Latest Pennsylvania state government News

High risk dams pose upstream danger for many Pennsylvanians

Nov. 10, 2019 9:20 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians living downstream may not often think about what could happen if something goes wrong with one of the state's many dams, but threats to life and property are scattered along the state's 86,000 miles of streams and rivers. "Our infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old...

How ZIP codes determine the quality of a child's education

Nov. 9, 2019 3:06 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at Allentown's Harrison-Morton Middle School look forward to hearing the squeaky wheels of the technology cart approaching their classroom, though the iPads they hold may not be the latest models and time with them is limited. A luxury in Allentown schools, such technology...

Ex-fraternity house now hosts former caddies turned scholars

Nov. 9, 2019 3:06 AM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — What was once a Penn State fraternity house is now a scholarship house for high-achieving former golf caddies. The Evans Scholar House welcomed its first class of students this August to the former Sigma Nu Fraternity house. The fraternity — which was in good standing with...

Prisons chief's comments prompt 2nd prison-closing hearing

Nov. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — People urging Gov. Tom Wolf's administration not to close Retreat State Prison will get a second chance to be heard after a microphone picked up Corrections Secretary John Wetzel during a public hearing whispering to a deputy that he was only pretending to pay attention. The...

The Latest: Democrats claim victory in another Philly suburb

Nov. 6, 2019 12:32 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's election results on Tuesday (all times local): 12 a.m. Another suburban Philadelphia county has flipped to Democratic control. Democrats declared victory late Tuesday night in races for the Chester County board of commissioners, beating two Republican...

Court rules victim rights referendum votes won't be counted

Nov. 4, 2019 6:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court ruled on the eve of balloting Monday that state elections officials will not count or certify the results of a voter referendum on a victims' rights constitutional amendment. The divided Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision and directed the...

Ex-teacher to get new hearing in 1975 slaying of student, 16

Nov. 3, 2019 10:43 AM EST

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A former northwestern Pennsylvania high school teacher will be getting a new hearing on his conviction in the strangulation death of a student more than four decades ago. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal by Erie County prosecutors of a lower court ruling that...

State-owned university faculty to vote on accord

Nov. 2, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Thousands of faculty members at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will be voting later this month on a tentative contract agreement finalized last week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said votes will be held on the 14 campuses between...

Pelosi comes to Pennsylvania as Dems try to fix 2016 errors

Nov. 1, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a Pennsylvania Democratic Party fundraiser Friday night, three years after Donald Trump's victory in the state stunned Democrats — and focused their attention on ensuring it doesn't happen again. The dinner at the Pennsylvania Convention...

Appeal seeks to overturn victims' rights referendum decision

Oct. 31, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's chief elections official asked the state Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn a lower court's ruling that prevents the state from immediately counting or certifying results in next week's referendum on a crime victims' rights constitutional amendment. Acting...