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Wolf signs bills to ban female genital mutilation, strengthen crime victim rights

The state victim advocate called 2019 a "historic and unprecedented" year, thanks to the passage of "necessary and vital changes."

Some warning labels we’d like to see | Editorial Cartoon

State System Universities announced a tuition freeze this week, the first in two decades. But students are still graduating with crippling debt,
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State OKs medical marijuana use for anxiety, Tourette syndrome

Individuals with anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome will be eligible to join Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program starting July 20, the state Health Department said...

Conservative think-tank identifies $61 million in earmarks in state budget

For 14 Pennsylvania counties, the end of the state budget also meant the start of some pet projects.The Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative, think-tank in...

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

In the rush of last month's budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain...

The *other* beneficiaries of that law that seals most criminal records | Editorial Cartoon

A new state law allows for the sealing of most criminal records. It's a long overdue reform.

So the thing about straight ticket voting is … | Editorial Cartoon

Lawmakers have passed a bill eliminating straight-ticket voting. Not everyone is thrilled about that.

The DePasquale Effect? Dem George Scott says he won’t run again in #PA10 in...

George Scott, the pastor and Army veteran who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Scott Perry in central Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in 2018, said Friday that...

Northampton Co. DA candidate quit his job after black colleague said he left a...

A Republican candidate for Northampton County district attorney is facing fresh scrutiny over a 12-year-old incident for leaving a stuffed monkey at the desk...

ACLU lawsuit alleges State Police acted as immigration enforcement during traffic stops

Ten state motorists are suing the Pennsylvania State Police for alleged racial profiling and enforcing federal immigration law without a criminal warrant.The allegations stem...