Congress May Resurrect Earmarks. In Some States, They Never Went Away

States say earmarks unclog the wheels of government. But what about wasteful spending?

Contempt for Court

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made by the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

Philadelphia Tries to Thwart Exuberant Eagles Fans With New Substance

The city hasn't been able to control sports fans with Crisco previously, so crowd-control planners tried this instead.

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

Has the Tide Turned Against Partisan Gerrymandering?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday struck down the state’s maps as too heavily biased toward Republicans, the latest ruling in a new and contentious battle over legislative districts.

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

Too many Pennsylvanians expect a "coal comeback" as the industry dies, which will inevitably lead to unemployment.

Pa.’s Cybersecurity Team Is ‘Talking About Projects That Actually Enable the Business’

Erik Avakian, Pennsylvania’s chief information security officer, may be a new breed of ‘black swan’: the optimistic cybersecurity professional.

Opioid Crisis Requires State Leadership With a Multidisciplinary Approach

State and local governments are on the front lines of the opioid crisis, “providing blueprints for federal action along the way,” according to Pennsylvania’s attorney general.

New Study Shows We’re Missing Opportunities to Help Survivors of Opioid Overdoses

Opioid users in Pennsylvania were still being prescribed powerful painkillers, even after they were treated for an overdose.

Pennsylvania Decision Puts Public Officials on Notice Regarding Their Facebook Use

It all started with a proposed local mural. Then things online got snarky and personal.

Philadelphia Seeks a Cross-Sector Solution to Gun Violence

Recognizing federal and state policies are beyond their control, local officials want the City of Brotherly Love to become a national model for reducing firearm-related crimes.

Multiple States Court Taiwanese Manufacturer, But Is It Worth the Concessions?

Foxconn Technology Group is promising $4 billion in investment and 5,000 new jobs, but not every suitor will get a piece of the pie despite cutting taxes, in some cases, to woo them.

Pennsylvania’s Big Budgetary Gamble With Proposal for ‘Satellite’ Casinos

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A Replacement for Overworked Public Defenders?

Through a suburban Philadelphia program, offenders’ family members learn how to help their criminal defense—and do some of the nitty-gritty work lawyers would typically handle.

New Ecological Disaster for Chesapeake Bay Watershed May Be Just 3 Years Away

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Deal Reached to Clean Up the East Coast’s Biggest Open-Air Drug Market

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ky. fraud hotline raises concerns; Cuomo says “Amtrak must pay” for commuter mess; and Seattle leaders considering city income-tax plan.

Simulating Scenarios for Killer Smog Conditions in Pittsburgh

Predictive analytics are getting better at profiling the clinical impact of air- and heat-related emergencies, as well as the stress they place on response infrastructure.

Pittsburgh Corrects Trump Claim About City's View on Climate Change

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said Thursday. But the city voted 80 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton in November.