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Krasner impeachment costing Pa. taxpayers millions

Plus, SNAP enrollment at a record high.

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The GOP-led effort to impeach progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner continues, and it's costing Pennsylvania millions. 

According to WHTM: The cost for the impeachment is $2.8 million (and counting) in mostly legal fees. If you include expenses incurred by the state Senate, the cost to taxpayers is north of $3 million.

The legal tab is set to grow as the state House's impeachment managers, led by state Rep. Craig Williams (R., Delaware), appeal a Commonwealth Court decision that put the effort on ice to Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.

Read WHTM's full report: Pennsylvania taxpayers face multimillion dollar bill for Krasner impeachment.

THE CONTEXT: The Commonwealth Court decision being appealed to the state's highest court called the impeachment charges against Krasner legally insufficient under rules outlined in the Pennsylvania Constitution. 

The appeal argues that lawmakers have the authority to decide if that bar has been met. It also contends that the murder case against Police Officer Ryan Pownall, which ended with Krasner being publicly reprimanded, amounts to "misbehavior in office," the basis of the impeachment charges.

Critics say the impeachment push is politically motivated and a waste of resources. Krasner calls it an affront to the voters who elected him twice. 


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Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.BAD MEDICINE: ProPublica has the story of Pennsylvania doctor James McGuckin, a Radnor-based practitioner behind an empire of vascular clinics that's been accused of performing procedures without any documented need. And McGuckin is still seeing patients despite a string of lawsuits, disciplinary actions, and attempts to shut him down.

Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.NO WARNING: Officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in Allentown during Monday's storms, but some residents want to know why nothing above a tornado watch was issued. One meteorologist told Lehigh Valley News the twister's location in the storm made it harder to spot, and when it finally showed "it was already too late."

Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.POLICE RESPONSE: A new lawsuit alleges that a misunderstanding over a text message typo led to an Upper Saucon Township police assault and the illegal detention of a disabled woman. Lehigh Valley Live (paywall) reports: "The text said she ‘shot’ herself when she meant she ‘sh*t’ herself. Then, cops overreacted, the suit says."

Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.SNAP SURGE: Enrollment in Pennsylvania's SNAP program, often referred to as food stamps, is at a record high even as unemployment reaches record lows. Experts told WESA that recent policy changes and inflation are likely reasons why. Income limits for the program were raised last year; 1.98 million people are now enrolled.

Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.HEALTH EFFECTS: In the seven years since the Shenango Coke Works plant on Neville Island, near Pittsburgh, closed, ambient pollution has dropped by up to 90% and emergency room visits for cardiovascular disease in nearby residents dropped up to 61%. One researcher told The Allegheny Front: "Over time, it just keeps getting better."
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FESTIVAL WEEK: The "largest free music festival in the U.S." is underway in Bethlehem, and authorities say there is no ongoing Musikfest threat after a bomb plot arrest believed to be connected to other incidents.

  • RELATED: Why some locals hate Musikfest, via LVN
BEY BOOST: Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour missed Pittsburgh (where fans consoled themselves) but not Philly, where web traffic for hotels, beauty services, and more soared around the time of her visit.

BIG TICKET: A $1 million Mega Millions ticket was sold in Pennsylvania — the Zain Mini Mart in New Castle, to be exact. But Tuesday's full $1.58 billion jackpot belongs to a very lucky ticket sold in Florida

LAND GRAB: State College is using eminent domain to acquire a downtown building that’s home to "one of the region’s longest running bars, a music shop, and a popular pizza spot." The goal? To build a parking lot.

GAME DAYS: The little league team of Media, Pennsylvania, is one win away from clinching a Little League World Series berth, via PennLive. Their next game is Friday. The world series opens this month in Williamsport.  

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