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Prosecutors stake opposite positions in death penalty appeal

Jul. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor and the state district attorneys' association have staked out opposing positions in a case that will determine if Pennsylvania's death penalty will remain in effect. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday his own review found the...

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...

Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes

Jul. 5, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor vetoed legislation Friday that carried $90 million to help counties in the state buy new voting machines before the 2020 presidential election, but the bill also ordered changes to election laws that the Democrat said wouldn't help improve voting security or...

Pennsylvania sets aside security dollars for private schools

Jul. 5, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is setting aside money to help private schools with security needs after requests for help, including from Jewish day schools near the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a mass shooting. Budget-related legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Wolf earmarks $3.2...

Governor commutes sentence of prize-winning author's brother

Jul. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has commuted the sentence of the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman in a 1975 killing, clearing the way for his release. Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole in a case that was the subject of his older brother's 1984 acclaimed memoir,...

Pennsylvania's own insurance exchange coming next year

Jul. 2, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to replace the federally operated Healthcare.gov with its own website to sell Affordable Care Act-compliant policies in a bid to get more people into it and lower their costs. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday after it passed the Legislature unanimously...

Governor signs $34 billion 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $34 billion compromise budget Friday after lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes on hundreds of pages of legislation that in some cases drew angry protests from his fellow Democrats. Fueled by strong tax collections, the budget boosts aid to...

The Latest: Wolf signs $34B 'divided government' budget

Jun. 28, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the finishing touches of Pennsylvania's 2019-20 state budget (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a $34 billion compromise state budget after Pennsylvania lawmakers wrapped up the week with a flurry of votes. Wolf made the announcement Friday, shortly...

Chaos erupts in Pennsylvania Senate over welfare bill

Jun. 26, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Senate devolved into partisan shouting, name-calling and bare-knuckled procedural tactics Wednesday over a bill to end a decades-old program that offers $200 a month to people deemed unable to work. The bill ultimately passed the GOP-controlled chamber, 26-24, with...

House OKs budget bill after stiff criticism by Democrats

Jun. 25, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives passed the main bill in a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan on Tuesday, despite hard criticism by rank-and-file Democrats that included a floor fight over whether they could criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage...