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10/26/2016

Author Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf's 'It's On Us PA' Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assault
 
Harrisburg , PA - Bestselling author Jon Krakauer today traveled to Harrisburg to discuss his recent book 'Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a C ollege Town ' and Wolf administration efforts to combat campus sexual assault in Pennsylvania through the 'It's On Us PA' campaign . At public event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Krakauer participated in an in - depth discussion focused on the epidemic of campus rape across the country moderated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser.
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10/25/2016

Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania
 
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today announced temporary regulations for marijuana growers and processors under Act 16 are slated to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 29, and asked for public comment on dispensary regulations at her regular briefing of the Medical Marijuana Program.
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10/24/2016

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden to Grow by 66 Acres with Support from DEP Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Pilot Program Program focuses on combined environmental, economic, and community outcomes
 
Pittsburgh, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced phase 2 of a coal mine cleanup project that will enhance 66 acres of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. DEP selected the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County, to receive a share of $30 million in federal funding from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) through its Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Pilot Program.
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10/21/2016

Department of Health Launches 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' Campaign; Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Influenza Vaccine Annual vaccines are key to flu protection
 
Hershey, PA - Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today launched the annual 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' campaign at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by getting her annual flu vaccine. The 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' campaign is an annual effort to encourage Pennsylvanians to protect themselves and their loved ones against seasonal flu by getting vaccinated and taking other preventative measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are two important reasons to get a flu vaccine every year. First, flu viruses are constantly changing, and vaccines may be updated yearly to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. Second, a person's immune system protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
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10/21/2016

Governor Wolf Announces Agencies to Accept Unwanted or Expired Prescription Drugs on Saturday, Oct. 22
 
On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. All unwanted prescription pills and patches can be dropped off at participating police and fire stations and DEA offices. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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10/20/2016

Pennsylvania Capitol Police Upgrade to In-Car Camera Technology
 
Cameras will help the Pennsylvania Capitol Police improve public, officer safety
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10/20/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Department of Corrections Properly Recording Inmate Violence, Must Do More to Reduce Incidents
 
Encourages review of correctional officer staffing, training, other violence-prevention needs
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10/20/2016

Secretary of State Addresses Election Issues, Voter Rights
 
Today, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortes held a press conference to address the recent comments made about the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania and other issues important to voters heading into the November 8th election. Secretary Cortes discussed voting systems, election integrity, poll-watching and voters' rights to participate free of intimidation.
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10/20/2016

In York, Secretary of Health Discusses Distribution of Naloxone to Schools Overdose Reversal Medication Still Available to Interested Schools
 
Manchester, PA - Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today visited Northeastern High School in York County to discuss the Department of Health's efforts to provide schools with the overdose reversal medication naloxone. She also commended Northeastern High School for their drug education and awareness efforts and spoke with students and administrators about the important role the community plays in battling the opioid epidemic.
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10/18/2016

Lieutenant Governor Stack Co-Chairs Hearing on Access to Drug Treatment
 
Lieutenant Governor Stack co-chaired HR 590 drug and alcohol treatment hearing with Secretary Gary Tennis of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
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10/17/2016

Governor Wolf Recognizes Law Enforcement for Battling Opioid Epidemic
 
Governor Wolf today thanked Pennsylvania's law enforcement community for combating the opioid epidemic by carrying the overdose reversal drug Naloxone.
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10/16/2016

Insurance Commissioner Alerts Consumers About New Service To Find Lost Life Insurance Policies, Supports Legislation to Require Insurer Participation
 
Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today alerted Pennsylvanians that her department has begun using a new service to help locate lost life insurance policies, and announced her support for legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R - Bucks County), that would put this consumer service into law and require insurers to conduct the searches.
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10/12/2016

Auditor General DePasquale Says Audit Leads to Major Changes at ChildLine , Helping Protect More At - Risk Children
 
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said major changes at t he Department of Human Services' (DHS) child - abuse hotline, ChildLine, are making a significant difference in helping children who might be victims of abuse or neglect.
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10/5/2016

PennDOT, DCNR Secretaries Ride Proposed Pike2Bike Trail in Breezewood
 
Harrisburg - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards, along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Dunn, today jointly rode the proposed Pike2Bike trail in Bedford and Fulton counties, which uses the former right of way of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
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10/4/2016

Department of Health Releases Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force Report; Outlines Significant Improvements to Oversight of Pennsylvania's Facilities Attorney General provides $1.2 million to facilitate changes
 
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today released the recommendationsof the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force. The task force was created as part of the department's proactive efforts under the Wolf Administration to make the most significant changes to nursing home oversight in nearly two decades. Secretary Murphy also announced the Office of Attorney General is providing $1.2 million to help facilitate the recommended changes.
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