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Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 15, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Expand the safety arsenal to curb violence The Citizens' Voice July 10 Gun shops are among the few businesses that have thrived amid the COVID-19 public health emergency, all the more so since the Wolf administration...

First George Floyd-inspired bills become law in Pennsylvania

Jul. 14, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first bills passed by Pennsylvania’s Legislature in response to widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd became law Tuesday with Gov. Tom Wolf's signature. The two bills, which passed the House and Senate unanimously last month, are...

Vetoed petrochemical tax break bill revived in Pennsylvania

Jul. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers could vote on legislation this week that provides millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals, emerging from closed-door negotiations after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill earlier this year, officials...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

Trump campaign sues over mail-in drop-off sites for ballots

Jun. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, the national Republican Party and four western Pennsylvania members of Congress sued Monday to force changes to how the state collects and counts mail-in ballots under revamped rules. The federal lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh claims...

FILEā€”In this file photo from March 12, 2020, work continues at a shale gas well drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro is scheduled to release results on Thursday June 25, 2020 of a grand jury investigation into natural gas hydraulic fracturing. The fracking process has raised environmental concerns while turning the state into a major energy producer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Report slams drilling oversight, tells of fracking's impact

Jun. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State regulators have failed to prevent Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling industry from sickening people and poisoning air and water, a grand jury concluded in a report issued Thursday after a two-year investigation. “The giant fracking companies were given a free pass by...

Utility regulators keep moratorium on service terminations

Jun. 18, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission on Thursday rejected an attempt by one of its members to end its three-month-old moratorium preventing utilities from terminating service to non-paying customers while the state fights the spread of the coronavirus. The motion failed on a 2-2...

In a Wednesday, June 10, 2020 photo, Ellen Jones, of McCandless, prepares to sit down to visit her father Elliott Tanack, a resident of the Jewish Association on Aging's Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, through a plexiglass barrier at the facility, in Squirrel Hill, Pa. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Court to weigh state's request to close Carlisle auto show

Jun. 17, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Health Department's effort to shut down a large auto show in central Pennsylvania over claims it represents a risk to the public will be the subject of an emergency hearing, a state court said late Wednesday. The order from Commonwealth Court scheduled a Thursday morning...

Auditor's race poses historic first for candidates of color

Jun. 17, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's two major political parties have nominated candidates of color for state auditor general, a historic step that means that voters will for the first time elect a racial minority to lead a statewide executive branch office. Nina Ahmad, who came to the United States from...

Stylist Kayla Addink arranges items in her workspace Thursday, June 4, 2020, as she prepares for her first day back on the job at the West View Barber Shop when most of southwest Pennsylvania loosens COVID-19 restrictions on Friday in West View, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

12 more counties get Wolf's green light to enter green phase

Jun. 5, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will allow 12 more counties that are home to 1.3 million people to enter the least-restrictive phase of his pandemic reopening plan, even as he warned Friday of an outbreak in northwestern Pennsylvania. Wolf said that the counties — Adams, Beaver, Carbon,...