EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania
Counting of mailed ballots in Pennsylvania is drawing renewed scrutiny amid a too-close-to-call U.S. Senate primary between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s elections procedures on social media, even though there are no indications of any wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that was slowing the tally in one county.
GOP fears far-right candidate will be PA governor nominee
With six days until Pennsylvania's primary, Republicans are openly worrying that a leading candidate in the crowded GOP field for governor is unelectable in the fall general election and will fumble away an opportunity for the party to take over the battleground state's executive suite. Doug Mastriano, 58, a state senator since 2019 and a retired U.S. Army colonel, is running to the right of the nine-person Republican field and against the party's establishment in a state still roiled by former President Donald Trump's baseless conspiracy theories that Democrats stole the 2020 election there. Mastriano is a prominent peddler of the unsubstantiated claims that widespread fraud marred the 2020 election and that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was responsible for thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.news.yahoo.com
GOP's election inquiry: Courts, conspiracies and more costs
A Republican inquiry into Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud has spawned several court cases as it expands, grows in cost and shows signs it will drag well into 2022.
Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional
A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented. Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will likely appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, triggering a stay and leaving the lawnews.yahoo.com
GOP effort to inspect Pennsylvania voting machines advances
The inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican county in Pennsylvania appeared ready to go forward Friday in a GOP effort inspired by former President Donald Trump's baseless claims about fraud in the 2020 election. A state judge rejected attempts by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to block the inspection without certain agreements in place. State lawyers had fruitlessly tried to get Fulton County officials to agree to their demands on protocol, including sharing the identity of who will inspect the voting machines and allowing a state-designated voting machine expert to observe and record it.news.yahoo.com
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said his wife dropped off his ballot for him, which is illegal and punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison
"My wife actually dropped it off personally two weeks ago, so it's there," Wolf said in a radio interview. A spokesperson said it was an "honest mistake."news.yahoo.com
Pennsylvania governor recalls nominee due to 'Donald Trump's fantasy' about 2020 voting irregularities
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he would recall his Senate nomination for secretary of the commonwealth due to the "bad faith" actions by Republicans attempting to audit the 2020 presidential election results.news.yahoo.com
Pennsylvania voters impose new limits on governor's powers
Pennsylvania voters became the first in the nation to impose restrictions on a governor's authority under an emergency disaster declaration, approving constitutional amendments sped to a statewide referendum by Republican lawmakers angry over how Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf handled the pandemic response. The vote on Tuesday's statewide primary ballot came as Republican lawmakers across the country have sought to roll back the emergency powers governors wielded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans see the referendum as a victory with strong political overtones, as the state gears up for a wide-open governor's race in 2022 and Wolf leaving office after two terms.news.yahoo.com
A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post
Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on March 24, confirmed Levine to be assistant secretary of health. She becomes the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP, File)Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate has confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health. She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. She won confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate.
A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post
Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on March 24, confirmed Levine to be assistant secretary of health. She becomes the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP, File)Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health. She is the first openly transgender federal official to win Senate confirmation. She won confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate.
States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge
Giving the vaccine to teachers and other school staff “will help protect our communities," Pennsylvania Gov. The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered all states to make teachers, school staff, bus drivers and child care workers eligible for shots. In Wisconsin, teachers will get priority when the state receives its first shipment of about 48,000 doses of the J&J vaccine, health authorities said. In Texas, where teachers have been battling to gain access to shots, state officials on Wednesday ordered vaccine providers to begin administering shots to school workers. “The more people we can get the safe and effective vaccine, the faster we can return to a sense of normalcy,” Michigan Gov.
The Latest: SKorean economy shrinks for 1st time in 22 years
It marked the first annual contraction for the country’s economy since 1998, when it was in the midst of a crippling financial crisis. In comparison, the federal government previously said 38% of people would receive two doses by the end of June. Still, that’s 700,000 doses on hand, when the state is getting 200,000 doses this week, rising to 223,000 next week. AdBharat Biotech has already signed an agreement with Brazil to supply 20 million doses of the vaccine by September. ___COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s mask mandate will continue until a “critical mass” has been reached of people who have received the coronavirus vaccine, a spokesperson for Ohio Gov.
