List by Category: Pennsylvania News

PA's Dept. of Health launches first in the nation medical pot research

06.21.19 | Sarah Harnisch

It's a partnership between three universities, including Penn State, and dozens of marijuana businesses across the state. Pro-family groups say marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead to abuse. Penn State argues this would give doctors...

Recreational marijuana is a no-go in NY

06.21.19 | Sarah Harnisch

Now, lawmakers are moving to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana instead, as a consolation. The Senate, by a vote of 39 to 23, has made marijuana possession "on par" with getting a traffic ticket. We're...

A massive fire erupted in Philadephia overnight

06.21.19 | Sarah Harnisch

The oil refinery is the largest on the east coast. No one has been hurt. Roads are closed.  People are sheltering in place as crews work to get the blaze under control. The refinery takes up several city blocks. The smoke has filled a...

Flooding is an issue across the Southern Tier and western NY today

06.21.19 | Sarah Harnisch

A sunny day ahead, but that was not the case when it rained three inches by noon yesterday in Oswego, New York. There is a state of emergency in Oswego County this morning. Three children--ages two, four, and six--had to be rescued in Alleghany...

A bill to expand Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania gains more traction

06.20.19 | Brandon Dickson

But, supporters of Sunday hunting say the latest proposal is bittersweet; they asked for 14 Sundays, but changes to the legislation propose three.   Hunting groups are pushing for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to manage which three...

Pennsylvania is permanently recognizing "Juneteenth"

06.20.19 | Brandon Dickson

The cultural holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved black people in the U.S. Governor Wolf on Wednesday signed legislation designating June 19th as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day." The celebration started with the freed slaves of...

Bill requiring drivers remove snow from vehicles gains steam in PA Senate

06.19.19 | Bob Price

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved the measure Tuesday, which gives drivers 24 hours after a storm to clean their cars and trucks. Police could pull drivers over if their vehicle pose a threat to people or property.  

1 in 3 Pennsylvania households struggles to afford life's basic necessities

06.19.19 | Terry Diener

Overall, the ratio represents nearly two million families. Hundreds of thousands of them live below the federal poverty line, but more than a million live near that mark, roughly $24,000 a year for a family of four. Most of these low-income...

Protester verbally attacked by Rep. B. Sims rallies support for his censure

06.18.19 | Bob Price

Ashley Garecht met Monday with lawmakers asking for their support of a measure targeting the four-term Philadelphia Democrat. Representative Jerry Knowles of Schuylkill County, has introduced a resolution that calls on the House leadership to...

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is wading into the budget battle in Harrisburg

06.18.19 | Brandon Dickson

He's personally pleading with Governor Wolf not to veto a school choice bill. The legislation, which passed both houses of the General Assembly, nearly doubles tax credits for private and religious schools. The governor fears it takes away from...

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