List by Author: Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania Has A Budget

06.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

While you were enjoying the weekend, lawmakers in Harrisburg put the wraps on the state budget. A $30 billion Republican budget bill is heading to the Senate, although it faces a near-certain veto by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf as the Pennsylvania ...

Bear Crashes Party At PA College

06.29.15 | Sarah Harnisch

A college party got a little wild when a black bear showed up in eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. The black bear, weighing between 300 and 400 pounds, crashed the party early Saturday near the campus of Lehigh University. Lehigh University ...

NY Phone Regulators Plan An Upgrade

06.24.15 | Sarah Harnisch

State utility regulators Tuesday asked for the public's opinion on the state of telecommunications services in New York and the Public Service Commission's role overseeing them. In a 97-page report issued today, the PSC described vast changes that ...

Slot Machines May Be On Their Way To PA Airports

06.24.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Slot machines could be on their way half a dozen airports in Pennsylvania. An Allegheny County lawmaker has proposed allowing slot machines in the six international airports in Pennsylvania. They include: Harrisburg, Erie, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, ...

PA House Passes Teacher Layoff Bill

06.24.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives is sending the Senate a bill that would allow public schools to factor in performance when laying off teachers and cut staff during hard economic times. The House voted 100-91 on Tuesday to approve the ...

Albany Lawmakers Get To Go Home

06.24.15 | Sarah Harnisch

Albany's overtime session is now over. The governor and legislative leaders announced agreements on a property-tax rebate program, a four year extension of rent laws, and more transparency for parents with children in schools. The package also ...

NY Prisoner Search Moves 300 Milles North

06.22.15 | Sarah Harnisch

The search for two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison has reportedly moved from a rural area near the Pennsylvania border to more than 300 miles away in Franklin County, near the Vermont border. State police announced ...

PA Budget Deadline Looms

06.22.15 | Sarah Harnisch

The new fiscal year for Pennsylvania state government begins July 1 and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are meeting regularly in an effort to reach agreement on granting the state another year of ...

Attorney General Kathleen Kane's Office Inundated With Probes

06.22.15 | Sarah Harnisch

As Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits to hear whether she will face criminal charges, she is presiding over an office awash in backbiting, anxiety, and fear. Current and former staffers say it's a workplace where supervisors go ...

Newspaper Calculates State Aid For Every School District And Makes It Public

06.22.15 | Sarah Harnisch

New York is supposed to dole out school aid to local districts based on poverty and need. But it doesn't always work that way. We collected state aid per pupil for 674 school districts, along with enrollment information and poverty indicators, in ...

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