Today in PA | A PennLive daily news briefing with Claudia Dimuro



It's what you need to know about what's happening in Pennsylvania, delivered to you in around 5 minutes every weekday morning by reporter Claudia Dimuro. "Today in Pa." brings you the biggest stories in the state, whether they're hard news, entertainment, sports or business.

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Mar 27, 2023

English is grand, isn’t it, and not a little in part due to the slang which evolves from it. In the spirit of that, here are the top five most popular slang words in Pennsylvania.

Mar 27
John L. Interview

Tune in for a special “Today in Pa.” episode featuring John Luciew as he discusses the subject of his new series: Musa Harris, a.k.a, the Luzerne County Predator Catcher.

Mar 24
Mar 24, 2023

It’s National Cocktail Day, and in honor of this glorious occasion, a new study has found the favorite cocktail of each state.

Mar 24
Mar 23, 2023

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro believes tax credits are the answer to alleviating the state’s current teacher shortage. Farmers are worried about the effects this warmer winter will have on their fruit crops. Kennywood plans on celebrating its 125th birthday with a new ride. Also did you know the supposed best steakhouse in the whole state is in Dauphin County?

Mar 23
Mar 22, 2023

The CEO of Norfolk Southern was questioned by state lawmakers on what led to the burning of toxic chemicals after the East Palestine train derailment. A recent Commonwealth Court ruling has stated that medical marijuana should be covered by workers’ compensation. Pennsylvania is among the states that are the least prepared for power outages. Plus, this “museum” actually used to be a train.

Mar 22
Mar 21, 2023

Williamsport plans to either fix or replace a bunch of wells on the city’s floodwall. If you spot some low-flying planes, don’t worry — they’re just helping with a little growing season preparation. A very lucky someone bought a $3 million scratch-off at a Sheetz. Lastly, this spot is one of the “Best Northeastern Small Towns,” according to USA Today.

Mar 21
Mar 20, 2023

Stop-and-frisk is back on the table ahead of Philadelphia’s mayoral election. A new proposal would give Pennsylvania drivers a 50 percent refund of Turnpike tolls. Speaking of getting your money back, the state Treasury could soon give you your unclaimed cash and property back in a speedier fashion. Also, Sheetz cut prices on some of its gas.

Mar 20
Mar 17, 2023

A township doesn’t want — or need — yet another Wawa. In Lebanon County, locals in one area have had their mail suspended. Parx Casino has some big plans in Bensalem. And the luck of the Irish persists, as there are two spots in Pennsylvania that are among the best for St. Patrick’s Day.

Mar 17
Mar 16, 2023

A mayor put up a sign — then took it down — which called a homeless man a “bum.” Bucks County has filed a lawsuit against the developers of popular apps such as TikTok. Allegheny County residents now have the ability to track that “rotten egg” smell. Plus, Pennsylvania is home to some of the U.S.’s “most Irish” cities.

Mar 16
Mar 15, 2023

According to a recent survey, the majority of Philadelphia residents don’t really think the city is going in the right direction. The University of Pittsburgh is receiving a bit of criticism for hosting events featuring “provocative” speakers. A bridge’s proposed reopening has been rejected. Also, Pennsylvania’s top phobia, found.

Mar 15
Mar 14, 2023

Residents of a York County township remain concerned over a landfill’s effect on the quality of their water. A soon-to-be-proposed bill wants to clearly define what “milk” is. Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation industry is still booming. And Tröegs has made a once-a-year beer a year-round option.

Mar 14
Mar 13, 2023

More photos and information of cancer patients have been published to the dark web in the wake of a cyberattack. The state Senate has passed a first-of-its-kind breast cancer screening bill. A 300-pound statue was stolen from a local business. Lastly, Philadelphia spent more on beer during the Super Bowl than it has any other time over the past two years.

Mar 13
Mar 10, 2023

The father of a woman who was brutally beaten by teens in Philadelphia has called their actions “subhuman.” Over 300 state employees made $200,000 or more in 2022. A 911 center’s staffing shortage has gotten so bad, managers and supervisors are now taking calls. Plus, Pennsylvania turns the big 3-4-2 on Sunday.

Mar 10
Mar 09, 2023

York City still intends to consider lifting its decades-old police cap in the wake of the city’s rising violence. Arnold Palmer airport is “going about [their] business” as the government tries to block a merger between Spirit and JetBlue. One city was among the top in the U.S. who reported on “bad water” last year. Lastly, this dinger of a theft has been resolved.

Mar 09
Mar 08, 2023

The photos of cancer patients have been leaked on the dark web after the Lehigh Valley Health Network fell victim to a cyberattack. One school’s empathy-focused curriculum is going to federal court. The name of a drink caused a stir. Also, this good boy has bounced his way to becoming a Cadbury finalist.

