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Gov. Wolf announces inclusion of gender identity, sexual orientation in COVID-19 data collection

Gov. Wolf announces inclusion of gender identity, sexual orientation in COVID-19 data collection

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf is announcing ways the LGBTQ community will be counted in COVID-19 data.As counties in the commonwealth move from the red to yellow phases, the Department of Health will be conducting extensive case histories investigations as part of contact tracing on those who test positive for the virus.The department has chosen to work with , a new data collection platform, and has requested a system modification to the platform to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data.The Wolf administration says this system modification will provide for...

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May 13, 2020
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Round the Clock Diner has business licenses revoked for dine-in under shutdown order

Round the Clock Diner has business licenses revoked for dine-in under shutdown order

YORK, Pa. — After receiving several warnings for opening dine-in services under Gov. Wolf’s shutdown order, the business license for both Round the Clock Diners are now suspended.Department of Agriculture Press Secretary Shannon Powers says both Round the Clock Diners were warned twice before their licenses were revoked.The diners were initially sent a warning letter by the departments of Agriculture and Health on May 14. Agriculture Department food safety inspectors discovered six days later that both businesses were still non-compliant with the governor’s orders and issued a second...

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May 22, 2020
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Gov. Wolf accused of causing dismay with latest vetos

Gov. Wolf accused of causing dismay with latest vetos

HARRISBURG, Pa, – (WHTM) — According to NFIB Pennsylvania State Director Gordon Denlinger, Governor Tom Wolf took a stab at the legislature, county officials and at small businesses after rejecting three bills to help reopen.Denlinger said, two of the bills denied a number of low-risk business sectors from safely reopening. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has supported all three bills that were vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf.“This is not a one man show and many duly elected lawmakers should have a say in the handling of this lock down of the people and small businesses...

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Yousef Mawry
May 19, 2020
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Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak times, even as the U.S. death toll from the virus nears 100,000, twice what he once predicted it would be.Trump also planned Memorial Day visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Fort McHenry national monumentin Baltimore, followed by a trip to Florida’s coast on Wednesday...

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May 23, 2020
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Lancaster County woman sentenced after $65 million bank fraud

Lancaster County woman sentenced after $65 million bank fraud

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WHTM) — A former controller of a Lancaster County oil and gas company has been sentenced to prison for participating in a $65 million bank fraud scheme that she participated in for two years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern Pa.Judith Avilez, 60, was sentenced to three years in prison with five years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay $15 million in restitution for her two-year participation in the scheme.CEO of Worly & Obetz, Jeffrey Lyons, began defrauding Fulton Bank in 1999 by inflating the accounts receivable for their largest...

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Kayla Brown
Feb 4
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House Dems call for $1,400 stimulus checks, no change to income thresholds in new plan

House Dems call for $1,400 stimulus checks, no change to income thresholds in new plan

(NEXSTAR) — House Democrats unveiled a proposal Monday that rejects capping individual income thresholds at $50,000 and would provide $1,400 stimulus payments to Americans making $75,000 a year.Joint filers making less than $150,000 annually would be eligible for a $2,800 payment, according to from Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, and Americans would receive an additional $1,400 in their stimulus checks per dependent.The payments phase out between $75,000 and $100,000 of adjusted gross income – for people filing jointly that range is between $150,000 and $200,000.The...

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Feb 8
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MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement.The president has told him before that he would back his bid for governor of Minnesota, Lindell told The Associated Press. “Mike, if you did...

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Steve Karnowski
Jan 23
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Despite expansion of phase 1A, vaccine appointments remain scarce in Pa.

Despite expansion of phase 1A, vaccine appointments remain scarce in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — While Pennsylvania expanded eligibility to get a COVID vaccine in phase 1A, the allotment from the federal government hasn’t increased and now many are scrambling to get an appointment.Vaccine appointments are hard to come by, with many spending hours online and on the phone trying to get one or, at the very least, add their names to a waitlist. The Pa. Department of Health is trying to temper expectations.Since adding those “over 65 or with serious medical conditions” to phase 1A of the Commonwealth’s vaccine plan, the Department of Health saw more than 12 million...

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Daniel Hamburg
Jan 21
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UPDATE: Phone outages in Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties continue, 9-1-1 affected; Adams Co. experiencing issues

UPDATE: Phone outages in Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties continue, 9-1-1 affected; Adams Co. experiencing issues

FRANKLIN, Pa. (WHTM) — Franklin County Emergency Services reports a major phone outage is currently affecting Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties on Wednesday. Adams County is also experiencing issues.“Our technicians are still working hard to resolve a 911 service disruption for some customers in the areas surrounding Cumberland, Franklin, Juniata, Perry, and York Counties in Pennsylvania,” said the Lumen telecommunications company.This outage is affecting 9-1-1 lines and non-emergency lines. Text to 911 is still available in Franklin County. According to Franklin County...

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Kayla Brown
Jan 21
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College students now eligible to qualify for SNAP benefits in Pennsylvania

College students now eligible to qualify for SNAP benefits in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Wolf Administration announced Monday a temporary change in eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), expanding eligibility to college students who qualify based on their families’ income but normally would be ineligible for the program due to being a student.“Our ways of life and routines have changed to keep ourselves and our communities safe from this virus. Jobs that students would normally work on campuses or around their schools may have reduced hours or are not an option anymore, meaning that students and families with more...

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Feb 8
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