Lynn Muchler-Stash, right, an observer with the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania watches as municipal workers sort and count Luzerne County ballots, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

Most Pa. counties certify election results by deadline; a few will take longer

Delays aren't unusual and shouldn't affect statewide certification.
By Emily Previti

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Wolf shuts bars on Thanksgiving eve to fight COVID-19 spread

Last call for Pennsylvania bars will be at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve to cut COVID-19 transmission.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

A revamped strategic national stockpile still can’t match the pandemic’s latest surge

The Strategic National Stockpile stores critical supplies. It fell short when the pandemic first hit. Now, a new effort is being implemented, but it’s still not providing what the U.S. needs.

By Monika Evstatieva/NPR

Biden administration: Here’s who has been named so far

President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team are expected to roll out a slew of nominations for their administration before Inauguration Day. Here’s whom they’ve officially announced.

By Elena Moore and Audrey Carlsen/NPR

How to sort through the uneasiness Thanksgiving brings this year

Data shows that much of the current coronavirus surge is being caused by casual occasions like small gatherings — transmissions scientists say likely reflect people’s fatigue after so many months of social distancing.
By Zoë Read/WHYY

Kansas study finds mask mandates work to slow spread of coronavirus

Researchers analyzed COVID-19 infection rates in Kansas following a statewide mask mandate. They found counties that chose to enforce it saw their cases decrease. Counties that chose to opt out saw cases continue to rise.

By Jane Greenhalgh/NPR

Financially distressed Pa. towns faring better than expected, while others in pain

Years of financial oversight through Act 47 has prepared cities that were thought to be doomed by the pandemic, while others face cuts and potentially massive tax hikes.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA

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