List by Author: Terry Diener

Women politicians in PA are more effective at getting legislation passed than their male counterparts

07.18.17 | Terry Diener

Researchers have found that female lawmakers were responsible for 10% of the 3,800 bills signed into law the past two years. Women make up only 17% of Pennsylvania's general assembly.

The head of PA's state-owned university system is leaving his post after four years

07.18.17 | Terry Diener

The State System of Higher Education says Chancellor Frank Brogan will retire on September 1st from the position that pays him $346,000 a year. Brogan, who is 63 years old, told the board of his decision last week, shortly before a meeting in...

A new telephone scam has led to a warning from the state treasurer of PA

07.14.17 | Terry Diener

Joe Torsella says scammers portray themselves as Treasury employees threatening victims with arrest if they do not immediately pay unpaid taxes.  He says the Pennsylvania Treasury does not collect taxes or seek payments via telephone, and...

PA voters have the chance to decide this fall whether to amend the state constitution

07.13.17 | Terry Diener

The Senate vote this week clearing the way for the question to appear on the November statewide ballot. The bill also passed the House, as well as both chambers in the last two-year session of the Legislature. Under the referendum question...

PA counties begin accepting applications Monday for antlerless deer hunting licenses

07.07.17 | Terry Diener

Hundreds of thousands of the familiar, oversized, pink envelopes will be dropped into mailboxes across the state Friday and Saturday. The doe license application process is one of the only non-electronic application processes still in place...

Consultants hired to review PA's financially strapped university system plan to present findings next week

07.06.17 | Terry Diener

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems had been scheduled to present an interim report to the State System of Higher Education on July 12th, but officials say the consultants will share their actual findings and...

A new report ranks PA's rural roads among the most deadly in the nation

07.03.17 | Terry Diener

The non-profit group TRIP, which reviews transportation data, released the report. Pennsylvania’s rural roads were ranked the eighth worst in the country; rural bridges were the third worst. Of the 1,200 people killed in traffic accidents...

A PA man has been fined $3,500 for killing two bald eagles on his farm in New York

06.30.17 | Terry Diener

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Rochester says 68-year-old William Wentling, of Rothville, Pennsylvania, mailed a container of the pesticide Furadan to his farm in Addison, New York, and told workers to pour it on sheep carcasses in order to kill...

PA's Senate is advancing legislation that would set ground rules for school districts that allow employees to possess a gun on school grounds

06.29.17 | Terry Diener

Senators approved the bill 28-22 Wednesday after an emotional hour-long debate. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Don White, says he wants to give school districts as many tools as possible to protect children from would-be killers. Sen. Daylin...

PA's liquor control coard is highlighting reductions in binge drinking but a troubling trend of alcohol use by very young children

06.01.17 | Terry Diener

The board Wednesday released a biennial report required by lawmakers on trends in underage and high-risk drinking and prevention strategies. Officials said Pennsylvania is below the national average for reported binge drinking by eighth and 10th...

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