List by Month: 3-2013

NY Gets Closer To Hiking The Minimum Wage

03.06.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The New York State Assembly passed a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour, putting pressure on the Senate and Governor Cuomo to support the measure. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the minimum wage should be increased ...

More Hydrofracking Moratorium Talks In The NY Senate

03.06.13 | Sarah Harnisch

We've waited over four years for a decision on high volume hydrofracking in New York, and now, there's the possibility that the wait may be much longer. A critical group of New York senators are likely to pass a two-year hyrofracking moratorium ...

Railroads Are Now Eyeing PA's Marcellus Shale Gas

03.06.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania produces almost a tenth of the nation's natural gas, courtesy of the Marcellus Shale. Now, there just might be another buyer in the market. BNSF Railway, one of the country's biggest consumers of diesel fuel, plans this year to test ...

Secret Keeper Girl

03.05.13 | Darcie Schwarz

Modesty and true beauty for preteens

Pennsylvania Is Finally Creating Jobs Again

03.05.13 | Sarah Harnisch

A new study says the end of the employment cliff for Pennsylvania is finally in sight.  On Monday,  IHS Global Insight issued its latest forecast of when states will return to "peak employment" levels-- the level attained before the ...

People Are Flocking To Watch "The Bible" Miniseries On The History Channel

03.05.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The History Channel made ratings history Sunday, setting a record for its new mini-series on the Bible. Nearly 15 million tuned into the premier. The show runs 5 weeks, two hours per show, ending on Easter Sunday. "The Bible" beat out ABC's the ...

Skelos Says Gun Law Will Change; Cuomo Says It Won't

03.05.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said Monday he expects significant changes to New York's new gun law.  He specifically mentioned a provision that lowers the number of bullets in a magazine from 10 to 7, saying manufacturers do not make guns ...

NY Senate Considering Tax Credits For Families, Homeowners

03.05.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The New York State Senate unveiled the Family Tax Relief Act yesterday. It restores the STAR property tax rebate program, which gives families 450 dollars back on their property taxes; and puts a new tax break in place: nearly a thousand dollar ...

Frontrunner Emerges To Challenge Tom Corbett

03.04.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The name of a five term Congresswoman is being touted as a democratic front runner to challenge Tom Corbett in the next Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election. Montgomery County congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has yet to declare her candidacy, but has ...

30 Million Locusts Descend on Egypt

03.04.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Cairo, Egypt and the area around the Red Sea has been laden with 30 million locusts, just ahead of the Passover holiday. Israel's Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today, asking Israelis to be vigilant in reporting locust sightings ...