List by Month: 8-2019

PA politicians get feedback on proposals to limit use of deadly force by police

08.29.19 | Brandon Dickson

Democratic legislators held a hearing this week on plans to change the rules that dictate when officers can use force and what kind they can deploy. The proposed changes include requiring officers to use de-escalation techniques and non-lethal...

More than 500 abuse survivors are filing suit under NY's Child Victims Act

08.29.19 | Bob Price

Two of the biggest targets: the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and the Boy Scouts of America. Attorney Jason Amala says the groups have "secret archive" and  "ineligible volunteer " files that contain abuse allegations. Amala accuses the...

Geisinger Health System will offer up to 2 weeks of paid leave to new parents

08.29.19 | Brandon Dickson

The new policy begins Sunday and applies to parents of newborns, adopted or foster kids, and Geisinger employees who become guardian of a child. Full and part-time employees who have worked for the Danville, Pennsylvania company for at least...

NY's decriminalization law for marijuana now in effect

08.29.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the move to allow possession of up to two ounces of marijuana “long overdue.” The new law does away with fines of $50 and $200 and allows some past cannabis conviction records to be...

A congressman from NY is calling for a criminal investigation of Gov. Cuomo

08.28.19 | Brandon Dickson

Republican Representative Tom Reed is wanting the federal government to look into the governor's alleged misuse of highway funds. It has to do with a five-mile stretch of I-90 that runs through the Seneca Indian Nation in western New York. The...

PA state lawmakers are taking notice of skilled-worker shortage

08.28.19 | Terry Diener

The National Federation of Independent Businesses said in mid-August – the commonwealth needs more skilled workers, especially truck drivers, nurses, and health care workers. Members of the House Majority Policy Committee toured some...

Time is winding down for NY employers to execute "anti-harassment" instruction

08.28.19 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

To comply with Empire State laws companies face an October 9th "instruction deadline." The broad changes to New York's harassment laws include workplace protections for domestic violence victims, employees wearing religious clothing and even...

The Wilkes-Barre School District wants to install "bullet proof glass" in its new building

08.28.19 | Bob Price

Wilkes-Barre School Board Vice President Shawn Walker says the goal is to make kids "safe." Opponents are concerned the special glass would not really help if a perpetrator got inside the building. The bullet proof glass would cost nearly a...

A former NY Assembly speaker is still walking around a free man

08.28.19 | Jeremy Miller

75-Year-old Sheldon Silver still has not spent a single night behind bars as his case is again before a panel of appeals court judges. Silver's still living on public funds, his nearly $70,000 a month state pension. His 2015 federal conviction...

Waverly, NY man charged after allegedly threatening to kill Pres. Trump

08.27.19 | Brandon Dickson

24-Year-old Jesse Allen Blake was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22nd. He reportedly mailed the threatening letter to the FBI back in March, while behind bars in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Blake also threatened to blow up the...

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