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After years of negotiation, cost-savings criminal justice bills head for final approval

Committee approves bill for moratorium on closing of White Haven center

Bill placing a moratorium on closing state centers passes in House

Bill Tracker: Legislature takes up fight over closure of state centers for the disabled

Yes, the U.S. Constitution could be improved. The process in this Pa. House resolution isn’t a path forward | Opinion


Giant Eagle to end use of plastic grocery bags by 2025

Pa’s biggest marijuana dispensary chain removes Standard Farms products from shelves

Giant Eagle to get rid of plastic grocery bags, straws by 2025

Marijuana dispensary plans approved in Harrisburg despite community concerns

Catholic Church

Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Grand jury account of priest is released


Pennsylvania crime rates drop 45 percent over last 20 years

Paul Manafort is in stable condition after being hospitalized, his attorney says

‘I learned a … painful lesson’: State Sen. Pat Browne’s former treasurer sentenced for stealing nearly $600,000 from campaign


Kiski Area improves performance, diversity in Advanced Placement courses

PIAA forcing Aliquippa football up to Class 4A next season; Quips set to appeal

White teacher sues Woodland Hills alleging racial discrimination

Plum teacher suspended, facing charges of burglarizing neighbor’s home with wife

Single moms in college have ‘a lot to juggle’ and a new report says they need more help

King’s renames Public Square building following $1 million donation

LCCC to sell four radio frequencies


Wegman claims background makes him the best for congressional seat


Sportsbooks score $316M in wagers

Health Care

A crisis in care: Geriatric medicine lags behind needs

Allegheny County sees 66% increase in flu cases over past week

Local News

Scranton will appeal court ruling in Act 511 case; officials say Act 47 exit still on schedule

Scranton likely to seek firm to collect city’s delinquent trash fees

Incoming Scranton city council mulls meeting schedule change, committee assignments

Courtright, feds dispute amount of loss in his corruption case

‘We realize the buck stops here:’ Kennett Township officials explain how an ex-employee stole millions

New Hope named 6th best Christmas town in US

Christmas Village gridlock in northwestern Berks County keeps locals home, strains tourists

Reading Water Area Authority passes 2020 budget without raising rates

New Kensington residents won’t pay more with new garbage hauler

Harrison Township wants to tackle blight with $500,000 grant

Westmoreland County tax hike, first in 15 years, on the table

Trafford offers grant for facade improvements – but not for naked mannequins

Luzerne County Manager Pedri reviews 2019 developments in annual forum

Pedri: County had a good year overall

Northeast Revenue to continue collecting levee fees

National News

Hayden Fry, a legendary Iowa football coach, dies at 90


Asbestos is shutting down another Philadelphia school

Mother recounts shooting of 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera as accused killer is held for trial

As crime plagues Philly, Mayor Kenney must prioritize law and order for new police commissioner | Opinion

FedEx driver shot in attempted robbery in Northeast Philly, suspect dead

AK-47 gunman pleads guilty in federal court in 2018 shooting of West Philly beer deli owner

Pro-impeachment rally takes place in Philly on eve of House vote

Philly’s oldest black-owned bookstore doesn’t need to compete with Amazon

Philly’s spending more, but it’s in line with other big cities

After Temple student’s TikTok controversy, the university clashes with reality | Opinion

Malcolm Jenkins says candidates to run Philly police ‘are already hiding’


URA to pay the state up to $1 million as part of Hunt Armory ice rink redevelopment

Allegheny County controller suggests surplus hotel tax money to fund transit, city parks

One woman in critical condition after shooting in Penn Hills

Pittsburgh Zoo’s blind northern elephant seal ‘Coolio’ dies

City budget approved but may have short shelf life

Pittsburgh’s $608 million budget includes no tax increase

Pittsburgh ranks as 4th best city to celebrate Christmas

Pittsburgh residents voice concerns over proposed Shadyside development

Lyft offering free rides to the unemployed around Pittsburgh through February

State News

Sainthood cause launched for Erie woman

‘Free Maddie.’ A 6-year-old girl held at Berks immigrant detention center for months sparks a rallying cry.

Pa. rule to tackle air pollution from oil and gas wells advances

Game commission: Reducing deer population not likely to stem spread of Lyme disease

Lebanon County grain farmer is avid proponent of land preservation

PUC: Compare electricity rates


Funding approved to upgrade traffic signals on Sans Souci Parkway

State grants fund traffic light upgrades in Salem, Latrobe

Tarentum, other communities receive more than $700K for traffic safety projects

Reading receives PennDOT grant to upgrade 51 traffic signals

PEMA, Berks communities work together to handle accidents on I-78


Here’s what to expect from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation in today’s impeachment vote

Honk for impeachment: Horns blow at rallies across Western Pa.

Protesters call for Trump’s impeachment outside Conor Lamb’s office in Mt. Lebanon

Westmoreland County impeachment rally draws more than 100

Protests held across US ahead of House vote today

Activists gather at Pa. Capitol to call on Congress to impeach Trump

Delco protesters at Philly rally call for Trump’s impeachment

Trump foes, friends rally in West Chester on eve of impeachment

Bill addresses pay disparity at Tobyhanna Army Depot

Congress reaches deal to prop up coal miners’ pension fund

‘We’ve got serious issues’: Inside Jeff Van Drew’s impeachment-fueled defection to the GOP