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Liquor Privatization and the PA General Assembly

09.23.13 | Bob Price

Pennsylvania lawmakers return to work Monday after a nearly three-month break.  Liquor privatization will feature prominently on the "to do" list. The House took the historic step of passing a plan that would have moved the state out of the ...

Lawsuit Challenging Underpinning of NY Casino Deal

09.23.13 | Bob Price

With a vote coming soon on whether to expand casino gambling in New York, two small upstate towns are asking a court to throw out the rules that would govern the rollout and a related deal between the state and the Oneida Indians. The towns of ...

Chirp Changes : NY Study Finds PCBs Affect Birdsong

09.20.13 | Bob Price

A chickadee's two-note song and a song sparrow's trill can be subtly modified by low levels of PCBs, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE.The study compared the songs of birds from a stretch of the Hudson River ...

Support for Medical Marijuana Grows in Pennsylvania

09.20.13 | Bob Price

The medical marijuana debate is back at the State Capitol: Senate bill 770, known as the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, would legalize the drug for those with certain diseases and chronic pain. It's not the first time a bill like this has ...

Sunken Treasure in Lake Ontario

09.20.13 | Bob Price

Undersea explorers from Upstate New York say they've found the sunken wreck of a canadian schooner that sank in Lake Ontario during a sudden squall more than a century ago.  Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens say they found the ...

Urgent Action Needed to Address PA's Roads and Bridges

09.20.13 | Bob Price

Pointing to the 1,100 in-state bridges now weight-restricted as a warning for the future, a frustrated Barry Schoch, the state's secretary of transportation, has urged legislators to quickly pass a transportation bill that would raise billions for ...

Critics say "CorbettCare" will Lead to More Welfare, Higher Taxes

09.19.13 | Bob Price

Republican Governor Tom Corbett came out with his “Healthy Pennsylvania” initiative this week, a proposal that gives the federal government a laundry list of Medicaid reforms he would like to implement in the state. Corbett wants to use ...

NY Homeowners Must Reapply for S-T-A-R Tax Rebates

09.19.13 | Bob Price

Some New York State residents who get STAR tax rebates need to reapply before the end of the year, or lose that tax break. This affects 2.6 million basic STAR recipients in New York State. The need for renewal does not affect seniors, or enhanced ...

New Grading System in PA

09.19.13 | Bob Price

Education officials unveiled a new grading system for Pennsylvania's public schools on Wednesday that they described as a tool for parents, administrators and the public to monitor and improve student achievement. School Performance Profiles will ...

Understanding the Health Care Exchanges

09.19.13 | Bob Price

As part of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance exchanges were mandated for people without insurance. Think of the insurance exchange as a supermarket. Just as there are multiple brands of peanut butter and jelly, this new health market will ...

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