List by Author: Terry Diener

PA lawmakers advance 2 bills aimed to expand broadband access into remote areas

05.28.20 | Terry Diener

Representative Clint Owlett’s measure allows rural electric cooperatives to use existing infrastructure and land easements to expand broadband access. The House Consumer Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill. A second plan...

Unemployment compensation claims continue to level off in PA

05.27.20 | Terry Diener

Labor and Industry officials report that jobless claims stand at 2.3 million cases since March 15 - slightly higher than the total tally of 2.1 million one week ago. Meanwhile, the Labor Department has launched investigations into possible...

The Wolf Admin. will award more than $9 million to non-profit groups

05.22.20 | Terry Diener

The awards come from the expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure grant program announced in April. Grants will allow food banks, shelters and soup kitchens to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food...

PA's ED head announcing he expects schools to reopen this fall

05.12.20 | Terry Diener

Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said during a virtual Senate Education Committee hearing Monday, he fully anticipates schools to reopen. He said the education department would provide more information in the coming weeks on how it will prepare...

It could be awhile before restaurants are fully "back in business" in Pennsylvania

05.11.20 | Terry Diener

John Longstreet, CEO and president of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association says the days of bustling dining rooms will be a thing of the past.   Instead, disposable menus, masks, additional cleaning protocols, increased...

Pennsylvania's weekly unemployment claim filings drift toward normalcy

05.08.20 | Terry Diener

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that another 96,603 Pennsylvania residents filed for jobless benefits during the week ending May 2. That brings the state’s total unemployment filing number over the course of the past seven...

Gov. Wolf vows to veto bill calling for transparency in "open" business selection

05.07.20 | Terry Diener

Agencies under Gov. Tom Wolf’s authority, including the Department of Health, stopped processing public records requests in mid-March, as offices closed in an effort to mitigate the coronavirus. That means the government can operate largely...

Gov. Wolf's veto of telemedicine bill falls in line with Planned Parenthood

04.29.20 | Terry Diener

The veto drew strong criticism from Republican lawmakers and pro life organizations who condemned him for siding with pro-abortion activists and ignoring what they call the needs of underserved Pennsylvanians for access to medical care. The bill...

Most Pennsylvania voters support Gov. Wolf’s responose to the coronavirus crisis

04.24.20 | Terry Diener

A Fox News poll found 69% approve of Wolf’s response to the pandemic. The poll also revealed 62% said his stay-at-home order strikes the right balance. Conversely, 23% said it is too stringent, while another 12% said it is not restrictive...

PA Senate approves legislation banning "telemedicine" abortions

04.22.20 | Terry Diener, Brandon Dickson

A telemedicine abortion happens when a doctor prescribe abortion pills to a woman by webcast. Governor Wolf, who has already deemed the abortion industry "essential" in the COVID-19 era has promised a veto.

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