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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...

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...

Church abuse bill in limbo after hitting wall in Senate

Oct. 18, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to respond to Pennsylvania's landmark grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades stalled on the Legislature's final scheduled voting day of 2018 amid a showdown over a key provision. The dispute came down to...

The Latest: Senate GOP still want deal on clergy abuse bill

Oct. 18, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on legislation in Pennsylvania to respond to a landmark state grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Republican leaders of Pennsylvania's Senate say they'll await a counteroffer on legislation to respond to a...

Lawmakers vote to limit license suspensions for drug charges

Oct. 17, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor plans to sign a bill that would end the practice of suspending driver's licenses for those convicted of drug offenses unrelated to driving. The House on Wednesday made the final vote to send the legislation to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who supports it. The...

Bills on DNA testing, newly discovered evidence head to Wolf

Oct. 17, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bills to give people convicted of crimes more time to bring newly discovered evidence to court and make it easier to use DNA evidence to establish innocence are on their way to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk. The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly this week for both proposals. The...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 17, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ___ DJ'S DON'T DESERVE ADVANTAGE, Oct. 17 Pennsylvania lawmakers were wrong in approving a bill giving incumbent district judges an unfair advantage when seeking re-election. As with challengers, an incumbent should be required to collect voter signatures on petitions for the...

Ditka, prosecutor in Penn State child abuse case, dies at 55

Oct. 17, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Laura Ditka, a lead prosecutor in the child abuse case involving officials at Penn State, has died at age 55. A funeral home said Wednesday that Ditka died at a Pittsburgh-area hospital. The cause of her death on Monday was not disclosed. The Allegheny County district attorney's office,...

Bill on church sex abuse stuck on question of lawsuits

Oct. 16, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation responding to a Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing children over decades remained under wraps in the state Senate on Tuesday amid disagreement over key provisions. Republican state senators met privately for...

Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student's name goes to governor

Oct. 15, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of...