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Laura Benshoff covers the suburbs for WHYY, 91 FM. Originally from Raleigh, N.C., Laura hasn't had a southern accent in years. She moved to Montreal for college before landing in Philadelphia in 2012.

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New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments paused in Pennsylvania due to uptick in suspicious claims

PUA was created through the federal CARES Act and is easier to apply for than other forms of unemployment benefits. As a result, it has extended benefits to millions of non-traditional workers, such as temps and gig workers, but it’s also been the target of fraud nationwide, with scammers often using the stolen identities of real people to apply.

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Pa. coronavirus recovery: College kids drive uptick in COVID-19 cases

Health officials said Monday there are now more cases in young people than there are in the 50-64 and 65-and-over age groups.

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Immigrant advocates sound alarm on PennDOT sharing drivers’ personal info

Advocates for tighter immigration rules have long argued that such a process rewards those who break the law.
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This Labor Day, unions face new pressures and possibilities due to COVID-19

Unions have been thrust into the center of the fray, gaining new followers and visibility while dealing with their own financial turmoil and shifting public health directives.

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Republican DA in Franklin County who supported George Floyd protesters censured by county GOP

In a letter to Fogal last week, county GOP Committee Chairman Allen Coffman said the party was formally withdrawing support for Matt Fogal in future elections.
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Locked out of the economy: Unemployed workers face mounting fiscal, emotional stress

An informal Keystone Crossroads survey that asked people about their reasons for being unemployed found the most common answer by far was “my job doesn’t exist.”

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‘Pandemic changed nothing’: Manufacturing workers voice concerns over COVID safety

Employees at a large manufacturer in Berks County say they’re not informed when coworkers contract COVID-19 and are punished for taking time off due to the illness.

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Poor People’s Campaign bolstered by 2016 data as it urges voter participation in 2020

“Our democracy is in trouble” when large proportions of the public are not voting, said Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which has roots in Martin Luther King Jr.’s advocacy during the 1960s.

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