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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...

The Latest: Pennsylvania sues OxyContin maker over opioids

May. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma (all times local): 3:50 p.m.: The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office says sales representatives for the company that makes OxyContin kept encouraging doctors to prescribe the powerful opioid painkiller even when it realized...

Pennsylvania primary features a couple high-profile matchups

May. 12, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's primary election will decide nominees or officeholders for several high-profile offices, including mayor of the nation's sixth largest city and one of the state's 18 members of the U.S. House. Pennsylvania's primary election is May 21. It features primary elections for...

Mister Rogers' home state plans day of kindness in his honor

May. 10, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Residents of Fred Rogers' home state of Pennsylvania will be encouraged to exhibit acts of kindness in honor of the beloved PBS children's show host. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said the state's website will share stories of good deeds and kind gestures May 23 for "1-4-3 Day," named for...

Lawmaker vows to 'do better' after abortion clinic video

May. 7, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who has drawn criticism for a recording of himself berating a woman who was protesting abortion outside a Philadelphia clinic promised Tuesday to "do better." Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims posted a two-minute video on Twitter that said "two wrongs don't make a right." "As an...

Jewish schools seek piece of public grants for security

May. 7, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid a rise of violent attacks against the Jewish community, students and staff members at Jewish day schools in the same neighborhood as the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of October's mass shooting are asking state lawmakers for help paying for security measures. They went...

Legislator films himself berating woman abortion protester

May. 6, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Democratic Pennsylvania state lawmaker is drawing criticism for recording himself berating a woman demonstrator at length outside an abortion clinic in Philadelphia, calling her an "old white lady" and her protest "grotesque." State Rep. Brian Sims posted an eight-minute-plus video on...

Protesters chant 'stop taking bribes' in Pennsylvania House

May. 6, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Demonstrators chanted "stop taking bribes" and threw dollar bills from a balcony in Pennsylvania's House chamber Monday as part of a protest over state law that does not limit the value of gifts that lawmakers may accept from lobbyists and others. Capitol police officers led the...

Lawmaker's 'Nazi' remark over pipeline fight draws criticism

May. 2, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker protesting a natural gas liquids pipeline project in her neighborhood apologized Thursday for saying "Nazis were just doing their jobs too" and drawing a comparison to pipeline workers. After condemnation grew during the week, Democratic Rep. Danielle...