State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees

All state correctional institutions are on indefinite lockdown Wednesday as the administration deals with more reports of unknown substances sickening state corrections officers.

During August, 29 staff members have fallen ill in ten of Pennsylvania's prisons after coming into contact with the substances. State Police testing since has only revealed that one case involved synthetic cannabinoids.

“The safety and security of our employees is my number one concern,” Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a statement. “Our state prisons, especially those in the western part of the state, have experienced recent incidents in which employees have been sickened and we need to get to the bottom of this issue now.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

Lawmakers, security and schooling experts laid the groundwork for the distribution of $70 million in state school safety funding Wednesday at the second meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee.

The General Assembly allocated the funding under this year’s budget with a wide list of uses, from installing metal detectors or security cameras to providing training for teachers or ordering a threat assessment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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DHS discusses new service expansion funding for intellectual disabilities and autism

DHS discusses new service expansion funding for intellectual disabilities and autism

Department of Human Services Deputy Secretary for Developmental Programs Nancy Thaler led a press conference on Wednesday discussing the expansion of services that are now available for Pennsylvanians with autism spectrum disorder. 

At the press conference Thaler discussed how Governor Wolf's 2018-2019 budget included $74 million for support programs and services for these Pennsylvanians and their families. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Wolf visits Puerto Rico

Wolf visits Puerto Rico

Gov. Tom Wolf is visiting Puerto Rico for the next 48 hours.

The trip, meant to build business and cultural ties, started Tuesday night. Wolf, who is paying for the trip out of his own pocket, will return Friday morning.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Tom Wolf
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