Latest Pennsylvania State General Assembly News

Coroner: All 10 fire victims died of smoke inhalation

Aug. 08, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

NESCOPECK, Pa. (AP) — All 10 people found dead after an early morning fire in northeastern Pennsylvania last week died of smoke inhalation, authorities said Monday. Autopsies were completed Saturday and Sunday on the victims of the early Friday blaze in Nescopeck, according to the...

Coroner: Smoke inhalation killed at least 5 of 10 in fire

Aug. 07, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

NESCOPECK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say at least half of the 10 people found dead after an early morning fire in northeastern Pennsylvania died of smoke inhalation. The Luzerne County coroner's office said autopsies on the victims of the early Friday blaze in Nescopeck began...

Blaze kills firefighter's 10 relatives, 3 of them children

Aug. 05, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

NESCOPECK, Pa. (AP) — Fire tore quickly through a house in northeastern Pennsylvania early Friday morning, killing seven adults and three children and horrifying a volunteer firefighter who arrived to battle the blaze only to discover the victims were his own family, authorities said. ...

Wisconsin lawmaker in car accident that left 2 dead

Jul. 25, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Democratic Minority Leader Janet Bewley was involved in a fatal car crash Friday that left a 27-year-old mother from Pennsylvania and her 5-year-old daughter dead, police said Monday. Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom told the Ashland Daily...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 13, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. July 12, 2022. Editorial: Gov. Wolf and Pa.’s remarkable budget turnaround School funding increases and a bigger rainy day fund illustrate how the governor is leaving Pennsylvania in better shape than when he arrived. ...

Mental health figures into Pennsylvania's education funding

Jul. 12, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid a growing population of youth experiencing mental health crises, as well as another spate of mass shootings around the country, Pennsylvania lawmakers are prioritizing mental health services in this year’s budget by approving a first-time line item of $100 million...

Budget would leave billions unspent, boost education funding

Jul. 08, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers, nearly a week into the state's new fiscal year, began passing budget legislation Thursday to add billions into surplus accounts, significantly boost education spending and fund new environmental programs. The Republican-majority House...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 06, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

LNP/Lancaster Online. July 3, 2022. Editorial: State House Speaker Bryan Cutler shows some courage in Jan. 6 hearing. Other Pennsylvania elected officials should take note. As we celebrate this Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to acknowledge that American...

Capitol quiet during 5th day without new Pennsylvania budget

Jul. 05, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Most Pennsylvania lawmakers were absent from the state Capitol on Tuesday, five days into the new budget year without a state government spending agreement in place. Leaders were hoping negotiations would wrap up over the coming days and the House announced...

House sets up committee to consider Philly DA's impeachment

Jun. 29, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers began a process Wednesday to study Philadelphia's growing gun violence plague, establishing a panel that could eventually recommend impeachment of the city's elected Democratic district attorney. The divided House of Representatives...