Kathleen Kane http://wesa.fm en UPMC, Highmark Reach Transition Deal http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-highmark-reach-transition-deal <p>A blueprint for what Pennsylvania officials hope will be a smooth transition for Highmark Insurance customers currently using UPMC doctors has been agreed to by both non profit organizations but the details have yet to be reached.&nbsp;</p><p>“This as really been a bipartisan approach,” said Highmark CEO David Holmberg who just two weeks ago did not think such a deal was possible.&nbsp; “This has been about everybody putting their swords down and doing the right things.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:25:04 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 31686 at http://wesa.fm Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation http://wesa.fm/post/attorney-general-kane-corbett-did-not-drag-feet-over-sandusky-investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report Monday regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation when he was Attorney General. Patriot News opinions editor John Micek talked about how the findings of Kane's office<a href="http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2014/06/sandusky_report_tom_corbett_ka.html"> could impact Governor Corbett's chances of re-election</a>.</span></p><p>The Attorney General’s report found no evidence of Corbett mishandling the investigation due to political influence. Micek said even though the report was issued well before voting begins, for Corbett's re-election campaign, the report may hurt his chances in the polls. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:33:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31480 at http://wesa.fm Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation In Review of Sandusky Case, Kane Sees Flaws in Prosecution, But No Politics http://wesa.fm/post/review-sandusky-case-kane-sees-flaws-prosecution-no-politics <p>A long-awaited review of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case has exonerated Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of suggestions the investigation was slowed by political calculations. But state Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she still sees flaws in the prosecution and is openly inviting speculation on how it was handled.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:08:42 +0000 Mary Wilson 31466 at http://wesa.fm Kane Report: Politics Had No Role in Sandusky Probe http://wesa.fm/post/kane-report-politics-had-no-role-sandusky-probe <p>A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.</p><p>The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, by a former federal prosecutor blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:45:12 +0000 The Associated Press 31398 at http://wesa.fm In Harrisburg, Impeachment Hearing Begins With A Walk-Out http://wesa.fm/post/harrisburg-impeachment-hearing-begins-walk-out <p>A state House committee hearing to consider the impeachment of Attorney General Kathleen Kane was punctuated with a rare walkout by Democratic lawmakers.<br /><br />Democrats made two attempts to put the kibosh on the meeting held by the House State Government Committee. The second adjournment effort came from Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien of Philadelphia. A terse exchange with Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) followed. Metcalfe asked security to show O’Brien the door.<br /><br />“Please remove Rep. O’Brien from this hearing,” said Metcalfe.<br /> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:16:58 +0000 Mary Wilson 28785 at http://wesa.fm Calls Mount For Further Investigation Of Sting Dropped By AG's Office http://wesa.fm/post/calls-mount-further-investigation-sting-dropped-ags-office <p>A non-partisan government reform group says investigations into a sting operation dropped by the attorney general’s office shouldn’t stop with the state House Ethics Committee.<br /><br />Leaders from both parties in the House have assured the chamber’s Ethics panel it would be given the budget to do an investigation of members implicated in a sting that gave $20,000 to eight people. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she dropped the case because it couldn’t be successfully prosecuted, despite recordings of public officials accepting money or gifts.<br /> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:09 +0000 Mary Wilson 26361 at http://wesa.fm Kane Says Despite Crimes Committed on Tape, Case Couldn’t Be Salvaged http://wesa.fm/post/kane-says-despite-crimes-committed-tape-case-couldn-t-be-salvaged <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says despite the fact that her office has audio tapes documenting four state lawmakers and one judge committing crimes, she is defending her decision to drop a case investigating them.<br /><br /><a href="http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-16/news/48269239_1_investigation-kane-ali#dj5PIHjE7P2gzpzm.99">The Philadelphia Inquirer</a> first reported the abandonment of the case, which allegedly relied on one confidential informant to catch public officials in the act of accepting cash or gifts.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:00:15 +0000 Mary Wilson 26045 at http://wesa.fm State Sen. LeAnna Washington Charged With Felony Theft of Services http://wesa.fm/post/state-sen-leanna-washington-charged-felony-theft-services <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Wednesday announced criminal charges against state Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Philadelphia).