Environmental groups launch anti-pollution campaign targeting Mastriano, gov race
By: Cassie Miller - August 31, 2022
The $500,000 campaign will air in southeastern Pennsylvania and some of the Lehigh Valley area, Molly Parzen of Conservation Voters of PA Victory Fund said.
DEP to host public hearing on strengthening Pa.’s power grids | Monday Morning Coffee
By: Cassie Miller - August 29, 2022
“To develop a grid-strengthening support program that’s customized to meet Pennsylvania’s specific challenges and opportunities, we need to hear from a diverse range of Pennsylvanians, including residents, community leaders and advocates, local government leaders, small business owners, health care and emergency personnel, and educators,” DEP Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said.
State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to buy local produce this fall | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - August 27, 2022
Speaking from Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation vegetable farm and on-farm market in Gibsonia, Allegheny County on Thursday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding encouraged Pennsylvanians to buy local and support local farmers this fall.
Abortion access is on the ballot in November in these states. What you need to know
By: Jennifer Shutt and Cassie Miller - August 25, 2022
Language making its way through the Pa. Legislature would declare there is no constitutional right to abortion.
Farmers, business owners discuss rising food production costs, inflation in Lancaster Co.
By: Cassie Miller - August 24, 2022
To combat the rising costs, Smucker said his business has had to get creative and find ways to be more efficient, including by decreasing company waste and researching market pricing.
State officials ask for public input on draft water resources plan
By: Cassie Miller - August 23, 2022
The plan, an outline for how the commonwealth manages the demand on its water resources, contains more than 100 water-management recommendations focusing on areas of concern, such as flood control, stormwater management, water withdrawal, legacy coal mining impacts, legacy oil and gas wells, drinking water and wastewater treatment, contaminants of emerging concern, and agricultural nonpoint source pollution, according to the department.
Advocates say constitutional change targets pollution regs, greenhouse gas reduction plan
By: Cassie Miller - August 23, 2022
Environmental advocacy groups say that while news reports largely have focused on the anti-abortion language in the bill, the provision giving the Legislature the ability to disapprove regulations is equally troubling.
State health officials urge unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get polio vaccine | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - August 20, 2022
Symptoms of the polio virus are flu-like and include sore throat, fever, nausea and stomach pain. A portion of those who contract the virus develop more serious symptoms such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in July
By: Cassie Miller - August 19, 2022
Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s July 2022 unemployment rate is 2.1 percentage points below its July 2021 unemployment rate.
Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach
By: Jennifer Shutt and Cassie Miller - August 18, 2022
The federal government is working closely with local and state health departments to provide information and vaccines at large-scale events the LGBTQ community is expected to attend.
Pa. Dept. of Aging launches unit to investigate financial exploitation of older adults
By: Cassie Miller - August 17, 2022
The four-person unit known as the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), will be under the purview of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and consists of an analyst/supervisor, two analysts, and an attorney. FAST is funded for the next two years using $666,000 in federal grant funding.
State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to serve as poll workers ahead of November election
By: Cassie Miller - August 16, 2022
In Pennsylvania, poll workers are paid for their time working on Election Day and counties provide the training necessary for the poll workers to perform their duties.