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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...

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...

Three Mile Island plant, site of nuclear accident, to close

May. 8, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the...

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...

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...

Pennsylvania Senate moves to slow replacing voting machines

Apr. 30, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate moved Tuesday to potentially delay the ability of the state's governor to decertify voting machines in expectation of replacing them all by 2020's presidential elections to boost public confidence and defenses against hacking. The Republican-controlled chamber...

Death sentence upheld in Pennsylvania troopers' ambush

Apr. 26, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court upheld the death sentence and conviction on Friday of a sniper who killed a state trooper and wounded another in a nighttime ambush outside their barracks in a heavily wooded area. The state Supreme Court's decision upholds lower court decisions in the...

'Snot otter' named Pennsylvania's official amphibian

Apr. 23, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday granting the honor to the Eastern hellbender, a nocturnal animal whose colorful nicknames include snot otter, lasagna...

As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target

Apr. 19, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — To understand Pennsylvania's fast-changing political geography, look no further than Tom Killion. After Democrats recently flipped six state Senate seats in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Killion is one of the chamber's last Republicans standing in those areas —...

Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania's official amphibian

Apr. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half meter) long...