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Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Pennsylvania OKs $3.8M to treat chemicals in drinking water

Aug. 22, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is marshaling more money to help pay for better water treatment in suburban Philadelphia communities where testing has shown tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers....

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Fireworks confounding Legislature The Altoona Mirror Aug. 18 Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature's shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to...

GOP retains Pennsylvania House seat in special election

Aug. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans easily won a special election to retain a seat in the state House of Representatives in a GOP-leaning district in central Pennsylvania. Republican David Rowe won Tuesday's special election in parts of Union and Snyder counties by a nearly two-to-one margin over Democrat...

Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says

Aug. 20, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting Tuesday that it could have prevented the shooter in last week's wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower. A lost or stolen guns...

Voters to fill state House vacancy in central Pennsylvania

Aug. 20, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters are about to fill the lone vacancy in the state House of Representatives with a special election in a Republican-leaning central Pennsylvania district. The election Tuesday is for a seat vacated in May, when the former incumbent, Republican Rep. Fred Keller, was elected to...

US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center

Aug. 19, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Loved ones propped photos of more than a dozen young people lost to the opioid crisis against the outside of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Monday as a judge inside heard arguments on whether the city could become the nation's first to open a supervised injection center. U.S....

Wolf unveils gun violence effort after Philadelphia shooting

Aug. 16, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf directed state police and other agencies under his control Friday to focus greater efforts on addressing gun violence, two days after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers. Wolf said set up a new Special Council on Gun Violence and gave it six...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Learning the hard way: China is slow to understand Trump on trade Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Aug. 13 Sooner or later, China will get it. President Donald Trump last week threatened to impose another round of tariffs on Chinese...

The Latest: Human Services doesn't check for smoke detectors

Aug. 13, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a home day care center fire in Pennsylvania that killed five children (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services says it does not regulate smoke detectors in state-licensed home day care facilities. Ali Fogarty said Tuesday that...