List by Month: 2-2018

Judge sentences NY man convicted of killing a UPS driver to 26 years

02.14.18 | Brandon Dickson

Justin Barkley pleaded guilty to manslaughter and menacing last month in a plea deal for the 2016 killing in the parking lot of Ithaca's Walmart. He shot and killed 52-year-old William Schumacher in December of 2016, then drove over Schumacher's...

PA's milk supply surpasses demand

02.14.18 | Terry Diener

Dairy farmers across the state are trying to weather the storm, but some say this year has been tougher than normal. The farmers get paid per pounds of milk, and this year they’re at a loss of $3 per 100-pounds. The PA Farm Bureau says...

New York Democrats push to eliminate bail requirements

02.14.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Democratic Senator Michael Gianaris says his plan would reduce prison populations and address the unfairness of allowing suspects with money to go free while others need to wait in prison for their trial. Suspects of violent crimes would still...

Flu cases taper in PA

02.14.18 | Brandon Dickson

Health officials say it's too early to know if the worst is behind us. 16 more flu-related deaths were reported last week--bringing the total this season in the state to 107.

Suit paves a smoother path for third-party candidates in PA

02.13.18 | Terry Diener

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a judge recently approved the settlement that includes a provision that third-party and independent candidates will need far fewer petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. The court agreement caps the...

2 lawmakers want to change the rules on political ads and social media in NY

02.13.18 | Sarah Harnisch

Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman James Skoufis, two Democrats, want to require Facebook and other social media platforms to identity the individual or groups behind political ads. The move comes after possible Russian meddling in the 2016...

Senator Gillibrand announcing new legislation aimed at job training

02.13.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Kirsten Gillibrand says her measure would provide more training to low-income and working students. Gillibrand says her Jobs Act would allow more people to access training and better jobs by decreasing the 600 required hours to 150 in order to...

Ivanka Trump will talk business in Pittsburgh today

02.13.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Ivanka Trump and the head of the small business administration, Linda McMahon, will take part in a roundtable discussion in Mt. Lebanon this morning. The group will reportedly discuss workforce development, tax cuts and the Jobs Act.

Gov. Wolf will decide whether to accept a congressional map re-drawn by Republicans

02.12.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The new map is much more compact than the old one. Democrats say it's still too partisan, citing 2016 presidential election results. Redistricting expert Brian Amos combined the new maps with precinct-level returns. He says vote margins...

Funds to attack lyme disease are included in Gov. Wolf's new budget plan

02.12.18 | Terry Diener

If approved by the state Legislature, the $2.5 million would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to hire staff to implement recommendations from its Lyme Disease Task Force. Pennsylvania consistently leads the country in cases of Lyme...

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