California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway

It was a scene all-too-familiar: People gathering in a show of solidarity and support outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue.

But this time, the vigil wasn’t for locals, but rather for Congregation Chabad in Poway, Calif., near San Diego, which left one person dead, and three more wounded. The California shooting, on the last day of Passover, came six months to the day of the deadly shooting at Tree of Life, which claimed the lives of 11 people.

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Suburban Philadelphia state senators seek answers from DEP chief over Mariner East pipeline

A bipartisan group of state senators from Chester and Delaware counties wants to put off the reconfirmation of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell until multiple criminal probes of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects are complete.

Led by Chester County Democrat Andy Dinniman, the group asked Sen. Gene Yaw, majority chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Sen. John Yudichak, the minority chair, to delay what is typically a routine hearing on reappointment, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Pa. state senators push for student refinancing plan

Rider Brandau is a low-income, first-generation student at Elizabethtown College.

“When students borrow money for college, they agree to pay back that money,” Brandau said. “I will owe roughly $30,000 upon graduation, which is a fair price for what I have received from Elizabethtown.”

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Berks County social workers urge commissioners to keep negotiating

Caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison have been working since January 2018 without a contract.

More than a dozen social workers who serve the county as caseworkers for Children & Youth Services and in the county prison came to the Berks County commissioners meeting Thursday to encourage them to cooperate as contract negotiations continue.

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Lawmakers talk about $15 minimum wage at town hall meeting in Reading

Reading, PA — When talking about raising the state’s $7.25 minimum wage to $15 an hour, state Sen. Judy Schwank said she sometimes hears from the owners of small businesses who say the increase could put them out of business.

“But when the owner of 13 McDonald’s restaurants tells me to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, that he welcomes it, it makes me feel a little bit better about it,” Schwank said.

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Muth: Various Local Projects Approved for Funding Assistance

Harrisburg – March 26, 2019 – Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that local infrastructure and food processing projects were approved for grant funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority today. “It is great to see local projects receiving...

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Sen. Muth to Introduce Pipeline Safety Legislation

Harrisburg – March 19, 2019 – Sen. Katie Muth (D- Berks/Chester/Montgomery) announced that she will be introducing two pieces of legislation that would mandate specific safety and public awareness standards for pipeline construction and operation. “While pipelines may...

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PA Driving Forward Grants Available to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Senator Muth Announces PA Driving Forward Grants for Emission Reductions (Royersford, PA) - Senator Muth announces that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will accept grant applications to replace, repower, or retrofit fleet diesel-powered trucks,...

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Senator Katie Muth Appointed to Key Legislative Committees

Royersford, PA - Senator Katie Muth announces her Senate committee assignments. The 44th district Senator, representing parts of Chester, Montgomery, and Berks counties, serves as the minority Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing. Senator...

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By the numbers, women are gaining in the General Assembly

A banner year for women in government moved Pennsylvania up five places for female representation in state legislative bodies. The increase was among the biggest in all 50 states. Only four states saw a bigger percent increase in their women’s caucus…

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5 Berks lawmakers take leadership roles

Five Berks County lawmakers will be in leadership positions for the two-year session of the General Assembly just underway in Harrisburg. Judy Schwank, Tomas Caltigirone, David Argall, Katie Muth and Jim Cox assume posts.

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House Democrats clean Valley Forge Park amid shutdown

KING OF PRUSSIA—Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard,...

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