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PA police arrest 7 at the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton

02.15.18 | Terry Diener

The arrests follow months of investigation by the state police and the state attorney general’s office, but it’s been years since sexual abuse allegations were lodged at the Lackawanna County Prison. Troopers arrested seven men who...

PA's milk supply surpasses demand

02.14.18 | Terry Diener

Dairy farmers across the state are trying to weather the storm, but some say this year has been tougher than normal. The farmers get paid per pounds of milk, and this year they’re at a loss of $3 per 100-pounds. The PA Farm Bureau says...

Suit paves a smoother path for third-party candidates in PA

02.13.18 | Terry Diener

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a judge recently approved the settlement that includes a provision that third-party and independent candidates will need far fewer petition signatures to qualify for the ballot. The court agreement caps the...

Funds to attack lyme disease are included in Gov. Wolf's new budget plan

02.12.18 | Terry Diener

If approved by the state Legislature, the $2.5 million would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to hire staff to implement recommendations from its Lyme Disease Task Force. Pennsylvania consistently leads the country in cases of Lyme...

Spanier steps to clear his name for Sandusky's crimes

02.08.18 | Terry Diener

The attorneys for the former Penn State president appeared before a panel of state Superior Court judges to argue for the dismissal of hiss March 2017 conviction on one count of child endangerment. Graham Spanier was convicted for what...

PA lawmaker looks to fill firefighter void with ex-convicts

02.06.18 | Terry Diener

State Senator Dan Laughlin’s proposal would train non-violent criminals to become volunteer firefighters after they’re released from prison, something California is already doing. The senator wants inmates trained in prison so...

The DEP seeks help to cap abandoned PA oil and gas wells

01.31.18 | Terry Diener

The Environmental Good Samaritan Act of 1999 protects groups and individuals who volunteer to implement qualifying environmental remediation projects from civil and environmental liability. While the Act historically has been used for mine...

PA lawmakers make steps of progress on the congressional district map

01.30.18 | Terry Diener

Senate Republican leaders introduced a bill Monday that could become legislation to replace the 18-district map ruled unconstitutional by the justices last week. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf plans what he calls a listening tour at three stops in the...

Lawmaker wants to remove veterinarian exemption for drug monitoring

01.30.18 | Terry Diener

Veterinarians currently don’t have to submit information on the opioid-based painkillers they prescribe. State Representative Ed Gainey says that allows pet owners with opioid addictions to “vet shop” for medications for their...

Tougher human trfficking legislation has been introduced in PA

01.29.18 | Terry Diener

Representative Seth Grove says his proposal would increase penalties on people convicted of trafficking someone into sex slavery, and on people who patronize a victim of sexual trafficking. Grove notes his bill also would give prosecutors the...

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