List by Author: Terry Diener

PA's shrinking prison population is fueling a growing parolee population

01.23.17 | Terry Diener

Since 2012, the state prison population has dropped by 2,000. Over that same period, parolee ranks grew by more than 6,000 as parole violators spent less time in prison.  Jason Bloom of the state corrections officers union says the state is...

'Antiques Roadshow' is making its first stop in Harrisburg this summer

01.20.17 | Terry Diener

The PBS television show that appraises antiques announced this week Harrisburg is one of five cities on its summer tour. The show will be making a stop there on June 3rd at a yet-to-be disclosed location. If you would like to have an item...

PA Rep. Lou Barletta wants state officials to delay a decision on prison closures

01.12.17 | Terry Diener

Barletta says the officials should take time to consider a forthcoming report detailing the impact of the closure on local communities. Officials announced plans last week to close two state correctional institutions this year as part of a...

The flu bug is getting worse in Pennsylvania

01.11.17 | Terry Diener

There have been 4,546 confirmed flu cases.  Allegheny County has the most cases at 671, and Berks County is second with 297 cases.  Since the current flu season began, nine people have died from the flu in Pennsylvania.  Seven of...

Pennsylvania leads the nation again in Lyme disease cases

12.30.16 | Terry Diener

In 2016, there have been 12,092 reported cases of the tick-borne disease in the state through December 24. That's triple the amount of the runner-up, New York, which had 4,002 cases, followed by New Jersey with 3,850. A state department of...

PA's Superior Court handed down a decision for two women to legally get divorced

12.29.16 | Terry Diener

Freyda Neyman and Florence Buckley couldn't legally marry in the Keystone State in 2002, but a state Superior Court panel ruled Wednesday that the women can legally get divorced. The decision, set in an opinion by Senior Judge James J...

PA's minimum wage will stay put at $7.25 while 21 other states increase base pay

12.27.16 | Terry Diener

"Fight for Fifteen" rallies were held across the state throughout the year, as Pennsylvanians pushed to increase minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour. While neither Maryland, Ohio nor New York will increase their minimum wage that much, some will...

Major changes are being proposed to public education in PA

12.19.16 | Terry Diener

At issue in Harrisburg is a de-emphasis on state tests.Calling it the Future Ready Grading Index, state education officials say the new grading system is meant to tell a more accurate story about Pennsylvania's 500 school districts. While...

The PA Dept. of Corrections has awarded $1.5 million to agencies that provide treatment for drug addiction disorders

12.16.16 | Terry Diener

The funding targets counties – particularly in rural areas – with high overdose rates and offenders with substance abuse disorder in an effort to address the problem before it leads to more serious crime or overdose death.   The...

Not only is the gas tax going up in PA, but so too are tolls on the turnpike

12.15.16 | Terry Diener

A 6% toll increase, approved in July, takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on January 8th on both cash and E-ZPass tolls. A turnpike spokesman says the higher rates are needed to help the turnpike meet its funding obligations.  Those obligations...

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