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Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.

From the Pa. Health Dept: Four tips for a food-poisoning free Memorial Day

By: - May 26, 2019

Their advice boils down to four words — clean, separate, cook and chill.

As budget season approaches, Democrats keep pushing for minimum wage hike

By: - May 24, 2019

With a line of caffeine craving-customers looking on, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took a moment to chat with the coffee connoisseur across the counter. At Elementary Coffee in Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, Kim was meeting with stall owner Andrea Grove, to try to prove that raising the minimum wage isn’t the job-killer that pro-business […]

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Given the chance to make a choice, voters turned out in Butler County’s special House election

By: - May 23, 2019

Turnout was up nearly seven percentage points in the Butler County state House seat up for a special election Tuesday. Republican Marci Mustello, a local committeewoman, and veteran staffer for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, bested Democrat Sam Doctor 57-42 percent in the race to fill former GOP Rep. Brian Ellis seat. Ellis resigned in March following […]

Census 2020: Why some Pa. lawmakers say the state’s inmates should be counted at home, rather than in prison

By: - May 23, 2019

In the lead up to 2020 census, General Assembly lawmakers have their eyes on a small but potentially important change to state law — counting incarcerated people at their homes, not at the prisons where they're serving their time.

Facing attacks from Trump, Biden defends his commitment to Pennsylvania

By: - May 22, 2019

An early leader in most 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls, Biden took to Twitter to fire back that Trump "doesn't understand the struggles working folks go through."

Special election candidates Sam Doctor and Marci Mustello. (Courtesy campaign Facebook pages)

Republican Marci Mustello wins Butler County state House special election

By: - May 21, 2019

The GOP maintained control of a Butler County state House seat Tuesday, as Republican Marci Mustello cruised to victory in a special election. 

Abortion rights allies rally in Harrisburg, across the country in reaction to restrictive laws

By: - May 21, 2019

About 60 abortion right advocates rallied outside the Pennsylvania Capitol on Tuesday in response to a wave of state laws that some see as a part of a concerted attempt to ban the procedure nationwide. The rallies, in all 50 states, come as officials in such states as Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, and Georgia move to […]

Ahead of congressional special, Trump rallies Pennsylvania base, pummels Biden on trade deals

By: - May 20, 2019

The official reason for Trump's visit to Williamsport Regional Airport was to plug the candidacy of Republican state Rep. Fred Keller.

State rep. responds to online outrage over bill that allows underage, uncompensated musicians to play in bars

By: - May 20, 2019

The measure's sponsor says payment is a completely separate issue, and the complaints are driven by people who haven't read the bill.

Pennsylvania primary 2019: Your guide to Tuesday’s statewide and special elections

By: - May 19, 2019

Statewide, Democrats and Republicans will select their candidate for two open seats on an appellate court.

As abortion debate rages, some Pa. lawmakers challenge their party — or themselves

By: - May 16, 2019

A number of lawmakers either changed their vote or went against their party colleagues Tuesday.

Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season

By: - May 15, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf closed out his tour of Pennsylvania’s flood-ravaged boroughs and rusted out mill towns in a place that’s neither flood-ravaged nor rusted out. Standing in the gilded state Capitol, where he was surrounded by local and state officeholders, the Democratic governor made his closing argument for his $4.5 billion in infrastructure plan, Restore […]