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Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid virus uncertainty

May. 26, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government began advancing a temporary, no-new-taxes budget plan Tuesday that maintains current spending levels while budget makers watch to see how badly coronavirus-related shutdowns damage tax collections and whether the federal government sends another aid...

Larry Danko at his business Monday morning, May 25, 2020 in Plains, Pa. After being shut down since March, Larry Danko defied a state order and reopened his fitness center in Plains Twp. at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning even though Luzerne County remains in the red phase. Police and state regulators are cracking down on a handful of Pennsylvania businesses that are supposed to remain shut down during the pandemic but have instead thrown open their doors. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Police, regulators target businesses flouting Wolf shutdown

May. 26, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police and state regulators are cracking down on a handful of Pennsylvania businesses that are supposed to remain shut down during the pandemic but have instead thrown open their doors. Small business owners have protested Gov. Tom Wolf’s closure of...

The statue of Public Broadcasting Service's Fred Rogers, the host of children's program

#143Day: Fred Rogers and a day of kindness in Pennsylvania

May. 23, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Mister Rogers would have liked it: a day to be extra kind to your neighbors. The day was Friday -- Pennsylvania’s second annual 1-4-3 Day, an occasion when state officials encourage people to share their acts of kindness and gratitude. This year, a focus was first responders and essential workers who are...

With the exception of the cleaning staff, the center court at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield, Pa., near Pittsburgh, remains clear of large crowds on Monday, March 18, 2020, despite some businesses in the mall remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic. (Steve Adams/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

Malls look toward rocky future following pandemic

May. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — America’s once-dazzling shopping industry is facing blow after blow as department stores anchoring malls across the country file for bankruptcy, a move that could leave already struggling shopping malls permanently in the dark. Sales have plummeted, with a record 16% drop in retail...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Hawley Antique Exchange manager Angela Gayes Soden turns the store's open sign in Hawley, Pa. on Friday, May 22, 2020. Many Wayne County businesses opened on Friday for the first time since March as the county moved to the yellow phase of reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown of non-essential businesses. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP)

All of Pennsylvania poised for at least a partial reopening

May. 22, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday he is easing some pandemic restrictions in Philadelphia and the heavily populated suburbs on June 5, while lifting them almost entirely in 17 rural counties next week as Pennsylvania continues to emerge from a shutdown imposed nearly two months ago to help...

Pennsylvania track to resume racing, flouting shutdown

May. 22, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania dirt track that says it’s already been cited twice for flouting Gov. Tom Wolf’s business shutdown was expected to draw hundreds or even thousands of people to its first auto races of the season this weekend. Penn Can Speedway in rural Susquehanna County planned to hold races on its...

A row of signs advertising jobs are posted in front of a Burger King restaurant, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Harmony, Pa. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania jobless rate hits 15.1% as payrolls collapse

May. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate skyrocketed in April, at the height of the pandemic-driven shutdown, to its highest rate in over four decades of record-keeping, the state said Friday. Meanwhile, payrolls fell by more than 1 million to the lowest level in at least three...

Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania

May. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania must boost its testing numbers several times over to meet Gov. Tom Wolf's goal of administering a weekly coronavirus test to well over 100,000 people in long-term care facilities across the state, a gigantic undertaking that health officials are scrambling to make a...

Carolyn Lauer takes a break from tending a gravestone to talk with her sister Nancy Kissinger, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Calvary Cemetery in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The siblings were cleaning family grave markers in advance of Memorial Day. While doing the annual work, Lauer, 67, of Lawrence Park Township, Erie County, wore an American flag-themed face mask that she made herself.

Governor eyes lifting of many more pandemic restrictions

May. 21, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some counties in Pennsylvania could see practically all of the state's pandemic restrictions on business activity and gatherings lifted in the coming days, other than social-distancing and health-monitoring guidelines that are in place to help stop the spread of the coronarivus....