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Levine Questioned on Missing Pa. Nursing Home Data in Federal Confirmation Hearing

Levine Questioned on Missing Pa. Nursing Home Data in Federal Confirmation Hearing

| February 26, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — During a federal confirmation hearing Thursday, former Health Secretary Rachel Levine was questioned about the ongoing data discrepancies in Pennsylvania’s public reports on nursing home coronavirus deaths and cases.

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Counties Will Again Be Unable to Process Mail Ballots Early During Pa.’s Primary Election

Counties Will Again Be Unable to Process Mail Ballots Early During Pa.’s Primary Election

| February 25, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Local officials in Pennsylvania are facing another election without extra time to process mail ballots, likely leading to delayed results and putting increased pressure on counties reeling from the most expensive contest ever.

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Pa.’s New Auditor General Says His Election Was Fair, But He Won’t Talk About the Others

Pa.’s New Auditor General Says His Election Was Fair, But He Won’t Talk About the Others

| February 20, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state’s new auditor general — charged with serving as an independent and impartial fiscal watchdog on behalf of taxpayers — has refused to affirm that the 2020 election was fair and accurate, despite his own victory.

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The Inside Story of How Pennsylvania Failed to Deliver Millions in Coronavirus Rent Relief

The Inside Story of How Pennsylvania Failed to Deliver Millions in Coronavirus Rent Relief

| February 16, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — It was late August, just past noon, and time was running out.

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Delay in Census Data Could Put Transparency in Pa.’s Redistricting Process at Risk

Delay in Census Data Could Put Transparency in Pa.’s Redistricting Process at Risk

| February 16, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The data needed to redraw Pennsylvania’s political districts is more than five months behind schedule, raising concerns among advocates for fair maps that state lawmakers could use the delay to fast-track the redistricting process and make it less transparent.

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pa.’s Frustrating Vaccine Rollout

The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pa.’s Frustrating Vaccine Rollout

| February 13, 2021

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a frustrating vaccine rollout, and that might put it lightly.

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Lack of Targeted Outreach, Translated Materials Leaves Latino Community Behind as Pa. Struggles with Vaccine Rollout

Lack of Targeted Outreach, Translated Materials Leaves Latino Community Behind as Pa. Struggles with Vaccine Rollout

| February 9, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the weeks since Pennsylvania began its coronavirus vaccine rollout, the Wolf administration has stood by its localized, do-it-yourself system for finding and booking appointments, despite widespread frustration among residents.

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How Some PA. Lawmakers Score a ‘Golden Parachute’ To Pad Their Pensions

How Some PA. Lawmakers Score a ‘Golden Parachute’ To Pad Their Pensions

| February 8, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Members of Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board, whose responsibilities include meeting once or twice a month — three times in busier months — have among the highest-paid positions in state government, with annual salaries topping $145,000.

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PA. House Moves to Get Legal Relief for Clergy Abuse Victims Back on Spring Ballot

PA. House Moves to Get Legal Relief for Clergy Abuse Victims Back on Spring Ballot

| February 5, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In a rarely used move, leaders in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have agreed to employ an emergency tactic to allow voters to decide whether survivors of decades-old sexual abuse should have a chance to sue the perpetrators and institutions that covered up the crimes.

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In Race for COVID-19 Vaccinations, Older Residents in Rural Pa. Face Tough Obstacles

In Race for COVID-19 Vaccinations, Older Residents in Rural Pa. Face Tough Obstacles

| February 5, 2021

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Pa. — Robert Keen figured his year of dodging the coronavirus was over.

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