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NY's Gov. Cuomo orders increase in police patrols at synagogues

09.30.19 | Bill Price

The Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah started at sundown last evening. Deborah Zeger at Temple Beth El in Rochester says it's important to strike a balance between being "welcoming" and secure. Synagogues are being asked to lock their doors during...

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court takes a pass on reviewing the death penalty

09.30.19 | Terry Diener

The decision comes after the court heard arguments this month from critics who call the punishment cruel and arbitrary in the way it’s applied to poor and black defendants. Statewide, just under half of the current death row inmates in...

Economic think tank says PA's fiscal health is not as good as it seems

09.26.19 | Terry Diener

Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year did not include any new taxes or fees. Yet, Truth in Accounting gave Pennsylvania a “D” grade for financial health. According to the annual report, Pennsylvania...

Gov. Tom Wolf is "on record" supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana

09.26.19 | Brandon Dickson

He wants lawmakers to begin work immediately to make that a reality. The call for full-blown legalization comes four months after Lt. Governor John Fetterman's statewide marijuana listening tour. He says anywhere from 65 to 70 percent of...

Efforts to overhaul probation in PA may be complicated by six recent murders

09.25.19 | Terry Diener

The recent killings are believed to have been committed by parolees. Nevertheless, the reforms continue to draw bipartisan support. Advocates from across the political spectrum were promoting bills in Harrisburg this week that would ease...

Senate committee wraps up gun debate in the Keystone State

09.25.19 | Brandon Dickson

Today marks the last of a two-day Senate committee hearing on gun violence in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced legislation to more swiftly take away guns from someone who was involuntarily committed...

Stopping a potential Pennsylvania mass shooting

09.23.19 | Brandon Dickson

A 28-year-old man is in custody today after threatening to shoot-up and detonate pipe bombs at two Hazleton area schools. Christian Diehl told cops he was kidding, but the Hazleton police chief says, "it's a poor joke" for someone to kid about...

Clamoring to have climate change taught in commonwealth public schools

09.23.19 | Terry Diener

Schools in Pennsylvania are not formally required to teach climate change. So as study after study warns about the risks of a warming planet, many Pennsylvania students are learning nothing about it in the classroom. This month, Pennsylvania got...

Three-mile island is shutting down

09.20.19 | Bill Price

The clouds of steam that billowed over Three-Mile Island for more than 40 years will slowly begin to fade today. Operations will cease at noon after the state of Pennsylvania refused to step in and help out the cash-strapped plant near...

PA politician introduces bill to up penalty for people "urging" others toward suicide

09.20.19 | Brandon Dickson

The bill comes four months after Jacqueline Bieber's 25-year-old daughter Shawn took her own life. Shawn Shatto received a step-by-step guide on how to end her life from an on-line chatroom. When she later expressed regret, people in that chat...

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