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Nearly all Pa. counties expect to sign off on election results by Monday despite Trump’s attempts to delay certification

Nearly all Pa. counties expect to sign off on election results by Monday despite Trump’s attempts to delay certification

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy This article is made possible through , a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of .HARRISBURG — For weeks, the nation has been watching and waiting as county officials count ballots and prepare to deliver Pennsylvania’s final election results.Republicans attempting to cast doubt on Pennsylvania’s results and question the election process have . On Monday, those results will be one step closer to becoming official when counties certify them to the state’s top...

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Pa. Sen. Toomey congratulates President-elect Joe Biden, calls on Trump to begin transition

Pa. Sen. Toomey congratulates President-elect Joe Biden, calls on Trump to begin transition

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy President Donald Trump has “exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” according to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.The Republican Pennsylvania lawmaker released a statement Saturday following Judge Matthew Brann’s decision to challenging election results in the commonwealth. Enough certified votes counted show that Democrat Joe Biden is the victor of the 2020 election and is the incoming 46th President of the United States, Toomey said.“I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala...

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Where and why President Trump’s election challenges are falling flat in court: explainer

Where and why President Trump’s election challenges are falling flat in court: explainer

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy While President Donald Trump vows to press ahead with efforts to overturn the election, judges across the country have consistently swatted down his legal challenges.Trump’s campaign has failed to make any real headway in court without proof of widespread fraud, which experts widely agree doesn’t exist. Over the course of a single day this week, Trump and his Republican allies dropped or lost cases seeking to block the certification of election results in three different states.Experts say Trump won’t succeed in stopping President-elect Joe Biden from taking...

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COVID-19 vaccine may reach Pa. next month, but we could be wearing masks for all of 2021

COVID-19 vaccine may reach Pa. next month, but we could be wearing masks for all of 2021

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The first COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Pennsylvania next month, and a second could arrive in January, state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said Thursday.However, the early supply will be severely limited, with the initial doses reserved for front-line health care workers, first responders, the elderly and people living in group health care settings. Plus, the expected first vaccines will require two doses to be effective, further limiting the supply.Pennsylvania plans to distribute the vaccine in three phases, with the second involving high-risk...

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Pa. sets another COVID-19 record, topping 6,000 cases in a day for the first time

Pa. sets another COVID-19 record, topping 6,000 cases in a day for the first time

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a total of 6,339 new positive cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. This brings the statewide total to 281,852, and is another daily record that has been reached. There are 9,465 deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 110 new deaths reported. Currently, 2,904 patients are hospitalized for the disease, 329 more than what was last reported. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.The number of tests administered within the last seven...

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Coronavirus cases in Pa. set another daily record with 5,551, plus 50 more deaths

Coronavirus cases in Pa. set another daily record with 5,551, plus 50 more deaths

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The reported another one-day record of 5,551 new positive cases Saturday, raising the statewide total to 259,938 since the pandemic hit early this year.Case numbers have topped 1,000 for more than a month, several times going over 2,000 and, for the first time, topping even 5,000. was highest number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day – until today.At least 9,274 people in Pa. have died from the coronavirus, including 50 new deaths reported today.An increase in testing is contributing to the streak. The number of tests administered in the last...

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Pa. Treasury releases COVID-19 debt reduction review, offers policy recommendations

Pa. Treasury releases COVID-19 debt reduction review, offers policy recommendations

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella on Monday released the , pursuant to Act 37 of 2020.In preparing this report, Treasury reviewed more than 30 commonwealth authorities that either issue or hold debt, and identified seven possible opportunities for refinancing $2.4 billion in outstanding bonds that could potentially reduce costs by as much as $179.5 million., according to a press release.This report represents the first modern, comprehensive review of the full scope of debt held by commonwealth authorities and related entities, the release said.“COVID-19 lays...

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Trump campaign renews legal effort to block certification of election results in Pa.

Trump campaign renews legal effort to block certification of election results in Pa.

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy WILLIAMSPORT – The Trump campaign has renewed its legal fight to prevent Commonwealth Secretary Kathy Boockvar from certifying the results of the Nov. 3 election.Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and two individuals Sunday filed an amended complaint in U.S. Middle District Court that alleges disparate treatment of absentee and mail-in ballots across the state in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.They also claim a violation of the Electors and Elections clauses in that Boockvar and the election boards in seven counties had no authority to provide an...

