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State senators push to end secrecy in judicial nominations as controversial court pick is approved

GOP Senate aide’s appellate court appointment puts new scrutiny on judicial nominations.

Top GOP Senate staffer Drew Crompton headed to Commonwealth Court bench

Pennsylvania takes more steps to reduce prison population

Undeterred by Wolf’s deadline, House GOP weighs a path forward for minimum wage hike

House votes to amend constitution to pick judges by district

After closures from asbestos and other hazards, Pa. and Philly schools need emergency repairs | Opinion

She was shot by a stranger in Chester County. She thinks a red flag law might have prevented it.

Pa. lawmakers are looking to change the picking and the perks of future lieutenant governors

Canceled meetings and finger-pointing plague top Pa. economic development agency

Brian O’Neill: Is it time to tell Amtrak to get off the tracks in Pittsburgh?

GOP leadership names Yudichak to four Senate committees

Two state legislators set the right tone for the battles ahead in 2020 | PennLive Editorial


Gov. Wolf announces funding for community partnerships


How Boeing 737 Max cutbacks hit Pa. factory owners from Berwyn to Concordville

Mack Trucks plans down weeks, potential layoffs at Lower Macungie plant as market slows down


After nearly four decades, a cold-case murder in Bucks County ends in a guilty plea

McKeesport teen charged with killing Homestead man


Former state rep will present ‘The State of Education in Pennsylvania’ in Murrysville


State officials break silence on controversial ExpressVote XL voting machine


Mini casino with 500 slot machines to replace Sears at this Pennsylvania mall

Penn National wins license for York casino

Health Care

Sen. Casey derides ‘obscene lawsuit’ to gut Affordable Care Act; patient advocates lament limbo

Local News

Lackawanna County commissioners wrap up business at last meeting of current administration

Commissioners O’Malley, Cummings bid farewell at last meeting of the year

Scranton mourns loss of 8-year-old boy

Tax ruling crisis but opportunity

Reading building collapses into pile of rubble

New program at Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs in Reading will focus on skills on and off the court

Editorial: Scott must help Moran with transition

Man grazed by bullet inside Delco pet store, suspect in custody

Bucks commissioners OK $452M budget with tax increase

Editorial: 2 historic unions at a time when all seems divided

Leechburg Council approves 22% tax hike

Elks, Knights of Columbus, veterans, rally to help Plum family in serious jam at Christmas

Westmoreland municipal authority expects $3 million price tag for Youngwood project

Proposed budget keeps water, sewer rates unchanged for Municipal Authority of Westmoreland customers

Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority bills redesigned

WVSA changes billing format to clarify charges

Wilkes-Barre NAACP to mark MLK weekend at courthouse

No quorum cancels Wilkes-Barre Zoning meeting

National News

Justice Dept. plans crackdown on violent crime in 7 cities


Philadelphia a city of extremes: High incomes, high poverty, report shows

Here’s a ‘people’s tax credit’ that can make difference in the city | Editorial

The opioid crisis has tripled deaths among Philly’s homeless population in the last decade

Developers explore demolition of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius, citing dangerous conditions at beloved church

Three underage gamblers sneaked into the Rivers Casino Philadelphia. It cost the casino $62,500 in fines

Philly restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes signed into law by Mayor Kenney

Roosevelt Blvd. speed cameras hit delay, installation pushed back

Thomas Jefferson University to acquire Fox Chase Cancer Center


School board passes budget, but it can’t be funded as tax increase fails

City Council quickly votes to kill pension sweetener for elected officials

Duquesne University acquiring Uptown site to build $60 million college

Man files suit against McDonald’s after assault by employees left him paralyzed

Residents, activists concerned about racist graffiti in Swissvale

Homes for sale in Pittsburgh fall to a 4-year low point

Hyperloop developer pushes Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Chicago route to local tourism industry

Woman sues Allegheny County Jail, says use of male guards a violation of her civil rights

Peduto names Marty LaMar as Pittsburgh’s new chief economic development officer

Boston developer in talks with Mark Cuban to buy vacant Downtown building

Pushing democracy: Lawsuit seeks removal of a Pittsburgh councilman

Pittsburgh LGBTQ group leader accused of impersonating law enforcement officer

Strip District merchants aren’t happy with suggestions to improve parking, traffic safety

1 dead, 1 injured in Perry South shooting

Pittsburgh police, CAPA students join for pop-up Christmas caroling Downtown

State News

Pennsylvania hunters take in record number of bears in 2019

12 possible changes for Pennsylvania hunting seasons in 2020-21

Vough elected president judge

Proposed methane emissions rule passes Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board

Pa.’s most vulnerable have a new voice. Will it be heard? | John Baer


Two COLTS bus routes to change next month


The House has impeached President Donald Trump in a historic vote

Pa. and South Jersey reps on their Trump impeachment votes

Pa. lawmakers explain impeachment vote of President Donald Trump

Here’s how Lehigh Valley lawmakers voted on impeaching President Trump – and what comes next

Experts unsure how impeachment vote will affect Cartwright

The great divide: Opinions for and against Trump impeachment run deep locally

Lamb bill would enhance electrical grid security