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Recent articles by Ford:

Pottstown community still frightened 8 months after gas explosion, new odors

Utility crews were out digging this week after complaints of gas odors in the neighborhood where a deadly blast took place in the spring. → Read More

More than 125 gas odor reports made in Pottstown in years before deadly home explosion

No formal announcement of a cause has been made, and investigators have said little about their work in the last six months. → Read More

Pa. lawmakers float nearly 200 ideas for new laws

But power struggle in House complicates route to passage. → Read More

Lehigh native to be Shapiro’s chief of staff

Dana Fritz, a Coplay native, most recently was manager of Josh Shapiro’s gubernatorial campaign. → Read More

Pa. property tax relief supporters have a new friend in Josh Shapiro

He supports a proposed increase in the threshold for homeowners to qualify. → Read More

Pa. counties putting millions of dollars to work in preparing for closely watched election

The money is paying staff to process and count mail and absentee ballots. → Read More

Wolf administration says results won’t be available on election night

Acting Pennsylvania secretary of state notes that election workers aren’t allowed to precanvass mail ballots before Election Day. → Read More

Bill would require hospital sales to be approved by Pa.

Proposed new regulations of hospitals comes in the wake of two closing in Chester County. → Read More

Pa. considers allowing craft beer and spirits in the same spot

During a legislative hearing, brewers and distillers support the proposal. → Read More

Kratom is the latest unregulated substance concerning Pennsylvania lawmakers

Kratom, a substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia has become popular to those seeking relief of opioid withdrawal and cravings, authorities say in calling for regulation including a … → Read More

Pa. lawmakers hear calls to open primary elections to all voters

An advocate for open primaries says states with closed primaries have about 20% lower turnout in general elections than other states. → Read More

Wolf administration, GOP lawmaker fight war of words over undated mail ballots

Accusations of disinformation and chaos are swapped. → Read More

Pa. property tax relief mechanism eliminated in closed-door budget negotiations

One lawmaker says the Legislature should ashamed of itself. → Read More

Pa. lawmaker says election issues in Berks, Lehigh undermine state’s mail voting law

Rep. Seth Grove cites Berks’ mailing of incorrect Spanish-language voting instructions and a court decision in a Lehigh case. → Read More

Bill to keep transgender athletes out of girls’ sports clears Pa. Legislature; Gov. Wolf promises veto

Republican Sen. Doug Mastriano of Franklin County said those born male have bigger hands, feet, lungs and hearts than women, and when they transition to female the competition is not fair. → Read More

Pa. senator proposes temporary halt in gas and diesel fuel taxes

The proposal would cover lost state revenue by tapping into unspent federal COVID relief funds and allowing PennDOT to borrow more money to cover road projects. → Read More

Pa. House bill would give amusement parks more flexibility in selling alcohol

The measure passed 199-1, with only Rep. Mark Gillen of Robeson Township voting against it. → Read More

Record diesel prices are hurting farmers, Pa. lawmakers told

Fuel prices are pushing farmers to the brink and may affect food availability, a Pennsylvania Farm Bureau official says. → Read More

Pennsylvania gasoline prices hit new record Friday while diesel fuel prices also higher than ever

Average gasoline prices in Pennsylvania jumped to a new record high of $4.46 a gallon on Friday, up 5 cents from the previous day and 17 cents in a week. → Read More

Pennsylvania diesel fuel price spikes to a record $6 a gallon

The war in Ukraine and strong demand for diesel are cited as factors in the price. → Read More