Defendants in Montgomery County said they were repeatedly sent to jail by a district judge over fines and court costs they didn't have the money to pay. Court observers say it's happening more frequently across Pennsylvania.
Anna Lisa Wodarski made a call to District Court 38-1-15 in Norristown the day after she learned there's a bench warrant out for her arrest. She hadn't responded to an open container ticket she received back in 2012. Now, she would like to get the warrants lifted until she has money to pay the fine.
As a child in war-torn Somalia, Aweys Mwaliya saw friends and family killed in massacres. Fleeing the country, his family spent weeks walking to Kenya. The trip was so grueling, that along the way, his youngest sister died. The family couldn’t give her a proper burial.
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker | The Scranton Times-Tribune | Jan. 31, 2014
The parents of an autistic boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted at a private school for special education students filed a federal lawsuit against the school and Valley View School District, alleging officials failed to protect their son.
By Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front | Jan. 24, 2014
Congress is finally getting close to a vote on the Farm Bill, and it’s expected to dramatically cut spending. But some fear those cuts could be bad for the environment, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes regions. The new Farm Bill would consolidate conservation programs targeted in those areas, and put them in competition for federal funds.
Emmai Alaquiva is an award-winning music producer and entrepreneur and has parlayed his accomplishments into mentoring kids, through hip hop music. He has found a way to infuse positive hip hop with education to get teens excited about music and learning.
By Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front | Jan. 17, 2014
The chemical leak at Freedom Industries that left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia brings up questions in other states, like Pennsylvania, about the possibility of other water contamination catastrophes. There have been spills into Pennsylvania waterways before, and regulators say those incidents have led to more strict laws here. Regulators say a spill is less likely here than in West Virginia, but clean water advocates aren't so sure.
By Kent Jackson | Standard Speaker | Jan. 15, 2014
Ammonia is the family business for Tanner Industries.
The company, which distributes ammonia and has a facility near Tamaqua, started 60 years ago. Tanner won awards from the Philadelphia Fire Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office in Philadelphia and the Chemical Education Foundation for its care in handling ammonia.
By Moriah Balingit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jan. 14, 2014
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak announced a proposal Tuesday to make a wealth of information -- from the location of potholes, to building permits, to paving schedules -- available to the public on a new city website and for consumption by the tech community who could transform the data into useful apps.
By Rebecca Nuttall | Pittsburgh City Paper | Jan. 15, 2014
As Pittsburgh Public Schools considers closing another school to help avert a million-dollar budget deficit in 2016, three new charter schools are clamoring for their own share of students ... and of public tax dollars.
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An estimated 1.7 million children in the country have a parent in prison, according to a new report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Millions more may have a parent in county jail.