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NRA-backed bill clears Pa. Legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

mcall.com — HARRISBURG - In the final minutes of the Pennsylvania legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue municipalities that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Gun used in hold up of lawmakers reported stolen

philly.com — Gun used in hold up of lawmakers reported stolen The Senate on Thursday approved a bill giving standing to the NRA and other groups seeking to sue municipalities which enact ordinances tougher than the state.

Clinic treating Amish, breaking ground on genetics

washingtontimes.com — STRASBURG, Pa. (AP) - Weeks after his birth in 2001, Benjamin Glick was stricken with a mysterious illness. He would vomit and pass out. He wouldn't eat and lost weight. Over five agonizing months, his parents took him to 12 doctors at six hospitals in the Philadelphia area.

Pigeon shoot ban clears major hurdle in General Assembly

philly.com — Pigeon shoot ban clears major hurdle in General Assembly n history-making action Wednesday the Pennsylvania Senate voted overwhelmingly to end live pigeon shoots. Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:51 AM In history-making action Wednesday the Pennsylvania Senate voted overwhelmingly to end live pigeon shoots.

Pa. Senate closes session with flurry of activity

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:08 AM Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:43 PM HARRISBURG - The state Senate closed out its 2013-14 session by passing more than a dozen pieces of legislation, many of them crime-related, including bills covering local gun ordinances, domestic violence, and animal cruelty.

Happy headlines for community cats for National Feral Cat Day

philly.com — Happy headlines for community cats for National Feral Cat Day When feral cats make headlines it's usually not good for the homeless felines.. Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:14 AM When feral cats make headlines it's usually not good for the homeless felines.

Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue over local laws

philly.com — Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue over local laws The Senate approved a measure that would give gun groups - including the National Rifle Association - standing to sue municipalties that enact their own gun laws and require them to pay the aggrieved party's legal fees.

Pa. hospitals to test newborns for more disorders

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:46 PM HARRISBURG - Before the end of the year, hospitals in Pennsylvania will be required to test newborns for certain rare disorders where early detection could help save lives. Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed a bill to expand newborn screenings to include six disorders.

Two lawmakers in shoot-out with robbers near Capitol

Two lawmakers involved in shoot-out with robbers near Capitol

inquirer.com — Confronted by a gunman just blocks from the state Capitol on Tuesday night, a Democratic legislator from Northeastern Pennsylvania pulled his own weapon and traded fire with a would-be robber.
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Oct 21, 2014

@washingtonpost picks up my story on groundbreaking genetic work being done at Lancaster's #inq @ClinicSpecChild wapo.st/1r9KU5W

Oct 21, 2014

RT @NussbaumPaul: Panel outlines ethics, transparency improvements for Pa. Turnpike Commission, following grand jury probe: inquirer.com/business/20141…

Oct 21, 2014

Just in...Gov. Corbett to sign victims' rights bill prompted by Mumia grad speech at scene of Ofc. Faulkner shooting in Phila. today. #inq

Oct 21, 2014

RT @PhillyInquirer: NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it dlvr.it/7GjF5W

Oct 21, 2014

RT @KaiserFamFound: NEW POLL: 9 in 10 of the uninsured unaware that #ACA open enrollment begins next month kaiserf.am/1ziZsJB

Oct 21, 2014

@PigeonFriend @HumanePA yes, PA Federation of Dog Clubs. They are the AKC breeders. A long day.

Oct 20, 2014

PA Federation of Dog Breeders issues 11th hour letter to House leaders opposing "radical" pigeon protection bill.

Oct 20, 2014

A blow for animal welfare advocates: PA House adjourns w/out taking up bill to ban live pigeon shoots & sale of dogs and cats for meat.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @AngelasInk: BREAKING: PA Supreme Court has suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery in the wake of the pornographic email scandal. Story to follow.

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