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11/2/2016

Departments of Corrections and Human Services Advocate for Quality Early Education as a Key to Future Success
 
Scranton, PA - Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel and Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas today made the case for continued investment in early care and education as the route to future success. Governor Wolf's 2016-17 budget provided an additional $200 million in basic education funding, as well as a $30 million increase for early childhood education, that preserves the number of admissions slots for proven early childhood education programs like Pre-K Counts and state-funded Head Start. It also includes a $20 million increase for special education, a more than $10 million increase for Early Intervention.
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11/2/2016

Departments of Corrections and Human Services Advocate for Quality Early Education as a Key to Future Success
 
Scranton, PA - Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel and Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas today made the case for continued investment in early care and education as the route to future success.
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11/2/2016

Governor Wolf Signs Bills to Battle Heroin and Opioid Crisis
 
Today, Governor Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania's heroin and opioid epidemic. This legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.
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11/2/2016

Governor Wolf Signs Bills to Battle Heroin and Opioid Crisis
 
Governor Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania's heroin and opioid epidemic. This legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.
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11/1/2016

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10/27/2016

Author Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf's 'It's On Us PA' Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assault
 
Bestselling author Jon Krakauer today traveled to Harrisburg to discuss his recent book 'Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town' and Wolf administration efforts to combat campus sexual assault in Pennsylvania through the 'It's On Us PA' campaign. At public event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Krakauer participated in an in-depth discussion focused on the epidemic of campus rape across the country moderated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser.
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10/26/2016

Author Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf's 'It's On Us PA' Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual Assault
 
Harrisburg , PA - Bestselling author Jon Krakauer today traveled to Harrisburg to discuss his recent book 'Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a C ollege Town ' and Wolf administration efforts to combat campus sexual assault in Pennsylvania through the 'It's On Us PA' campaign . At public event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Krakauer participated in an in - depth discussion focused on the epidemic of campus rape across the country moderated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Chief Public Affairs Officer Kristen Houser.
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10/25/2016

Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania
 
Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today announced temporary regulations for marijuana growers and processors under Act 16 are slated to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 29, and asked for public comment on dispensary regulations at her regular briefing of the Medical Marijuana Program.
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10/25/2016

Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania
 
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today announced temporary regulations for marijuana growers and processors under Act 16 are slated to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 29, and asked for public comment on dispensary regulations at her regular briefing of the Medical Marijuana Program.
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10/24/2016

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden to Grow by 66 Acres with Support from DEP Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Pilot Program
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced phase 2 of a coal mine cleanup project that will enhance 66 acres of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
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10/24/2016

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden to Grow by 66 Acres with Support from DEP Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Pilot Program Program focuses on combined environmental, economic, and community outcomes
 
Pittsburgh, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced phase 2 of a coal mine cleanup project that will enhance 66 acres of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. DEP selected the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County, to receive a share of $30 million in federal funding from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) through its Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Pilot Program.
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10/24/2016

Insurance Commissioner Alerts Consumers About New Service To Find Lost Life Insurance Policies, Supports Legislation to Require Insurer Participation
 
Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today alerted Pennsylvanians that her department has begun using a new service to help locate lost life insurance policies, and announced her support for legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R - Bucks County), that would put this consumer service into law and require insurers to conduct the searches.
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10/21/2016

Department of Health Launches 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' Campaign; Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Influenza Vaccine
 
Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today launched the annual 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' campaign at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by getting her annual flu vaccine.
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10/21/2016

Department of Health Launches 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' Campaign; Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Influenza Vaccine Annual vaccines are key to flu protection
 
Hershey, PA - Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today launched the annual 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' campaign at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by getting her annual flu vaccine. The 'Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU' campaign is an annual effort to encourage Pennsylvanians to protect themselves and their loved ones against seasonal flu by getting vaccinated and taking other preventative measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are two important reasons to get a flu vaccine every year. First, flu viruses are constantly changing, and vaccines may be updated yearly to protect against the viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. Second, a person's immune system protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
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10/21/2016

Governor Wolf Announces Agencies to Accept Unwanted or Expired Prescription Drugs on Saturday, Oct. 22
 
On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. All unwanted prescription pills and patches can be dropped off at participating police and fire stations and DEA offices. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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