List by Category: Pennsylvania News

Pennsylvania lawmakers may force drug addicts into treatment programs

02.21.17 | Bob Price

The measure has bipartisan support in the house and senate and would allow involuntary commitment of a drug user after an overdose. The proposal is fueled by the growing opioid epidemic that is rippling across the northeast. The ACLU says it will ...

PA prison officials have already begun the process of closing a massive state prison complex near Pittsburgh

02.20.17 | Bob Price

Some inmates have already been sent to other detention facilities. Prison staff have until Friday to say where they'd like to be transferred. The state is still trying to figure out what it plans to do with that 24-acre site on the Ohio River, ...

PA Representative Marty Causer is sponsoring legislation to beef-up depleted first responders

02.20.17 | Bob Price

He says ambulance services are in a state of crisis due to "a lack of personnel and a lack of financial resources." Causer's bill would increase the fine on speeding tickets to pay for efforts to upgrade equipment and training for ambulance ...

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 ...

State law in PA says teachers must get 10 paid sick days a year

02.17.17 | Bob Price

But Senator John Eichelberger wants to eliminate those guarantees and let each school district negotiate that benefit with individual teachers’ unions.The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is on board noting that each district knows ...

The largest electric steam turbine ever transported on a flat-bed truck arrives at it's destination near Scranton

02.17.17 | Bob Price

It began it's slow journey nearly a month ago in Schenectady, New York. The massive General Electric turbine moved along at top speeds of 5 to 10 miles per hour.  Traffic detours were set up in the areas where this massive piece of machinery ...

Inmates at a Schuylkill County PA prison are fostering new friendships through a dog training program

02.16.17 |

Prisoners help acclimate pooches for adoption by spending time playing with and training their furry-four-legged friends. Five dogs per month are brought to the state correctional facility in Frackville from over-crowded shelters in the south. ...

Pro-life lawmakers in PA are trying to muster enough votes to over-ride a promised veto by the governor

02.16.17 | Bob Price

It hasn't happened in more than 25 years. The state House is close to the 2/3rds super-majority needed to over-rule Governor Wolf's striking down of Senate Bill 3.   The measure bans late-term and dismemberment abortions.   Wolf calls ...

The company that's building a 300-mile pipeline across southern PA has gotten the greenlight to begin construction

02.14.17 | Bob Price

Sunoco received the permits yesterday from the state Department of Environmental Protection for it's Mariner 2 Pipeline. It'll transport propane and natural gas from southwestern Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale gas fields to a distribution facility ...

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 & ...

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