Lawsuits contend Gov. Wolf has no authority to issue new restrictions

By: Paula Reed Ward

A Butler County attorney who previously won a federal lawsuit against the Wolf administration over the spring covid-19 shutdown orders filed two new suits over the governor’s most recent orders.

The lawsuits — one filed by the Butler Area School District and the other by two indoor water parks — allege that Gov. Tom Wolf took action prohibited under state law when, on Dec. 12, he issued orders closing entertainment venues, limiting indoor capacity to 10 people and prohibiting school students from participating in extracurricular activities and athletics.

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Gov. Tom Wolf halts indoor dining, suspends school sports as part of new restrictions

By: Megan Guza and Teghan Simonton

After weeks spent imploring Pennsylvanians to stay home as much as possible, limit their in-person interactions and wear a mask, Gov. Tom Wolf and the state secretary of Health issued new orders shutting down indoor dining, gyms, school sports and more as cases and deaths across the commonwealth continue to swell.

The order goes into effect Saturday and will last through 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4.

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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania prepared for Nov. 3 election

By: Rich Cholodofsky

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday the state is ready for Election Day.

“Pennsylvania is prepared. We are protected for this election and voters can cast their ballots with confidence. We are going to have a fair election where everyone can vote without interference,” Wolf said.

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Pa. officials urge voters to hand deliver mail-in ballots

By: Julian Routh

One week from the presidential election, more than half of the 3 million voters in Pennsylvania who applied for a mail-in ballot have returned them, state officials said Tuesday.

But that leaves about 1.1 million whose ballots still haven’t been received by county elections offices, and to those Pennsylvanians — and to those who applied before Tuesday’s deadline -— Gov. Tom Wolf has a message: “Don’t wait.”

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Talks on critical election legislation in Pennsylvania hit a wall

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Closed-door talks on legislation seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and the Legislature’s House Republican majority.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said an offer extended in recent days to House Republican leaders has been effectively rejected, now less than three weeks before Election Day.

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Pa. health officials ask residents to cooperate with contact tracers

By: Teghan Simonton

Pennsylvania health officials on Tuesday asked residents to cooperate in contact tracing efforts, as the state experiences a rise in covid-19 infections.

In a news release, the Department of Health encouraged residents to download the Covid Alert PA mobile app and participate in case investigations.

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Appeals court allows Gov. Tom Wolf, state to restore covid crowd restrictions

By: Paula Reed Ward

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday granted a request from Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate crowd gathering restrictions designed to prevent the spread of covid-19.

In a two-page order filed just after noon, Judges D. Brooks Smith, Michael Chagares and Patty Shwartz granted the request to stay the decision from U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh that ruled the governor’s orders restricting gathering sizes and ordering nonessential businesses to close were unconstitutional.

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