Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

Photo courtesy of Identified Technologies

 Pennsylvania will start imposing criminal penalties on people who use drones to spy on other people.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Authorities say a crew member working on a movie about Mister Rogers has died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony in western Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County officials say James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital.

Emswiller was involved in the sound production of "You Are My Friend," which was shooting a scene in Mount Lebanon. The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the genial host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Molly Riley / AP

Pennsylvania is finalizing the first major update to the organ donation law that's been in place for a quarter century.

Bill O'Driscoll / 90.5 WESA

Woodland Hills School District, which was accused of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them, reached a settlement Tuesday in a civil rights lawsuit.

Matt Rourke / AP

The clock is winding down for Pennsylvanians who want to register to vote or update their voter information in time for the Nov. 6 General Election.

The last day for Pennsylvanians to get on the voting rolls in time to participate in the midterm election is Tuesday.

Voters in the state will choose a governor, lieutenant governor, United States senator, members of Congress and most of the state Legislature.

Group Brings Veterans Together For Whitewater Adventure

Oct 8, 2018
John Brighenti / Flickr

Enjoying life: it's just one of the things they went to war to preserve.

Paul Sancya / AP

University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

A state senator from western Pennsylvania says there will be $154,000 in state grants going toward improving safety in local schools.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

The Pennsylvania State Police say they regret any damage that occurred last weekend when one of their helicopters flew low over a tailgating crowd before the Penn State-Ohio State game, sending tents and other items flying.

Gerry Broome / AP

President Donald Trump is making another visit to Pennsylvania, this time to Erie where one of his staunch supporters in Congress is facing his toughest re-election battle yet.

Trump's campaign said Wednesday that the president will hold a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on Oct. 10. Four-term U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Lou Barletta are expected to attend, and Trump will headline a fundraiser for the men while there.

Kelly is facing a challenge from Democrat Ron DiNicola while Barletta is mounting an uphill campaign to unseat two-term Democratic U.S. Bob Casey.

Carrie Antlfinger / AP

Officials who oversee voting in Pennsylvania are promoting ways for state residents living overseas to obtain absentee ballots after some encountered computer barriers set up to prevent meddling with elections.

The Department of State outlined new procedures Wednesday, the same day The Philadelphia Inquirer reported instructions for overseas voters had led to an online dead-end.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania state government's tax collections are running ahead of estimate through the fiscal year's first quarter, and state officials point to strong corporate profits.

The state Department of Revenue said tax collections for the three months through Sunday were $210 million, or 3 percent, ahead of the official estimate.

Total collections of $7.6 billion for the state's general operating account are 10 percent higher than last year at this point.

Googlemaps

A tornado struck a nursing home in northwestern Pennsylvania, blowing a roof off one building and causing moderate to heavy damage, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported.

Richard Probst / Flickr

Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that two more raccoons in the Pittsburgh area have tested positive for rabies.

The Allegheny County health department says the first raccoon was found this week in the city's Morningside neighborhood. The second was found in the borough of Pleasant Hills near Jefferson Hills.

Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch; exposures are almost always fatal when left untreated. Residents are being warned to avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if the animals appear healthy.

Mark Humphrey / AP

President Donald Trump is set to promote his new North American trade agreement and the nation's economic performance in Philadelphia on Tuesday, a day after he heralded the agreement in a Rose Garden press conference.

Trump is traveling to Pennsylvania to address the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention.

Coke Whitworth / AP

Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters Inc. says it plans to invest $30 million into a planned facility in central Pennsylvania.

Officials with the lifestyle retail corporation say it plans to open an estimated 800,000-sq. foot fulfillment center in Indiana County, which could open within a year. Construction is set to start next month on the project, creating 600 temporary construction jobs.

Officials say White Township of Indiana County will gain 225 permanent jobs from the project.

Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Pennsylvania's governor has announced an $8 million grant to help reopen the First Bank of the United States as a museum.

Beth J. Harpaz / AP

Actor Denzel Washington has helped mark the start of renovations at playwright August Wilson's childhood home in Pittsburgh.

British Official Photograph / AP

The remains of a U.S. Army paratrooper killed in World War II have been returned to his Pennsylvania hometown, 74 years after he died in the battle chronicled in the 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far."

On Sept. 20, 1944, Army Pfc. Willard "Bud" Jenkins was hit twice by enemy fire as he crossed the Waal River in the Dutch city of Nijmegen during the unsuccessful Allied effort called Operation Market Garden.

Jenkins, 27, fell from his canvas boat into the water. His body, which could not be identified, was buried as an "unknown" at the American cemetery in the Netherlands.

Matt Rourke / AP

Philadelphia's mayor has proposed increasing the minimum wage for city workers and employees of city contractors to $15 an hour by July 2022.

City workers currently make a minimum wage of $12.20 an hour. The statewide minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

The mayor's proposal announced Wednesday would raise the minimum wage yearly over the next four years, starting with a July 2019 increase to $13.25. That would be followed by $13.75 in 2020 and $14.25 in 2021.

Matt Rourke / AP

A group examining election security in Pennsylvania urged Congress and state lawmakers Tuesday to speed up the funding required to replace voting machines, noting most lack a paper record needed to check for fraud and errors.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania's Election Security released interim recommendations and said the estimated $125 million to replace all machines statewide was "a relative bargain."

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating reports of dozens of dead deer in two counties.

Commission officials say game wardens have been confirming the reports and taking viable samples of the dead deer for laboratory testing.

Previous deer die-offs were caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The commission suspects the recent deaths may be linked to another EHD outbreak.

LM Otero, AP File

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate hit a nearly two-decade low in August, even as payrolls slipped below July's record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 percent in August, the lowest point since 2000.

The national rate is 3.9 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 9,000, as employment rose and unemployment shrank.

Mel Evans / AP

A finance professor says Pennsylvania's two large public pension systems are paying significantly higher private equity fees than they report and are denying access to documents that would reveal a true figure.

Matt Rourke / AP

Susquehanna County is the first Pennsylvania county to buy a voting system under new security standards by Gov. Tom Wolf's administration.

Googlemaps

A West Pennsylvania college has renamed its student activity center after receiving credible allegations of sexual abuse against the hall's previous clerical namesake.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner on Tuesday accused public officials, and Democrats in particular, of failing to combat urban poverty.

Wagner told a Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia event at the downtown Pyramid Club that he would establish a low-interest loan fund through community banks for people wanting to start a business and partner with firms like Uber and Lyft if necessary to make mass transportation more accessible.

Richard Probst / Flickr

Health officials are warning western Pennsylvania residents that two raccoons brought to a facility earlier this week have tested positive for rabies.

The Allegheny County health department says the first raccoon was found in Pittsburgh on the edge of the Morningside/Stanton Heights areas. The second was found in Mount Lebanon.

Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and such exposures are almost always fatal when left untreated.

Residents are being warned to avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if the animals appear healthy.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

Pennsylvania State Police troopers are now under orders to visit schools and colleges every shift in areas where they are the primary police force.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration made the announcement Tuesday, citing findings from a school safety task force set up in the wake of February's high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Wolf's administration says school officials requested a stronger police presence.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

A former Pennsylvania doctor has pleaded guilty to felony charges after officials say he filled 332 prescriptions for Hydrocodone medications he wrote in family members' names.

The state attorney general's office announced Tuesday that 65-year-old Ralph Capone of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty to fraud, forgery, identity theft and felony charges related to the prescriptions.

Pages