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Mahanoy City Man Wanted in Luzerne County Taken into Custody

A Mahanoy City man that was wanted in Luzerne County was taken into custody last week. According to the Pennsylvania State Police at Frackville, on Friday, November 26, 2021, during Holiday Enforcement Efforts, Troopers apprehended Jones Novas-Espinosa, 23, of Mahanoy City during a traffic stop. State Police say Novas-Espinosa had...
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Meadville Tribune

FULL STORY: Rollover truck crash kills Franklin area woman

VERNON TOWNSHIP — A pickup truck rollover crash at the southbound exit for routes 6, 19 and 322 on Interstate 79 claimed the life of a Franklin area woman on Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Bonnie L. Pfendler, 76, died due to blunt force trauma, according to Crawford County...
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Monessen hires law firm to pursue wiretapping claims, despite no charges

Despite the Pennsylvania state police decision to not file charges after several requests to investigate Mayor Matt Shorraw’s reports of alleged wiretapping in the former city hall, Shorraw now says the city has to hire special counsel regarding the issue. The roughly year-long state investigation into whether the installation of...
Lockhaven Express

Corman kicks off campaign to be Pennsylvania’s next governor

BELLEFONTE — Republican Sen. Jake Corman (R-Benner Township) kicked off his campaign to be Pennsylvania’s next governor during a rally on Tuesday night at Axemann Brewery in his hometown of Bellefonte. A few hundred supporters packed the upstairs area of the brewery to hear Corman speak. Corman, who has been...

Six Ship U. football players earn 2021 All-PSAC Eastern Division honors

The Shippensburg University football team had six of its players named to the 2021 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Football Teams, including a First Team honor for freshman placekicker Jaxson Montross. Voting is conducted by the league’s head coaches. It is the first All-PSAC classification for all six...

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keeps getting more interesting... whenever you’re ready to tune in

The shape-shifting in Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race would make a lava lamp proud. In the last two weeks, in the Republican campaign alone, we’ve: A) lost the candidate many observers saw as the nominal Republican primary front-runner after a very public child custody dispute; B) seen a television personality who nobody knew was a Pennsylvanian hop in; C) had at least two other potentially top-tier candidates acknowledge they may still enter the fray.

PA Headlines: Lawmakers Big Raise, Oz Gone From Some Channels

HARRISBURG – AP is reporting… State lawmakers’ more than 5% pay raise went into effect Tuesday and that will mean $5,000 more for members of the state house and senate. Their salary is now about $95,4000. Chairs and caucus leaders will make about $109,000 a year, while the top two members of the majority Republican Party, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman and Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler, will make nearly $150,000 before they accept per diem and other entitlements. Why? Lawmakers passed previous laws to raise their salaries when inflation goes up. GOP State Representative Frank Ryan of Lebanon County tried to halt the pay raise but leaders wouldn’t let it out of committee. He’s been saying the state is deficit spending and he said, “Where does this end and how do we get government spending under control?”

How Gov. Wolf fired a warning shot to Pennsylvania lawmakers on congressional redistricting

Let the games begin. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has fired the first shot in what could be the penultimate battle of his two-term tug-of-war with the Republican-controlled Legislature — drawing Pennsylvania’s new congressional district map. Districts must be redrawn every decade, using new data from the U.S. Census. Redistricting is required to account for population shifts, to ensure districts ...

Pa. prepares for omicron COVID variant: What we know and don't know

Many Pennsylvanians are diving into the holiday season and resuming pre-COVID traditions, but state health officials are preparing for their next challenge — the impending arrival of the new omicron variant. While state residents may be eager to "get back to normal," the Pennsylvania physician general has a warning. "We're...

Study: Even more Pennsylvanians say it’s ‘very difficult’ to survive in current economy

(WTAJ) — From supply chain shortages to staff shortages, the one thing we’re not short on is rising prices as the economy continues to try and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. America has seen shutdowns, mandates, school closures, over 770,000 COVID deaths and even a toilet paper shortage. Compared to some states though, Pennsylvania has […]

Pa. endangered species series: American Bittern

Editor’s note: The Courier Express, in collaboration with Lola M. Smith, MS, lecturer in biology at Penn State DuBois, is republishing a series of work completed by college students about endangered species in Pennsylvania. References for the work, similar to a college research paper, are credited at the end for each article.