Government http://wesa.fm en Peace Corps to Revamp Application Process http://wesa.fm/post/peace-corps-revamp-application-process <p>Since its creation over 50 years ago, the <a href="http://www.peacecorps.gov/">Peace Corps</a> has been sending Americans overseas. Volunteers are sent to countries where their work can make a difference in the lives of others. However, applications for the Peace Corps are at an all time low.</p><p>Karen Corey, a recruiter for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, talks about changes the Peace Corps is making to the application process, in order to attract more volunteers.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Corey says there are three main changes to the application process to make it easier to enroll. The first step was making the <a href="http://files.peacecorps.gov/openings/PC_Process_infographic.pdf">initial online application</a> easier. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The actual application used to take about eight hours to fill out. What we’ve done is we’ve looked at the application again, we’ve thought about ‘what do we really know from our applicants right up front?’ We’re only asking for that most essential information, so now the application really only takes about an hour. We’re trying to eliminate the application itself as a barrier to Peace Corps service.” Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32946 at http://wesa.fm Peace Corps to Revamp Application Process Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-looming-government-shutdown <p>In the early hours of Sunday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would continue to fund the federal government.</p><p>Essentially this bill does three things: it temporarily keeps government operations funded through the middle of December, delays the affordable care act for a year and it repeals a tax on medical devices as part of the health care law. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Katie Martin 17382 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown New State Supreme Court Justice to Be Sworn In http://wesa.fm/post/new-state-supreme-court-justice-be-sworn <p>The newest member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to be sworn in July 30th.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee, Correale Stevens, was confirmed by the Senate on a 50-0 vote on June 30, returning the court to a four-to-three Republican majority and filling the vacant seat left by the resignation of Justice Joan Orie Melvin.</p><p>The 66-year-old judge from&nbsp;Luzerne County will serve through 2016 — the end of Melvin’s term.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 12733 at http://wesa.fm