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How inaction in Harrisburg stalled a Philadelphia gun-control law until 2020

Pennsylvania’s state parks have more visitors and less money — and fresh hopes to change that

Bill seeks to regionalize how Pa. elects its Commonwealth, Superior, and Supreme court judges

Justice forms unifying issue

Amendment goes halfway


Wolf signs bill to improve probation services

Lt. Gov. Fetterman wants to use clemency to free wrongfully convicted. But the Board of Pardons is pushing back.

Pardons board rejections leave Lt. Gov. John Fetterman “dismayed”

Decision on SCI-Retreat won’t come until January

State delays decision on SCI-Retreat


Lawsuit challenges state police over new ‘ghost gun’ policy

Karen Kane: Musings on change and community

Wawa has called in the FBI to probe its nine-month-long data breach


Woman who recorded traffic stop sues North Braddock police, claiming false arrest


Official: Neshaminy spent $331k defending nickname

3,600 teddy bears collected by classmates of slain Berks County children donated to pediatric hospital

New Ken-Arnold student left on W.L. Roenigk bus, 2nd pupil in 10 days

New Kensington-Arnold School Board continues to pave way for hefty property tax hike

I-LEAD Charter School could close at the end of the school year

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Dickinson College considers removing names of slaveholders from campus


Sen. John DiSanto intends to seek re-election to a second term

Health Care

Cancer patients’ desire to avoid opioids puts them at risk of harms including overdose, Penn study finds

Obamacare sign-ups steady as debate persists over its future

Lehigh Valley Health Network acquires Coordinated Health, makes inroads into Lackawanna County

Local News

Scranton officials may move OECD out of City Hall

RODERICK RANDOM: Women victors on shoulders of quirky pioneers

West Reading plans to repaint gateway bridge over Penn Avenue

Hempfield considers new fire detection systems for township-owned buildings

Luzerne County Court shrinking pending civil case docket

Public hearing set on re-evaluation of Francis Walter Dam

National News

EPA offers first guidance on PFAS in groundwater

DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids

Supreme Court won’t consider efforts to criminalize homeless for sleeping outside

Brushing aside climate concerns, U.S. clears way for gas pipeline in Philadelphia area

Military academies find no racism intent in hand gestures

Opioid Crisis

Wyoming County gets $600k grant to fight opioid crisis

In West Chester, opioid victims remembered at candlelight vigil


This Kensington outreach worker saved dozens from overdose. Then the trauma became too much. | Mike Newall

L&I: St. Laurentius church in Fishtown not as dangerous as development team claims

After rowhouses exploded, neighbors rushed to help: ‘It’s really a South Philly thing’

Body recovered from South Philly explosion debris

Man, 22, fatally shot in Tioga

Suspect in custody in hit-run death of woman, 82, in Northeast Philly

Guess who’s home from federal prison in time for the holidays? Chaka Fattah Jr. | Jenice Armstrong

Gentrification, soda tax, police body cameras, environmental injustice: What research taught us about Philadelphia in 2019 | Brain Trust

Shot and left for dead, a gunshot victim feels revictimized by the agencies charged to help | Helen Ubiñas


tate delivers $2.2 million parks across across Allegheny County

Allegheny County awards Familylinks $1 million contract to combat homelessness

A green takeoff: New airport terminal to be environmentally friendly

Chelsa Wagner to stand trial again in Detroit

Marisa Tomei set to join Jason Momoa in Pittsburgh-filmed ‘Sweet Girl’

Steelers safety Kameron Kelly waived after early morning arrest, altercation with police

Allegheny Land Trust gets closer to purchase of Churchill country club

Pittsburgh’s longest-serving crossing guard caught off guard by mayor’s honor

Pittsburgh Menorah parade highlights Hanukkah Festival

Pittsburgh police receive water shut-off notice

Strip District street to close for 30 months

State News

Poorest Pa. families struggle through holidays as cash welfare stuck at 1990 levels


Cartwright’s priorities included in FY2020 funding bills

Impeachment vote was anything but personal | Opinion

Sen. Bob Casey calls for the release of girl held for months at Berks County center