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State Police See Another Significant Boost in Cadet Applications

State Police See Another Significant Boost in Cadet Applications

| February 3, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced on Friday its most recent cadet selection cycle yielded 1,830 applicants eligible for the state trooper exam, another substantive increase in applications nearly six months after Governor Shapiro waived the college credit requirement for applicants.

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Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

Groundhog Day 2024: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

| February 2, 2024

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – This morning, Pennsylvania’s own world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring after he did not see his shadow, a prediction so rare that it has only happened 21 times in the 138-year history of Groundhog Day.

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5 Takeaways From Spotlight Pa’s Event on the DuBois Corruption Case and Local Government Oversight

5 Takeaways From Spotlight Pa’s Event on the DuBois Corruption Case and Local Government Oversight

| February 2, 2024

A November Spotlight PA investigation reported how the former city manager of a small Pennsylvania city landed at the center of one the state’s most sweeping political corruption cases in recent years.

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Transit, Education Expected to Headline Shapiro’s 2024 Pa. Budget Address

Transit, Education Expected to Headline Shapiro’s 2024 Pa. Budget Address

| February 2, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Proposals to restructure Pennsylvania’s higher education system and boost public transit funding are expected to be centerpieces of Gov. Josh Shapiro’s upcoming Feb. 6 budget address.

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Great Pa News Quiz: Budget Season, Abortion Ruling, Election Plans, and 2024’s River of the Year

Great Pa News Quiz: Budget Season, Abortion Ruling, Election Plans, and 2024’s River of the Year

| February 2, 2024

In this week’s quiz: a river runs through it, Shapiro’s second budget, the 2024 election, and a Medicaid-funded abortion ban.

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How Spotlight PA Will Cover Pennsylvania’s 2024 Election

How Spotlight PA Will Cover Pennsylvania’s 2024 Election

| February 1, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 2024 presidential election will again make Pennsylvania a central focus of national politics. But voters here will also weigh in on critical state races that tend to get less attention despite the big impact these contests will have on the future of the commonwealth.

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Trails at Jakes Rocks Selected as Pennsylvania’s 2024 Trail of the Year

Trails at Jakes Rocks Selected as Pennsylvania’s 2024 Trail of the Year

| February 1, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn on Wednesday announced the Trails at Jakes Rocks has been named Pennsylvania’s 2024 Trail of the Year.

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Gov. Shapiro Is Pitching More Funding for Pa.’s Struggling Transit Systems. Will the State Senate Agree?

Gov. Shapiro Is Pitching More Funding for Pa.’s Struggling Transit Systems. Will the State Senate Agree?

| January 31, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dwindling federal stimulus dollars and shifting ridership have placed Pennsylvania’s dozens of transit agencies on high alert as they map out their future operations.

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Voters Encouraged to Serve as Poll Workers on Election Day

Voters Encouraged to Serve as Poll Workers on Election Day

| January 31, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – In honor of national Help America Vote Day, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt on Tuesday encouraged eligible Pennsylvanians to sign up to serve as poll workers for the April 23 primary election and November 5 general election.

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Allegheny River Named Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year

Allegheny River Named Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year

| January 30, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been selected by a public vote as the state’s 2024 River of the Year, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) announced on Monday.

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Pa. Supreme Court Sets the Stage to Consider Whether the State Constitution Protects Abortion

Pa. Supreme Court Sets the Stage to Consider Whether the State Constitution Protects Abortion

| January 30, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower appellate court on Monday to reconsider a case that will determine whether Medicaid must cover abortions and that could have far-reaching implications in a post-Roe world.

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AAA: Gas Prices Dip in Pennsylvania

AAA: Gas Prices Dip in Pennsylvania

| January 30, 2024

VENANGO COUNTY, Pa. — Gas prices are a penny cheaper in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.393 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Use myPath to File 2023 Pa. Tax Returns

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Use myPath to File 2023 Pa. Tax Returns

| January 30, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — With the tax filing season opening on Monday, January 29, the Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers to use a free online option to file their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns.

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Spotlight Pa Court Victory Leads to New Academic Research Into Pa. Medical Marijuana Program

Spotlight Pa Court Victory Leads to New Academic Research Into Pa. Medical Marijuana Program

| January 29, 2024

HARRISBURG — After a 15-month legal battle, Spotlight PA in 2022 won access to data showing the reasons why hundreds of thousands of patients qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program. We published a big investigation based on the records last year.

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Shapiro Administration: Pennsylvania Schools Are Preparing Students for Infinite Possibilities of Success

Shapiro Administration: Pennsylvania Schools Are Preparing Students for Infinite Possibilities of Success

| January 27, 2024

RED LION, Pa. – During a visit to Red Lion Area Senior High School on Friday, January 26, Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin saw firsthand how the Red Lion Area School District is preparing learners for college, career, and life readiness.

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Pa. Farm Operator and Employee Found Guilty of Using Toxic Pesticide to Kill Migratory Birds

Pa. Farm Operator and Employee Found Guilty of Using Toxic Pesticide to Kill Migratory Birds

| January 27, 2024

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A federal judge has found two Western Pennsylvania men guilty of three counts related to the unlawful killing of migratory birds, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced on Friday.

