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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Pennsylvania lawmaker accused of driving under influence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EST

ENOLA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker faces a charge of driving under the influence after being stopped two months ago in suburban Harrisburg. Police say 26-year-old Democratic Rep. Brandon Markosek of Allegheny County was going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over around 8 p.m. on...

Sean Parnell to run for Congress in Pennsylvania

Oct. 30, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sean Parnell, a regular guest on Fox News shows, says he'll run for Congress in Pennsylvania, confirming what President Donald Trump announced during an address last week in Pittsburgh. Parnell said Wednesday that he'll run for Pennsylvania's politically divided 17th District, which...

Senate votes to devote mansion to veterans, Guard families

Oct. 23, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state senators have voted unanimously to transfer control of what had been the lieutenant governor's residence at Fort Indiantown Gap to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Senate voted Wednesday to send the House a bill directing the property be used to...

House votes to exempt fire, rescue agencies from records law

Oct. 22, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House is giving its approval to a bill that would exempt the state's volunteer fire and rescue companies from the Right-to-Know Law. State representatives voted 166 to 34 on Tuesday to send the proposal to the Senate. Supporters of the legislation argue the 2008...

Report: Campaign records shield lawmakers' lavish spending

Oct. 22, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lax campaign finance rules allow Pennsylvania state lawmakers to shield spending on food, booze and travel from public scrutiny, and officials often report them as simply credit card payments or expense reimbursements, a report published Tuesday concluded. A yearlong investigation by...

Democrats choose history professor for state Senate race

Oct. 20, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats have chosen a history professor as their candidate to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon Valley College associate professor Michael Schroeder was selected Sunday for the...

GOP prosecutor chosen to run for seat vacated by senator

Oct. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have chosen a prosecutor to run to replace a four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned last month after being arrested on child pornography charges. Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold easily outpaced four other candidates during Saturday's nomination...

Lawmaker facing child porn possession charges waives hearing

Oct. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A four-term Pennsylvania state senator who resigned after being arrested on child pornography possession charges is waiving his preliminary hearing. Court records show that Republican Mike Folmer waived the hearing Friday. It had been scheduled for Oct. 31. No trial date has been...

Court upholds ex-Sen. Orie's convictions in elections case

Oct. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state senator's conviction for using government employees to work on political campaigns was upheld Tuesday by a panel of federal appeals judges. A 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against former Sen. Jane Clare Orie, saying her second trial in 2012 did...