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Pa. may raise legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

Work begins on $2.6 million project to improve Route 796 intersection in Jennersville

Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law

Bills aim to improve access to addiction treatment across Pa.

Troubling trend in school costs

Editorial: Open-government laws should be strengthened

PA shouldn’t be worried about clock

Senator Yaw Selected as Co-Chair of Pennsylvania Public Television Caucus


Pittsburgh-area educators welcome Wolf’s proposal to change compulsory school age


Shell’s Falcon ethane pipeline enters construction phase

Chester County Commissioners upset with redacted Sunoco pipeline statement


Ex-prison guard pleads no contest to official oppression in sex abuse case

8 indicted Reading gang members were part of a violent drug ring, Berks and federal authorities say

Ex-State trooper guilty of sexually abusing women, girls is again accused of sexual contact with teen


Kids encouraged to seek help when faced with a bully

Audit finds Allentown School District has under-budgeted for programs

Auditor general: Scranton School District can legally cancel bus contract

Patent office to Penn State: ‘Happy Valley’ can’t be trademarked

Wilkes University to host pain, addiction summit on April 12

Wilkes University launching online MBA

Sculpture on natural gas drilling industry damaged at Keystone College

Business owners share with Albright students the mindset and skills needed for successful entrepreneurship

Admissions Scandal

Feds bust wife of former Vandergrift High, NFL player in college admissions scandal

Penn had admissions scandal months before current bribery case

Students target top colleges in a lawsuit over the admissions scandal

Donald Trump Jr. mocks college admission scandal, despite his past at Penn


Absentee ballot application deadline nears


Bethlehem Sands casino buyer wins first planning victory

Health Care

UPMC starts work on new vision and rehabilitation hospital in Uptown

Court fast tracks attorney general complaint against UPMC

Pitt study finds it’s better to wait longer before getting flu vaccine

Local News

Gifts a hot topic at W-B council meeting

Wyoming mayor alleges irregularities in police car purchases

Councilman worried street-sweeping deal could take WB to the cleaners

Stormwater fee, possible Park & Lock project dominate Butler Twp. Meeting

Sanitary, stormwater fee bills due to WVSA today

First responders honored for saving lives during opioid epidemic

Downtown group plans to bring businesses to city

ScrantonMade launching online store, ending involvement in some arts events

Carbon Co. commissioners mourn recorder of deeds

First phase of Ohiopyle construction on schedule, set to be completed by Memorial Day weekend

Doylestown mom ‘stunned’ after Inquirer reader pays miscarriage bills

Mayor Wally Scott calls developer ‘the Devil’ after article about church redevelopment

Second poll finds majority of Berks voters oppose selling Berks Heim

New blankets at Hope Rescue Mission make clients feel at home

Greenville makes Act 47 exit plan: Borough must leave economic distressed status by 2022


Medical marijuana evaluation office to open in Kittanning

Michael Rosfeld Trial

All-or-nothing defense a risky strategy for Michael Rosfeld, experts say

National News

Bill to change electoral vote allocation gets final approval in Delaware

Ohio governor wants nearly $1B for Lake Erie, waterways

Opioid Crisis

Officials report drug, opioid overdoses increasing in Chester County


Met ticket sales net thousands for Philly school district

Philly probation violators are finally getting real hearings. Many are being released.

A Philly teacher’s brutal stabbing death has experts at odds: Was it a murder or suicide?

Sheriff Jewell Williams is getting his face out there and the city controller wants to see the receipts | Clout

Police: Masked gunman shot to death by store owner in West Philly

Held in a cold, dark Philly home smelling of feces: What happened when a Good Samaritan called it in

Philly man found guilty of killing Temple grad in random Haverford Township murder


County: Send state money for transportation, or let us raise it ourselves

Ex-student claims he was sexually assaulted by teacher at St. Bernard school in Mt. Lebanon

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto meets with Dalai Lama during vacation in India

Punch Bowl Social Pittsburgh first tenant at former Civic Arena site

State News

Old-time tradition may end with a Saturday start to deer season

A national white supremacist group quietly met up at Delco bowling alley, leaked chats show

Trout stocking may return to Turtle Creek

Pennsylvania slaps hefty fine on energy firm for employing rapist as door-to-door salesman in Bucks

Harm reduction movement pushes addiction advocacy, needle exchange in Westmoreland County

Mental health advocate says sufferers typically are victims, not violent perpetrators

Two state historical markers added in Washington County

Second $10,000 state Leopold award offered to farmers, foresters

CSA collaboration could lead to more produce choices

Pennsylvania collects thousands of ticks for study to combat Lyme

State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit recognized for its work

Report: Mushroom industry a huge economic driver in Chester County

Military moves toward treatment study on base chemicals


Pavement markings added to make WB railroad crossings safer

‘Futurama is happening’; Readers react to Philly-Pittsburgh hyperloop study

PennDOT commits money to Amtran


Toomey joins Republican defectors in vote to reject Trump’s border emergency

World News

49 dead in mass shootings at New Zealand mosques; 1 man charged