List by Month: 6-2016

Big changes are coming to how Pennsylvanians purchase liquor and wine

06.08.16 | Bill Price, Traci Lynn Woolsey

The state House voted Tuesday to allow grocery stores and other venues to sell wine. House Majority Leader Dave Reed says it's good for the economy.  He said, "I believe the fiscal note will come in at about $150 million" with room for...

One by one, schools are testing their water in New York state

06.08.16 | Sarah Harnisch

It's a movement that's spreading across New York state after two huge districts, Ithaca and Binghamton, tested positive for lead. Now there's a bill in the works that may require nearly all schools to test.   Senator Tom 'O Mara and...

New York home-school activists are lobbying state lawmakers for reforms that make it easier for kids educated at home to go to college

06.07.16 | Bob Price

Michael Bailey with Loving Education at Home says there's legislation in the works in the Senate and Assembly that would reduce the bureaucratic red-tape facing today's home-schooling families.The home-school activists say New York is doing its...

A World War I vet's long-lost purple heart has been returned to his 92-year-old daughter in Dunmore, PA

06.07.16 | Bob Price

Clarence Singer's medal was located by a group that's sole purpose is to reunite lost purple hearts with service members or their descendants. The Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited, hopes to return 100 medals earned in World War I by next...

The NY inspector general has released a long awaited report on the prison break from the Clinton Correction Facility

06.07.16 | Bob Price

The report says "chronic complacency" and "systematic failures" at the prison led to the escape of convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat.         The report was released on the one-year...

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's property tax rebate program is being extended to December 31st

06.07.16 | Bob Price

Participants get an additional six month to apply this year. Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty said, "Last year, nearly 600,000 people benefited from the program. Distribution of rebates starts July 1, so eligible Pennsylvanians are encouraged to...

Heroin, Uber, fantasy sports top NY lawmakers' final agenda

06.06.16 | Bob Price

Brewing up a Budget: Will state spending plan pass on time?

06.06.16 | Bob Price

Workers at Little Amps Coffee Roasters in downtown Harrisburg know all about brewing coffee. Sitting in the shadow of the State Capitol, they know a thing or two about the state budget as well. Lawmakers and lobbyists make up a large chunk of...

Sex offenders removed from group home in West Seneca

06.06.16 | Bob Price

West Seneca residents found relief Sunday after officials announced the removal of seven sex offenders from two group homes on Leydecker Road.  The sex offenders were placed in the group homes during the middle of the night in December of...

Pa. bill would require gun locks

06.06.16 | Bob Price

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a package of legislation that would require gun owners to keep firearms under lock and key. Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-Philadelphia) said her legislation would prevent accidental shootings. House Bill 1963...