List by Month: 4-2020

Prioritizing Pennsylvania's food supply

04.30.20 | Brandon Dickson

Governor Wolf says work is underway to keep people fed and farmers from wasting their crops. State Ag Secretary Russell Redding claims his team is working to make sure available food makes its way into the supply chain. He and Wolf are...

Gov. Cuomo signs order allowing elective surgeries in parts of NY

04.30.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey, Brandon Dickson

The governor says elective surgeries will be allowed in regions "that don't have a fear of a COVID surge." Cuomo noting 35 Upstate counties are included. Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga counties are not among that list.

PA's ED secretary warns schools may not reopen in the fall

04.30.20 | Bob Price

In fact, Pedro Rivera says there's a very good chance they will not. Rivera adds until the state can "get a grip" on COVID-19 kids won't see the inside of a classroom for a very long time. The education secretary insists the state education...

The U.S. House has canceled plans for members to return to D.C. next week

04.30.20 | Bob Price, Brandon Dickson

The switch comes after a capitol physician recommended lawmakers stay away until they finalize plans for telework and maintaining social distancing. New York Congressman Tom Reed says his bipartisan group is working on a plan that would allow...

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...

COVID-19 deaths are declining in New York

04.29.20 | Bob Price

On Tuesday, 335 fatalities were blamed on the bug, the fewest for the entire month of April. Governor Cuomo says any re-opening of the state depends on hospital capacity. The Empire State begins to "unpause" on May 15th.

Pennsylvania could be past the pandemic peak

04.29.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the numbers continue to decline as the state looks at multi-day trends. Levine cautions that outbreaks will need to be dealt with "very, very quickly" as the state transitions from its red to yellow...

Diagnosis prompts prison to release ex-NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

04.29.20 | Jeremy Miller

Dean Skelos was serving a 51-month term at Otisville Minimum Security Prison in Orange County when he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. The disgraced politician was sentenced to more than four years in prison after his conviction...

Kickstarting elective surgeries in the Keystone State

04.28.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The state has released guidance for hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities "to resume elective surgeries, procedures and admissions. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says that means colonoscopies, minor surgeries and blood...

New York's Democratic Presidential Primary has been canceled

04.28.20 | Bill Price

In an unprecedented move Monday, New York state canceled its June 23rd presidential primary amid the COVID-19 crisis. Officials say the state state still plans to hold congressional and state level primaries on June 23rd. Without the...