Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Former state AG Kane loses appeal of criminal conviction

May. 25, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of former state attorney general Kathleen Kane for leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it, saying among other things she wasn't entitled to use evidence of a pornographic email scandal in her defense. A...

Wolf says $180M will fill potholes, fix other winter effects

May. 24, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was announcing Thursday $22 million for pothole and pavement repairs, enough...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

May. 23, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ___ NEWLY PUBLISHED MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES KEEP PUBLIC NEEDLESSLY IN THE DARK May 21 In yet another reminder that it helps to read the fine print, new temporary medical marijuana regulations made public last week underline the Pennsylvania Department of Health's stubborn...

Man's trial in death of daughter shot by constable moved

May. 23, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man charged in the death of his 12-year-old daughter, who was shot by a constable serving eviction papers, will go on trial in a different county. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted a venue change in the trial of 60-year-old Donald Meyer, which is now scheduled...

Bill would revamp how Pennsylvania draws district boundaries

May. 22, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to overhaul how Pennsylvania draws districts for the Legislature and Congress was approved by a state Senate committee vote Tuesday, but it still would require passage by both chambers and voters to go into effect. The State Government Committee voted unanimously for a...

Some lawmakers want to open primaries to independent voters

May. 22, 2018 1:08 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some top Pennsylvania lawmakers want to allow independent voters to participate in the major parties' primary elections in an effort to bring more moderates to the polls. Currently, only voters registered with a political party may vote in its primary election, leaving unaffiliated...

6 bishops say they won't block report on abuse investigation

May. 21, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bishops for six Catholic dioceses have agreed to "make public" the findings of a grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said bishops in the Harrisburg and Greensburg dioceses reversed their positions...

Firms sued over incinerator deal that left Harrisburg broke

May. 21, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday blames lawyers, engineers and financial experts for a Harrisburg trash incinerator project that nearly bankrupted the city, calling it "the worst municipal financial disaster" in Pennsylvania history. The state and the city on Monday sued four law firms, two...

Erie bishop adds names to diocese sex abuse allegations list

May. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie has added six names to a list of clergy and lay people facing credible allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct. The diocese had released a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people in early April. On Friday, Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico released the names of...

State police search home of ex-mayor in Pennsylvania borough

May. 18, 2018 12:41 PM EDT

WYOMING, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are searching the home of a borough's former mayor. Authorities were at the home of Bob Boyer on Friday morning, the former mayor of Wyoming, just outside Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree). WNEP-TV reports agents removed a hard drive and a laptop from the home....