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State Senate bill would eliminate vaccination exemptions for religious, philosophical reasons

Berks lawmakers predict smooth Pennsylvania budget process

Constitutional conundrum: Pa. Senate divided on how to handle child sexual abuse claims, statute of limitations law

Will Brian Sims become Pennsylvania’s Jussie Smollett? | Opinion


Gov. Wolf designates May 23 as ‘143 Day’ in honor of Fred Rogers


Agencies mobilize aid for displaced Wood-Mode workers

Business owner to begin planting industrial hemp locally

Catholic Church

THE COST OF ABUSE | Victims seeking compensation may face inconsistent rules, opportunities across different dioceses

THE COST OF ABUSE | ‘Independent’ administrators play key role in compensation fund process

THE COST OF ABUSE | Costly legal struggles prompt dioceses to find ways to raise money

THE COST OF ABUSE | Attorneys find no shortage of clients amid clergy sexual abuse reports


Breakfast gets a boost at several area schools

Amid #MeToo, states debate teaching consent to kids

Holy Cross mock trial team finishes ninth in nation

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz delights King’s graduates

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz offers advice about life, faith during King’s College graduation

Monday Update: Student dismissed for being gay earns degree at Lackawanna College

Leslie Odom Jr. evangelizes at CMU’s graduation ceremony

A billionaire pledges to pay off the student loans of Morehouse College’s graduating class


Westmoreland voters might be using current voting machines for the last time

Officials say voting is safe, secure

The Pennsylvania primary election is Tuesday: Here’s what you need to know

Montgomery County’s new voting system features paper ballots

Vote, if only because the powers that be don’t really want you to | John Baer

We need to make sure every registered voter can vote. Here’s how to make that happen | Opinion

Local News

Assessment appeal refunds racking up in Luzerne County budget

Fine Arts Fiesta closes out successful weekend

Fine Arts Fiesta’s 64th run a success in W-B

Northeast Fair off for second year

Dog park opens in Wright Twp.

Missing 14-year-old safe, but only after dozens of people, dog teams searched

New Jersey man dies in Dunmore ATV wreck

Royalty of nuisances?

Youngwood firefighter memorial 5K run raises funds for scholarships

Some Washington Township residents could get hit with stormwater fees

Tarentum police officer saves ducklings trapped in a storm sewer

Children with special needs get chance at bat in Camp Hill Challenger Baseball

Memorial garden planted for Berks couple killed in crash

Officials weigh fees on runoff

National News

A nationwide tax on soda? Economists say it would be good for the country, and here’s their ‘optimal’ rate.

How do mass shooters choose their weapons?

Delaware lawmakers reintroduce bill to legalize marijuana

New Jersey

New Jersey’s free community college program should expand | Opinion

Marijuana legalization: Social equity becomes a key question in New Jersey, other states

Opioid Crisis

Drop the Drugs van will be at opioid forum


Elections require poll workers. And there’s a ‘critical shortage’ of them.

4 archdiocese parishes in lower Northeast Philadelphia to merge effective July 1–20190519.html

From church pews to diner booths, Philly candidates reach out ahead of Tuesday’s primary


No arrests or citations related to Garth Brooks concert at Heinz Field

Chrissy Teigen partners with AHN to spread word on postpartum depression

Quickly, but carefully: Suicide prevention efforts at Allegheny County Jail must be done right

State News

Mennonite, Amish face growing recognition of widespread sexual abuse in their communities

All first-year construction at Ohiopyle finished except parking lot

Roman Catholic church in Swarthmore vandalized with pro-choice slogan

The defunct Bethlehem Steel’s Martin Tower is imploded

On-duty state trooper dies on turnpike in Bucks County

Flags ordered at half-staff for trooper who died on duty

Thank the dreary weather for gypsy moth decline

Severe storms cause injuries, home damage, road closures in eastern Lancaster County

Winds of 50 to 60 mph measured last night with possible funnel cloud sightings

Beer ye, Beer ye: 3 towns mull end to ‘dry’ status


Teens drivers with ADHD are more likely to crash and get ticketed for moving violations, CHOP study finds


Schiff: Amash criticism not enough to push Trump impeachment

Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

Pa. is ‘ground zero’ for 2020 presidential election — it’s showing already