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Great Pa News Quiz: Trump Travel, ‘Monopoly Power,’ a Rare Ethics Complaint, and Punxsutawney PETA

Great Pa News Quiz: Trump Travel, ‘Monopoly Power,’ a Rare Ethics Complaint, and Punxsutawney PETA

| January 26, 2024

In this week’s quiz: state records deleted, Trump in Pennsylvania, antitrust lawsuit, and a rare ethics complaint.

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Venango Conservation District Receives $380,873 Through DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Grant Program

Venango Conservation District Receives $380,873 Through DEP’s Growing Greener Plus Grant Program

| January 26, 2024

VENANGO COUNTY, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced recently that seven projects in the state’s northwestern region were awarded a total of $1,843,156 through DEP’s Growing Greener Plus grant program.

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DCNR Urges Forest Landowners, Managers Seeking to Treat for Spongy Moth Caterpillars to Act Now

DCNR Urges Forest Landowners, Managers Seeking to Treat for Spongy Moth Caterpillars to Act Now

| January 26, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging forest managers and woodlot owners who are seeking to treat for spongy moth (lymantria dispar dispar) caterpillars this spring to begin planning treatment operations now.

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Hutchinson, James Help Secure Millions in Project Funding for Venango County

Hutchinson, James Help Secure Millions in Project Funding for Venango County

| January 25, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. –   Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-Butler/Clarion/Erie/Forest/Venango/Warren) and Representative Lee James (R-Venango/Crawford) announced the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) awarded nearly $11 million in grants and low-interest loan funding to two sewer projects and one water quality plan in Venango County.

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Justice Department Expands Claims Against Pa. Courts in Opioid Addiction Treatment Case

Justice Department Expands Claims Against Pa. Courts in Opioid Addiction Treatment Case

| January 25, 2024

HARRISBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice has broadened its accusations that Pennsylvania courts discriminate against people with opioid use disorder by restricting access to medications widely seen in the medical community as life-saving.

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Third Co-Conspirator Sentenced in International Fraud Scheme Targeting Elderly Victims

Third Co-Conspirator Sentenced in International Fraud Scheme Targeting Elderly Victims

| January 25, 2024

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – On January 23, 2024, a resident of Reseda, California, was sentenced in federal court to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $117,525 in restitution on his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced on Wednesday.

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Safety Partners Highlight Winter Driving Awareness Week by Urging Drivers to Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time

Safety Partners Highlight Winter Driving Awareness Week by Urging Drivers to Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time

| January 25, 2024

CLEARFIELD, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police, Penn Highlands Healthcare, and the Highway Safety Network observed Winter Driving Awareness Week with a press conference on Wednesday where they stressed the importance of postponing any unnecessary travel during a winter storm.

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Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Admin Blames ‘Human Error’ for Deletion of Pa. State Police Records

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s Admin Blames ‘Human Error’ for Deletion of Pa. State Police Records

| January 24, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Thousands of records, including evidence logs from the Pennsylvania State Police’s crime labs, were accidentally deleted from state servers at the start of the year — the result of “human error,” Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration said.

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Long-Sought Charter School Changes on the Table as Pa. Lawmakers Plot Education Funding Overhaul

Long-Sought Charter School Changes on the Table as Pa. Lawmakers Plot Education Funding Overhaul

| January 24, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering significant changes to the way charter schools are funded as they undertake a monumental overhaul of public education mandated by a court ruling.

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Worthing Named MAC East Wrestler of the Week

Worthing Named MAC East Wrestler of the Week

| January 24, 2024

CLEVELAND, Oh. — The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced their weekly wrestling awards on Tuesday, January 23, and for the second straight week, a Golden Eagle was among those honored as John Worthing took home MAC East Wrestler of the Week honors for January 23.

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State Leaders Open First EV Charging Station Completed Under Federal Program

State Leaders Open First EV Charging Station Completed Under Federal Program

| January 24, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Mike Carroll, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, and other federal officials announced the completion of Pennsylvania’s first federally-funded electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

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Deer at RDM Goliath Hunting Lodge Euthanized After Positive CWD Test at Warren Area Hunting Preserve

Deer at RDM Goliath Hunting Lodge Euthanized After Positive CWD Test at Warren Area Hunting Preserve

| January 23, 2024

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion County deer breeding operation owned by Rodney Miller, RDM Goliath Hunting Lodge, underwent a mass euthanization of deer last month after a three-year-old buck tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at a Warren-area hunting facility that had purchased buck fawns from Miller less than two months previous.

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Proposed Update to State Gaming Rules Could Offer Relief to Pa.’s Fire Companies, Nonprofits

Proposed Update to State Gaming Rules Could Offer Relief to Pa.’s Fire Companies, Nonprofits

| January 23, 2024

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s volunteer fire companies rely on raffles and bingo to stay open, but state law prohibits them from accepting cashless payments for these small games of chance, a condition that limits their fundraising abilities and has some of them considering breaking the rules.

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AAA: Cold Snap Brings Rising Gas Prices to Pennsylvania

AAA: Cold Snap Brings Rising Gas Prices to Pennsylvania

| January 23, 2024

VENANGO COUNTY, Pa. — Gas prices are three cents higher in Western Pennsylvania this week at $3.401 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

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