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Fewer Pa. renters applying for relief than expected

Pennsylvania’s 67 counties received about $847 million in federal relief to help tenants pay rent and utilities. The state’s rent relief program launched in March.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: May 7, 2021 | 4:58 pm

Bradford County district attorney drops ‘vicious lies’ defense, pleads guilty in sex case

Chad Salsman admitted guilt and resigned from office three months after claiming he had “committed no crimes” and hinting he was the victim of a political smear.

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College kids urged to get vaccinated; statewide demand lags

Pennsylvania officials are encouraging hundreds of thousands of college students to get their shots before they go home for summer. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in State College on Wednesday with the president and head football coach at Penn State University to pitch younger people on the benefits of getting inoculated against the coronavirus.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: May 4, 2021 | 3:12 pm

Pennsylvania lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day

The Health Department says the order requiring to wear masks while away from home will be lifted once 70% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and older are fully vaccinated. That percentage stood at nearly 42% on Tuesday.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: May 3, 2021 | 9:13 pm

GOP: Wolf should fire vendor that mishandled virus data

GOP leaders on Monday also called for state and federal probes into the Atlanta-based contractor’s mishandling of the data, and what they said was the slow response by the Wolf administration.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: April 21, 2021 | 3:44 pm

Man pumping gas at a Lehigh County Wawa is shot and killed

The district attorney said the shooter fled on foot and then took his own life.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: April 21, 2021 | 5:00 am

Pennsylvania plans to send vaccine to more providers

Pennsylvania plans to greatly expand its network of COVID-19 vaccine providers as demand for the life-saving shots begins to slow and existing vaccinators order fewer doses. Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said Tuesday that with supply finally catching up to demand, she expects more providers will begin receiving shipments over the next two to three weeks.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: April 16, 2021 | 2:26 pm

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on vaccine hesitancy

After months of demand outstripping supply, vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are more readily available, and the Wolf administration said the challenge now is to assuage the concerns of people who are reluctant to get it.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: April 12, 2021 | 4:17 pm

Pennsylvania: All adults eligible for vaccine on Tuesday

State health officials said Monday that the quicker rollout was enabled by “ongoing appointment availability” in many parts of the state. Gov. Tom Wolf says the accelerated timetable is necessary to keep up with increase coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Wolf: Vaccine ‘winning’ against virus despite state surge

Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that an increasing vaccine supply has put Pennsylvania in a much different position than it was in November, when the state and the rest of the country were heading into the pandemic’s darkest period.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press