List by Category: Pennsylvania News

The PA Senate passes bill to outlaw Downs syndrome abortions

11.21.19 | Brandon Dickson

The measure got the thumbs up from both Republican-controlled chambers and now heads to Governor Wolf's desk where it could be vetoed. Supporters say the bill protects a vulnerable population and carries exceptions for rape, incest, and the...

PA measure would require medical facilities to dispose of a fetus after a miscarriage or abortion

11.20.19 | Brandon Dickson

PA measure would require medical facilities to dispose of a fetus after a miscarriage or abortion. State House members are voicing a variety of views on the prospect of burial or cremation for the tiny infants. Representative Clint Owlett says...

Catholic dioceses in PA challenge recent state policy on adoption

11.19.19 | Brandon Dickson

3 Catholic dioceses in the Keystone State are now challenging a recent state policy that has essentially put them out of the adoption and foster care business. The diocese of Greensburg, near Pittsburgh, recently announced that its charities...

A PA Senate committe has passed a plan to raise the minimum wage

11.19.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The compromise deal would move the current $7.25 minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2020, rather than the $15 sought by Governor Wolf. The full Senate is expected to vote on the plan this week.

PA's prison agency has agreed to improve death row conditions

11.19.19 | Terry Diener

The deal stems from a federal lawsuit that called the inmates' living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death row with at least 42½ hours a week out of their cell...

Several pro-life bills are up for debate in PA's General Assembly

11.18.19 | Bob Price

Both the state House and Senate are weighing measures that recognize the humanity of the unborn. One bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Another would allow for the humane disposal of fetal remains in the event of a...

Pennsylvania's minimum wage is up for debate this week in Harrisburg

11.18.19 | Bob Price

At $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is the lowest allowed by federal law. Governor Wolf wants to increase the wage to $15 an hour over the next five years. Republicans argue if that happens, tens of thousands will lose their jobs.

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...

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