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Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020 — Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020 One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free. Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:12 AM One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free.

Court hears arguments on firing Open Records director — Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:01 PM HARRISBURG - In a lively 90-minute session, a panel of judges on Wednesday considered the fate of the leader of Pennsylvania's open records office. But looming larger in this closely-watched, likely precedent-setting case is the issue of executive authority over independent agencies.

A $4B question: How big is Wolf's budget? — Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015, 1:52 PM HARRISBURG - The legislative battle over Gov. Wolf's budget proposal began in earnest Monday - starting with a dispute over just how much money is at stake. Wolf has described his proposal as a $29.8 billion spending plan.

Rare sales tax bump is key to Wolf's budget — Last updated: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1:09 AM HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf wants to do what no governor has done since President Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House: Raise the Pennsylvania sales tax. Former Gov. Ed Rendell tried it twice. In 2010, he couldn't even get the state's Democratic-controlled House to go along.

Ringling Brothers to retire elephants — Elephants soon will no longer star in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, whose treatment of endagered Asian elephants has been the target of protests and investigations by animal welfare groups, said after 145 years it would phase out elephants by 2018 and focus on their conservation.

As hearings loom, Wolf pushes budget at Chesco school — Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:50 PM Gov. Wolf came to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday morning to push his budget plan that would radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican lawmakers who'd immediately labeled his proposal dead in the water.

Phila. leaders applaud Wolf budget proposal, Delco pols not so much — Phila. leaders applaud Wolf budget proposal, Delco pols not so much City leaders said they were elated with Gov. Wolf's budget proposal, saying it will help restore budget of the cash-strapped school district and reduce the wage tax burden for city workers. Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:17 PM City leaders were elated about Gov.

Wolf's $30B budget: tax hikes, school relief — Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:35 AM HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes, but use much of that new money to give school districts almost $4 billion for property tax breaks.

Wolf's budget may need a big push — Last updated: Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:57 PM HARRISBURG - Though Gov. Wolf has been working behind the scenes for weeks on his first budget blueprint for the state, legislators and others say his real work is only just beginning. Wolf is scheduled to unveil his multi-billion spending plan at 11:30 a.m.

Wolf's budget calls for income, sales tax increases — HARRISBURG - The details have been kept under lock and key, but when Gov. Wolf unveils his first budget early this week, all signs point to its being big, bold - and highly controversial.
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Mar 27, 2015

RT @LancasterOnline: Lititz woman allegedly violates ban on owning animals; PSPCA seizes 19 dogs from property:

Mar 27, 2015

RT @Slate: Dean Smith has continued to do cool things even after his death:

Mar 26, 2015

RT @LonnaeONeal: What psychic distance do you travel to link Mo'ne Davis and "slut?" A black girl,white guy and an inexplicable tweet.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @JeffGammage: "This could have remained a Democratic seat." Recriminations after GOP win in NE Philly.…

Mar 25, 2015

HoJos joins list of lost hwy landmarks @LancasterOnline:1 of last 3 Howard Johnson restaurants closing after 58 years

Mar 24, 2015

Wonders never cease: #amtrak auto train to arrive in Sanford, Fl 90 minutes early - yes early, today.

Mar 23, 2015

Durst trail leads to VT @asoga: Middlebury police: #Durst linked to missing woman via @bfp_news

Mar 23, 2015

Celebrating the revival of the majestic coyote in the face of over hunting. via @cumberlink

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