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Voter ID passes Pa. Senate

2012-03-08 08:29:00

Senate Democrats spoke for hours on Wednesday against a proposal requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.


Lawmakers pushing for cheaper gas prices in region

2012-03-08 00:20:00

Gasoline in the Pittsburgh area could get a little cheaper under a measure approved in the state Senate on Wednesday.


More staffers testify against ex-boss Orie

2012-03-08 00:01:00

Michele Lantz said she spent about 30 percent of her time doing political work while a legislative assistant to state Sen. Jane Orie.


Health care bill awaits Pa. Senate

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Another effort is under way in the state Capitol to prevent Pennsylvanians from being subject to the federal health care law.


Pa. Senate panel moves bill to void federal health care law

2012-03-07 11:34:00

A Senate panel approved a proposal to make the federal health care law and its requirement that residents purchase health insurance illegal


Trooper fatally shoots man on turnpike after crash, fight

2012-03-07 10:35:00

The Maryland man beat the trooper with a flashlight and menaced him with Rottweilers.


Texting while driving ban just around the corner

2012-03-07 10:30:00

Come Thursday in Pennsylvania, text messaging while driving won't just be crazy -- it will be illegal.


Mercer County man indicted on child porn charges

2012-03-07 05:00:00

Armando Cruz, 43, of Mercer, remained in the Mercer County Prison Tuesday night on four federal charges.


Former state administrator heads environmental group

2012-03-07 00:02:00

A former state environmental department administrator, is the new leader of the statewide environmental organization Citizens for Pennsylvan


Turnpike considering all-electronic toll system

2012-03-07 00:00:00

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will take the next steps toward an all-electronic toll collection system that eliminates cash.


Casino license row heads to top court

2012-03-07 00:00:00

When Fayette County lumber baron Joe Hardy won a state casino license for his Nemacolin Woodlands resort last April, he said it was "thrilli


DEP leader testifies at tense House budget hearing

2012-03-07 00:00:00

There was no warm welcome for the state's top environmental official on Tuesday when he walked into his agency's budget hearing with House l


Pa. Turnpike to move closer to eliminating cash

2012-03-06 10:24:00

Pa. Turnpike to move closer to eliminating cash


Voter photo ID bill heads to Senate floor

2012-03-06 00:00:00

A bill requiring photo identification at the polls heads to a Senate vote.


Veon, aide convicted of misusing grant funds

Veon, aide convicted of misusing grant funds

2012-03-06 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Former high-ranking Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon and his ex-aide were found guilty Monday


Public education supporters ramp up rallies with call-ins

2012-03-05 16:01:00

As the state House Appropriations Committee today conducts a hearing on state education spending, parents, students and other taxpayers will


Gambling addiction is a new problem for counties

2012-03-05 00:00:00

Counties throughout the region have begun localized efforts to call attention to potential gambling addiction problems.


Judge expects to decide on Monday if Altmire can stay on ballot

2012-03-03 00:00:00

A Commonwealth Court judge is expected to make a ruling Monday that may determine whether U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, will make t


Sandusky abused 8 on PSU campus, prosecution claims

2012-03-03 00:00:00

State prosecutors claim that eight of the 10 victims allegedly abused by longtime football coach Jerry Sandusky were molested on the


Transit contract talks more crucial than ever

2012-03-03 00:00:00

With a history of labor negotiations that dragged on for months after the deadlines, the Port Authority must complete a new contract with it


Key witness against Sen. Orie spars with defense over notes

2012-03-03 00:00:00

The defense attorney for state Sen.


Veon jury to resume deliberations Monday

2012-03-02 16:53:00

HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County jury will resume deliberations on Monday of the public corruption charges against Democratic state Rep. Mike


Prosecutors: Sandusky molested 8 boys on Penn State campus

2012-03-02 16:06:00

Prosecutors claim eight boys were sexually assaulted by former PSU coach Jerry Sandusky at numerous sites on Penn State's campus.


Ex-chief of staff testifies that Orie documents were altered

2012-03-02 13:08:00

The prosecution in the case against state Sen. Jane C. Orie spent more than an hour this morning going over document after document with the


Penn State trustees plan organizational changes

2012-03-02 08:03:00

Penn State University trustees plan to vote this month on proposed governance changes that include additional committees, more


Suspensions of eight Pa. prison guards overturned

2012-03-02 00:00:00

An arbitrator found that the Department of Corrections erred when it suspended eight officers from SCI Pittsburgh.


Aide: Orie ordered campaign work

2012-03-02 00:00:00

State Sen. Jane Orie's former chief of staff spent the entire day on the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the McCandless


Veon corruption case goes to jury

2012-03-01 13:53:00

HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County jury is expected to begin considering the public corruption charges against former Democratic state Rep. Mike


Revised earlier Pa. unemployment rate means monthly dip

2012-03-01 13:41:00

Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry reported this afternoon that the state unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage poin


Prosecutor: Orie set up campaign office to cover up

2012-03-01 12:57:00

In the hours after an intern resigned her position with state Sen. Jane C. Orie, the McCandless Republican and her chief of staff quickly sc


Military says Flight 93 remains not dumped

2012-03-01 00:01:00

A top Air Force official said Wednesday that he doubts some human remains from the Flight 93 site were incinerated.


Satellite, branch campuses vulnerable in Pa. budget

2012-03-01 00:01:00

State-related branch campuses will look quite different if state funding continues to decrease, top administrators testified.


Despite conviction, DeWeese will appear on primary ballot

Despite conviction, DeWeese will appear on primary ballot

2012-03-01 00:01:00

The state's 50th House District will get another chance to pull the lever for recently convicted state Rep. Bill DeWeese.


Pa. high court orders 6 House elections to be held

2012-03-01 00:00:00

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered special elections for six vacant state House seats to be held on the April primary election day


Riders, advocates push back against proposed transit cuts

Riders, advocates push back against proposed transit cuts

2012-02-29 17:56:00

The largest service reduction in Port Authority history would displace senior citizens, the disabled, working people and businesses, and rev


Orie attorney says trial prosecution an 'optical illusion'

2012-02-29 13:08:00

The defense attorney for state Sen. Jane Orie said this morning that the prosecution will use "an optical illusion" to try to prove his clie


DeWeese allowed on ballot despite convictions, judge rules

2012-02-29 11:47:00

HARRISBURG -- Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese will remain on the primary ballot for now, after a Commonwealth Court judge this morning de


Pa. welfare secretary grilled on required cuts

2012-02-29 00:00:00

State senators grilled the Department of Public Welfare secretary Tuesday on the $400 million in cost-savings he was ordered to find.


Sandusky lawyer asks trial delay until mid-July

2012-02-29 00:00:00

The defense attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky Monday asked for a continuance in the schedule


Sandusky's attorney asks to push back trial date

2012-02-28 14:38:00

The defense attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky yesterday asked for a continuance in the sched


Route 28 in Armstrong County to close this morning

2012-02-28 07:54:00

The highway will close today at 9 a.m. for about 20 minutes during repairs to a downed utility line.


Prosecution in Veon case seeks dismissal of 4 charges

Prosecution in Veon case seeks dismissal of 4 charges

2012-02-28 00:00:00

State prosecutors Monday moved to withdraw four counts against former Democratic Rep. Mike Veon of Beaver County.


Prosecution moves to withdraw some Veon charges

2012-02-27 19:04:00

HARRISBURG -- State prosecutors today filed a motion to withdraw four counts against former Democratic Rep. Mike Veon, who is facing his sec


State House, LCB talk modernization, not privatization

2012-02-27 17:05:00

HARRISBURG -- The talk at a House budget hearing for the state Liquor Control Board today was all about modernization, and the P word -- pri


Senate Appropriations leader wants to retain higher ed funds

2012-02-27 13:46:00

HARRISBURG -- The chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee says Pennsylvania's colleges have shouldered their "fair share" of b


Jury selection to begin today for Jane Orie

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Jury selection begins today in the retrial of the criminal case against state Sen. Jane C. Orie.


It doesn't pay to get promoted in Pa. prisons

2012-02-26 00:00:00

The highest paid employee at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh last year wasn't a superintendent, major, captain or even lieuten


Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association leader has plenty of clout with GOP hierarchy

Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association leader has plenty of clout with GOP hierarchy

2012-02-26 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- When Fred Anton calls Republican politicians at the state Capitol, they don't put him on hold.


