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 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    September 17, 2020 

Proposed Laws Regarding Solar Power Could Help Dairy Farmers

Proposed legislation enabling electricity credits for community solar panels may just benefit Pennsylvania’s struggling farmers the most. At least, so say the clean energy groups testifying in favor of Pa. House Bill 531 the first week of...


Pa. Supreme Court Bars Trump Campaign From Election Lawsuit

The state’s highest court said neither the president’s reelection campaign – nor the national Republican National Committee – can intervene in a state lawsuit brought against election officials. The split decision comes six weeks after Pa. Se...

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    May 21, 2020

Governor Signals Hope for June NASCAR Race at Pocono

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said a NASCAR event planned for the Pocono Raceway next month can proceed if the county progresses to the yellow stage of his phased economic reopening plan. “If Monroe County goes to yellow before that race happens and NASCAR,...

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    April 16, 2020

Pennsylvania's Top Health Official Warns Against GOP Push to Reopen Businesses

Pennsylvania’s top health official warned lawmakers against legislation that would reopen some of the state’s businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine wrote a letter to the General Assembly discouraging...

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    April 2, 2020

Pennsylvania food secure, still panic buying persists

As Pennsylvania braces for another month of social distancing, state officials pleaded with residents to stop panic buying and supply hoarding. There’s more than enough for everyone, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says, and there will... Full story

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    March 26, 2020

Pa. Delays Primary Election Until June 2

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously agreed Tuesday, March 24, on a plan delaying the state’s primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Bill 422 heads back to the upper chamber for a concurrence vote... Full story

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    March 26, 2020

Pa. Reconsiders Closing Liquor Stores

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Sunday night, March 22, that he’s reconsidering his order to shutter liquor stores as part of the state’s coronavirus mitigation effort. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board closed 600 wine and spirits stores... Full story

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    March 12, 2020

State Officials Aim To Quell Election Day Concerns Ahead Of Pa. Primary

Pennsylvania State Department officials assured lawmakers that errors and delays will not plague the upcoming April 28 primary, despite the ongoing implementation of sweeping voting reforms enacted last year. “We will be ready,” Secretary of Stat...

 By CHRISTEN SMITH    News    March 5, 2020

Pa.'s Medical Marijuana Program Shortages To Subside

Pennsylvania’s two-year-old medical marijuana program serves 160,000 active patients and, sometimes, keeping products in stock proves challenging. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine says, however, this problem will soon resolve itself. “I...


Lawmakers Grill Pa. State Police Over Municipality Service Fee

House lawmakers grilled the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) on Feb. 20 over the governor’s proposal to raise $136 million for the agency via municipality service fees that some see as akin to a tax increase. “We were told this is a...


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