Crunching the numbers behind Erie’s competing higher education plans | Fact Check
By: Hannah McDonald - April 17, 2020
ERIE, Pa. — When one of the state’s most powerful Republican state lawmakers voiced his concerns regarding the numbers in Erie County’s community college plan, the Capital-Star did an analysis and discovered several typographical errors. One error was found in projected student enrollment numbers of the original community college plan presented to the state in […]
Pa.’s Casey, Scanlon call for fairer distribution of COVID-19 relief fund money
By: Hannah McDonald - April 15, 2020
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers accused the Trump administration of playing favorites in doling out $2 trillion in federal aid authorized by the recent COVID-19 bailout bill, by distributing money according to 2019 Medicare revenues. In a conference call with journalists Wednesday, U.S. Sen, Bob Casey, D-Pa., and U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, said the […]
With businesses struggling, Wolf admin. temporarily waives sales tax prepayments
By: Hannah McDonald - April 14, 2020
This move is designed to help businesses with cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration said Tuesday afternoon.
‘Spillover Effect’: How the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded Erie’s industrial decline
By: Hannah McDonald - April 10, 2020
In 1990, manufacturing accounted for nearly 30 percent of employment in the region. In the last 30 years, this has decreased by nearly 50 percent.
Responding to Capital-Star story, Pa. lawmaker calls for investigation of Erie nursing home
By: Hannah McDonald - April 7, 2020
Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, said he’s sent letters to Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Health Secretary Rachel Levine asking them for “immediate action.”
Erie County enters ‘community spread phase;’ County Exec briefs on what’s ahead
By: Hannah McDonald - April 6, 2020
Erie County has entered the “community spread phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said Monday.
‘The whole … premise is flawed’: Scarnati questions the math on Erie’s community college plan
By: Hannah McDonald - April 5, 2020
ERIE, Pa. — One of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most powerful Republican lawmakers has questioned the math behind a long-sought proposal to build a community college in Erie. And he says the money could be better spent on providing scholarships for Erie County residents to attend the already established Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). “The whole […]
Short on staff and supplies in a pandemic, Erie nursing home employees say they’re not getting the help they need
By: Hannah McDonald - April 3, 2020
The dispute over staffing and supplies also comes amid the employees’ ongoing effort to unionize.
Erie County continues fighting to flatten the curve; Is social distancing paying off?
By: Hannah McDonald - April 2, 2020
“I think two things are in our favor,” County Exec Kathy Dahlkemper said. “One is that our population is not as dense as many other cities and we do have a fair amount of green space.”
COVID-19 in Erie: Erie reduces public bus service, depriving some of a vital lifeline
By: Hannah McDonald - April 1, 2020
Erie's public transit system has seen its ridership plummet in the midst of the pandemic. Officials are making cuts in response, but aren't happy about it.
Erie County residents and restaurants partner on Facebook during coronavirus shutdowns
By: Hannah McDonald - March 31, 2020
A new Facebook group with nearly 19,000 members helps inform and employ Erie restaurant workers.
Erie County charts a total of 15 COVID-19 cases; county officials expect tally to rise
By: Hannah McDonald - March 30, 2020
Dahlkemper addressed the extent to which Erie County residents are complying to social distancing guidelines. She referenced a scorecard created by Unacast, which is being used to determine how well individuals are adhering (or not) to social distancing.