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Pa. prison guards union sues to block Wolf’s vaccine policy

BY: - September 13, 2021

The union representing 11,000 Pennsylvania prison guards and other corrections staff has filed a lawsuit to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine policy. The policy, announced last month, required thousands of state employees working in congregate settings — such as state-run hospitals, homes for the disabled, and prisons — to get vaccinated or be tested for […]

COMMENTARY

The Pa. Senate’s electoral dog-and-pony show. What’s being overlooked? | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 11, 2021

A Pa. Senate committee is examining alleged 'irregularities' in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, much remains left undone.

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

Pa. Sen. Pat Browne recovering following motorcycle accident

BY: - September 9, 2021

Browne, the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, is in stable condition after suffering a concussion, fractured neck and broken orbital bone and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Redistricting hearings moved as Pa. House plans early return to Capitol

BY: - September 9, 2021

Pennsylvanians who want to provide in-person testimony have until Oct. 13 to sign up to do so.

Pa. reports more than 4K new COVID-19 cases; thousands still hospitalized

BY: - September 9, 2021

State health officials confirmed 4,197 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down slightly from Wednesday’s tally of 4,391 new infections. But hospitalizations increased, as did the number of people in hospital intensive care wards. Statewide, 2,118 people were hospitalized, up from 2,082 on Wednesday, according to data posted to the state Health Department’s pandemic tracking […]

Pa. adds more COVID hospitalizations, more than 500 in intensive care units

BY: - September 8, 2021

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 hospitalizations arced upward again on Wednesday, with more people in intensive care units, and more requiring a ventilator to survive, new state Department of Health data shows. A total of 2,082 people were hospitalized as of midday on Wednesday, up from 2,010 on Tuesday, according to data posted to the Health Department’s pandemic […]

As masked kids return to class, Pa. House plots early return to challenge Wolf order

BY: - September 7, 2021

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is coming back early from its summer recess to challenge the Wolf administration’s new school mask mandate. The move by the Republican-controlled lower chamber is the latest legislative challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s health orders. The lower chamber scheduled four new session days for next week and the week after, […]

More than 2k Pa. residents hospitalized as COVID cases climb, Health Department says

BY: - September 7, 2021

More than 2,000 Pennsylvanians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, as the state’s moving average of cases has continued to climb, according to new state Department of Health data. The agency reported 2,010 people hospitalized as of Tuesday, with 496 in hospital intensive care units, according to information posted to its pandemic tracking web page. A […]

Pa. Sen. Corman, parents sue to overturn Wolf’s mask order

BY: - September 4, 2021

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, and a group of parents are suing to overturn the Wolf administration’s mask mandate for K-12 students, according to a published report. The lawsuit, first reported by the Associated Press, argues that acting Health Secretary Alison Beam doesn’t have the authority to issue the mandate, which applies […]