State Treasury holds dozens of Purple Heart decorations for veterans

State Treasury holds dozens of Purple Heart decorations for veterans

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella announced this week — on the observance of Purple Heart Day on Aug. 7 — that Treasury holds 16 unclaimed Purple Heart medals and 18 Purple Heart pins, ribbons, and other related decorations for the veterans who earned the distinguished service award or their rightful heirs. “The Purple Heart […]

DEP secretary: Republican budget proposal puts public health at risk

DEP secretary: Republican budget proposal puts public health at risk

WILKES-BARRE — The state Department of Environmental Protection warns that cuts to environmental and public health programs in the proposed budget from House Republicans could put air and water quality at risk. In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees, Secretary Patrick McDonnell outlined six key ways […]

Barletta touts vote on bill that would roll back Dodd-Frank restrictions

Barletta touts vote on bill that would roll back Dodd-Frank restrictions

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week voted for legislation he says would end “too-big-to-fail,” taxpayer-funded bank bailouts, remove burdensome and duplicate regulations on small businesses, and relieve restrictions on community banks and credit unions that make it harder for people to buy cars, own homes and provide for their families. The Republican-led House approved House […]

New state employment website offers help for job seekers

New state employment website offers help for job seekers

WILKES-BARRE — An overhaul of the state’s job website and improvements to the application process are helping to make commonwealth employment more attractive to job seekers, according to the governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency — GO-TIME. “For many years, outdated hiring processes have made it difficult for state agencies to compete with […]

Capitol Roundup: Bills support law enforcement, public safety officers

Capitol Roundup: Bills support law enforcement, public safety officers

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey this week re-introduced a trio of measures designed to show that police lives matter: • The Lifesaving Gear for Police Act reverses the Obama administration’s ban of certain federal gear for use by police departments. • The Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act requires the Bureau of Prisons […]

Barletta, Yudichak, Toohil to co-host heroin/opioid forum

Barletta, Yudichak, Toohil to co-host heroin/opioid forum

HAZLETON — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, state Sen. John Yudichak and state Rep. Tarah Toohil will co-host a forum to discuss the growing opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania communities and efforts underway to combat the problem. Barletta, R-Hazleton, Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and Toohil, R-Butler Township, invite the public to attend the forum, set for Hazleton Area […]

Barletta lauds opening of office to aid victims of illegal immigration

Barletta lauds opening of office to aid victims of illegal immigration

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week applauded the launch of an office within the Department of Homeland Security, which will provide services to people who have been victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, which will also be know as VOICE, was established […]

Shapiro: Organized crime ring fraudulently obtained PA license plates

Shapiro: Organized crime ring fraudulently obtained PA license plates

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in a major organized crime ring that fraudulently obtained more than 1,000 Pennsylvania license plates and used them to fuel a massive criminal enterprise involving automobiles in multiple states. According to the AG’s office, by illegally renting […]

Wolf urges use of online registration as primary deadline nears

Wolf urges use of online registration as primary deadline nears

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés remind Pennsylvanians that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election. Citizens are reminded of the availability of Online Voter Registration as a convenient option to register. “Our secure online voter registration, which has been used by more […]

Capitol Roundup: Barletta pushes infrastructure investment

Capitol Roundup: Barletta pushes infrastructure investment

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week repeated his calls for a long-term transportation infrastructure bill, arguing that private industry and local governments need a reliable funding source to plan projects and hire workers. Barletta, R-Hazleton, made that case during a hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and […]