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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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Wolf Administration reinforces orders for Pennsylvanians to mask up at businesses, workplaces, public indoor settings

Masks have been broadly encouraged since April as a helpful way to stop the spread of coronavirus.
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Carlisle residents add their voice to George Floyd protests with rally on Public Square

Several hundred people from Carlisle and surrounding communities converged on the Square Saturday evening to add their voices to protesters around the nation for police reforms and racial justice.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Harrisburg police commissioner has spent a career trying to defuse tensions. The current crisis is his biggest test yet

“There’s a right way and a wrong way to treat people,” Carter said. “And I believe in treating people the right way unless they change that.”

By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Growing number of counties test Gov. Wolf’s emergency powers, saying they’ll decide if it’s time to reopen

Republican commissioner majorities in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties have all made public moves in that direction in recent days.

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Two central Pa. counties say they plan to reopen ahead of Gov. Wolf’s schedule

Until now, no counties had so directly challenged Wolf’s authority to close businesses and limit public life during the emergency.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive