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The debate over the Emergency Powers Amendment, explained

During the May 18 primary, voters will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment limiting the governor's emergency powers.

Pa. extends Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause after Pa. woman, five others experience blood...

The halt was first announced Tuesday, after federal health officials recommended states stop administering the vaccine until the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration could review six reports of blood clots in vaccine recipients, all of whom identified as women.

Already quarantining, Pa. House Speaker Cutler tests positive for COVID-19

Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Thursday. His office had already announced Monday that he was...

Pa. joins national pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

(*This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/13/21 with new information from the Department of Health.)  Matching a federal order that came down...

Pa. House Speaker Cutler quarantining after exposure to COVID-19

In a statement, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, did not say whether he had tested positive or where the exposure had occurred.

Pa. Health Dept., advocates launch statewide vaccination tour to reach underserved communities

With all adult Pennsylvanians set to become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, state health officials and community leaders announced they're launching a...

All Pennsylvanians eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 13

The announcement that COVID-19 vaccines would be available to the general public beginning April 13 is about a week ahead of the timetable issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on March 31. 

Comparing the gun numbers | Editorial Cartoon

President Joe Biden unveiled a number of executive actions this week aimed at reducing gun violence.

State officials warn residents as Pa. enters peak wildfire season

On Tuesday, officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) cautioned residents who may be taking up outdoor pursuits as the weather warms to beware dry and windy conditions, which could fan embers and campfires into full-blown forest fires. 

Pa. sees record-setting number of firearm background checks

In the first quarter of 2021, the state law enforcement officials completed a record-setting 427,450 background checks alone, according to Pennsylvania State Police data.