List by Category: Pennsylvania News

A defense attorney says an insanity defense is unlikely in the Eric Frein trial

12.26.16 | Sarah Harnisch

Frein is the man charged with fatally ambushing a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding a second trooper near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania. Attorney William Ruzzo said during a hearing over the holiday that an insanity or diminished ...

Wegmans is facing a a civil lawsuit for background checks it runs on prospective employees

12.26.16 | Sarah Harnisch

The Rochester-based grocery giant has been accused of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act for failing to give job applicants and employees who became the subjects of consumer background checks proper notice. The civil lawsuit was filed in U.S. ...

A PA politician wants colleges that declare themselves "sanctuary campuses" to face sanctions

12.22.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

State Representative Jerry Knowles says he plans to introduce a bill in next year's legislative session that would  make "sanctuary schools" lose taxpayer funding. So far, none of the four, state-related universities, nor the 14 state-owned ...

Pennsylvania's governor promises not to raise taxes to balance the budget next year

12.22.16 | Bob Price

Tom Wolf will instead propose a series of government reforms to make official Harrisburg operate more efficiently. Wolf releases his budget proposal in early February.

A PA inmate has asked the state's highest court to prevent him from having to spend the rest of his life on parole

12.21.16 | Bob Price

52 Year-old Richard Le Olds wants bail set for him and others like him--inmates convicted of taking part in homicides as juveniles without doing the actual killing. His request comes as courts across Pennsylvania re-sentence inmates sent away for ...

The PA System of Higher Ed doled out $77 million in pay raises to 8,000 employees yesterday

12.21.16 | Bob Price

The move comes after the first faculty strike in the 34 year history of the university system.   The bulk of the money will go to the 5,100 faculty members at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned schools. A new three year contract was just ratified ...

One of PA's largest health-care providers is dismissing the use of opiods to control chronic pain

12.20.16 | Bob Price

Geisinger Health says opioid medication is ineffective and dangerous.  The prognosis comes as the commonwealth reels from an opiod overdose epidemic. The study was based on findings from 90,000 patients. It concludes that opioid therapy is ...

PA workers who process unemployment claims will apply for unemployment

12.20.16 | Bob Price

More than 500 employees at three Pennsylvania jobless centers are being laid off as the Keystone State tries to dig out from a massive financial hole. Governor Wolf has promised thousands of state positions that are currently unfilled will remain ...

A PA woman faces criminal charges after stealing a baby Jesus figure from a nativity scene

12.19.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Bethlehem-area police say she took the Jesus figure to the hospital with a note explaining the baby had been neglected by his parents, "Joseph and Mary." 49-year-old Jacqueline Ross told police it was a joke, but they are not laughing.  She ...

Major changes are being proposed to public education in PA

12.19.16 | Terry Diener

At issue in Harrisburg is a de-emphasis on state tests.Calling it the Future Ready Grading Index, state education officials say the new grading system is meant to tell a more accurate story about Pennsylvania's 500 school districts. While testing ...

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