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PHOTO: Just outside Scranton, a vertical farming operation has produced its first harvest of high quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Photo courtesy of Green Spirit Farms.

DALTON, Pa. - In a sprawling, formerly abandoned warehouse near Scranton, the proof is in the produce as a vertical farming operation has reaped its first harvest. Miennsota-based Green Spirit Farms is using the Scranton-area site to grow high-quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables....Read More

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PHOTO: What if Mom goes back to work? With growing child-care costs, efforts are under way in Congress to provide more financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck / Flickr.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in b...Read More

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PHOTO: The National Park Service says the impact of climate change is being felt around the park system. The department trying to deal with the effect on wildlife and visitors. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

HARRISBURG, Penn. - The National Park Service is making plans to prepare for and react to the effects of climate change at parks in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, say department officials. Nicholas Fisichelli, Park Service ecologist, cited his recent study showing most national parks are getting warme...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr.

HARRISBURG, Penn. - As more food choices labeled 'gluten-free' show up on store shelves across the state, some people are warning that it's not automatically a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, welcomed more options for those who have celiac disease, like herself. But, ...Read More

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Senate Bill 1255, just signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, is aimed at reducing the amount of polluted stormwater that ends up in Pennsylvania's streams and rivers. Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Stormwater can carry motor oil, cigarette butts and other things into Pennsylvania's rivers and streams. But a new law could lead to less stormwater-related pollution. The law lets communities allow property owners to implement stormwater management practices. Such methods could l...Read More

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PHOTO: Atlantic offshore wind power potential hasn't yet been tapped, although a new report says Pennsylvania could help push development with state policies. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA - The water is waiting for wind-power development. A handful of offshore wind projects are well on their way, but according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, thousands of acres of Atlantic waters still are available. Report author Catherine Bowes called it a "gold...Read More

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PHOTO: 40 U.S. senators are cosponsoring a constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of political campaign spending, but neither of Pennsylvania's U.S. senators are on board. Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner / Wikimedia.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A vote is expected Thursday on Capitol Hill on a proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress and states control of political campaign spending. While 40 senators are cosponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 19, neither of Pennsylvania's senators, Bob Casey or Pat Toomey, is supp...Read More

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PHOTO: July marks National Park and Recreation Month, an initiative designed to encourage Pennsylvanians to spend more time in the commonwealth's great outdoors. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - From Lake Erie to the Alleghenies and Pocanos to the Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices, and head into the commonwealth's spectacular outdoors during "National Park and Recreation Month" in July. Lauren Hoffman, direct...Read More

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