Latest Pennsylvania state government News

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...

Wolf pursues changes to Pennsylvania's charter school rules

Aug. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania needs to improve the operational and reporting rules for charter schools and wants to change the regulations and laws that govern them. The Democratic governor on Tuesday directed his Education Department to develop regulations to limit enrollment for...

US appeals court hands truckers defeat in turnpike toll suit

Aug. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — High tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike do not violate the right of truckers and other motorists to travel between states, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, upholding a lower-court dismissal of a lawsuit against state agencies and officials. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Governor wants answers on 4 kids separated from families

Aug. 12, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says at least four children from his state were recently separated from their parents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wrote Monday to demand the agency halt the practice until it has a plan to ensure the welfare of children. Gov. Tom Wolf asked...

Trespassing ATV riders irk, but few legal places to ride

Aug. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — The fence lining Jane Sterling's property at the former Rocky Glen Park doesn't prevent all-terrain vehicles ripping past her yard. It's not uncommon for her to see as many as 60 ATVs a day riding near her property and even hear them at 2 a.m. They drive up Rocky Glen Road and other...

Court reviews fine in case that could rewrite nepotism rules

Aug. 7, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court will determine whether the head of a township roadwork crew in the Poconos should have to pay $30,000 over approving timecards for his son, in a case that could alter the state's anti-nepotism rules. The state Supreme Court said Tuesday it will review the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 7, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Latest mass shooting hits home The Altoona Mirror Aug. 6 Residents of this part of Pennsylvania have been watching and grieving, along with other people across the nation, as mass shootings have grown both in frequency and in the...

State clergy abuse hotline fielded 1,900 calls in first year

Aug. 6, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are working their way through accusations from 1,862 calls made to a clergy abuse hotline in the 12 months since a landmark grand jury report exposed decades of child abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses, the state attorney general said Tuesday. About 90%...