President Joe Biden pitches his budget plan during an appearance in Philadelphia on Thursday, 3/9/23 (Screen Capture).

Report: Pa. to receive federal grants for two hydrogen hubs

BY: - October 11, 2023

In a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, President Joe Biden is expected to announce that two hydrogen hubs partially located in Pennsylvania will receive federal grants from the Department of Energy, Reuters reported Wednesday. The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub, which includes parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey will receive a $750 million grant, Reuters […]

Gov. Josh Shapiro makes first public comments about former aide accused of sexual harassment

BY: - October 5, 2023

During a press conference on Thursday announcing a conservation project in the Lehigh Valley, Gov. Josh Shapiro spoke for the first time publicly about the resignation of a top aide who resigned last week after being accused of sexual harassment. SpotlightPA reported that Mike Vereb, the Shapiro administration’s former secretary of legislative affairs, was accused […]

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro rallies Democrats in New Hampshire

BY: - September 30, 2023

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro appeared at the New Hampshire Democrats midterm convention on Saturday behaving an awful lot like a possible future presidential candidate, a role he has said he’s not pursuing. The governor was the keynote speaker at the event held at Bedford High School in Bedford, N.H. near Manchester, the state’s largest city. […]

Shapiro: Strategic plan underway to bolster economic development in Pennsylvania

BY: - September 26, 2023

The economic development strategy, Shapiro said, will allow the Department of Community and Economic Development to “assess” areas of strength and barriers to growth for Pennsylvania and help state officials determine the best path forward. 

Gov. Shapiro creates AI governing board to help steer the state’s use of generative artificial intelligence

BY: - September 20, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Wednesday signed an executive order to create a AI governing board for Pennsylvania that will guide the commonwealth’s use of generative artificial intelligence, including developing training programs for state employees. “We don’t want to let AI happen to us,” Shapiro said. “We want to be part of helping develop AI for […]

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Pennsylvania adds automatic voter registration

BY: - September 19, 2023

Pennsylvania will now automatically register eligible residents to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses or ID cards at PennDOT driver and photo license centers, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday. “When running for governor, I made a commitment to bring automatic voter registration to Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said in a statement, noting it was National Voter […]

Pennsylvania Gov . Josh Shapiro delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate on March 7, 2023 (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Gov. Josh Shapiro wants you to text him

BY: - September 15, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro wants everyone in Pennsylvania to text him directly.  Starting today, the governor’s office will be available on Community, an SMS messaging system that delivers text messages directly to subscribers. Using the number 717-788-8990 on Community, constituents can send and receive text messages from Shapiro’s office. “To best serve the people of  Pennsylvania, […]


Opinion: The value of life-saving emergency services is worth the price tag

BY: - September 13, 2023

By Lisa Schaefer We live in a world of monthly subscriptions. Whether it’s your two or three favorite movie streaming services, an online TV package or a gaming product, it’s likely that you receive a number of autopay notifications between $6 to $15 every month. And it’s no secret; those rates are climbing at a […]

Students, families, and education advocates join Children First and Education Voters of Pennsylvania to host a rally on the Capitol steps to “ring the bells of justice,” and call for equitable funding for Pennsylvania public schools. The rally, which took place Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, occurred on the first day of the landmark trial that could change how Pennsylvania funds its 500 school districts. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Opinion: The public deserves to speak at Basic Education Funding Commission hearings

BY: - September 6, 2023

By Brenda Morales and Sylvia Witherspoon Just beneath the hustle and bustle of the start of another school year – fundraising campaigns for school supplies, family debates about new backpacks, and wringing every least deal from chain stores – lies a persistent truth: Pennsylvania’s school districts are chronically underfunded, leaving children, families, and their teachers […]

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State police see an increase in applicants after waiving college education requirements

BY: - August 30, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro shared on “X” the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the Pennsylvania State Police has received 297 applications since Monday’s announcement waiving the requirements, including 137 applicants who would not have met the previous education requirement. 

Shapiro admin waives college degree requirements for state police cadets

BY: - August 28, 2023

Cadets must still meet eligibility requirements outlined by the PSP and must pass the qualifying examination, complete a polygraph examination, background investigation, physical readiness test, medical screening, and psychological screening before attending 28 weeks of training at the academy.

Pennsylvania residents call for action after study links fracking to asthma and lymphoma

BY: - August 28, 2023

By Audrey Carleton A “bombshell” set of studies that linked fracking exposure to lymphoma, asthma and low birth weight is making waves in Pennsylvania and prompting calls by some for a ban on fracking in the state. The studies were released only after years of pressure from people living in the heart of one the most […]