PA legislator: Lawmakers shouldn’t waste time naming roads and bridges

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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State lawmakers didn’t get pension reform or liquor privatization finished in the past legislative session, but the General Assembly sure did ceremonially name a lot of roads and bridges — 73 of them to be exact, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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Forgery investigation focuses on former chief; raises more issues

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, Fraud, Local News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A recent state audit further solidified the paperwork problems of a former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who had faced 64 felony charges. The Ohioville Borough officer was able to plead to two misdemeanors and retire instead of being fired.

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Two more Philly Dems charged in once-abandoned bribery sting

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Two more Philadelphia lawmakers were charged Tuesday in connection to a sting operation that caught them accepting bribes in return for votes.

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Paycheck protection to Mary’s Law: Lawmakers get personal

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have re-branded so-called paycheck protection legislation, giving it a more personal face.

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One PA ecosystem enters the court fray over fracking waste

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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In sparsely-populated Grant Township, in western Pennsylvania, one ecosystem is attempting to enter a court battle in its own name. A power company has sued the township, after it passed a Community Bill of Rights to try to prevent fracking waste disposal wells.

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The empire strikes back: Saudi Arabia takes on U.S. shale

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on U.S. shale oil producers in an attempt to protect its share of the global market.

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