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Wolf plan rejected; state budget stalemate enters 100 days

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s elected leaders pledged a new round of negotiations to end a 100-day-old state budget stalemate after Gov. Tom Wolf lost a test vote on his revised tax plan Wednesday in the House. House lawmakers defeated the Democratic governor’s plan 127-73 following six hours of debate in the Republican-controlled chamber. Not one GOP lawmaker voted for the plan. ...

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Wolf imposes state hiring freeze and travel restrictions

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As Pennsylvania budget stalemate enters its fourth month, Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering a hiring freeze and restrictions on travel. The Democratic governor issued the order Thursday. It imposes a general hiring freeze for most salaried and wage positions, although it says job offers made through Thursday will be honored. It doesn’t apply to caregivers and people ...

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PennEast assures economic boost from proposed pipeline

Nearly 60 people have filed for interventions against PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC since last Thursday, when company announced its application to start construction on a 118-mile natural gas pipeline that would run from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey. Despite opposition, PennEast emphasized the cost-cutting benefits nearby families and businesses could gain from the billion-dollar project. “The PennEast Pipeline ...

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Pennsylvania will monitor for earthquake activity linked to fracking

Pennsylvania plans to increase monitoring of seismic activity as tremors linked to hydraulic fracking in other drilling states spur calls for stepped up strategies to deal with human-induced earthquakes. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday they will spend $531,000 on a network of seismic activity monitors at 30 stations across ...

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Cartwright calls for information on pipeline approval process

A local lawmaker wants to try to ensure people affected by natural gas pipelines can have their say — and that the federal agency responsible for approving pipeline projects is listening to them. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, has joined legislators from New Hampshire in asking the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Energy for information about how the ...

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Judge tosses landowners’ lawsuit against fracking opponents

BUTLER, Pa. — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that landowners filed against people and groups who oppose fracking in a western Pennsylvania township. Natural gas drilling has been delayed in Middlesex, Butler County while some of the rural community’s 800 residents challenge a zoning ordinance that would allow drilling in 90 percent of the rural township. Dewey Homes and ...

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Clean Power Plan draws mixed reviews

Individuals and business representatives from around the region on Tuesday voiced their opinions on how Pennsylvania should prepare for implementing stricter federal environmental regulations — what some said is anti-business and part of the “war on coal” and a handful said is a critical improvement. As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection is ...

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Luzerne County dodges bullet over lack of hazard mitigation plans

Luzerne County Council members were in a collective state of distress Tuesday about what would have happened if there had been a flood or other major disaster this year. To be eligible for state and federal disaster assistance, county governments must prepare and adopt hazard mitigation plans outlining potential risks and update these plans every five years — a requirement ...

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