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‘Buy American’: In the Lehigh Valley, Biden touts manufacturing, as Senate gets infrastructure deal

BY: - July 28, 2021

“We brought this economy back from the brink, put checks in people’s pockets, shots in people’s arms, [gave] tax cuts for people with children,” Biden said.

Philly Mayor Kenney won’t mandate COVID vaccine for city workers – but won’t rule it out

BY: - July 28, 2021

“We will continue to assess the need to implement a vaccination mandate for our city workers and may make this a requirement at a future date," a spokesperson said

Feds send $7.5B in grants, incl. $229M in Pa., to arts venues hit by pandemic | Wednesday Coffee

BY: - July 28, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration sent the aid to help more than 10K arts and cultural businesses, venues, and nonprofits get back on track.

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Hoarding billions in stimulus dollars leaves small businesses behind | Opinion

BY: - July 28, 2021

If you ask the men and women struggling to keep the doors of their family business open, they’ll tell you they’re weathering the worst storm they’ve ever seen – and they need help now.

In Lancaster, Wolf touts COVID relief to Pa.’s bars, restaurants

BY: - July 26, 2021

'Pennsylvania has made significant progress rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, but our hospitality industry still needs support,' Wolf said.

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Pa.’s Casey: GOP voter suppression bills are ‘really just about white supremacy’ | Monday Coffee

BY: - July 26, 2021

In a Sunday TV interview, the Keystone State's senior senator suggests alternatives to abolishing the filibuster to move stalled voting rights bills.

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Politics or Practice: What shape will post-pandemic education reform take? | Opinion

BY: - July 26, 2021

At both the school and parent levels, decisions may be affected more by politics than by what will provide the best education.

States, including Pa., weigh bans on ransomware payoffs

BY: - July 26, 2021

Some cybersecurity specialists say lawmakers should pump more money into helping state and local governments strengthen their systems rather than banning ransom payments.

2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Criminal Justice, Policing and Courts | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 26, 2021

A look at criminal justice and policing spending in the $40.8 billion Pennsylvania state budget.

Pennsylvanians going for gold in Tokyo | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 24, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The 2020 Summer Olympics (happening in 2021, of course) officially started Friday in Tokyo with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the cauldron.  While this year’s Olympic Games promise to look different than previous years, more than 600 American athletes have made the trip to Japan to compete in their respective sports, including 21 who hail from […]

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Also found at the edge of space | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - July 24, 2021

The western Pa. Democrat, who's running for U.S. Senate, announced that he'd raised $2.5 million during the second quarter.

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Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems | Friday Coffee

BY: - July 23, 2021

"Jeff Bezos is going into space tomorrow. Yesterday, on earth, I saw a man search for food in a trash can," the critic Charles Preston observed on Twitter.