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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, the dome caps the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. It takes hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to maintain what is one of the country's largest legislative staffs, a small army with a voracious appetite for food, shelter, transportation, office supplies and computer equipment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides

May. 12, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It takes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to maintain one of the country’s largest legislative staffs, a small army that needs food, shelter, transportation, office supplies and modern electronics. An Associated Press review...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, the dome caps the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. It takes hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to maintain what is one of the country's largest legislative staffs, a small army with a voracious appetite for food, shelter, transportation, office supplies and computer equipment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides

May. 12, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It takes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to maintain one of the country's largest legislative staffs, a small army that needs food, shelter, transportation, office supplies and modern electronics. An Associated Press review of...

In this Nov. 19, 2019, photo is the Pennsylvania House of Representatives chamber at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. It takes hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Pennsylvania General Assembly to maintain what is one of the country's largest legislative staffs, a small army with a voracious appetite for food, shelter, transportation, office supplies and computer equipment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania lawmakers' spending on their own operations

May. 12, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Associated Press combed through more than 6,000 pages of line items to get a clearer picture of how the Pennsylvania General Assembly spent taxpayer money on its own operations during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Highlights of the findings: — TOTAL SPENDING: The...

Students expected to return to school in fall, ed chief says

May. 11, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's education secretary told lawmakers on Monday that he expects students to go back to school in the fall, and the Department of Education will provide guidance in the coming weeks to prepare teachers and staff to return to school buildings. Schools have been closed...

The finished chalk drawing that Kelly Casey, and her daughter Ellen Casey, drew in the parking lot Saturday, is seen outside of the Calvin Presbyterian Church, on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Parishioners were not attending the church for the Easter services that were being streamed on the internet because of the concern of spreading the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania reports 13 new deaths among COVID-19 patients

Apr. 12, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There were 13 additional deaths among COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania, raising the state's total for the pandemic to 507, the Pennsylvania Health Department reported Sunday. The department also reported nearly 1,200 new cases over the previous day, making a total of nearly 23,000...

House swears in 3 members who won special elections in March

Apr. 6, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three new members of the Pennsylvania House were sworn in Monday during a brief ceremony in the state Capitol. The three Republicans all won special elections last month to fill seats vacated by members who were elected to county offices in November. The new members are Rep. Eric...