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Pennsylvania lawmaker switches from Democrat to independent

Nov. 19, 2019 5:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A moderate Democrat in Pennsylvania’s state Senate from an area that shifted decisively to support Donald Trump in 2016’s presidential election is switching his registration to become an independent and said Tuesday that he will caucus with the Republican majority. In a...

Bill on handling of fetal remains passes Pennsylvania House

Nov. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains that end up in possession of a health care facility passed a divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday after an impassioned debate. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto, was modeled on...

$9.50 minimum wage bill advances in Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 18, 2019 7:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 began advancing in the Legislature on Monday, up against a deadline for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to relent on his effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers. A Senate...

Sunday hunting days poised to become law in Pennsylvania

Nov. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation allowing hunting on three Sundays a year in Pennsylvania. The Senate voted 38-11 on Wednesday, the bill’s last hurdle before it heads to Wolf’s desk. The bill permits Sunday hunting one day during rifle deer season, one during...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Person of interest sought after body found in trunk

Nov. 18, 2019 6:12 AM EST

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are seeking a person of interest after a man was found shot to death in the trunk of his car in Franklin County. Police day 37-year-old Demetrios Kalathas of Chambersburg was reported missing on Friday and his body was discovered in his car’s trunk...

13 prison employees suspended in Pennsylvania inmate death

Nov. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Thirteen employees at a Pennsylvania state prison have been suspended without pay while the agency investigates the death of an inmate last week. Tyrone Briggs, 29, died Nov. 11 after an inmate-on-inmate assault that day inside the State Correctional Institution-Mahanoy in...

Talks on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage heat up before deadline

Nov. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Discussions on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 are heating up, in part to get Gov. Tom Wolf to abandon an effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to tens of thousands of additional workers. Negotiators are up against a Thursday deadline,...

Pennsylvania jobless rate up; labor force, payrolls at highs

Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in October for the second straight month, even as payrolls and the labor force hit record highs. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2%. It...

Lawyer seeks GOP nomination in 2020 attorney general race

Nov. 14, 2019 3:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer who recently served on the Allegheny County Council wants the Republican nomination next year to run for Pennsylvania attorney general. Heather Heidelbaugh announced this week she’s seeking the job to fight the misuse of government money and the spread of illegal...