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Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 12, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Stalling by PIAA and Wolf on fall sports leaves schools, students in limbo The Citizen's Voice Aug. 7 Facing a decision of monumental importance to students, schools and parents, Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania...

Head coach Zachary Reichert, left, takes Nicholas Giuffre's temperature prior to the start of Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that

PIAA wants meeting about 'possible options' for sports

Aug. 12, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania school sports’ governing body has told Gov. Tom Wolf it wants to talk with his aides about “possible options for fall sports” among its member schools. The letter from Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association executive director Robert...

Pennsylvania mayors appeal to Congress for federal aid

Aug. 11, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Mayors in Pennsylvania are challenging the state's members of Congress to help them get direct budget aid from the federal government, warning that cities of all sizes face steep deficits and deep service cuts as a result of the coronavirus' impact on the economy. With Washington in...

Victim in fatal Ventnor police shooting is Pa. man, AG says

Aug. 11, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was shot and killed by police last week after he allegedly advanced on officers while armed with a broken bottle along a southern New Jersey roadway, officials announced Tuesday. Ventnor and Atlantic City officers responded shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a 911...

Republicans aim new bills at shutdowns of schools, athletics

Aug. 10, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania say they want to give parents more power to let their children repeat a year of schooling if they feel their child didn't get the education they needed or missed out on a year of athletics amid shutdowns during the pandemic. Rep. Jesse...

Pennsylvania may seek federal loan to pay jobless benefits

Aug. 10, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has contacted the U.S. Department of Labor about a loan to prop up its unemployment compensation trust fund as President Donald Trump pushes states to help pay for a new round of federal unemployment benefits. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Monday it was waiting for...

Schools to get more state virus analysis to guide reopening

Aug. 10, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Under pressure to give schools more health guidance about how to safely reopen, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Monday that it will provide recommendations to school districts based on the local rate of transmission of the coronavirus. The Department of Health plans to provide an...

Increased student harm, suicide tips reported during COVID

Aug. 7, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

Reports of suicidal or self-harming thoughts made to Pennsylvania’s mandatory harm reporting system for schools increased after classrooms were shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office released an annual report showing tips to the Safe2Say Something...

Chase Fenstermacher kicks the ball during a wall pass drill at Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that

Panel delays decision on Pennsylvania sports for two weeks

Aug. 7, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The governing body for Pennsylvania school sports on Friday delayed making, for at least two weeks, a decision about whether to follow the governor's recommendation and cancel sports until January. The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said mandatory fall...

Volunteers load up vehicles at the Johnstown Galleria in Johnstown, Pa. for the fourth Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank drive-up distribution event on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Wolf roils youth sports world by urging halt until January

Aug. 6, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up with a news...