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Pennsylvania Will Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Memorial Day

Pennsylvania Will Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions on Memorial Day

| May 5, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will lift most coronavirus-related restrictions on Memorial Day, state officials said Tuesday, as counties see cases plateau or decline. But the state’s universal masking order will remain in place until more people are vaccinated.

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Pa. Supreme Court Picks Former Pitt Chancellor to Chair Powerful Redistricting Commission

Pa. Supreme Court Picks Former Pitt Chancellor to Chair Powerful Redistricting Commission

| May 4, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A former University of Pittsburgh chancellor will chair the committee in charge of drawing Pennsylvania’s legislative districts, a potentially tie-breaking position that can influence who holds power in the General Assembly for the next decade.

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Are Pa.’s State House and Senate Maps Gerrymandered? Depends on How You Measure Them.

Are Pa.’s State House and Senate Maps Gerrymandered? Depends on How You Measure Them.

| May 4, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — When Amanda Holt was preparing to vote in 2010, she noticed something odd about the congressional districts within her county.

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Pa. Supreme Court Will Pick Chair of Powerful State Redistricting Panel

Pa. Supreme Court Will Pick Chair of Powerful State Redistricting Panel

| May 1, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will pick the chair of a powerful redistricting panel after the General Assembly’s top leaders deadlocked on who should cast the likely tie-breaking vote on new legislative maps.

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Oversight of Pa. Recovery Homes Stalls as Officials, Advocates Disagree On Best Approach

Oversight of Pa. Recovery Homes Stalls as Officials, Advocates Disagree On Best Approach

| April 30, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — State officials charged with instituting oversight for addiction recovery homes say a regulatory system with financial, safety, and training requirements will save lives.

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How We Investigated Pennsylvania’s Addiction Treatment Industry and Found Weak Oversight of Providers

How We Investigated Pennsylvania’s Addiction Treatment Industry and Found Weak Oversight of Providers

| April 30, 2021

Pennsylvania is at the epicenter of the nation’s opioid crisis, ranking among the top five states for overdose death rates and top 10 for number of adults suffering from substance use disorder in recent years, according to national data. And the addiction treatment industry here is growing.

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Fundamental Flaws: Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

Fundamental Flaws: Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

| April 29, 2021

When Ian Kalinowski was at work, his mom usually texted him. So when he saw her number show up as an incoming call around lunchtime one Tuesday, he figured it had to be important.

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Anticipating ‘Partisan’ Impasse, Democrats Ask Court to Prepare to Draw Pa. Congressional Map

Anticipating ‘Partisan’ Impasse, Democrats Ask Court to Prepare to Draw Pa. Congressional Map

| April 28, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A group of Pennsylvania Democrats is asking a state court to make preparations to take over congressional map-making duties, betting the divided government in Harrisburg won’t come to an agreement in time for the 2022 elections.

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Pennsylvania Will Lose a U.S. House Seat After Redistricting

Pennsylvania Will Lose a U.S. House Seat After Redistricting

| April 27, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will lose one of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Census Bureau has confirmed, setting up a high-stakes redistricting process as Democrats and Republicans battle to protect their incumbents.

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Sunoco Failed to Disclose Some Risks of Mariner East Pipeline, Was ‘Negligent’ in Response to Concerns, Judge Rules

Sunoco Failed to Disclose Some Risks of Mariner East Pipeline, Was ‘Negligent’ in Response to Concerns, Judge Rules

| April 26, 2021

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In 2018, the superintendent of a Chester County school district wrote to Gov. Tom Wolf, beseeching him to conduct a risk analysis of a pipeline system called Mariner East, running volatile, natural gas liquids roughly 500 feet from some of her schools. The district, she said, did not know how to safely […]

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