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About half of Pa. counties took a week to count election results. Lehigh Valley elections officials support proposed changes to fix that.

Republican lawmaker calls police after ‘aggressive and belligerent’ call with Democratic colleague over LGBTQ bill

Toohil takes part in hearing on effect of COVID-19 on mental health

Rep. Diamond: ‘Being transgender is not a vaccination against criticism’ for Dr. Levine

Coronavirus – COVID-19

‘Good news’ on coronavirus case totals in Philly; Delaware students will get hybrid or virtual educations this fall

Allegheny County reports more than 100 new cases of COVID-19

The coronavirus positivity rate for Berks County again high at over 8%

Westmoreland County has smallest increase in new covid-19 cases since June

14 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; 854 statewide

Montgomery County reports 2 coronavirus deaths over 7-day period

Region sees first COVID-19 deaths in almost a week

Nursing home COVID-19 cases spike in Allegheny County


Pa. secretary of education set to leave post for new job in Lancaster

Pa. education secretary will step down in October to lead Lancaster technical college

Casey, Wolf call for renewal of $600 additional unemployment payment

Restaurants and bars banding together to give Gov. Wolf an ultimatum


Months later, some still wait for unemployment money

$2.65M in CARES Act funding announced for NEPA small businesses

Distilleries raced to make hand sanitizer for the pandemic. No longer.

The 20 largest layoffs in Pa. so far this year: hotels, casinos, hospitals and more

Massive Berks County warehouse gets its tenant: Amazon, which is planning to hire more than 1,000 workers

The kegs are kicked: Here’s why the COVID pandemic has been costly for Pa. craft brewers

Shell: 17 new COVID cases at cracker plant, 14 active


Less than half of the Lehigh Valley’s police departments have any kind of accreditation

Only two prison inmates have tested coronavirus-positive in the last 70 days


On the fence: Teachers, excited to get back in the classroom, remain concerned about coronavirus risks

Scranton parents say no ‘right answer’ exists for return to school

Hanover Area to be 100% online through September

Exeter School District will start classes virtually

Antietam School District will hold all classes virtually through October

School District of Lancaster to start school year fully online, pivoting from original hybrid reopening plan

Franklin Regional pushes back start date, modifies reopening plans

Bethel Park scraps full in-person learning, leaning toward some in-school days, some days online

Newport School District to go back to school in person, five days a week this fall

Chester County Health Department issues school guidance

Op-Ed: Pa.’s schools are left with few good options and little help

Uniontown school district says no to fall contact sports

High school bands eager to march on through pandemic

EPC’s delay on fall sports is official: no football games until Oct. 2

No school, no sports

Local colleges pave the way for international students to start studies in their home countries, given visa restrictions

Lincoln, Cheyney share $3 million award in COVID-19 relief

Kutztown University reopening plan criticized in letter circulating online

About 1,000 Kutztown University faculty, others see flaws in reopening plan, press for moving fall classes online

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons is expected to opt out of the 2020 season: Report


Biden is trying to have it both ways on fracking. That could cost him in Pa. | Mark O’Keefe

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri “shocked” to be mentioned in White House media briefing

In Kansas primaries, Kobach loses GOP Senate race as incumbent Rep. Watkins is defeated

Wanted: Young people to work the polls this November

Health Care

Health clinic for homeless in need of help


Isaias leaves destruction and thousands in Philly region without power: ‘The worst … is yet to come’

Hundreds of thousands lose power across Philly area as Isaias lashes region

tornadoes confirmed from Isaias, including in Bucks and Montgomery counties

Isaias brings flooding, power loss and chaos to Delaware County

Local News

Cognetti makes personnel moves, plans structural changes in 2021 budget

Tarentum increases fine for excessive police calls to at least $300

O’Hara Council: Squaw Valley Park is now O’Hara Township Community Park

Some community yard sales proceed, others are scrapped, amid pandemic concerns

Westmoreland sheriff uses antibody tests to screen deputies for coronavirus

Greensburg plans 5 Star Trail renovations

Weekly COVID meetings resume in Greater Hazleton

Resolution withdrawn: Allentown City Council won’t vote Wednesday to censure Siegel, Gerlach

Lancaster County will not open police communications for public listening, commissioners decide

National News

Minneapolis commission takes up proposal to disband police

Colorado police apologize over viral video of cops handcuffing Black girls in a mistaken stop

U.S. appeals court: New policy on immigrants already does harm


Once-homeless Philly families are squatting in city-owned houses. PHA wants them out.

Rethinking SEPTA’s Regional Rail could benefit Philly’s neighborhoods | Editorial

Philly start-up MedCoShare aims to create the city’s first coworking space for medical practices

Legislators concerned about Kenney administration’s lack of an official plan for rebooting economy

Lemonade kid Micah Harrigan has a new spot and will get sweet gifts from Splenda

Whether we march or not, don’t think we don’t grieve for Zamar Jones, the latest child gun violence victim | Jenice Armstrong

Vine Street Expressway, SEPTA Regional Rail shut down because of unsecured barge

Reducing Philly’s trash requires big change. Here’s how we can start. | Opinion


Children’s Museum cuts 129 employees, won’t reopen until January

Pittsburgh Public Schools wants all teachers, staff back in buildings by early October

Man critically injured in Wilkinsburg shooting

City, AFSME local reach six-year collective bargaining agreement

Two weeks in, restaurant inspection team targets those not following the rules

Allegheny Land Trust receives more grant funding toward acquisition of former Churchill Country Club

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest canceled

Why does it look like PGH cops are arresting as many BLM protesters as possible?

State News

MotoAmerica will race in front of fans this weekend at Beaver County track

USDA: ‘Mystery seeds’ include common plants, herbs but still should not be opened

Interim reprieve for renters

Where have 165 cases of rabies been found in Pennsylvania?


Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

World News

Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion killed at least 100