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New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose mask mandates

Jul. 28, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are exhausted and confused over constantly shifting...

The Latest: S Korea sets another new high for daily cases

Jul. 27, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting a new daily high for coronavirus cases a day after authorities enforced stringent restrictions in areas outside the Seoul capital region seeking to slow a nationwide spread of infections. The 1,896 cases announced Wednesday...

No mask mandate, but Pennsylvania urged to follow guidance

Jul. 27, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he is not considering a statewide mask mandate as coronavirus cases surge in Pennsylvania and across the country, while his administration said it is not requiring masks in schools. Wolf, speaking on KDKA-AM in...

Transportation funding report could launch years of debate

Jul. 27, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A transportation funding commission is preparing to recommend how to raise billions more dollars in Pennsylvania for a 21st-century highway system, a report that will land at a politically touchy time and is expected to kick off a debate that could last years. ...

GOP officials decry order to yank vote machines over 'audit'

Jul. 23, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican elected officials from a small, rural Pennsylvania county urged state officials Friday to reconsider a decision to require new voting machines because a software firm was allowed to inspect the equipment after the election. Stuart...

DOJ won't investigate how Pennsylvania handled nursing homes

Jul. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Justice Department told Gov. Tom Wolf's office on Thursday that it has decided not to open an investigation into whether Pennsylvania violated federal law by ordering nursing homes to accept residents who had been treated for COVID-19 in a hospital. ...

Governor says his position on voter ID hasn't changed

Jul. 22, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

LOGANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — With talks on wider election-related legislation at a standstill, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that his position on expanding Pennsylvania's voter identification requirements has not changed, and that he is against anything that would “suppress the vote.” ...

Proposed rule would require nursing homes to boost staffing

Jul. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Wednesday said it wants to require nursing homes to boost staffing levels, announcing the first in what officials describe as a series of updates to outdated long-term care regulations that have been in place for more than 20 years....

Pennsylvania decertifies county's voting system after audit

Jul. 21, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top election official has decertified the voting machines of a sparsely populated county that disclosed that it had agreed to requests by local Republican lawmakers and allowed a software firm to inspect the machines as part of an "audit" after the 2020...

Pennsylvania defends new, no-bid deal for contact tracing

Jul. 21, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials on Wednesday defended their decision to award another no-bid deal for COVID-19 contact tracing after a serious data breach involving the state’s previous vendor, calling it an urgent priority with cases rising and schools preparing to...