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Indiana County Republican Donald White speaks at a hearing on allowing school employees to carry guns before the PA Senate Education Committee. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Mulls Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns

In an effort to stop mass violence in schools, a Pennsylvania state senate committee has begun vetting legislation that would allow teachers and school employees trained and licensed to carry guns to bring them to work.

7 hours ago

PA Republican Senator John Rafferty (Top row, right) chairs the State Senate Transportation Committee.  (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Advances DRPA Reform Legislation

The State Senate Transportation Committee has given its approval to legislation to enact a series of DRPA reforms, including a provision that would prevent the agency from engaging in economic development activity.

7 hours ago

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Try: Pa. House Committee Approves Phila. Cigarette Tax for Schools

For some, it was déjà vu: the House passed a bill more than two months ago to authorize the cigarette tax for city schools, but then the bill got bogged down.

20 hours ago

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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.

09/15/2014

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New Poll Indicates Corbett Still Trailing Wolf Deeply in Pa. Governor Race

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was at a loss today to fully explain why Corbett is so vulnerable.

09/11/2014

(State-operated tow trucks will now be painted red and white, with a State Farm logo, rather than lime green.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

PennDOT Road Patrols Get an Insurance Company Sponsorship

State officials unveiled the new look for the service trucks today.

09/09/2014

(Pa. governor Tom Corbett, in file photo. Credit: Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Claims Victory In Tussle With White House Over Medicaid Expansion Rules

Jennifer Branstetter, Gov. Corbett’s director of policy, insists it is Medicaid “reform” and not simply an expansion of Medicaid.

08/28/2014

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PA House GOP Seeks To Rekindle Liquor Privatization Debate

In a sign that they aren’t giving up on liquor privatization, state House Republicans plan to push a bill that would decriminalize purchasing wine and liquor in other states and transporting it to Pennsylvania.

08/27/2014

Penn State President Eric Barron, standing. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

New Penn State Prez Plays It Safe At Press Club Appearance

With regard to lifting or easing sanctions against Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, new President Eric Barron will only say that his “general view in life” is that if you’re doing well, you should be rewarded.

08/26/2014

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LCB Chair: No Plan To Hike Booze Prices

The chairman of the Liquor Control Board is tamping down speculation that the LCB is poised to take action that could raise booze prices in Pennsylvania.

08/17/2014

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Ethics Panel Clears Former Mayor Street On PHA Contract Vote

A divided State Ethics Commission has decided that former Mayor John Street did not violate the state Ethics Act in the matter of a contract awarded by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

08/17/2014

(Ron Tomalis, in official portrait as Pa. secretary of education.  File photo)

Corbett Education Advisor Quits Amid Accusations of Doing Little

Last month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story questioning whether the time Tomalis spent on the job and his “ambiguous role” justified his nearly $140,000 state salary.

08/12/2014

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3 From Philadelphia Area Charged With Perpetrating ‘Grandparent Scams’

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general says more than $160,000 was taken by stoking false fears among targeted seniors that loved ones were in trouble.

08/07/2014

The Gaming Control Board monthly meeting held on Wednesday (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Discussions Continue On Second Philadelphia Casino License

The chairman of the Gaming Control Board says deliberations continue on who, if anyone, will get the second casino license for the city of Philadelphia.

08/07/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, accompanied by Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby, speaks with reporters after signing but vetoing portions of the new state budget.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

PA Senate Mulls Lawsuit Over Corbett Vetoes

While the US House has voted to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping is authority, Governor Corbett could find himself in the same situation – as the target of a lawsuit brought by a state Senate controlled by his own Republican party.

08/04/2014

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