List by Author: Terry Diener

A PA court skirmish on women's 'choice' issues could impact your right to know how your tax dollars are spent

03.02.18 | Terry Diener

The question at the center of the suit is, do taxpayers have the right to know how a group that receives state grant money is spending all of that cash? Or can some portion of that money be justifiably shielded from public view? That's one of...

U.S. News & World Report releases its 2018 best states study

03.01.18 | Terry Diener

Pennsylvania ranks worst in the subcategories of higher education and corrections. U.S. News evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, from education and health care to infrastructure and the economy, to capture how states best serve...

Legal group is suing PA for voting records

02.28.18 | Terry Diener

Filed this week in federal court in Harrisburg, the suit by the Public Interest Legal Foundation seeks to pry information pertaining to the maintenance of voter rolls over the 20 yea from state election officials over the last two decades.. PILF...

PA police arrest 7 at the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton

02.15.18 | Terry Diener

The arrests follow months of investigation by the state police and the state attorney general’s office, but it’s been years since sexual abuse allegations were lodged at the Lackawanna County Prison. Troopers arrested seven men who...

PA's milk supply surpasses demand

02.14.18 | Terry Diener

Dairy farmers across the state are trying to weather the storm, but some say this year has been tougher than normal. The farmers get paid per pounds of milk, and this year they’re at a loss of $3 per 100-pounds. The PA Farm Bureau says...

Suit paves a smoother path for third-party candidates in PA

02.13.18 | Terry Diener

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a judge recently approved the settlement that includes a provision that third-party and independent candidates will need far fewer petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. The court agreement caps the...

Funds to attack lyme disease are included in Gov. Wolf's new budget plan

02.12.18 | Terry Diener

If approved by the state Legislature, the $2.5 million would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to hire staff to implement recommendations from its Lyme Disease Task Force. Pennsylvania consistently leads the country in cases of Lyme...

Spanier steps to clear his name for Sandusky's crimes

02.08.18 | Terry Diener

The attorneys for the former Penn State president appeared before a panel of state Superior Court judges to argue for the dismissal of hiss March 2017 conviction on one count of child endangerment. Graham Spanier was convicted for what...

PA lawmaker looks to fill firefighter void with ex-convicts

02.06.18 | Terry Diener

State Senator Dan Laughlin’s proposal would train non-violent criminals to become volunteer firefighters after they’re released from prison, something California is already doing. The senator wants inmates trained in prison so...

The DEP seeks help to cap abandoned PA oil and gas wells

01.31.18 | Terry Diener

The Environmental Good Samaritan Act of 1999 protects groups and individuals who volunteer to implement qualifying environmental remediation projects from civil and environmental liability. While the Act historically has been used for mine...

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