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To block school mask order, House GOP appeals to arcane committee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Majority House Republicans have asked an obscure state regulatory oversight committee to review the Wolf administration’s school mask mandate.  In a 15-5 vote on Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House Health Committee’s lawmakers approved a six-page letter laying out their legal objections to the order.  It goes on to request that the Commonwealth Joint Committee on Documents […]

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 […]

Wolf business waiver program inconsistent and could be gamed, audit finds

BY: - September 14, 2021

The report, however, ruled out any foul play, Auditor General Tim DeFoor's office concluded

Meet Pauli Murray: The civil rights activist you’ve never heard of

BY: - September 14, 2021

Pauli Murray worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights movement but many have never heard of them. A new film tells their story.

In Reading, Wolf urges eligible Pennsylvanians to get vaccine to protect school-age children

BY: - September 14, 2021

“We need to do everything in our power” to keep kids in the classroom, Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday, as he urged Pa. residents to help end the pandemic.

How the $3.5T budget bill before Congress helps Pa., other states on agriculture

BY: - September 14, 2021

The bill sets aside $66B for fighting climate change, encouraging research. It passed committee on party lines

As nation grapples with climate disasters, Pa. reps look to resurrect a Depression-era program

BY: - September 13, 2021

If Pa. lawmakers get their way, a Depression-era environmental work relief program may make a revival after a nearly 80-year hiatus

Wolf pulls election chief’s nomination amid legislative election review row

BY: - September 13, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf argued that confirmation hearings would give GOP lawmakers the chance to make bad faith arguments attacking the integrity of the 2020 election.

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.

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 […]

Biden admin announces its ‘comprehensive plan’ to fix high drug prices

BY: - September 13, 2021

A new report glosses over some major concerns.