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PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale calls for flexibility with state aid for firefighters

09.06.19 | Brandon Dickson

He's calling on state legislators to change the law for volunteer firefighter relief associations. Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline says he'd like to see the "the money back to where it belongs: protecting our firefighters and our...

Pennsylvania investigates 17 lung disease cases possibly linked to vaping

09.05.19 | Brandon Dickson

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine notes each has been ill enough to require hospitalization. Levine says vaping is "certainly" not safe for young people. A 19-year old man from Delaware County is on life support and in a medically induced coma...

PA lawmaker plans to introduce proposal to cap monthly cost of insulin

09.05.19 | Brandon Dickson

Representative Jeanne McNeill of Lehigh County says the bill would set a mandatory price cap of $100 on the monthly cost of insulin. The average annual cost for a person with type 1 diabetes is more than $5,700 as of 2016.

Former U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta will consult others seeking office

09.04.19 | Terry Diener

The 63-year-old Hazleton-native says he's opened a consulting firm that will focus primarily on political campaigns and government affairs. Lou Barletta, a Republican, says his eight years in congress provided him with the experience that will...

More commonwealth crews are headed south to help with the hurricane

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Mennonite Disaster Service has volunteer teams in Lancaster County and in the southeast, ready to respond to hurricane Dorian’s damage once emergency management officials say it’s safe to do so. Operations Director Ron Guenther, says...

Nearly 100 Kmart stores will be shuttering soon

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Stores in Bath, New York and Towanda, Pennsylvania are among the closing locations. The exact date of their demise is not yet known. They are part of under-performing stores facing a similar fate by December or sooner.

PA politicians get feedback on proposals to limit use of deadly force by police

08.29.19 | Brandon Dickson

Democratic legislators held a hearing this week on plans to change the rules that dictate when officers can use force and what kind they can deploy. The proposed changes include requiring officers to use de-escalation techniques and non-lethal...

Geisinger Health System will offer up to 2 weeks of paid leave to new parents

08.29.19 | Brandon Dickson

The new policy begins Sunday and applies to parents of newborns, adopted or foster kids, and Geisinger employees who become guardian of a child. Full and part-time employees who have worked for the Danville, Pennsylvania company for at least...

PA state lawmakers are taking notice of skilled-worker shortage

08.28.19 | Terry Diener

The National Federation of Independent Businesses said in mid-August – the commonwealth needs more skilled workers, especially truck drivers, nurses, and health care workers. Members of the House Majority Policy Committee toured some...

The Wilkes-Barre School District wants to install "bullet proof glass" in its new building

08.28.19 | Bob Price

Wilkes-Barre School Board Vice President Shawn Walker says the goal is to make kids "safe." Opponents are concerned the special glass would not really help if a perpetrator got inside the building. The bullet proof glass would cost nearly a...

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