List by Author: Terry Diener

A ten commandments monument has been moved from a PA high school as part of a settlement with an atheist

03.23.17 | Terry Diener

The Valley News Dispatch reports that the monument was apparently removed from Valley Junior-Senior High School in New Kensington. The monument is to be placed in front of a Catholic grade school there. The New Kensington-Arnold School District ...

The last pending criminal trial from the child abuse scandal at Penn State is about to 'gavel in' Monday

03.17.17 | Terry Diener

Graham Spanier, the Penn State president from 1995 through 2011, will defend himself against  charges that his inaction on a February 2001 report about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky led to the abuses of at least three other ...

President Trump's government hiring freeze has led to the shut down of several historic sites in Philadelphia

03.16.17 | Terry Diener

Union representatives tell Philly.com several sites at Independence National Historic Park have closed.  David Fitzpatrick, who is head of union that represents park employees, says the halt in hiring shuttered seven sites, including ...

A PA lawmaker wants to bar police from any immigration enforcement activity

03.15.17 | Terry Diener

Representative Chris Rabb says his Sanctuary Commonwealth Bill would bar Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies from using agency or department funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest ...

A PA state senator hopes to crack down on drug abuse by making it harder for addicts to gain access to opioids

03.13.17 | Terry Diener

Senator Richard Alloway is working on Senate Bill 299.  Paper prescriptions for opioids could soon be a thing of the past if his bill becomes law.  He hopes to make it tougher for those addicted to doctor shop or forge prescriptions. ...

The cyber-attack that shut down the computers of PA Senate Democrats for days is lasting longer than expected

03.09.17 | Terry Diener

Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa said the situation is more complex than originally thought, and it’s not clear when it will be resolved. The FBI is investigating and Microsoft is working to figure out how the network was penetrated and ...

The PA Senate is debating a bill to reform how state legislative and congressional boundary lines are drawn

02.21.17 | Terry Diener

Senate Bill 22 would establish an independent 11-member commission; four from each of the two major political parties and three not affiliated with either party.  Commission members would not be allowed to hold a political or party office, be ...

Pressure by Pennsylvania democrats could yield a minimum wage increase this year

02.20.17 | Terry Diener

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing hiking the hourly minimum from $7.25 to $12. That would be the nation’s highest. He is tying the proposal to his budget plan as a way to provide more tax revenue. Some Republicans say a minimum wage ...

Membership in PA's volunteer fire and ambulance companies continues to lag

02.14.17 | Terry Diener

According to former Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, the ranks of volunteer firefighters and EMTs have dwindled from about 300,000 in the 1970s to around 50,000 today. Randy Vulakovich, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & ...

Someone has put up posters at Penn State urging people to report illegal immigrants

02.13.17 | Terry Diener

The university’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, said images of the posters had been circulating on social media earlier in the week.  An image published by the paper included the message, “It is your civic duty to report ...

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