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Pa. working to pass a $34B budget this month. These are the issues dominating talks.

Few in the Capitol appear stressed over the annual horse-trading ritual. This year, there is more money — revenues are running more than $800 million higher than projected — and more realism. But there are still key policy disagreements.

Calls in Pa. Capitol keep coming for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign

Leach continues to defend himself from what he has called fictional or exaggerated accounts of his behavior involving women. He said he plans to remain in office.

Panel: Ex-Pa. prosecutor who investigated Penn State scandal should be disciplined

Frank Fina violated professional conduct rules during his investigation of child sexual-abuse cover-up allegations against top Penn State officials, a disciplinary board said.

Grand jury now investigating ex-Pa. lawmaker accused of sexual assault

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo has been investigating the allegations against ex-state Rep. Brian Ellis since the start of the year. This month, his office placed the case before a grand jury.

Pa. Catholic Conference to clergy sex abuse survivor: ‘Why do you have to troll here?’

The exchange marked an unusual departure for the conference, which has largely tried to focus its comments on legislation, rather than individual victims.

What’s on your mind? Pa. legislators learning it’s best to think twice before sharing

Though the Pennsylvania legislature has policies on social media use, lawmakers from both parties have provided a string of embarrassing online posts, including several that have gone viral.

Pa. lawmaker taking heat for selfie with man wearing T-shirt tied to white supremacists

Republican state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz of Clinton County has already fielded criticism for delivering a controversial prayer on the floor of the House of Representatives.

From champion to ... pariah? Pa. lawmaker behind clergy abuse reform on the outs with some victims

There is open talk in the Capitol’s hallways and on social media about the growing divide between Rep. Mark Rozzi and some in the victim community that once considered him their champion. Those victims, advocates, say, feel betrayed and abandoned.

Sharing the wealth: Phila. Museum of Art lends artwork to smaller Pa. museums

Starting next month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will launch an ambitious initiative to loan out artwork to eight museums in smaller Pennsylvania markets.

Pa. inspector general to review state’s handling of Grace Packer case

The Pennsylvania Inspector General’s office is investigating the state Department of Human Services' role in ensuring the safety of children who are suspected of being abused — and whether employees at the department failed to detect problems in the handling of Grace’s case.