AP PA Headlines: Penna. in the hole $700 million

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Treasury is extending a five-day, $700 million credit line to tide over the state government’s deficit-ridden finances.  Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella said in a statement Thursday that the credit line is to be paid back no later than Oct. 20. He says the cash is necessary for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to make payments on time to Medicaid providers.

It is the second such short-term loan Torsella, also a Democrat, has extended to the state this year. Torsella had refused to extend a loan last month, noting the Legislature hadn’t approved a revenue package to fully fund a $32 billion budget bill lawmakers approved June 30.  However, Torsella notes that Wolf is taking unilateral action to balance the budget. That includes looking to borrow nearly $1.5 billion.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s auditor general says a survey of nearly 1,000 school districts and municipalities finds that most do not employ a cyber security professional or consult with one.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that the state must do a better job helping its school districts and municipalities protect their data.  He says sensitive data includes Social Security numbers, health records, student records and more and that the threaty of cyber theft isn’t going away.  He says more than two-thirds of the school districts and municipalities that responded don’t employ or consult a cyber security professional. The survey says most also feel they need more resources to boost cybersecurity, including additional funding, a resources center to answer questions and a statewide agency to turn to in emergencies.

 

STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is expressing thanks for the public’s response to the news their daughter and her family have been released from captivity after being held for five years by a Taliban-linked group.  U.S. officials announced Thursday that Pakistan had secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, York County; her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle; and their three children, who they had in captivity.   A sign posted on the front door of the Stewartstown home of Jim and Lyn Coleman says the family appreciates the “concern being expressed at the joyful news that Caity, Josh and our grandchildren have been released after five long years of captivity.”  At the same time the sign asks that their privacy be respected while they “make plans for the future.”  Caitlan Coleman and her husband were abducted while traveling in Afghanistan.

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