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State Pension Overhaul Legislation Fails

State lawmakers did not pass pension reform legislation despite efforts from supporters in the final hours of the current legislative session on Wednesday. In an attempt to overhaul Pennsylvania’s indebted state pension system, lawmakers in the Republican majority had put forward a plan that would change public sector benefits for newly-hired public school employees and for…

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Child Sexual Abuse Statute Of Limitations Extension Bill Fails To Pass In Harrisburg

A bill that would have extended the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania died in the state legislature when the current legislative session ended on Wednesday. The bill did not become law because of a disagreement over the constitutionality of a provision that would have given past victims of abuse…

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Ban On Tax On Plastic Bags In Pennsylvania Defeated In Harrisburg

Local governments in Pennsylvania will not be prohibited from imposing a tax or surcharge on plastic grocery bags following the defeat of legislation in the state House this week. Plastic bags may be a convenience, but they are also a cause for concern when they end up in landfills or waterways instead of being recycled. …

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PennDOT’s Annual “Customer Survey” Is Underway In Northwestern Pennsylvania’s District 1

PennDOT’s northwestern region, District 1, has launched its 2016 online survey, looking for input from those in a six-county area on how they might improve their operations in this corner of the state. The state’s transportation department is calling this year’s project a “customer survey,” because while in the past they had been mainly looking for…

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Temporary Regulations To Be Issued For Medical Marijuana Use In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is moving forward with regulations for the use of medical marijuana in the state. A set of temporary guidelines for medical marijuana growers and processors will be made public by late this week with permanent regulations expected by the end of the year.  They will include a “safe harbor” provision allowing the…

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Federal Agency Penalizes PennDOT For Underground Storage Tank Violations

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says PennDOT will pay a $26,066 penalty for its failure to comply completely with environmental regulations. PennDOT was accused of violations in connection with underground diesel fuel tanks in the Franklin area and in Brownsville in Washington County. Specifically, the EPA claims the state transportation agency “did not conduct proper…

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Perez, Indians’ Pitching Lead To Win In World Series Opener

Catcher Roberto Perez, who hit only three home runs all season, homered twice on Tuesday night, and three Cleveland pitchers combined to strike out fifteen batters as the Indians captured the first game of the 2016 World Series 3-0 over the Chicago Cubs in Cleveland. The Tribe last won the Fall Classic in 1948.  The…

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Crosby Returns To Lead Penguins To 3-2 Win Over Florida

Down 2-0, the Pittsburgh Penguins scored three unanswered goals on Tuesday night to defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. With the win, the Penguins (4-2-1) took over the lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby, making his season debut after sustaining a concussion in a late preseason practice, put…

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Congressman Thompson’s Constituent Hours In Franklin Are Scheduled For Friday

The office of Congressman Glenn Thompson has announced that constituent hours will be held Friday (Oct. 28) in Franklin. Staff members will be available to answer questions and provide assistance to area residents on a wide variety of federal issues, including but not limited to economics, workforce development opportunities, veterans benefits, Social Security and Medicare.…

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State Police To Hold “Come Get To Know Us” Day

If you are thinking about a career in law enforcement, there is an event in Hershey this weekend that you may not want to miss. The Pennsylvania State Police will host a “Come Get To Know Us” day on Sunday (Oct. 30) from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM at the State Police Academy. There, you…

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