List by Category: Pennsylvania News

Changing the charter school system in Pennsylvania

11.15.19 | Bill Price

This morning Governor Wolf "took-the-wraps" off his plan to reform the state's 22-year-old law when it comes to how the commonwealth's 200 charter schools are run. The Democrat says the current law is failing students, teachers, school districts...

Veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped by nearly 13%

11.15.19 | Terry Diener

Regional officials say the veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped 40.5% since 2010. This year’s estimate finds that 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019, compared to 37,878 reported in January 2018. Officials...

No unemployment checks issued for 4 in PA

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

The system went down early last Thursday and stayed more or less out of commission until Sunday night. In an email Department of Labor and Industry officials said that means an estimated 2,500 people weren’t able to file their claims on...

PA's medical pot program passes a half billion in sales in nearly 2 years

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting this week that about 147,000 people are currently certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of the 72 dispensaries now in operation...

Probing a pipeline in Pennsylvania

11.13.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Governor Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a Mariner East natural gas pipeline project. Federal agents have reportedly interviewed current and former state...

Straight party voting is now a thing of the past in Pennsylvania

11.13.19 | Terry Diener

No longer can voters go to the polls and simply make a single mark on a general election ballot to vote for every candidate of that party. It was an option that hundreds of thousands of voters exercised for the last time in last week’s...

Sen. Bob Casey and others introduce plan to save pensions for miners

11.12.19 | Terry Diener, Brandon Dickson

Casey and a bipartisan group of senators have put forth a bill called the American Miners Act.  It would allow the transfer of funds to the 1974 pension plan, which is in danger of becoming insolvent following the 2008-2009 financial crisis...

School districts in PA are struggling with a shortage of bus drivers

11.12.19 | Terry Diener

A decline in the number of licensed school bus drivers statewide has some districts scrambling to get students to and from school.   According to Mike Berk, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, which represents...

Penn State ranks among least affordable "flagship" universities in the U.S.

11.11.19 | Terry Diener

The term flagship refers to public universities built with significant government and taxpayer help with the goal of helping people from working and otherwise financially-modest backgrounds become contributors to a well-educated workforce...

Tricky travel through Tuesday as winter weather continues on its way

11.11.19 | Brandon Dickson

Meteorologist says west central New York will see the bulk of snow totals.  Areas including Buffalo, Rochester through Syracuse will see the most snow.  By tomorrow morning, eight to twelve inches could be on the ground. He says some...

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