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Last member of MOVE freed on parole in death of officer

February 14, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Chuck Sims Africa ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA — The last jailed member of the radical group MOVE was released from prison Friday, according to an attorney who represented the members in their parole appeals. Brad Thomson, an attorney for Chuck Sims Africa, posted on Twitter that the man had been released from a Pennsylvania…

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful shares results of Litter cost study comprising data from nine cities across Pennsylvania

February 14, 2020

Study shows cities spend millions annually addressing litter and illegal dumping GREENSBURG, PA. – In 2019, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful commissioned Burns & McDonnell to document how much it costs nine Pennsylvania cities, varying in size and location across the Commonwealth, to manage litter and illegal dumping. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful released results to the public on…

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Pennsylvania’s big higher education problem gets a spotlight

February 14, 2020

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Gov . Tom Wolf’s proposal to start a major new scholarship program for students at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities caused a stir over his idea to divert the money from a sacred cow, but it also spotlit an uncomfortable truth about Pennsylvania’s ragged performance on higher education funding….

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Wolf administration proposes regulations to support mental health and substance use disorder coverage

February 7, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf announced last Monday  that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is introducing new regulations to protect consumers’ mental health and substance use disorder rights in the commonwealth. The regulations build on the department’s efforts to enforce equal standards of coverage between physical and mental health and substance use services. “Accessing mental health services and…

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GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority court

February 7, 2020

By Marc Levy Associated Press  HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is advancing through the Republican-controlled Legislature that…

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Rihanna to be honored at NAACP Image Awards

February 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month. The NAACP announced Tuesday that it had selected the 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but (someone who) has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.” Rihanna…

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Pennsylvania cranks up PR campaign to boost census response

January 31, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s second lady, Giselle Fetterman, will help lead a campaign to raise awareness of this year’s Census Bureau count and encourage residents to respond to the census, state officials said Monday. Fetterman, whose husband is Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said she will tour the state, making stops in Philadelphia and Centre,…

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Kenyatta presents $60K state grant for two Dobbins High gyms

January 31, 2020

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D- 181st Dist.) recently presented a $60,000 state grant to the Dobbins High School alumni group to help fund renovations of two gyms that currently have more-than-80-year-old bleachers, backboards, wall pads and time clocks. “Dobbins High has a long historical legacy that involves educating and fostering the talents of some of…

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June release set for book by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings

January 26, 2020

Book cover image: Harper Collins By HILLEL ITALIE NEW YORK (AP) — A book by Rep. Elijah Cummings, nearly finished in his lifetime and worked on by his widow after his death, will be published this summer. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Friday that “We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future…

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