Briefs

Pa. Senate committee advances proposed fireworks reform

BY: - June 20, 2022

With proposed reform moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature this month, Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on fireworks.

Juneteenth in Philadelphia: A list of events celebrating the holiday

BY: - June 18, 2022

By Chanel Hill Community events, concerts and a parade are just some of the activities that will be taking place Sunday in Philadelphia to celebrate Juneteenth. “Juneteenth is the celebration of freedom,” said Tamara Staley, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Juneteenth Family Inc. “The holiday was first celebrated in Texas with food, music and […]

COMMENTARY

Raising the red flag over Pa. | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 18, 2022

Earlier this week, a Republican-controlled House committee buried a proposal that would have helped reduce suicide deaths among veterans.

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 16, 2022

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against the bill, saying it '[substituted] Congress’ political judgment in place of available evidence.'Je

U.S. Senate GOP leader McConnell ‘comfortable’ with framework for gun control bill

BY: - June 15, 2022

“For myself, I’m comfortable with the framework,” the Kentucky Republican said during a press conference. “And if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I’ll be supportive.” 

Pa. Senate committee advances proposals responding to Russia’s war on Ukraine

BY: - June 14, 2022

The Senate State Government Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve two pieces of legislation prohibiting government contracts with Russia and Belarus and divesting public holdings connected with the countries as the war on Ukraine continues.

As Washington acts, Pa. House panel moves to strand gun violence-reduction bills

BY: - June 13, 2022

Rep. Jared G. Solomon, D-Philadelphia, told his colleagues that he believed the panel had a "moral imperative" to take action on the bills.

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What’s really polluting the Chesapeake Bay? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - June 11, 2022

A new report finds the Chesapeake Bay’s health has improved but still falls short of meeting government commitments, especially in Pa.

DGS Secretary Curt Topper to leave Wolf admin on June 30

BY: - June 10, 2022

The administration announced in a statement on Friday that Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper will leave the role on June 30. 

U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm bill amid soaring costs

BY: - June 10, 2022

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District,  said he wants to pay special consideration to the margins for farmers as members work on the next farm bill.

Jan. 6 panel says Trump, far-right groups responsible for insurrection

BY: - June 10, 2022

A widely anticipated hearing Thursday by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol alleged two groups supporting then-President Donald Trump planned the riot to stop the transfer of presidential power — while Trump tacitly endorsed the insurrection and was indifferent to calls to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence. […]