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Pa. advocates for gay marriage wonder: Is this the year?
Bob Langley and John Despo exchanged vows last August in a quaint, white Episcopal church in western New York — just across the border from Pennsylvania.
Redistricting: County changes, retirements get races going early
Democratic state Reps. Frank Burns and Gary Haluska jointly organized a food drive three months ago to help needy residents in Cambria County. Now they are preparing to run against each other in the May 20 primary for the same seat in the Legislature.
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.
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