Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort

Pennsylvania 10/03/18, 16:01

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the effort to open Philadelphia's and possibly the nation's first supervised drug injection site— saying Wednesday that he would support the effort even if it meant facing federal charges.The 74-year-old Rendell joined the board of the nonprofit Safehouse, which is raising money to ...

Supreme Court sympathetic to Pa. woman in cemetery case

Pennsylvania 10/03/18, 12:21

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a Pennsylvania woman fighting her town over a cemetery ordinance, with the justices seeming at least sympathetic to the fact that people with claims like hers are effectively barred from federal court.The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of ...

State gives Philadelphia $3 million for traffic improvements

U.S. 10/03/18, 00:40

Pennsylvania has given $3 million to the city of Philadelphia to help implement a plan to reduce traffic lanes and make streets safer for bikers and pedestrians.The funding was announced Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and the money would fund work on traffic lanes in the Old City neighborhood ...

Tornado prompts nursing home evacuation; no serious injuries

Pennsylvania 10/02/18, 17:47

Authorities say a tornado struck a nursing home in northwestern Pennsylvania, blowing a roof off one building and causing moderate to heavy damage. No serious injuries were reported.Meteorologist Mike Griffin of the National Weather Service office in Cleveland said the EF-2 twister packing winds up to 115 mph struck the ...

Apollo founder gives Wharton $50 million, school’s biggest gift

Pennsylvania 10/02/18, 16:24

By StaffMarc J. Rowan, the double Wharton School graduate (BS ’84, MBA ’85) who cofounded $250 billion private equity and real estate investment group Apollo Global Management and chairs Wharton’s Board of Overseers, and his wife Carolyn have given his alma mater $50 million for professors and programs.The school said Rowan’s gift is its ...

Update: Trump heads to Philly to promote trade, economy

U.S. 10/02/18, 12:36

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):12:20 p.m.President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Johnson City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)President Donald Trump is set to promote his new North American trade agreement and the nation's economic performance in Philadelphia on Tuesday, a day ...

ACLU prepares to sue Pa. prisons over new mail policy

Pennsylvania 10/02/18, 06:12

By StaffEver since the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced a new, unprecedented policy for handling legal mail — part of a wide-ranging crackdown meant to stanch the flow of drugs into state prisons — criminal and civil lawyers who represent inmates have been in panic mode.Many, including staff lawyers with the Pennsylvania ...

Governor, GOP challenger face off at Trebek-hosted forum

Pennsylvania 10/01/18, 20:40

Pennsylvania's Democratic governor and his Republican challenger are meeting in their only formal appearance together in the fall campaign, in which moderator Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy!" fame needled the candidates on their mudslinging or exaggerations.Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP nominee Scott Wagner met at Monday night's annual Pennsylvania Chamber of ...

Why the ACLU says Philly bail practices are unconstitutional

Pennsylvania 10/01/18, 08:16

By StaffUnder Pennsylvania law and the U.S. Constitution, a defendant cannot be held in prison pretrial without a full hearing to determine whether it’s safe to release him.The reality in Philadelphia, though, is much different.Continue reading on Philly.comhttp://www.philly.com/philly/news/aclu-philly-krasner-cash-money-bail-community-fund-macarthur-no215jail-20181001.htmlSource: The Associated Press

Off limits: Report on state college abuse kept from public

U.S. 10/01/18, 08:15

Even as top Pennsylvania officials assail the Catholic Church over its cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, a state agency is refusing to release a report on allegations of sexual abuse by a high-ranking state university administrator despite lingering questions about how the accusers' complaints were handled.In a case that bears ...

Tips sought from public after car explosion that left 3 dead

Pennsylvania 10/01/18, 01:06

Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a downtown street in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in what authorities called a "criminal incident" being probed by federal, state and local authorities.Stephanie Connelly of Allentown, Pa., describes the details of being near the explosion ...

Grant Will Help Area Students Grow

U.S. 10/01/18, 00:07

Two hundred area fourth graders will get an opportunity to replicate backyard gardens that coal-patch ancestors created to feed families and hold down company store food bills. Anthracite mining history will be revisited in depth as part of the unique project that will have kids planting and nurturing their own ...

Officials confirm 3 dead in Pa. car explosion

U.S. 09/30/18, 22:02

Officials say three males were found dead after Saturday nights blast in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said he'll wait to release the names after their identities are confirmed and their families notified. (Sept. 30)Source: The Associated Press

Time running out in effort to cut number of state lawmakers

U.S. 09/30/18, 11:07

A proposal that's kicked around the Capitol for years to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania may not be dead, but it's at least on life support.The latest blow came during a committee meeting last week, when Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, was able to get the bill ...

State Affirms Status As Nation’s Dumping Ground

U.S. 09/30/18, 01:40

Unintended consequences are often born of the purest intentions. The introduction of passenger-side air bags was a major safety advance but initially resulted in more child fatalities. Prohibition may have reduced alcohol consumption in the 1920s but it helped the advance of organized crime in America. Smokey Bear had iconic ...

2 hospitalized after fall from railroad bridge

U.S. 09/29/18, 19:56

State police say two people hospitalized after falling from a railroad bridge in central Pennsylvania.Emergency dispatchers in Adams County say police and firefighters were sent shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday to an area off Route 30 northwest of Gettysburg in Franklin Township.The (Hanover) Evening Sun reports that a man and ...