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Another month, another spokesperson

philly.com — Another month, another spokesperson Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:12 PM The seventh time may be the charm for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who this week hired yet another spokesman after losing a line of top press aides. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman to Gov.

Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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?

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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

philly.com — 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.
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Apr 27, 2015

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Apr 27, 2015

Just in..PA Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling in Msgr. Lynn child endangerment case. twitter.com/supremectofpa/…

Apr 26, 2015

Spotted: Camp Hill, PA, pup in the driver"s seat, parrot riding shotgun. pic.twitter.com/TAelVzDLL2

Apr 26, 2015

If you read nothing else about the violence in Baltimore...great reporting by city veteran. twitter.com/baltimorebrew/…

Apr 25, 2015

Newsrooms shrink everywhere but DC and LA - and half of those reporters and celebs are at #WHCD2015. twitter.com/alecmacgillis/…

Apr 25, 2015

Talk about bad optics: President Obama, Hollywood stars and the press play at #WHCD2015 while Baltimore streets erupt in violence.

Apr 25, 2015

And I thought all syrup makers had to fear was Log Cabin and the corn syrup lobby. Great read. twitter.com/pourmecoffee/s…

Apr 25, 2015

A shoutout to my homegirl, high school teammate and Walt Frazier fangirl who finally gets to meet her idol. twitter.com/bpolitics/stat…

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