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A newly uncovered email indicates PA's top election official was forced out

11.21.17 | Terry Diener

Former Secretary of State Pedro Cortez was under pressure to step down due to allegations of voter fraud in the commonwealth. He told Democratic Governor Tom Wolf that he could not understand why he was being pushed out. In the email, Cortes...

Pennsylvania's 4-day bear hunt starts Saturday

11.14.17 | Terry Diener

The Game Commission estimates Pennsylvania's bear population at around 20,000, a high-water mark the population has held for the past two seasons, despite substantial harvests. The number of hunters buying bear licenses is on pace to reach...

A credit rating agency admits Pennsylvania's new gambling law could 'kill-off' casinos

11.10.17 | Terry Diener

Pro-family groups have been warning about it for years. The gambling expansion will allow up to 10 new mini casinos to start operating, as well as video gambling terminals in truck stops. Moody's analyst Peggy Holloway said the moves could...

Gov. Wolf and Hillary Clinton join speakers at this week's healthcare symposium at Geisinger

11.07.17 | Terry Diener

Gov. Wolf will address attendees Thursday afternoon during the national event, “From Crisis To Cure: Revitalizing America’s Healthcare System,” which runs November 8th through November 10th on the campus of Geisinger Medical...

A Penn State researcher recommends removing electronics from kids' bedrooms

11.03.17 | Terry Diener

Recommendations are outlined in a recent manuscript on digital media and sleep in childhood and adolescence. The document appears in the first-ever special supplement on this topic in Pediatrics. An associated professor at Penn State and...

PA's largest city is holding out hope to be named the next regional headquarters of Amazon

11.01.17 | Terry Diener

Amazon is examining proposals from more than 200 cities, including Philadelphia. 48 buses and trolleys that go through two neighborhoods in Seattle near Amazon headquarters have been wrapped by Philadelphia tourism folks promoting Philadelphia...

PA's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will take applications beginning this week

10.30.17 | Terry Diener

Residents whose incomes fall within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines can begin applying Wednesday to LIHEAP for financial help to pay their heating bills. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services administers the program. $178...

Still more questions than answers as PA rolls the medical marijuana program

10.26.17 | Terry Diener

There are many unsettled questions surrounding the new arena of medical pot in Pennsylvania. What will happen to growers who are not up and running in six months? Will businesses be able to get financial backing from banks? The state Dept. of...

School choice legislation has hit a roadblock in Pennsylvania

10.25.17 | Terry Diener

At the Senate education committee meeting, it appeared a bill that would establish education savings accounts narrowly passed by a 6-5 vote. Afterward, it came to light that a proxy vote by a Republican lawmaker opposing the bill had not been...

PA's governor wants more legislation to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic

10.17.17 | Terry Diener

The bills would limit over-prescribing, further regulate recovery homes, require opioid education in schools, and provide a humane path to require treatment. State Senator Gene Yaw said that each of these bills can be compared to the strands of...

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