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'Family first, then hunting': Son helps father with passion

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

SMOCK, Pa. (AP) — As soon as Matthew Howser learned to walk, he learned to help his father scout during hunting season on their family farm in Smock. On a recent Monday, Matthew helped his dad, Vaughn Howser walk up a ramp to the tree stand he built as a Father's Day present a few years ago, when a rare...

Pastor carries on tradition of bee-keeping clergy

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — The connection between the clergy and beekeeping has a long history in Pennsylvania, a history whose next chapter is being written in Cumberland County. Michael Poe, senior pastor at Carlisle First Church of God, located at 705 Glendale St. in the borough, is also one of the region's...

At prison, eyeglass manufacture provides vision for success

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — The orders were stacking up in front of her work station, but Ashley remained calm. With a practiced flick of her wrist, she dipped eyeglass lenses into pans of dye, watching the hue slowly darken to each customer's specification. The 35-year-old from Johnstown spends most of...

Can the rural prison economy survive decarceration era?

Jun. 23, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was still dark, not yet 5 a.m., when Cynthia Mason climbed onto the coach bus outside 30th Street Station. It was so early she'd decided it was better not to go to bed at all; she couldn't risk oversleeping, not when she finally had the chance to see her son. "I really wanted to hug...

For these workers, dad is also the boss

Jun. 23, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — David John DeMarco, one of the owners of Modern Dental Group in Erie, always felt that he might have disappointed his father, the late John J. DeMarco, M.D., an Erie obstetrician, who delivered more than 12,000 babies. His father had hoped that he would follow in his footsteps, he said....

Marte's single in 13th lifts Diamondbacks over Pirates 2-1

Jun. 23, 2018 12:20 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It was a strange sight after a big hit. Ketel Marte's two-out single in the 13th inning led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. But, right after his go-ahead hit, Marte slammed his helmet down in frustration so hard that the sound could...

Pennsylvania governor OKs school safety hotline, grants bill

Jun. 22, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf signed school safety legislation that passed Friday as part of a response spurred by February's high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people. Wolf signed the bill shortly after it passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly as part of a broader budget package....

Pennsylvania gets early budget peace, as spending bills pass

Jun. 22, 2018 9:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania achieved budget peace, for now, as Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a $32.7 billion spending package a week early for the upcoming fiscal year, avoiding the partisan acrimony and protracted fights of his first three years in office. Wolf's signatures came in the hours...

Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2018-19 budget package

Jun. 22, 2018 9:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Highlights of the budget package signed by Gov. Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania's 2018-19 budget year that starts July 1: THE BIG PICTURE — Increases spending through the state's main bank account to $32.7 billion, an increase of about $700 million in new spending, or 2.2 percent of...

The Latest: Governor OKs school safety hotline, grants bill

Jun. 22, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 9 p.m. A brand new school safety law in Pennsylvania is designed to set up state-administered programs to distribute grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill in...