Latest Pennsylvania state government News

The Latest: Human Services doesn't check for smoke detectors

Aug. 13, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a home day care center fire in Pennsylvania that killed five children (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services says it does not regulate smoke detectors in state-licensed home day care facilities. Ali Fogarty said Tuesday that...

Governor wants answers on 4 kids separated from families

Aug. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says at least four children from his state were recently separated from their parents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wrote Monday to demand the agency halt the practice until it has a plan to ensure the welfare of children. Gov. Tom Wolf asked...

Suspected gas explosion reduces home to rubble; 5 injured

Jul. 31, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people, authorities said. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township was widely felt around the area, the...

Pennsylvania to allow gender-neutral driver's license option

Jul. 31, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians who prefer not to be identified as neither male nor female will soon have a gender-neutral option for their state-issued driver's licenses. The Daily Item of Sunbury reported the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects to have the new procedure in place by...

Kane, once Pennsylvania attorney general, released from jail

Jul. 31, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania attorney general who was convicted of leaking grand jury material and lying about it is out of jail, walking free Wednesday after serving eight months behind bars. Kathleen Kane left the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in the Philadelphia suburbs about...

Ex-Attorney General Kane set for release from jail Wednesday

Jul. 30, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

A former Pennsylvania attorney general will be released from a county jail after serving about eight months for leaking grand jury material and lying about it, the warden said Tuesday. Montgomery County Correctional Facility Warden Julio Algarin said Kathleen Kane shaved about two months off her minimum sentence...

Pennsylvania high court declines to review Sandusky decision

Jul. 24, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky won't get a fresh chance to argue in state court he should get a new trial, seven years after the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of molesting 10 boys. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down Sandusky's request that it review a...

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her...

New law seems unlikely to alter Philly gun law prosecutions

Jul. 9, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor said Tuesday he does not intend to use new unilateral authority to prosecute gun crimes in Philadelphia under a state law passed after criticism of the city district attorney's handling of gun law violations. A spokesman for Attorney General Josh...

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...