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Safety experts: Many weapons brought to school not reported
On a typical day last year, Pennsylvania schools caught 11 students toting weapons similar to ones used to slash 21 students and a security guard at a Pittsburgh-area high school, according to the state Department of Education. An untold number of others likely brought weapons to school but weren’t caught, safety experts say.
Court tosses Marin from ballot; LaValle is sole Democrat seeking nomination for 3rd District U.S. House seat
Saying the testimony of Congressional candidate Mel Marin of Sharon wasn’t credible, the Commonwealth Court has ordered Marin’s name removed from the Democratic Party’s ballot for one of Crawford County’s Congressional seats in the May primary because Marin now has less than the required 1,000 valid signatures.
Farrell, other cities seek end to 'distressed' label
A program for financially troubled cities is something like a governmental Hotel California: You can check in, but you can never leave. Folks in Farrell know this better than most.
Dems running for governor propose taxing gas drillers to benefit education
Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.
Paterno statue figures in Penn State University trustee vote
Former lieutenant governor Bob Jubelirer has joined Penn State University supporters calling for the return of the Joe Paterno statue that once stood outside Beaver Stadium. The university should consider putting the statue in the All Sports Museum inside the stadium, he said.
Advocate warns against restricting access to guns for mentally ill
In the aftermath of another mass shooting and an inevitable debate over gun laws, a mental health advocate and gun control lobbyist are warning against unfairly restricting the mentally ill from accessing firearms.
Popular program re-routing tax funds to improve cities
Gov. Tom Corbett announced at the end of 2013 that Bethlehem and Lancaster would be the first cities to use an economic development program designed to let businesses put money they would otherwise pay in state taxes toward downtown improvements.
Pennsylvania senators pitch bill that freezes property taxes for seniors
Some state senators want to freeze property tax rates for seniors, protecting them from costs that could force them from their homes, but at least one critic dismisses the move as a bid to curry votes.
Watchdogs question drilling self-policing
Environmental watchdogs say a system for tracking radioactive material unearthed during gas drilling depends too much on the industry’s self-policing, making it impossible to judge how much waste is generated or how dangerous it might be.
Legislator hopes to change closed-door meetings rule
Elected officials often abuse closed-door meetings, according to a state legislator who wants all secret sessions to be recorded to make it easier to find the truth should questions arise later.
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