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Pennsylvania commissioner: If same sex couples get benefits then dogs are next

A county commissioner in Pennsylvania this week said that he opposed providing health care benefits to partners in same sex relationships because the government would also have to give money to people’s pets. Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton on Wednesday explained that he was offering an amendment to strip the…

Fracking wastewater contaminated Pennsylvania streambeds, study finds

A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in Jan., 2012. Bradford County is currently ground zero for fracking the Marcellus shale in the Northeastern United States. (Les Stone/Reuters) Despite being treated, wastewater……

Pennsylvania lawmaker: Gay conversion therapy ‘about punishment,’ not treatment

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) announced on Wednesday that he had joined with state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D) to introduce a bill to ban LGBT “reparative therapy” because the practice was science fiction and was more “about punishment” than treatment. At a press conference at the Attic Youth Center…

Pennsylvania voter ID law blocked again in court

By Dave Warner Philadelphia (Reuters) – An appellate court on Friday ruled that Pennsylvania will once again be prohibited from enforcing its controversial voter identification law at the polls in November. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley issued an injunction that prohibits use of the law at the general election on…

Oil and gas drillers rob elderly of royalties they owe retired landowners

By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for…

Terminally ill 2-year-old dies after serving as ‘best man’ at parents’ wedding

By Francesca Trianni (Reuters) – A terminally ill 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who served as best man at his parents wedding this weekend has died, his mother said. Logan Stevenson, who had leukemia, died in his mother’s arms on Monday night at the family’s home in western Pennsylvania. “He is with…

Heroic teen saves Pennsylvania girl from kidnapper

A heroic 15-year-old boy on a bicycle saved a 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl from a kidnapper over the weekend, becoming a community hero in the process. Missing for nearly two-and-a-half-hours, authorities were only moments away from issuing an Amber Alert for the girl when she was returned, CNN reported Monday. Speaking…

Pennsylvania man arrested for recording his teen son setting a 7-year-old boy on fire

A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly dousing a 7-year-old boy with nail polish remover and then letting his son light the boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg was dating the boy’s mother, according to local media reports. The boy said Myers’ two sons, ages 15…

Pennsylvania girl eligible for adult organ donation after ruling

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 10-year old girl with cystic fibrosis who had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an age-restriction rule will now be eligible for an adult lung transplant, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday. The family of Sarah Murnaghan, a patient…

Pennsylvania parents arrested after driving daughter in dog cage

A Pennsylvania couple was arrested Monday night after motorists spotted them allegedly transporting their 10-year-old daughter inside a dog cage on the back of a pickup. The Pittsburgh Tribune reported on Tuesday that the child’s mother, 29-year-old Abbey Carlson and stepfather, 30-year-old Thomas Fishinger, were charged with endangering the welfare…

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