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Updated: January 14, 2021 | 6:13 pm

Guard to defend Pennsylvania Capitol, city to close streets

Troy Thompson with the Department of General Services, which oversees Capitol Police, said there are additional officers inside and out, and barriers have been erected in recent days.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Prosecutors ask judge to order Graham Spanier report to jail

The attorney general’s office wrote in a letter to Judge John Boccabella that no legal impediment prevents him from enforcing the minimum sentence of two months in jail, followed by two months of house arrest.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote

– A legislative panel on Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state appeals court judges by zone, a movement largely motivated by Republicans’ anger over recent rulings from the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: January 11, 2021 | 5:12 pm

Police move to increase security at Pennsylvania Capitol

Police who guard the Pennsylvania Capitol are working to be more visible and have been coordinating plans with other agencies to secure the building since a violent mob stormed and occupied the U.S. Capitol last week.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Split court tosses Pennsylvania victims’ rights amendment

Commonwealth Court in a 3-2 decision said state officials may not tabulate the votes for the so-called Marsy’s Law amendment that was on the ballot in November 2019.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: January 5, 2021 | 4:25 pm

Fight over close race mars first day for Pennsylvania Senate

Democrats in the Senate began protesting and in some cases shouting after the Republican majority refused to seat Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Report documents poor virus response in state veterans home

The report said the center mishandled its response “in many significant ways, which contributed tragically to the heartrending events that occurred there.”

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Dick Thornburgh, ex-governor and US attorney general, dies

Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: December 23, 2020 | 1:56 pm

Wolf seeks $145M fund shift to help businesses with pandemic

The Democratic governor’s proposal requires a vote from the Republican-majority Legislature to appropriate the money, and there has been no deal to accomplish that.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press and Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania Supreme Court alters police rules for warrantless vehicle searches

Police must have probable cause as well as “exigent circumstances” in order to legally search a vehicle without a warrant, a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press