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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

December 6, 2019

Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked…

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Pennsylvania lawmakers near finish on church scandal bills

November 29, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Atly. Gen Josh Shapiro By Marc Levy Associated Press  HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Legislature moved closer Wednesday night to settling a years long battle over lifting criminal and civil statutes for child sexual abuse crimes in a debate growing out of Roman Catholic Church scandals. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to dramatically expand statutes…

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Evans helps advance small business bills to full House

November 29, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Congressman Dwight Evans (D-3rd Dist.) Congressman Dwight Evans (D-3rd Dist.), vice chair of the House Small Business Committee, voted to send four bipartisan bills that would help small businesses to the full House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 20.   Evans is the lead co-sponsor with Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.) of one of the…

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Senate sends fight over Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to House

November 29, 2019

By Marc Levy Associated Press  HARRISBURG — Legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 passed the state Senate lastWednesday against a deadline to stall Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to substantially expand overtime pay eligibility. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill, 42-7, to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in four steps to…

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County resists Pennsylvania’s push for new voting machines

November 22, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: (Photo: abc27.com) By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county is signaling that it won’t go along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence that counties buy new voting systems as a security measure in 2020’s election, when the state is expected to be a premier presidential battleground. Dauphin County Commissioner Mike…

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Scanlon Introduces Bipartisan Justice for Juveniles Act

November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – on November 12, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D- 5th Dist.), vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Justice for Juveniles Act which protects young people from abuse in prisons by exempting them from the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). This bill, co-led by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), was introduced with…

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Teacher suspended after shooting comment posted online

November 22, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Officials have suspended a middle school teacher in Pennsylvania while authorities investigate if the teacher told his class that he wished he could shoot a person to have quiet in his class. Harrisburg School District chief operating officer Chris Celmer posted a letter to parents and staff on Thursday saying the…

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Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud, tax charges

November 20, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children’s books. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of using her “Healthy Holly” children’s books to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. Federal authorities say Pugh…

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OP-ED: What’s at Stake in Byron Allen’s Supreme Court Showdown with Comcast’

November 15, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Byron Allen  (Photo: Shutterstock) By Maurita Coley, president and CEO of the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council (MMTC) NNPA Newswire The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a suit between Comcast and Byron Allen, a prominent African American programming executive. What began as a fairly routine television carriage dispute has turned…

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