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Wolf Expands Mask Order, Wants New Restrictions To Be Local

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Gov. Tom Wolf's administration moved Wednesday to expand its indoor mask order to public places outdoors where social-distancing is impossible, while he also said that he prefers to let Pennsylvania's local governments handle further coronavirus restrictions, as opposed to the broad shutdown orders he imposed this spring.

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More than 4,500 COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania are associated with nursing homes or personal care homes.

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Gov. Tom Wolf will sign the first bills passed by Pennsylvania’s Legislature in response to widespread protests over police brutality and the killing of George Floyd, his office said Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday granted the Democratic governor's request and took over a lawsuit by legislative Republicans that could end his pandemic shutdown order.

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Pennsylvania will offer $225 million to small businesses struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. At a press conference on Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf said residents must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, but that the state can begin to focus on economic recovery.

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Philadelphia will be under curfew again for a fifth straight night Wednesday, as Gov. Tom Wolf marched in Harrisburg with demonstrators protesting police violence against black people and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd.


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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Allegheny County is set to move into the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan on Friday. In its plan to restart the economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Wolf administration said that in order for an area to reopen, there must be sufficient capacity for both testing and case investigation, including contact tracing.

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Late Friday, the Wolf Administration released a list of 6,123 Pennsylvania companies that were granted waivers from a state shutdown order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses. The late-day disclosure came amid mounting calls for transparency about the program, though it seems unlikely to silence them.

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As expected, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday afternoon that Allegheny County and much of the surrounding region – with the conspicuous exception of Beaver County – will be moved from “red” to “yellow” status effective Friday, May 15.  But in making the announcement Wolf warned, “Residents should be mindful that yellow still means caution.” While restrictions will be eased, they will not be removed. And a spike in cases could mean a return to stricter limits.

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Twenty-four northwestern and north-central Pennsylvania counties moved into the “yellow” phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening plan Friday. That means daycares are allowed to open, as are churches and most retail businesses. 

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Rachel Levine, who heads the state Department of Health, said Saturday that counties in southwestern Pennsylvania were a priority for efforts to reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But she didn’t specifically endorse a two-week timeline suggested by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Friday. And she pushed back on suggestions that the state’s communication on reopening policy had been unclear.

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Allegheny County Fitzgerald said it’s no surprise that Allegheny County wasn’t among two-dozen counties where COVID-19 restrictions will be eased starting next week. But he’s optimistic it won’t be much longer.

Coronavirus Restrictions To Be Eased In Rural Northern PA Counties

May 1, 2020
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Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that 24 counties in rural northern Pennsylvania will see some relief from his strictest orders for residents to stay at home and businesses to close as part of a strategy to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Wolf Administration on Saturday released a third iteration of language it’s using to describe the initial benchmark that areas of the state must meet in order to be considered for reopening during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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On Wednesday evening, Governor Tom Wolf began rolling out details of his plan for reopening Pennsylvania. One of the plan's key points is a long-awaited metric for determining when a county would qualify for reopening.

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Governor Tom Wolf has set Friday, May 8 as the date for a limited reopening of society in Pennsylvania.

Wolf Offers 'Sector-Based Approach' To Reopening Economy

Apr 17, 2020
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Pennsylvania will gradually reopen its economy using a “regional, sector-based approach” and a modeling tool that will help public officials decide when it's safe, according to a plan obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release by the governor's office Friday.

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On today's program: A physicians group asks for protections against malpractice lawsuits; a look at who has the legal authority to reopen the government; and a string of middlemen, including a Pittsburgh businessman, were duped by one of the largest scams of the pandemic. 

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Times are flush in Pennsylvania — at least, according to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest budget proposal.

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Gov. Tom Wolf will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to help his fellow Democrats pick up seats and aid his push for priorities that stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature.

A campaign spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Wolf's campaign had $2.2 million heading into 2020 to help elect Democrats to the state Legislature.

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On today's program: Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the odds of a minimum wage hike in Pennsylvania; a local woman empowers her neighbors in the "forgotten" West End; and advocates are hoping a change in state law could restore thousands of suspended or revoked drivers licenses. 

How Gov. Tom Wolf Used His Veto Power In 2019

Jan 2, 2020
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One of the most powerful tools a governor has is the veto — the power to reject a majority decision by the legislature.

In fundraising emails, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf likes to remind his supporters of that power.

Gov. Tom Wolf Says 'No' To Speculation About VP

Dec 11, 2019
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The day after President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Hershey, Governor Tom Wolf is ruling out the possibility of serving as the eventual Democratic nominee’s running mate in 2020.

During a broadcast of Smart Talk at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, Wolf sought to end speculation that he could join the race.

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Governor Tom Wolf is commuting the life sentences of eight more people in prison, bringing the total to 19 since he took office in 2015.

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Governor Tom Wolf said he was surprised when, late Tuesday evening, he began hearing reports that the FBI is conducting a corruption investigation into the permits his administration issued for construction of a major natural gas pipeline.

Wolf, a Democrat, addressed the situation for the first time Wednesday afternoon, saying he is not aware of any wrongdoing.

FBI Eyes How Pennsylvania Approved Pipeline

Nov 12, 2019
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The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.

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Pennsylvania’s governor is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees.

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A Pennsylvania law is ending a requirement that telephone customers who want to remain on the state's do-not-call registry have had to renew their listing every five years.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed changes to the Telemarketer Registration Act that also allow business phone customers to sign up for the do-not-call list.

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In the latest edition of the Keystone Crossroads show Ask Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf talked about recent developments — or lack thereof — on gun restriction laws, legalizing recreational weed, education, the economy, the environment and more.