What Are Midterm Elections, And Why Are They Important?

By Mark Trainer U.S. presidential elections are big news worldwide every four years. But what happens in the midterm elections — so called because they come nearly two years into a president’s term — can have just as big an impact
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PennWATCH: PA Spending Becomes More Transparent

No longer will Pennsylvania lag behind other states when it comes to finding information about how tax dollars are spent by government, Speaker-Designate Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said of today’s public unveiling of PennWATCH (Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub). “We are rebuilding the faith and (more...)

Belarus Political Oppression Prompts More U.S. Sanctions

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer In response to continued human rights abuses by the Belarusian government led by Aleksandr Lukashenko, the Obama administration has imposed economic sanctions on four state-owned enterprises in Belarus. According to the State Department, the sanctions target petroleum supplier Naftan OAO, fertilizer and consumer goods (more...)

“The Best 376 Colleges”

The Princeton Review is out with its annual college and university rankings It includes some information about Pennsylvania   region. The results found in a new book, The Best 376 Colleges, were based on voting by students, 122,000 of them. Penn State University remains in the top 10, third for "Students (more...)

Is The Measles Exposure Possible

Is The Measles Exposure Possible?

According to information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health there is possibility of a potential measles exposure of Berks, Bucks, Delaware and Lehigh Counties: " Most people in the United States are immune to measles, either because they received the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine in childhood or because they (more...)

Tuition At Pennsylvania Colleges Rises

Tuition in the 12 state-owned universities, including  West Chester University, Cheyney  and the other, will increase by 7½ %, or $436 per student, for the coming academic year. There will also be a 50% ($116) increase in the technology fee. Each university will have to find their own (more...)

New York Becomes 6th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

On June 16th, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said that he expected same-sex marriage legislation to be approved very soon. And so it was! New York has just become the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. Considering New York holds the second largest gay population of all the states, it (more...)

New Regulations for J-1 Visa — Summer Work Travel

New Regulations for J-1 Visa — Summer Work Travel

New Regulations for J-1 Visa — Summer Work Travel Questions  & Answers Q: Please provide details on the specific aspects of the new regulations for J-1 visas. What is the intention of these new regulations? Are we confident that these new regulations will protect recipients from (more...)

US, EU Consider Code of Conduct for Space

U.S., EU Consider Code of Conduct for Space

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States is reviewing a European Union-proposed code of conduct for space activities as a mechanism to strengthen security, safety and sustainability for that vast area beyond the bounds of Earth. Representatives from the U.S. departments of State and Defense were in Prague June 12–14 discussing the (more...)

Wozniak Applauds Renewal Of Pitt-Penn Football Rivalry

Wozniak Applauds Renewal Of Pitt-Penn Football Rivalry

State Sen. John N. Wozniak praised the resumption of the 96-year-old Pitt-Penn State football rivalry. “While games have been scheduled for 2016 and 2017, I am hopeful the schools will continue to work toward permanently resuming the rivalry,” Wozniak said. The Cambria County lawmaker has continually pressed the presidents and athletic directors (more...)

Hospital Advocates Warn of Budget Plan’s Impact on Health Care

Hospital Advocates Warn of Budget Plan’s Impact on Health Care

State Sen. Mike Stack today warned of the disastrous impact of state budget cuts to health programs and services as the Senate tackles the House Republican version of the 2011-12 state budget. He, along with state Sens. Shirley Kitchen, Andy Dinniman, Larry Farnese and Jim Brewster; Ken Braithwaite, regional (more...)

5.5 Million Contest to Boost Clean Energy in the Americas

$5.5 Million Contest to Boost Clean Energy in the Americas

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer The Obama administration is hoping to enlist nonprofit American companies and universities in its efforts to promote clean and reliable energy and sustainable environmental practices in the Western Hemisphere through the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). According to a June 7 State Department media note, (more...)

Secretary Clinton on the Day of Russia

Secretary Clinton on the Day of Russia

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to congratulate all Russians as you celebrate the Day of Russia this June 12.  This is an occasion to honor your rich history and culture, and an opportunity to mark the progress we have made together toward a (more...)

Low Gas Prices on Philadelphia News

Gas Prices on Philadelphia News

Gas prices in the area have been around $4 for a couple of weeks and, though drivers clearly aren’t happy about it, CBS Philadelphia reported. Some of them already canceled travel plans and rebelled against fuel surcharges on their bills. But AAA is predicting gas prices will soon crest and begin going (more...)

US China Relationship

Biden: U.S., China Relationship Will Shape 21st Century

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As U.S. and Chinese leaders meet in Washington for the third U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Vice President Biden said that given the importance of the world’s two largest economies’ cooperation on trade issues, climate change, security and other challenges, their relationship will help shape the 21st (more...)

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