Today’s News :: December 11, 2017


Obituary: Edward P. Zemprelli / Former state senator was a mainstay for his Mon Valley constituents


New law could affect Scott Twp. gravesite dispute


PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Safety worries spawn variety of bills against child abuse


PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Despite scrutiny, counties still struggling to relieve overworked caseworkers


Pennsylvania now outlaws tethering dogs too long in the cold


Bill would outlaw credit card skimming devices


Berks-area lawmakers look to strengthen nursing-home abuse laws


Ron Southwick: Daryl Metcalfe lacks a winning hand




Threat forces officials to close school district


Tulpehocken School District educator honored by statewide professional association


At private colleges and universities, presidential pay is up — and so is membership in the Millionaire’s Club


Health Care


UPMC urging overdose survivors into treatment


Local News


Numbers show operating Overly’s Country Christmas is no easy task


Allegheny Township to give firefighters who are residents a $300 wage tax credit


Drug use started ‘like a whisper’


Allegheny Technologies’ air pollution permit proposal sparks environmental concerns


Luzerne County Council debates use of remaining $2.1 million windfall


Final vote on county budget set for Tuesday night


Plymouth council moves ahead with plan to close fire station


Plymouth fire station to close as part of 2018 budget


Former Forty Fort Councilwoman Betty Mascelli remembered at Santa event


Annual Christmas Parade in Nanticoke delivers holiday cheer


Back Mountain Police Association holds coat drive, Christmas celebration


Steamtown stamp featured in 2018 edition of National Park collectors’ series


Addiction fighting activists take cold-weather clothing straight to the needy


Fast-growing sport comes to NEPA


High-rise fire in city ruled arson; suspect in custody


Berks County commissioners poised to vote on $520 million budget


Editorial: City needs to make most of key neighborhood


Tracking the opioid crisis a challenge


Erie County Council considers separate blight funding proposals


New Jersey


As N.J. edges toward legalizing marijuana, a key character in the saga sits in jail




GOP tax plan would cut jobs, increase tax burden, and raise insurance premiums for Philly | Mayor Kenney


FBI probing Philadelphia Parking Authority, sources say


Philly vigil set for 31 sex workers slain in U.S. this year




Following Kevin Acklin’s resignation, Bill Peduto is facing a crucial hire as his second term begins


Walkabout: Once buried in weeds, Minersville Cemetery resurrected by local Lutherans


PWSA, Army Corps team up to design stormwater diversion beneath Negley Run Road


Building Hope: Air Force volunteers assemble new furniture at homeless veterans shelter


State News


Tom Ridge expects to leave Texas medical center before Christmas


Accelerate hemp revival


‘We’re no longer invisible’: Parents of children with disabilities speak out | Ronnie Polaneczky


Every penny counts: Following the (payback) money in state grants


New Kensington man may have bagged record-breaking elk


Southern Erie County could get 16-20 inches of snow


Local reps back short gov’t lifeline




PennDOT to unveil redesign of Route 28-Highland Park Bridge interchange Tuesday


Butler Transit Authority to take over service to Pittsburgh


Several regional road projects scheduled this week


Delayed 25 years, bridge project in Carbondale is near



Seniors and the sick would be slammed if Congress scraps medical tax deductions


Nikki Haley says Trump’s accusers ‘should be heard’


New Medicaid feature to reduce future nursing home enrollees


Lancaster County’s congressmen vote opposite ways on concealed weapon bill