Government & Politics

Bill to ban hairstyle discrimination proposed in Philly City Council

BY: - March 14, 2020

Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, the main sponsor of the bill, said “hair discrimination is still very much a reality for Black people.”

With 41 cases, COVID-19 spreads to western, central Pa., Wolf says

BY: - March 13, 2020

State health officials on Friday afternoon announced eight new cases of COVID-19, including the first ones outside of eastern Pennsylvania, as Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the shutdowns of businesses and public spaces in one more southeastern county.

Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania up to 33; commercial labs open

BY: - March 13, 2020

*Updated with additional comment from the Department of Health at 2:26 p.m. 3/13 The state Department of Health has confirmed 33 cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, including the state’s first confirmed pediatric case of the coronavirus. The pediatric case, or someone under 18 years of age, was […]

How does the coronavirus test work? 5 questions answered | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 13, 2020

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. If you feel like this short, already ridiculously long new year can now be safely divided into the time before the coronavirus outbreak and the time after, you’re not alone. State lawmakers will return to Harrisburg next week and a very different Capitol building. As of Thursday afternoon, there were […]

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Want to stop the turnover among child welfare workers? The Pa. House can pass this important bill | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2020

The bill forgives student loans up to $50,000 for child welfare workers who remain in a child welfare agency for three years after finishing their degree.

Can a closed Capitol be transparent? Yes, say experts

BY: - March 12, 2020

Under the new rules, state employees or individuals, such as journalists, with key card access will be able to enter the Capitol, according to the Department of General Services announcement.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney wants $85M to fight coronavirus in city

BY: - March 12, 2020

f the appropriation is approved, City Manager Brian Abernathy would use the money to “quickly access additional services as conditions warrant,”

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Big cities aren’t widely testing for coronavirus. Why? | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 12, 2020

These are the areas with the biggest population density. So why aren't they better prepared?

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So much for Pa.’s chance to play Democratic kingmaker in 2020 | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - March 12, 2020

Once again, the traditional late date of Pennsylvania’s primary elections has cost the Keystone State influence in presidential politics.

Pa. now has 16 coronavirus cases; officials expecting community spread 

BY: - March 11, 2020

The newest patient tested by the state resides in Monroe County and is currently hospitalized, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Wednesday.

Pa. awards $5M to help houses of worship, others protect against hate crimes

BY: - March 11, 2020

The grants are designed to prevent attacks such as the one that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.

U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 11, 2020

Pennsylvania's two senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican Pat Toomey, split on the vote. The House has approved its own version.