Briefs

Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t have a fave superhero, but he did love “Classics Illustrated” — which explains so much

BY: - February 27, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf held an Q&A session on Instagram on Wednesday. And while it lacked the intensity of … say … the Watergate hearings, there were a few surprise glimpses into the psyche of Pennsylvania’s chief executive. For one, the session did settle the “Debate We Didn’t Even Know We Were Having” over whether Wolf […]

Gov. Wolf’s campaign wants to raise $20k for Democrat in North Carolina congressional race

BY: - February 27, 2019

Now that it doesn’t have to worry about raising cash for re-election, Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign apparatus is looking for other places to flex its fundraising muscles. Mission accomplished? In a Tuesday email blast, Wolf’s campaign asked supporters to help them raise $20,000 by Thursday at midnight so that Democrat Dan McCready’s campaign can meet […]

State gambling oversight agency sees revenue potential in online sports bets

BY: - February 27, 2019

Allowing Pennsylvanians to place sports bets online could mean increased revenue for the state, a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board official told lawmakers Wednesday. “The information we’re receiving is that the online component is popular and can exceed the amount of revenue obtained from a retail side,” Executive Director Kevin O’Toole said during a House Appropriations […]

GOP state Senate candidate Raja ties Iovino to AOC, Sanders in new attack ad

BY: - February 27, 2019

In his first two ads, Republican state Senate candidate D. Raja punched up his background as a businessman, immigrant and father. Now, Raja’s, who’s running for the open 37th District seat in Pittsburgh’s wealthy south suburbs is going on the attack against his Democratic opponent — Navy veteran and former Bush cabinet assistant secretary Pam Iovino […]

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Penn State president says sexual assaults, alcohol offenses down after Greek life reforms

BY: - February 26, 2019

This article was edited on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. to include new comments from a Penn State spokesman about sexual assault. Anti-hazing reforms at Pennsylvania State University have contributed to a drop in sexual assaults and alcohol-related offenses in the first year since they took effect, the university’s president said Tuesday. In 2017-18, […]

Wolf “welcomes discussion” with Legislature on his minimum wage hike

BY: - February 26, 2019

The state's minimum, which is the same as the federal minimum, has not been raised since 2009.

Pennsylvania gets C+ grade from national gun control group

BY: - February 26, 2019

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Pennsylvania’s gun laws a slightly better mark in 2018 following the passage of a bill restricting domestic abusers’ access to firearms. Passing the law improved Pennsylvania’s grade from a C to a C+. Judged by strength, the commonwealth’s gun laws rank 12th in the nation, according to […]

Casey sides with Senate Republicans in failed vote to advance abortion bill

BY: - February 26, 2019

“I’m a pro-life Democrat, which means I support women and children before and after birth."

In Washington Post op-ed, Pa.’s Ryan Costello’s urges Republicans to vote ‘yes’ on gun background checks bill

BY: - February 26, 2019

With the U.S. House poised to vote on a major piece of gun-control legislation, a former Republican congressman from suburban Philadelphia is urging his onetime GOP colleagues to get on board and support it. Pending legislation that would require mandatory background checks on all gun sales “is not only consistent with the Second Amendment; it’s […]

Winter weather swings could make potholes worse than usual, PennDOT says

BY: - February 25, 2019

If you thought Pennsylvania’s roads couldn’t get any worse, the state’s top transportation expert has bad news for you. Pennsylvania transportation Secretary Leslie Richards told the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday that her office is expecting a worse-than-usual season for potholes this spring due to extreme temperature fluctuations over the winter. Potholes form when asphalt expands […]

Pa. Health department wants $1.4 million for new staff to tackle PFAS contamination

BY: - February 25, 2019

The state Department of Health wants to hire new staff — including epidemiologists, chemists, and toxicologists — to start a new environmental health effort, according to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine revealed the planned hires at a House Appropriations hearing Monday. The department is asking for $199 million for the fiscal year that begins […]

Will paper personal mail return to prisons? Corrections secretary says ‘no’

BY: - February 25, 2019

Since September, people incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prison have not received original copies of their personal mail. Will that change? For the moment, the state’s Corrections secretary says “no.” Under a policy designed to keep drugs out of prisons, letters and photos are sent to Smart Communications, a Florida company with a three-year, $15.8 million contract […]