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Jesse Turner, in green shirt, is joined by others on Independence Mall who oppose standardized testing in public schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Conn. Man Brings Walk Against Standardized School Tests Through Delaware Valley

Jesse Turner (wearing lime-green shirt in photo) is walking from Connecticut to Washington, DC to gain support for his fight against high-stakes standardized tests in public schools.

07/07/2015

Governor Tom Wolf, in file photo. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Privatize Pa. Liquor Sales

Privatization is a top priority for leaders of the Republican-controlled House. The question now is, how might the liquor veto affect budget negotiations?

07/02/2015

(Gov. Wolf speaks with reporters on Wednesday afternoon after emerging from meeting with state lawmakers.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

After Pa. Budget Veto, Gov. Wolf Upbeat After Meeting With Legislative Leaders

The governor says there was no resolution to the budget dispute during the meetin with legislative leaders that lasted about a half-hour.

07/01/2015

(Guns confiscated by police in Philadelphia.  File photo by KYW's Tony Hanson)

Pa. GOP Legislators Hope Appeal Will Overturn Court Action on State Gun Law

“This bill’s not going to come back,” state senator Daylin Leach (D-Mont./Del.) said after Commonwealth Court overturned the law. “The (current) governor will never sign a bill like this.”

06/25/2015

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Gov & Legislative Leaders Dig In Over Pa. Budget

Lawmakers returned to the state capitol with a budget deadline looming, and developments on Monday do not bode well for meeting that June 30th deadline.

06/22/2015

(Pennsylvania public school advocates had to forego the bus for their statewide "bus" tour when it developed a fuel leak.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. Education Advocates Begin Statewide Tour To Pitch For Funding

The two-week effort by a coalition of unions and community groups called the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools urges legislators to support Governor Wolf’s education budget.

06/15/2015

(File photo.  Credit: Thinkstock)

Pa. Lawmakers’ ‘Reform Caucus’ Touts Proposed Gift Limits

Ethics reports filed more than a month ago show state lawmakers and other high-ranking state officials took more than $160,000 in freebies last year.

06/15/2015

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in 2014 file photo.  Credit: CBS 3)

Lots of Jockeying in Philadelphia as Special Election Nears to Fill Pa. House Seats

It will be a rare mid-summer special election, to fill three vacancies of Philadelphia seats in the state House.

06/12/2015

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pa. Lawmakers Move Ahead With GOP-Backed Education Reforms

The state senate’s Education Committee advanced a controversial bill that would create a state-run school district for Pennsylvania’s poorest-performing schools.

06/09/2015

(Pa. state senate majority leader Jake Corman speaks with reporters after he and fellow Republicans voted to reject the nomination of Marcus Brown as state police chief.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

State Senate Nixes Gov. Wolf Nominee to Head Pennsylvania State Police

Senate majority leader Jake Corman said he hopes Gov. Wolf will not resubmit Brown’s nomination.

06/08/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in 2014 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. City Council Rules Out School District’s Full Cash Request

The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.

06/04/2015

(Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Pa. Senate Advances 4 Bills Aimed At Protecting Animals

The proposals are now in front of the state House for its consideration.

06/03/2015

(Marcus Brown testifies at a confirmation hearing for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner on June 3, 2015.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Confirmation of New Pa. State Police Chief Moves Forward Without Committee Endorsement

The Senate Law and Justice Committee sent Brown’s nomination to the full state senate for a vote without a recommendation for confirmation.

06/03/2015

(Pedro Cortés speaks with reporters following his confirmation hearing.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Wolf Nominee Hits Rough Spot Over Role in 2011 Abortion Clinic Case

Pedro Cortés held the same position as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of State under former governor Ed Rendell, when the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case transpired.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

(Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, associate vice president and Title IX coordinator of Drexel University, testifies before Philadelphia City Council's education committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Area Schools Want To Make It Easier to Pursue Campus Sex Assault Cases

Supporters say the concept, nicknamed “Yes Means Yes,” will allow a sex assault case to move forward even if the alleged victim didn’t explicity say “no.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/09/2015

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