List by Author: Terry Diener

Pennsylvania throws the door open for industrial hemp

01.23.19 | Terry Diener

PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says that Pennsylvania submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allows for the full commercial production of industrial hemp. The move follows the December passage of the new federal...

PA colleges report hazing violations under a new state law

01.16.19 | Terry Diener

Behavior mentioned in the reports includes forced drinking, and humiliating rituals that in one case included dunking students in ice water as a punishment. The reports describe the behavior and any discipline that resulted, including closing...

PA governor announces largest reduction of inmates in state prisons

01.14.19 | Terry Diener

This past year, the total Department of Corrections inmate population dropped from 48,438 to 47,370, a decrease of 2.2% over 2017. The inmate population has declined six of the past seven years. A major contributor to the 2018 decline was a...

If you have ever wanted to become a PA game warden now's the chance

01.09.19 | Terry Diener

The Game Commission is recruiting the 32nd class of state game warden cadets. The State Civil Service Commission on or about January 28th will post a job announcement for and begin accepting applications from prospective cadets. Applications...

Petition pushes to rescue PA hospital

01.08.19 | Terry Diener

More than 1,400 people have signed a petition asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to preserve the Allentown State Hospital, which the state plans to demolish this year. The century-old hospital closed eight years ago and has cost taxpayers...

PA residents who itemized charitable giving on fed. income tax forms gave on avg. over $5K in 2016

01.03.19 | Terry Diener

That amount was the 39th highest in the Tax Foundation’s ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis shows charitable deductions taken in 2016 in Pennsylvania numbered 1.4 million, amounting to a total of $7.3...

PA collector may now have item to top a signed letter from Teddy Roosevelt

01.02.19 | Terry Diener

Larry Cook, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, recently acquired a rare document that could shed light on one of the country's most popular presidents. Written on vellum paper, the document outlines Abraham Lincoln’s promotion of John Hall to...

Natural gas production in PA is expected to reach a new high by year's end

12.28.18 | Terry Diener

According to a recent report from the state's Independent Fiscal Office, drillers extracted 13% more gas in the first three quarters of 2018 than during the same period the previous year. David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale...

PA's governor says its time to consider legalizing recreational pot

12.20.18 | Terry Diener

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment while answering questions from the public on Twitter. Wolf says “more and more states are successfully implementing marijuana legalization,” and Pennsylvania should learn from their efforts...

PA lawmakers are staking out key positions ahead of the new session

12.19.18 | Terry Diener

A top Republican in Harrisburg is repeating his guarantee that his party will refuse to raise any taxes or fees. Stan Saylor, who heads the pivotal House Appropriations Committee, says in a new press release that returns are stronger than...

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