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Political spin of referendum fools NY voters

10.01.13 | Bob Price

Unusually rosy wording of the referendum to legalize Las Vegas-type casinos appears to have loaded the dice for approval in New York, according to a poll released Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders facing a split electorate are ...

Gun-shaped lighters banned in NY

10.01.13 | Bob Price

Those novelty lighters at checkout counters that look like guns, cars, toys, tiny fire extinguishers and even SpongeBob SquarePants are being snuffed out in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that prohibits the sale of the items ...

Western Pa bus driver fired for locking kid on bus

10.01.13 | Bob Price

A McKeesport area school bus driver has been terminated after unintentionally leaving a 5-year-old girl locked inside a bus for more than five hours on Thursday, according to officials.  Lucy Kelly put her daughter on a bus at 8:50 a.m. headed ...

The struggle to rightsize the PA General Assembly

09.30.13 | Bob Price

While Pennsylvania continues to have the largest “full-time” state legislature in the nation with 253 members, Ohio somehow manages with 132. West Virginia gets by with 134. Among larger states, California has only 120 members and Texas ...

Common Core and NY's private schools

09.30.13 | Bob Price

Private and parochial school kids had just as much trouble with New York's Common Core exams as the public school children did.  Statewide, just 35 percent of students in non-public schools who took the third- through eighth-grade English ...

PA student profiles postponed

09.30.13 | Bob Price

The Pennsylvania Education Department will postpone for a few days ...the release of its online school evaluation system.  The School Performance Profiles were scheduled to go public today.  Schools are graded on a 100-point scale on ...

Plane crash kills NYS Trooper

09.30.13 | Bob Price

An off-duty New York State Police Trooper has died after the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed near a lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Tim Cowper crash-landed just before 4 p.m. yesterday.  The 55-year-old was an experienced pilot ...

Hockey in Happy Valley ?

09.27.13 | Bob Price

There's talk of Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania hosting hockey games.  Penn State officials are in talks with the NHL to bring outdoor contests to the famed college football arena. The idea is to attract interstate rivalry games ...

NY voters could push top judges' retirement to 80

09.27.13 | Bob Price

Judges could remain on the state's highest court until they turn 80 years old if New York voters approve a referendum Nov. 5 to increase the age limit by a decade. Approval would postpone mandatory retirement for four of the seven judges currently ...

Suicide prevention training for PA teachers

09.27.13 | Bob Price

Pennsylvania lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a measure to mandate suicide-prevention training for some public school teachers.  The bill calls for all 6th through 12th-grade teachers in the state to receive four hours of Department of ...

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