Kapanen scores twice; Pens welcome back fans with 5-2 win
Kapanen scored two goals and the Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night. Penguins’ players raised their sticks and saluted the fans in attendance following the win. Following a scoreless first period, Farabee and Kapanen scored 1:07 apart to open the second period. The Flyers will welcome fans back to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday against Washington. The Penguins scored three goals and outshot the Flyers 13-3 to start the second period.
The Latest: NBA's Hornets ready to welcome fans again
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, passes the ball over Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, second from right, as Hornets forward P.J. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Charlotte Hornets are getting set to welcome fans for home games. The Hornets’ reopening plan has been approved by state and county authorities and allows the team to host fans at 15% capacity, approximately 3,000 per game. “We are excited about the opportunity to welcome more fans to our outdoor venues,” the university said in a written statement. AdTuesday night’s game will be the first game with fans in attendance at PPG Paints Arena since last March.
States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington
– Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout. North Carolina's governor wants additional state aid for such things as bonus pay for teachers and boosting rural internet speeds. The spending also provides fuel for critics who say states don’t need another massive infusion of cash from Congress. “The cascading effect, it’s actually a problem that most states are grappling with ... waiting for the relief money out of the feds,” she said. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, unveiled a $695 million emergency budget proposal that would use state money to address needs related to the coronavirus.
Race to vaccinate older Americans advances in many states
Two months after the first COVID-19 shots were administered, the race to vaccinate older Americans is gaining traction, with more than half of states reporting that a third of people 65 and up have received their first dose. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Two months after the first COVID-19 shots were administered, the race to vaccinate older Americans is gaining traction, with more than a third of people 65 and up having received their first dose in states that have provided data. Vaccine hesitancy is dropping quickly as older Americans talk to their friends who have been vaccinated, he said. Still, the vaccines have already had a real impact on the lives of older Americans. Lynn Bender and her husband, Mark Bender, both 70, got their second vaccine dose two weeks ago.
Pivotal election figure leaving job under an unrelated cloud
Tom Wolf's cabinet under a cloud that has nothing to do with last year's election. But after navigating the sea of challenges in 2020, Boockvar is leaving her job in Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet on Friday under a cloud that has nothing to do with last year's election. I head the agency.”Neither Boockvar nor Wolf's press secretary would say whether the governor asked for or demanded her resignation. AdShe was a senior advisor to Wolf on election modernization before the governor elevated her to be secretary of state in January 2019.
The Latest: Wet snow turns to sleet in northern New England
A sprawling, lumbering winter storm has walloped the Eastern U.S., shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit. In its second day in the Northeast, a snow storm left nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in parts of New Hampshire. The Yale New Haven Health system, which runs several hospitals in southern Connecticut, said its vaccination sites were closed Tuesday and staff were contacting people to reschedule appointments. In New England, nearly 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow piled up in southeast New Hampshire, and the mountains were getting heavy snow as well. The National Weather Service reported 30 inches of snow fell in parts of Sussex and Morris counties on Monday.
The Latest: Massachusetts braces for snow's arrival, wind
The winter weather prompted school districts to cancel in-person learning on Monday, and many COVID-19 vaccination sites were closed and rescheduling appointments. As much as 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow was predicted to fall in areas throughout the day Monday and overnight. 11:30 a.m.BOSTON — The second phase of Massachusetts’ coronavirus vaccine rollout is being disrupted by a winter storm that’s causing schedule changes and at least one vaccination location to shutdown. A winter storm warning remained in effect until Tuesday for much of the state. Most of the state remained under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories that were expected to remain in effect through Tuesday morning.
State lawmakers are pushing to curb governors' virus powers
He is supporting a bill that would limit local emergency health orders to 14 days unless authorized for longer by the Legislature. Though legislative resistance to executive coronavirus orders has fallen largely along partisan lines in some states, lawmakers elsewhere are pushing back against governors of their own parties. Rob McColley introduced a bill this week that could rescind emergency health orders issued by Gov. Democrats who control the Maryland General Assembly are pressing for more transparency from Republican Gov. He is supporting a bill that would limit local emergency health orders to 14 days unless authorized for longer by the Legislature.
