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Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted 7:51 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court seeks to block Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s firing of the state’s Open Records Office director, Erik Arneson, who said he was locked out of the office Monday. The legal challenge by Senate …

New Year’s Eve sales set LCB record

By Tribune-Review 6:03 p.m.
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 stores raked in $19.3 million, excluding taxes, on Dec. 31, blasting the agency’s previous one-day ...

State court blocks release of Penn State emails between Freeh investigators and Attorney General

By Adam Smeltz 7:51 p.m.
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 …

‘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 ...

Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand

By Katelyn Ferral
Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool. Stock awards, ...

PennDOT has to complete acquisition of 4 parcels, take down trees for New Stanton interchange on I-70

By Bob Stiles
PennDOT officials must take down trees where an endangered species sometimes lives and complete the purchase of four parcels to keep on course with construction of the New Stanton interchange on Interstate 70. The transportation agency plans to seek bids in ...

Vets study links PB pills, genetic variations to Gulf War illness

By Brian Bowling
A government-issued pill intended to protect troops from nerve agents may have made some troops more vulnerable to a chronic condition marked by headaches, cognitive ...

State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Private law firms could reap millions of dollars in fees from civil litigation they are pursuing on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers. But don’t ...

Officials file to end lawsuit against Penn State, NCAA

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA over the penalties related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord on …

Salena Zito Reporting

Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary

By Salena Zito
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color and gender of Republican weighing a run for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Iowa Freedom ...

Brad Bumsted

State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Private law firms could reap millions of dollars in fees from civil litigation they are pursuing on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers. But don’t ask state Attorney General Kathleen …