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Food allergies can be life-threatening
October 21, 2019

Halloween is fast approaching and trick-or-treaters will be ringing doorbells for candy. However, due to a rise in food allergies in young children, not all candy is suitable. A food allergy a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a ha...

Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania – what happens next?
October 18, 2019

Recreational marijuana is a hot-button issue in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf recently came out in favor of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Wolf arrived at this position following Lt. Governor John Fetterman’s 67-county listening tour.

Domestic violence — ending the abuse
October 17, 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of abuse and how to prevent it from happening. More than 1,600 Pennsylvanians have died from domestic violence in the last decade,

Syria, what is happening now?
October 16, 2019

In a matter of weeks, events in Syria have taken a global spotlight. President Trump announced U.S. troop withdrawals from Syria in early October. As U.S. forces began pulling back from positions along the border,

Myths and misconceptions about black bears
October 15, 2019

This past summer saw an unexpected visitor to the city of Harrisburg. In June, residents were shocked to see a small black bear roaming the city streets. Although, the black bear weighed a mere 100 pounds, small compared to the largest recorded in Penn...

Pennsylvania ACLU files lawsuit to remove victims rights measure from November ballot
October 14, 2019

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is challenging a victim’s rights measure that is set to appear on the November ballot. The ACLU argues the amendment, which is known as Marsy’s Law,

Should college athletes be paid?
October 11, 2019

Today’s college athletes are considered amateurs. They are not paid for their performances on the field or court. At the same time, many of the universities and colleges they represent rake in millions of dollars through TV contracts and ticket sales.

Less Oil or More Caskets?
October 10, 2019

America’s dependency on foreign oil is a long-running subject of national security debate. Today, the U.S. is much less dependent on foreign oil than it was a decade ago. As shale oil production increased in the U.S., foreign oil imports declined.

Pa. National Guard suicides occurring at an alarming rate
October 09, 2019

In the United States military, suicide is now an epidemic. In the past four years, 34 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have died by suicide. The problem is so significant that Governor Tom Wolf instituted a Task Force to help mitigate the inf...

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare
October 08, 2019

Healthcare in the U.S. is expensive — especially if it involves tests or being treated in a hospital and those are routine care. An extraordinary medical episode like a heart attack or cancer can result in bills that reach into the hundreds of thousand...