Subpoenas recommended in ethics probe of Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly over stock purchase
By: Laura Olson - October 22, 2021
The recommendation was part of a report released Thursday, which concluded that there is “substantial reason” to believe that Kelly, a six-term Republican lawmaker from Butler County, and his wife, Victoria, violated House ethics rules.
Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters now available in Pa., Health Dept. says
By: Cassie Miller and Laura Olson - October 22, 2021
The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters earlier this week.
Kids ages 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans
By: Laura Olson - October 20, 2021
Making another age group eligible for vaccines could be significant in preventing another spike in infections this winter.
How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.
By: Laura Olson - October 14, 2021
The case has implications for Pa., where abortion rights are a key issue in the 2022 race for governor
Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers
By: Laura Olson and Jacob Fischler - October 4, 2021
Progressives have called for Senate action on the social programs bill before taking a vote in the House on traditional infrastructure.
Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying | Analysis
By: Laura Olson - September 26, 2021
Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky.
Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids
By: Laura Olson - September 23, 2021
As of Sept. 16, more than 5.5 million children have been infected by the virus since the start of the pandemic. That represents more than 15% of the total cases.
U.S. House Dems propose $28.6B in disaster aid for recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, floods
By: Laura Olson - September 21, 2021
That disaster relief money is slightly more than the $24 billion that the Biden administration asked Congress to approve for extreme weather events during the last 18 months, including hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case
By: Laura Olson - September 20, 2021
The nation’s top court announced in May that it would take up the Mississippi case. Since that announcement, the justices also voted in a 5-4 decision against preventing a more-strict Texas law from taking effect.
How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs
By: Laura Olson - September 18, 2021
The proposals were drafted based on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy plan. The House Democrats’ outline may be altered in the Senate, where some senators want to tweak those policies (including getting those upgraded Medicare benefits to seniors sooner).
FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans
By: Laura Olson - September 17, 2021
The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot campaign as soon as Monday, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee’s decision threw up a roadblock for that goal.
States, including Pa., that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment checks now owe interest
By: Laura Olson - September 7, 2021
Ten states collectively owe the federal government more than $52B, according to the U.S. Treasury.