Alice “Candy” Loughney grew up in Pittsburgh, where her father, Joseph M. Barr (pictured here), was mayor. Candy, now 71, has Alzheimer’s disease and moved into a long-term care facility in Monroeville after her symptoms became too much for her husband to manage. Quinn Glabicki for Spotlight PA / PublicSource

Pa. lawmakers know a dementia care crisis is coming. Will they agree on a response?

By Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

“The problem is now. It’s today. It’s not coming, it’s here.”


Dauphin, Bucks among counties to test out mental health pilot program

‘Assisted outpatient treatment’ is intended to give people structure and keep them out of jail.

By Brett Sholtis

Tamaqua school district that shunned mask mandate reverses decision

A Pennsylvania school district that openly flouted a statewide mask mandate for K-12 schools has reversed course and says it will require universal masking for students and others inside school buildings. The Tamaqua Area School Board voted 6-3 on Tuesday night to comply with the masking order from the state Health Department, which requires students, staff and visitors to cover their faces while indoors.

By The Associated Press

Penn State is putting unvaccinated students who miss three weeks of COVID-19 testing on interim suspension

So far, 117 students have been placed on interim suspension.

By Emily Reddy/WPSU

Pennsylvania high court OKs ‘comfort dogs’ for witnesses

Judges can limit any potential prejudice to a defendant by blocking jurors’ view of the dog and giving appropriate jury instructions, the court said.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

For advocates, ‘a sense of relief’ with Chambersburg law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people

In a four-hour meeting on Monday, the borough council voted 7-3 to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodation.

By Gabriela Martínez

Some Central Pa. hospitals see uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, especially among the unvaccinated

“About a month ago, Penn Highlands hospitals were caring for just a handful of COVID-19 positive inpatients, but now we’re caring for almost 40 per day.”
By Min Xian/WPSU

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