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GOP leaders in some states want to add abortion ban exceptions | Analysis

BY: - February 1, 2023

By Stephen Elliott NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee’s so-called trigger law already on the books, the state enacted its abortion ban almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June. Yet even as anti-abortion legislators and advocates celebrated, they considered how much further they could go — perhaps by barring […]

‘Real people making real decisions’: Abortion rights advocates make their case on Capitol Hill

BY: - January 31, 2023

‘We’re reminding our elected officials that folks overwhelmingly support abortion access, particularly in Pa.,’ Kelsey Leigh, of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., said.

PUC launches investigation into PPL Electric over ‘unusually high bills’

BY: - January 31, 2023

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced Tuesday that it referred PPL to its Independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, which enforces state public utility codes and PUC regulations, for investigation after receiving complaints from PPL customers. 

USDA to use outdoors recreation to boost economy around national forests, grasslands

BY: and - January 31, 2023

The USDA program is an acknowledgement from the government about the clear economic benefits of the outdoor recreation sector for rural areas, Chris Perkins, the senior director at the industry and nonprofit coalition group Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said. 

Shapiro launches review to mitigate red tape in Pa. professional licensure process

BY: - January 31, 2023

Gov. Josh Shapiro directed all state agencies to catalog of the licenses, certificates, and permits they issue, hoping to create reform.

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer said his priorities will include the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and alleged “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

BY: and - January 31, 2023

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, who has faced scrutiny for efforts to overturn the 2020 election, is on the panel.

Wind turbines in Schlewswig, Iowa. MISO, which manages the flow of electricity in all or part of 15 U.S. states, was able to export power to its southern neighbors in part because its wind turbines produced enough energy during the storm (Photo by Christopher A. Jones/Getty Images).

How did renewables fare during Winter Storm Elliott? | Analysis

BY: - January 31, 2023

'If you're going to call yourself reliable ... you better be able to turn on and produce electricity when you’re called on,' an expert said.

Pa. Senate bill would create database of inspection info for Pa. bridges | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 31, 2023

PennDOT would maintain the database under a plan by a W.Pa lawmaker.

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 30, 2023

A decision on the program's legality is not expected until 2024, when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Experts, advocates focus on expanding the job pipeline for Black male teachers

BY: - January 30, 2023

Research shows that students who have at least one Black teacher will be 39% less likely to drop out of high school and 29% more likely to enroll in college

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More than 1.1M in Pa. applied for Biden’s student debt relief | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 30, 2023

The program is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could overturn it.

FDA experts are still puzzled over who should get which COVID shots and when

BY: - January 30, 2023

Experts have expressed frustration over the lack of clear government messaging on what the public can expect from COVID vaccines.