Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Senate vote puts victims' rights amendment before voters

Jun. 19, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will decide whether to enumerate victims' rights in the state constitution, a proposal likely to appear on the November ballot. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to give its final approval, putting the state's version of Marsy's Law on the ballot as a...

Lawmakers raise alarm after wave of Philly shootings

Jun. 17, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawmakers from Philadelphia called for increased action from state and city officials Monday to stem a rising tide of gun violence that included a fatal shooting when someone sprayed gunfire into a high school graduation party at a public park. The bloody weekend comes as Philadelphia's...

GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

Jun. 12, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are refusing to commit to the millions of dollars sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties buttress election security by replacing their voting machines before 2020's presidential elections. Republicans who control...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

Board recommends suspension of Sandusky prosecutor's license

Jun. 7, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether to a follow the recommendation of a lawyer ethics board and suspend the law license of a prosecutor over the investigation into Penn State administrators' handling of complaints about Jerry Sandusky. The Supreme Court's Disciplinary...

Correction: Author's Brother-Life Sentence story

Jun. 3, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story May 31 about the brother of author John Edgar Wideman being recommended for a pardon for a 1975 killing, The Associated Press erroneously reported the agency that recommended the pardon. It was the Board of Pardons, not a Pennsylvania parole board. A corrected version of...

The Latest: Storm thrashes NJ, NYC tornado warning expires

May. 28, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on damaging storms across the central United States (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Powerful storms swept through northern New Jersey, downing trees and causing widespread power outages. Police in Sussex County Tuesday night were investigating reports that a "possible tornado"...

Pennsylvania accuses financial firms of bond price-fixing

May. 24, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's treasury department is accusing about a dozen large financial firms of working together to illegally inflate the price of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over seven years. A federal court filing by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella cites what his office...

Pennsylvania House tries anew to ban Down syndrome abortions

May. 14, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is launching another effort to outlaw abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, passing legislation Tuesday that faces a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, if it even reaches his desk. The vote comes amid a wave of abortion...

Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit

May. 14, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The company that makes OxyContin did not stop pitching the powerful opioid painkiller to doctors even when its sales representatives raised concerns that they were prescribing the drug inappropriately, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office said in a lawsuit announced Tuesday. The...