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Former state senator Ted Erickson dies at 80

Ward joins state Senate GOP leadership


Gov. Wolf sets target of slashing Pa.’s greenhouse gas pollution 80 percent by 2050

Gov. Tom Wolf’s emissions plan well received in state’s environmental circles

Attacking climate change: Cap and trade in Pa. is a good place to start

It’s a good thing Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration is happening outside the Capitol East Wing and not inside it


Planet Fitness to open in East Huntingdon

Rite Aid to close Irwin store in February

Bakehouse owner cites health issues in decision to close

Discount chain buys local Toys R Us stores

General Dynamics to upgrade tanks


Where’s Johnny Bobbitt? He fails to appear in court after his arrest in GoFundMe scam

Shapiro: Serious drug ring shut down


Wyomissing High School ranked 9th in Pennsylvania

Berks County student wins grand prize in lanternfly poster contest, honored at Farm Show

Reading School District says man tried to lure elementary students

Harrisburg, Central Dauphin schools could lose millions to railroad in tax dispute

What’s next for Innovative Arts Academy Charter School?

Editorial: Keystone Scholars program a smart idea for state

Schools stuck waiting: Enforce or change federal law on medical weed

St. Vincent-Carlow to offer collaborative nursing program

20 graduate from Montgomery County career training program


Parx becomes second Philly casino to launch sports betting

Erie casino hopes for February approval of sports betting

Government Shutdown

Food stamp benefits safe for now, despite shutdown, officials say

Federal workers rally in Philly to protest shutdown

Philadelphia federal workers demand end to shutdown


Health Care

NEPA hospitals now list prices online

Cold and flu season prompts visitation guideline changes at Commonwealth Health hospitals

Local News

County council declares vacancy, approves lawsuit settlements

Luzerne County Council settles litigation involving prison-elevator deaths

City council to consider insurance coverage plan

No stormwater fee in NY despite repeated discharges of untreated wastewater

Wilkes-Barre council questions payment for golf-course netting

Woman accused of smashing her way into borough office

Digging for fix of big holes in backyards in Scranton to start

Lackawanna County government’s new home in the Globe

School board should adopt council code

Strong winds may have caused gas station canopy to collapse onto vehicles in Monroeville

Tarentum Council considering renaming community garden for Pastor Greg Blythe

Chester County SPCA makes bid to serve municipalities in Berks County

Robesonia votes to pull out of joint police force

Reading’s first strategic planning meeting of year goes off topic, often

Search for homicide evidence at Berks County landfill halted

Gordon Ramsay dines incognito at Allentown restaurant on latest ’24 Hours to Hell & Back’ episode

State awards $482,000 for clean water efforts in Erie County

Opioid Crisis

Opioid prescription database helps Pa. doctors find at-risk patients


In sync with Philly

South Philly dog walker’s death ruled a homicide; investigation continues

3 shot in Fairhill

‘Doink doink’: How Philly’s celebrating the Bears’ blocked field goal

Philly to scale back assessment plans as it improves practices, mayor’s office announces

Frontier Airlines adds five new flights from Philly

Philly politicians have opinions about what you put in your body, whether it’s soda or heroin | Solomon Jones

The true cost of free LinkPHL WiFi might be privacy | Opinion


Pittsburgh’s Peduto ‘not offended’ by criticism aimed at him by gun activists

What’s next for Pittsburgh’s controversial gun-regulation proposals

Family of special needs student sues Pittsburgh Public Schools over unlawful restraint, lack of support

Pittsburgh considers renaming portion of riverfront trail after former Mayor Murphy

Actor Joe Manganiello brings his love of Dungeons and Dragons to kids at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Rich Fitzgerald is running for third term as Allegheny County executive

Divided council narrowly approves building spending

City to hire ‘STOP the violence’ coordinator

Hill House says financial collapse is imminent if it can’t raise cash

Co-founder of Highland Park consulting firm to fill URA board vacancy

Braddock council postpones vote to appoint interim mayor

Nied’s Hotel in Lawrenceville closes after 78 years

Towering 45 feet above Lawrenceville, NREC’s latest robot is its tallest

State News

Cash 5 ticket worth $500K sold in Luzerne County

Rising suicide rate a cause for despair

Pennsylvania state inspector general releases report on Department of Aging oversight

Peoples Gas unveils high-tech methane leak detection system

Bay restoration gets stormy report card


Capital Beltway plans include 12-lane I-83: PennDOT


U.S. House Democrats introduce bill to expand background checks on gun sales–20190108.html

Dems block Senate bill on Israel boycotts, citing shutdown

Trump pleads on TV for wall funding to fix the border ‘crisis’; Dems say he ‘stokes fear’

In Pennsylvania, support for border wall follows party lines

Pennsylvania politicians react to Trump’s national border security address

Meuser opens Schuylkill Co. office

Sen. Toomey moving Harrisburg office next week