The State We're In


Updated: November 12, 2019 | 3:10 pm

From behind bars to the voting booth

Stories from Pa.’s formerly incarcerated and their journeys to the polls this year
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

At Philly 2020 census summit, neighborhood leaders train to be ‘trusted messengers’

With less than five months left until Census Day on April 1, Philly Counts’ leadership summit focused on what census engagement should look like on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level.

By Emily Scott/WHYY

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Philly is creating first-ever urban agriculture manifesto

A new city initiative aims to help preserve urban farms across the city. In November, the city will initiate a public planning process designed to help its first-ever director of urban agriculture, Ash Richards, shape a strategy.

By Catalina Jaramillo


Voting reform bill heads to governor’s desk; critics say the state’s ramming through changes

Counties would get back 60 percent of election system upgrade costs under SB421.
By Emily Previti

Pennsylvania invests in crops for brewing and distilling

The Department of Agriculture plans to award $460,000 in grants for specialty crops, most of which can be used to make craft beverages.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. spends $1.3M to date on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract

Behind the scenes each company is trying to discredit the other and hiring lobbyists to help bolster their chances of winning the contract.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

In honor of Columbus Day, one lawmaker wants to get rid of it once and for all

More and more states are opting to celebrate indigenous people instead of Christopher Columbus. Representative Chris Rabb is pitching a version of that change for Pennsylvania.
By Katie Meyer

As Pa. compensation programs end, church victims wrestle with the price put on abuse

Some victims have used the program to put their fight with the church behind them. Others scoffed at the price tag put on their trauma. This is the story of two men who came to different conclusions.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY
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