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  • Auditor General says audit stopped abuse of state funds by abortion alternative provider

    HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his latest performance audit helped stop a decades-old practice where abortion alternative provider Real Alternatives used state funds to support activities outside of Pennsylvania. “It is outrageous that, by its own admission in court, Real Alternatives used hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars to fund its activities in other states,” DePasquale said. “It is just as outrageous that the state grant agreement was so weak that it allowed this practice to […]

  • Walgreens to acquire Rite Aid stores

    CAMP HILL, Pa. – Sept. 19, 2017 – Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced that it has secured regulatory clearance for an amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) whereby WBA will purchase 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Rite Aid also has the option to purchase generic drugs that are sourced through an affiliate […]

  • PA part of national investigation into opioid manufacturers and distributors

    UPPER DUBLIN, PA – Surrounded by parents who have lost children to overdoses and local law enforcement, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a major expansion of investigations of manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids that now involve 41 Attorneys General. “To any parent, family or friend of someone lost to addiction, we hear you,” Attorney General Shapiro said at a news conference at an Upper Dublin High School athletic field in Montgomery County. “I’m announcing today a major step […]

  • Study: Fiscal Decay Accelerates in PA Municipalities

    Findings in New Study have Dire Implications for the Commonwealth Fiscal decay has accelerated in all types and sizes of Commonwealth municipalities over the last 24 years, jeopardizing Pennsylvania’s health and economic competitiveness, according to a compelling new Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL) report, “Communities in Crisis: The Truth and Consequences of Municipal Fiscal Distress in Pennsylvania, 1970 – 2014.” The disturbing drift threatens the ability of many urban, suburban and rural municipalities to provide even basic services that keep the […]

  • Engineer on Amtrak Train 188 surrenders to Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General and Philadelphia Police

    PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Bostian, the engineer of the Amtrak 188 train involved in the deadly crash in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, surrendered to the Office of the Attorney General and the Philadelphia police department at 10:30 am today. A preliminary arraignment will take place at the 9th Police District in Center City, where Bostian was charged with 8 counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe and numerous counts of reckless endangerment. The charges against […]

  • PUC encourages consumers to stay connected during Lifeline Awareness Week

    HARRISBURG – In coordination with a national effort to reach those in need of telecommunications assistance, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recognizes Sept. 11-17 as Lifeline Awareness Week, to help low-income Pennsylvanians stay connected. “Lifeline helps low-income consumers connect to the nation’s communications networks, and has been updated to include both voice and broadband options,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown in a video news release. “Participating carriers are required to promote the Lifeline program, and recent changes to the […]

  • Walmart Announces a New Customer Campaign to Assist with 2017 U.S. Hurricane Relief

    Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one with additional cash and product donations of up to $10 million BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 10, 2017 – In response to the severe weather impacting the country, Walmart is committing up to $10 million in additional support for 2017 U.S. hurricane relief efforts. This will bring the total committed by Walmart to hurricane relief efforts this year to $30 million, building on the support provided in response to Hurricane Harvey that hit the Gulf region […]

  • Buddy bench at Smoketown Elementary School

    On Sept. 7, the East Towne Mall McDonald’s restaurant in Lancaster donated a Buddy Bench to Smoketown Elementary School. The Buddy Bench is a simple solution to increasing friendships and inclusion on the school playground. Children who are looking for a friend to play with or who want to make some new friends, sit on the bench. Other students are encouraged to invite any children on the bench to join-in on their games. (From left to right: Glen Mattox, local […]

  • PA Incident Management Team receives orders; 23 members depart for Florida

    Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that 23 members of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team left for Florida today after the U.S. Forest Service requested aid to help with storm cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Irma. “The men and women who left Harrisburg today represent the spirit that unites all Americans, one that motivates us to help one another,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania stands ready to provide whatever aid we can to people impacted by this storm.” The […]