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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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What’s fueling the Great Resignation?

In Pennsylvania and around the country, people are rethinking their relationship to work on a historic scale. Since September 2021, more than 21 million Americans quit their jobs.

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Prosecution rests in trial of Amtrak engineer charged over deadly 2015 derailment

The prosecution rests in the trail of the Amtrak engineer charged in the fatal train crash on May 12, 2015.

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The University of Pennsylvania receives $125 million gift to start community nursing program, tuition-free

The University of Pennsylvania has received a $125 million donation to start a program to train nurse practitioners for free, the institution announced Monday.

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Afghan families in Philadelphia frustrated at high bar to help loved ones escape Taliban

Since last July, 40,000 Afghans have applied for humanitarian parole. Slow processing times and a high bar to qualify mean some in Philadelphia have been waiting for months with no word about their friends and family members’ chance to get to safety.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Berks County immigrant detention center reopens as women-only facility

A Berks County detention center for immigrant families that emptied out last year has reopened, this time detaining only adult women, according to immigration attorneys working in the Reading area.

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National blood donation shortage a ‘major concern’ in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania health officials said Thursday that a decrease in blood donations is a “major concern” when it comes to delivering medical care in the commonwealth.

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Number of women doing gig work in Philly region surged during COVID-19

“Me being pregnant, I needed the flexibility. If I’m not feeling good, I’m going to go home.”

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Philly Fed analysis shows pandemic economic blows fell unevenly across race and gender lines

The results add local data to growing evidence the coronavirus pandemic and its economic blows have fallen unevenly across racial and demographic groups.

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From glass bottles to botanicals, Pa. distillers spell out supply chain struggles

“If we would order a cap for a bottle, normally we would receive that material in two to three weeks. That [now] has been pushed out to almost three months.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY