Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Court issues split decision on natural gas drilling rules

Jul. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court on Monday upheld portions of Pennsylvania regulations that address Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, although the judges also sided with some of the arguments made by an industry group. The seven-judge Commonwealth Court panel's 91-page decision concerns a lawsuit...

Attorney general announces partnership to fight gun violence

Jul. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Attorney General has announced a partnership that will target straw purchases of guns in Philadelphia and educate women about the dangers of the illegal practice. A straw purchase is when someone without a criminal record buys a gun for someone who cannot legally...

Penn State board keeps in-state tuition flat in coming year

Jul. 18, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is keeping in-state college tuition flat across the sprawling university system for a second year and for the third time in five years. The school's board, meeting in the Philadelphia suburb of Media, voted Thursday for a plan that will maintain full-time tuition for...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 17, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Altoona Mirror on allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy July 11 Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in...

Court rules that Pittsburgh's paid sick leave law can stand

Jul. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh has the authority to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers, Pennsylvania's highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that overturned two lower court decisions and ended a four-year legal battle. The 4-3 ruling by the state Supreme Court lets the city's...

Philly hospital's plight spurs aid pledge, Sanders rally

Jul. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A longtime Philadelphia teaching hospital will stop admitting emergency room patients this week as its impending closure drew pledges of millions in aid to the community Monday and condemnation during a rally at the hospital by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Gov....

Court rejects appeal from trucker with licenses in 2 names

Jul. 13, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that a trucker with licenses under two names in Pennsylvania cannot successfully appeal their suspensions on the grounds that his rights were violated because he should have been caught sooner. PennLive.com reports that Gonzalo Montanez was cited...

Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her...

Sexual harassment allegations shadow race for GOP chair

Jul. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — More accusations about sexual harassment of women by Pennsylvania Republican Party officials are emerging in the days before party members will meet to elect a new chair. The acting chair, Bernadette Comfort, is being accused by GOP activists of knowing about and ignoring complaints...