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Majority of Pennsylvanians favor face masks, support Gov. Wolf amid pandemic, new poll says

By: David Wenner

About half of Pennsylvania voters, or 48%, view the state as headed in the right direction, down from 57% last fall, according to a new poll.

Still, the poll authors interpreted that as “generally optimistic,” given that 32% see COVID-19 as the biggest problem facing the state.

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Who is in charge? The Legislature is guilty of the same overreach of which Gov. Tom Wolf is accused.

By: The Editorial Board

Concerned that Gov. Tom Wolf is acting more like a king than a governor in exercising his emergency powers, the GOP-controlled state Legislature is trying to limit his powers by amending the state constitution.

However, in doing so, the Legislature is guilty of the same overreach of which Mr. Wolf is accused.

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Pa. essential workers say they have to choose between their health and a paycheck

By: Jordan Wolman

Kelli Trent, an insurance claim agent in Perry County, said her employer isn’t following health and safety COVID-19 guidelines.

The corporation isn’t enforcing a mask policy or social distancing as some workers are returning to the office, she said. Now, four employees have tested positive for the coronavirus and nine others are in quarantine.

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Gov. Wolf on open records bill he intends to veto: ‘I would have voted for it too’

By: The York Dispatch

Gov. Tom Wolf this week said that he would have backed legislation that aims to require his administration to process Right-to-Know Law requests during emergency declarations if he were a lawmaker.

Yet the Democrat still plans, later this week, to veto the legislation that lawmakers recently unanimously approved in both chambers.

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Pa. legislator says he’s ‘stunned’ Liquor Control Board is continuing court battle to block information on licenses

By: Jan Murphy

It’s back to court for a state lawmaker who has been fighting for the release of information about the number of out-of-service or revoked restaurant liquor licenses that exist in each county that are able to be auctioned.

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria County, said he was stunned that after the Office of Open Records and the Commonwealth Court ordered that information’s release, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board decided to appeal that decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Pa. attorney general vows to back schools threatened with loss of funding over distance learning

By: Deb Erdley

As schools across the region continue to finalize arrangements for a return to class next month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has added his voice to the debate.

In a letter this week to district superintendents, Shapiro threatened to intervene on behalf of schools should the federal government withhold money from those that opt against full-time in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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This week marks the end of the extra $600 with unemployment claims

By: Lauren Rosenblatt

Barring an extension, this week marks the last time people filing for unemployment compensation will receive an additional $600 with their benefits.

he Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, part of the federal government’s larger legislative package to provide economic relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic, began providing eligible individuals with an additional $600 to supplement their state unemployment benefits in April and is set to last through the week ending July 25.

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