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Recent articles by Jan:

Pa. Planned Parenthood sees an uptick in out-of-staters seeking abortion access

Rather than making the state an abortion magnet, an abortion opponent said policymakers it should focus supporting pregnant women to make life-affirming decision. → Read More

FBI delivers subpoenas to several Pa. Republican lawmakers: sources say

While official spokesman for the House and Senate leaders declined to confirm that subpoenas were received, other sources familiar with the situation said the subpoenas center around U.S. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and his involvement with the Stop the Steal movement. → Read More

Pa. GOP lawmakers want ‘woke rhetoric’ about gender identity off education department website

The lawmakers issue an ultimatum to acting education secretary Eric Hagarty to remove what they see as gender theory student indoctrination from the website or to resign. → Read More

PennDOT’s unpopular bridge tolling plan headed for the junkyard

This means motorists who use the I-83/South Bridge need no longer worry about having to build tolls into their household budgets to get to and from work as a court ruling voided PennDOT's tolling plan followed by a new state law where PennDOT agreed to rescind it. → Read More

Pa. Liquor Control Board officials got dibs on high-end bourbon lottery leftovers

The State Ethics Commission, however, ruled that a PLCB board member and four employees did not violate the ethics law. Two, however, were nabbed for failing to report sources of income and a gift on their statements of financial interest. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s handling of health crisis subject of Senate panel inquiry

A Senate committee is exploring whether changes are needed to the state law that dictates the procedure used when a governor or lieutenant governor become unable to discharge their duties due to a disability. → Read More

$55M in student loan debt relief on its way for Pa. nurses

Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers allocated $55 million of American Rescue Funds to a student loan relief program for nurses to help reward and retain the state's nursing workforce who worked the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic. That debt relief is expected to begin getting doled out in August. → Read More

Wolf, lawmakers struggle to forge 2022-23 budget despite $12B financial cushion

The deadline for passing a state budget is now just days away and going into the weekend, budget negotiators were still at odds over how much to spend and how much to save. → Read More

15-year-old was driving car before crash killed 2, injured 1 in Pa., police say

The three crashed into a tree in Lancaster County on Saturday. → Read More

Pa. teachers union pushes back against lawmaker’s proposal to allow school employees to be armed

The Pennsylvania State Education Association says Republican Sen. Doug Mastriano's plan for enhancing classroom security could threaten student safety. → Read More

Bridge-tolling opponents urge PennDOT to find another funding source: ‘This is not the answer’

A coalition of business and government officials have started an online petition for people to raise their objection to the Pa. Department of Transportation's bridge tolling plan. → Read More

Pat Browne among 11 incumbent Pa. lawmakers’ who likely lost re-election in Tuesday’s primary

Browne, the Lehigh County Republican, serves as the majority chairman of the powerful appropriations committee. → Read More

‘It’s like night and day’: Last piece of Pa. Capitol restoration project completed for $2.2 million

Gov. Tom Wolf said he is happy the restoration of the governor's office to its original look happened during his administration. → Read More

Corman exits the GOP gubernatorial race, asks voters to support Barletta

The longtime state senator from Centre County said Barletta is "the man at the right time and the right place for the people of Pennsylvania" and gives Republicans the best chance to seize the governor's office in November. → Read More

If a bill chipping away at abortion rights lands on his desk, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf has his veto pen ready

During a Tuesday morning interview on KDKA radio. Pennsylvania's governor said court decisions like this one reported by Politico is a reminder that elections have consequences. → Read More

Pa. reaction divided over leaked U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning abortion rights

Politico reported on Monday that the Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. → Read More

Trump weighs in on Pa. governor’s race: Here’s the candidate he’s not endorsing

Former President Donald Trump, who undoubtedly carries influence in the Republican Party, announced which of the nine candidates vying for the GOP nomination for governor he won't be endorsing. → Read More

Hershey’s Kiss: A ‘Pennsylvania thing’ on its way to becoming a state symbol

The Senate State Government Committee voted to designate this sweet treat the official Pennsylvania candy although it wasn't unanimous. → Read More

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s charter school law changes pass final regulatory hurdle

The state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission on Monday approved changes to the state's 25-year-old charter school law. → Read More

Former Pa. attorney general refused blood test following her DUI arrest

Kathleen Kane's charges follow a two-car crash on Saturday evening in Scranton. Kane denied consuming alcoholic beverages but a video shows her drinking some at a local establishment near the crash scene. → Read More