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to join NJ, NY governors in ‘emergency summit' to discuss more possible COVID-19 restrictions

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to join NJ, NY governors in ‘emergency summit' to discuss more possible COVID-19 restrictions

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Gov. Tom Wolf will meet with the governors of New York, New Jersey and other northeastern states this weekend to discuss possibly coordinating new restrictions to help curb spread as as a second wave of the coronavirus grips the region.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the “emergency summit” on Friday. Gov. Phil Murphy’s office confirmed the meeting to NJ Advance Media, saying the discussion will be held virtually.“Governor Murphy looks forward to continuing our work with our regional partners to address the public health crisis,” spokesman Mahen Gunaratna...

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Pa. GOP lawmakers call for a legislative-led audit of election to be completed before results are certified

Pa. GOP lawmakers call for a legislative-led audit of election to be completed before results are certified

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday called for a legislative-led audit into last week’s presidential election to determine if Pennsylvania’s general election was conducted “fairly and lawfully.”Saying it’s not about the election results but the process used to determine the outcome, the Republican lawmakers called for a bi-partisan investigatory committee with subpoena power to pursue this probe, said Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-York County.Standing before nearly two dozen House Republicans who were joined by Sens. Kristen Phillips-Hill, R-York County, and Judy...

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A Trump win? Pa. court says Commonwealth Secretary Boockvar lacked authority to extend ballot deadline

A Trump win? Pa. court says Commonwealth Secretary Boockvar lacked authority to extend ballot deadline

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Pennsylvania election officials cannot count mail-in ballots that were not verified by Nov. 9, regardless of an instruction given to them by Commonwealth Secretary Kathy Boockvar, a Commonwealth Court judge ruled Thursday.The decision by President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt voids a Nov. 1 directive Boockvar issued to election officials in all 67 counties. In that directive Boockvar said those officials had until Nov. 12 to verify the identities of the voters who cast mail-in ballots.In a petition filed with the court last week, President Donald Trump’s campaign...

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Central Pa. election officials see no evidence of election fraud; one describes GOP effort to ‘exaggerate’

Central Pa. election officials see no evidence of election fraud; one describes GOP effort to ‘exaggerate’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Election officials in multiple central Pennsylvania counties on Wednesday said they’ve seen no evidence of the fraud claimed by President Donald Trump and many elected Republicans.“As of this moment, I have not seen or heard of any credible instances of voter fraud in Dauphin County,” county Commissioner Mike Pries said on Wednesday morning.Pries, a Republican, oversaw the voting and counting in Dauphin, a Republican-controlled county where President-elect Joe Biden did significantly better than Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump has made numerous allegations of...

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Pa. discourages travel to New Jersey due to coronavirus

Pa. discourages travel to New Jersey due to coronavirus

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Pennsylvania is now asking residents to avoid “non-essential” travel to New Jersey and two other neighboring states - Ohio and West Virginia - to limit the spread of the coronavirus.Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration issued the recommendation Monday. Visitors to those three states aren’t asked to self-quarantine, like other states on Pennsylvania’s list of travel recommendations. The Wolf administration said “a recommendation of quarantine for these states is not practically viable.”But when it comes to New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia, the Wolf administration...

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Police search for seafood thief who fled on a small pink bike

Police search for seafood thief who fled on a small pink bike

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy The Manheim Township Police Department is searching for a man who they say stole hundreds of dollars worth of seafood from a local grocery store.Police said a man entered the Giant Food Store at 1360 Columbia Ave. in Lancaster Township around 2 p.m. on July 7.He is seen in surveillance footage exiting the store with a shopping cart full of seafood, which police say is valued at $675.48.The man made his getaway on a small pink bicycle, according to police.Anyone who knows the identity of the man should call the Manheim Township Police at (717)-569-6401 or can...

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Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, has enough votes to become America’s 46th president: AP

Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, has enough votes to become America’s 46th president: AP

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Joe Biden has won the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, based on a call from the Associated Press.With Biden winning Pennsylvania, he has more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidential election, the AP projects.As of Saturday, other states yet to call the race include Alaska, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina. ., saying he was preparing to win the race and has held briefings on specific issues facing Americans such as the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.“I want people to know we’re not waiting to get the work done,” he said.The call...

