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Pa.’s Failure to Mandate Quicker Death Reporting Before the Coronavirus Fueled Wild Data Fluctuations, Mistrust

Pa.’s Failure to Mandate Quicker Death Reporting Before the Coronavirus Fueled Wild Data Fluctuations, Mistrust

| September 24, 2020

For years, Pennsylvania has had a hard time counting its dead.

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Top Pa. Republican’s Campaign Sues Journalists Over Public Records Costs

Top Pa. Republican’s Campaign Sues Journalists Over Public Records Costs

| September 16, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The campaign committee of the state Senate’s top Republican is suing a publication of LNP Media Group and two journalists who uncovered questionable spending by the lawmaker and other politicians.

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Federal Judge Rules Gov. Wolf’s Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Rules Gov. Wolf’s Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

| September 14, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge has ruled that key components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus mitigation strategy are unconstitutional, including a statewide limit on how many Pennsylvanians can gather in one place.

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Top PA. GOP Lawmaker Taps Politically Connected Lobbyist to Be Chief of Staff

Top PA. GOP Lawmaker Taps Politically Connected Lobbyist to Be Chief of Staff

| September 14, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman has tapped a top lobbyist with a politically connected Harrisburg firm to serve as his new chief of staff, the latest high-profile example of the cozy relationship between elected officials in the Capitol and special interests trying to influence them.

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A Vital Rental Assistance Program Is Riddled With Problems As Pa. Prepares to Resume Evictions

A Vital Rental Assistance Program Is Riddled With Problems As Pa. Prepares to Resume Evictions

| August 28, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — It wasn’t until the summer, after leaving his job as a drug treatment counselor, that James Pride began to fall behind on rent. Pride, 61, has a chronic lung condition and the risk of getting sick at work was too high.

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Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Pa. to Legalize Marijuana, Provide More COVID-19 Relief This Fall

Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Pa. to Legalize Marijuana, Provide More COVID-19 Relief This Fall

| August 25, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf wants state lawmakers to legalize recreational cannabis this fall and spend $1 billion in federal funds to expand access to child care and provide more COVID-19 relief to small businesses and others affected by the pandemic.

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Dark Money Mystery: Top Pa. Lawmaker Helped Raise Cash for Nonprofit Whose Agenda is Largely a Secret

Dark Money Mystery: Top Pa. Lawmaker Helped Raise Cash for Nonprofit Whose Agenda is Largely a Secret

| August 20, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In early March, a little-known Pennsylvania nonprofit called the Growth and Opportunity Fund Inc. hosted a gathering of donors at a California golf resort frequented by professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and presidents.

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Public Record or Trade Secret? Battle Over Number of Liquor Licenses Could Go to Pa. High Court

Public Record or Trade Secret? Battle Over Number of Liquor Licenses Could Go to Pa. High Court

| August 12, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — What began as a simple request for information about liquor licenses in Pennsylvania has turned into a protracted court battle pitting the public’s right to government records against the state-run liquor board’s ability to make money.

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Pa. Cancels on Volunteer Coronavirus Contact Tracers, Moves to Hire 1,000 Paid Staff

Pa. Cancels on Volunteer Coronavirus Contact Tracers, Moves to Hire 1,000 Paid Staff

| August 6, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Health Department last week abruptly canceled a session to train volunteers to trace the contacts of people infected with the coronavirus, a critical practice in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Pa. Pursuing New Cleaning Plan for Capitol Complex After Custodial Worker Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

Pa. Pursuing New Cleaning Plan for Capitol Complex After Custodial Worker Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

| August 4, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will spend up to $5 million on a new contract to ramp up cleaning in the Capitol Complex after a state custodial worker in Harrisburg tested positive for the coronavirus.

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