Latest Pennsylvania state government News

Increased student harm, suicide tips reported during COVID

Aug. 7, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

Reports of suicidal or self-harming thoughts made to Pennsylvania’s mandatory harm reporting system for schools increased after classrooms were shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office released an annual report showing tips to the Safe2Say Something...

Chase Fenstermacher kicks the ball during a wall pass drill at Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that

Panel delays decision on Pennsylvania sports for two weeks

Aug. 7, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The governing body for Pennsylvania school sports on Friday delayed making, for at least two weeks, a decision about whether to follow the governor's recommendation and cancel sports until January. The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said mandatory fall...

Volunteers load up vehicles at the Johnstown Galleria in Johnstown, Pa. for the fourth Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank drive-up distribution event on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Wolf roils youth sports world by urging halt until January

Aug. 6, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up with a news...

Ex-state lawmaker ordered to begin house-arrest sentence

Aug. 5, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state representative has been ordered to begin serving the house-arrest portion of her sentence in the theft of money from a nonprofit she established for the needy. A judge said during a hearing Wednesday that probation officials weren’t able to set up...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 5, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Representatives should reverse whitewash of political corruption Altoona Mirror Aug. 4 Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his...

5-year-old autistic girl missing in storm found dead

Aug. 5, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-year-old autistic girl who disappeared from a Philadelphia-area home during the height of Tuesday's storm was found dead Wednesday and was believed to have been swept away by floodwaters in the creek behind her house, authorities said. Police in Montgomery County's Towamencin...

Lawmakers hear schools face range of challenges in reopening

Aug. 5, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers heard about the slew of challenges ahead when schools reopen during a pandemic, as two days of hearings that ended Wednesday offered little reason for optimism. In hours of testimony before the House Education Committee, school officials and other experts...

FILE - In this March 23, 2017 file photo, Pedro Rivera, secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, tours Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School in Erie, Pa. Rivera announced Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, he will be leaving the job to take another position, as schools throughout the state are scrambling to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Wolf ed head takes new job as schools grapple with reopening

Aug. 4, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's education secretary announced Tuesday he will be leaving the job to take another position, as schools throughout the state are scrambling to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans. Secretary Pedro Rivera, a member of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's cabinet for more...

On Wednesday in Carbon County Courthouse courtroom #1 the President Judge, Roger N. Nanovic, announced that trials will resume with jury selection beginning on Thursday.

Pennsylvania reports no virus deaths; 1st time since March

Aug. 3, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials on Monday reported no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 for the first time in more than four months. The last time that neither the state Department of Health nor a county health department confirmed a new coronavirus death in Pennsylvania was on March...

Dave Sattizahn, president of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighter's Association, right, announces the cancellation of the 66th annual Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention as Joseph Gilbert Jr., fire chief of the Ringtown Valley Fire and Rescue Company, left, and Capt. Mariana Gorski-Gilbert, the chairperson of the firemen's convention, center, reacts during a press conference at the station in Ringtown, Pa., on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The convention was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fire company was the host of the convention this year. (Jacqueline Dormer/The Republican-Herald via AP)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses challenge to eviction ban

Jul. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to the governor's statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, leaving in place an order that shields renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic. Two months after agreeing to decide the issue, the state's high...