</p><p>Washington is charged with one count of theft of services and one count of violation of the conflict of interest statute. The two felonies together carry a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $25,000.</p><p>“The evidence will show that Senator Washington pressured her staff into performing political activities using taxpayer dollars for her own personal benefit,” Kane said in a press release.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:37:07 +0000 Liz Reid 25735 at http://wesa.fm Kane Pressed on Timeline of Sandusky Case Review http://wesa.fm/post/kane-pressed-timeline-sandusky-case-review <p>State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being pressed for answers on when she’ll wrap up an investigation of the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester.<br /><br />The internal review began a year ago when Kane hired an outside deputy attorney general, Geoff Moulton, to helm the investigation. Kane told the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday that releasing findings will take more time, since document recovery and scheduling interviews have slowed down the review.<br /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Mary Wilson 24297 at http://wesa.fm Same-Sex Married Couples Can Reap More Benefits This Tax Season http://wesa.fm/post/same-sex-married-couples-can-reap-more-benefits-tax-season-0 <p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) might have same-sex married couples worried about what changes are in store for them this tax season. But Joseph Nicola of Sisterson &amp; Co., a Pittsburgh accounting firm, says filing shouldn’t be any more difficult than last year.</p><p>Nicola said the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor means that married same-sex couples can take advantage of more benefits.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 21128 at http://wesa.fm Facing a Crowded Field in Governor's Race, Dems Shore Up Support at PA Society http://wesa.fm/post/facing-crowded-field-governors-race-dems-shore-support-pa-society <p>Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls took to New York over the weekend for the 115th Pennsylvania Society, a series of parties and networking with other big names in politics and industry.<br /><br />Among the expected frontrunners is Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who was one of the candidates to speak at an event before a largely Republican audience.<br /> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:32:12 +0000 Mary Wilson 21450 at http://wesa.fm Effort to Curb Cell Phone Theft Comes to Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/effort-curb-cell-phone-theft-comes-pennsylvania <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has joined top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York in a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone&nbsp;thefts by rendering the devices useless after a robbery.</p><p>The “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative was introduced in Pennsylvania by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week. It’s a collaboration among attorneys general and municipal leaders asking cell phone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” for stolen phones.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:05:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18916 at http://wesa.fm Drug Bust in Wilkinsburg Nets 18 Arrests and 13,500 Bags of Heroin http://wesa.fm/post/drug-bust-wilkinsburg-nets-18-arrests-and-13500-bags-heroin <p>Eighteen people alleged to have ties to a violent drug gang based in Wilkinsburg have been arrested in what is being called a major bust. The suspected drug dealers were taken into custody as part of a joint effort involving the PA Attorney General's Organized Crime Section and the Allegheny County Police.</p><p>The "Operation Wilkinsburg Crew" was launched, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in reaction to a series of homicides and shootings in Wilkinsburg believed to be related to heroin trafficking.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:56:21 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15678 at http://wesa.fm PA Joins Fight to Block US Airways/American Airlines Merger http://wesa.fm/post/pa-joins-fight-block-us-airwaysamerican-airlines-merger <p>Pennsylvania has joined five other states and the U.S. Justice Department in filing suit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The civil lawsuit claims the consolidation would hurt competition and lead to higher prices for flyers.</p><p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her counterparts in Arizona — the home of American West which merged with US Airways in 2005 — Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are challenging the $11 billion consolidation that was announced in February.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:39:33 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14844 at http://wesa.fm AG Kane Will Not Defend Against Suit Challenging PA's Marriage Law http://wesa.fm/post/ag-kane-will-not-defend-against-suit-challenging-pas-marriage-law <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Thursday that she will not defend the state law effectively banning same-sex marriage from a legal challenge in federal court, meaning the task will be left up to Gov. Tom Corbett.