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Casey looks to D.C. for aid to complete Delaware River channel project

Joined by stakeholders and regional business leaders recently, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) called for the Obama administration to invest in the Delaware deepening project to meet its 2017 deadline. As the project nears its final phase, a decision on continued funding must be made soon.

AARP Pennsylvania delegation takes members' concerns to D.C.

In the interest of removing conflicts of interest in several key areas and to express gratitude for improving Medicare regulations, Pennsylvania AARP volunteers and staff visited with Pennsylvania congressional lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Representing the concerns of the state's senior citizens, the visitors brought specific requests to the table. AARP remains opposed to any bill that would hinder a ruling requiring all retirement advisers to give advice in their clients' best inte

Republic Bank appoints Eric Tweer as vice president

Building on its assertive growth plan, Republic Bank announced, via its parent company, Republic First Bancorp Inc., that Eric Tweer has been named the vice president commercial lender for Pennsylvania, on April 29 in Philadelphia.

State Senate committee's minimum wage hearing to feature citizens’ testimony

The Pennsylvania Senate Labor and Industry Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday from 9 a.m. till noon on increasing the minimum wage.

Burns White law firm launches cybersecurity-services unit

Taking a business approach to litigation, the Burns White law firm launched a new cybersecurity practice to complement its clients’ needs across a wide range of industries, the company said on Tuesday. Led by the firm's Lyle Washowich in Pittsburgh and Stuart O'Neal III in Philadelphia, and supported by staff, the new specialty unit will address the needs of businesses with preventive strategies, individual and class-action litigation defense, insurance assessments for cybersecurity-related r

State House committees hold hearing on medical marijuana

The Pennsylvania House Health and Judiciary Committees' respective chairmen held a hearing on medical marijuana Wednesday to examine its impact on other states.State Reps. Matt Baker (R-Dist. 68), chairman of the House Health Committee, and Ron Marsico (R-Dist. 105), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee heard from representatives of at least 14 different organizations, along with members of their own respective legislative committees.

Governor appoints railway expert to assess freight safety

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday appointed Allan Zarembski, an authority in track structure, dynamics and operational safety, to evaluate Pennsylvania’s freight system and oversee risk reduction over the next three months.

Penn. firm wins Small Business Investment Company of the Year

NewSpring Capital to be honored during White House ceremony on May 8.

Pennsylvania racing industry received $230 million from slots in 2014

The Pennsylvania horse racing industry received $230 million from slot machine revenues in 2014 to build purses, improve breeding, provide benefits to horsemen and support regulatory oversight, the state’s Gaming Control Board said yesterday.

State retail food industry: Property tax reform possible

The Pennsylvania retail food industry sees a high likelihood of property tax reform this year, but says certain wrinkles must be ironed out. Comparing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to a self-styled House Republican proposal, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) said the governor has shown an interest in increasing state taxes to shift the burden from homeowners to the public in general and to provide greater funding for education.

House Manufacturing Caucus tours Franklin County facilities

Led by state Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny), members of the Pennsylvania House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus visited two plants in Franklin County Friday where they were welcomed by state Reps. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and Paul Schemel (R-Franklin).

State board to hold June hearings on two casino-license renewals

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold public hearings on June 2 and 3 to gather evidence, including public comment, concerning the renewals of two Commonwealth casino licenses. The licenses will be up for renewal through their operating companies: Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P., operator of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, and Washington Trotting Association, Inc., operator of the Meadows Casino in Washington County.

SCILEX Pharmaceuticals welcomes two new execs

SCILEX Pharmaceuticals welcomed William Stewart and Jessica Wolfe to its executive team on Monday in Malvern, Pennsylvania, marking a milestone in the company's proprietary drug development as it prepares for potential commercialization of its products.

Harrisburg experiencing workforce shortage

Chamber president said region has 4.3 percent unemployment rate and is beginning to have problems finding workers.

OneJet to add nonstop Indianapolis, Milwaukee routes out of Pittsburgh

New York-based OneJet said on Friday that it plans to expand nonstop air service between two Midwest hubs and Pittsburgh in May. Nonstop service from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh will begin on May 4, with Indianapolis-Pittsburgh service launching on May 11.

Fiscal Office: Wolf budget would boost taxes at all income levels

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015-16 would result in a net tax increase for every income group, including a small net increase for the lowest income group, a recent analysis by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office said. The report analyzed the economic impact of the tax and revenue proposals submitted by the governor in March.

Dauphin County reaps over $60,000 in dumping fines

Over $60,000 has been accumulated by Dauphin County over the past two years as a result of successful anti-dumping efforts, county commissioners said on Wednesday. Stricter enforcement of fines levied against illegal dumpers and haulers have yielded the extra revenue, supported by county-wide investigation and cleanup efforts, the county said.

Auditor general reports lack of compliance on L&I’s overtime ban

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has released a performance audit of the Department of Labor and Industry’s (L&I) implementation and enforcement of a piece of 2008 legislation prohibiting excessive overtime.

Workforce, CareerLink to co-sponsor free job fair

The Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and the Pennsylvanis CareerLink Montgomery County will host their eighth annual job fair on May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel, 480 North Gulph Road in King of Prussia.

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