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While children aren’t required by the state to wear masks in child care facilities, staff are.

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Despite consolidated polling locations, the coronavirus pandemic, and protests across the city, voters showed up in person to cast their primary ballots in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted Tuesday to lay off 500 fare collectors and other toll workers and make the entire interstate network a cashless system.

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On today's program: While protests continue across the country, organizers worry some may be losing sight of the goal; how Pennsylvania chooses to reopen could sway voters in the next election; and voters get ready for Pennsylvania’s primary elections today. 

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Pennsylvania is holding a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that has pushed county election bureaus to their limits.

Governor Moves Deadline To Count Mail-In Ballots Amid Unrest

Jun 1, 2020
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Amid protests over George Floyd’s death across Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he is ordering Philadelphia and five other counties to keep counting ballots in the primary election that arrive by mail for up to seven days after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline.

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Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that the deadline in six counties for mail-in ballots for the June 2 primary election to arrive at county election offices will be extended by one week.

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Pennsylvania state government's revenue shortfall grew in May to $2.6 billion, as the effects of the state's coronavirus-related shutdowns and delayed tax-filing deadlines hammered tax collections for a third straight month.

Your Questions About Voting In The Pennsylvania Primary, Answered

Jun 1, 2020
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The June 2 primary in Pennsylvania is occurring during an exceptional event — the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tuesday marks the 2020 primary, but this year’s will be a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together this checklist of things to know:

PA Businesses Push For Protection From Consumer Lawsuits During COVID-19

Jun 1, 2020
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Leaders from Pennsylvania’s business, manufacturing, and health care industries are calling on the state to broaden liability protections to companies during the pandemic, saying without them economic growth will be hampered by an onslaught of lawsuits. 

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News on the coronavirus pandemic, including the responses of local governments, health departments, hospital systems, schools and other institutions. For information from the previous week, click here

Editor's note: This post will be frequently updated with the latest news.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

11:40 a.m. – No new COVID deaths in Allegheny County

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For 60 years, the Three Rivers Arts Festival has been held largely outdoors. Recent festivals have drawn some 500,000 visitors to Point State Park over 10 days, making it Pittsburgh's biggest public arts event.

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Gov. Tom Wolf is confident that Pennsylvania students will return to their schools this fall.

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

Federal investigators will soon release a report on what led to the novel coronavirus outbreak at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

Wolf To Lift More Pandemic Restrictions In Pennsylvania

May 29, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in an additional 16 counties home to nearly 3 million people, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday as afflicted Philadelphia also began mapping its way out of the crisis.

Keith Srakocic / AP

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center got nearly twice the federal stimulus aid of its closest competitors, new numbers show, despite the fact that many of its hospitals are in parts of the state that were not among the hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Legislature Sends $25B Budget, Virus Aid Bill To Wolf

May 29, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Claims Backlog Persists

May 29, 2020
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State officials said Thursday they’re making progress, but acknowledge more needs to be done to whittle down an unemployment compensation claims backlog that has persisted for more than two months.

A federal judge ruled late Wednesday that the Pennsylvania Department of State must provide a way for visually-impaired voters to fill out an absentee or mail-in ballot online, print it at home and return it to their county elections office. 

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Plow Ahead On Budget, Emergency Aid

May 28, 2020
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A temporary, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion spending package headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk on Thursday, passed in speedy fashion barely 48 hours after its details first became public in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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A shaky camera comes to rest on a business owner sitting in their bar, or salon, or living room. They take a deep breath, and then begin to make their case.

Schools Relieved As PA Budget Poised To Avoid Education Cuts, For Now

May 28, 2020
Keith Srakocic / AP

It appears Pennsylvania’s public schools will get at least a one-year reprieve from any large-scale, state budget cuts.

DEP Stood To Gain New Staffers, But Now Faces Flat Funding To Start Next Fiscal Year

May 28, 2020
Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection was hoping to welcome 25 new staff members in the next fiscal year. 

Matt Rourke / AP

More than 70,000 Pennsylvanians have been infected with the coronavirus, the state Health Department said Thursday, and 108 more state residents have died from it.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

On today's program: A local author revisits the motivations behind one of history's most influential political wives; some big businesses in Pittsburgh could face grim prospects; and a new private grant program offers small businesses an alternative to federal loans. 

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Despite new state guidelines that permit pools to operate under Pennsylvania’s yellow phase of COVID-19 reopening, many aquatic facilities in Allegheny County are likely to remain dry this summer.

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Like her students, 32-year-old Carla Anderson is home from college.

Will Mail-In Voting Turn Election Day Into Election Week?

May 27, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

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Joe Biden offered high praise for Pennsylvania’s chief executive on Wednesday, saying Gov. Tom Wolf’s phased plan for easing coronavirus restrictions is “the kind of thing we should be doing nationally.”

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