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Testing delays scrutinized as Wolf announces state aid for Lehigh Valley firm

Democratic lawmakers grilled state Health Department officials on COVID-19 testing issues in Pennsylvania at a hearing Tuesday.Across the state, citizens have reported delays of...

‘This is about local control’: House GOP rolls out fall sports, school reopening bills

Days after the Wolf administration recommended the optional postponement of the fall sports season, a Republican lawmaker says he wants to take that power...

Pa. awards $96 million in first round of COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses

There were nearly 50,000 applicants for the first round of grants, CDFI officials said, showing the need for assistance. Ultimately, 4,933 recipients were chosen. 

Report: Pa. may ask Washington for help paying enhanced unemployment benefits

The Wolf administration said Monday that reducing the benefit from $600 a week to $400 a week will make it harder for families to get by.

Conservative watchdog files complaint over DePasquale campaign spending

The complaint from FACT, a non-profit group founded in 2014 with ties to conservative dark money groups, mirrors an April complaint filed by Tom Brier, a Hershey attorney who ran against DePasquale in the June 2 primary. 

So about that Pa. Turnpike pot bust | Editorial Cartoon

Pa. State Police arrested two men, charging them with trying to illegally bring $200K worth of marijuana into southwestern Pennsylvania.

Philly launches initiative to help students gain internet access

PHLConnectED is part of the first stage of the city’s larger digital equity initiative that supports internet adoption and digital literacy skills development for all Philadelphia residents.

Wolf administration recommends schools cancel sports until Jan. 2021

In a statement, the agencies said that's only a "strong recommendation" and "not an order or mandate."

State officials say Pa.’s dog law enforcement is on ‘life support’

Without an increase in funding, supporters said they worry about what will happen to the state’s dog population, officials said Wednesday.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Pa. Education Secretary Rivera announces departure while schools scramble for fall plans

The turnover comes as public schools across the state scramble to finalize fall reopening plans amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The news was first reported by the Associated Press. Rivera will remain in his current position until October, the AP confirmed.