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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...

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...

Dr. Deborah Birx will give Houghton College commencement address

05.06.20 | Brandon Dickson

The chairwoman of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force will deliver the commencement address at Houghton College this weekend. Dr. Deborah Birx graduated from the Christian school in Allegany County, New York back in 1976. She was scheduled...

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...

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