Articles by Michael Rubinkam and Mark Scolforo

Pennsylvania Governor Places Seven More Counties Under Stay-Home Order

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf added seven more counties to his order to stay at home as the new virus expanded its reach and Pennsylvania reported another big jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, …

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Retrenches on Sweeping Order Amid Complaints, Lawsuits

Under fire from business groups and Republican lawmakers and facing lawsuits over a broad shutdown order designed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration defended its actions as critical to preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, …

Governor Wolf Orders COVID-19 Shutdown Across Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf extended a shutdown order Monday to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, although he also maintained that he will not send the National Guard or state police …

State Clergy Abuse Hotline in Pennsylvania Fielded 1,900 Calls in First Year

Investigators are working their way through accusations from 1,862 calls made to a clergy abuse hotline in the 12 months since a landmark grand jury report exposed decades of child abuse within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses, the state attorney general …

Anti-Hazing Law in Penn State Student’s Name Goes to Governor

Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle on October 15, 2018. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a …

Anti-Hazing Law in Penn State Student’s Name Goes to Governor

Stricter criminal penalties for hazing will soon become Pennsylvania law under legislation inspired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who …

Sprawling Penn State Hazing Death Case Grinds Through Courts

The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary hearing on the horizon, as well as the first sentencing. …

Regulators Issue Split Ruling on Gas Pipelines Near Philadelphia

Pennsylvania utility regulators voted to let a pipeline resume transporting liquid fuels, reversing an administrative law judge’s order, but they also upheld a halt to construction of two other pipelines in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Public Utility Commission voted 3-2 …

Doctor Says Penn State Pledge May Have Lived if Help Was Called Sooner

A forensic pathologist testified that injuries killing a Penn State fraternity pledge last year might not have been fatal if fraternity members had summoned help more quickly. Dr. Harry Kamerow took the stand in a preliminary hearing to determine if …

Doctor Says Penn State Pledge May Have Lived If Help Was Called Sooner

A forensic pathologist testified Friday that injuries that killed a Penn State fraternity pledge last year might not have been fatal if fraternity members had summoned help more quickly. Dr. Harry Kamerow took the stand in a preliminary hearing to …