Democrat John Fetterman looms tall — in person and in politics
At 6'8" Fetterman looms tall both in person and in politics. — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) January 7, 2021"Getting on Twitter every morning's like starting the day with a dog-turd-and-motor-oil smoothie," Fetterman told contributor Mark Whitaker. Invisible no longer, last October she captured a verbal assault while out shopping, where a woman called her the N-word:*TRIGGER WARNING* I love love love this country but we are so deeply divided. "No, no, American taste god, yes," Fetterman said, "which I guess is ironic because I have no taste, but I just am what I am. The fact that somebody that looks as unfortunate as I do sometimes would be an American taste god by the Bible of American taste, you know, I didn't see that coming!cbsnews.com
Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary
(Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. A transition spokesperson also said Tuesday that Dawn O’Connell will serve as senior counselor for coronavirus response to the health and human services secretary. O'Connell most recently served as director of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and was the senior counselor and deputy chief of staff to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell during the Obama administration.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf criticizes politicians who spread "conspiracy and disinformation"
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf criticizes politicians who spread "conspiracy and disinformation" At the opening of a briefing Friday on the state's fight against COVID-19, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf criticized politicians he said spread lies and disinformation about the state's election results, and said those who incited Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol should be ashamed. Watch a portion of his remarks.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says those who incited Capitol riot "should be ashamed"
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf denounced the violet mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this week at the outset of of his Friday briefing on COVID-19 in the state. "The truth is that Pennsylvania and every state in this nation had fair and secure elections in November. Mr. Biden topped the president in Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes, flipping the state Mr. Trump had won by more than 44,000 votes in 2016. Though the objection failed in both chambers and was denounced by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, also a Republican, eight of the nine Republican representatives from Pennsylvania voted in favor. On Friday, Wolf also refused to call for the resignation of Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who was in Washington to attend the rally Wednesday.cbsnews.com
Northeast digs out after deadly winter snowstorm
At least five people died as a winter storm swept through the Northeast this week, resulting in treacherous road conditions. A deadly pileup in central Pennsylvania on Wednesday involved more than 60 vehicles. Seth Wenig / APHazardous conditions in the Northeast aren't expected to let up in the coming days. Windchills are expected to dip into the teens and single digits through Friday, creating dangerous road conditions. Despite concerns over shipment delays of the coronavirus vaccine, St. Luke's University Health Network in Pennsylvania received its first Pfizer vaccine delivery Thursday morning.cbsnews.com
Winter storm brings dangerous conditions to the Northeast
There are warnings from Virginia to Maine to stay off the roads as conditions get worse. "This is going to be a serious storm, and people need to take it seriously," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. Coronavirus testing sites are shutting down in several states, including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Cars drive on a snow-covered Route 422 at the Penn Street Cloverleaf in West Reading Wednesday afternoon December 16, 2020, during a snow storm. Restaurants in New York City, thousands of which have already closed because of the pandemic, must close their outdoor dining operations starting Wednesday, the city's Department of Sanitation said.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania orders new COVID-19 restrictions
Pennsylvania orders new COVID-19 restrictions Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced new restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, shutting down indoor dining, gyms, extracurricular school activities and more for three weeks starting Saturday. CBSN Philly has details.cbsnews.com
Watch Live: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf holds press conference as new COVID-19 restrictions expected
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine are holding a virtual press conference Thursday to provide an update on COVID-19 in the state and encourage residents to remain vigilant. They are speaking as new restrictions are expected, CBS Pittsburgh and CBS Philly report. How to watch Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Levine give COVID-19 updateWhat: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine host a virtual press conference to give an update on COVID-19. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine host a virtual press conference to give an update on COVID-19. Wolf said Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 but was "feeling well" and didn't have any symptoms.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announces new COVID-19 restrictions
