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Animal welfare groups see opportunities in dialogue about Vick signing

By Adam Brandolph
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ signing of quarterback Michael Vick last week caused outrage among football fans and dog lovers alike — starting a conversation that animal welfare advocates hope to use to their advantage. “I think that it’s fantastic that the region ...

Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

By David Conti
Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil ...

Pennsylvania welfare employees targeted in crackdown

By Kari Andren
Welfare caseworkers who review applicants’ incomes to determine whether they qualify for food stamps and cash benefits are the target of a state Ethics Commission crackdown for refusing to reveal details of their finances. The commission has cited 35 caseworkers from ...

Grieving pet owners find loving support in Pennsylvania group

By Dan Geringer
PHILADELPHIA — Amy Defibaugh was teaching her Death and Dying comparative-religion course at Temple University when her beloved 14-year-old border collie, Macey, died. “I knew Macey was going to die,” Defibaugh said. “She had a degenerative spinal condition. ... “I ...

Wall drawings of turn-of-the-century prizefighter found in Lancaster home

By Cindy Stauffer
LANCASTER — In the early 1900s, Mary Hauck was a widow trying to raise five children, likely too preoccupied to stop two of her sons ...

‘Action’ against AG Kane sent to Supreme Court, sources say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The board that disciplines Pennsylvania lawyers notified Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday that an action against her was sent to the state ...

Philly-area school district says it can’t make payroll amid budget stalemate

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — One of Pennsylvania’s poorest school districts says it cannot afford to pay its staff amid an entrenched state budget stalemate, and district and state officials had no immediate answers Friday about where they will find the money to ...

Pa. trooper jailed in co-worker’s fatal shooting during training class

By The Associated Press
NORRISTOWN— A former Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor was sentenced Friday to two weeks in jail in the accidental shooting death of a 26-year-old trooper during a training class. Richard Schroeter also was sentenced to three to 18 months of ...

Pennsylvania warming to bring ‘profound’ changes, Penn State report says

By Donald Gilliland
By mid-century, Pittsburgh might feel a lot more like the heat and humidity of summer in the nation’s capital. Average temperatures in Pennsylvania likely will rise 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 35 years, causing “profound” changes in the composition ...

Lawyers tour Penn State fraternity house for evidence

By The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE — A former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the all parties. James Vivenzio’s attorney, Aaron Freiwald, said the Wednesday tour was a chance ...

Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration site goes live

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is now the 23rd state to provide online voter registration. Thursday’s launch of the Internet-based system was promoted by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes during a news conference at the suburban Harrisburg headquarters ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Another Know-Nothing moment

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on Protestant fear of being marginalized by Irish and German immigrants flooding the Northeast and Midwest ...

Brad Bumsted

Kane: Emails released not everything she wants to make public

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane will continue to oppose newspapers’ requests for pornographic emails her office holds that were not released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, she said Thursday. Dozens of employees were in email links made public Wednesday …