List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

PA lawmaker reintroduces a bill to stop drivers from holding a cell phone while driving

04.24.19 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania really only gives tickets for texting while driving, and not much else. You can have your phone in hand while searching for a phone number or making a call, something all surrounding states have banned. Representative Rosemary...

Fed. court forces Catholic social services to include gay couples as foster parents

04.23.19 | Sarah Harnisch

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the agency because it would not permit gay and lesbian couples to take in foster children. The court said it did not target the agency because of its...

Owego, NY woman starts "Red Egg" ministry to show abortion alternative

04.19.19 | Sarah Harnisch

Organizer Nikki Howard is leaving the plastic eggs in stores, restaurants, and public places to show pregnant women considering abortion that there is a way out. Howard says the eggs have tiny plastic babies inside that are the size of an infant...

New York's budget is due today

04.01.19 | Sarah Harnisch

It's expecting to be signed within hours. One thing you won't find inside: recreational marijuana. Many in law enforcement are pleased it didn't make the cut. Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour says one of his biggest reservations is "the high...

New York's AG is filing "nation's biggest lawsuit" against opioid makers

03.29.19 | Sarah Harnisch

Letitia James alleges six national drug makers and four distributors are responsible for creating the opioid epidemic that's caused widespread overdoses and addictions over recent years. The AG accuses them of using false and deceptive...

An Oneida County, NY police dept. breaks record for diverse hiring

03.29.19 | Sarah Harnisch

20 sheriff's deputies were hired in a single day. Their nationalities hail from all over the world. Mohammad Aldoori is the first hired deputy from the Middle East. The diverse group could mean better community relations in the future. ...

NY lawmakers aim to expand gun storage laws in the Empire State

03.05.19 | Sarah Harnisch

The proposal would expand the state's existing safe storage law, which already applies to homes where there is a resident barred from owning a gun, such as a convicted felon, and would now cover homes with children under 16-years-old. To...

Gov. Wolf will call for PA's first increase in minimum wage in 10 years

02.04.19 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania's minimum wage has been at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour since 2009.  Governor Wolf will ask to gradually increase that to $15 an hour by 2025. The Chief of Susquehanna Township's EMS services says rural emergency...

Western NY is on high alert for potential flooding

02.04.19 | Sarah Harnisch

The National Weather Service has posted a warning for central Erie county and Buffalo-area creeks and waterways. A flood watch is up for all of western New York through Wednesday. All of this-- because temperatures feel 85 degrees warmer today...

School board members in PA have voted to postpone a policy allowing teachers to carry guns in school

01.10.19 | Sarah Harnisch

In a 2-1 vote, the Tamaqua School Board’s security committee says it will suspend the policy for a week while it waits for a court hearing on its validity. Both teachers and parents filed lawsuits; claiming it violated state law and posed...

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