The happiest, saddest states according to Twitter
Did your state make the list? Researchers at the University of Vermont analyzed more than 10 million tweets from 2011 to find the happiest and saddest states in America.
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State police plan increased holiday patrols
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State Police and local police statewide are teaming for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an enforcement initiative focusing on seat belt use and impaired-driving that aims to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities this holiday season.
Pa. lawmakers won't stop tinkering with election rules
Conflicts caused by the state’s last attempt to improve the integrity of elections was the biggest source of complaints logged by a watchdog group during the 2012 presidential race.
Plan raises state's maximum speed limit to 70 mph
Motorists can look forward to road work zones all over the commonwealth when Gov. Tom Corbett signs a $2.4 billion a year transportation funding plan.
New business group out to spread word about economic impact and benefits of hunting
I think that I’d be pretty safe in saying that hunting is a pretty popular pastime in Pennsylvania. Few people would dispute that. With nearly 1 million hunters heading afield each year in this state alone, it’s pretty easy to see a ripple effect between hunting expenditures and area economies.
Rep. Brooks goes to bat for small games of chance in bars
The state Senate is poised to vote early this week on the final version of a bill that would allow thousands of bars across the commonwealth to begin offering small games of chance similar to those offered in social clubs and at veterans organizations.
Phone deregulation bill doesn't ring true
Consumer advocates and the AARP are warning that a telephone deregulation bill would allow phone companies across the commonwealth to shed price controls that have kept landline phone bills cheaper than wireless phone bills.
Pa. prison system sheds immigrants, saves money
In June, a convicted drug dealer from Lebanon County was deported instead of having to complete a 25-year sentence that could have kept him in prison until 2032. He was the first state prison inmate in Pennsylvania dismissed from the country before he had completed his minimum sentence.
SUNDAY ISSUE: Are you ready to pay more at the pump for transportation improvements when Harrisburg commuters are likely to be among the biggest beneficiaries?
While state House leaders wrangle over the details in a proposed billion dollar transportation spending plan, many members quietly worry that the plan will not include enough money for local roadwork even as their constituents are being asked to pony up more in gas tax and more in registration fees.
School board group mum on cost of speakers
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association conference featured a pair of costly celebrity keynote speeches, but the organization refused to disclose exactly how much it paid to Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Eruzione.
Corbett: Low job-creating numbers misleading
Pennsylvania ranked 43rd out of 50 states in job creation in the 12 months ending in August, according to researchers at Arizona State University, though a spokesman for the governor’s re-election campaign insists the numbers are misleading.
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