Government
2:21 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

With All The Talk About Pension reform, A Look At Whether Existing PA Guidelines Are Enforced

Shamokin, PA.
Credit Emily Previti / Keystone Crossroads

Some Pennsylvania lawmakers say the rules governing public pensions need to change, but not everyone follows the guidelines already in place.

And it looks like they might not have to.

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Government
11:58 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Leading PA Lawmakers Leave Kane’s Fate To The Courts

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Credit PANationalGuard / flickr

Legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle are speaking in unison on Pensylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who is under threat of indictment. Their message? We’re not getting involved.

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Sports
5:20 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Binghamton's Bill Kenville Looks Back On Winning An NBA Title

Bill Kenville at his home in Binghamton.
Matt Richmond WSKG News

The NBA playoffs begin this weekend. And while big city teams like Oakland, Cleveland and Atlanta are the favorites, sixty years ago the league looked much different. In 1955, the Syracuse Nationals took home the title, beating the Fort Wayne Pistons in seven games. One of the guards on that team was Binghamton resident Bill Kenville, known during his playing days as Billy the Kid, and Kenville followed a surprising path to the NBA.

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Economy
3:46 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Is It Fair For City Workers To Use Overtime To Spike Their Pensions?

Spiking is when a city worker puts in a lot of overtime at the end of his/her career in order to get more money in retirement. Pension benefits are typically based on a person's final salary. Working more overtime increases that salary, and that means higher retirement payouts.

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Business
12:36 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

WNY vintners crying foul over Canada's duty

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 9:48 am

Wine producers on this side of the border say they're losing a significant amount of business, because Canada makes it too expensive for their citizens to buy New York State wines while visiting and then bring it home.

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State Government
12:06 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Lupardo: Binghamton University Castle Still On Track

The former Binghamton State Hospital is a National Historic Landmark.
Credit Bruce Faling/via Flickr

Binghamton University’s plans to renovate a castle hit a snag earlier this week when Governor Cuomo vetoed $12.5 million for the project. A local politician, though, says the renovation should still proceed as planned.

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Politics
8:39 am
Thu April 16, 2015

NY Board Gets Conflicting Prods On Closing 'LLC Loophole'

Credit Tax Credits / Flickr

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Board of Elections is getting conflicting prods on whether to close the so-called "LLC loophole" in campaign finance rules ahead of its meeting Thursday.
 
It's expected to discuss the 1996 decision to treat limited liability companies as people, who can give up to $60,800 to a statewide candidate, not corporations or partnerships that have a $5,000 limit on aggregate donations.
 

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PA Budget
5:09 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Inching Toward A Schedule, If Not A Budget Deal

Credit Maguis & David / flickr

Pennsylvania state budget negotiations are starting to take shape in Harrisburg. The backbiting has subsided for now, as meetings pick up between Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders.

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PA Government
6:58 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Are Young Municipal Workers Bearing The Brunt Of PA Pension Reform?

Alex Hayden.
Credit Kate Lao Shaffner / WPSU

Many Pennsylvania municipalities are already taking steps towards reforming their pension plans. Because municipalities cannot legally break pension obligations already promised, reform usually means changing the pension plans for new employees while older employees' pensions remain intact. Keystone Crossroads asks, Is the younger generation bearing the brunt of pension reform?

Click here for the full story.

 

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Government
3:48 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bill Would Lower Hurdles To Collect Suspects’ DNA

Pennsylvania state house in Harrisburg.
Credit Maguis & David / flickr

The Pennsylvania State Senate is advancing a plan to expand law enforcement’s ability to collect people’s DNA once they’re arrested for certain crimes, but before they’re convicted. The measure would let police and prosecutors collect your DNA if you’re arrested for criminal homicide, sex crimes, any felonies, as well as for certain lesser crimes like criminal trespassing and assault.

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