GOP pushes back on cash governor seeks for voting machines

U.S. 06/12/19, 11:57

Republican lawmakers aren't committing to the money sought by Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that counties replace their voting machines by 2020's presidential elections.Republicans who control the Legislature say a roughly $34 billion budget counterproposal they are finalizing this week doesn't include the $15 million ...

Board recommends clemency for brother of acclaimed author

U.S. 05/31/19, 12:55

The brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing.Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case was the ...

Wolf says early stats point to drop in 2018 overdose deaths

U.S. 05/22/19, 15:10

Gov. Tom Wolf says preliminary statistics are pointing to a decrease in overdose deaths in Pennsylvania last year, as his administration suggests the opioid crisis might be starting to wane in some parts of the state.Wolf spoke Wednesday as he participated in a training session on how to administer a ...

Governor hikes shuttered trail to pitch $4.5B projects plan

U.S. 05/21/19, 16:27

One of Pennsylvania's most beloved and scenic hiking trails will remain closed to the public unless lawmakers pass Gov. Tom Wolf's $4.5 billion infrastructure plan, officials said Tuesday.The Democratic governor hiked to the base of the Glen Onoko Falls Trail to make the case for a severance tax on Marcellus ...

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 ...

Pennsylvania police honor 4 who died on duty in 2018

U.S. 05/06/19, 15:29

Police from around Pennsylvania are honoring four members of law enforcement who were killed or died last year from injuries sustained while on duty.Monday's ceremony in the Forum auditorium adjacent to the state Capitol was attended by Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other top state officials.The Fraternal ...

APNewsBreak: 2026 MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia

Sports 04/11/19, 14:21

Baseball's 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no announcement had been made.A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday and is ...

Vestige of the past, state House’s ‘lobbyist room’ vanishes

U.S. 03/30/19, 08:33

It happened without any warning: The "lobbyist room" at the back of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives chamber was closed and is now off limits to lobbyists. For decades, lobbyists could sit there in a handful of comfortable chairs, watch floor proceedings on TV, print out copies of legislation and send messages ...

Gov. orders review of reform school over abuse allegations

U.S. 03/07/19, 15:31

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered a review of complaints against the oldest reform school in the country after a newspaper investigation detailed decades of alleged abuse and cover-ups at the campus.Lawmakers and children's advocates on Wednesday called for the state to launch an investigation into allegations of abuse of ...

3rd time a charm? Police fee plan of Tom Wolf gets new attention

U.S. 02/24/19, 14:25

The latest effort by Gov. Tom Wolf to impose a fee on municipalities that rely on state troopers, instead of a local police force, is generating new conversations, if not an embrace, as budget makers try to end the constitutionally questionable use of highway dollars to underwrite the Pennsylvania State ...

Pennsylvania’s school funding fight exits spotlight

U.S. 02/09/19, 09:39

When Gov. Tom Wolf took office, he told lawmakers that he had a plan to fix Pennsylvania's system of school funding.Four years and a couple of budget fights later, public school advocates say huge gaps still persist between poorer and wealthier districts.The subject didn't rate a mention this past week ...

Update: GOP warm to Wolf’s first post-election budget

U.S. 02/05/19, 13:26

The Latest on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's $34.1 billion budget proposal (all times local):1 p.m.Leaders of Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature are reacting relatively warmly to Gov. Tom Wolf's new budget proposal, while applauding its lack of a tax increase.Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said after the Democratic governor's Tuesday budget ...

Schools, farms and voting machines in Wolf’s budget sights

U.S. 02/05/19, 11:38

Gov. Tom Wolf's new budget proposal requests hundreds of millions of dollars more for Pennsylvania's schools, as well as a sprinkling of money for new voting machines and new programs to improve worker training and the agricultural sector.The Democrat is also seeking new college benefits for members of the National ...

Wolf calls for tougher gun laws after synagogue shooting

U.S. 01/29/19, 16:26

Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his call for lawmakers to toughen Pennsylvania's gun laws, after a truck driver walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and fatally shot 11 people.The Democratic governor spoke Tuesday at an anti-gun violence rally in the Capitol. He was joined by the wife of a man badly ...

Congressman who worked on Trump’s PA campaign is resigning

Politics 01/17/19, 12:34

Tom Marino, a five-term Republican congressman who helped steer Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, said Thursday that he is resigning just days into a new term. In a statement, Marino said his last day will be Jan. 23 and that he is taking a job in the private sector. Marino ...

Update: Fetterman sworn in as state lieutenant governor

U.S. 01/15/19, 10:41

The Latest on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's second inauguration (all times local):10:40 a.m.The former mayor of an economically distressed steel town is the new lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.Democrat John Fetterman took the oath of office Tuesday, giving Gov. Tom Wolf a new second-in-command as his second term gets underway.The former ...

Wolf prepares to start second term as Pennsylvania governor

U.S. 01/15/19, 05:54

A second term kicks off Tuesday for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a battle-tested and perhaps more pragmatic politician who overcame tough first-term budget fights to regain voters' confidence and sweep to an easy re-election win. The Democrat, no longer the outsider who spent $10 million of his own money in winning ...

Wolf’s 2nd term comes with evolving GOP identity in Capitol

U.S. 11/17/18, 10:53

With Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's second term effectively underway, perhaps the biggest question in Pennsylvania's Capitol is not how Wolf will govern, but how Republicans who still control the Legislature will re-emerge after suffering losses in the Nov. 6 election.Wolf's 17-point trouncing of Republican Scott Wagner was hardly a surprise, ...

Worldwide moment of silence requested for synagogue victims

U.S. 11/09/18, 00:02

A moment of silence to honor the 11 people killed in a synagogue is planned at a park in downtown Pittsburgh nearly two weeks after the massacre.Mayor Bill Peduto is asking people around the world to join in the moment of silence at noon Friday.It will start a "Rally for ...

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