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For the past five months, the 10 small indoor air-quality monitors at the Carnegie Library's Squirrel Hill branch have been harder to check out then a New York Times best-seller. 

Julia Kumari Drapkin was a climate journalist with a problem: How to tap into the stories about weather and climate that she knew people were talking about at their dinner tables, or at the post office.

The news of a secret Facebook page run by a Penn State fraternity containing nude pictures, drug use and apparent hazing has made national headlines.

Chronic offenders who commit serious gun crimes in Erie County could soon find themselves on a fast track to a harsh federal prison sentence.

Shortly after less than one-fifth of Philadelphia’s millennials voted in a state election last November, Young Involved Philly hosted an event to brainstorm ways to improve the city. Their ideas mostly ranged from impossible (destroy all cars) to realistic (inclusionary zoning for new housing developments) to idealistic (tie politicians’ pay or re-election to local students’ classroom performances).

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a potential treatment for corneal blindness with stem cells.

 

On the first warm and sunny day this March, cooped-up residents of Springdale emerged from their homes, ready for spring. In the otherwise unremarkable small town, two power-plant smoke stacks loom above, the defining characteristic of the place. You can hardly avoid seeing them against the clear, blue sky.

Gov. Tom Wolf last week proposed his first state budget, which included a massive shift in Pennsylvania's tax strategy. Wolf proposes raising the income and sales taxes statewide and then channeling some of that money to local school districts.

Districts would then increase their annual homestead/farmstead tax credit to homeowners and use any leftover money to reduce the district's local property taxes by a corresponding amount.

While state regulators have signed off on some aspects of PPL Corp.'s plans to spin off its competitive energy supply business, the deal still hinges on another approval – one involving the Susquehanna nuclear power plant.

When PPL Susquehanna LLC submitted an application in July to transfer ownership of the Luzerne County power plant to the PPL spinoff Talen Energy Corp., it sought the changeover to take effect Dec. 31.

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