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POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:11 PM

An inventory has revealed the worst fears of the staff at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The October 3 fire that destroyed the park headquarters in Shanksville also destroyed hundreds of personal items, photographs, recordings and other artifacts, the National Park Service said in a press release Friday.

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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:50 AM

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.

The vote came less than 24 hours after two House lawmakers were held up at gun point a few blocks from the Capitol. One of the lawmakers, Rep. Marty Flynn (D., Luzerne), also was armed and engaged in a shoot out with the suspect. No one was hurt and four teens were arrested and charged in the crime.

The 9mm handgun used in the crime had been reported stolen, according to Harrisburg police.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:05 PM

The Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups - including  the National Rifle Association  - standing in court to sue municipalties that enact their own gun laws.

The amendment, which passed 32-16, has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA which sued over gun control ordinances more restrictive than state law.

The courts struck down several of the city's gun ordinances, but upheld mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapons. Some 30 other cities, townships and boroughs followed suit, including at least seven in the southeat, passing lost and stolen reporting ordinances, including at least seven in the southeast.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:42 PM

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 (HB1654) to expand newborn screening to include six additional disorders.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:46 AM
Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie county (right), and Pennsylvania Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna County (left). (AP handout photos)

By Amy Worden and Allison Steele

Inquirer Staff Writers

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.

No one was hurt in the shootout, and police arrested four teens and charged them for their roles in the attempted street robbery.

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POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 2:20 PM

Spurred by the vicious attack on a gay couple last month in Philadelphia, legislation to broaden Pennsylvania hate crimes law to include sexual orientation took a first step toward becoming law.

The House Judiciary Committee, acting with unusual speed, approved the bill by a vote of 19-4, sending it to the House floor with just five days left in the legislative session.

The bill’s sponsor Rep Brendan F. Boyle (D.,Phila.) urged GOP leaders to bring the bill up for a vote before the session ends next week.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:53 PM
The seemingly innocuous state jobs web site,, links to others that include racy occupational vacancies.

During his second debate with Democrat Tom Wolf Tuesday, Gov. Corbett boasted that there were 250,000 good-paying jobs on the state jobs website.

He has pointed to the PA job gateway website before to demonstrate that unemployed Pennsylvanians can find work if they look for it.

The Campaign for a Fresh Start, a political action committee Wolf founded to help him defeat Corbett’s bid for reelection, has beenlooking, in fact, mining the website and came up with a few risque employment "opportunities."

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POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:35 AM

It's time for Pennsylvania to join neighboring states and raise the minimum wage.

That's the message from a leading Senate Democrat and a coalition of groups organizing "Vote PA Workers a Raise" statewide action day today.

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