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SUNDAY ISSUE: Shrinking Pa. Legislature could save big bucks
Pennsylvania lawmakers are moving to thin their ranks, potentially reducing the size of the second-largest state Legislature in the country.
Website would monitor education spending
Taxpayers will be able to track how school districts spend their money — before they spend it, in some cases — under a plan to launch an open government website that monitors education spending.
Online prostitution becoming more common in Pa.
Troy LeFererra, 42, of Snyder County was lured to his death by an 18-year-old woman who used online classifieds to offer men “delightful conversation” in exchange for cash, according to police.
State braces for $839 million deficit
Gov. Tom Corbett’s number didn’t come up in the Pennsylvania Senate this week, only adding to the pressure he and legislators will face when they return in the new year to face an $839 million budget hole.
Bills could change way child abuse is defined in Pa.
Cumbersome legal definitions of child abuse can stymie doctors, nurses and caseworkers who might believe a child is in danger, according to advocates lobbying for changes to the state’s child welfare system.
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.
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