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A PA Senate committe has passed a plan to raise the minimum wage

11.19.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The compromise deal would move the current $7.25 minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2020, rather than the $15 sought by Governor Wolf. The full Senate is expected to vote on the plan this week.

PA's prison agency has agreed to improve death row conditions

11.19.19 | Terry Diener

The deal stems from a federal lawsuit that called the inmates' living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death row with at least 42½ hours a week out of their cell...

Several pro-life bills are up for debate in PA's General Assembly

11.18.19 | Bob Price

Both the state House and Senate are weighing measures that recognize the humanity of the unborn. One bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Another would allow for the humane disposal of fetal remains in the event of a...

Pennsylvania's minimum wage is up for debate this week in Harrisburg

11.18.19 | Bob Price

At $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is the lowest allowed by federal law. Governor Wolf wants to increase the wage to $15 an hour over the next five years. Republicans argue if that happens, tens of thousands will lose their jobs.

Changing the charter school system in Pennsylvania

11.15.19 | Bill Price

This morning Governor Wolf "took-the-wraps" off his plan to reform the state's 22-year-old law when it comes to how the commonwealth's 200 charter schools are run. The Democrat says the current law is failing students, teachers, school districts...

Veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped by nearly 13%

11.15.19 | Terry Diener

Regional officials say the veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania has dropped 40.5% since 2010. This year’s estimate finds that 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019, compared to 37,878 reported in January 2018. Officials...

No unemployment checks issued for 4 in PA

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

The system went down early last Thursday and stayed more or less out of commission until Sunday night. In an email Department of Labor and Industry officials said that means an estimated 2,500 people weren’t able to file their claims on...

PA's medical pot program passes a half billion in sales in nearly 2 years

11.14.19 | Terry Diener

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting this week that about 147,000 people are currently certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of the 72 dispensaries now in operation...

Probing a pipeline in Pennsylvania

11.13.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Governor Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a Mariner East natural gas pipeline project. Federal agents have reportedly interviewed current and former state...

Straight party voting is now a thing of the past in Pennsylvania

11.13.19 | Terry Diener

No longer can voters go to the polls and simply make a single mark on a general election ballot to vote for every candidate of that party. It was an option that hundreds of thousands of voters exercised for the last time in last week’s...

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