Pennsylvania investigates 17 lung disease cases possibly linked to vaping

09.05.19 | Brandon Dickson

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine notes each has been ill enough to require hospitalization. Levine says vaping is "certainly" not safe for young people. A 19-year old man from Delaware County is on life support and in a medically induced coma...

New York's Green Light Law takes effect soon

09.05.19 | Brandon Dickson

It grants drivers licenses to illegal immigrants effective December 14th. Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns plans to fight it in court.  He says the new law puts clerks in a very untenable position." New York joins 14 other states in...

PA lawmaker plans to introduce proposal to cap monthly cost of insulin

09.05.19 | Brandon Dickson

Representative Jeanne McNeill of Lehigh County says the bill would set a mandatory price cap of $100 on the monthly cost of insulin. The average annual cost for a person with type 1 diabetes is more than $5,700 as of 2016.

Coaches and players "sound-off" on NY law requiring tackle football programs provide parents risk info

09.04.19 | Bill Price

Jack Kander, football player at Rush-Henrietta near Rochester, insists safety is very important. The school's Athletic Director Tom Stewart says he hopes the new law doesn't keep kids from playing football. Many smaller schools in the state...

Former U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta will consult others seeking office

09.04.19 | Terry Diener

The 63-year-old Hazleton-native says he's opened a consulting firm that will focus primarily on political campaigns and government affairs. Lou Barletta, a Republican, says his eight years in congress provided him with the experience that will...

26K unvaccinated kids in NY have to get shots before they can go to school

09.03.19 | Jeremy Miller

The state ended religious exemptions after nearly 900 people got sick in a measles outbreak in New York. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation in June repealing religious exemptions, and this month state officials tightened the rules for medical...

More commonwealth crews are headed south to help with the hurricane

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Mennonite Disaster Service has volunteer teams in Lancaster County and in the southeast, ready to respond to hurricane Dorian’s damage once emergency management officials say it’s safe to do so. Operations Director Ron Guenther, says...

Nearly 100 Kmart stores will be shuttering soon

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

Stores in Bath, New York and Towanda, Pennsylvania are among the closing locations. The exact date of their demise is not yet known. They are part of under-performing stores facing a similar fate by December or sooner.

Changes to NY state spending on a medicaid program are set to take effect

09.03.19 | Brandon Dickson

The Empire State has moved from an hourly reimbursement rate to a monthly per person rate for the CDPA program, which provides services to chronically ill or physically disabled individuals. The state health department says the change will not...