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State lawmaker proposes bill to compel UPMC, Highmark to play nice

Pa. lawmaker seeks co-sponsors for ‘any willing insurer’ legislation to push Highmark, UPMC together

County Council: What will you do about Clairton pollution? Health Dept: Enforcement coming.

County officials meet with health department, discuss Clairton Coke Works fire

Should all Pa. towns pay for police protection?: Q&A with Rep. Mike Sturla

Snyder introduces bill to allow early voting

Ward helps propose health bill

Pa. weighs up to $30 million a year in tax breaks for historic preservation projects–20190206.html

Vote for state to help pay for machines

Our view: Work together for good of Pennsylvania


Governor: Initiative will help communities deal with blight removal, reuse

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman to kick off pot legalization listening tour next week: ‘I want it to be an open exchange’

Mechanicsburg to be third stop in Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s marijuana legalization ‘listening tour’


Community Colleges want more from state budget

County election officials say Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget falls short for new voting machines

How much would your school district get to boost minimum pay for teachers? Use this database

Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan, one Pa. school district would receive $693,000 to raise teacher salaries

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state police fee plan could spur municipalities to pay up

The bills Lehigh Valley towns face for state police coverage under new budget plan

Economics professors pan minimum wage hike proposal


Wilkes students take second place in Draw the Lines competition

Penn State Class And State High Student Win Redistricting Contest


Century III Mall deemed ‘unsafe & uninhabitable structure’ until sprinkler system fixed

Century III Mall deemed ‘unsafe and uninhabitable’

Aramark abruptly postpones quarterly employee town hall meeting amid bonus controversy

General Carbide expanding, adding new jobs

Music Go Round will reopen in new location after tornado

Sugar Notch business approved for $1.4 million loan

Bowl-O-Rama site in Exeter sold for Sheetz, other businesses


Johnstown pain clinic owner indicted in one of Pa.’s largest suboxone conspiracies

Police stop cocaine delivery

Two Reading men charged in wheel-theft ring that hit dozens of neighborhoods throughout Berks


Second grand jury report finds questionable hiring, conflicts with Penn Hills solicitor

Penn Hills school board president alleges pay-to-play in grand jury report response

Town hall meeting being planned to discuss Penn Hills School District, grand jury report

Plum school board member criticized for Facebook post

Plum residents not buying school board member post was ‘accidental’

Hanover Area board could face lawsuit

Former Pike County superintendent chosen to lead recovery in Scranton School District

Judge questions why Scranton School District has not tried to recoup losses

Milton Hershey School seeks to hold family of girl who hanged herself liable for her death

In Penn State-Tim Piazza frat hazing, a love affair with bullying that must end | Maria Panaritis


How a blue wave and red response deepened the state’s political divisions


Pennsylvania casino fined $250K for over serving patron, who later ran over and killed a jogger

Health Care

Lehigh Valley Health Network proposes medical complex in Hazle, Butler townships

Local News

Public demonstration of paper-trail voting machine options set for Feb. 27

Communications director Genello leaving Scranton diocese; WBRE’s Deabill hired

City defends disciplining police union officials

Election board seeks new member; must be a Democrat

Twice-fired officer looking for new police job

Hanover Twp. ambulance association receives loan

Razings remaking Scranton Lace landscape

Options available for free tax-prep help

Tie vote sinks proposed Dollar General in East Union Twp.

Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni picks a running mate

Developer plans to transform vacant Greensburg bank into startup hub

Hearing set for proposed Harmar food pantry, worship site

Tarentum considering public shaming of tax deadbeats

Development group pitches plan to save Fairgrounds Square site

Richland boy with autism wins battle with borough over ducks

It makes a huge difference’: Record $369K in tourism-related grants handed out

Amity amends medical marijuana ordinance

National News

Crisis escalates in Virginia; top 3 Democrats under fire

Some workers still unpaid after government shutdown, dread what’s next

New Jersey

New Jersey governor calls for DRBC ban on fracking, water withdrawals and wastewater discharges


Sources: Pa. Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty received union-paid benefits in Local 98 case

Go ahead, cross in the middle of the block — if you dare | Inga Saffron

Running club chases down theft suspect in University City

SEPTA unveils plow for snow-susceptible Norristown High Speed Line

Here are free Philly-area tax filing sites for those earning less than $55K

A new kind of pharmacy will combat food insecurity for children | Opinion

Alan Butkovitz: Was Mayor Kenney really blind to soda tax motivations? | Opinion

Uneven Play: Most Philadelphia public schools don’t have playgrounds. That’s slowly changing.


Local leaders highlight need for Career and Technical Education to address ‘workforce gap’

Pittsburgh council approves $80K settlement for mishandled SWAT raid

Green Book steered African-American motorists toward the Hill, not Downtown

Pittsburgh native takes part in first ever all-women flyover

Port Authority work progresses at Wood Street T station

Direct line to the top: Mayor Bill Peduto excels at Twitter communication

Penguins to begin construction at Civic Arena site by fall

2 houses in Arlington section of Pittsburgh evacuated because of mudslide

Man killed in O’Hara tree accident remembered for his work ethic, love of life

Port Authority sends $3M bill to Norfolk Southern for August derailment costs

State News

How craft beer preserves history and draws tourists to small-town Pennsylvania

Pa. children deserve better than Andrew Wheeler in the EPA | Opinion

Report gives Pennsylvania ‘F’ grades on tobacco

Scams abound at tax time

Pa. board recommends medical marijuana for anxiety, Tourette syndrome

Pa. boy falsely reports being lured by ‘man wearing Patriots’ hat’

Erie native appointed to state post


Pothole Patrol: Drivers paying a price for warmer weather


Warren struggles to move past Native American controversy

Casey, Toomey, Cartwright, Meuser differ on Trump’s State of Union