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Public hearings to focus on prevailing wage rules
Lawmakers will begin to hold public hearings next week on bills intended to raise the threshold triggering prevailing wage rules that nettle local government leaders who say the inflated pay requirements mean they get less bang for their bucks.
GOP Reps.: Bridge repairs should be on state's front burner
Pennsylvania spends about $15 million a year paying the state’s Department of Transportation workers to clean up trash and mow along state-maintained roads.
SUNDAY ISSUE: Dangerous dogs
Pennsylvania’s much-ballyhooed 2009 revision to the dog law, which principally focused on cracking down on puppy mills, also included language spelling out how dogs can be deemed dangerous by district magistrates. But, investigators in the state Auditor General’s Office found, in practice, only a tiny fraction of the dogs involved in dog attacks in Pennsylvania end up on the dangerous dog registry.
State's food stamp users to receive fewer dollars
Needy Pennsylvanians will get less help buying groceries come November due to the expiration of a federal stimulus spending bump that has inflated food stamp payments.
House Education Committee hears case for standards changes
State education officials told a House panel Monday that fears about changes to state educational standards are largely based on misconceptions about what the changes mean. Most lawmakers on the Education Committee seemed to buy the argument, but critics remain unconvinced.
E-Z Pass taking toll on turnpike collectors
The cash-strapped Pennsylvania Turnpike is five years away from eliminating more than 600 toll collector jobs as the 550-mile long system switches to all-electronic tolls at the 70 plazas spread across the commonwealth.
AARP goes to bat for seniors who are hungry
Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania seniors are going hungry even though there are government programs that could be helping them put food on the table, the state AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) has found.
Crowded Dem field to challenge Corbett
Well over a year before the 2014 general election, a crowded field of would-be challengers has stepped forward to try to win the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.
Lawmakers defend efforts in Harrisburg
After leaving Harrisburg without reaching a consensus on transportation funding, liquor privatization, pension reform or Medicaid expansion, lawmakers insist that they did not spend the last six months working in vain.
Bill would shield docs 'sorry' for treatment mishaps
In 2004, Danielle Bellerose gave birth prematurely to twin girls at a hospital in Massachusetts. Eight days later, one of the babies died.
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