List by Author: Terry Diener

PA's prison agency has agreed to improve death row conditions

11.19.19 | Terry Diener

The deal stems from a federal lawsuit that called the inmates' living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death row with at least 42½ hours a week out of their cell...

Veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped by nearly 13%

11.15.19 | Terry Diener

Regional officials say the veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped 40.5% since 2010. This year’s estimate finds that 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019, compared to 37,878 reported in January 2018. Officials...

No unemployment checks issued for 4 in PA

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

The system went down early last Thursday and stayed more or less out of commission until Sunday night. In an email Department of Labor and Industry officials said that means an estimated 2,500 people weren’t able to file their claims on...

PA's medical pot program passes a half billion in sales in nearly 2 years

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting this week that about 147,000 people are currently certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of the 72 dispensaries now in operation...

Straight party voting is now a thing of the past in Pennsylvania

11.13.19 | Terry Diener

No longer can voters go to the polls and simply make a single mark on a general election ballot to vote for every candidate of that party. It was an option that hundreds of thousands of voters exercised for the last time in last week’s...

Sen. Bob Casey and others introduce plan to save pensions for miners

11.12.19 | Terry Diener, Brandon Dickson

Casey and a bipartisan group of senators have put forth a bill called the American Miners Act.  It would allow the transfer of funds to the 1974 pension plan, which is in danger of becoming insolvent following the 2008-2009 financial crisis...

School districts in PA are struggling with a shortage of bus drivers

11.12.19 | Terry Diener

A decline in the number of licensed school bus drivers statewide has some districts scrambling to get students to and from school.   According to Mike Berk, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which represents...

Penn State ranks among least affordable "flagship" universities in the U.S.

11.11.19 | Terry Diener

The term flagship refers to public universities built with significant government and taxpayer help with the goal of helping people from working and otherwise financially-modest backgrounds become contributors to a well-educated workforce...

Will tens of thousands of PA county inmates get to vote?

11.06.19 | Terry Diener

Currently, inmates confined to a county jail can apply for an absentee ballot by mailing an application to their county elections board.  But advocates say the current mail-in process is difficult to navigate for anyone serving a jail...

Pennsylvania fines the nation's largest health insurer for denying claims

11.05.19 | Terry Diener

Pennsylvania's Insurance Department is still tallying how many customers of "UnitedHealthcare" must be reimbursed, and how much they are owed as a result of denied or delayed claims. UnitedHealthcare is the largest health insurer in the United...

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