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7/29/2016

Office of Attorney General reaches agreement with Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School
 
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office today announced it has reached an agreement with the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School that implements significant reforms to improve the operation and governance of both entities.
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7/26/2016

Department of Health Utilizing Auditor General's Nursing Home Audit Report to Further Enhance Quality of Care in Pennsylvania Facilities
 
Harrisburg, PA - Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy announced that the Department of Health has already begun implementing many of the recommendations made in the Nursing Home Audit report released today by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, as part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of care and safety of residents in Pennsylvania's nursing homes.
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7/20/2016

JRI Working Group Gives Update on Data and Findings of Criminal Justice Reform Effort
 
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and staff from the Council of State Governments today provided an update on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) working group's progress on gathering data on the state of Pennsylvania's criminal justice system and the work being done to deliver policy proposals that will address identified areas of concern.
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7/19/2016

Wolf Administration Announces New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations
 
Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes today to announce his administration's new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids.
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7/19/2016

Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Process; Urges Physician Participation
 
In a continued commitment to transparency throughout the development and implementation of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today provided an update on accomplishments, gave a preview of pending activities, and highlighted the need for physician participation.
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7/19/2016

Green Infrastructure Projects Help Pennsylvania's Urban Communities Address Environmental Challenges
 
Members of the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) to the Department of Environmental Protection(DEP), along with legislators, local, state and federal environmental officials, today toured eight innovative projects in Lancaster to learn how the city has addressed environmental challenges such as stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure.
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7/18/2016

Code R.E.D. Enforcement Efforts Ensure Safety of Food Supply During Transport
 
Harrisburg, PA - A partnership between Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture food sanitarians is ensuring the safety of foods while on the road, especially during the summer months.
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7/18/2016

Governor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic
 
Harrisburg, PA -- Governor Tom Wolf joined PA Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas at two Centers of Excellence today to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.
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7/15/2016

On Friday, U.S Secretary of Education Dr. John King and state Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera met with a group of the commonwealth's education stakeholders to talk about Pennsylvania's work in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
 
ESSA is the new federal law, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed by President Obama in December 2015, which replaced No Child Left Behind. The law presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity to rethink key aspects of education policy and practice. Pennsylvania has been a leader in engaging a diverse group of stakeholders including teachers, principals, superintendents, policy makers, civil rights groups, education advocates, and community stakeholders, to gather their perspectives when developing the Pennsylvania State Plan, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in 2017.
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7/14/2016

Wolf Administration Distributes Zika Prevention Kits for Pregnant Women Kits include products that can help protect against the Zika virus
 
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today launched the commonwealth's latest initiative to help protect Pennsylvanians from the Zika virus. Prevention Kits for Pregnant Women are being distributed to provide education about the virus and list the steps that can be taken to avoid mosquito bites, as well as prevent the insects from multiplying around homes.
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7/13/2016

Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Labor & Industry Launch Pa. Outdoor Corps Employment Program
 
Lewisberry, York County, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, other state officials, and representatives of the Student Conservation Association in launching the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Gifford Pinchot State Park, near Lewisberry, York County.
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7/13/2016

Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 Budget
 
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Wolf released the following statement on the completion of the 2016-2017 budget: 'Over the last several months, I have worked together with Republicans and Democrats to achieve major progress on issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, the passage of historic liquor reform, and the enactment of a fair funding formula that ensures basic education funding is distributed to schools based on a district's unique needs.
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7/10/2016

Bipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become Law
 
Harrisburg, PA -Governor Wolf today announced that the bipartisan, compromise budget will become law.
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7/7/2016

VIDEO: DEP, Coal Alliance Urge Miners to put Safety First, No Shortcuts
 
Harrisburg - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA), today launched a new safety campaign that urges coal miners not to take shortcuts that could lead to dangerous consequences while on the job. The video, introduced by Governor Tom Wolf, debuted at today's meeting of the Board of Coal Mine Safety in Ebensburg, Cambria County.
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7/7/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit Raises Concerns about Waiting Lists, Complaint Process at DMVA Veterans' Homes Encouraged that audit is leading to major changes to better serve Pennsylvania veterans.
 
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) need s to fix problems with admissions , its waiting list s , and grievance tracking at the commonwealth's six veterans ' homes.
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