Pennsylvania Turnpike http://wesa.fm en Judge Sends 6 PA Turnpike Defendants to Trial http://wesa.fm/post/judge-sends-6-pa-turnpike-defendants-trial <p>A judge says he is sending a case alleging corruption in Pennsylvania Turnpike business to county court for trial.<br><br>District Judge William Wenner ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to warrant a jury trial. He ruled following four hours of closing arguments in the preliminary hearing against former Sen. Bob Mellow and five other defendants.<br> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:09:20 +0000 The Associated Press 13227 at http://wesa.fm PennDOT and PA Turnpike Commission Release Survey http://wesa.fm/post/penndot-and-pa-turnpike-commission-release-survey <p>More than 190 million vehicles travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike each year — about 520,000 a day.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have worked to make that drive as easy as possible, and now they are asking for your help.</p><p>PennDOT and the commission have released a survey looking for travelers’ opinions on the services the agencies provide.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:12:25 +0000 Jessica Nath 13143 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 New House Bill Proposes Reassignment Of Turnpike Operation http://wesa.fm/post/new-house-bill-proposes-reassignment-turnpike-operation-0 <p>While it wouldn’t happen in the near future, a new bill could put the Pennsylvania Turnpike into new hands.</p><p>State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) has introduced legislation to abolish the Turnpike Commission and turn over operation of the toll road to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2013&amp;sind=0&amp;body=H&amp;type=B&amp;bn=1197"><u>bill</u></a> comes in response to the 44-month grand jury investigation that culminated in charges in March against eight individuals.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:11:21 +0000 Jared Adkins 8039 at http://wesa.fm 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