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Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions

Sep. 17, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Thousands of students have requested to go mask-free in Pennsylvania schools, claiming a medical exemption amid fierce local opposition to the state's new face-covering mandate. The order, which went into effect Sept. 7 and applies to all K-12 schools and child care...

GOP lawmakers vote for subpoena seeking voter information

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate prepared Wednesday to test how far they can go in pursuing what the GOP calls a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election, as Democrats accused them of helping perpetuate the “big lie” of baseless...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 15, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sept. 11, 2021. Editorial: A lawsuit built on hypocrisy Fourteen Republican members of the state House have filed a legal challenge to the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting — a law that 11 of those esteemed...

In election fraud quest, GOP seeks details on who voted

Sep. 14, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Senate pursuing what they call a “forensic investigation” of last year’s presidential election said Tuesday they plan to subpoena records that detail who voted, including their driver’s license number and the last four digits of...

Ex-federal prosecutor under Trump joins GOP governor primary

Sep. 13, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bill McSwain, the top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia under former President Donald Trump, will run for Pennsylvania governor, he announced Monday, joining a crowded Republican field that may get bigger yet. McSwain's announcement — his first...

Wolf pulls election nominee, slams Senate GOP over handling

Sep. 13, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday withdrew his nominee to be Pennsylvania’s top elections official, accusing state Senate Republicans of turning the confirmation process into a partisan charade. Wolf said Republican leaders were seeking a...

Prison guards union asks court to review vax-or-test mandate

Sep. 13, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The union that represents corrections officers in Pennsylvania prisons wants a state court to intervene over the governor's recent mandate that they all get coronavirus vaccines or submit to weekly testing. The six-page Commonwealth Court...

Wetzel leaving as prisons chief, Wolf names acting successor

Sep. 13, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will soon leave the job he's held for more than a decade and be replaced by a top administrator at the agency, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Wolf plans to name as acting secretary George...

Can a mathematician help prevent gerrymandering in Virginia?

Sep. 12, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

When Virginians voted last year to create a commission to draw the state’s political districts, many hoped to head off the partisanship that has marred previous redistricting efforts. Gerrymandering — rigging maps to favor a political party or candidate — has long...

The Latest: Ex-Afghan leader hosts tribal elders on 9/11

Sep. 11, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s first 2001 post-Taliban president Hamid Karzai marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America with a meeting of tribal elders at his high-walled compound in the Afghan capital where he has remained with his family since the August return of...