List by Month: 1-2018

A new program would limit books offered to NY state inmates

01.09.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Incarcerated men and women will have far fewer options come September due to changes in the Empire State's DOC. A pilot program at select facilities is now limiting items from a handful of approved vendors. The state’s Department of...

PA plans to roll out its controversial medical pot program soon

01.08.18 | Bob Price

The roll out comes as the nation's attorney general, Jeff Sessions roll backs an Obama-era hands-off approach to marijuana-friendly states. While Governor Tom Wolf is vowing to protect new medical marijuana patients, it's unclear how the...

The cold snap forces municipalities to use 'plan B' for road treatment

01.08.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Some local governments have come close to depleting their road salt supplies due to the recent below-average temps. Erie County New York officials have already ordered another batch. Charles Sickler with the county’s Public Works says...

Experts says the PA teacher shortage is only going to get worse

01.08.18 | Terry Diener

A spokesman for the state education association says there is evidence that a teacher shortage may be rapidly approaching, and the problem is two-fold. Pennsylvania will soon be hit with a wave of retirements, and there are fewer college...

NY may scrap its income tax in favor of a payroll tax

01.08.18 | Bob Price

Governor Cuomo proposes the change in response to the trump tax cuts. It's a way for New York to outmaneuver the federal overhaul that limits deductions for state and local taxes. Republicans have criticized Cuomo's position, saying New York...

Gov. Wolf has vowed to protect PA's medical pot from 'backwards attacks' by feds

01.05.18 | Terry Diener

Wolf's comments come following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement that he is doing away with the Obama-era policy that has paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. Wolf says his administration...

Area homeless shelters are ramping up for busy days

01.05.18 | Brandon Dickson

John Gleason with Keystone Mission in Scranton says there are not beds available there, but guests can come in off the street." Gleason notes he'll be open "24/7" to help folks get out of the cold. Chris Scribani with the Open Door Mission in...

PA's top fiscal watchdog will audit the turnpike commission

01.05.18 | Bob Price

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is concerned that annual toll hikes will cause traffic to decline and generate less money for important construction projects. Turnpike tolls are set to increase by 6% starting Sunday, for the 10th year in a...

Groups in NY claim trials will spotlight the need for ethics reform in Albany

01.05.18 | Bob Price

Separate trials scheduled to start in each of the next six months will keep the corruption issue in the public eye. Among the six men facing trials are two former leaders of the state legislature: Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean...

New York is suing over the federal tax law

01.04.18 | Bob Price

Governor Cuomo calls the historic tax overhaul an unconstitutional assault on New York. He vows the Empire State will sue over the Trump tax cuts. Republicans disagree with his assertions, saying most New Yorkers will see lower taxes under the...

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