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Pennsylvania Sen. Jim Ferlo: ‘I’m gay. Get over it. I love it’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Sen. Jim Ferlo figured it was time to say something. Ferlo, D-Highland Park, disclosed that he is gay during a news conference Tuesday about legislation that would expand the state’s hate crime law to include lesbian, gay, …

Aging natural gaslines pose hidden threat across country

By Mike Wereschagin 12:25 a.m.
Early one recent morning in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a crew of utility workers in hard hats and neon yellow safety vests worked to defuse …

Replacement costs go far beyond the pipe for gas companies

By Mike Wereschagin
When a gas company breaks pavement to replace old pipe, the pipe is just part of the cost. “When you’re doing this kind of work in the city, it’s slow and very costly,” said Ken Johnston, Peoples Natural Gas Co. …

Attorney general rejects Tribune-Review request for ‘racy’ emails

By Brad Bumsted 12:11 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Sexually explicit emails shared on state computers in the attorney general’s office do not fall under Pennsylvania’s open records law and are exempt …

Experts: Corbett showing strong, Wolf stayed the course

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s strong performance in the first gubernatorial debate may energize his campaign but probably is not enough to turn around his substantial deficit in public opinion polls with six weeks of campaigning remaining, political analysts …

Experts weighing in on how to fight Pa.’s heroin problem

By Brian Bowling
A report released Tuesday recommends fighting Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic from multiple fronts: more treatment for addicts, harsher penalties for dealers and action from lawmakers. But no recommendation stands out because there’s no simple solution, said Barry Denk, director of the …

Police end some blockades in hunt for trooper slaying suspect

By From Wire Reports
CANADENSIS — Pennsylvania police on Tuesday reopened blockaded roads in the immediate vicinity of the house where the suspect in a fatal ambush of a state trooper lived until recently, scaling back an enormous manhunt in the dense forests around …

Pennsylvania slapped with another debt downgrade

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — New York-based Fitch Ratings is knocking down Pennsylvania’s debt rating for the second time in 14 months, citing the state government’s recurring budget deficits. Tuesday’s announcement by the credit ratings agency is the fourth time in two years …

Bill allowing schools to administer epinephrine advances in state Senate

By Megan Harris
The state Senate Education Committee approved legislation on Tuesday that would allow schools to keep epinephrine autoinjectors on hand without student-specific prescriptions and to allow school personnel to administer the medication in emergencies. “With the number of students with food …

State grant aids Heinz Hall renovation

By Tribune-Review
The $3.7 million renovation of Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts will get a $1.5 million state boost through an Economic Growth Initiative grant. The money will be used to improve handicap accessibility throughout the building and redesign Heinz Hall’s …

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was in my documentary

By The Associated Press
CANADENSIS — The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts …

Salena Zito Reporting

Trust the issue in Fla. governor race

By Salena Zito
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, and everyone reacts as if it’s an avalanche), few are watching a contest with 2016 …

Brad Bumsted

Experts: Corbett showing strong, Wolf stayed the course

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s strong performance in the first gubernatorial debate may energize his campaign but probably is not enough to turn around his substantial deficit in public opinion polls with six weeks of campaigning remaining, political analysts …