A Pennsylania politician has introduced "blue lives matter" legislation

07.13.16 | Bob Price

Representative Frank Burns says his bill would elevate assaults on police to hate-crime status. It puts employment as a law enforcement officer on par with race, color, religion and national origin as covered classes under the commonwealth's...

With temperatures hovering in the 90s today, the elephant herd at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse can beat the heat with a dip in a new pool

07.13.16 | Bob Price

Zoo officials are unveiling the new Pachyderm Pool at its Asian Elephant Exhibit. The pool was built for the zoo's herd  of seven elephants and includes an observation deck for visitors.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are nearing a deal to fully fund the budget which took effect at midnight

07.12.16 | Bob Price

The Senate and House are both in session today to try and shore up the deficit-riddled package. Standard & Poor's is warning of a downgrade to the state's credit, and $600 million in aid to public universities across Pennsylvania remains in...

New York state is warning health insurers not to discriminate against women dealing with maternal depression

07.12.16 | Bob Price

The state has issued new guidelines to insurance companies for them to not deny coverage, cancel plans, or change rates for women diagnosed with depression. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy for insurers that...

New York's teachers unions have launched a concerted effort to get educators elected to local school boards

07.12.16 | Bob Price, Traci Lynn Woolsey

It's not a new thing for teachers to be involved at school board meetings, but there's a dawning effort to serve on school boards. Teachers are stepping up where other community members may fear to tread. Educators can't assist a board in the...

The Pennsylvania Senate is set to vote today on pro-life legislation

07.12.16 | Bob Price

The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks and criminalize the dismemberment of babies in the womb. The bill, sponsored by Northern Tier Republican Kathy Rapp was "born out" of the abundance of scientific evidence that children in the womb...

You may need to re-up your direct deposit in New York

07.11.16 | Bob Price

A pending state regulation could force workers to renew their direct deposit agreements if they want their paycheck sent straight to their bank account. The state labor department is on the verge of adopting new rules requiring employers to be...

Lawyers for three former Penn State administrators accused of failing to report Jerry Sandusky's abuse of children have filed motions asking all charges be dropped

07.11.16 | Bob Price

Already, the Pennsylvania court system has thrown out most the egregious offenses faced by former president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley. Five years ago, all three were accused of conspiring to...

Pennsylvania has a budget or at least will at midnight tonight

07.11.16 | Bob Price

The governor has vowed to allow the $31-and-a-half billion spending plan to become law at the stroke of midnight, even though there's no plan in place on how to pay for it.            ...

New York state spends more on public education than any other state in the country

07.11.16 | Bob Price

A large chunk of that spending goes to pay for teacher benefit and retirement packages. The Empire State spends more than $15-and-a-half billion a year on employee benefits.  That"s more than twice the national average.