HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The largest Republican majority in the Pennsylvania state Senate in nearly 70 years is wasting no time in flexing its conservative muscle. It is advancing hard-line bills that could test whether a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf can withstand an override vote. So far, Wolf has vetoed 16 bills since he became governor two years ago, and none have been overridden by the Republican-controlled Legislature. There’s only been one veto override since 1994.
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of scaring an elderly woman so much during an eastern Pennsylvania home-invasion robbery that she had a heart attack that night and died two months later has been sentenced to a life in prison without parole. The attorney representing Quadir Taylor in the Northampton County proceedings said his client didn’t deserve the mandatory term.
NEW YORK (AP) — Police departments seeking more diversity in the ranks are relaxing traditional grooming standards. That means more officers with tattoos on forearms and biceps, longer beards and sideburns and religious headgear like hijabs and turbans. There’s a national hiring crisis and departments are seeking a more diverse applicant pool.
PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) — An underground coal mine fire still smolders in northern West Virginia, exuding pale acrid smoke from fissures in a scarred, muddy hillside only a stone’s throw from a few houses. It’s in a mine abandoned since at least 1977, among nearly 3,400 old mining sites still posing health and safety problems with fixes estimated to cost $4.5 billion.
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