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Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels 1:35 a.m.
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, which it does, finally, but it has an important ...

Allegheny County district attorney prosecutors move on to state office

By Adam Brandolph
Bruce Beemer has surrounded himself with familiar faces at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Since leaving the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in June 2010, Beemer, ...

Police investigate alleged institutional sexual assault at Pine youth treatment center

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating whether an employee at a Mercer County center for at-risk children had illegal sexual contact with juveniles at the center near Grove City. A 25-year-old female employee, who has not been identified, is under suspicion of …

Phiadelphia police commissioner urges caution after shootings of officers

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other officials on Sunday condemned the shootings of two New York City officers, and the commissioner warned officers to be careful and alert. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, identified as the gunman in Brooklyn, announced online ...

Fatal fire under investigation in New Castle

By Tribune-Review
Authorities are investigating a fatal fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in New Castle, officials said. Lawrence County 911 officials said the two-alarm fire was reported shortly after 2:45 p.m. on East Wabash Avenue. The Lawrence County coroner was called …

Reading deals with ‘ugly’ tree saga

By The Associated Press
Reading’s official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief. When the 50-foot Norway spruce went up last month, it drew immediate comparisons to the scraggly sapling in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Its bare spots and asymmetrical ...

Licensing boards increase fees to cover costs that include investigations

By Melissa Daniels
Frank Perman paid $50 for his first funeral director’s license in 1990. This year, the biennial renewal fee was eight times that — a flat $400. “I fully expect another increase,” Perman said. He’s the owner of Perman Funeral Home and ...

Climate changes, habitat loss cited as threats to 314 bird species

By Rick Wills
If bird watchers in Pennsylvania think they are seeing less of some species — the ruffed grouse, scarlet tanager, wood thrush and Baltimore oriole — they are right. Those birds could go the way of the once-prevalent Passenger Pigeon ...

PSU employee kicks cancer, picks up degree

By Centre Daily Times
When Bill Moore graduated from State College Area High School in 1986, he started taking classes at Penn State. He took one here, one there, not in a rush to get anything done, just doing it when he had the time ...

Secret Santa saves the day for York County senior center residents

By York Daily Record
Everyone deserves to have a merry Christmas, said Karen Strathmeyer, director of social services at Rest Haven in York. “It’s Christmas time for all of us,” Strathmeyer said. “But Christmas is hard for some people.” Some Rest Haven residents don’t have a ...

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife

By Salena Zito
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife — Dick, as he insisted I call him — fills my thoughts. He always was more ...

Brad Bumsted

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, a special counsel for the …