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Rows of school buses are parked at their terminal, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Pennsylvania schools are working on how they will safely transport students this fall, but one idea that won't be part of the plan is to install plastic barriers around school bus drivers. The state Transportation Department rejected that idea recently, saying there wasn't evidence it'll make anyone safer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Buses pose particular challenge for schools' pandemic plans

Jul. 11, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to construct plastic barriers around school bus drivers as a COVID-19 mitigation tactic was shot down by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a sign of one particular challenge — among many — schools face as they plan for a fall reopening. The state...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

Monique Jones, left, of Erie, receives a face mask Friday, July 10, 2020 from Rajahnee Hollamon, a member of the Blue Coats, in the 900 block of East Eighth Street in Erie, Pa. A group of volunteers was canvassing the neighborhood to educate residents about COVID-19. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)

Pennsylvania reports 1K new virus cases, 1st time since May

Jul. 10, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — New confirmed coronavirus infections in Pennsylvania hit their highest one-day mark since May on Friday, with state officials blaming the rising numbers on crowded bars where people aren't wearing masks and on out-of-state travel to virus hot spots. Pennsylvania reported more than...

Pennsylvania to extend eviction moratorium to Aug. 31

Jul. 9, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until Aug. 31, saying renters need more breathing room in the midst of the pandemic. The Wolf administration has been facing growing calls to extend the four-month-old moratorium — which had been set to lapse Friday...

Pennsylvania tries luck again in mini-casino license auction

Jul. 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will again seek to auction a mini-casino license on Sept. 2, under orders from state lawmakers in search of cash for a treasury starved of tax collections from shutdowns to contain the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday scheduled the auction...

Lawmakers take up fight against governor's climate strategy

Jul. 8, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives moved Wednesday to ensure that it can block Gov. Tom Wolf from imposing a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants as part of a multi-state effort, although the bill is destined for a veto. Wolf, a Democrat, has...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 8, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: For new police oversight commission to work, Philly must learn from its past The Philadelphia Inquirer July 8 After weeks of protest against police brutality and racism in policing, Philadelphia City Council unveiled its...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Rodano's staff member Mikayla Cook wears her mask at the Public Square business as she waits for the evening flow of customers, Monday, June 29, 2020. The bar/restaurant requires staff to all wear masks as well as taking digital temperatures of customers entering the establishment in Wilkes-Barre Pa. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

Jul. 7, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appeared possible in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surged, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants, according to health officials. Already, Allegheny County, where...

Toledo police to temporarily suspend use of solo patrols

Jul. 6, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The police chief of Toledo says he is temporarily suspending use of single-officer patrols following the shooting death of an officer gunned down in a store parking lot by an intoxicated man holding a beer. Chief George Kral told reporters Monday that the suspension “can't be...