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Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

BY: - February 14, 2019

The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of "The Great Migration."

Pennsylvania Supreme Court delays malpractice rule change

BY: - February 14, 2019

In a letter to House Republican leadership, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor said Thursday the court was delaying a change in state rules over where medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed. The proposed change would allow plaintiffs to file suit in any of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. For example, if a malpractice allegation occurred […]

Amazon is pulling out of New York, won’t reopen HQ2 search

BY: - February 14, 2019

Amazon announced Thursday it will not open a corporate campus in New York City, after state lawmakers tried to block billions in subsidies to the tech behemoth. The company chose Long Island City in Queens and part of Northern Virginia as the winners of its HQ2 competition. Pennsylvania’s largest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, were finalists. […]

State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]

Schuylkill County teachers will continue legal fight against arming school staff

BY: - February 14, 2019

A Schuylkill County judge says she needs more information from a local teachers union before ruling on a policy that would allow employees to carry firearms in schools. The Tamaqua Education Association said Thursday it will file an amended complaint in the coming days against the Tamaqua School District, which adopted a policy last year permitting some […]

Pa. lawmaker wants to eliminate elected constables, report

BY: - February 14, 2019

A Republican state House member from Berks County says he wants to eliminate Pennsylvania’s elected constables and their deputies and transfer their work to county sheriffs. State Rep. Barry Jozwiak, retired state trooper and former county sheriff, wants to eliminate the constables through attrition, The Morning Call of Allentown reports, noting that Philadelphia undertook a similar action […]

Should lawmakers prop up Pennsylvania’s struggling nuclear industry? The debate, explained

BY: - February 14, 2019

When you turned on the lights in your house this morning, there’s a good chance the electricity came from a nuclear power plant. Nuclear energy has been Pennsylvania’s largest energy source for decades. But the industry says it’s struggling to maintain its foothold as energy demand flatlines and natural gas prices plummet. The issue Two […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro: Pennsylvania needs universal background checks for guns

BY: and - February 13, 2019

Mandating background checks for all gun sales would be "a huge step forward" for the commonwealth, he said, and would "help us in law enforcement keep people safe."

Taxing video games won’t be enough to keep Pa. schools safe, bipartisan legislators say

BY: - February 13, 2019

A suburban Philly lawmaker’s suggestion to furnish school safety dollars by taxing violent video games received a lot of press — with occasional blowback — this week. Bills from Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware, would slap a 10 percent tax on all games rated M or higher to pay for school safety funding. According to the video […]

Republican lawmaker to auditor general: Row offices shouldn’t be ‘press conference tools’

BY: and - February 13, 2019

During a budget hearing Wednesday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s auditor general was asked about state pensions, untested rape kits, and an audit of river basin commissions. But something beyond the commonwealth’s finances was on the mind of one House Appropriations Committee member. Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, told Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, that he appreciated many of the […]

Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai will reintroduce Down syndrome abortion ban bill

BY: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state House Speaker has fired the first shots of 2019’s culture war, saying he plans to reintroduce a controversial bill that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, even though critics say the legislation is practically unenforceable and most likely unconstitutional. Rep. Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, sponsored a similar […]

Treasurer Joe Torsella: Pa’s Rainy Day Fund is ‘nothing to write home about’ but at least it has one again

BY: - February 13, 2019

Pennsylvania’s top financial officer says he’s committed to helping the Commonwealth build up its emergency savings account and that he wants to “continue doing great things” with his office. Right now, the $22.5 million balance sitting in Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund, the account that’s supposed to serve as a hedge against future downturns, is “nothing […]