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People wait outside as a poll worker prepares the voting place before the polls open for the Pennsylvania Primary election, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania primary begins amid unrest, pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is holding a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that has pushed county election bureaus to their limits. Department of State spokeswoman Wanda Murren said the...

Protesters gather on Interstate 676 in Philadelphia, Monday, June 1, 2020 during a march calling for justice over the death of George Floyd in Philadelphia, Monday, June 1, 2020. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Police fire tear gas, nonlethal bullets in Philadelphia

Jun. 1, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting the police treatment of black people spilled onto an interstate highway in the heart of Philadelphia on Monday afternoon just before a curfew took effect, leading law enforcement to fire nonlethal bullets and tear gas and halting traffic during the evening...

Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Governor moves deadline to count mail-in ballots amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid protests over George Floyd’s death across Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered Philadelphia and five other counties to keep counting ballots in the primary election that arrive by mail for seven days after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline. Wolf, a Democrat, made the...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says he is extending voting by mail for 7 days for Philadelphia, 5 other counties after Tuesday

Jun. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says he is extending voting by mail for 7 days for Philadelphia, 5 other counties after Tuesday.

Pennsylvania's tax collections suffer for 3rd straight month

Jun. 1, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government's revenue shortfall grew in May to $2.6 billion, as the effects of the state's coronavirus-related shutdowns and delayed tax-filing deadlines hammered tax collections for a third straight month. The state collected $2.1 billion in May, which was $440...

DA: State to probe missing $150,000 drug forfeiture money

Jun. 1, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The district attorney of the Pennsylvania county of Lancaster says she's asking the state attorney general's office to investigate $150,000 in missing drug forfeiture money. District Attorney Heather Adams says the seized cash was unaccounted for during an internal audit and...

Philadelphia police, left, confront protesters during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia Protest on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day, after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Fires set, stores damaged as peaceful protests turn violent

May. 31, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Saturday to protest the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, but the peaceful demonstrations later turned violent with police cars set ablaze and protesters smashing store windows and journalists attacked. Both cities...

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)

Governor to lift more pandemic restrictions in Pennsylvania

May. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in an additional 16 counties home to nearly 3 million people, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday as afflicted Philadelphia also began mapping its way out of the crisis. The counties are in western...

A woman wearing a mask and gloves exits The Shop, a convenience store in downtown Milford, Pa. on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Pike County is moving to Governor Tom Wolf's

Claims backlog persists; Pennsylvania park beaches to reopen

May. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials said Thursday they’re making progress, but acknowledge more needs to be done to whittle down an unemployment compensation claims backlog that has persisted for more than two months. Jammed phone lines, balky computer systems and unreturned emails remain an...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Legislature sends bills on virus aid, $25B budget to Wolf

May. 28, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in the...