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State Dems take back seat to political committee in gubernatorial election

By Melissa Daniels 10:11 p.m.
If Tom Wolf defeats Gov. Tom Corbett in November, much of the credit could go to a political committee that formed three months ago, lists a P.O. box in Philadelphia as its mailing address and is headed by a Democrat who finished last in the party’s four-way primary. Campaign for …

Wolf holds $1.5M edge in money

By The Associated Press 9:28 p.m.
Democrat Tom Wolf headed into the final seven weeks of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race with a more than $1.5 million cash advantage over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett, according to figures the campaigns disclosed Sunday. The results of the campaigns’ fundraising and …

Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania

By Craig Smith
For Justin Welker, Western Pennsylvania was always home. His friends were here. His family was here. Unfortunately, his job wasn’t. When Welker graduated from California …

Ambush suspect’s rife found

By The Associated Press 8:39 p.m.
CANADENSIS — Nine days after a gunman fatally shot one trooper and critically wounded a second at a northeastern Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said they recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on …

Police swarm Pennsylvania mountains in search for trooper’s killer

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
CANADENSIS — Heavily armed officers dressed in camouflage swarmed through the Pocono Mountains in armored personnel carriers on Saturday, combing the woods for alleged cop …

Judge lifts order blocking racy state emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels
HARRISBURG — A former prosecutor who helped put serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky behind bars persuaded a judge last month to block release of sexually explicit …

Turnpike plaza in Bedford Co. to close until Memorial Day

By Tribune-Review
The North Midway Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County, on the westbound side of the road, will close Monday for construction. The plaza, located at milepost 147, should reopen in May before Memorial Day weekend. The plaza will get …

Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, signaling a downward trend that economists say doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy. …

Pa. transportation system ranks 41st in nation, study shows

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s transportation system ranks behind those in all but nine states, but some of its neighbors face bigger safety and financial challenges, a study released on Thursday shows. Ohio is an exception. Its transportation system ranked 14th overall, up from …

State lawmakers delay hearings on Corbett’s review of academic standards

By Megan Harris
Lawmakers postponed two hearings to discuss Gov. Tom Corbett’s call for a review of state academic standards Thursday because Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq said no changes to the standards are planned. Corbett called for the review last week, drawing criticism …

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

Pennsylvania fiscal officers say budget in dire situation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania borrowed $700 million from a line of credit established by Treasurer Rob McCord when the state’s general fund balance dipped below zero on Monday, the first such …