Shapiro admin temporarily lists  Xylazine as a controlled substance | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 3, 2023

In 2017, xylazine contributed to 90 overdose deaths, but in 2021, it contributed to 575 overdose deaths across 30 counties – an increase of over 600% in just 5 years, according to the department.

The Rankin Bridge (Photo by Rankinbr/WikiMedia Commons/Public Domain).

After 34 years, Allegheny Co. borough exits Act 47 protection | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 27, 2023

The exit 'proves that when you stay focused, committed and work together -- all things are possible," Rankin Borough Council President William H. Price III said.

4 important reads from the 2023 Pa. primary election | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 20, 2023

Looking for a recap of the results from Tuesday's primary election?

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Resources to prepare you for Pa.’s primary election | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 13, 2023

With Pennsylvania's primary election just days away, the Capital-Star compiled a list of voting and coverage resources to help you cast your ballot. 

Pa.’s Casey, Fetterman announce $12.1M for affordable housing | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 6, 2023

'Housing is not merely a roof over your head. It’s a vital piece of the foundation that builds strong families and thriving communities,' Casey said.

More than 1M doses of Naloxone distributed through state program | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 29, 2023

Since 2017, 656,568 kits (1,313,136 doses) of Narcan, a naloxone nasal spray, have been purchased and distributed statewide.

Pa., N.J. join forces to ‘collaboratively enforce’ state labor laws | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 15, 2023

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy met in Philadelphia this week to tour the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 training facility and to announce a "interstate task force" to collaboratively enforce each state's labor laws.

State agencies planning for the future of Pa.’s outdoor recreation economy | Five for the Weekend

BY: - April 8, 2023

State agencies, including the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Community and Economic Development, are joining forces to develop an Office of Outdoor Recreation, which "would be responsible for coordinating and synergizing among entities within and connected to state government to help align and support strategic initiatives, partnerships, policies, resources," according to DCNR.

Dept. of Ag expands Spotted Lanternfly quarantine ahead of hatching season | Five for the Weekend 

BY: - April 1, 2023

Pennsylvania's quarantine area now covers 51 of the Commonwealth's 67 counties. 

Women of Pa.’s judiciary system | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 25, 2023

Chief Justice Debra Todd is the first woman in the Pa Supreme Court's 300-year history to serve as chief justice, a post she assumed in January after the death of former-Chief Justice Max Baer in September. 

A Ukrainian student gets the good news about their scholarship (YouTube screen capture/Dickinson College).

Dickinson alum underwrites scholarship for 5 Ukrainian students | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 18, 2023

The $2M gift will provide full tuition scholarships to the liberal arts college.

Shapiro admin releases naloxone distribution stats | Five for the Weekend

BY: - March 11, 2023

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), which distributes free naloxone to organizations and individuals through its Naloxone for First Responders Program (NFRP), has distributed 214,514 kits or 429,028 doses of the overdose reversal medicine since 2017.