HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s state prisons have been training inmates to be barbers even though many ex-cons can’t get licensed to become barbers because of their criminal records, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. It’s an example of how state agencies use conflicting policies that can …

HARRISBURG – The number of statewide groups expressing reservations about legalizing recreational marijuana for adults is growing, even as Lt. Gov. John Fetterman continues his 67-county listening tour seeking input from commonwealth residents.

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HARRISBURG – Minors who attempt to buy vaping products or get caught with e-cigarettes at school could face criminal charges under legislation moving at the state Capitol.

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HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania is quietly moving to allow gambling at more than 40 truck stops and five mini-casinos while much of the attention on Pennsylvania’s gaming expansion has been focused on sports wagering and online gambling, Gaming Control Board executive director Kevin O’Toole told l…

HARRISBURG -- The state Legislature is taking another look at legislation inspired by the Casey Anthony case involving a Florida woman accused, but acquitted of murdering her daughter in 2011.

HARRISBURG – A state lawmaker, flanked by more than a dozen union members who work at the state’s nuclear power plants, unveiled plans Monday to provide a $500 million boost to the plants by allowing them to tap into incentives designed for green energy.

HARRISBURG – Most open records requests come from members of the public who just want to know what their government is doing, said Erik Arneson, executive director of the state Office of Open Records.

HARRISBURG – One key recent case illustrated how the state’s open records law can work as a tool to shed light on controversial government policies and two other cases reveal how governments may still try to flout the law, according to Erik Arneson, executive director of  the state Office of…

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the number for the open records update legislation introduced in the 2017-18 session.

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s on track to finish the 2018-19 fiscal year with $6 million left in the bank, according to projections by the governor’s office. This comes as tax revenue throughout the year consistently beat budget forecasts. Through January, the state’s brought in $957 million m…

HARRISBURG – A proposal to provide a lifeline worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the state’s nuclear industry will be unveiled later this month.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education may offer as many as 1,000 employees an early-retirement incentive as the system struggles to rein in costs amid declining enrollment trends, the PASSHE chancellor told lawmakers Thursday.

HARRISBURG – The launch of clerical abuse compensation funds in the Erie and Harrisburg Catholic dioceses this week means five of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses now have victims fund programs in operation.

HARRISBURG – The state’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting is in the cross-hairs of a bill passed by the Senate game and fisheries committee earlier this month.

HARRISBURG – The $65 million in film tax credits Pennsylvania offers each year may not be enough to convince many film producers to bring their business to the state,  but it does likely help keep productions in Pennsylvania that might otherwise leave, the state Independent Fiscal Office reports.

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has given no hint that he plans to run for nationwide office, but some experts suggest the state’s two-term governor has attributes that make him attractive as a vice presidential running mate for whoever wins the Democratic Party nomination for the 2020 election.

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania’s state prison population saw its biggest drop ever in 2018, the fifth consecutive year the number of people behind bars in the state prison system has declined.

A state lawmaker wants the Legislature to make drug use while pregnant child abuse after the state Supreme Court announced that existing law doesn’t allow county authorities to use drug use alone as the cause of an abuse determination.

The federal government shutdown is impacting a variety of services that farmers rely upon, including a program created to provide relief to growers hurt by tariffs.

HARRISBURG – Experts told a commission appointed to examine the state’s public pension system there are ways to save billions in cost, while concluding investment managers have underreported fees by another $3.8 billion.

HARRISBURG — A new school rating website intended to provide more context and more detail about how schools are performing was unveiled by the state Department of Education on Thursday.

WASHINGTON — As Senate Republicans make a final stab this year at undoing former President Barack Obama's health care law, health care advocates are urging their legislators to vote against the measure.“We believe in protecting our neighbor,” said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians f…

AUSTIN — Insurance may have covered only 25 to 45 percent of Houston houses flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, but that’s not because it wasn’t available to homeowners 

AUSTIN — Construction crews recently wrapped up work on James Gaines’ new house in College Station, where he’s the chief economist at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center. 

AUSTIN — It’s difficult at this point to say exactly how Texas will go about paying to recover from a disaster whose effects are still not fully measured, but there’s now at least a price tag on the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

PHILADELPHIA - Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose populist campaign inspired millions of supporters, threw his support unequivocally behind  Hillary Clinton, telling Democrats Monday night that she “must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”

WASHINGTON - John Kasich has stopped campaigning to win next week’s Republican primary in Indiana. But the Ohio governor can still rack up more Hoosier delegates than either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when the GOP nominates a presidential candidate in July.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sharon Boothby wrapped a clothes hanger around her forehead as a makeshift crown to join a raucous crowd protesting Indiana’s new abortion law Saturday afternoon.

The plans to auction several hundred acres around and under Lake Lewisville, about 35 miles northwest of Dallas, threaten both drinking water for about 2 million consumers and the integrity of the earthen dam that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consider the nation’s eighth-most-hazardous, local officials and environmental groups say.

BOSTON -- Three full-fledged resort casinos have yet to open in Massachusetts, but some lawmakers are already poised to allow them to expand online.

As police continued investigating, the late morning crowd at a Panera Bread at the other side of the sprawling shopping complex enjoyed their lattes despite their proximity to the site of a bloody, Old West-style gun battle that had injured 18 people and resulted in organized crime charges against more 170 bikers.

Converts to raw milk swear by its nutritional value, with enzymes and immune-boosting bacteria that get blanched during pasteurization. Now available only at some dairy farms, milk straight from the cow has won fans including an East Texas lawmaker who hopes to loosen restrictions on its sale.

STATE COLLEGE -- More than 9,000 students will don their blue caps and gowns for graduation at Pennsylvania State University this weekend. Many will march into the Bryce Jordan Center or the Eisenhower Auditorium knowing that the bill for their education remains unpaid.