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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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From the pump to potatoes: Inflation hits home for the holidays in Pa.

“Choices have to be made here. Do I get my son the extra groceries he wanted or make that payment to PECO this month?”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Biden’s child tax credit is cutting poverty in Philly, but many with deepest needs aren’t getting the cash

Few places stand to be as transformed by the Biden administration’s expanded child tax credit as Philadelphia.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Immigrant groups frustrated by inaction in D.C. block traffic in front of Sen. Casey’s Philadelphia office

“We are here today because there are 11 million undocumented folks who have been promised a pathway to citizenship, and time and time again, have been let down.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

PPP loans went to Philly museums that still laid off staff, report says

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, and Franklin Institute, were among the most heavily subsidized local cultural institutions in the country.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Underlying all the labor shortages? A ‘crisis’ in the child care sector creating a vicious cycle for working parents

“I’ve been in this industry for 30 years, we’ve always talked about the challenges of hiring … but we’ve never seen this before.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Haitians in Philadelphia, members of City Council slam President Biden’s border policies

The rally comes after immigration enforcement held thousands of Haitians under a bridge at the southern border, then deported or turned back the majority without allowing them the opportunity to claim asylum.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

400,000 immigrants in Pa., N.J., and Del. up for citizenship imperiled by setback in Congress

Immigrants and their supporters have stepped up demands to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions already living and working in the U.S.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY and Cris Barrish/WHYY

The pandemic labor market through the eyes of Philly’s immigrant restaurant workers

The lack of social safety net in the undocumented immigrant community pushed many people towards other professions. At the same time, the higher vacancies in restaurants created newfound leverage in salary negotiations for some who have remained.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

8,500-plus Afghans have landed at PHL. Where they all end up is still up in the air

Some of those whisked out of Afghanistan in the final days of the U.S. occupation were American citizens or green card holders, but the majority were not.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

In Pennsylvania, anguish and a scramble to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban

At least 910 refugees from Afghanistan resettled in Pennsylvania between 2009 and 2019, mostly in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg/Lancaster.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY
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