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Fracking debate causes tremors in battleground Pennsylvania

February 28, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Storage tanks are seen at a shale gas well pad in Zelienople, Pa. The notion of banning fracking is dividing the Democrats running for president and increasingly dividing Democrats in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — The notion of banning fracking…

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Roni Green takes state House special election in West Philadelphia

February 28, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Roni Green PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A West Philadelphia Democrat who has worked most recently as a union business agent won a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Roni Green beat employment agency owner Wanda Logan, a Republican, to finish the term this year of former…

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Pennsylvania launches online application for mail-in ballots

February 24, 2020

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is launching the website where voters for the first time can request the newly legalized mail-in ballots ahead of the state’s April 28 primary election, officials said. The mail-in ballots, part of an election reform law signed in October by Gov. Tom Wolf, now allow all…

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AG Shapiro launches Pennsylvania’s first statewide Conviction Integrity Unit

February 24, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Attorney General Josh Shapiro  HARRISBURG–On February 12, via video announcement, AG Shapiro launched Pennsylvania’s first statewide Conviction Integrity Unit, a new division under the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. CIU’s mission is to review and reevaluate past convictions to ensure justice, working in partnership with the Commonwealth’s District Attorneys, law enforcement, and victims….

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PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

February 24, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Stephen Kinsey HARRISBURG– State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide. The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey (D- 24th Dist. ) and Brian Kirkland, (D- 159th Dist.), as chairs of the caucus’…

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Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

February 24, 2020

By Ben Finley Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Twitter that she died Monday morning. No cause…

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

February 24, 2020

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement. He was convicted on charges stemming from a…

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Wells Fargo to pay $3B to resolve probes into fake accounts

February 22, 2020

By KEN SWEET and STEFANIE DAZIO LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into a long-running practice whereby company employees opened millions of unauthorized bank accounts in order to meet unrealistic sales goals. Since the fake-accounts scandal came to light in 2016, Wells has…

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Helicopter pilot in Bryant crash had FAA violation in 2015

February 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into a Southern California hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, was reprimanded five years ago for flying without permission into airspace while he had reduced visibility, according to a Federal Aviation Administration enforcement record. Ara Zobayan was counseled by an FAA investigator after…

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