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Why Pennsylvania’s health department is taking Spotlight PA to court

How many people in Pennsylvania use medical marijuana for opioid addiction? The Wolf administration is taking Spotlight PA to court for trying to find out.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has taken the extraordinary step of marshaling state employees to handle investigations for a Philadelphia nonprofit that fields allegations of the neglect or abuse of older people.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania high court throws out mask mandate for schools

Pennsylvania schoolchildren may soon be attending classes unmasked under a state Supreme Court ruling throwing out the Wolf administration’s statewide mandate that face coverings be worn inside K-12 school buildings.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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Wolf loses in court, hands over judicial appointment records

Details on the 18 lawyers who applied for an appointment to a Commonwealth Court vacancy in 2019 are in the hands of a news organization this past week after it won a two-year legal battle against Gov. Tom Wolf.

By The Associated Press

Wolf Administration ramps up efforts to recruit school bus drivers

The state is at its lowest number of bus drivers in five years — with about 42,000. PennDOT reached out to more than 375,000 commercial driver’s license holders across the state to let them know about the opening. So far, about 1,300 are expressing interest.

By Julia Agos

Wolf Administration announces $5M grant program for local COVID-19 vaccine campaigns

The program will provide grants up to $100,000 to help with local media buys, creation of outreach and training materials and equipment rental to assist with setting vaccine appointments. Grants can also be used to support vaccine-related educational events or clinics.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

Auditor General investigation finds flaws and irregularities in the pandemic business shutdown

The closures and waiver process were met with a great deal of criticism by business owners and Republican legislators who complained the process was fraught with inequities.

By Merideth Bucher

Pa. to refund $19 million to 109,000 people it overcharged in unemployment benefit error

The state first learned it had overcharged thousands of people unemployment interest in 2016, but didn’t disclose it until Spotlight PA asked about the problem.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Pa. requested $340 million in emergency contracts in 2020 with little oversight

Pennsylvania agencies turned to the emergency procurement process that avoids public scrutiny 483 times last year. In years prior, they made on average 135 requests annually.

By Jamie Martines/Spotlight PA