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If pornographic office e-mails are at the root of the criminal charges filed against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, new court orders unsealed Tuesday show that she could have released them, in full, as early as last December.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's attorney general says Gov. Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium is blatantly unconstitutional and wants the state Supreme Court to clear the way for the state's first execution since 1999.

Administrative staff, certain volunteers, and university employees in Pennsylvania are no longer required by state law to be fingerprinted and submit to criminal history and child abuse background checks.

The tweaks to the child protection law were signed by Governor Tom Wolf on July 1.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state budget stalemate goes on in Pennsylvania, with the state into its first full week without a spending plan.

Aides reported no progress from a meeting yesterday between Governor Tom Wolf and legislative GOP leaders. No additional meetings were immediately scheduled and the House and Senate aren't set to reconvene any time this month.

A proposal to end civil asset forfeiture in Pennsylvania has bipartisan backing among state lawmakers.

House and Senate plans would halt a practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from someone accused, but not convicted, of certain crimes.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three more of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet members have the Pennsylvania Senate's blessing.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday confirmed Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller.

Pa. Lawmakers Push For Industrial Hemp

May 20, 2015
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Proposals in both the Pennsylvania Senate and House would legalize a crop that could create an entirely new industry in the state: industrial hemp.

Republicans and Democrats are sponsoring both versions.

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Wolf offered more money for preschool in this year’s proposed budget, and preschool providers jumped on it. Wolf proposed money for 14,000 extra slots. Providers who intend to apply say they could use 20,000 slots. The providers submitted letters of intent to the state last month.

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Often when a private drinking well near a natural gas well becomes contaminated, it’s difficult to make a definitive link between the contamination and the drilling. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers used a more sophisticated technology than what’s used by regulators to look for fracking chemicals in water wells. WSKG’s Matt Richmond spoke with the study’s lead author, Garth Llewellyn. He says they used industry technology to conduct the study.

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A lawsuit over school funding in Pennsylvania got thrown out Tuesday, but the parents and school districts involved aren’t dropping their case.