Joanne Schilk-Bierman holds framed photos from visits to her oldest brother Tom Schilk, who’s serving a life sentence in prison. Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

A chance of freedom? New bill could release 1,000 people sentenced to life in Pa. prisons

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

For more than 40 years, life sentences in Pennsylvania have only come one way: without the possibility of parole.


 Tom Downing

Pa.’s lawmakers return to Harrisburg this month. Here’s their plan.

Expect arguments on everything from energy to guns, from criminal justice to wages, and more.
By Katie Meyer

Group flags concussion risks among students and young athletes

About half of children and teenagers with concussions requiring help from a state program were injured while playing sports.
By Brett Sholtis

 Douglas Healey

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

Some states made it clear last week that they intend to object to the deal in bankruptcy court and seek to continue their lawsuits against members of the Sackler family in state courts.

By Geoff Mulvihill/The Associated Press

 Dan Gleiter

Pa. legislators among the highest paid in U.S., but they’re doing less and less actual lawmaking

The trends track with academic research showing Republicans and Democrats are more polarized.
By Liz Navratil/Spotlight PA and Jonathan Lai/Philadelphia Inquirer

 Scott Blanchard

What we learned from StateImpact Pennsylvania’s forum in Philadelphia on climate change adaptation, resilience, and social equity

Panelists discussed how climate change is affecting vulnerable communities, and talked about potential solutions.

By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

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