List by Author: Terry Diener

Tougher human trfficking legislation has been introduced in PA

01.29.18 | Terry Diener

Representative Seth Grove says his proposal would increase penalties on people convicted of trafficking someone into sex slavery, and on people who patronize a victim of sexual trafficking. Grove notes his bill also would give prosecutors the...

5 Death row inmates sue PA prison officials over isolation

01.26.18 | Terry Diener

The federal lawsuit asks the court to end mandatory, indefinite solitary confinement for the 156 men on death row at Graterford and Greene state prisons. The lawsuit seeks class-action status as well as a declaration that the solitary policy...

PA officials caution residents along the Susquehanna

01.25.18 | Terry Diener

The Luzerne County emergency management agency says no flooding is expected in municipalities protected by the levee system, including Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Forty Fort, but low-lying areas further downstream remain under a flood warning due...

GOP PA House members are advancing a plan to downsize state government

01.24.18 | Terry Diener

On Tuesday, the House State Government Committee voted 14 to 10 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that still needs approval by the full House and Senate before going to voters. A Democratic-sponsored amendment to establish a...

PennDOT raises awareness about human trafficking

01.17.18 | Terry Diener

Residents have been encouraged to wear blue in a national initiative to curb the crime, which organizers say many people think doesn’t happen in their communities. In Pennsylvania, PennDOT has trained 500 of its front-line Driver License...

Penn State researchers say later school starts could mean more sleep for teens

01.16.18 | Terry Diener

The Penn State study supports a 2014 recommendation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 in the morning. A few Pennsylvania school...

Pennsylvania reports 12 new flu deaths

01.10.18 | Terry Diener

The overall number of influenza cases continued a surge that began in late December.  During the week ending January 6th, the number of flu cases rose by about 1,500, bringing the total to about 4,500. Those cases represent lab-confirmed...

Experts says the PA teacher shortage is only going to get worse

01.08.18 | Terry Diener

A spokesman for the state education association says there is evidence that a teacher shortage may be rapidly approaching, and the problem is two-fold. Pennsylvania will soon be hit with a wave of retirements, and there are fewer college...

Gov. Wolf has vowed to protect PA's medical pot from 'backwards attacks' by feds

01.05.18 | Terry Diener

Wolf's comments come following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that he is doing away with the Obama-era policy that has paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. Wolf says his administration...

This year's flu season is looking pretty similar to last in PA

12.28.17 | Terry Diener

Starting out 2017, Pennsylvania peaked at nearly 8,000 cases. A physician with Penn State Health says the flu season can peak anytime between December and February with some cases as late as May. Pennsylvania is currently labeled as...

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