Today’s News :: May 23, 2017


Smoking ban pushed for all Pennsylvania casinos, bars


If Pennsylvania lawmakers toughen criminal sentences, costs go up


Sen. Dinniman takes on Lyme and tick-borne diseases


Bill defining coal mining pollution advances in Pa. Senate


Argall, Vulakovich have plan to reduce number of state government offices, reduce costs


Gun rights rally puts concealed weapons rules in crosshairs


‘Make the Second Amendment Great Again’ rally pushes for change in Pa. gun laws


Nearly two dozen arrested in Pa. Capitol protest


State representative’s wife alleges abuse


Haggerty sued for election loan


Rep. Fritz named deputy whip for legislative session




‘Key figure in fight against heroin, opioid epidemic’ leaving Wolf administration




Gerrity’s in Clarks Summit now offers beer and wine


Dept. of Labor sues salons for wage violations


Company files for federal OK for pipeline from Oley Township to Birdsboro




Five jurors selected at Allegheny County Courthouse for Bill Cosby trial


Former Luzerne County corrections officer gets 30 months in jail


14 charged in drug task force sweep




Moon Area School District names new superintendent


How state funds public education focus of protest in Reading


In wake of frat death, Penn State hints at ‘drastic’ changes


Bloomsburg University names new president


Wilkes holds ‘sidewalk breaking’ to start streetscape project


Wilkes University launches $1.5M streetscape improvement project


Penn State could require students to carry health insurance




PA State Sen. Daylin Leach may run for Pat Meehan’s congressional seat


Mike Turzai says he’ll keep speaker’s job if he runs for governor


Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai discusses potential bid for governor at Press Club luncheon


Local News


Billboards keep property-tax exemption in Delco case


Former Steeler to promote proposed medical marijuana grower in Greene County


Wilkes-Barre credit rating downgraded because of poor cash flow


Luzerne County Council to vote on management residency requirement


S&P drops W-B’s credit rating


Export thrift store helps strengthen social outreach programs


Hazleton aims to add 6 police officers


Graffiti sign of decline


Exeter Township, overriding residents’ groans, OKs EMS switch


Reading councilman says UGI lawsuit protects more than Centre Park area


Marking 75 years of service for the League of Women Voters of Berks County


Optimism for city at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s downtown campus in Reading


Reading unveils plan to spend $846,634 in housing grants


National News


Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts


SCOTUS ends gerrymander




Spike in Ohio’s synthetic opioid ODs offers grave warning to Western Pa.


Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse


Victims of opioid addiction say they’ve had enough




Airlines at PHL agree to $900 million in improvements


Philly teacher, ‘sweetheart,’ remains critical with bus-crash injuries


Locked up for 24 years, another Philly man to get murder rap tossed


Philly lawyers take on NYC and win for the homeless everywhere


Philly’s ‘undocumented’ live in fear of deportation under Trump




Pennsylvania American to offer free lead tests to some Pittsburgh customers


Court strikes down residency restrictions for Pittsburgh police officers


Pennsylvania Supreme Court nixes residency requirement for Pittsburgh police


With right funding, projects to expand internet access take off


Some Pittsburgh-area Muslims want action, not just words, from Trump


Peduto, Fitzgerald welcome global ambassadors to spread ‘the message of Pittsburgh’


Start it up: Foundations should respond to low startup rates


Pittsburgh Foundation fundraiser to raise money for those with needs in key areas


State News


Pa. American seeks PUC approval to replace lead pipes


Dashields Dam among those considered ‘true drowning machines’


The fate of Three Mile Island could be decided this week: Here’s how


Editorial: Marijuana legalization wrong, regardless of poll results




Trump budget promises economic growth by cutting entitlement programs


Coalition of immigrant advocacy groups demands resignation of Congreso leader for applauding at Trump rally–leader-for-applauding-at-Trump-Rally-.html


Rick Santorum rolls out an odd defense of Trump on Russian collusion


Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling


World News


Apparent suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert kills 22