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Bills push free, affordable college for state students

As Pa.’s cost of college rises, legislature proposes free tuition, room and board

Pa. Senate unanimously OKs bill to stop SNAP trafficking

Lawmakers OK civics knowledge test for Pennsylvania students

House passes bill to require students to take citizenship test

Pennsylvania eyes statewide school threats reporting system

School threat reporting system wins passage in state Senate

School safety proposal passes unanimously in Pa. Senate

Elevator safety bill moving forward

Brown’s HB 2152 moves on to state senate

Bills providing free, reduced-price college for Pa. students deserve a look | Editorial

Test overdue


Despite trepidation, redistricting bill progressing


Pa. Gov. Wolf signs executive order in attempt to bridge gender pay gap in state workforce

Gov. Wolf removes salary histories to fight gender pay gap

Wolf signs order focused on ending wage gap

New executive order aims to close wage gap for some state workers

Pennsylvania agriculture secretary hears from Berks farmers


Pa.’s $10M helps AmerisourceBergen decide on new Conshy HQ, with 550 new jobs

Store restroom’s blue lighting aims to deter drug use

AmerisourceBergen to keep headquarters in Pa.; add more than 550 jobs

Officials: Water main contractor struck Mariner East 2 in Delaware County


Dozens of speakers at hearing assail Pa. plan to use algorithm in sentencing

Addiction clinic operator to plead guilty in drug case involving five Pittsburgh doctors

Foreign exchange student from Taiwan faces new federal charge after Delaware County school shooting threat

Bucks funeral home director pleads guilty to stealing nearly $300K from clients

Not in session: Grand juries cannot permit exceptional testimony

Diocese of Scranton mum on grand jury statement


Proposed budget cuts strike sour note in Mars Area schools

Don’t let the Lower Merion School District plunder our precious open space | Editorial

Teacher furloughs raise concerns about Central Greene’s finances

Reading Area Community College gets $751,695 for adult education

Health Care

Woman sues UPMC for exposure to TB and seeks class action

UPMC sued for negligence after infected nurse exposes thousands to tuberculosis

Local News

NIT hits Hutson St. in response to residents’ complaints on crime, blight and parking

Residents’ complaints draw city response in Iron Triangle

Luzerne County 911 to host open house

Luzerne County home rule ballot question may not be sought for November general election

Avoca residents suing law firm that aided them in creosote plant case

No tax bills for Scranton parking garage sold for $1

What a mess: Mayor not pleased with trash haulers

Mahanoy City kicks off preemptive enforcement

Harrison seniors facility gets zoning OK

Gilpin considers tax abatement for new businesses

Aliquippa police chief placed on paid leave

Tiny murals in West Reading part of an unusual exhibition

Berks County honors child welfare workers this week

National News

Two of Scott Pruitt’s aides resign as the EPA’s ethics questions continue

Pipeline explosion reported near Wheeling, W.Va.

Opioid Crisis

Awareness, technology start to work

Battling opioid addiction: These meds can save lives. But they’re not available everywhere in Pa.


Tax on new construction advances despite Kenney concerns, scorching criticism from building trades

As Philadelphia changes, Wells Fargo Center tries to change with it

Philly man, wrongly imprisoned for 25 years, gets nearly $10 million from city

Two men critically wounded in North Philly shooting

On Kensington’s Emerald Street, heroin-weary neighbors hope for a break

Judge sides with Philadelphia in ‘sanctuary city’ fight

Judge rules for Philadelphia in ‘Sanctuary City’ case

Queen Village makes room for memorial to a historic African American burial ground

New test: 10.7 million asbestos fibers on floor at Philadelphia elementary school

Designs to be aired for middle segment of central Delaware River waterfront trail


Battle over controversial Penn Plaza development headed to court

Developer appeals Pittsburgh planning board conditions on Penn Plaza project

Pittsburgh looking to replace Washington Boulevard floodgates after latest failure

Pittsburgh’s Washington Boulevard flood gates are again malfunctioning

Humane Animal Rescue celebrates 1,000th transfer rescue

ABBA The Tribute Concert to headline Pride Rocks on Saturda

Report: No arrests in most Pittsburgh homicides, mirroring many U.S. cities

East Hills park dedicated to murder and rape victim in unsolved case

State News

Big Brothers Big Sisters branches to get big play day from Pinball PA

Venues throughout the region slate concerts, festivals this season

Nonprofits encouraged to apply for Fresh Paint Days grants

Emerald ash borer has been an environmental problem, but now may be financial problem

Pa. natural gas boom falls in Russia’s crosshairs as gas-rich nation amplifies discord in American politics, energy sector

Virus linked to smallmouth bass deaths in Susquehanna

Berks Military History Museum marks 74th anniversary of D-Day


Southwest Pa. Commission proposes $4.9 billion in transportation projects over next 4 years

McKinney Road bridge in McCandless to close for 2 months


House GOP in 11th-hour attempt for immigration accord

Pittsburgh judicial nominee tells senators his ideology won’t influence his ability to apply precedent