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Casino Lobbyists Spend $11 Million In NY

07.08.14 | Sarah Harnisch

Four upstate casinos are expected to boost economic development. So far, they’ve boosted the coffers of lobbyists and lawmakers’ campaigns. Casino gambling interests have doled out more than $11 million since 2012 to lobbyists and to ...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Recieves Lawsuit Protecting Traditional Marriage

07.08.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A Pennsylvania county clerk has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state. Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney filed the request late last week. It was made ...

PA Lawmakers Look At Budget Again

07.08.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A key budget-related bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature covers a slew of topics, despite a constitutional guideline that bills be limited to a single subject. The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday. It guides billions of dollars for ...

NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Officially Filed

07.07.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure laws was officially filed just before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend. An education advocacy group has partnered with 11 students; arguing the state's laws are unconstitutional because they ...

Nik Wallenda To Be Honored In NY

07.07.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A plaque is being dedicated to mark daredevil Nik Wallenda's 2012 high-wire walk over Niagara Falls. Wallenda and his family are expected to attend today's ceremony at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, along with dignitaries from the United States and ...

We're Entering The Peak of Tick And Lyme Disease In NY, PA

07.07.14 | Sarah Harnisch

We are now in the worst time of year-- for ticks and Lyme disease-- in Pennsylvania and New York. And the threat could be unusually high, given that experts believe deer ticks benefit from a wet spring like the one we had this year. The ...

PA Governor Tom Corbett Has Until Thursday To Produce A Budget

07.07.14 | Sarah Harnisch

With lawmakers' rocky spring session climbing deeper into summer, nobody knows what Governor Tom Corbett will do with the no-new-taxes budget plan sitting on his desk. He is being asked by his fellow Republicans to sign the bill they wrote and ...

Sparklers Remain Illegal As Cuomo Reviews Bill In NY

07.04.14 | Sarah Harnisch

If your Fourth of July plans included lighting up sparklers, be aware that they remain illegal in New York. A bill that the New York State Legislature passed June 19 would make sparklers legal in New York is still under review by Gov. Andrew ...

Health Insurers in New York Seek Double Digit Increases

07.04.14 | Sarah Harnisch

New York insurance companies are seeking to raise premiums 13 percent next year. The proposed rates from roughly 40 insurers to the state Department of Financial Services this week comes in the second year of the state's health exchange. Insurers ...

PA Congressman Blasts Immigration Officials At Texas Border Town

07.04.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A northeast Pennsylvania Congressman lashed out at immigration officials on a visit to the border town of McAllen Texas Thursday. Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta lashed out at the federal government Thursday, accusing unnamed officials ...

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