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Jo Ciavaglia
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Veteran Pennsylvania newspaper & multi-media reporter
Veteran Pennsylvania newspaper & multi-media reporter

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Advocates: Bucks, Pennsylvania reports missed day care violations in Bristol Township toddler death
Posted April 1, 2018 After a 19-month-old girl died last year in the care of a Bucks County babysitter who strapped her in a car seat for a nap, local child abuse professionals dug into what went wrong and how similar tragedies could be prevented. Their rec...
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Conjoined ‘miracle babies’ successfully separated
Posted March 25, 2018 Desiree Hall is no different than most parents. The Northampton mother could talk for hours about each of her six children. Desiree Hall, her twins Vinny and Joey, and Hall's brother Her 10-year-old loves puns and has his own YouTube c...
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Local child advocates will watch Pennsylvania Supreme Court case involving prenatal drug use
April 11, 2018 Pennsylvania child advocates are closely watching an upcoming state Supreme Court case that will decide whether a woman’s use of narcotics while pregnant is considered child abuse, in a state where  at least five babies a day are born depende...
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The death of a ‘little angel’ in Bristol Township
Posted March 11, 2018 Alivia Sawicki (L) Jaimee Lee Gorman On a Friday afternoon nine months ago, Alivia Sawicki’s baby sitter gave the 19-month-old a binky and blankey, then rocked her back to sleep in a car seat. What happened an hour later is laid out in...
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Judge delays jail decision in Risoldi insurance fraud case
Posted March 19, 2018 A Chester County judge has delayed a decision on when a prominent and politically connected Buckingham woman awaiting trial for a $20 million insurance fraud case will report to begin to serve a 30-day jail sentence after being found i...
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Coroner: Bucks inmate died of complications from opiate withdrawal
Posted March 18, 2018 The Bucks County Coroner has determined a 52-year-old man died of complications from opiate withdrawal, roughly one day after he was arrested and placed in county prison. His was the third opiate withdrawal-related death at the Doylest...
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Names being removed from sex offender registry
Posted Feb. 26, 2018 Shaquana Green appeared at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks last month to update her information as a registered sex offender. It’s an annual chore she has done for the last five years, having landed on the Megan’s Law list after di...
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Early numbers paint picture of opioid crisis’ impact on newborns
Posted March 1, 2018 At least three babies a day were born dependent on opiates and other narcotics at 37 Pennsylvania hospitals during the first 43 days of a state of emergency declared in response to the opiate and opioid epidemic. The Pennsylvania health...
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Pennsylvania bill would expand child abuse reporting requirements
Posted Feb. 21, 2018 If someone tells Keith Bidlingmaier a child is being abused or neglected, the volunteer chief of the Fairless Hills Fire Co. is required to report it to child welfare authorities or face potential consequences including arrest. But if B...
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State data collection on newborn opioid exposure has short shelf life
Posted Feb. 16, 2018 Pennsylvania health officials are getting their first-ever look at the number of infants born dependent on opiates and opioids, but the data collection initiated last month under Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide disaster declaration could end ...
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