</p><p>"I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's (law), where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional," Kathleen Kane announced Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:30:03 +0000 Kevin Gavin & The Associated Press 12944 at http://wesa.fm A Conversation with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane http://wesa.fm/post/conversation-pennsylvania-attorney-general-kathleen-kane <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>Kathleen Kane</strong> is the first woman and Democrat elected to the position of <a href="http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/theoffice.aspx?id=6794">Pennsylvania Attorney General</a>. When she was sworn in earlier this year, she faced a host of challenges from the Corbett Administration and scandals within the PA Turnpike Commission.</p><blockquote><p><em>"We're watching.&nbsp; And if anybody decides that it is in their best interest to get involved in public corruption, we will teach them otherwise. "</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:15:07 +0000 Heather McClain 8465 at http://wesa.fm A Conversation with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane PA Attorney General and Facebook Join Forces for Online Safety http://wesa.fm/post/pa-attorney-general-and-facebook-join-forces-online-safety <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General <a href="http://vimeo.com/user14100391/review/64205091/03aa64cf6a">Kathleen Kane</a> has joined 18 other states and the social media site Facebook in an online safety campaign. &nbsp;</p><p>The initiative is geared toward teenagers and their parents, but Assistant Press Secretary Lauren Bozart said Facebook users of any age should take care about what they post online. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:35:50 +0000 Charlee Song 8404 at http://wesa.fm State AG: Culture of Corruption 'Won’t Ever Be Eliminated' http://wesa.fm/post/state-ag-culture-corruption-won-t-ever-be-eliminated <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane doesn’t believe it’s possible to rid the state of corruption, but her office is working to set an example to public officials through prosecution. &nbsp;</p><p>In an interview today with 90.5 WESA's&nbsp;<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-attorney-general-kathleen-kane">&nbsp;Essential Pittsburgh</a> program, Kane discussed the scandal in the Turnpike Commission.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:38:29 +0000 Tim Camerato & Essential Pittsburgh 8100 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-attorney-general-kathleen-kane <p></p><p><strong>Kathleen Kane</strong> is the first woman and Democrat elected to the position of <a href="http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/theoffice.aspx?id=6794">Pennsylvania Attorney General</a>. When she was sworn in earlier this year, she faced a host of challenges from the Corbett Administration and scandals. Join us for a discussion with Attorney General Kane about some of the most important legal issues facing the Commonwealth. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8050 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Eight Charged in T-Pike "Pay to Play" Scandal http://wesa.fm/post/eight-charged-t-pike-pay-play-scandal <footer class="byline"><div class="field-item even">Eight people are being charged for their alleged involvement in what the state attorney general is calling a “pay to play” scheme at the Pennsylvania Turnpike&nbsp;Commission.</div></footer><p>Attorney General Kathleen Kane said a grand jury investigation, which began in 2009 after public complaints, found that the Turnpike Commission has been awash with improper&nbsp;influence.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:06:34 +0000 Mary Wilson & 90.5 WESA Staff 2945 at http://wesa.fm Contracts Show State Could Pay $1.2 Million for Lottery Consultants http://wesa.fm/post/contracts-show-state-could-pay-12-million-lottery-consultants <div class="field-item even"><p>A deal to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery has hit a snag, but contracts with the two private firms advising the commonwealth on the plan means the state has some bills to&nbsp;pay.</p><p>The state could be on the hook for something on the order of $1.2 million dollars for work by its consultants on a deal to turn over the operations of the lottery to British firm Camelot Global&nbsp;Services.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 1946 at http://wesa.fm Where Is All The PA Lottery Money Going? http://wesa.fm/post/where-all-pa-lottery-money-going <div class="field-item even"><p>When Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane ruled that&nbsp;Gov. Tom Corbett’s contract for private management of the state lottery was illegal, proponents of privatization shot back that Kane’s decision meant a loss of an additional $50 million for senior&nbsp;services.</p><p>Advocates said that having a private company running the lottery would increase receipts and eliminate growing waiting lists for senior services, which, by law, are supported by a percentage of lottery&nbsp;funds.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:22:41 +0000 Public Source 1530 at http://wesa.fm Where Is All The PA Lottery Money Going?