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Recent articles by Michael:

Pennsylvania youth sports masking measure clears House committee

The measure would give "exclusive authority" to schools, recreational clubs, community leagues and similar groups to set masking policy for youth athletes. → Read More

'Comfort dogs' for witnesses OK'd by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

A trial witness may be accompanied by a "comfort dog" if the animal will help yield reliable, complete and truthful testimony, the state Supreme Court ruled. → Read More

Pennsylvania high court OKs 'comfort dogs' for witnesses

A trial witness may be accompanied by a "comfort dog" if the animal will help yield reliable, complete and truthful testimony, the justices ruled Wednesday. → Read More

Pennsylvania breakthrough COVID cases: Unvaccinated people have 8 times risk of dying, data show

Pennsylvania residents who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus were far more likely to contract COVID-19, become hospitalized and die, health officials said → Read More

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s business shutdown waiver program was ‘flawed,’ auditor general report says

A Wolf administration program that allowed Pennsylvania businesses to seek waivers to remain open in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was deeply flawed → Read More

Auditor: Pa. coronavirus business shutdown waiver program 'flawed'

A program that allowed Pennsylvania businesses to seek waivers to remain open in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was deeply flawed, according to the Auditor General. → Read More

Pa. prison guards union asks court to review vaccine mandate

The union that represents corrections officers in Pennsylvania prisons wants a court to intervene over the mandate for coronavirus vaccines or weekly testing. → Read More

Pennsylvania targeting doctors over stock notes for mask exemptions

Pennsylvania health officials say some physicians are offering stock “doctor’s notes” for use by parents wishing to have their children exempted from wearing masks in school. → Read More

Pennsylvania targeting doctors over blanket mask exemption letters

The Pennsylvania Health Department said some doctors are pushing stock exemptions that are available to anyone, regardless of medical necessity. → Read More

Pennsylvania targeting doctors over blanket school mask exemptions

Some physicians are offering stock doctor's notes for parents wishing to have their children exempted from masks in school, according to Pa. health officials. → Read More

Loophole allows some Pennsylvania students to avoid masking

An exemption in the Pennsylvania health secretary's order requiring masks in K-12 schools and child care facilities has created an apparent loophole, making it easier for some students to go to class without having to cover their faces. → Read More

PennDOT moves to bar company in theft case from state work

Hawbaker pleaded no contest last month and is on probation for five years. It also is paying more than $20 million in restitution to some 1,200 victims. → Read More

Suit challenges Pennsylvania's new mask mandate for schools

The suit asserts that acting Health Secretary Alison Beam failed to comply with state law when she ordered masks to be worn in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, and → Read More

State Senate’s GOP leader, parents sue to challenge Pennsylvania’s new mask mandate for schools

The Republican leader of the state Senate and a group of parents have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Wolf administration’s new mask mandate for Pennsylvania schools → Read More

Pennsylvania to mandate masks in K-12 schools, day cares

Masks will be required in all Pennsylvania K-12 schools, Gov. Tom Wolf was set to announce Tuesday, reversing course amid a statewide COVID-19 resurgence that is filling hospital beds just as students return to class. → Read More

Pennsylvania to mandate masks in K-12 schools, day cares

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Masks will be required in all Pennsylvania public and private schools, as well as child care facilities, Gov. Tom Wolf was set to announce Tuesday, reversing course amid a statewide COVID-19 resurgence that is filling hospital beds just as students return to class. The Department of Health order will take effect Tuesday, Sept. → Read More

Report: Pennsylvania to mandate masks in K-12 schools, day cares

Gov. Tom Wolf is planning to announce that masks will be required in all Pennsylvania K-12 schools, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7. That's according to two people briefed on the plan. The people were not authorized to release details ahead of an official announcement and spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity. Wolf and administration officials are scheduled to hold a news conference on COVID-19 and… → Read More

GOP leaders reject Wolf's call for mask mandate in schools

The Republican response, which was expected, came one day after Wolf asked the GOP leaders of the House and Senate to summon lawmakers to Harrisburg to pass legislation requiring masks → Read More

Pennsylvania's opioid emergency declaration will expire

Pennsylvania's opioid disaster declaration was set to expire at the end of Wednesday after state lawmakers declined Gov. Tom Wolf's request for another extension. → Read More

Cosby ruling cited as Lackawanna County jail guard's sex abuse case is dropped

A judge dismissed the case against Shnipes last year, ruling that prosecutors were bound by a 2013 agreement in which prosecutors promised Shnipes he would not face charges if he → Read More