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Pa. push for higher minimum wage getting maximum attention, little movement

House approves bill to keep violent offenders from early release

Commutations can relieve costs of sick and aging prison population — and reverse decades of bad policy | Editorial

Killion’s criminal justice reform signed by governor

Pa. reps hold late-night, impromptu Christmas piano concert at state Capitol

Lehigh Valley House Repubs Hahn, Simmons announce they’re retiring in 2020

Lehigh Valley state Rep. Justin Simmons won’t seek re-election

Candidates already circling two Lehigh Valley seats opening in state Legislature


Wawa hit with massive payment data breach at ‘all’ stores, CEO says

Limo business run by Erie native sued by Pa. AG’s office for cheating customers

‘No turning back’ as Erie Coke ends operations


Pennsylvania takes more steps to reduce prison population


Pennsylvania is a national leader in wrestling, so why is it falling behind with girls’ teams?

Scranton High students frustrated with impeachment, political divide

Don’t rush appointment

Anonymous letter makes accusations about five Pleasant Valley basketball players

Students warm up to winter with new coats and smiles

Legacy of ‘The Defender’: Coats/shoes giveaway benefits third graders

Driver fired after leaving 7-year-old Leechburg student on bus


The campaign-trail clash between Buttigieg and Warren spills into the 6th Democratic debate

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate

CNN’s feed of Democratic debate goes dark in China when candidates mention human rights

Michael Bloomberg just landed his first Pa. endorsement: former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter

Health Care

What’s next: Patients insured through Obamacare worry after court ruling

Troubling health care trend: They have medical insurance but can’t use it because of high deductibles

Local News

Scranton property taxes to rise 2.4% after mayor declines budget veto

Scranton Sewer Authority close (or not) to resolving lawsuit over missing easements

Controversial drug treatment center to open pending court ruling

Humane Pennsylvania gives away more than 1,000 pet beds in Reading and Berks

Cups of Compassion offers help to those in need

Berks County commissioners bid farewell to outgoing colleague at final meeting of 2019

Officer’s bullet went ‘through and through’ and Robeson man ‘extremely lucky’ in confrontation, top Berks County detective says

Arnold high-rise residents like police foot patrols through buildings

Westmoreland County’s 2020 budget brings 1st tax increase in 15 years

Westmoreland prosecutors, defense attorneys will get raises

Substantial increase for Head Start in the works

Wilkes-Barre city council approves grant applications, says goodbye to one of its own

CASA welcomes largest graduating class of advocates

No confidence: Northampton County election board ‘extremely disappointed’ in machines it selected–20191220-xrkqrrokfrgzlc3lglpn5nf5fe-story.html

Milton Hershey, Joe Paterno inspired ex-NFL player’s quest for ‘eco-village’ at old Bishop McDevitt school

Historic Lower Merion mill building soon to be demolished for senior housing

DEP orders Aliquippa to better monitor drinking water contaminants

Thousands of gifts distributed to veterans at Coatesville VA

Agency gets big grant for shelter

National News

A shooting in Westerly, R.I., leaves 2 dead and 2 injured

Attacking the poor: Thousands will lose food stamp benefits

Natural Gas

U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of a potential fracking ban in Pa.

New Jersey

Gov. Murphy signs hair discrimination bill inspired by South Jersey wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut

New Jersey enacts law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses


Asbestos closes two more Philly schools, the 5th and 6th so far this year

Philly athletes Dajah Horsey and Malika Douglas show how athletics help girls fight back against food insecurity.

Philadelphia Police Department needs democratic accountability, not secret arbitration | Editorial

Philadelphia hepatitis data exposure posed ‘no risk to confidentiality’ because of Inquirer notification, city says

Two presumed dead after explosion in South Philly rowhouses

SEPTA aims to make passenger information at Regional Rail stations more consistent

Justice uth Bader Ginsburg says her Philadelphia honor is ‘pure joy’

Philadelphia property assessments won’t change much in 2021 after city scraps revaluation plans

Philly cop recalls being shot in head; accused Tioga gunman Maurice Hill is held for trial

A Philly woman killed the boyfriend who’d threatened to put her ‘in the grave.’ A jury found her not guilty.

Child grabs gun, shoots self in hand in Northeast Philly home, police say

Philly high school is fighting against new charter school that would be ‘in direct competition with us’

Giant Philly steam plant that heats City Hall, Museum of Art, and UPenn has a new owner

Philly won’t complete 2019 assessment appeals by year’s end


Aviary announces $4 million events space and entryway

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County could make historic turn in next census

Charges upheld against prominent protest organizer for Pizza Milano, Cafe Milano fires

Hunt Armory, Lexington Technology Park projects advance

Chief secretary sues city schools, says she’s been denied raises because she’s white

White secretary at Pittsburgh Public Schools sues district, alleging racial discrimination

Penn Hills police, firefighters free deer stuck in railing

State News

Newtown native wins Miss America


3 exiting members make airport board meeting ‘bittersweet’

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport hires new security


Delco pols plot next steps in impeachment drama

Congress approves raising the age to 21 for e-cigarette and tobacco sales

Is Judaism an ethnicity? A race? A nationality? With new order, Trump provokes an identity crisis

House votes to eliminate SALT deduction cap, offering relief to New Jersey and other high-tax states

House passes reworked North American trade deal in victory for Trump, Democrats

Former White House officials say they feared Putin influenced the president’s views on Ukraine, 2016 campaign

Bill to address surprise medical bills appears closer to being finished