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The Pennsylvania State Police conducted more than twice as many firearms background checks in June as they did in the same month a year ago.

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HARRISBURG — Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Dwayne Heisler knocked on thousands of doors to talk to voters and he was amazed at how many Democrats in Central Pennsylvania told him they were going to vote for Donald Trump.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education reacted enthusiastically Wednesday to reforms signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf, calling it the  “most profound legislative change” since the 14-university system was created more than three decades ago.

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