Pennsylvania

What’s the Right Treatment for Lyme Disease? State Legislatures Wade Into the Debate

Reports of Lyme disease have more than doubled over the past two decades. Patients contend that insurance companies sometimes won’t pay for long-term treatment, while some doctors say that it isn’t necessary.

A Teenager Needed a Tampon. When Her School Didn't Have One, She Called Her Legislator

A Pennsylvania teen teamed up with a state representative to write legislation that would require schools to provide free pads and tampons for students.

A Plan to Recruit Volunteer Firefighters by Relieving Their Student Debt

A bill in Pennsylvania would grant qualifying first responders up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement after four consecutive years of service.

Invasive Insect That Sucks the Life Out of Crops Is Spreading

The spotted lanternfly is damaging Pennsylvania vineyards and threatening other farm goods and trees. Researchers are looking at a fungus and tiny wasps as options to kill it.

This State Could Crack Down on Drivers Who Don't Scrape Snow Off Cars

A bill moving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly would allow police to ticket drivers who do not remove snow and ice from their cars in a timely manner.

'Gravely Disabled' Homeless Forced Into Mental Health Care in More States

Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.

This State's Bald Eagle Population Soared After International Help

Pennsylvania's bald eagle population rebounded from near extinction thanks to federal protections, a ban on DDT and 88 eaglets from Saskatchewan, Canada.

Turnpike Fees are Constitutional, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court found the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was within its rights to use toll fees for purposes other than upkeep of the highway.

These Police Can't Use Radar and Changing That Could Be an Uphill Battle

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where local police departments can't use speed-detecting radar. Multiple bills aim to give them access.

Pennsylvania Becomes First State to Use Automated System to Expunge Criminal Records

After passing the country’s first ‘clean slate’ bill, Pennsylvania is debuting a system that will automatically clear the records of all who are eligible.

Judge Dismisses Truckers' Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Tolls

Trucking groups had challenged the diversion of toll dollars to transit projects.

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A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

Civil rights advocates allege defendants are stuck in Philadelphia jails as court officials flout state guidelines.

Reworking Probation as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

As states reduce prison sentences and try to limit the number of people incarcerated, governors say they also must drill down into the next steps needed to help people remake their lives.

Pennsylvania Governor Says Workforce Training ‘Must Break From the Status Quo’

A new audit found that there is a lot of room for improvement with the state’s workforce programs.

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Pennsylvania Pension Commission Flags Upwards of $1 Billion in Investment Costs for One Year

The sum earned by investment managers from one pension fund exceeded employee contributions for the same period.