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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...

Lawsuit challenges signature verification of mail-in ballots

Aug. 7, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

A federal lawsuit filed Friday seeks to force Pennsylvania election officials to change the way that voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots are verified, asserting that tens of thousands of voters are at risk of being disenfranchised in the fall presidential election. County election officials rely on...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 5, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Representatives should reverse whitewash of political corruption Altoona Mirror Aug. 4 Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his...

FILE - In this March 23, 2017 file photo, Pedro Rivera, secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, tours Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School in Erie, Pa. Rivera announced Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, he will be leaving the job to take another position, as schools throughout the state are scrambling to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Wolf ed head takes new job as schools grapple with reopening

Aug. 4, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's education secretary announced Tuesday he will be leaving the job to take another position, as schools throughout the state are scrambling to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans. Secretary Pedro Rivera, a member of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's cabinet for more...

Dave Sattizahn, president of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighter's Association, right, announces the cancellation of the 66th annual Schuylkill County Firemen's Convention as Joseph Gilbert Jr., fire chief of the Ringtown Valley Fire and Rescue Company, left, and Capt. Mariana Gorski-Gilbert, the chairperson of the firemen's convention, center, reacts during a press conference at the station in Ringtown, Pa., on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The convention was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fire company was the host of the convention this year. (Jacqueline Dormer/The Republican-Herald via AP)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses challenge to eviction ban

Jul. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to the governor's statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, leaving in place an order that shields renters from losing their homes for failing to pay rent during the pandemic. Two months after agreeing to decide the issue, the state's high...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania officials said Friday, July 31, 2020, the state will foot the cost of postage for voters to mail in ballots in November's general election, a move that Gov. Tom Wolf has made a priority as the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail under a new state law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania to pay for mail-in ballot postage in election

Jul. 31, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will foot the cost of postage for voters to mail in ballots in November's general election, officials said Friday, a move that Gov. Tom Wolf has made a priority as the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail under a new state law. The...

Pennsylvania reports 860 new virus cases, 14 deaths

Jul. 30, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials on Thursday reported 860 additional cases of the coronavirus, and 14 new deaths. Allegheny County reported an increase of 132 cases and Philadelphia reported 127 new cases. More than 111,000 people in Pennsylvania have tested positive for the virus since...

GOP rep blasted over parody of appeal for trans tolerance

Jul. 30, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday denounced a Republican state lawmaker and self-styled opponent of mask-wearing for mimicking the words of the state's health secretary, who is transgender, by appealing for tolerance of the “unmasked community.” Lebanon County Rep. Russ...