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House passes ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving, but provision limits police

After years of trying, Pa. House finally passes handheld cell phone ban

Pa. House passes bill to strengthen penalties for not properly marking dams that can become ‘drowning machines’

State universities’ leader calls on lawmakers to ‘set this State System and more importantly, Pennsylvania up for success’

Suicide panel releases report on ways to address mental health issues

Bernstine’s bill reforming Sunshine Act unanimously passes House

Pa. corrections chief says smarter probation system would reduce prison population

House approves bill that would halt closure of White Haven, Polk centers

Facing veto threat, Pa. House approves bill blocking Wolf from closing centers for the intellectually disabled

DOC recommendation to close SCI-Retreat draws criticism from local lawmakers

DOC report recommends closing of SCI Retreat

Retreat closure report draws strong reactions, mostly angry

Pa. Corrections officials recommend shuttering state prison in Luzerne County. But Gov. Tom Wolf will have the final word

DOC made up mind on future of SCI-Retreat

Treat suicide as emergency


Pottstown keg maker got Trump administration to tax foreign rivals, then sells to German giant

Waterworks Giant Eagle among 1st to eliminate plastic bags


Authorities say man shot and killed at East Ken Manor in New Kensington

Half of last year’s killings in Harrisburg went unsolved


Head of national teachers union pledges support for Scranton teachers

Abington Heights parents address school board about bullying at middle school

A Chesco school district is in ‘a fight for our lives’ as students flock to charters

Cyber charters transformed my struggling kids. Why do Pa. politicians want to change my choice? | Opinion

This elementary school principal will do anything for his students, including cutting their hair | Jenice Armstrong


Killion’s seat a top target for Dems

Small businesswoman, former teacher running for Republican state house nod

‘You called me a liar,’ Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate

Mike Bloomberg is getting a head start on the Pennsylvania Democratic primary with a huge hiring spree

With Eye To Redistricting in 2021, National Group Targets PA Legislative Races

Health Care

Allegheny Health Network expands partnership with Johns Hopkins to women’s health

Excela granted Magnet status for nursing care

Local News

Lackawanna County commissioners introduce tax-hike budget, passage in doubt

Domenick hired Doughton as confidential secretary in commissioners office

Haverford’s decade-long battle to keep billboards off Lancaster Ave. and West Chester Pike returns to court

Bucks community raises more than $50,000 for family a day after their house exploded

Delco moves forward on establishing a health department

Bucks County preparing for new machines ahead of special election

Temple, Goodwill fire companies to be merged into Muhlenberg Township Fire Department

$125K state grant to help Arnold bring back city administrator post

Temporary closing of Waller St. for Solomon Creek flood wall project

Griffith says he’s being civil, but not the manager

Roke sworn in as new Nanticoke police chief

Deadline to reclaim stripmine in Tresckow pushed back to May

Homeless men still transported out of Beaver County

National News

Farmers could be biggest beneficiaries in new U.S.-China trade deal

Steve Gleason receives the Congressional Gold Medal for his ALS work

Delaware General Assembly staffers want to form country’s first ‘partisan-inclusive’ legislative worker union


Where the wild things park: Why so many cars in Philly park illegally

Meet the woman whose new job is to help Philadelphia kids

Philly deserves more answers on the shiny new plan to stop the shootings | Mike Newall

Facial-recognition scanners are coming to Philadelphia’s airport starting Tuesday

Mayor Kenney wants Philadelphia Museum of Art to revamp harassment policies after scandal involving former manager

Source: Philly teen will be charged in the death of his foster mother and the killing of a 20-year-old man

2 months of repairs needed for Old City water-main break

Philly demonstrators demand remaining aid for Puerto Rico outside HUD offices

Solving Philly’s homeless problem is a human imperative | Editorial

SEPTA unit chief promoted to top job amid FBI inquiry


Meet Pittsburgh’s new development leaders who will refocus economic growth

Pittsburgh steering new development toward neighborhoods

Economic development in Pittsburgh must benefit people and neighborhoods, officials say

Father and daughter sue feds over $82,000 seized at Pittsburgh International

Buyer’s market — Downtown office vacancies hit a 10-year high

Obituary: Olivia King Holt, a ‘ground-breaking’ woman who inspired children during segregation

McDonald’s in Pittsburgh’s Strip District closes without explanation

State News

Groups are skirting Pa. law intended to protect children from abuse in wake of Penn State scandal

Activists crowd into DRPA headquarters demanding a probe of land deals

Pa. churches, nonprofits can get grants to improve security

The results are in: Here’s who’s using medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and why


Design phase begins for W-B Twp. intersection project


Lifting a gun ban: Federal law should have review process

Trump ‘knew exactly what was going on’ with Ukraine, Giuliani associate Parvas says