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Nursing homes need more oversight, state lawmakers say

Is the time right for Pa. to legalize pot? ‘Let’s think about this,’ a lawmaker says

Pennsylvania lawmakers split on legalization of recreational marijuana

Pa. made at least $1M on medical marijuana this year. Could recreational bring a lot more?

Companies see potential in expanding marijuana market

Pa. can’t keep underfunding environmental protection | Opinion

Law orders domestic violence abusers to turn in firearms


Wolf a realist on issue of recreational pot

Wolf commutes life sentences of 2 Pennsylvania inmates

Wolf grants clemency to two more inmates, including one midstate woman


Noose placed in work area, Philly man alleges in racial harassment lawsuit against ArcelorMittal

Trump trade policies have created definite winners and losers in Pennsylvania


Elizabeth Borough chief charged with stealing heroin from property room

Penn Hills and Rankin: different towns, different takes on police consolidation

Johnstown pediatrician admits to sexually assaulting dozens of young patients

Former officer’s attorney: Local jury can’t be fair in Antwon Rose homicide case

Trial date set for engineer in 2015 Amtrak derailment

Critics of youth solitairy confinement want Pennsylvania to limit its use

Teen killer gets life sentence again


Racist threats circulate in Strath Haven HS and community–20181220.html

From a school bathroom to the world: Chartiers Valley video goes viral

Auditor general slams Scranton School Board over appointment

Public’s only role in SSD: paying taxes

A Penn State project helps young and old people talk — and cry — with each other

Lincoln University basketball players arrested in theft plot

Health Care

Time at last to repair: A judge’s absurd overreach

Let’s make black women’s maternal mortality a priority in PA | Opinion

Local News

Air show won’t return to WB/Scranton Airport until 2020

No air show in 2019

WB council approves parking deal and renewal of downtown business district

Businessmen say Lackawanna County shut them out of uniform voucher program

Work finally begins on backyard holes in Scranton

Proposed solar farm would bring in more revenue

New panel’s goal is to keep Weatherly ambulance afloat

Non-union Westmoreland County workers to get pay raises in 2019

Tab climbs to more than $350k to settle discrimination cases against Westmoreland sheriff’s office

Westmoreland County commissioners balance new $348M budget without raising taxes

Commissioners approve new Westmoreland County comprehensive plan two years in the making

No tax hike in Harmar next year

Bidding error won’t stop Springdale from paving James Street

Berks County sheriff curious about constable payment system

Berks County commissioners freeze property tax for 2019

Cups of Compassion helps thousands in Reading

Editorial: Many are making a positive difference in Reading

Opioid Crisis

Cheaper cost, bigger supply make fentanyl the new ‘go to’ drug


Mayor Kenney signs Philly’s ‘Fair Workweek’ law

Drug killings fuel city’s 2018 homicide uptick, officials say

DA’s Office criticizes police detectives, defense attorney in homicide case. Attorney calls accusations ‘ludicrous.’

Teachers at this Philly charter school got a raise and a contract. But unions at charters are unusual

Two years after Wordsworth teen’s death, more details released but no charges

New trial set for man in shooting of Philly cop

Opioid crisis: Here’s why Philly’s planned crackdown on big pharma sales machine stalled

Veteran Melissa Robbins joins crowded field in at-large City Council race

Philly DA is big gun supporting end of lifelike handgun sales


Philly Dems support net neutrality — but not a petition for, you know, net neutrality | Philly Clout

Norfolk Southern sues Pittsburgh seeking $1.1M in costs from 2016 landslide above Station Square

CMU buys Pittsburgh Filmmakers building in Oakland for $3.75 million

“It’s a struggle this year:” Family copes with death of mother of five

Teachers at Environmental Charter School in Regent Square will unionize

Pitt chancellor to get raise plus $500K bonus; other school officials getting bumps in base pay

Uber cars are back in self-driving mode in Pittsburgh after a nine-month hiatus

In Pittsburgh region, ethnic Christmas traditions – of course – involve food

Paul Muschick: Pittsburgh’s gun control law might not be necessary if we could address gun violence in other ways

State News

Falcon pipeline to Shell’s petrochemical plant gets OK from Pa. DEP

DEP approves permits for pipeline linking MarkWest to cracker

Site of southwestern Pennsylvania house explosion a complicated laboratory for gas analysis

Worker in Somerset County mine killed in accident

Pennsylvania’s underperforming pension funds need new investment approach, state warns

Dissent is new for board members of Pa.’s state workers pension program. So is an internal order to limit criticism

Auditor General praises Gov. Wolf’s pot comments

DEP grant to revitalize Espy Run in Hanover Twp.

Pa. taps nearly $800K in grants to promote beer making, drinking

Tariffs were meant to help but Pa. farmers are hurting under Trump tariffs

Pa. firefighter, 53, dies responding to structure fire

Pa. income growth lagging, data show


I-95 construction should end by the time your grandkids are driving


‘A morning of alarm’: Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad

Analysis: Under siege, Trump propels the government and markets into crisis

Democrats cry foul on AG nominee Barr’s call to limit the Mueller probe

Federal agencies prepare to cease operations, uncertain of whether spending bill will make it