List by Author: Terry Diener

The cyber-attack that shut down the computers of PA Senate Democrats for days is lasting longer than expected

03.09.17 | Terry Diener

Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa said the situation is more complex than originally thought, and it’s not clear when it will be resolved. The FBI is investigating and Microsoft is working to figure out how the network was penetrated and...

The PA Senate is debating a bill to reform how state legislative and congressional boundary lines are drawn

02.21.17 | Terry Diener

Senate Bill 22 would establish an independent 11-member commission; four from each of the two major political parties and three not affiliated with either party.  Commission members would not be allowed to hold a political or party office...

Pressure by Pennsylvania democrats could yield a minimum wage increase this year

02.20.17 | Terry Diener

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing hiking the hourly minimum from $7.25 to $12. That would be the nation’s highest. He is tying the proposal to his budget plan as a way to provide more tax revenue. Some Republicans say a minimum wage...

Membership in PA's volunteer fire and ambulance companies continues to lag

02.14.17 | Terry Diener

According to former Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, the ranks of volunteer firefighters and EMTs have dwindled from about 300,000 in the 1970s to around 50,000 today. Randy Vulakovich, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs &...

Someone has put up posters at Penn State urging people to report illegal immigrants

02.13.17 | Terry Diener

The university’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, said images of the posters had been circulating on social media earlier in the week.  An image published by the paper included the message, “It is your civic duty to report...

A far away asteroid is of special interest to one Pennsylvania professor

02.10.17 | Terry Diener

Hundreds of millions of miles away from Bloomsburg University, there’s an asteroid sitting somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.  Professor Dr. Michael Shepard spent months building a 3D model of the asteroid “Psyche” using a...

PA's education department wants help in providing meals to low-income kids this summer

02.07.17 | Terry Diener

Last year during the summer, 295 organizations participated, providing nutritious meals to children at over 2,600 locations throughout the state.  But Education officials say more organizations and meal sites are needed throughout...

Semi-automatic rifles could soon be used by Pennsylvania hunters

02.01.17 | Terry Diener

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave unanimous preliminary approval to regulatory changes that would permit the use of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns while hunting big game, small game, and fur bearers. A five-round magazine...

The Republican majority in the PA Senate is wasting no time in flexing its newfound muscle

01.30.17 | Terry Diener

In the Senate’s first full week of the new two-year session, a Senate committee advanced legislation that would kill Philadelphia’s sick-leave law and withhold state grant dollars from sanctuary cities.  So far, Wolf has vetoed...

PA lawmakers are asking Mr. Trump to reexamine a law that makes driver's licenses more secure

01.27.17 | Terry Diener

A January 24th letter signed by 116 lawmakers asks Trump to resolve the constitutional issues the REAL ID Act has raised and to relieve states of the massive cost. The lawmakers say Real ID imposes a significant unfunded mandate and usurps the...

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