List by Author: Bob Price

Liquor privatization faces uncertain future after passing House

03.02.15 | Bob Price

For the second straight legislative session, state House Republicans say it’s time to privatize liquor and wine stores. One key lawmaker is proclaiming the government monopoly on adult beverages is destined to fall. “There is an ...

Pirates sickened by pic of 'Jihadi John' wearing Bucs ball cap

03.02.15 | Bob Price

He would be the Pittsburgh Pirates' most unwanted and unwelcome fan. A photograph surfaced Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, identified as the Islamic State terrorist known as “Jihadi John” and linked to several beheading videos, wearing a ...

Fracking fault lines forecast a future fight over gas

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Without hesitation, Kirkwood resident Marchie Diffendorf can recall the exact date of the phone call: Dec. 7, 2007. It was a landman with a natural-gas company: Would he be interested in leasing the natural-gas rights to his 60-acre property in ...

Wolf administration to show how it’ll challenge gas industry

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. Next week, Wolf’s Department of ...

I leave New York?: Towns Consider Seceding to Pennsylvania

03.02.15 | Bob Price

Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the ...

Runaway Rail Car Rolls Through Scranton

02.27.15 | Bob Price

Investigators are looking into what led to a runaway train car that finally stopped in Scranton late Thursday afternoon. Officials with the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company said the train car was in Archbald, loaded with lumber, when it rolled ...

Pennsylvania allows students to "opt out" of standardized testing

02.27.15 | Bob Price

State law allows Pennsylvania students to cite a religious exemption from testing. To opt out, families must write a letter to the school principal or superintendent, stating the exemption. They don't need to list their religion, and the state ...

95% of teachers rated effective; NY leaders doubt it

02.27.15 | Bob Price

More than 1,300 ineffective teachers stood in front of New York state classrooms last year, including 36 entrusted with teaching the students of the Southern Tier region. But some state officials warn that the roughly 1 percent of teachers rated ...

Large Fire in Clarence

02.27.15 | Bob Price

Clarence, N.Y. (WBEN) - Flames lit the skies over Clarence Thursday night as a large fire engulfed a home in a new housing division in the Roll Rd area.  Multiple fire companies responded tot he fire at Essex Greens on Dana Marie Parkway.No ...

Pipe replaced, but water problems continue in Bradford

02.26.15 | Bob Price

Most residents in Bradford, PA are without water following a water main break at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Crews were able to replace the pipe that burst Tuesday, but they say it could be days before services are restored. "It's ...

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