A NY congresswoman is pushing for legislation to protect children from drunk drivers

12.22.16 | Bob Price

She wants to withhold federal highway dollars from 40 states that aren't tough enough on DWI when children are in the car.Democrat Kathleen Rice of Long Island says only seven states, including New York, make drunk-driving a felony whenever a...

A PA politician wants colleges that declare themselves "sanctuary campuses" to face sanctions

12.22.16 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

State Representative Jerry Knowles says he plans to introduce a bill in next year's legislative session that would  make "sanctuary schools" lose taxpayer funding. So far, none of the four, state-related universities, nor the 14 state-owned...

Pennsylvania's governor promises not to raise taxes to balance the budget next year

12.22.16 | Bob Price

Tom Wolf will instead propose a series of government reforms to make official Harrisburg operate more efficiently. Wolf releases his budget proposal in early February.

Another corruption scandal is brewing at the New York state capital

12.22.16 | Bob Price

This time the scandal involves the state's $179 billion pension fund. The portfolio manager of that fund is accused of steering $2 billion dollars to brokers in exchange for bribes. The accused was fired as the portfolio manager back in February...

A PA inmate has asked the state's highest court to prevent him from having to spend the rest of his life on parole

12.21.16 | Bob Price

52 Year-old Richard Le Olds wants bail set for him and others like him--inmates convicted of taking part in homicides as juveniles without doing the actual killing. His request comes as courts across Pennsylvania re-sentence inmates sent away...

For the first time in a decade New York's population is down

12.21.16 | Bob Price

The head-counters at the Census Bureau say between 2015 and 2016 New York state's population fell by a little less than 2,000 people. Two years ago, Florida over-took New York as the third most populous state behind Texas and...

The PA System of Higher Ed doled out $77 million in pay raises to 8,000 employees yesterday

12.21.16 | Bob Price

The move comes after the first faculty strike in the 34 year history of the university system.   The bulk of the money will go to the 5,100 faculty members at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned schools. A new three year contract was just...

One of PA's largest health-care providers is dismissing the use of opiods to control chronic pain

12.20.16 | Bob Price

Geisinger Health says opioid medication is ineffective and dangerous.  The prognosis comes as the commonwealth reels from an opiod overdose epidemic. The study was based on findings from 90,000 patients. It concludes that opioid therapy is...

New york's new "zombie homes" law takes effect today

12.20.16 | Bob Price

The law requires banks to maintain abandoned and foreclosed homes and it fines them up to $500 a day, if they don't. Buffalo Assemblyman Mickey Kearns says foreclosed homes that fall into disrepair, invite crime and drag down property values.The...

PA workers who process unemployment claims will apply for unemployment

12.20.16 | Bob Price

More than 500 employees at three Pennsylvania jobless centers are being laid off as the Keystone State tries to dig out from a massive financial hole. Governor Wolf has promised thousands of state positions that are currently unfilled will...