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Seven domestic violence bills advance through PA Senate

A bipartisan group of senators this week announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania. The bills ultimately passed the Senate Wednesday, with one of the bills headed to the governor's desk. “Now...

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Senate passes raft of crime bills, including tighter gun law

(Harrisburg) -- With heavy snow falling, the state Senate made it into the Capitol Wednesday to vote through a raft of bills that aim to increase protections for crime victims. One of the measures is now on its way to the governor's desk, and six others are headed to...

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Senate passes gun control measure among domestic violence bills

HARRISBURG — The state Senate Wednesday approved a package of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence, including a measure that will close a loophole in the state’s gun law that victims' advocates have said makes it too easy for abusers to access...

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Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) a The Pennsylvania Senate is giving its unanimous approval to a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly give up their firearms. The Senate's 50-0 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House. Under the bill,...

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Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly forfeit their firearms, a bill that includes last-minute changes negotiated by...

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Domestic violence prevention bills continue Senate advance

A bipartisan group of senators Tuesday announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania. “Now I’m sure each member would have liked to get more here or there in this bill, but this is what we can...

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Group pushes bills to protect crime victims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A bipartisan group of senators stood in front of the Capitol steps on Tuesday, demanding action to protect victims of domestic abuse. A package of seven bills is being pushed. Sen. Camera Bartolotta plans to introduce Tierne’s Law that would...

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Shortage of staff among top complaints of nursing home care

PHILADELPHIA - A third of the complaints fielded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging each year are related to staffing, the state's ombudsman said during a two-hour hearing Friday on the quality of nursing home care. "There's only one solution that can provide...

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Sen. Hughes, NAACP express concerns over new district map

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7) has expressed serious concerns about the state Supreme Court’s new congressional map and he’s not alone. The NAACP and Common Cause of Pennsylvania have threatened to challenge the new map, drawings that Hughes bluntly said is a loss...

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Concern mounts over weak status of state finances

Weakened financial stability and growing deficits erode the essential services that government provides to people and Pennsylvania is mired in many years of financial mismanagement by the state legislature, according to state Sen. Art Haywood (D-4). Haywood counted...

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Sen. Haywood to Hold Hill Town hall on Gun Violence

As part of an ongoing effort to promote discussion of local issues, State Sen. Art Haywood (District 4) will be hosting a town hall on gun violence at the Woodmere Art Museum on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. After hosting three town halls during the spring,...

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State leaders educate on steps to pardon

State Lt. Gov. Mike Stack (D-5) and State Sen. Art Haywood (D-4) are working together to educate others on commutations and the process of wiping convictions off a person’s record. They spoke at an event at LaSalle University. As of January 31, 2017, the state of...

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Fannie Lou Hamer Honored in Resolution

On the way back from Harrisburg Wednesday, State Sen. Art Haywood called his mother to let her know that a resolution he sponsored honoring Civil Rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer had been approved. “She was so happy,” said Haywood (D-Phila./Mont.). “I couldn’t be more...

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New Church Launches in Mt. Airy

NORTHWEST PHILADELPHIA >> Three area churches are challenging the Northwest Philadelphia area on the traditional concept of church. First, the new Dare to Imagine Church held its Only Imagine Gala and Sunday morning worship service the weekend of Sept. 8 to 10,...

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Embattled Philly cop shot victim in back, records show

Cyrus Mann, the Philadelphia police officer dismissed after fatally shooting an unarmed 306-pound man in 2012, got his job back last year in part because an arbitrator said no evidence or witnesses contradicted Mann’s version that he shot the man at close range as...

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South Broad keeps median parking, North Broad gets new spots

The Broad Street median parking lawsuit is dead. A Common Pleas Court Judge decided yesterday that the effort to get Philadelphia Police and the Parking Authority to ticket South Broad median parkers is a no-go. Political action committee 5th Square filed the lawsuit...

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Pa. Budget Needs to be Shaken Up

Two ideas — one from the right, one from the left — to fix Pennsylvania’s budget woes just might (if put together) get state finances back on track. It’d take some doing and compromise. So right away you figure, eh, no chance. But what passes for fiscal management in...

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