Chester Upland elementary school gets library, thanks to help from Widener students

Students at the elementary in Delaware County’s most disadvantaged school district are enjoying its first library in years. Other than Chester High, it’s the only district school with its own library.

Delco board renews contract with private-prison firm

The jail, Pennsylvania's only privately run facility, will continue to be run by the GEO Group for five years.

Delco board renews contract with private-prison firm

The jail, Pennsylvania's only privately run facility, will continue to be run by the GEO Group for five years.

Busted: $8-million-a-week drug ring run out of Bucks County home

“This is as normal a residential community, 9 to 5, sleepy, bedroom community as you will find anywhere in the country,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said, “and this was going on right in the middle of it.”

Busted: $8-million-a-week drug ring run out of Bucks County home

“This is as normal a residential community, 9 to 5, sleepy, bedroom community as you will find anywhere in the country,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said, “and this was going on right in the middle of it.”

Pa. lawmaker wants state to make it easier for local governments to enact gun laws

Six weeks after 11 people died in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Democratic state Rep. Dan Frankel is seeking co-sponsors for legislation that would allow municipalities or counties to more easily create their own gun laws.

Pa. lawmaker wants state to make it easier for local governments to enact gun laws

Six weeks after 11 people died in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Democratic state Rep. Dan Frankel is seeking co-sponsors for legislation that would allow municipalities or counties to more easily create their own gun laws.
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Suit: Drop ‘good moral character’ cosmetologist requirement

Two Pennsylvania cosmetologists are suing the state for denying their license applications because of their criminal records

How to get free naloxone in Philadelphia on Thursday

The kits will be available at dozens of locations across Pennsylvania, including 12 in the Philadelphia region.

Dump-truck crash kills 2 in Chester County

Three others were injured in the crash between the dump truck and a passenger vehicle on a ramp in East Whiteland Township.

Facing criticism for remaining in office, convicted Pa. lawmaker resigns

In her resignation letter, state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown said she was stepping down “under protest," noting that the judge who sentenced her voiced serious concerns about the undercover sting investigation that led to her political downfall.

75 percent of Philly-area drivers use phone in car. Can apps make them stop?

Researchers recommend turning on one smartphone function to help prevent distracted-driving crashes.

Supreme Court gives Lower Merion district a second chance to defend tax hikes

Supreme Court sends Lower Merion tax case back to Commonwealth Court.

Chester County man charged strip clubs and porn to ex-wife’s accounts, authorities said

Joshua Janis racked up large credit card bills, spending thousands of dollars on strip club visits, pornography, and a woman with whom he was having an extra-marital affair. But all those expenses were being billed to his ex-wife, authorities said.

Pa. auditor general wants to take a whack at firms that negotiate drug benefits for the Medicaid program

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants the state to better manage an entire layer of the Medicaid program -- the pharmacy benefit managers -- who have made millions from the program.

Queen of cannabis: Pa.’s biggest weed dealer is a brash and bold entrepreneur

Chris Visco taught serial killers how to make lamps, ran several political campaigns, and was a protegee of department store king Al Boscov's. Now, she's a diva of dope.

His own single vote made him tax collector, and a Pa. town got an accounting nightmare

Jeffrey Cutler got elected tax collector in a Lancaster County town with one write-in vote. Some officials say his poor performance shows how obsolete the position has become.

Pa. man arrested in Mexico with teen sentenced to 2½ to 5 years

A Pennsylvania man who frequently checked a teenager out of school without her mother's knowledge and fled to Mexico with her has been sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison

Man accused of plotting large-scale attack at Ohio synagogue

Federal authorities say they've arrested two people in Ohio involved in planning separate attacks, including one who wanted to carry out a shooting at a synagogue.

Cities are using data to make decisions more than ever. Are they calculating risks for bias?

As governments increasingly use data to operate more efficiently, researchers and analysts caution that computer-based decision-making isn’t perfect. It can lead to discrimination.

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