Hard drives sought in Sandusky subpoena, PSU details

2012-02-25 00:02:00

Computer hard drives of top Penn State University administrators and information on payments the school's trustees made to outside


Pitt trustees remain critical of Corbett's budget cuts

2012-02-25 00:00:00

University of Pittsburgh trustees Friday fired back at the Corbett administration over a second consecutive year of what campus


DeWeese's petition to have name on ballot challenged

2012-02-25 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- A legal challenge scheduled for court next week seeks to ensure that when Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese resigns his state


Penn State trustees work on 'listening'

2012-02-24 00:00:00

A month after vowing to examine how effectively they govern, trustees at Penn State University held a weekend retreat in which they


Former Veon aide: Law firm was paid for little work

2012-02-24 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- An ex-chief of staff to former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon says he did little work for the $4,000-a-month fee that his law


Universities warn of more subsidy cuts

2012-02-23 09:52:00

Cutting more state funding from Pennsylvania's largest universities is forcing them to essentially become private institutions, said Univers


Redistricting conflict still at a draw

2012-02-23 00:01:00

Top state lawmakers were aiming to vote on new district maps Wednesday, but announced that they're at the drawing board.


State-related universities decry proposed state subsidy cuts

2012-02-22 15:40:00

HARRISBURG -- Decrying the governor's proposed 30 percent cut to several of the state's largest universities as moving them toward becoming


New maps for state House, Senate districts delayed again

2012-02-22 14:23:00

HARRISBURG -- New state legislative maps, which were planned for a vote today, are still being negotiated, according to top lawmakers who he


Study finds higher fatality rate among older drivers

2012-02-22 09:05:00

Drivers 65 and older account for 8 percent of all miles driven but 17 percent of traffic fatalities came in crashes where at least one drive


Former worker at Veon nonprofit testifies at ex-legislator's trial

2012-02-22 00:01:00

Testimony resumed on Tuesday in the trial of former Democratic state Rep.


Lottery retiring groundhog pitchman

2012-02-22 00:01:00

Gus the groundhog, the furry fictional pitchman for the Pennsylvania lottery, is headed for the unemployment line.


Critz challenges 950 Altmire petition signatures

2012-02-22 00:00:00

The campaign of U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, claims almost 950 nominating signatures filed by U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, a


Corbett's plan to cut Pa. pension watchdog questioned

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal would eliminate the Public Employee Retirement Commission, the watchdog agency that last year allowed Pit


Rally calls attention to governor's proposed cuts

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed state budget would not save money for taxpayers but instead would shift more social-service costs to counties, p


Testimony resumes in Veon's second corruption trial

2012-02-21 16:50:00

HARRISBURG -- Testimony resumed today in the trial of former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon, who is facing a second round of public corrupt


Redefining state vehicle helps attain cutback goal

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Tom Corbett's administration achieved a drastic reduction in numbers by redefining what constitutes a state vehicle.


Politics, resignations add wrinkle to area's DEP office

Politics, resignations add wrinkle to area's DEP office

2012-02-20 00:00:00

It's been a rough six months for attorneys at the state Department of Environmental Protection's regional office in Pittsburgh.


With LCB, 'modernize' replacing 'privatize'

2012-02-20 00:00:00

The newest buzzword in the Capitol for the future of the much-maligned state Liquor Control Board: modernization.


Bill would help track prescription drug use

2012-02-19 18:19:00

Prescription drug addiction in the United States has reached an all-time high, and a Pennsylvania lawmaker is seeking to identify


State urged to help homeless veterans as their ranks grow

2012-02-19 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania has at least 1,400 military veterans who are homeless due to drug abuse, lack of job skills,


Corbett defends his proposed $27 billion budget

Corbett defends his proposed $27 billion budget

2012-02-18 12:01:00

Gov. Tom Corbett stood by his proposed $27.14 billion budget Friday as he stood in an example of what he said government should create -- an


Lawsuit seeks special elections in South Hills, elsewhere

2012-02-18 11:52:00

Two Philadelphia attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday in the state Supreme Court trying to force House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, into s


Moody's removes PSU from watch list

2012-02-18 00:00:00

Reason for optimism and concern could be found in an assessment released Friday by Moody's Investors Service regarding Penn State


Production rises from Marcellus gas wells

2012-02-17 15:33:00

HARRISBURG -- Production from the commonwealth's Marcellus Shale gas wells increased again during the final six months of 2011, boosting the


Torrance State Hospital's financial oversight criticized

2012-02-17 11:10:00

State Auditor General Jack Wagner said Thursday that he will examine the state's $17.5 million contract for medical services with Liberty He


Corbett favors modernizing state stores until privatizing

2012-02-17 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Republican leaders say they support privatizing state sales of liquor, but the governor and the Senate Appropriations Committe


Prosecutors portray Veon as greedy politician

2012-02-17 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- State prosecutors portrayed former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon as a greedy politician who used state grant dollars to rewa


Opening statements begin in Veon corruption trial

2012-02-16 12:06:00

HARRISBURG -- Opening statements began this morning in the case against former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon, who faces charges that he mi


Woman, 83, killed in Clarion County house fire

2012-02-16 08:57:00

An 83-year-old woman died when her Clarion County home caught fire Wednesday night.


