List by Category�: Pennsylvania News

SCOTUS will hear a religious freedom case out of Philadelphia

02.25.20 | Bob Price

At issue is whether a Catholic foster care agency in the city has the right to deny child placement in same-sex households. Philadelphia suspended the foster care program over that policy. The charity is now suing the city on religious freedom...

Pennsylvania voters have a new resource to prepare for the polls

02.25.20 | Terry Diener

The Department of State has launched 67 new webpages – one for each county – where voters can learn specifics about their county's voting system and how to use it. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State says each webpage includes a...

PA among states picking up tab for PP's family planning services

02.24.20 | Bill Price

The organization last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed carving out money in state budgets to...

Wrapping up the world's largest student-run philanthropy

02.24.20 | Brandon Dickson

For 46 hours, hundreds of Penn State students, pediatric cancer patients, and their parents danced and raised money for "THON." The annual Penn State inter-fraternity council and panhellenic dance marathon raised almost $11.7 million that will...

Pennsylvania's top court suspends Jerry Sandusky prosecutor

02.20.20 | Terry Diener

The justices issued a 5-1 decision to suspend Frank Fina’s license for a year and a day, agreeing with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that Fina’s actions were improper in obtaining grand jury testimony about three top university...

Outside Democratic groups ramp up negative ads against Pres. Trump in PA

02.19.20 | Terry Diener

This week, the liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century said it had launched a $10 million advertising campaign in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan targeted to working-class voters in rural parts of the states who were key to...

Another effort to legalize rec. marijuana has been introduced in the PA House

02.19.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Representative Jake Wheatley insists his bill would expunge records of non-violent drug offenders, while revenue would be funneled into student loan reimbursement and after school programs. But, Representative Kathy Rapp, who chairs the House...

Head of PA's state owned universities calls for sweeping change

02.17.20 | Terry Diener

Facing declining enrollment and financial headwinds, System Chancellor Dan Greenstein has been talking for 18 months about the need for the universities to act more like a system if they are all going to survive. Greenstein is urging steps such...

Geisinger announces $80 million dollars cancer center investment

02.17.20 | Brandon Dickson

It's the health system's largest investment in more than a decade in Luzerne County. Construction is slated to begin this summer on the 92,000-square-foot, four-story expansion that will feature high-end care including an inpatient unit to...

Former pharmacist files suit claiming she was fired for not trying marijuana

02.17.20 | Brandon Dickson

Carol Kopiak, of Wilkes-Barre, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Justice Grown. Kopiak claims her rights were violated when the store terminated her employment "for refusing to engage in illegal activity."

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