The Berks County-rooted effort to bring industrial hemp farming to Pennsylvania is now primmed for consideration by the state Senate. The bill cleared an early hurdle Tuesday, winning unanimous approval from the chamber’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “This is a big first step for us,” said state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat […]

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Gather with friends and family members while getting important information that will help you now and in your future! Join us Thursday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Reading High School’s Main Café. Come and learn about: How to obtain a driver’s license Recreational after school activities College financial assistance Health insurance; healthy behaviors Certificate […]

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Pennsylvania’s top officials will see a bump in their paychecks, but you won’t hear about a vote on it. That’s because annual cost-of-living adjustments for state executives, lawmakers and judges are automatic under a 1995 law. The increases are designed to offset inflation and are tied to the consumer price index. This year, that means […]

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As the nation conforms to new food stamp regulations, retailers and community leaders are looking at what those changes mean for Reading. State Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat, invited local, state and federal officials to speak with residents and business owners about changes in how stores accept food stamps. “I have a great […]

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State lawmakers on Thursday afternoon approved the creation of a vastly expanded database of prescriptions taken by Pennsylvanians in the hopes that it would help curb abuse of prescription drugs and heroin.Gov. Tom Corbett has 10 days to sign the bill into law. A spokeswoman said he was likely to do so. The amended bill […]

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When state Sen. David G. Argall shows up at a public event or town hall meeting, he knows he’d better be prepared to talk about property tax elimination. “It’s almost always the first question that comes up,” said the Schuylkill County Republican, who represents part of Berks County. Berks has long been a hotbed for […]

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It could be the jolt supporters of wine and liquor privatization are looking for to uncork a stalled debate. But some analysts and lawmakers expect the pitch to hike the markup on state stores’ prices to be just one of several factors in play in the privatization debate. “I think it will give the supporters […]

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Why the Y? That was the question addressed at an awareness-raising session for invited politicians Friday at the Reading branch of the YMCA, 631 Washington St. The answer: The branch is deemed an integral part of the city, providing a variety of vital social services that might not be able to continue in a 1912 […]

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Middle income families — not the poor and not the wealthy — are the ones that are spending the most in the battle against heroin addiction. State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Ruscombmanor Township, made that point Tuesday morning at a public hearing in Reading focused on creating new measures to curb the ongoing heroin and opiate […]

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