Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Police sued over bulldozer death of pot suspect

Mar. 18, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

Pennsylvania State Police acted recklessly when troopers used a bulldozer to pursue a Grateful Dead fan caught growing marijuana on public land, killing him when he wound up under the machine's treads, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday. Greg Longenecker's family said state police had no business...

ACLU sues Philadelphia court magistrates over bail practices

Mar. 12, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and several criminal justice reform groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Philadelphia court magistrates over what they say are unfair bail practices that don't follow rules and unfairly target poor people of color. "The system of bail...

Cocaine, meth on rise in Pennsylvania's early warning areas

Mar. 4, 2019 6:57 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Methamphetamine and cocaine use are on the rise in Pennsylvania while prescription drug and heroin deaths are leveling off in some areas, data that appears to reflect nationwide trends. Jennifer Smith, secretary for Pennsylvania's Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, told a state...

Auditor says officials took voting machine vendors' freebies

Feb. 22, 2019 2:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's elected auditor said Friday that officials in 18 of the state's 67 counties reported accepting gifts, meals or trips from firms competing to sell or lease new voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said accepting the gifts is...

Penn State ex-president Spanier's request for appeal denied

Feb. 21, 2019 4:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president when the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal erupted may soon be going to jail after Pennsylvania's highest court declined Thursday to hear the appeal of his conviction for child endangerment. The state Supreme Court ruled it will not take up Graham...

Colorado Catholic dioceses submit to voluntary abuse review

Feb. 19, 2019 7:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former federal prosecutor will review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses, and the church has agreed to pay an unlimited amount of reparations to victims under a voluntary joint effort undertaken with the help of the state attorney general. The collaborative process...

Pennsylvania permits halted for Texas-based pipeline company

Feb. 8, 2019 9:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is halting construction permits for natural gas pipelines operated by a company whose pipeline exploded last year, as the governor said Friday that Energy Transfer LP has failed to respect the state's laws and communities. The state Department of Environmental Protection...

Police: Armed man enters school, steals truck before arrest

Feb. 7, 2019 9:11 PM EST

JONESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say a man who ran through an elementary school armed with a gun before fleeing, stealing a vehicle and running over a Jonestown employee has been taken into custody. Police say the man approached a child getting off a bus Thursday afternoon, and attempted to...

State justice denies benefit from alleged stolen union funds

Feb. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice who is the younger brother of an indicted Philadelphia labor leader denied Thursday that he knowingly benefited from any money allegedly embezzled from the union. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited five unidentified people familiar with the...

Pittsburgh water agency to spend $50M to replace lead pipes

Feb. 7, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Pittsburgh's beleaguered water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents and take other steps to address the city's lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators. It comes a week after the Pennsylvania attorney general's...