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Pennsylvania lawmaker stricken with brain cancer dies

Jan. 17, 2021 1:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator stricken with brain cancer died Sunday, his family said. Sen. Dave Arnold, R-Lebanon, died peacefully at home with his wife and daughter by his side, his family and staff said in a statement distributed by the Senate Republican press office. “It...

Governor doubles Pennsylvania Guard sent to help Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 5:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will double the number of National Guard members it's sending to help secure Washington after the violent riot last week in which angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he was sending about 1,000 more to help...

Orange fencing is set up outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in advance of Joe Biden's Presidential Inaugural in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)

Guard to defend Pennsylvania Capitol, city to close streets

Jan. 14, 2021 4:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A few hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard will be brought in to protect the state Capitol and other potential targets of unrest and violence in the week ahead, authorities said Thursday. Law enforcement leaders said plans to handle any potential violence toward the...

Aid runs low for key Pennsylvania virus containment program

Jan. 13, 2021 6:09 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wolf administration officials said Wednesday that Pennsylvania does not have the money to maintain a key feature of its response to coronavirus outbreaks in the state's nursing homes, and are working to retain a short-term, scaled-down model now that federal funding has run out....

Democrat takes Senate seat after GOP sued to undo election

Jan. 13, 2021 2:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic state senator in Pennsylvania was sworn in Wednesday to his third full term, a week after the chamber's Republican majority blocked him from taking his Pittsburgh-area seat amid a lawsuit seeking to disqualify ballots that helped him win. Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 13, 2021 1:46 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Hypocrites seek ‘unity’ The Citizens’ Voice Jan. 13 Even after the mob inspired by President Donald Trump’s lies mounted a bloody insurrection at the Capitol Jan. 6, Republican U.S. Reps. Dan...

GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote

Jan. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A legislative panel on Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state appeals court judges by zone, a movement largely motivated by Republicans' anger over recent rulings from the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court. The House...

Pennsylvania lawmakers sue over Delaware River drilling ban

Jan. 12, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania are seeking to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, filing a federal lawsuit against the regulatory agency that oversees drinking water quality for more than 13 million people. Senate Republicans led by Sens. Gene Yaw and...

Democrat gets Pennsylvania Senate seat after GOP court loss

Jan. 12, 2021 4:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s state Senate said they will stop blocking a Democrat from taking his seat in the chamber after his unsuccessful GOP challenger lost another bid in court Tuesday to overturn the results of the close race. U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas...

Special election to fill state House vacancy set for May 18

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a western Pennsylvania state House district will pick a representative to fill what is now a vacant seat during the May 18 primary, Speaker Bryan Cutler announced Tuesday. The opening is due to the death Jan. 2 of Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland. Colleagues said Reese, 42,...