List by Category: Pennsylvania News

The DEP seeks help to cap abandoned PA oil and gas wells

01.31.18 | Terry Diener

The Environmental Good Samaritan Act of 1999 protects groups and individuals who volunteer to implement qualifying environmental remediation projects from civil and environmental liability. While the Act historically has been used for mine...

PA lawmakers make steps of progress on the congressional district map

01.30.18 | Terry Diener

Senate Republican leaders introduced a bill Monday that could become legislation to replace the 18-district map ruled unconstitutional by the justices last week. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans what he calls a listening tour at three stops in the...

Lawmaker wants to remove veterinarian exemption for drug monitoring

01.30.18 | Terry Diener

Veterinarians currently don’t have to submit information on the opioid-based painkillers they prescribe. State Representative Ed Gainey says that allows pet owners with opioid addictions to “vet shop” for medications for their...

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...

A stand-off turns deadly in the Poconos

01.29.18 | Brandon Dickson

Police were called to a home Sunday morning where they tried to negotiate with a 51-year-old man who had his girlfriend and her mom held up inside for two hours.  But after hearing continued yells for help, they entered the home. Officers...

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...

Top PA Republcans petition the Supreme Court to intervene following a gerrymandering ruling

01.26.18 | Bob Price

The recent ruling by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court forces the state to redraw all of the state's 19 congressional districts. The GOP says the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unconstitutionally usurped the authority of lawmakers to create congressional...

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...

PA House approves legislation to ban cough and cold meds to minors

01.25.18 | Brandon Dickson

House Bill 1951 would require stores to check the age of someone who appears to be under the age of 25 when they attempt to purchase a medicine containing DXM to ensure the buyer is over 18. The bill is awaiting a vote in the state Senate.

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...

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