List by Month: 5-2020

Several commonwealth counties plan to reopen before Gov. Wolf's OK

05.11.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

A third of all Pennsylvania counties entered the state's initial phase of reopening May 8, and at least six others aim to emerge from stay-at-home orders without the "go-ahead" from the governor. Part of Senator Dave Argall's district includes...

New rules for New York nursing homes

05.11.20 | Brandon Dickson

Governor Cuomo laid out the latest regulations Sunday. He says "all nursing home staff must be tested twice a week" for temperature and infection. Cuomo has come under fire for ordering nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. Critics said...

Parts of PA "open" for business

05.08.20 | Brandon Dickson

24 Counties in the Keystone State shifted from the "red" to "yellow" phase this morning. All of them are in northwestern and north-central Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf says under this phase, stay-at-home orders will be lifted--though social...

Gov. Wolf is offering some "rent reprieve" for folks in Pennsylvania

05.08.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The Democratic governor signed an executive order Thursday that extends foreclosures and evictions through July 10. He says the move goes 60 days beyond the state Supreme Court's order. While punishment is delayed, Wolf notes "rent and mortgage...

Rep. Tom Reed and lab join forces to ramp up COVID-19 testing

05.08.20 | Bob Price

Congressman Tom Reed is teaming-up with Quest Diagnostics to meet the coronavirus testing requirement established by the governor in order for regions of the state to re-open. Quest Diagnostics is sending out enough COVID-19 test kits to meet...

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. Cuomo extends NY eviction suspensions through August 20th

05.08.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The chief New York executive says the move also allows landlords to use the security deposit as payment. Mr. Cuomo says that down payment can be paid back to landlords "over a period of time." Additionally, the Empire State is banning fees for...

NY state begins to "thaw out" from the coronavirus "cold" next weekend

05.07.20 | Bob Price

Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz doubts the statistics in his region, the Buffalo-area, will allow the "unpause" by May 15. Niagara County Chairwoman Rebecca Wydysh agrees that early June is probably a more realistic goal for the western...

Pennsylvania offers a throwback to FDR's CCC camps

05.07.20 | Bob Price

By proposing the creation of the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, Governor Wolf wants to create jobs by taking the newly-unemployed and putting them to work--testing for COVID-19. He claims nearly "one in six Pennsylvanians that are...

Doling out the unemployment dollars in New York state

05.07.20 | Brandon Dickson

The Empire State's labor department has paid nearly $6 billion in unemployment benefits. That money has reached one-and-a-half million New Yorkers. However, some 470,000 are still waiting for benefits.   State Senator Tom O'Mara says...

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