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Another Pa. health network vaccinates employees’ family

A second Pennsylvania health system has acknowledged that it gave the COVID-19 vaccine to employees’ family members, but said it halted the program after discussions with the state Department of Health. The University of Pennsylvania Health System said that its Chester County Hospital ran a ...

Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four Northeastern states voted Thursday to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking near a crucial waterway, asserting that gas development poses an unacceptable risk. The Delaware River ...

Health employee families allowed to skip vaccine line

One of Pennsylvania’s largest health networks allowed employees’ family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce supply. Geisinger’s decision to give special access to employees’ relatives earned a rebuke ...

Pa. lawmakers ask feds to waive test mandate

HARRISBURG (AP) — The chairs of Pennsylvania’s state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday asked the Biden administration to waive this year’s requirement for school standardized testing because of the pandemic. Sens. Lindsey Williams, D-Allegheny, and Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, wrote ...

Lawmakers eye impact of census delay on redrawing districts

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers worried about the delay in census results were told Wednesday it may be May 2022 before the next set of district lines for Congress and the Legislature are hammered out. The delay in getting data from the 2020 count could result in rescheduling the ...

GOP: Wolf is trying to sabotage ballot questions

HARRISBURG — Republican leaders of Pennsylvania’s legislature said Wednesday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is trying to sabotage ballot questions to amend the constitution to shift authority over the length of emergency declarations from governors to lawmakers. The measures arose ...

Lawmakers unhappy about tolls reminded of passed law

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers unhappy Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is considering tolling nine major bridges were warned about that prospect when they passed legislation in 2012 delegating approval to appointees of the governor and top lawmakers, they were told ...

Pa. experiencing highest hunger levels of pandemic

UNIVERSITY PARK — At the end of 2020, more than 12% of Pennsylvania households were experiencing hunger — the highest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “We’ve seen the media accounts of ...

Students raise $10.6 million-plus in PSU dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Penn State students managed to raise more than $10.6 million dollars for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon despite mostly virtual fundraising efforts throughout the year and having the event online due to the COVID-19 ...

PennDOT extends permit dates

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday that expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This will be the final ...