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Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

Philly hospital's plight spurs aid pledge, Sanders rally

Jul. 15, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A longtime Philadelphia teaching hospital will stop admitting emergency room patients this week as its impending closure drew pledges of millions in aid to the community Monday and condemnation during a rally at the hospital by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Gov....

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 10, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: FREEDOM WINS WORLD CUP FOR AMERICA The Erie Times-News, July 9 Megan Rapinoe's strength lies in her fierce athletic prowess, of course, and also in her oh-so-American ability to speak clear-eyed truth, especially to power. In...

Pennsylvania trying anew to auction mini-casino licenses

Jul. 10, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will try anew in September to award more licenses for mini-casinos, part of an aggressive gambling expansion authorized in 2017 by a cash-hungry state government. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved a motion to restart the auctions on Sept. 4,...

Wolf says state doesn't plan to help fund refinery restart

Jul. 10, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says his administration doesn't plan to spend any state money to help restart a massive Philadelphia refinery shut down since explosions and a blaze damaged it last month. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that his administration is analyzing whether the...

Pennsylvania touts stronger fiscal health, but clouds loom

Jul. 9, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf and state Treasurer Joe Torsella celebrated Tuesday with what they said will be Pennsylvania's largest deposit into its budgetary reserve account in nearly two decades. The expected $317 million comes after strong corporate and sales tax collections drove the state past...

Wolf orders bond issue to help counties buy voting machines

Jul. 9, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to borrow up to $90 million to help Pennsylvania's counties pay for new voting machines ahead of 2020's election, announcing the step Tuesday after a dispute between the Democrat and the Republican-controlled Legislature doomed funding legislation. Wolf said...

Pennsylvania orders stronger sex assault campus reporting

Jul. 8, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's colleges and universities have a year to develop online, anonymous reporting systems to receive complaints about sexual assault from students and employees. Gov. Tom Wolf, appearing with the law's backers in the It's On Us campaign, said Monday that the law he signed...

Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes

Jul. 5, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor vetoed legislation Friday that carried $90 million to help counties in the state buy new voting machines before the 2020 presidential election, but the bill also ordered changes to election laws that the Democrat said wouldn't help improve voting security or...

Pennsylvania sets aside security dollars for private schools

Jul. 5, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is setting aside money to help private schools with security needs after requests for help, including from Jewish day schools near the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a mass shooting. Budget-related legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Wolf earmarks $3.2...