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Thompson has covered state government for The Patriot since 1999. Prior to that, he had covered various Cumberland County municipalities and school districts. Thompson lives in Carlisle with his wife, Beth, and their two children.

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What could a post-Turzai world, whenever it arrives, look like at the Pa. Capitol?

“It doesn’t change the essential nature of the Republican caucus."
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Why is a fake Schuylkill County town going viral, and what does it mean for the real one?

Budweiser ads call the small village of Seltzer “the unofficial spokes-town for Bud Light Seltzer.” 
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

HACC faculty voted ‘no confidence’ in school president, but trustees extended his contract anyway

The faculty asked the board not to renew John Sygielski’s contract in the interim, but trustees did extend it.
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Here’s what Pa. supporters would like to hear when President Trump comes to Hershey Tuesday

One is roll with your strengths, and that means the economy.
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Ollie’s CEO Mark Butler remembered for business acumen, varied passions, and dedication to local causes

The chain has built its growth by sticking to its original game plan: buying up brand name merchandise from manufacturers who find themselves with excess inventory.
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Liquor reform 2.0? Bill would change how Pa. grocery stores display and sell beer and wine

Members of the state House’s Liquor Control Committee started to take the pulse on a variety of proposals to change the state’s liquor laws.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Pa. legislative leaders aren’t rushing to support grand jury’s proposal for creation of new approach to member discipline

Several legislative leaders countered they felt they weren’t being given credit for strong steps already taken.
By Charles Thompson/PennLive