List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania is considering banning plastic bags

06.28.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf wants to do away with plastic grocery bags to protect the environment. The trouble is there are over 1,500 people across the state that make the bags for a living.The bill has already passed the House and the Senate and is...

There's a shortage of lifeguards at swimming pools across PA this summer

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Last year, Pool Manager Kimberly Whittington had nearly 30 guards at Splash Cove in eastern Pennsylvania.   This year,  only 15. Part of the issue is an expensive certification course to start the job. So far, parks have not had...

Buffalo billionaire Carl Paladino takes the stand in his own defense today before the state education commissioner

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

He's accused of leaking confidential information in the wake of the outrage over his remarks about former president Barack Obama. The Buffalo School Board, where Paladino serves, says they are trying to prove he violated a code of conduct by...

Rochester police are still on the hunt for a suspect who shot an officer near the face over the weekend

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

It's been three days and still no sign of the gunman. 36-year-old Jeremy Nash, an 11-year veteran of the force, was released from the hospital yesterday and walked through a line of patrol officers that came to escort their wounded comrade home...

NY state changed the rules for who can hand out medical marijuana

06.26.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Effective immediately, nurse practitioners can register online and certify patients the same day. Previously, only doctors were allowed. Officials say they hope it will streamline the process for the 22,000 patients enrolled. The state says it's...

Seven high school students from Rochester are rowing more than 300 miles to raise money for charity

06.26.17 | Sarah Harnisch

The students will be rowing for eight days along the Erie Canal from Amherst to Albany. So far, they've raised about $30,000 for Holy Childhood School based in Rochester.  The school helps children and young adults with developmental...

A bill on Gov. Cuomo's desk requires children under two be in rear facing car seats starting in November of 2019

06.23.17 | Sarah Harnisch

AAA says on average, a one-year-old is injured every day in New York in car crashes.Elizabeth Carey with AAA notes that a rear facing car seat is needed by new moms to leave the hospital after birth.  Current law requires children be in a...

Gov. Tom Wolf says the health care bill written by Republicans in the U.S. Senate is even more cruel than the House plan

06.23.17 | Sarah Harnisch

He says it carries deeper cuts to Medicaid. Wolf says 700,000 low-income working adults now have health insurance in Pennsylvania because of Obamacare.

PA politicians have given first responders permission to break into your locked vehicle to rescue a pet

06.22.17 | Sarah Harnisch

House Bill 1216 protects fire-fighters, EMT's, and police officers from liability for any damage done to your vehicle. Police say the best thing you can do, if you see a pet in a hot car is to call 9-1-1.

PA's governor will block a ban on plastic grocery bags

06.22.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Gov. Wolf says he will veto a bill that would have barred municipalities from imposing fees, taxes or outright bans on the use of plastic shopping bags. The governor says this is a decision best left to local communities, adding that citizens...

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