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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 2,500 hospitalized; 4,394 new COVID cases

By: - September 22, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,394 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.39 million since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, with 2,518 people hospitalized on Wednesday, according to the Health Department’s COVID tracking website. Of those hospitalized with the […]

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As Pa. churns, poll shows majority of Americans back mask, vax mandates | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - September 16, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With states around the country in the grip of the Delta variant, a majority of Americans say they support the vaccine mandates that President Joe Biden announced last week, according to a new Monmouth University poll. A majority similarly supports guidelines for masking and social distancing in their home states, as well requiring people […]

Pa. adds more than 4,800 new COVID-19 cases; more than 2,300 hospitalized

By: - September 15, 2021

Pennsylvania’s increase in COVID-19 infections continued unabated Wednesday, with the state adding 4,812 new cases, an increase of more than 1,000 cases over Tuesday’s tally of 3,732 new cases, according to new state Health Department tracking data. Statewide, 2,333 people were hospitalized, up from Tuesday’s total of 2,308 people. There were 564 people in hospital […]

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Attorney: Pa.’s med.marijuana regulatory backlog is at a ‘crisis’ state | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 15, 2021

The Dept. of Health is doing some things well. More needs to be fixed, Harrisburg attorney Judith Cassel said

Pa. Health Dept: More than 3,700 new COVID cases; 2,308 hospitalized

By: - September 14, 2021

Pennsylvania logged 3,732 new cases of COVID-19 as of midday on Tuesday, while the number of people hospitalized for treatment for the virus continued to rise. Statewide, 2,308 people were hospitalized, up from Monday’s tally of 2,239 on Monday, according data posted to the state Health Department’s COVID tracking website. A total of 580 people […]

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The crisis of veterans’ suicides: How one Pa. county is responding | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - September 14, 2021

Calls to a crisis hotline spiked during the last two weeks of August, underlining the need for additional support for veterans and service members.

Pa. logs 12K new COVID-19 cases over the weekend; More than 2,200 hospitalized, Health Department says

By: - September 13, 2021

The state's overall positivity rate rose to 9.1 percent for the period between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9.

Pa.’s long-serving prisons chief, John E. Wetzel, is leaving, Wolf admin says

By: - September 13, 2021

Wetzel, whose work to reform the state's sprawling and expensive prison system, won him plaudits, told the Capital-Star that he plans to open a criminal justice nonprofit in February.

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GOP-controlled Pa. Senate panel to vote Wednesday on subpoenas in election probe | Monday Coffee

By: - September 13, 2021

The GOP ups the ante in its inquiry into alleged 'irregularities' in the 2020 election. Dems dismiss it as a 'disgraceful' waste of time.

In response to lawmakers’ request, Wolf admin says it’ll release more detailed pandemic data by legislative district

By: - September 10, 2021

A day after Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly asked for it, the state will begin releasing more detailed information about the state of the pandemic in Pennsylvania, including vaccine records by legislative district, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Friday. “My administration is committed to transparency and we have released a historic amount of public […]

Pa. Health Dept: 5K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2K hospitalized

By: - September 10, 2021

Officials at the state Department of Health confirmed 5,005 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, up from Thursday’s tally of 4,197 new cases. Statewide, 2,147 people were hospitalized, up from Thursday’s total of 2,118 people were hospitalized, and an increase from the 2,082 people who were hospitalized on Wednesday, according data posted to the Health Department’s […]

Top Pa. Senate Republican calls for subpoenas for Dept. of State in election probe

By: - September 10, 2021

The Department of State, which has oversight of Pennsylvania's elections, declined the invitation of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, citing active litigation, the Capital-Star previously reported