Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Prosecutor, 73, found guilty of obstruction in ex's cases

Jan. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury on Friday found a 73-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor guilty of obstructing justice and misusing the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving a 41-year-old woman who the prosecution says was his girlfriend. Mercer County District Attorney Miles...

Republican state senator to leave seat in middle of term

Jan. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat in the middle of his term. Sen. Rich Alloway of Franklin County said Friday that he's resigning Feb. 28 and that he's lost the fire to give the extra effort to do the job right. He says...

Weekend storm packing snow, rain, ice to sweep across state

Jan. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Most of Pennsylvania is under a winter storm watch ahead of a weekend storm that could pack a wallop of snow, followed by bitter cold, high winds and icy conditions, making travel hazardous and power outages possible. From Pittsburgh to the Poconos, communities are being warned about...

New attorneys general to continue investigating clergy abuse

Jan. 18, 2019 12:14 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Newly inaugurated state attorneys general said they plan to continue investigations of clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic church as thousands of victims reach out to state hotlines and online systems to report past abuse. At least 14 attorneys general around the country have confirmed...

Pennsylvania jobless rate stable as payrolls hit record high

Jan. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stayed the same in December, at close to a two-decade low, although payrolls still jumped to a new record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last month. The national rate...

Police arrest 41 in nearly $1 million kickback scheme

Jan. 17, 2019 12:26 AM EST

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police have arrested 41 people accused of stealing nearly $1 million from a Delaware County nonprofit through an overtime rigging and kickback scheme. Police said Wednesday four supervisors with the Elwyn Organization are facing felony theft charges. The supervisors...

Pennsylvania sued over limits on state coverage of abortion

Jan. 16, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The operators of 15 abortion clinics sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a bid to persuade state courts to reverse a decades-old decision upholding limits on the use of state Medicaid dollars to cover abortions. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks an order requiring the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jan. 16, 2019 12:33 PM EST

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ___ DESPITE ELECTION GAINS, CONGRESS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY STILL A BOYS' CLUB, Jan. 14 While the recent elections ushered enough women into office at both the state and federal levels to be able to declare a victory for progress - if not a full blown "year of the woman" - the...

Woman sentenced for killing husband who wanted divorce

Jan. 16, 2019 12:19 AM EST

SHARON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who shot and killed her husband after he asked for a divorce has been sentenced to prison. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday 49-year-old Amy Emmett was sentenced to 23 ½ to 52 years in prison for the death of 45-year-old William Emmett. Amy Emmett...

Wolf begins second term as Pennsylvania governor

Jan. 15, 2019 4:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf kicked off his second term Tuesday with a call for Pennsylvanians to work together to build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous future, and said progress in his first term is proof the state can overcome its challenges. Wolf, 70, returns for a second term...