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Inmates can’t vote. But they can be counted as part of the population in the counties where they’re locked up.

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In theory, Pennsylvania could be spending billions more dollars to update aging roads and bridges.

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Top advisors to President Donald Trump’s campaign had a big meeting with Pennsylvania’s Republican Party officials in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

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This week, six Medicaid providers are getting word they're being audited by the state. 

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In its first year, Pennsylvania’s new tax on internet sales has made significantly more money than lawmakers planned for—and experts think the influx is due, in part, to rapidly expanding online commerce.

The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act took effect last March.

It targeted online retailers like Amazon, requiring them to apply the state sales tax to items they sell via third-parties.

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The gender pay gap is one of the more argued-over concepts in politics.

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has sunk to its lowest-ever recorded level.

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Pennsylvania’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is ending a seven-year lawsuit over a lack of funding for public defense in Luzerne County.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn’t provide any funding or central oversight for criminal defense of its poorest people.

It leaves the job totally up to counties and some, like Luzerne, have been found lacking.  

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Pennsylvania’s prison system is updating its mail policy—the latest in a long string of security changes.

But while many of those changes prompted concern among inmates’ rights groups, they’re welcoming this one.

Starting this week, people incarcerated in state prisons can receive photo books—the kind that can be designed and ordered online. They have to be soft-bound and hold 25 pages or fewer, and must be sent to prisons directly from a third-party manufacturer.

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The state House’s Legislative Black Caucus is looking to change some of the laws governing Pennsylvania’s police officers. 

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As the weather warms, some state lawmakers are attempting their own brand of spring cleaning: wiping a bunch of defunct laws off Pennsylvania’s books, plus getting rid of boards, committees, and other groups that no longer do anything.

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By the end of the week, the state House is hoping to pass every proposal included in last year's grand jury report on decades of child abuse within the Roman Catholic church.

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After an 18-month investigation into Medicaid fraud in Pennsylvania, a grand jury panel is suggesting state lawmakers make some changes to disrupt what they describe as “systemic” patterns of malfeasance.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the report.

He described one instance in which a woman misled caregivers assigned to help her daughter with autism—having them improperly report their work and inappropriately assigning them household chores.

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A bill aimed at saving two of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power plants from early retirement is getting an expectedly mixed reception in the state Senate.

The first committee hearing on the measure Wednesday saw nuclear and natural gas proponents clash over how to make Pennsylvania’s energy markets fair.

The proposal would recognize Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants as carbon-free energy, and add them to the commonwealth’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

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Thanks to a bipartisan vote from the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday, a bill aimed at changing how Pennsylvania draws House, Senate, and congressional maps is getting another shot.

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In an unusual move, Pennsylvania's treasurer is calling on a state Senator to resign.

Treasurer Joe Torsella doesn't often weigh in on contentious political matters unless they have something to do with state finances. But in a statement, he said fellow Democrat Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County has shown a troubling pattern of "lashing out" against people who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

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When Franklin and Marshall College first started polling Pennsylvanians about legalizing marijuana in 2006, only 22 percent of respondents said they were in favor.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike got some rare good news on Thursday.

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President Donald Trump and other GOP officials have recently rekindled their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. 

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There is exactly one year left before the 2020 census, and Pennsylvania officials said Monday, they’re taking steps to try and help the federal government count everyone.

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Two state representatives are setting the stage for a push to change Pennsylvania’s laws governing sexual abuse.

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The state House swore in its first-ever Muslim woman on Monday.

Movita Johnson-Harrell won her Philadelphia seat in a special election earlier this month. A mother and grandmother, she arrived in Harrisburg with 55 guests, more than half of whom she said were fellow Muslims.

But she said her first day in office was marred by an “offensive” invocation before her induction.

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Republicans took a first step Monday toward one of their top goals for this legislative session: repealing Pennsylvania’s general assistance program, which gives small sums of cash to poor people.

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Pennsylvania's Democrats and Republicans have come to a rare detente on at least one economic issue: boosting career and technical education in a bid to get people into higher-paying jobs.

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A handful of Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Turzai, have announced they are resuscitating legislation that would make it a third-degree felony for doctors in the state to perform abortions based solely on prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses.

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The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is taking legal action over what it says is are unacceptably long wait times for mentally ill inmates in county prisons to get care.

It’s not a new issue.

In fact, this is the ACLU’s third time bringing the problem to federal court.

When people who commit crimes are found too mentally ill to stand trial, they’re supposed to be placed in state care. The need varies based on their offense and their health—some go to secure, prison-like facilities while others can live more independently in community programs.

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For the second year in a row, state House Republicans are trying to pass a bill that would require union employers to let new hires know they can opt out of collective bargaining.  

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If you want to get a conviction scrubbed in Pennsylvania, you had better have at least $63 set aside. Eight bucks to download the application. $20 for a criminal background check, another $10 for a driving record, and then a $25 processing fee.

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Three weeks ago, the state prison system settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and other groups who said the Department of Corrections was violating inmates’ constitutional rights by making copies of legal mail.

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First responders in Pennsylvania—and elsewhere—have been reporting a recurring problem when reviving overdose victims.

Often, they’re helping the same people, over and over.

A group of state lawmakers is trying to come up with a plan to help break that loop.

Doyle Heffley, a GOP Representative from Carbon County, is sponsoring two proposals. One would help clinics coordinate to find beds for people who need inpatient care.

The other is being called the “warm handoff” measure.

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