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9/15/2016

Department of Human Services Announces Significant Improvements at Pennsylvania's Child Abuse Hotline
 
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas today announced several improvements to ChildLine, the department's child abuse hotline, as well as to the child abuse history clearance process.
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9/14/2016

Governor Wolf continues schools that teach tour to discuss historic education investment and new fair funding formula.
 
Governor Wolf continues schools that teach tour to highlight progress in education funding over the last two years, including: $415 million in basic education funding, $60 million for early childhood education, and $50 million in special education funding.
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9/7/2016

Powderly Mine Fire Reclamation Will Eliminate Public Safety Hazards
 
Carbondale, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell led a special event today to acknowledge the continuing work to extinguish the underground mine fire at Powderly Creek in Carbondale, Lackawanna County, and to reclaim the abandoned mine land for future development. The work on the 82-acre site is designed to extinguish an underground mine fire believed to have been burning for decades, and eliminate public health and safety hazards, including dangerous highwalls and harmful gases from the fire.
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9/7/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Pennsylvania Struggling to Get Accurate Count, Testing of Untested Rape Kits
 
Calls for stakeholders to convene to ensure all 3,000+ kits can be tested, help victims find peace HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that an eight-month review of the state's backlogged rape kits has shown inadequate communication to local law enforcement agencies, errors in the Department of Health's (DOH) report of kits and resource shortages that could lead to delayed justice for rape victims.
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9/7/2016

Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown Harrisburg
 
Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz today announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade and an expansion of Harrisburg's first co-working space.
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9/6/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Turnpike Commission Audit Finds Unrealistic Growth Projections Could Cause Transportation Disaster
 
PITTSBURGH (Sept. 6, 2016) - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said an audit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission shows that the commission is on potentially unstable financial ground that could have serious repercussions on the state's entire transportation system if the General Assembly doesn't act soon.
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9/1/2016

Governor Wolf Buys Wegmans' First Bottle of Wine to Go in Pennsylvania, Celebrates Additional Consumer Convenience Under Act 39 Liquor Reforms
 
Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Wolf joined Wegmans executives and others to toast sales of wine to go, which began this morning at the Mechanicsburg Wegmans located at 6416 Carlisle Pike. As of Wednesday afternoon, the PLCB had received 243 requests for wine expanded permits authorizing the sale of wine to go, and it had issued 120. The Mechanicsburg Wegmans is the first of 17 Pennsylvania Wegmans stores to begin selling wine to go, and it is anticipated all Wegmans locations in Pennsylvania will offer a robust selection of hundreds of wines at various prices this fall. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 90-store supermarket chain with locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
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9/1/2016

In Reading, Governor Wolf Discussed 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic
 
Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited the Reading Health System to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.
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8/26/2016

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Highlight Customer Service Innovations at Norristown Driver's License Center Grand Opening
 
Norristown, PA - At a public event this morning, Governor Wolf and Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards celebrated new innovations in customer service and experience at the grand opening of the new driver's license center in Norristown.
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8/25/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says PDE Charter School Payment Appeal Process Seriously Flawed, Favors Charter Schools Over School Districts
 
Blames faulty Charter School Law combined with PDE's lack of consistent policies, oversight
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8/25/2016

Governor Wolf Lauds New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as Important Weapon in Fight Against Pennsylvania's Opioid Crisis
 
Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania's newly redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is fully operational and will serve as an important tool to help curb the prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis in the common wealth.
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8/18/2016

Department of Health Seeking Input from Growers, Processors, Patients, and Caregivers for Implementation of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program
 
Harrisburg, PA - Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today provided an update on the implementation status of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program and announced the department is seeking input on its draft temporary regulations for growers and processors.
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8/17/2016

Don't Wait. Vaccinate .' Campaign Reminds Parents to Update Chil dren's Vaccines before School Starts
 
Special Immunization Clinics for Eligible Children Scheduled Statewide through September 2
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8/12/2016

DEP and North-central Partners Restoring Streams for Seventh Consecutive Year
 
Williamsport, PA -Nine streams in eight northcentral counties will soon be cleaner and healthier, thanks to restoration projects funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and carried out by the DEP, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and nine conservation organizations.
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8/10/2016

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces New Sunday Hours, Lottery Sales at the Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in York
 
At a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of a relocated Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store in the West Manchester Town Center in York, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced new Sunday hours and the debut of Pennsylvania Lottery sales at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across Pennsylvania.
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