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Ahead of Harrisburg school’s demolition, William Penn High School alumni find strength in shared memories

The Harrisburg School District, under state control because of financial hardship, approved a $6.8 million demolition plan in June.

By Gabriela Martínez

How Harrisburg Works: Higher bar, guns in the Capitol, and why the Pa. legislature is full-time

In the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, legislative leaders in PA approved a change allowing some officials to carry guns in the Capitol.
By Stephen Caruso/SpotlightPA

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Harrisburg’s buffer zone ordinance is being challenged in court again

Two anti-abortion activists who say Harrisburg is improperly applying its law banning protests within 20 feet of a healthcare facility argued their case Thursday at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

By Gabriela Martínez

Harrisburg paid off big debt early; what’s next for the city?

Harrisburg became debt-free in March, when it made its last $8.3 million payment to bond insurer AMBAC. In September 2022, the city finished paying off a $125.6 million debt dating back to the Reed Administration in 1997.

By Gabriela Martínez

With pandemic SNAP benefits expired, central Pa. food banks see sharp rise in people seeking help

In Pennsylvania, where nearly 2 million depend on SNAP, there was an average loss of $181 SNAP dollars per household after the emergency allotments ended in March, according to the state Department of Human Services.

By Gabriela Martínez

How a Pa. Latina business owner helps newer immigrants navigate their taxes

Undocumented immigrants pay billions in taxes each year, but still face many barriers that deter them from reporting their income, like a lack of translation services and misinformation about the process of filing taxes.

By Gabriela Martínez