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She’s the force behind Pa.’s efforts to treat drug addiction. Critics say ‘there is more to the story.’

As a lobbyist, Deb Beck wields significant power over drug treatment policy and legislation. But some question whether she uses that influence to benefit the businesses providing care over what's best for patients.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Most Philly charter schools failed to test water for lead — and city gave them a pass

The fact that many schools either didn’t test or didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment left some parents uneasy.

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Updated: December 11, 2019 | 3:35 pm

Paying rent to your jailers: Inmates are billed millions of dollars for their stays in Pa. prisons.

Wardens say it teaches financial responsibility, inmates and prison researchers say it’s too burdensome.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Secrecy, deal-making rule in process to pick Pa.’s interim judges

Gov. Wolf's nomination of a top GOP aide for a coveted judgeship is renewing scrutiny on a process mostly hidden from the public
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Have you been locked up during winter? We want to hear about your experience

We want you — or your loved ones — to let us know about living conditions in jails and prisons in Pennsylvania.

By Staff


Students blast Pa.’s largest community college for cutting campus mental health services while spending big on renovations

'Where’s your money going?' one student asked of the college. 'Because there are people who don’t have insurance who really rely on these services for help.'
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Shining a spotlight on PA campaign spending

A year-long investigation by journalists with Spotlight PA and The Caucus uncovered an uncomfortable truth behind Pennsylvania campaign finance laws. The truth is that while candidates must keep records of their expenses, they don’t have to offer any spending details unless specifically asked.  

By Merideth Bucher

Citing Spotlight PA/Caucus probe, top lawmaker pushes limits on campaign donations, stricter disclosure rules

Sen. Jay Costa is pushing sweeping campaign finance reforms that would set limits on political contributions, increase transparency and ban candidates from using campaign cash for personal benefit -- issues at the heart of a yearlong investigation published this week by The Caucus and Spotlight PA.
By Sam Janesch/The Caucus and Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

The 10 most extravagant or bizarre campaign expenses by Pa. state lawmakers

Campaign accounts must be used for “influencing the outcome of an election.” But what qualifies is largely open to interpretation.
By Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus
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