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Grand jury: Hundreds of children sexually abused by priests in Altoona-Johnstown diocese
A statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office announced today.


Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera Announces Partnership For School Bullying Prevention Helpline
Harrisburg, PA - Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today announced a partnership with the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to operate the Department of Education's Bullying Prevention Consultation helpline


State Officials Push for Pre-K Education Funding
Muncy, PA - Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today joined state and local officials at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy to push lawmakers to take action on the state budget to ensure early childhood education opportunities for Pennsylvania's children. He was joined by Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, DHS Deputy Secretary Michelle Figlar and state Representative Patty Kim.


Governor Wolf Statement on Treatable Cancer Diagnosis
Governor Wolf recently learned he has a treatable form of prostate cancer. The governor released the following statement this morning.


Pennsylvania Leaders Launch Public Safety Initiative to Tackle Drivers of Cost, Incarceration, and Recidivism
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf and leaders from both political parties and all three branches of government today launched an extensive review of the state's criminal justice system as part of a new Justice Reinvestment Initiative designed to reduce ineffective corrections spending and invest those savings in proven public safety strategies.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Gaming Board Made Improvements; Must Expand Law Enforcement Funding, Curb Board Member Expenses
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that while the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has made significant improvements since the last audit, the board must work to change the gaming law to expand funding for local law enforcement, and bring excessive food reimbursements for board members in line with standard commonwealth policy.


Governor Wolf Signs Criminal History Sealing Expansion Bill into Law
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 166, sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, into law, which expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Governor Wolf was joined today at a bill signing ceremony by Sen. Greenleaf, Rep. Jordan Harris, chairs of Judiciary committees and various criminal justice organizations.


Live Feed of Harrisburg's Famous Peregrine Falcons Returns Just in Time for Valentine's Day
Love is in the air in Harrisburg as the city's famous pair of peregrine falcons have returned to their nest on the 15th floor ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building just in time for Valentine's Day. To celebrate, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched a redesigned falcon website that features a high definition, three-camera live video feed of the nest that will now be streamed year-round. The site also provides more opportunities for people to interact through social media.


Upcoming Elimination of Registration Stickers Holds Benefits for Customers/Law Enforcement
At the invitation of PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, legislators and law enforcement officers today received a demonstration of Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology that provides law enforcement a better tool to verify expired vehicle registrations.


Pennsylvania Facing Fiscal Crisis: Governor Wolf asks Lawmakers to Choose Responsible Path
Failure to Address Deficit a 'Time Bomb' Forcing Billion Dollar Cut to Schools


Governor Wolf Announces New Efficiency Measures, Success of GOTIME in First Year
Harrisburg, PA - In support of his mission to Governor Tom Wolf announced that his 2016-2017 Budget proposal will include two mergers to save money and better serve shared missions: the merger of the Board of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections and moving the eHealth Partnership Authority to the Department of Human Services, which combined will immediately save more than $11 million.


With Pennsylvania at a Crossroads, Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Early Education Investment
Wolf Continues to Fight to Restore Education Cuts Under Previous Administration


Environmental Quality Board Final Rulemaking
Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites


Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Delay the Implementation of the Keystone Exams
Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 into law which delays the graduation requirement associated with the state's end-of-course tests, known as the Keystone Exams, for two years, until the 2018-19 school year. The Keystone exams are intended to ensure that students are prepared for postsecondary education or the 21stcentury workforce. However, there have been issues with the implementation of the Keystone Exams, and it is prudent to allow more time to evaluate the best options of measuring student success.


2016 Groundhog Day
No shadow! Phil predicts and early spring for the 130th Groundhog Day.