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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...

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority court

Jan. 18, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is...

PA governor to follow through on plan to close state prison

Jan. 17, 2020 1:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he will follow through on his plan to close another state prison, announced originally in August as a cost-cutting step amid a declining inmate population and rising prison costs. Wolf's administration carried out the required hearings on its plan,...

Pipeline firm to pay another $2M fine in Pennsylvania

Jan. 16, 2020 6:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Texas-based pipeline giant that is heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay another $2 million in fines for spilling drilling fluids into a reservoir during construction on a 350-mile multibillion-dollar pipeline carrying highly volatile natural gas liquids. The consent...

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania hits new record high

Jan. 16, 2020 4:39 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's commercial casinos reached a new high in revenue last year, state regulators said Thursday, a record boosted by an aggressive new expansion of gambling authorized by state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said revenue at the...

Lawmakers aim to stop closure of 2 institutions for disabled

Jan. 15, 2020 7:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fight to block Gov. Tom Wolf from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled produced a second large majority in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, even as Wolf vowed to continue a decades-old trend away from institutional care. The state...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 15, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Take wait, see approach on state budget Altoona Mirror Jan. 12 For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and...

Pennsylvania orders gas well plugged in fight over methane

Jan. 13, 2020 9:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Monday told Range Resources that it must fix a Marcellus Shale natural gas well “once and for all” that it maintains has leaked methane since 2011 and contaminated groundwater and streams in north-central Pennsylvania. Wolf's Department...

Pennsylvania cranks up PR campaign to boost census response

Jan. 13, 2020 5:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's second lady, Giselle Fetterman, will help lead a campaign to raise awareness of this year's Census Bureau count and encourage residents to respond to the census, state officials said Monday. Fetterman, whose husband is Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said she will tour the...

In this Aug. 22, 2019 photo, lead grower Elizabeth Keyser, talks about flowering medical marijuana plants being grown with special grow lights during a media tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y. After legislative efforts stalled and a vaping sickness stirred new concerns, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still want to make recreational pot legal. But the states have different approaches and timeframes, and some proposals have shifted since last year. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jan. 13, 2020 6:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York. Now, after legislative efforts stalled and a vaping...