Thursday, March 28, 2013

How much is your child's teacher paid?

Wondering what the average salary is for a teacher in your school district? Wondering how much your child's teacher gets paid? You can find out using the search option below.
Enter information in any of the fields to carry out a search. You do not have to fill out all the fields in order to search.

Online Database by Caspio

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Pa. Turnpike Pay to Play grand jury report

Eight people were charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office with participating in a Pay-to-Play scheme for Turnpike contracts. The charges stem from a grand jury investigation into contract bidding at the Turnpike Commission.

To read the grand jury report, click here.
To read the criminal complaints against each of the individuals charged, click here.
To read Attorney General Kathleen Kane's comments on the charges, click here.
To read the attorney general's office press release and see photos of those charged, click here.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Locating sinkholes in Pa.

Wondering about the shifting ground beneath your feet? If you are wondering if sinkholes could be an issue at your home or business, you can find out exactly which areas in Pennsylvania are considered to be "karst" or a region with limestone. Sinkholes occur when limestone and or dolostone in bedrock dissolve due to acidic water formed when water and carbon dioxide mix. Sinkholes can also occur when deposits within natural rock fractures are washed away, causing the hole to open up.

The map below, courtesy the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, shows areas of Pennsylvania where sinkholes have opened up or where depressions in the earth, which could indicate a future sinkhole, have been recorded.

For more on sinkholes, click here.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dollars for Docs map

The interactive map below shows where the most money was spent on doctors to speak on behalf of pharmaceuticals.


Has Your Health Professional Received Drug Company Money?

As part of its Dollars for Docs investigation into payments made to doctors who promote prescription medications, ProPublic has created this search tool, which allows you to see which doctors in your area have received such funds from pharmaceutical companies. Read the full series at

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Understanding hydraulic fracturing

What happens during hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking"? Check out the interactive below to learn more about this controversial process used to obtain natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

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