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From sales tax relief to grants, Pa. lawmakers propose ideas to help restaurants amid COVID-19 crisis

Pennsylvania should let restaurants keep sales tax to help them stay afloat

Some restaurant owners, local officials call for keeping dining rooms open

Restaurant and bar owners decry Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders, encourage others to open

Pa. Senate GOP leader calls for a special committee to review 2020 election

Senate GOP leader proposes special panel to review 2020 election

Baker to serve on election integrity and reform committee

Reform of secrecy law for Pa. utilities faces long odds despite agreement that it’s a problem

Shusterman secures $10 million in grants in her first term

We should be fired up about Scrooge-like $600 federal stimulus checks and Pa.’s bungling of housing aid | Jenice Armstrong

Oakmont councilwoman resigns borough post to join state House

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania to release COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

As vaccines roll out and holidays approach, cases continue surge in NEPA

Health officials launch online form to speed covid case investigations

Risk of community spread of COVID ‘substantial’ in all Pennsylvania counties

Some local employers unsure about mandatory vaccinations

Reading Hospital health care workers receive first doses of COVID vaccine

Pennsylvania’s covid-19 cases continue slight downward trend

Allegheny County reports Pa.’s highest batch of new covid cases

The number of COVID cases in Beaver County has almost doubled since Thanksgiving

As vaccines roll out and holidays approach, another 513 cases reported in NEPA

Berks County adds 12 new COVID deaths as the county’s 7-day case average continues to decline

The coronavirus pandemic is killing people with diabetes or Alzheimer’s who didn’t even contract the virus

Evictions, food lines, students living in a car: Pa. still struggling in COVID-19 economy

4 lessons from the HIV pandemic about changing behavior that can help with COVID-19 | Expert Opinion

Biden gets covid-19 vaccine, says ‘nothing to worry about’

Congress approves $900B COVID-19 relief bill, government spending package

Congress’ coronavirus relief bill may bring welcome changes to old PPP biz loans and fund new borrowers


Pennsylvania holds off on joining regional program to cap emissions from cars, trucks by raising fuel costs

Pennsylvania opts out of carbon-cutting pact for cars, for now


Pa. workers navigate often unreliable jobless benefits

McDonald’s donates to Wilkes-Barre Twp. police and fire department

Gym opens in defiance of state restrictions days after winning partial victory in insurance lawsuit

Gerrity’s to close New Year’s Day, pay employees

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate falls again, dips below US rate

West Chester restaurant one of a few defying Wolf’s order on indoor dining ban


Police: Suspect in McKeesport officer’s shooting maneuvered in handcuffs and fired with ‘secreted’ weapon

SCI Dallas reports 6 new cases among inmates


HS SPORTS: PIAA meets today to address return to play policies

Telepresent Santa interacts with Schuylkill IU29 students

Grading for fairness, not speed

State skirts responsibility on charters

Pa. colleges and universities alter plans for spring semester due to COVID-19


U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly asks Supreme Court to rule against mail-in voting before primary

Delaware County man charged with registering dead relatives to vote in presidential election

Local News

Reading City Council votes down reauthorizing Downtown Improvement District

Pilot project in Reading provides rental assistance and legal help during COVID pandemic

A week without mail in one Lehigh Valley neighborhood: post office delays amid holidays, coronavirus upset residents

Lower Merion keeps property tax rates unchanged for 10th straight year

No raises in new year for Westmoreland elected officials

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri chats virtually with citizens during annual forum

Pedri: County coped with challenges in “a difficult year”

Ohiopyle construction project is wrapping up

National News

Study finds age, religion, politics impact LGBTQ acceptance

New Jersey

N.J. lawmakers say yes to billions in corporate tax breaks, in less than a week


Philly will test all inmates and staff as coronavirus surges in prisons

Undocumented Jamaican couple celebrate freedom after more than two years in Philly church sanctuary

One-size-fits-all approach to rent relief leaves tenants and landlords without assistance

Former Philly controller’s employee gets prison for bribes

Coard: City Council pursuing diversity and inclusion to end Philly’s Jim Crow

SEPTA union considering legal action over COVID-19 quarantine policy

There’s 1 requirement to sit on the Philly school board nominating panel. Not everyone met it.


Port Authority unions approve two-year contract with 5.5% wage increase

City adopts budget, but with no federal relief in sight, hundreds of jobs in limbo

Pittsburgh council adopts 2021 budget, could be revised depending on federal covid relief

Pittsburgh to pursue cultural competency training for public safety

Allegheny Valley toy distribution takes on different look this year, but still makes kids smile

State News

Retired UPMC executive will lead the board at the United Way of Southwestern PA