Pennsylvania

Investigation puts scrutiny on lobbyists, political ties

HARRISBURG — For lawmakers seeking campaign help and the lobbyists who want to influence them, the path to power can run through the same offices ...

Boy's will to recover, faith play role in fast healing from severed arm 

A resounding crack of the baseball bat, a loud cheer from his teammates, and there was Seth Apel intently sprinting down the first-base line. The ...

Thriving rail trails energize communities

Tom Demagall practically grew up on Pennsylvania's rail trails. As a preteen, the Mt. Pleasant native loved the freedom of pedaling his bicycle along the Yough ...

Kane to release report on emails Tuesday

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office on Tuesday is scheduled to release a report on pornographic and offensive emails transmitted by local and state court ...

Another spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane calls it quits

HARRISBURG — Chuck Ardo lasted for more than a year as press secretary for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, but it became "increasingly difficult for me ...

Uber appeals Pennsylvania's $11M fine

Uber formally appealed this week the $11.3 million fine the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission levied against the San Franscisco-based ride-share company for operating in Allegheny ...

Ex-turnpike chief denies retaliating against whistle-blower

HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania Turnpike commission CEO Joe Brimmeier testified Thursday that a man who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the agency was laid off ...

1 teen killed, 1 critically hurt in plunge from waterfall

JIM THORPE — Police have identified two teenage hikers who fell from atop a waterfall in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing one and leaving the other in ...

LCB grants 9 licenses to state gas stations

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members unanimously granted nine licenses to sell beer and other malt beverages to businesses that also sell gasoline at its meeting ...

State expands use of ignition interlock devices in DUI cases

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed into law a measure that makes ignition interlock devices available for first-time DUI offenders with high blood alcohol levels. "Drunk ...

Officials: Lancaster County jail kept inmate 17 months too long

LANCASTER — Officials at a county jail in Pennsylvania say they mistakenly kept an inmate locked up 17 months longer than the prisoner should have ...

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial in decade-old sex case

NORRISTOWN — Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the comedian and his accuser ...

Lawmaker: Pa. should get rid of instant background check system for firearms

HARRISBURG — A state lawmaker Tuesday told hundreds of gun advocates that Pennsylvania should abolish the state's instant background check system for firearm purchases. Rep. Matt ...

Proposed legislation offers incentives to living organ donors in Pa.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker plans to introduce legislation this week that would allow pilot programs to give non-cash rewards to people who donate a kidney or ...

Auditor says Pennsylvania child abuse hotline plagued by problems

Nearly 42,000 calls to Pennsylvania's child abuse hotline went unanswered in 2015, an interim audit by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's office has found. The report, ...

Gov. Wolf asks Liquor Control Board to allow six-pack sales at gas stations

Gov. Tom Wolf waded into the ongoing debate Tuesday over where and how Pennsylvania consumers can buy six-packs of beer and other malt beverages. In a ...

Ex-DEP secretary's email mixes profanity, criticism of environmental groups

HARRISBURG — In a profanity-laced email, former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley blasted environmental groups for inaction on legislative efforts delaying oil and ...

Sick, dead animals found at pet dealer ranch near Philadelphia

Federal inspectors found sick and dead animals, inadequate sanitation, untrained employees performing euthanasia and other deficiencies at a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet ...

Pa. officials, lobbyists split on how to vet business propositions

HARRISBURG — FBI agents and operatives for decades have gone undercover as shrimp producers, developers, racetrack lobbyists and Arab sheiks to snare dozens of elected ...

Pa. man dies after falling from Ocean City hotel balcony

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Authorities are investigating after they say a Pennsylvania man died after falling from an eighth-floor balcony at an Ocean City hotel. ...