Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Where Pennsylvania's candidates for governor stand on issues

Oct. 19, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A look at where the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Scott Wagner — stand on some key issues, from abortion rights to taxes. Wolf is seeking a second 4-year term. Wagner, who runs a waste-hauling company, served...

Penn State pledge who died after hazing spurs new law

Oct. 19, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new anti-hazing law prompted by the death of a Penn State student after a night of drinking in a fraternity house early last year was signed Friday by Pennsylvania's governor. Gov. Tom Wolf called it "long overdue" as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter criminal...

State to try using cameras to help highway work zone safety

Oct. 19, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will place cameras in highway construction work zones as part of a pilot program to discourage speeding and improve safety. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed the law that calls for cameras to record driver's licenses of anyone going more than 11 miles per hour...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Oct. 19, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the...

Disaster relief approved for areas affected by August storm

Oct. 19, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Businesses and homeowners in Lancaster, York and surrounding counties affected by flooding in August will be eligible for low-interest federal loans. Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday those areas have been approved for disaster relief to repair damage caused by the severe storms on Aug. 31....

Pennsylvania jobless rate flat as payrolls hit record high

Oct. 19, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained flat in September at a nearly two-decade low, as payrolls rose to a record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stayed at 4.1 percent last month, the lowest point since 2000. The...

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Oct. 18, 2018 10:27 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims' advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice...

Lawmakers leave town, clergy child sex abuse bill undone

Oct. 18, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The collapse of legislation left uncertainty Thursday whether Pennsylvania lawmakers will ever approve recommendations in a landmark grand jury report that contained hundreds of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests in Roman Catholic dioceses across the state. The state...

Father of "Black Widow Killer" convicted for role in murder

Oct. 18, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania (AP) — The father of a Pennsylvania woman nicknamed the "Black Widow Killer" after she was convicted of killing her husband has also been found guilty in the murder. The Pennsylvania attorney general's office announced Thursday that 76-year-old Anthony Rocco Franklin had been...

Pennsylvania toughens penalties for repeat DUI offenders

Oct. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tougher penalties for repeated DUI offenders will soon become state law following passage by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The bill that received final votes in both chambers late Wednesday would establish the state's first felony offense of driving under the influence. It applies to...