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Pa. House Control Will Likely Be Decided by Special Elections This Week

Pa. House Control Will Likely Be Decided by Special Elections This Week

| February 6, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the coming days, three special elections will likely decide which political party controls the Pennsylvania House, breaking a stalemate that has brought operations in the chamber to a complete halt.

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Pennsylvanians Were Asked What They Want to Change About the State House. Their Answer: Less Partisan Deadlock.

Pennsylvanians Were Asked What They Want to Change About the State House. Their Answer: Less Partisan Deadlock.

| February 4, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

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5 Takeaways From Our Event on Pennsylvania’s Fragmented Local Governments

5 Takeaways From Our Event on Pennsylvania’s Fragmented Local Governments

| February 4, 2023

A December Spotlight PA investigation detailed how the government of Tioga, a small borough in northern Pennsylvania, nearly collapsed after a controversial police hire unearthed disorganization, personal vendettas among elected officials, and a lack of critical oversight.

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Penn State’s Lion Ambassadors Were Accused of Hazing. Why Isn’t It on the Hazing Report?

Penn State’s Lion Ambassadors Were Accused of Hazing. Why Isn’t It on the Hazing Report?

| February 3, 2023

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When a former Penn State student claimed responsibility for vandalizing the Lion Shrine last year, she also alleged inappropriate conduct including hazing by the Lion Ambassadors, a student group responsible for giving campus tours to prospective students.

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Pa. Takes Over Troubled Mortgage Relief Program From Contractor After Complaints, Backlogs

Pa. Takes Over Troubled Mortgage Relief Program From Contractor After Complaints, Backlogs

| February 1, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In an abrupt change, Pennsylvania’s struggling mortgage relief program will no longer work with the private company originally hired to run it, and will temporarily stop accepting new applications starting Feb. 1 while it makes the transition.

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Hopes of Bipartisan Cooperation Give Way to Complete Deadlock in the Pa. House

Hopes of Bipartisan Cooperation Give Way to Complete Deadlock in the Pa. House

| January 28, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania House officially adjourned Tuesday until late February, almost certainly ending any chance of voters seeing constitutional amendments on their May ballot.

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How Pennsylvania Homeowners Can Apply for Mortgage and Utility Assistance

How Pennsylvania Homeowners Can Apply for Mortgage and Utility Assistance

| January 27, 2023

Pennsylvania received $350 million from the federal government to help homeowners who fell behind on their mortgages during the pandemic.

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Tax Caps Leave Many Pa. Municipalities with Few Ways to Raise Revenue

Tax Caps Leave Many Pa. Municipalities with Few Ways to Raise Revenue

| January 26, 2023

MCKEAN CO., Pa. – Bradford, a small city situated just a few miles south of the New York state line in McKean County, no longer has 24-hour police coverage.

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How Communities in North-Central Pa. Are Attempting to Preserve a Scarce Resource: Darkness

How Communities in North-Central Pa. Are Attempting to Preserve a Scarce Resource: Darkness

| January 23, 2023

Communities in north-central Pennsylvania are taking action to limit outdoor artificial lighting that is encroaching on what has become a crucial resource in the region: darkness.

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Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro Loosens His Predecessor’s Notoriously Strict Gift Ban for Top Officials

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro Loosens His Predecessor’s Notoriously Strict Gift Ban for Top Officials

| January 21, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Top officials for Pennsylvania’s governor are now allowed to accept an occasional free lunch while on duty.

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