Anti-gun-control bill speeding through Legislature

2012-02-16 00:01:00

A bill fast-tracking through the General Assembly aims to send a tough message to local governments in Pennsylvania: Pass gun-control measur


Pretrial motions delay Veon's second corruption trial

2012-02-16 00:01:00

A flurry of pretrial motions Wednesday afternoon delayed the start of former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon's trial on public corruption ch


Pretrial motions delay start of Veon trial

2012-02-15 18:24:00

HARRISBURG -- A flurry of pre-trial motions today delayed the start of former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon's trial on public corruption c


ACLU: County jails lack policies for women's health needs

2012-02-15 11:28:00

Pennsylvania's jails were built with men in mind, and policies governing healthcare for female inmates are scattershot, according to a repor


Penn State's step to openness decried

2012-02-15 08:59:00

If financial prognosticators somewhere deep inside Penn State University have even a rough idea of what the child sex scandal ultimately wil


Penn State ex-VP Schultz seeks dismissal of perjury

2012-02-15 00:00:00

A former Penn State vice president wants a judge to throw out charges he lied to a grand jury investigating former football assistant coach


Prosecution seeks to keep Amish sect leader jailed

2012-02-15 00:00:00

The Justice Department has asked a federal appellate court to keep Amish sect leader Sam Mullet behind bars, saying he arranged a series of


Corruption trial starts for Veon, ex-aide

Corruption trial starts for Veon, ex-aide

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Former Democratic state Rep. Mike Veon and an ex-aide are poised to stand trial beginning today for the second time.


Hacker network Anonymous targets Pa. tear-gas maker

2012-02-14 12:43:00

Computer hackers associated with the international network Anonymous claim to have shut down the website of a Mercer County company that has


Corbett signs shale well impact fee into law

2012-02-14 05:54:00

The Marcellus Shale impact fee and regulatory measure that passed the General Assembly last week is now law, after Republican Gov. Tom Corbe


Penn State says scandal expenses have hit $3.2 million

2012-02-14 01:09:00

Penn State University said it has paid $3.2 million for legal fees, consultants and public relations firms to address the scandal that explo


City students ask governor to make education a priority

City students ask governor to make education a priority

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Several Pittsburgh students are in Harrisburg for Valentine's Day, but it's not so they can deliver chocolate and flowers to Gov. Tom Corbet


Judge allows Sandusky to see grandchildren, go out on deck

Judge allows Sandusky to see grandchildren, go out on deck

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will get a jury of his Centre County peers to hear his criminal trial.


Victim identified in Bedford County crash

2012-02-13 21:29:00

State police have released the name of a woman who died in a crash Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.


Judge rules on jury, grandchild visitation in Sandusky case

2012-02-13 13:47:00

HARRISBURG -- A judge rejected a request that the jury for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky be chosen from outside


Pension bill could reduce county taxpayer contribution

2012-02-13 00:59:00

House Republicans and Democrats united last week to pass a bill that supporters say could reduce how much taxpayers must contribute toward t


Proposed bill would block casinos near historic sites

2012-02-13 00:21:00

HARRISBURG -- The odds are against a state-licensed slots casino being built near the Gettysburg National Military Park, but state


Horse tracks bridle at plan to shift fund

2012-02-13 00:10:00

HARRISBURG -- The horse racing industry is protesting a proposal by Gov.


Bonusgate: How the statewide public corruption case unfolded

2012-02-12 16:33:00

When Democratic leaders in the state House awarded nearly $2 million in bonuses to staffers in 2007, Majority Leader Bill DeWeese asked the


Bonusgate timeline

2012-02-12 16:31:00

The following timeline traces the major developments in the Pennsylvania Legislature bonus scandal as it has unfolded in Harrisburg over the


Feese gets 4-12 years in corruption case

Feese gets 4-12 years in corruption case

2012-02-11 00:00:00

HARRISBURG -- Brett Feese, a one-time local prosecutor who became a rising Republican star in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives,


Sandusky speaks out on former friends

2012-02-11 00:00:00

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- After a state investigator told a Centre County judge that Jerry Sandusky's neighbors are concerned for their children's


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