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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

Pennsylvania lawmaker stricken with brain cancer dies

Jan. 17, 2021 1:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator stricken with brain cancer died Sunday, his family said. Sen. Dave Arnold, R-Lebanon, died peacefully at home with his wife and daughter by his side, his family and staff said in a statement distributed by the Senate Republican press office. “It...

With the U.S. Capitol in the background, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Guard troops pour into Washington as states answer the call

Jan. 16, 2021 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation's capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own...

Members of the Washington National Guard stand at a sundial near the Legislative Building, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

States declare emergencies, close capitols ahead of rallies

Jan. 15, 2021 5:55 PM EST

Responding to warnings of potentially violent demonstrations, governors across the nation are calling out National Guard troops, declaring states of emergency and closing their capitols to the public ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are...

Governor doubles Pennsylvania Guard sent to help Washington

Jan. 15, 2021 5:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will double the number of National Guard members it's sending to help secure Washington after the violent riot last week in which angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he was sending about 1,000 more to help...

FILE - Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Joanne Rogers, widow of TV's famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

Jan. 14, 2021 8:42 PM EST

Joanne Rogers, an an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children's TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful...

Orange fencing is set up outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in advance of Joe Biden's Presidential Inaugural in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)

Guard to defend Pennsylvania Capitol, city to close streets

Jan. 14, 2021 4:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A few hundred members of the Pennsylvania National Guard will be brought in to protect the state Capitol and other potential targets of unrest and violence in the week ahead, authorities said Thursday. Law enforcement leaders said plans to handle any potential violence toward the...

Aid runs low for key Pennsylvania virus containment program

Jan. 13, 2021 6:09 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wolf administration officials said Wednesday that Pennsylvania does not have the money to maintain a key feature of its response to coronavirus outbreaks in the state's nursing homes, and are working to retain a short-term, scaled-down model now that federal funding has run out....

Pennsylvania lawmakers sue over Delaware River drilling ban

Jan. 12, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania are seeking to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, filing a federal lawsuit against the regulatory agency that oversees drinking water quality for more than 13 million people. Senate Republicans led by Sens. Gene Yaw and...

Democrat gets Pennsylvania Senate seat after GOP court loss

Jan. 12, 2021 4:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s state Senate said they will stop blocking a Democrat from taking his seat in the chamber after his unsuccessful GOP challenger lost another bid in court Tuesday to overturn the results of the close race. U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas...