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Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

HARRISBURG (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appeared possible in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surged, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants, according to health officials. Already, Allegheny County, ...

Pittsburgh’s spread helps drive up state COVID-19 infections

HARRISBURG (AP) — The rising number of COVID-19 infections in the Pittsburgh area helped drive Pennsylvania’s number of confirmed new cases to 667, the state Health Department said Friday. Pennsylvania’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 34 to more than 6,700 since the ...

Mask order inflames partisan COVID fight

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s more expansive mask order issued this week as the coronavirus shows new signs of life in Pennsylvania and the July Fourth holiday starts has been met with hostility from Republicans objecting to the Democrat’s use of power or even to wearing a mask ...

Sleeping young children unharmed when man steals car says authorities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two young children were unharmed when the car they were in was stolen early Thursday from a Philadelphia takeout restaurant while their mother was inside the business, authorities said. The mother was picking up food and had left the vehicle running as the children — a ...

Pa. court rejects bid to end shutdown

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders. A divided court ruled that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it was not ...

Eviction ban nears an end

HARRISBURG (AP) — Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the pipeline as Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration. The application period for aid begins Monday to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance ...

Hershey warns of banning single-use plastic bags

From staff reports HARRISBURG — Bans and fees on single-use plastic bags could prove to be costly and have unintended consequences, according to a study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The recently released study ...

Pennsylvania finishes year $3B behind because of pandemic

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania state government finished its fiscal year about 9% short of its initial revenue estimate, a result of the state’s coronavirus-related shutdowns and delayed tax-filing deadlines, the Department of Revenue said Wednesday. The state collected $32.3 billion for ...

Man serving time in robbery convicted of slaying 2 afterward

LEBANON (AP) — A man serving time in an eastern Pennsylvania credit union robbery two years ago has been convicted in the shooting deaths of two men officials alleged he hired to transport him after the robbery. Jurors convicted Gilberto Torres Reyes of two counts of first-degree murder and ...