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update on COVID-19 in the state Thursday, and announced new restrictions to help slow the spread. "It's become clear that we need to take further mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19." Wolf encouraged residents to order takeout to help the struggling restaurant industry, and also urged Congress to pass a relief bill to help businesses. More than 12,000 deaths in the state have been attributed to COVID-19, with about 1,000 of those occurring in the last week, she said. Wolf said Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 but was "feeling well" and didn't have any symptoms.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tests positive for COVID-19
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tests positive for COVID-19 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement on Wednesday, the 72-year-old said he has no symptoms and is feeling well. CBS Philadelphia has more.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tests positive for COVID-19
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor announced Wednesday. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf seen September 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. The governor learned of his positive test result following what he said was a routine test Tuesday. Wolf is the latest governor to test positive for the disease. In November, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak all tested positive for COVID-19.cbsnews.com
Philadelphia officials offer COVID-19 update as cases spike in the state
Philadelphia officials gave an a COVID-19 update Tuesday as Pennsylvania is seeing a spike in both reported coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kennedy and and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley discussed efforts to stem the surge of infections in the city, which reported more than 2,700 new cases and 22 deaths on Monday, according to Philadelphia Public Health. The "Safer at Home" measures also restrict the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings and ban indoor celebrations that include people from more than one household. A man rides a bicycle past Temple University Hospital, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Philadelphia. Hospital beds are filling up and medical staffs are being stretched to the limit as Pennsylvania's health care system copes with a growing number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania official urges people to participate in COVID-19 case investigations
Pennsylvania officials discussed COVID-19 testing and tracing efforts in the state at a briefing on Tuesday. Lindsey Mauldin, special assistant on contact tracing for the Department of Health, urged people to participate in case investigations. "If you test positive for COVID-19 and are considered high risk, you will receive a call from a case investigator," she said. Officials say COVID-19 is spreading in all communities. According to contact tracing, these are the locations visited by people recently infected.cbsnews.com
Rep. Mike Kelly asks Supreme Court to nullify Biden win over Trump in Pennsylvania as he challenges mail-in ballot rule
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) speaks during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to issue an emergency order that would block his state from taking further action to certify its election results showing a win for President-elect Joe Biden over President Donald Trump. Tom Wolf certified that the Democratic former vice president won the state and its 20 Electoral College votes. Given that, Kelly asked the Supreme Court to "nullify" Wolf's certification and all other actions that would legally confirm Biden's victory. His filing Tuesday also asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his challenge to a change in mail-in ballot rules in the state.cnbc.com
Rep. Mike Kelly asks Supreme Court to nullify Biden win over Trump in Pa. as he challenges mail-in ballot rule
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) speaks during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Tom Wolf certified that the Democratic former vice president Biden won the state and its 20 Electoral College votes. Given that, Kelly asked that the Supreme Court "to "nullify" Wolf's certification and all other actions that would legally confirm Biden's victory. His filing Tuesday also asked Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his challenge to a change in mail-in ballot rules in the state. Trump has refused to concede to Biden, claiming falsely that he won the election, and that there was widespread ballot fraud.cnbc.com
Pennsylvania and Nevada certify Biden wins over Trump
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign event at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pennsylvania, October 24, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | ReutersPennsylvania and Nevada on Tuesday officially certified that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in both states' elections, making Trump's effort to reverse Biden's projected win in the Electoral College even more unlikely to succeed. Nationally, Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes — 36 more than he needs to clinch the presidency — compared with 232 electoral votes for Trump. The Electoral College is scheduled to meet and vote on Dec. 14. Bob Bauer, the Biden campaign's senior legal advisor, in a statement said, "It's readily apparent to everyone besides Donald Trump, [Trump campaign lawyers] Rudy Giuliani, and Jenna Ellis that this election is over and that Joe Biden won resoundingly."cnbc.com
Pennsylvania secretary of state says "majority" of ballots counted, and several hundred thousand remain
