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(Mayor Nutter addresses a rally outside the statehouse in Harrisburg.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Phila. Mayor and Schools Chief Visit Harrisburg To Plead For More School Funding

The mayor and superintendent William Hite rallied outside the statehouse before heading inside to lobby individual legislators, seeking $120 million in extra state money and legislative approval for the city to raise its liquor and cigarette taxes.


FILE PHOTO: Students rally outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street to protest a plan to close down 29 Philadelphia schools. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia School Budget Austerity May Not Trigger Further Harrisburg Largesse

Thursday night’s passage of a so-called “doomsday” budget for Philadelphia schools isn’t likely to shake loose more money from the Republican-controlled state legislature in Harrisburg.


(Samples of corrugated stainless steel tubing, with and without grounding wires attached.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Officials Warn Homeowners of Explosion Danger from Certain Natural Gas Tubing

The concern has to do with homes constructed or renovated since 1990 that have flexible yellow CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) that supplies natural gas or propane to appliances.


(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Polls Close In Pa. Primary And The Counting Begins

Most of Tuesday’s balloting was by Democrats and Republicans to choose nominees for the Nov. 5 general election. Officials said turnout was around 20 percent.


(Bishop Joseph McFadden, in file photo.)

Local Bishop Died Of Heart Attack

Diocese of Harrisburg officials say Bishop Joseph McFadden died of a heart attack last week after suddenly falling ill while attending a meeting in Pa.


(Deb Beck, president of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania, testifies before a state senate committee.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. State Senators Examine Social Effects of Liquor Sale Privatization

The Senate hearings come more than a month after the House passed its version of a privatization bill.


$7 Million Mexico-to-Lehigh Valley Meth Ring Busted

A crystal methamphetamine ring, which stretched from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley, has been broken up by state narcotics agents, the PA Attorney General announced on Wednesday.


Setback For Penn State Officials Seeking Dismissal Of Charges

A judge has dealt a setback to Penn State’s former president and two former administrators seeking the dismissal of charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.



Pa. Strikes Deal To Maintain Amtrak Service Between Harrisburg And Pittsburgh

Ending service between the two cities would have meant a longer trip for rail passengers departing Philadelphia for Pittsburgh and other points west.


(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams announces legislation that would allow undocumented aliens with high school educations to pay in-state tuition at Pennsylvania colleges.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Proposes Tuition Incentive For Illegal Immigrants Who Are Striving

A bill dubbed Pennsylvania’s version of the “Dream Act” is being introduced in the state legislature.


(Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2011 file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

Corbett Aide Denies Governor Violated Ethics By Accepting Gifts

A published report says Gov. Corbett and his wife accepted $11,000 in gifts in 2010 — the year he was elected — and 2011, his first year in office, from business executives, lobbyists, and lobbying firms.


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Corbett Administration Continues to Vamp For Lottery Privatization

This is the second time that a British company has extended its bid to operate the Pennsyvlania Lottery since Pa. attorney general Kathleen Kane determined that the contract would violate the Pennsylvania constitution.


File Photo (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pa. Voter ID Law Won’t Be Enforced In May Primary

Pennsylvania voters will not be required to show photo identification in the May 21 primary election under an agreement signed Thursday by both sides in a pending lawsuit.


(Gov. Corbett is flanked by Pennsylvania higher education officials and others for his announcement.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Says Pa. State-Run Colleges Will Get Same Funding As Last Year

Corbett says funding for the state-related universities -– Temple, Pitt, Lincoln, and Penn State -– as well as the 14 state-owned universities will remain the same in his budget proposal.



Harrisburg, Pa. Gun Show Called Off After Dispute Over Assault Weapons

After a week of protests and boycotts by vendors and participants (another related story), Reed Exhibitions says on the show’s web site that it has, for the time being, decided to postpone the show’s run, originally scheduled to start February 2nd.