Democratic leader: Leach should quit over ‘troubling’ claims

U.S. 06/06/19, 18:58

The top Democrat in the Pennsylvania Senate said Thursday that an investigation of sexual misconduct claims against Sen. Daylin Leach found a "lengthy pattern of troubling behavior" and that he should resign.But Leach, a fellow Democrat, said he felt vindicated after reading a summary of the findings.The investigation examined an ...

Update: Pilot killed in Alaska plane crash identified

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:31

The Latest on a second fatal Alaska floatplane crash in a week (all times local):3:20 p.m.The police chief of Metlakatla has identified the pilot of Monday's deadly commuter plane crash in that Alaska community.This Monday, May 20, 2019 photo provided by Aerial Leask shows good Samaritans off of fishing vessels ...

Three Mile Island nuclear plant to proceed with closure

U.S. 05/08/19, 09:28

Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, now appears certain it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania and will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1, its owner said Wednesday.Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based energy giant said it ...

Protesters chant ‘stop taking bribes’ in Pennsylvania House

U.S. 05/06/19, 16:14

Demonstrators chanted "stop taking bribes" and threw dollar bills from a balcony in Pennsylvania's House chamber Monday as part of a protest over state law that does not limit the value of gifts that lawmakers may accept from lobbyists and others.Capitol police officers led the demonstrators out shortly after they ...

Judge orders former Penn St. president Spanier to jail May 1

U.S. 04/10/19, 16:15

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier must report to jail by May 1 to start serving a criminal sentence for his handling of a complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, under a judge's order made public Wednesday.Judge John Boccabella said Spanier may do his time in the jail ...

Bound for slaughter, Maryland horse instead achieves stardom

U.S. 03/30/19, 08:01

Bound for a slaughterhouse less than a year ago, Rescued Performance Machine — RPM for short — rose to stardom earlier this month at the Horse World Expo.RPM and trainer Jeffrey R. Michael won the expo's second annual Rescued to Stardom Challenge, a two-day competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show ...

Penn State to collect $733K from Sandusky’s defunct charity

Football 03/20/19, 15:37

Penn State will collect hundreds of thousands of dollars left over from the defunct charity for youth founded by convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, settling claims from a threatened civil lawsuit.The university and the state attorney general's office both confirmed this week that an agreement was reached recently.The university said ...

Jury selection to resume in officer’s shooting of black teen

U.S. 03/13/19, 07:08

A second day of jury selection is about to get underway in the case of a white former Pennsylvania police officer accused of criminal homicide for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager last year.Lawyers and prosecutors need to pick three more jurors and four alternates Wednesday to hear ...

Update: Officer on trial for teen’s death comes to court

U.S. 03/12/19, 09:32

The Latest on jury selection in the case of a white Pennsylvania police officer accused of shooting to death an unarmed black teen last year (all times local):10:30 a.m.A white police officer accused of shooting to death an unarmed black teen in western Pennsylvania has arrived at court.File-In this file ...

Jury to be picked for police killing of unarmed black teen

U.S. 03/12/19, 04:54

Jury selection is about to get underway in a Harrisburg courtroom in the case of a white police officer accused of shooting to death an unarmed black teen in western Pennsylvania last summer.The jurors will be taken to Allegheny County for the trial next week of Michael Rosfeld.He's the former ...

Proposal aims to ease government efforts to reclaim records

U.S. 03/09/19, 12:33

State and local government records that have been stolen or have otherwise ended up in private hands without authorization would be much easier to reclaim under legislation that could pass the Pennsylvania House in the coming days.A bill scheduled for a vote this week would give the Pennsylvania Historical and ...

School threat system fields thousands of tips in first month

U.S. 02/18/19, 07:34

A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials.The goal of the Safe 2 Say Something program, which funnels tips to an around-the-clock ...

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Sandusky gets new sentencing

Sports 02/05/19, 16:56

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Tuesday but a Pennsylvania appeals court ordered him to be resentenced for a 45-count child molestation conviction.The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years, but a Superior Court panel said that included the ...

Voters may be asked to weigh on in victims’ rights this year

U.S. 02/03/19, 09:14

The rights of crime victims would be enshrined in the Pennsylvania Constitution under a proposed amendment that could go before the state's voters later this year, but opponents warn the change has the potential to end up violating the rights of criminal defendants.The amendment, promoted by a national effort known ...

Pennsylvania state lawmaker gets probation in bribery case

U.S. 11/30/18, 15:42

A state representative convicted of taking $4,000 in bribes from a confidential informant received probation Friday from a judge who was critical of the undercover investigation that snared her.Democratic Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 23 months of probation and ordered to repay the money to the ...

Fetterman isn’t moving into lieutenant governor’s residence

U.S. 11/07/18, 15:27

Pennsylvania's newly elected lieutenant governor said Wednesday he does not plan to move into the lavish state-owned official residence and hopes to make it available for some type of public use.Democrat John Fetterman said he may rent a place in Harrisburg, but he's definitely not moving his family to Harrisburg ...

Lawmakers leave town, clergy child sex abuse bill undone

U.S. 10/18/18, 14:38

The collapse of legislation in Pennsylvania's Senate leaves questions about whether lawmakers will pass recommendations in a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, speaks at a news conference in the Pennsylvania Capitol after legislation to respond to a landmark state grand ...

Pa. Senate security force convulsed by harassment complaints, lawsuits

Pennsylvania 10/16/18, 05:36

Angela Couloumbis, Paula Knudsen, and Brad Bumsted, HARRISBURG BUREAU / THE CAUCUSHARRISBURG — Over the last year, the state-funded security force that watches over the Pennsylvania Senate has been hit with a string of firings, employment complaints, and lawsuits alleging a culture of harassment and discrimination, court documents and Senate ...

FACT CHECK: Wolf wrong that report backs execution halt

Pennsylvania 10/09/18, 16:26

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has twice claimed recently that a state Senate report released this summer recommended continuing his moratorium on the death penalty.The Democratic governor, who has called Pennsylvania's death penalty system "ineffective, unjust and expensive," instituted the moratorium shortly after taking office in 2015, fulfilling a campaign promise. ...

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 ...

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