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Glenn O. Hawbaker to pay more than $20 million in restitution to Pa. workers

BY: - August 3, 2021

A three-year investigation into the company’s practices for calculating and claiming fringe benefit credits revealed that the business used money intended for employees’ retirement funds to contribute to retirement accounts for all Hawbaker employees, including the owners and executives. 

Pa. House lawmaker facing misdemeanor theft charges, to resign immediately

BY: - July 22, 2021

Rep. Margo Davidson, of Delaware County, is accused of filing fraudulent reimbursement requests, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday.

What you need to know about the GOP-backed audit of Pa.’s elections

BY: and - July 11, 2021

Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate took steps to review the 2020 election last week, requesting thousands of documents from three counties across the state.

Pa. to receive $225M from Sackler family opioid settlement

BY: - July 8, 2021

This story was updated at 2:50 p.m. on 7/8/21 to correct a spelling error. Pennsylvania is poised to receive $225 million over the next nine years in damages related to the opioid epidemic in a bankruptcy settlement with the family who owned Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin. The settlement comes after 24 states, including […]

Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections

BY: , and - July 7, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.

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Pa. Att’y Gen. Shapiro is putting the focus on ghost guns – but that’s the wrong place to look for a solution to Philly’s violence problem | Opinion

BY: - July 1, 2021

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said her department took 5,000 illegal guns off the street last year: 99 of them were ghost guns.

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Does Pa.’s Primary Day rebuke of Wolf signal rough sailing for Dems in 2022? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - May 28, 2021

Wolf's appeal or lack of it could be a factor in the U.S. Senate race, especially if Lt. Gov. John Fetterman wins the Democratic nomination.

Law enforcement officials from Pa., Md. urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 12, 2021

In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said there’s been a 437 percent increase in the last year in the number of ghost guns recovered. 

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Report: Pa. has 2nd highest number of people in U.S. serving life without parole | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 4, 2021

Black Pennsylvanians are 21 times more likely to be sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder than white people, research found.

House passes statutory window for old child abuse lawsuits, splitting GOP majority

BY: - April 7, 2021

Wednesday's vote split the Republican caucus down the middle, a rarity in the legislature. All but one of the dissenting votes was cast by a GOP lawmaker.

A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows

BY: - April 1, 2021

Rep. Amen Brown wants to progressively increasing mandatory minimum sentences for “any previously convicted felon who is found to be in possession of an illegal firearm.”

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She’s a hunter from rural Pa. who supports gun reform. Will lawmakers finally listen? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 24, 2021

This time, advocates are calling in Pennsylvanians who speak Republicans' language on gun reform. Will it work?