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Heavy rains prompt rescues, confusion in Pennsylvania

Aug. 13, 2018 11:36 PM EDT

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, closing down a heavily traveled interstate and sending water into homes in the mountainous coal regions. State highway and emergency management officials reported numerous closed roads in a wide...

The Latest: Officials say rafting group appears to be safe

Aug. 13, 2018 11:27 PM EDT

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on heavy rains in Pennsylvania (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Emergency officials say they are fairly confident Monday evening that a group of rafters is safe after a report that they were missing on Lehigh River. Nearly 150 rafters appear to be safe almost three hours...

Wolf sets up commission to address LGBTQ-related issues

Aug. 7, 2018 11:22 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor is establishing a group to "help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts" regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs....

H.F. Lenfest, former media mogul, philanthropist, dies

Aug. 5, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who made a $1 billion fortune in the cable industry and gave almost all of it away, supporting schools, museums, journalism and the arts in Philadelphia and beyond, died Sunday, a family spokesman said. Gerry Lenfest was 88. He was taken Sunday from his Rittenhouse...

No shortage of fall races for Pennsylvania voters to ponder

Aug. 4, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Midterm elections under a revamped congressional district map are certain to help transform Pennsylvania's delegation to Congress this fall. The governor and a U.S. senator, both Democrats, will learn in three months whether voters think they deserve another term. And the status of...

Pennsylvania medical marijuana program starts dry leaf sales

Aug. 1, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's medical marijuana patients are now able to access the medicine in dry leaf form, the result of a recent change in state policy. The Health Department says sales of dry leaf began Wednesday at 16 dispensaries, with 28 more expected to follow next week. A spokesman for...

Greens run candidates for Pennsylvania governor, US Senate

Aug. 1, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Green Party is running candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate in the fall election. The party on Tuesday submitted to the state nominating papers for those races and three legislative candidates. The Green Party's pick for governor is Paul...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 1, 2018 8:47 AM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ___ HIGHWAY CREWS DESERVE BETTER PROTECTION, July 29 Typical of Pennsylvania state lawmakers' lack of urgency on many — if not most — issues, both houses of the Legislature scurried from the state Capitol for their summer recess without completing work on...

Company agrees to block 3D downloadable guns in Pennsylvania

Jul. 29, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials say they've successfully stopped a company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files. Attorney Gen. Josh Shapiro says Texas-based Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users after an...

Abortion politics may shadow final weeks of governor's race

Jul. 28, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The politics of abortion could be especially prominent this fall as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner hit the final stretch of Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign. A changing U.S. Supreme Court and lawsuits winding through federal courts seem sure to put abortion...