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Philly area pet stores go "puppy mill free," some fear rise in backyard breeding

philly.com — The Humane Society of the United States has for years battled puppy mills on all fronts. It's fought for state and national legislation toughening standards for breeders. It's outed legal breeders with terrible track records whose inspection reporters are public but remain hidden on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

Court orders Corbett to halt health center closings

philly.com — Last updated: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:24 PM HARRISBURG - In the latest in a string of litigation defeats for Gov. Corbett, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the administration to reverse course on plans to close one-third of the state's county-based health centers.

New Senate leader draws flak after hinting at lame duck session

philly.com — New Senate leader draws flak after hinting at lame duck session Newly-elected Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) hasn't even been in office a week and already he touched nerves with a suggestion that the Senate might meet before Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office.

Judge dismisses suit by dog groups over shelter funding

philly.com — Judge dismisses suit by dog groups over shelter funding A Commonwealth Court judge this week found that dog clubs and humane societies do not an automatic right to receive grant funding from the state, nor can they force the legislature to replace funding it removed.

Wolf extends an early olive branch

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:54 PM HARRISBURG - There are no doubt partisan battles ahead, but for now Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is trying to set a positive tone with Republicans who control the state legislature. Wolf, a Democrat, surprised some legislative leaders on the other side of the aisle with a phone call shortly after his election.

Wolf extends an early olive branch

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:54 PM HARRISBURG - There are no doubt partisan battles ahead, but for now, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is trying to set a positive tone with Republicans who control the state legislature.

Wolf fills out transition team

philly.com — Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:08 AM HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf filled out his transition steering committee Tuesday, adding executives and officials from academia, law, nonprofits, and the government. "I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead," he said in a statement.

Prosecutor seeks to reinstate Lynn conviction

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:25 PM HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia prosecutor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday to reinstate a criminal conviction against Msgr. William J. Lynn in a 2012 child sexual-abuse case. Hugh Burns, chief of the district attorney's appellate unit, said it was clear that Lynn was culpable because he had supervised priests who oversaw the care of children.

Prosecutor asks Pennsylvania Supreme Court court to reinstate Monsignor William J. Lynn conviction

mcall.com — HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia prosecutor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday to reinstate a child endangerment conviction against Msgr. William J. Lynn, former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Hugh Burns, chief of the district attorney's appellate unit, said it was clear that Lynn was culpable because he had supervised priests who oversaw the care of children.

Pa. prepares for health-care coverage onslaught

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:24 PM HARRISBURG - The state Department of Public Welfare chief said Monday that her agency was prepared for an onslaught when enrollment for "Healthy PA," Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion alternative, begins in less than two weeks.
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Nov 22, 2014

Philly area pet store goes "puppy mill free," some fear trend will create market for backyard breeders. #inq bit.ly/1qOkBYN

Nov 22, 2014

Superior Court judge Anne Lazarus throws hat in ring for one of unprecedented 3 vacancies on PA Supreme Court in 2015 bit.ly/1xCt1Db

Nov 22, 2014

@GregMitch I'm surprised it's taken so long for a doc on such a monumental musical force.

Nov 22, 2014

Louie's home! Philly pup returned safely a month after owner's car was stolen with the 2-yr old-Lab inside. @6abc 6abc.cm/1vygodG

Nov 21, 2014

RT @terrymadonna: Pa Newsmakers has topics relating to Penn State, Medicaid expansion, the legislature with @inkyamy, @ChasThompson1. newsmakerstv.com

Nov 21, 2014

Newly-elected PA Senate Majority Leader draws flak for hinting at January lame duck session. #inq bit.ly/1p6t8Fp

Nov 21, 2014

Governing magazine names Phila. Mayor Nutter one of its top public officials of 2014. @GOVERNING bit.ly/1vqTJ2j

Nov 21, 2014

PA court: Animal shelters have no right to state grant funding. #phillydawg bit.ly/1tayBHE

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