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Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 12:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania's governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Jan. 27, 2020 5:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New...

Pennsylvania pays off $2.8B unemployment compensation debt

Jan. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has paid off $2.8 billion in bonds it issued in 2012 to retire a post-recession unemployment compensation debt that businesses owed to the federal government, state officials said this week. The last installment, paid Jan. 1, completed the repayment on one of the largest...

Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, left, stands the podium beside his wife Lydia, right, and one of his sons, Matt, center, as he announces at a news conference he will not run for another term as a Pennsylvania representative, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania's GOP House speaker to retire after three terms

Jan. 23, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will not run for reelection, the Republican announced Thursday, ending the career of a conservative force in state government in a critical year when Democrats are aiming to take control of the chamber. Turzai, 60, made the announcement at a news...

Governor to ask for more money to improve human services

Jan. 22, 2020 6:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers for an extra $40 million-plus to help improve services for the vulnerable, including children and the elderly, and expand direct care services to more disabled people who are on a waiting list. The request for money is designed...

Speculation grows about Pennsylvania House speaker's future

Jan. 22, 2020 5:21 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, the most prominent fiscal and social conservative in state government, will hold a news conference Thursday amid speculation in the Capitol this week that he will leave the powerful office after five years. Turzai, a Republican, had repeatedly...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

Judge ends halt to police seizures of cash-paying games

Jan. 21, 2020 3:34 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday lifted a month-old halt to police seizures of a prominent brand of cash-paying video machines while the courts consider whether the devices are legal under state law. Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler denied the request to continue an injunction...

In this 2001 photo, John Lesko is led by sheriff deputies from the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg, Pa. John Lesko can be seen in the top left as he exits the transport van. Jim Clawson hopes that one day he will watch the last breaths of the man who killed his friend and fellow police officer 40 years ago. Clawson has been waiting for decades to be summoned as a witness to John Lesko’s final day. But it’s more likely that Lesko — Pennsylvania’s longest-serving death row inmate — will die in prison by some other means. Lesko and another man were arrested in the so-called ‘Kill for Thrill’ spree.(Renatta Signorini/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

Man on death row 40 years after ‘Kill for Thrill’ murders

Jan. 18, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Clawson hopes that one day he will watch the last breaths of the man who killed his friend and fellow police officer 40 years ago. Clawson has been waiting for decades to be summoned as a witness to John Lesko’s final day. He wants to be seated behind a glass window when the...