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Costa calls for state no-interest loan fund for federal workers

Pittsburgh-area lawmakers want hearing on Clairton Coke Works

Top Pennsylvania House of Representatives staffer dies at 55

Increase energy efficiency, renewable energy


Droves of shoppers line up for grand opening of Aldi near Mt. Pleasant

Weis Markets drop prices on thousands of items across stores


Too many non-violent offenders behind bars, auditor general says


Districts receive science grants

Renaissance Academy among tech grant recipients

Area schools receive computer education grants

Local school districts snag $105,000 in STEM education grants

J-Term courses on dogs, card tricks, murals, and more give students a break from studying, tests, stress–20190117.html

Threat closes Upper Merion schools

Franklin Regional’s Piraino recognized as Pa. superintendent of the year

Crestwood board OKs Gorham’s exit, new superintendent named

WBA moves high school project forward, limits tax hike, renews Bear Creek charter

Financial recovery plan for Scranton schools could come this spring

Pa. State System trustees tell new chancellor they’re anxious to see results

Wilkes University bumped up in national higher education classification


Sports bettors flocking to Rivers, but winning proves elusive

Sports betting in Pennsylvania hits $16M in first full month

Government Shutdown

More than 4,100 federal workers have applied for unemployment benefits in Pa. and N.J. since the government shutdown

Shutdown could impact the Super Bowl, Georgia senator fears

SEPTA giving free rides to TSA workers

Local resource fair scheduled for Friday to help furloughed federal workers

Food agencies creating ’emergency market’ for federal workers squeezed by shutdown

FBI and other federal agents see cases hampered and lives rattled by shutdown

Shutdown: Pa. GOP lawmakers wary of national emergency option

Airport launches food drive for shutdown-impacted federal workers

Drive launched to help airport workers affected by shutdown

Shopping center will help federal workers impacted by government shutdown

An early payment for Pennsylvanians on food stamps, but uncertainty on when help will continue

Government shutdown puts Section 8 landlords in tough spot

Government shutdown isn’t just inconvenient – it’s traumatic | Editorial

Health Care

‘We try not to think too much about why, or how it happened,’ says dad of boy paralyzed by polio-like virus

Local News

Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association inducts Panella, ex-champ Holmes

WVSA sets stormwater fee public information session

Hazleton mayor touts decreasing crime, development in State of City address

Lackawanna County recycling coordinator urges officials, residents to get back to basics

Lackawanna County DA’s office warns of scams targeting the elderly

Factoryville officials’ decision paves way for Keystone Commons project

Schuylkill agencies to begin homeless count

Allegheny Township to push for state, federal consensus on stormwater

New Kensington Post Office to host passport fair

Kiski Valley sewage pump stations getting ready for upgrade

Additional water system costs upset some Springdale officials

Community group calls for term limits for elected officials in Reading

Union urges commissioners to reverse course, back training-facility grant

Editorial: Reading’s winter festival hotter than ever

National News

Thousands more migrant families may have been separated than previously reported

US government files appeals notice after 2020 census ruling

Hawaii’s Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

Natural Gas

More, deeper wells planned for existing Marcellus site in Washington Township

New Jersey

N.J. governor, lawmakers reach deal on $15-an-hour minimum wage

Opioid Crisis

Opioid forum offers avenues to escape addiction


Mayor Kenney unveils initiatives to address gun violence

Why so few of Philly’s homeless Latinos use shelters, get city services

Philadelphia could be hot destination for medical malpractice suits, again, under proposed rule

Blondell Reynolds Brown to step down from City Council

Philadelphia devotes $4.4 million to ‘holistic’ anti-violence programs

Women’s March on Philadelphia: Street closures, SEPTA, parking, and what else to know

Over $800K raised to get British boy cancer treatment at CHOP: ‘This is our only hope’

Snow, ice, ‘flash freeze,’ bitter cold all on tap for holiday weekend

Is Philly soda tax solely to blame for closing of West Philly ShopRite?

More than ‘I Have a Dream’: 7 black advocates on how Martin Luther King Jr. inspires their work in Philly | Opinion

Philly’s future lies in our ability to leverage local talents to build a better city | Opinion


County Controller Wagner launches petition to state officials to stop UPMC-Highmark split

Chelsa Wagner launches site to show impact of UPMC-Highmark split

Our city’s better than yours, and here’s the proof: The Pittsburgh List of Lists

Port Authority getting first electric buses, considering fleet for Downtown-Oakland rapid transit

Pittsburgh may get walloped by snow. What do you want to know ahead of the storm?

City’s online snow plow tracker remains down

Women’s March faces concerns over anti-Semitism

‘Star Trek’ star George Takei supports Pittsburgh anti-gun effort

Exposure to unknown substance sends Allegheny County Jail officer to hospital

A tale of two developments: SouthSide Works and Station Square look to rekindle their mojo

Tilting at windmills: City’s bills won’t yield enforceable gun control

A smaller Bayer: Pittsburgh rues a good neighbor’s downsizing

Highmark’s IT business eliminates 40 positions, including 25 in Pittsburgh

State News

New hotline will give sex harassment, assault victims a forum for #MeToo questions

AG Josh Shapiro’s legal fight vs Navient, for-profit colleges heats up in Pa. | Debt Valley

Pa. AG’s plan to reduce recidivism taking form

In Chester, new program takes a group approach to healing scars of gun violence

In a debate over judicial power, dismissal of federal gun charge reversed by higher court

If Patriots lose, Goodwill customers will win

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful accepting registrations for 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA

Watchdog agency report highlights flaws in nation’s food safety system

PUC rejects petition seeking to shut down Mariner East 2 pipeline

UC upholds judge’s decision to allow Mariner East pipeline project to proceed


U.S. Rep. from Lycoming County unexpectedly resigns

Marino resigning from Congress

Melania Trump reportedly takes government jet to Florida hours after president stops Nancy Pelosi from traveling abroad

Winter Weather

Winter roars back this weekend

Road crews prepare for wintry mix

First part of back-to-back storms passes through Berks

Significant weekend snow storm for Lehigh Valley could bring power outages