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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.
Community college plan comes with pay problems
A community college planned in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania would open the doors of higher education to students in an 11-county area, but it’s also stirring controversy about who pays the bills.
SUNDAY ISSUE: Stamping out food stamp fraud
People who receive assistance commonly referred to as food stamps in Pennsylvania spend $1 of every $20 in benefits at convenience stores, yet federal data show corner stores represent a disproportionate share of fraud cases.
SUNDAY ISSUE: State's gas among most expensive in U.S.
A tax increase for road and bridge repairs helps make Pennsylvania the sixth most expensive place to buy gas in the United States, according to AAA. Only motorists in New York, Connecticut, California, Alaska and Hawaii pay more.
Iowa town mourns murdered sisters as Pittsburgh police search for killer or killers
This typical Midwest river city shed a collective, heartfelt tear Friday for two close-knit sisters murdered 650 miles away in a big city tragedy that’s baffled family, friends and police investigators
Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office started dumping emails sooner in midst of grand jury probe of Jerry Sandusky
Attorney General Kathleen Kane said one of her predecessors changed office policy to shorten the period before emails are deleted in the midst of the grand jury investigation into allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
Local coroner among those saying growing victims of drug abuse are usually adults
Public service announcements warn parents of children raiding the medicine cabinet to get high, but coroners say a growing number of victims of drug deaths are parents, themselves.
Rep. Roae talks state budget during town hall meeting
Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Brad Roae presented a preliminary state budget overview during a town hall meeting Thursday night at the Lew Davies Community Center where he explained budget items and took questions from the general public.
State must hire workers to help with 'Obamacare' enrollment
The state must hire at least 720 workers to handle the influx of people signing up for expanded Medicaid benefits, according to Corbett administration officials who’ve complained about costs associated with the federal Affordable Care Act.
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