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PHEAA faces legal challenges over its handling of a student loan forgiveness program

02.10.20 | Terry Diener

The lawsuits are over Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s role in the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness program. The program excuses borrowers who work in public service for 10 years from repaying their loans. PHEAA is the...

PA Senate approvs bill to create homebuyer savings accounts

02.07.20 | Brandon Dickson

It allows first-time homeowners to save for such things as down payments and closing costs. The bill's sponsor says the savings account could result in an annual increase of up to 4,000 Pennsylvania home purchases.

You're waking up to wild, winter weather today

02.07.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

Kirk Apffell with the National Weather Service says freezing rain has made things slippery. He urges commuters to take extra care today following the freezing rain overnight. The system will dump up to a foot of snow on central New York. Areas...

PA's new law increases penalties for certain human trafficking offenses

02.06.20 | Terry Diener

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the legislation, which will take effect in two months. It makes it a first-degree felony to recruit, harbor, transport or obtain someone, knowing the victim will be subject to sexual servitude. The law also makes it a...

Gov. Wolf responds after President Trump's directed comment during State of the Union

02.06.20 | Brandon Dickson

The Commander-in-Chief was critical of the commonwealth's chief executive on Tuesday over Wolf's handling of a school choice program. The remark came after Mr. Trump pointed to a Philadelphia fourth-grader and her mom sitting in the balcony of...

Gov. Wolf's latest budget again calls for state police service fee

02.05.20 | Terry Diener

In this new version of his old proposal, every municipality across Pennsylvania would have to chip in. Wolf plans to raise nearly $136 million based on a formula that accounts for median household income, the cost to operate local barracks and...

The president's right hand man comes to the commonwealth today

02.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a Women for Trump event in Cumberland County today at 5 p.m. It's at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill and will feature Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. This is the...

A gallery honoring Planters' mascot could be coming to the commonwealth

02.04.20 | Brandon Dickson

During a peanut-themed celebration held on Public Square Monday, Wilkes-Barre Mayor George Brown said he's planning to bring a Mr. Peanut gallery to the city. It comes after Mr. Peanut was reborn as Baby Nut during a Super Bowl commercial Sunday...

Pennsylvania lawmakers push bill to ban isolation for select inmates

02.04.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The measure in both houses would do away with solitary confinement for vulnerable populations including pregnant women, LGBTQ prisoners and detainees with mental health issues. The bill would also limit the isolation time to 15 days for all...

Pennsylvania's student aid agency launches new loan refinancing program

02.04.20 | Terry Diener

Pennsylvania is saddled with the label of its college graduates having the second highest average student loan debt in the nation at $37,900, but the state’s student aid agency is offering a new loan refinancing option to make paying back...

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