List by Month: 6-2017

Pennsylvania is considering banning plastic bags

06.28.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Governor Tom Wolf wants to do away with plastic grocery bags to protect the environment. The trouble is there are over 1,500 people across the state that make the bags for a living.The bill has already passed the House and the Senate and is...

PA's governor has signed a law that that makes it a crime to lie about military service to get money

06.28.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

House Bill 168 says a person who financially benefits from lying about military service or decorations can be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor. Those convicted would face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. The Stolen Valor...

There's a shortage of lifeguards at swimming pools across PA this summer

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Last year, Pool Manager Kimberly Whittington had nearly 30 guards at Splash Cove in eastern Pennsylvania.   This year,  only 15. Part of the issue is an expensive certification course to start the job. So far, parks have not had...

Pennsylvania could shave off millions of dollars by trimming prison sentences

06.27.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

With a budget deadline at the end of the week, Pennsylvania lawmakers are getting more creative when it comes to saving on budget spending. A new plan would reduce prison sentences for non-violent offenders by five months.  A bipartisan...

Buffalo billionaire Carl Paladino takes the stand in his own defense today before the state education commissioner

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

He's accused of leaking confidential information in the wake of the outrage over his remarks about former president Barack Obama. The Buffalo School Board, where Paladino serves, says they are trying to prove he violated a code of conduct by...

Rochester police are still on the hunt for a suspect who shot an officer near the face over the weekend

06.27.17 | Sarah Harnisch

It's been three days and still no sign of the gunman. 36-year-old Jeremy Nash, an 11-year veteran of the force, was released from the hospital yesterday and walked through a line of patrol officers that came to escort their wounded comrade home...

Last year marked the second lowest year on record in PA for hunting related shooting incidents

06.26.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

25 hunting-related shooting incidents were recorded last year across Pennsylvania.  Only 20-15 had a lower number with 23. The Pennsylvania Game Commission also claims 2016 marked the second time on record a year passed without a...

NY state changed the rules for who can hand out medical marijuana

06.26.17 | Sarah Harnisch

Effective immediately, nurse practitioners can register online and certify patients the same day. Previously, only doctors were allowed. Officials say they hope it will streamline the process for the 22,000 patients enrolled. The state says it's...

Seven high school students from Rochester are rowing more than 300 miles to raise money for charity

06.26.17 | Sarah Harnisch

The students will be rowing for eight days along the Erie Canal from Amherst to Albany. So far, they've raised about $30,000 for Holy Childhood School based in Rochester.  The school helps children and young adults with developmental...

A PA Supreme Court decision last week could add a $100 million challenge to budget negotiations

06.26.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The ruling struck down sections of a 2009 law that gave the Legislature the authority to spend oil and gas royalties on state forests for general budget items not related to conservation. In place of the unconstitutional sections, the court...

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