday sent a strong message to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who agreed to a 2.25-percent wage increase for the ...

AG Kane promotes narcotics supervisor to acting chief of staff

By Tribune-Review
HARRISBURG — A special agent who headed narcotics investigations for the Attorney General’s Office will become acting chief of staff, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. Kane promoted Jonathan A. Duecker to the position, replacing him as head of the Bureau ...

‘Grainy white powder’ found in letter to U.S. Rep. Doyle’s office

By Salena Zito
A staff member in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle opened a letter that contained a grainy white substance, causing Capitol police to ...

California drought may be felt in Pittsburgh restaurants, groceries

By Chris Fleisher
Snack platters, salads and guacamole might get more expensive this summer as the West Coast drought threatens the nation’s largest growers of fruits, nuts and ...

Band-Aid approach to infrastructure can’t continue, U.S. transportation chief says in Pittsburgh

By Melissa Daniels
Lawmakers in Washington tend to define success “as last year’s budget number,” said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx during a visit Wednesday to Pittsburgh. This, ...

Bidding for bond counsel saves Pa. taxpayers money, Treasury says

By Tribune-Review
HARRISBURG — A Philadelphia law firm, selected by competitive bid for the first time, will be counsel for a $1.15 billion bond issue to refinance state debt and pay for transportation projects and other capital improvements. Saul Ewing LLP won …

Experts say Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane dug her own hole

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Secret documents leaked to a newspaper that sparked an investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be the least of her legal problems, ...

Embattled AG Kane to hire former Rendell press secretary

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A veteran press secretary familiar with Capitol politics is set to take on the job in Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman for ex-Gov. Ed Rendell and ex-Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, would become Kane’s seventh spokesman ...

Former undercover agent files suit against Kane

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A former undercover agent has filed a defamation lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s attorney general, accusing her of making false statements about his role in a sting. Claude Thomas filed the suit against Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week, the Philadelphia ...

Millions needed to replace at-risk natural gas pipes in Pennsylvania

By Mike Wereschagin
Pennsylvania’s highest-risk natural gas distribution system needs to raise millions of dollars a year to accelerate the replacement of its aged, dangerous pipelines, state regulators said Tuesday. Gas customers in Philadelphia would experience rate hikes if the city’s utility, Philadelphia Gas ...

Pa. Senate’s top leader backs liquor privatization bill

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The Senate’s top Republican said Tuesday he will co-sponsor legislation by a freshman GOP senator to privatize the state’s liquor system. Senate President Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County said he believes the chamber will “work closely” with the House ...

Police intercept drug courier returning to Western Pennsylvania with 316 bricks of heroin

By Brian Bowling
When police intercepted a vehicle returning to Western Pennsylvania from New York on Friday, they expected to find about 500 grams of cocaine. Instead, they found more than 300 bricks of heroin in a secret compartment, according to court documents. The ...

Video of fatal Hummelstown police shooting not released

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A video that authorities say shows a police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back remained out of public view Tuesday after a hearing on a request to keep prosecutors from releasing it. Dauphin County Judge ...

State parties lean on Hispanic officials to reach Latino voters

By Salena Zito
Hispanic voters will receive plenty of attention from both political parties as Pennsylvanians get ready for the 2016 presidential and U.S. Senate elections. State Democrats said ...