Pennsylvania Government


Nationwide teacher shortage being felt in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Schools across the commonwealth are in crisis as thousands of teachers are needed, but few are pursuing the profession.  A nationwide teacher shortage is being felt in Pennsylvania and according to the State Education Association, the pandemic intensified it.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the state will need thousands of new teachers, hundreds of new principals and thousands of educators in other critical roles by August 2025."If we don't act now, we don't take this seriously, we will be dealing with this for years," said Chris Lilienthal, assistant director of communications for the PSEA.  Lilienthal...

3 Beautiful but Underrated Places in Pennsylvania

Even though it is not as famous as many other states in the country, Pennsylvania is a true gem and it has a lot to offer for those who are willing to take the time to explore this beautiful state. And if you have been to Pennsylvania before or you happen to live here, then you know that it has a lot to offer. With that in mind, I have put together a list of three beautiful but often underrated places in Pennsylvania that you should really explore if you haven't already. All of them are great choices for people of all ages so no matter who you are traveling with, these places are a great choice. Are you curious to see if you know any of these places? Here is the complete list of beautiful but underrated places in Pennsylvania that you should definitely explore.

Pennsylvania abortion providers say they're seeing more out-of-state patients since Roe v. Wade was overturned

Pennsylvania abortion providers say they are seeing an influx in out-of-state patients following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. That increase was discussed Tuesday during a virtual meeting with the governor and others about reproductive rights. A vice president with Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania said patients have come from Ohio...

Pennsylvania Republican Representative Scott Perry has cell phone seized by FBI

WASHINGTON (KDKA) - Just one day after the FBI seized boxes of documents from former President Donald Trump's home in Mar-A-Lago, there's another seizure, this time from a Pennsylvania Republican. FBI agents also seized U.S. Representative Scott Perry's cell phone. Rep. Perry called it an "unnecessary and aggressive action." It's not yet known why Perry was served with a search warrant, but we do know that Perry has been a figure in the Congressional investigation into Trump's actions in the lead-up to the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. Former Justice Department leaders also testified he played an important role in Trump's effort...

5 Affordable Weekend Getaways in Pennsylvania

Have you ever been to Pennsylvania? If you have been to this beautiful state before then you know it's full of amazing places that are great options for both some fun weekend getaways as well as for longer vacations, for those who have more free time on their hands. Also, there is something for everybody in Pennsylvania so no matter how you prefer to spend your free time, you will most likely find something suitable for you here. With that in mind, here are five amazing places for an affordable weekend getaway in Pennsylvania.

Electric generation costs in Pennsylvania increasing again Sept. 1

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Pennsylvania regulators are warning that the cost of electric generation will increase again for some customers next month. Pennsylvania's regulated electric utilities adjust the default price non-shopping customers are charged, known as the "price to compare," either quarterly or biannually. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said several major utilities are raising prices on Sept. 1. Penn Power customers will see a 19% increase, up from 8.694 cents per kWh to 10.348 cents. West Penn Power customers will go up to 8.306 cents per kWh, a 1.3% increase, the PUC said.  Companies that serve the eastern part of the state will also be raising their prices by as much as 18.7%. The PUC said Duquesne Light and PPL customers won't see any changes until Dec. 1, the next date for energy price resets.It comes after some customers already saw a 45% increase in June.  With prices rising again, the commission is encouraging residents to explore ways to manage their utility expenses. For the PUC's tips on how to save, click here. 

Rep. Scott Perry Not a Target of FBI After Phone Seizure: NYT

A lawyer for Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), who earlier this week had his phone seized by federal investigators, told The New York Times on Wednesday that the Pennsylvania congressman was not a target of the Justice Department’s probe into efforts to tamper with the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors told Perry, who has since received his phone back, that he was being evaluated as a witness in the federal inquiry, attorney John Irving said. “Representative Perry has directed us to cooperate with the Justice Department in order to ensure that it gets the information it is entitled to, but to also protect information that it is not entitled to,” Irving said. Perry is one of at least 11 Republican lawmakers who discussed overturning the election with Trump administration officials, according to the Times. The newspaper reported that Perry “played an especially active role” in efforts to replace Jeffrey Rosen, then the acting attorney general, with Jeffrey Clark, a department official viewed as more loyal to the White House. Clark’s home was searched by federal investigators, acting in relation to the criminal inquiry, in June.

Where refugees in Pennsylvania are arriving from

(Stacker) — As of June 30, just over 15,000 refugees have been accepted into the country since the beginning of the year, a mere fraction of the numbers admitted less than a generation ago. To a limited degree, COVID-19 still plays a role in this reduction; to a larger degree, politics is the culprit. Still […]

Rep. Thompson & Sen. Casey: future of PA agriculture

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The goal of Ag Progress Days is in the name: progress. On the second day of the exposition, Pennsylvania’s agriculture community had the opportunity to hear from and speak with state lawmakers, including Representative Glenn Thompson and Senator Bob Casey. “Right now, there are critical shortfalls of young and beginning […]

Doug Mastriano cuts short interview with Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pennsylvania's Republican governor nominee Doug Mastriano appeared briefly Tuesday before the Jan. 6 committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection but shared little as the panel probes Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Mastriano, who was outside the Capitol that day and helped organize efforts in Pennsylvania to submit alternate presidential electors beholden to Trump, cut the interview short. He disputed the validity of the committee and the terms of the appearance, his attorney said. Mastriano's attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said his client wanted to be able to record the interview and said little during the...

Pennsylvania woman welcomes 100th great-grandchild

A woman in Montgomery County recently welcomed her 100th grandchild. NBC 10 Philadelphia reports how Lafayette Hill resident, Marguerite Koller, recently welcomed a brand-new great grandson. The baby boy—who just made it as the 100th grandchild after coming a week past his due date—was born to one of Koller’s granddaughters,...