Mar 08
Mar 07, 2023

A hospital in Allentown is being criticized for its potential plans to relocate an undocumented patient. The FTC is considering banning noncompete agreements, something which could affect those in certain professions both within the state and outside of it. The PA Ice Cream Trail is looking for creameries who want to participate. Lastly, a three-foot caiman — not to be confused with an alligator or crocodile — was discovered in a city park over the weekend.

Mar 07
Mar 06, 2023

The wait list for nursing homes in Pennsylvania has reached 2,000 individuals. Another school — this time in Delaware County — finds itself “worn out” by student behavior. Eastern State Penitentiary employees have voted to unionize. Also, a man went to a Walmart to get milk and got something a little extra.

Mar 06
Mar 03, 2023

“Ghost cars” are the newest problem to haunt Philadelphia’s streets. A fortune-teller failed to inform a man of a future where she scammed him out of $10,000. Pennsylvania’s noxious weed list has grown. Plus, a man finds a message from the past.

Mar 03
Mar 02, 2023

More counties have been added to Pennsylvania’s spotted lanternfly quarantine zone. The state Fish and Boat Commission has given preliminary approval to hike license and permit fees in 2024. Heinz has successfully reached “the ketchup guy.” Lastly, this surgeon certainly went the extra half-mile for one of his patients.

Mar 02
Mar 01, 2023

A man robbed another than forced him to drive him to Philadelphia. Allegheny County officials confirmed that the area intends to move forward with its plans for a juvenile detention center. The “Philly Phreeze” raised money as it lowered people’s temperatures. Oh, and that missing cannonball was found, by the way.

Mar 01
Feb 28, 2023

UPMC, one of its renowned surgeons, and a physicians group will pay the feds $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of knowingly putting patients at risk, among other things. Unsupervised teenagers under the age of 16 are no longer welcome to eat at this one Chick-fil-A. State lawmakers are currently about making burial and cremation methods greener. Lastly, divers make a howling good discovery.

Feb 28
Feb 27, 2023

Traces of fentanyl and heroin were found in CBD gummy products sold at several Montgomery County stores. An After School Satan Club that will operate at a middle school next month is the very lively talk of Hellertown. A new report found how Pennsylvanians have a higher tax burden than most other state residents. Also, where’d The Tinker go?

Feb 27
Feb 24, 2023

A man stole $1,850 worth of Yeti coolers from a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Berks County. A school district’s board president expressed how he was “ashamed” after hearing about the vandalism and disciplinary concerns going on at a middle school. Heinz is looking for the “ketchup boat guy.” Finally, these, according to one list, are the best movies shot in Pennsylvania.

Feb 24
Feb 23, 2023

NBC10 Investigators have found that shootings around Temple University’s campus in Philadelphia have almost tripled over the past four years. Volunteers in Columbia are pouncing on the area’s feral cat problem. After four years, York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will at last return. And a historic cannonball is “either missing or stolen.”

Feb 23
Feb 22, 2023

Butler County has dropped its status as a “sanctuary county.” There were dozens of SEPTA delays yesterday morning thanks to operator unavailability. Multiple places around the state have been deemed as “food deserts.” Also, is Pennsylvania prepared, at all, for a zombie apocalypse?

Feb 22
Feb 21, 2023

Lehigh Valley Health Network revealed it has been the target of a ransomware attack. There’s a reward being offered to anyone who has information about who shot two dogs in Lancaster County. It’s egg-laying season for Pittsburgh-area bald eagles. Plus, a pizza joint in Pennsylvania was recently named one of America’s best.

Feb 21
Feb 20, 2023

A man got so bent out of shape over the cost of fuel he tried running over the manager of a gas station in Allegheny County. After that disastrous train derailment in Ohio, the state DEP will independently test water. The Great Backyard Bird Count has begun. Also, sorry, ladies, but nowhere in Pennsylvania was ranked among the best spots for a bachelorette party.

Feb 20
Feb 17, 2023

There’s a proposal out there that wants to lower the legal driving age from 16 to 15. The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board wants to explore the possibility of getting rid of the state’s minimum milk pricing system. The state Game Commission revealed how hunters bagged some seriously “tremendous” bears during last year’s harvest. And a gas station gets operatic.

Feb 17
Feb 16, 2023

A number of politicians are embroiled in a battle over a conference room in the state Capitol building. A pilot program is offering Allegheny County landlords an incentive to provide homes for individuals and families leaving homeless shelters. Dorney Park is making plans for a new, 160-plus-foot attraction that’ll replace the Stinger roller coaster. Finally, this is the question on everyone’s mind about Pennsylvania.

Feb 16
Feb 15, 2023

OSHA has cited a Lehigh Valley company over a wood-chipper accident that killed a teenager. A Harrisburg charter school was evacuated yesterday due to a bomb threat. A rebuilding project at a popular lake is halfway done (and on schedule for completion). And a new bibliography has documented over 1,500 works of fiction that mention Pennsylvania locations in them.

Feb 15