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Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall has been a journalist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for more than 20 years, most recently covering criminal justice and legal affairs for The Morning Call in Allentown. His career at local newspapers and legal business publications has taken him from school board meetings to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and many points of interest between. He earned a degree in journalism from Susquehanna University.

Unsealed court filing shows U.S. Rep. Scott Perry contacted Pa. lawmakers before Jan. 6 attack

By: - November 30, 2023

The records a federal court ordered turned over to a special prosecutor investigating efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s election include conversations between U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District) and Pennsylvania lawmakers, a court filing shows. The conversations were about purported fraud in the commonwealth’s 2020 election, according to the document, which was unsealed by the […]

Stranded legislation: Pa. lawmakers in both chambers lament lack of consensus

By: - November 29, 2023

State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) had introduced the Fairness Act, to extend Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination law to LGBTQ+ people, in every legislative session since 2001 before it passed in the state House this spring. Five months after lawmakers sent House Bill 300 to the Republican-controlled Senate with a bipartisan 102-98 vote, the historic legislation remains on […]

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Pa. Supreme Court justices question GOP effort to impeach Philly DA Larry Krasner

By: - November 28, 2023

Chief Justice Debra Todd suggested articles of impeachment, like other unfinished legislation, die when the General Assembly's session ends.

PennDOT paving crews (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo)

PennDOT may pursue disqualification of contractor in wage theft case, Pa. Supreme Court rules

By: - November 27, 2023

The state Supreme Court rejected PennDOT contractor G.O. Hawbaker's claims that the agency lacks authority to stop it from bidding on road projects.

Judge rules Pa. mail-in ballots returned on time with wrong or missing dates must be counted

By: - November 21, 2023

In a decision that echoes earlier rulings, a western Pa. federal judge ruled mail-in ballots with wrong or missing dates must be counted.

In effort to boost recruiting, Pa. lawmakers pass bill to lower police academy fitness requirement

By: - November 20, 2023

Lowering fitness standards for police academy recruits could improve recruiting, but some say it could result in more cadets washing out.

Pennsylvania Democrats seek balance between environmental policy and loyalty to labor

By: and - November 19, 2023

Democratic leaders, however, caught between the competing interests of the environmental movement and building trade unions — both traditionally strong allies of the party — didn’t share the goal of putting sweeping climate and environment legislation up for votes.

Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in national study of charter school performance

By: - November 17, 2023

A decade’s worth of testing data ranks Pennsylvania among the states with the lowest charter school performance.  In a study of students’ scores in reading and math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, researchers compared charter school performance in 35 states and Washington, D.C. Alaska had the highest scores compared to the average followed […]

Fight over tax money for private school tuition snags education funding bill again

By: and - November 16, 2023

A months-long stalemate over public education funding appeared likely to continue on Wednesday as state House lawmakers stripped GOP-backed school choice funding from a spending bill. The state Senate passed the legislation on Wednesday authorizing hundreds of millions in new funding for K-12 schools, community colleges, educational support units and public libraries with a 45-5 […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

State House passes COLA legislation for retired public school teachers and state workers

By: - November 14, 2023

Retired teachers and public servants would receive a cost of living adjustment in their monthly pension payments for the first time in more than 20 years under legislation passed by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday. House Bill 1416 would provide increases of 15% to 24.5% to about 69,000 retired public school educators and other state […]

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Voting rights groups call for investigation of Election Day problems in Northampton County

By: - November 14, 2023

Northampton County voters were affected by a programming error and lack of contingency plan, the groups say.

Gun safety measures head to Pa. House over GOP objections

By: - November 14, 2023

GOP lawmakers argued that measures holding parents responsible when children access guns and safe storage requirements would punish gun owners.