Pennsylania is looking at falling state prison numbers

01.22.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Wolf Administration says last year's drop in state prison populations is the largest decrease on record. There are now nearly 3,300 fewer inmates than five years ago. Last year's dip also marks the fourth year in a row for an inmate decline...

Over 1600 NYers hospitalized this past week for the flu

01.19.18 | Brandon Dickson

It's the highest weekly number on record. The drastic rise in the virus has prompted Governor Cuomo to urge everyone in the state over six months old to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Influenza cases rose by 54% over the last seven days...

Officers identify shooter of slain U.S. Marshal

01.19.18 | Brandon Dickson

31-Year-old Kevin Sturgis was killed by return fire, after fatally shooting a U.S. Marshal serving a warrant in Harrisburg Thursday morning. The slain marshal was 45-year-old Christopher David Hill, an 11-year veteran of the agency. Officers...

Cornell University is taking in hurricane victims from Puerto Rico

01.19.18 | Bob Price

62 students from Puerto Rico's main public university are arriving this month at Cornell for the spring semester. The ivy league school in Ithaca, NY is offering one semester of free tuition, room, and board. Additionally, almost $60,000 has...

Lake Erie is almost 100% frozen-over

01.19.18 | Brandon Dickson

Steve Vermett, professor of geography at Buff State, says the lake is now about 94% frozen over. He notes that when a lake is totally frozen, the lake-effect "machine" is shut down. Vermette claims the extreme cold this year is atypical of the...

Gov. Wolf is moving to boost pay for salaried PA workers

01.18.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Democratic Gov. Wolf says employees need to treat their employees fairly. The controversial Jobs that Pay plan would raise the minimum amount employees need to make to get overtime by doubling the current federal threshold by 2022.

Cuomo has halted a pilot program at NY prisons

01.18.18 | Brandon Dickson

The rules of the pilot program made families of inmates buy items from pre-approved state vendors instead of sending care packages of their own into the prisons. Andrew Cuomo put an immediate stop to the program after outcries from prison...

Lawyer for Kane says special prosecutor had too much power

01.18.18 | Brandon Dickson

The attorney for former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen told a panel of appeals judges this week that the decision to give the special prosecutor grand jury authority violated rules about separation of powers. A prosecutor countered by...

Substance abuse experts are wary of recreational pot in New York

01.18.18 | Bob Price

New York Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo tells WBNG-TV that with many other northeastern states legalizing pot "really is going to be inevitable that New York goes in this direction." Republican Senator Fred Akshar disagrees saying "I...

PennDOT raises awareness about human trafficking

01.17.18 | Terry Diener

Residents have been encouraged to wear blue in a national initiative to curb the crime, which organizers say many people think doesn’t happen in their communities. In Pennsylvania, PennDOT has trained 500 of its front-line Driver License...

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