Coronavirus – COVID-19

Hazard pay program to aid essential workers across Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf announces $50 million in grants for hazard bonuses to Pa. front-line workers

Pennsylvania announces coronavirus ‘hazard pay’ program of $3 an hour for front-line workers making less than $20 an hour

Wolf Administration offers $50 million in business grants to cover “hazard pay” for essential workers

Some Pa. workers can get a temporary $3 an hour raise under new state grant

Coronavirus ban on utility shutoffs in Pa. stays in place after PUC vote ends in a tie

Hospitals must continue to report coronavirus data to Pa. amid federal shakeup

Allegheny County sees decrease in COVID-19 cases for second straight day

Allegheny County reports 140 new coronavirus cases; health officials reviewing restrictions

NEPA records two new COVID-19 deaths, only 19 cases

6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County; 781 statewide

Berks County has 19 new coronavirus cases as Pennsylvania reports 781 statewide

New COVID-19 data system led by local firm steps up load on hospitals, raises transparency woes

Berks commissioners create panel of health care professionals to help guide coronavirus response

Coroner Graham Hetrick vents about COVID-19 face mask mandates: ‘It should be a choice’


Scranton would get big budget break from state tax bill

State Rep. Boyle proposes legislation to allow municipalities to set their own minimum wage

Use new law to diminish housing blight


Wolf says he opposes open records bill, despite unanimous support

Wolf will veto Grove’s bill targeting RTKs

Wolf yanks virus funding from rebellious Lebanon County

Pennsylvania officials warn of dangers of hot cars for children, pets as temperatures rise


Have Pa. bars, restaurants found a loophole in Gov. Wolf’s new mandates?

‘We’re scapegoats,’ say suburban Philly restaurant and bar owners fighting back at tighter coronavirus restrictions

Why do Pennsylvania restaurants face tougher coronavirus restrictions?

What constitutes a meal? Lehigh Valley bars, breweries and wineries scramble to comply with Gov. Wolf’s latest restrictions

Restaurateurs hopeful to weather new round of COVID-19 restrictions

Berks restaurants continue adapting to deal with new coronavirus restrictions

New COVID-19 rules for bars need clarification, Bucks County says

Chester County Commissioners urge patience with new restrictions

Business owner reads between lines to get ahead of pandemic

Pa. winemakers call for clarity in new COVID-19 mitigation restrictions even as they look to comply

5 more workers test positive for covid-19 at Beaver County ethane cracker site

Giant Eagle defends mask policy in answer to lawsuit

Elliott Group to close Rostraver facility, impacting 40 jobs

COVID forced working moms like me to prove we’re superheroes. But how long can we last? | Opinion

Schuylkill Valley Sports closing 9 of 10 stores, including Wyoming Valley Mall location

Drive-in theaters touted as ideal spots during pandemic despite low attendance rates

Change needed: U.S. coin shortage hits local businesses

Another Luzerne County furniture store closing


Video shows police hitting restrained Poconos resort guest in head during arrest

In wake of Pocono resorts’ arrests, NAACP wants videos and police policies reviewed

Police investigate fatal shooting in McKeesport

Iowa drug kingpin who killed 5 set for execution Friday


Wolf willing to ‘pull the plug’ on school reopening if new COVID surge can’t be stopped

State issues health guidelines for reopening schools

Pa. recommends 6-foot distancing all day in schools; teachers union calls for districts to plan for online-only learning

Hybrid return to school may be best, Pa. education chief says

State pushes hybrid school week as COVID-19 cases surge

Here’s how Pa. thinks schools can reopen safely from the coronavirus shutdown

State releases more guidance on school reopening

What will school look like this fall? Teachers, top educators grapple with safety, financial concerns

Berks Catholic will start school year with in-person classes, Allentown Diocese says

Montgomery County official: ‘no way possible to guarantee that any school will be free of the coronavirus’

Beaver County schools start to plan for fall

Lackawanna Trail discusses reopening plans

Schools can’t reopen safely without better COVID testing for kids, say these Philly pediatricians l Expert Opinion

Plum residents show support for, opposition to school director over Facebook post

PIAA willing to be flexible to preserve fall sports season

Pa.’s cyber-charter schools are flourishing, not failing — before, during, and after COVID-19 | Opinion

Feds should help schools, not hinder

High-stakes decisions, including mergers, will be needed to grow State System, chancellor says

Pa. teachers union urges Gov. Wolf to require schools have an online option in re-opening plans

Pennsylvania could integrate 6 state universities, including Cal U, Clarion, Edinboro, Slippery Rock

Ousted Lincoln University president Brenda Allen has sued the trustees, saying they illegally conspired to fire her

Penn State denies removal of tweet was related to welcoming conservative views


National groups come to the aid of Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Bucks County

Tens of thousands of mail ballots have been tossed out in this year’s primaries. What will happen in November?


Live! Casino Pittsburgh gears up for hiring more than 500 positions in Hempfield

Pennsylvania casino revenues down 18%, hammered by pandemic

Local News

Authority amends contract with DeNaples firm to include municipal recycling fees

Organizers working to establish Lackawanna County chapter of NAACP

Upper Darby rolls out new beautification effort

Westmoreland County to cap initial coronavirus grants for small businesses, nonprofits at $25K

Hempfield resident confronts maskless county controller at commissioners meeting

Vandergrift pool to reopen Friday after possible covid-19 exposure

WB Council rejects Citizen Police Review Board ordinance

Benefit drive-in concert at arena raises money for local venues

Route set for Hazleton’s Rockin’ the County concert

National News

Mortgage rates drop below 3% for first time, tempting homebuyers

Washington NFL team faces sexual harassment claims from 15 women

Natural Gas

Grand jury report on fracking will not help Pennsylvanians | Opinion


Besieged, then betrayed

Philly’s small businesses hit by COVID land grants from PayPal and other sources

Paul Robeson House among 27 Black institutions awarded combined $1.6M from National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Parking Lot Social, a drive-in experience for the social-distancing age, is coming to Philly’s Navy Yard next week

Philadelphia gyms can reopen Monday, with rules on masks and social distancing

Point Breeze rental complex proposed under plan to keep homes affordable even if landlord changes

Pregnant woman fatally wounded in North Philly shooting

Philly postpones clearing out of Parkway homeless encampment

Big event cancellations will strain SEPTA. But new rider habits are the bigger concern.

Reopening plan for Philly schools exposes bigger weaknesses in system | Editorial


Allegheny County health director offers new guidance on who should be tested

Port Authority to buy six more electric buses

PWSA, state Attorney General’s Office reach settlement in lead contamination case

Mother of Duquesne University student who fell to his death is still seeking answers

State News

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission post on International Snake Day draws viewers to post more snakes

Annual PA Society gala in NYC cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns


Sen. Bob Casey calls for families to be released from ICE centers, including in Berks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Constitution Center, says America’s founding principles are under assault