Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Judge takes himself off Jerry Sandusky resentencing case

Sep. 18, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

The judge handling the pending resentencing of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky took himself off the case Wednesday, citing an unspecified recent action by the state attorney general's office. Judge John Foradora's order recused himself and directed Centre County court officials to ask...

Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges

Sep. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service. Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged...

Justices weigh discipline against Penn State's ex-counsel

Sep. 10, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's Supreme Court considered arguments in Philadelphia Tuesday over whether the chief lawyer for Penn State when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke should face public censure. The state's lawyer disciplinary board recommended that punishment in March for Cynthia Baldwin, who is...

Governor to take Tree of Life mezuzah to Holocaust memorials

Sep. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visits Holocaust memorials in Lithuania and Poland, he will carry the mezuzah that was on the office door of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers when a gunman burst into Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last year and killed 11 people. Wolf said Friday that he...

Judge grills US attorney who opposes injection site plan

Sep. 5, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia grilled the city's top federal prosecutor Thursday over his opposition to a plan to open the nation's first supervised injection site to address the opioid crisis. U.S. Attorney William McSwain called the goal of reducing overdose deaths "laudable," but...

Lack of interest thwarts latest Pennsylvania casino auction

Sep. 4, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lack of interest has thwarted Pennsylvania's latest casino expansion attempt. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board received no bidders Wednesday in a casino license auction ordered by lawmakers as part of an aggressive gambling expansion launched in 2017 by a cash-hungry state...

Maryland concerned about Pennsylvania's water plans for bay

Aug. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland continues to have "alarming concerns" about neighboring Pennsylvania's lack of progress in meeting clean water goals and how falling short will affect the Chesapeake Bay, Gov. Larry Hogan wrote Thursday to Pennsylvania and federal officials. Hogan sent a letter to...

Correction: Clergy Abuse-Pennsylvania Lawsuit story

Aug. 29, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton over decades-old allegations of clergy sexual abuse, The Associated Press erroneously reported Pennsylvania's statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits. The current age limit for victims of...

Pennsylvania to close another prison as inmate ranks shrink

Aug. 28, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is planning to close another prison, as the inmate population continues to decline and prison costs rise, lawmakers and union officials said Wednesday. Prison officials briefed lawmakers and Retreat state prison staff in northeastern Pennsylvania about their plans to...

OxyContin maker, government attorneys in settlement talks

Aug. 28, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the nation's opioid...