List by Month: 5-2020

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...

PA House speaker slams ED Sec. for suggesting schools may not open in fall

05.06.20 | Bob Price

House Speaker Mike Turzai insists legislators and public officials also need to be consulted by the Pennsylvania secretary of education The state's top elected Republican says education chief, Pedro Rivera, is causing "unnecessary anxiety" by...

Daughter Mariah offers Gov. Cuomo advice on "wear-a-mask" campaign

05.06.20 | Brandon Dickson

The state will ask New Yorkers to come up with a 30-second video touting the benefits of mask use. The five best submissions will be posted for an online vote.  

Some encouraging numbers in the Keystone State

05.06.20 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says "a number of days in a row with less than a thousand cases is positive news." Levine insists the most important metric is to look at trends over time. Pennsylvania is using those metrics to reopen the...

Former NY chief calls for probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing homes

05.06.20 | Bob Price

George Pataki wants to see an independent federal investigation rather than a probe by the Cuomo team. The former governor’s petition comes after the Empire State reported 1,700 previously undisclosed nursing home deaths from...

A bipartisan effort is underway to open up PA"s real estate market

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

State Senator Bob Mensch hosted a hearing online Monday. He asked why Pennsylvania has still not opened real estate sales. Governor Wolf has banned real estate activity accept for transactions that started before the pandemic. Republicans...

NY beginsto aggressively inspect nursing homes

05.05.20 | Bob Price

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein says she's been told inspectors aim to visit a different facility daily to test all residents and staff for COVID-19. Nursing homes have been hit hard by the infection with 75...

Nearly one million voters have applied for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

While polling places will still be open for next month's primary election, Governor Tom Wolf is urging residents, who have not already, to sign-up to "vote from home." He says this primary is the first chance for people to "easily cast a...

Four phases to opening New York state

05.05.20 | Brandon Dickson

Governor Cuomo says they're using federal health recommendations to determine which regions get to reopen. He says those include a regional 14-day "decline of hospitalizations and death on a three-day rolling average." The first phase involves...

PA Health Dept. data show COVID-19 cases reach 2-week low before reopening

05.04.20 | Bob Price

24 Counties begin a "phased in" strategy for reopening this Friday. Governor Tom Wolf says businesses in those counties that cannot allow for social distancing must remain closed. Movie theatres, gyms, dining rooms, gatherings of 25 or more...