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The 4-year-old girl, who reaches just past her father's knee, can't stop smiling on a warm, Sunday afternoon. She giggles while blowing bubbles at her parents, stopping every few seconds to tug at her floral-printed dress and talk about Disney princesses and her freshly painted pink fingernails.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water.

The Legislature's break for summer leaves some highly debated bills stranded and potentially dead in a Legislature where Republican majorities in both chambers have failed to hasten the ride to the Republican governor's desk.

It's never too early to start thinking about Election Day. With fewer than five months to go in this year's gubernatorial race, we asked Pennsylvania residents what would surprise the next governor about their city or community.

A recent spate of “unusual” mishaps at facilities owned by Williams, whose proposed Central Penn Line South pipeline would pass through parts of eastern Lancaster County, has triggered a federal investigation into safety practices at the company.

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers were criticized Monday for not taking strong action to ban gifts to themselves, an issue that got attention last spring after four House members were caught in a sting operation allegedly accepting cash gifts.

A Pennsylvania county clerk who failed at the state level to attempt to have the state's recent gay marriage ruling overturned is now turning to the highest legal authority in the nation. 

A Vietnam War veteran said he was forced to wait nearly five hours before being treated for shortness of breath at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township earlier this month.

John J. O'Donnell, 63, of Tobyhanna, said his experience began June 4, when he had trouble breathing. Unable to drive at night, O'Donnell said his wife, Jean, drove him to the VA. They came to the emergency room about 9:30 a.m. June 5.

A bill authorizing a task force to educate the public about Lyme disease and monitor it across the state is waiting for Governor Corbett's signature. Republican state Senator Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County says it could become an epidemic if unchecked.


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