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told reporters on Thursday evening that there are "several hundred thousand ballots remaining to be counted," but added "we already have counted the majority of ballots." Boockvar said that military and overseas ballots will be counted through Tuesday, and said that provisional ballots need to be counted as well. As of early Thursday evening, President Trump had 50% of the vote in Pennsylvania compared to former Vice President Joe Biden's 48.8%, with 93% of the vote counted. Mr. Trump visited Pennsylvania 13 times while Biden made 16 trips, and both were there on the eve of the election. "As a country and a commonwealth, we must reject efforts to intimidate election workers and prevent votes from being counted," he said.cbsnews.com
Pennsylvania officials give election update
This story will be updatedOfficials in Pennsylvania held a press conference Wednesday morning to give an update on the state's election. Both President Trump and Joe Biden see Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes as essential to winning the election, a fact illustrated by their frequent visits during the campaign. Mr. Trump visited Pennsylvania 13 times, while Biden made 16 trips, and both were there on the eve of the election. Pennsylvania's GOP legislature blocked earlier Democratic efforts to allow election officials to start counting absentee ballots before Election Day, contributing to the backlog of ballots that now remain uncounted. Deeley emphasized that the record-breaking number of mail-in ballots are being diligently counted.cbsnews.com
Coronavirus divide: Battle over reopenings across the U.S. is increasingly partisan and bitter
The battle over stay-at-home orders and the pace of allowing businesses to reopen have taken an increasingly partisan bent. In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court took Republicans side in throwing out the Democratic governors stay-at-home order. Thats what we ask.AdvertisementShe said lives have been saved because of the states stay-at-home order, which is effective through May 28. The place is bustling!Officials in some cities across Wisconsin, however, are choosing to continue following the states stay-at-home orders. In Minnesota, small retail stores will be allowed to reopen starting Monday, when the states stay-at-home order expires.latimes.com
As protesters decry U.S. coronavirus lockdown, officials urge caution
The economic damage has led to increasing agitation for relaxing social-distancing restrictions, especially as the rate of coronavirus hospitalizations and other indicators of the outbreaks severity have begun to level off in recent days. Protests demanding an end to stay-at-home restrictions also were held in Pittsburgh and in the Connecticut state capital, Hartford. Demonstrators gather to protest against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 20, 2020. Researchers on Monday began conducting antibody blood tests on New York state residents to obtain a baseline of how many may have actually been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Cuomo said specimens would be collected from a random sample of 2,000 people a day in what he called the most aggressive such project to date in the United States.feeds.reuters.com
As protesters decry U.S. coronavirus lockdown, officials plead for caution
Demonstrators gather to protest against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 20, 2020. Protesters who drove in front of the capitol honked on their horns for hours. All the projections were wrong, but we are still telling people to stay home and businesses to close. Slideshow (24 Images)Trumps guidelines to reopen the economy recommend a state record 14 days of declining case numbers before gradually lifting restrictions. Residents in Florida were allowed to return to some beaches after Governor Ron DeSantis approved the relaxing of some restrictions.feeds.reuters.com
Watch live: Northeastern governors make announcement about the coronavirus outbreak
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will join with other governors in the northeastern U.S., including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, to make an announcement about the states' response to the coronavirus outbreak. Read CNBC's live updates to see the latest news on the COVID-19 outbreak.cnbc.com
New York, New Jersey and other Northeastern states form coronavirus working group to decide when to ease restrictions
New York, New Jersey and four other Northeastern states are forming a working group to keep a close watch on the coronavirus outbreak throughout the region and coordinate plans to reopen parts of the economy as soon as it's safe to do so. Tom Wolf said on a conference call Monday led by New York Gov. There are more than 558,000 cases in the U.S. as of Monday afternoon with more than 300,000 of them concentrated between the six Northeastern states. U.S. law gives state governors wide latitude to protect the health and safety of their constituents. Trump also never declared a nationwide lockdown, so there's no mechanism by which he could order a nationwide reopening now.cnbc.com
Fanatics shifts production from MLB jerseys to masks and gowns to fight coronavirus
They were supposed to be celebrating Opening Day, but instead Major League Baseball and Fanatics are teaming up for a very different cause: the fight against COVID-19. Sports apparel maker Fanatics' 360,000 square-foot plant in Easton, Pennsylvania is usually rolling out MLB jerseys by the thousands this time of year, but on Thursday the retailer and MLB have halted production efforts of baseball jerseys to begin making safety masks and gowns for healthcare workers on the front line. As baseball season and nearly every other sport is temporarily on hold, it's left companies like Fanatics looking for new ways to find purpose. Fanatics fell into the "non-essential" items category as defined by the government, forcing the closure of their factory last week. The Fanatics founder said he called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to see if the league would be okay with halting production of baseball jerseys and instead pivot to making masks and gowns.cnbc.com
Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health dangers
Ewing has no known environmental cause, and gas industry officials say there is no evidence linking pediatric cancer to drilling. "I understand and support the concerns of parents and desire of community members to learn more about the possible reasons for these cancer cases." The research, he said, is meant to address "the concern that there is a relationship between hydraulic fracturing and childhood cancers." Friday's announcement came after residents and activists had expressed anger and frustration over the state Department of Health's handling of the pediatric cancer crisis. Residents blasted health officials at an October information session at Canon-McMillan High School, in a district where there's been a half-dozen cases of Ewing sarcoma.chicagotribune.com
Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome
A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania's Democratic governor. Pennsylvania law allows abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy for any reason except to select a gender. The bill would have added to that prohibition a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, with exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergency. Down syndrome is a genetic abnormality that causes developmental delays and medical conditions such as heart defects and respiratory and hearing problems. The Pennsylvania Family Institute, a conservative advocacy group active in opposing abortion, said medical professionals have pressured women and families to have abortions after a Down syndrome diagnosis.chicagotribune.com
Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits
Tom Wolf with a 182-5 vote, along with a measure that invalidates secrecy agreements in lawsuit settlements that prevent child sexual abuse victims from talking to investigators. Wolf's office said he intends to sign the bills and a third measure that increases and clarifies penalties for mandated reporters who do not report suspected child abuse. A fourth piece of legislation has also passed both chambers, a proposed state constitutional amendment to give now-adult victims of child sexual abuse a two-year window to sue abusers and institutions. Rozzi's bill would put an end to any statute of limitations, in future cases, for the criminal prosecution of major child sexual abuse crimes. Governmental institutions, such as public schools, would lose immunity from lawsuits for child sexual abuse if the person suing was harmed by the negligence of the institution.chicagotribune.com
Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates death row conditions
Pennsylvania's prison agency agreed to improve death row conditions under a settlement announced Monday of a federal lawsuit that called the inmates' living standards degrading and inhumane. Death row inmates who have been psychologically damaged by long periods in solitary confinement will be evaluated and offered help adapting to a general population setting. Death row conditions have prompted litigation in recent years in many states, usually focusing on the use of solitary confinement, said Death Penalty Information Center executive director Robert Dunham. The state's death row has been shrinking, as fewer death sentences are being imposed and appeals have resulted in some death row inmates being resentenced to life. The death row population has fallen by about 20 people over the last two years.chicagotribune.com
Governor wants answers on 4 kids separated from families
Wolf said in the letter that the four children are U.S. citizens and come from at least three migrant families. He said that "information relayed" to state officials indicated federal agents did not make sure that the children had adequate temporary guardianship. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in Philadelphia said in an email that any response to Wolf's letter "would come through the appropriate channels." Wolf, a Democrat, told McAleenan that state government is willing to help to place asylum seekers in communities and make sure any separated children are adequately cared for. After the Mississippi raids, three Democratic congressmen sought more information about how many parents were separated from their children and whether any remain separated.chicagotribune.com
Pennsylvania governor says state won't use tax dollars to restart refinery
FILE PHOTO: The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery is shown following a recent fire that caused significant damage to the complex, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Laila Kearney/File PhotoPHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf does not support using taxpayer dollars to help save the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex from permanent closure, the governors spokesman said on Wednesday. The administration does not plan expending any funding to maintain the site as a refinery, Wolf spokesman J.J. Abbott said in a statement to Reuters, saying there were significant challenges to such a plan. I am sure the governor would fall over himself if it was Amazon looking to relocate here, he said. OCallaghan, who works as an operator at the refinery, said losing the facility would mean a drop in tax revenue for the area and a lull in economic activity.feeds.reuters.com