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COVID-19 numbers soar in Pa., with record 4,000+ new cases, 40 deaths reported Saturday

COVID-19 numbers soar in Pa., with record 4,000+ new cases, 40 deaths reported Saturday

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the total number of positive cases in Pennsylvania.The reported a one-day record of 4,035 new positive cases Saturday, raising the statewide total to 227,985 since the pandemic hit early this year.Case numbers have topped 1,000 for more than a month, several times going over 2,000. Numbers are well above the spring spike: had set a one-day record in the state and was the first time the number of new cases went over 3,000 in a single day.That record was erased today, when the number of cases more than doubled a...

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Bricco restaurant in Harrisburg permanently closing: ‘Decision was extremely difficult’

Bricco restaurant in Harrisburg permanently closing: ‘Decision was extremely difficult’

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A city restaurant and launching pad for culinary students is closing. will serve its final meals on Nov. 21.Bill Kohl, one of the principal owners, said COVID-19 and the operating restrictions placed on the restaurant industry have made it impossible to operate profitably, despite help from Paycheck Protection Program from the federal government."This decision was extremely difficult given the impact on our employees,” he said. “We are thankful for the longstanding community support and reputation we have enjoyed from our loyal guests and the success we have...

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Pa. Republican leaders demand resignation of state head of elections

Pa. Republican leaders demand resignation of state head of elections

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Late on Election Day two leading Republican lawmakers demanded that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar resign.Sen. Majority Leader Jake Corman and Sen. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati claim Boockvar has given conflicting information to counties regarding counting of mail-in votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day.According to Corman and Scarnati, Boockvar told the U.S. Supreme Court mail-ins received after that time should be kept separate from those received earlier, but she later told counties to count them as soon as possible.“This...

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York County polling places report running out of paper ballots, long lines

York County polling places report running out of paper ballots, long lines

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Long lines at the polls and some polling places running out of paper ballots were reported on around York County.York County spokesman Mark Walters confirmed that several polling places ran out of paper ballots today, but he said county officials were able to get out to those polling places and replenish their supply of ballots for voters.He did not immediately know how many polling places had run out of ballots or how much of a delay that may have caused voters.Reports from around York County indicate some voters waited in line for hours to cast their ballots...

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Police looking for woman who tried to start fires at Lancaster County polling site

Police looking for woman who tried to start fires at Lancaster County polling site

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Police in Pequea Township are looking for a woman who they say tried to start several fires while she was in line at a voting site on Tuesday.According to police, the woman was at the West Willow Fire Company polling location in Pequea Township just before 1 p.m.While waiting in line to vote, police say the woman first used a lighter in an apparent attempt to ignite an interior wall. This didn’t work, police say, and she moved down the line where she attempted to burn a piece of paper hanging on the wall.Once she was in the polling room, she lit a piece of...

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CVS location in Harrisburg closes, boards up windows the day before 2020 election

CVS location in Harrisburg closes, boards up windows the day before 2020 election

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy and Boarding up windows is a step usually taken before hurricanes, not American elections.But a day before the 2020 general election, the CVS Pharmacy location in downtown Harrisburg has been seen with plywood covering its windows.A manager with the store confirmed that the Market Street CVS location would be closed tomorrow and remain closed “until further notice,” due to concern about local unrest.“There were rumors going around that it was going to get ugly around here,” said the manager, who declined to be identified for this story.“We are closely...

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Final campaign weekend proves Pa. is truly ground zero in 2020 presidential election

Final campaign weekend proves Pa. is truly ground zero in 2020 presidential election

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Expect to see plenty of Pennsylvania on cable news on Saturday.President Donald Trump plans four Pennsylvania rallies on Saturday. The first is scheduled for early afternoon in Bucks County. That event will involve “remarks” rather than a rally, with no specific location listed on Trump’s website. As with all four Saturday appearances, it will be livestreamed through outlets including Trump’s campaign website at .Then he’ll come closer to the Harrisburg region with a rally at Reading Regional Airport scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and a rally at Williamsport...

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WGAL news anchor Ron Martin is retiring

WGAL news anchor Ron Martin is retiring

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy A long-standing figure in central Pennsylvania news will be retiring in November.Ron Martin, a member of WGAL 8′s news team for more than 37 years, will be stepping down on November 25, the station announced.A York native, Martin became the main weeknight news anchor for the Lancaster-based NBC affiliate station in 2000, and is currently the host of WGAL’s news broadcasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. each weeknight.Over his career with the station, he covered numerous major stories, including the Hanover race riots and the September 11th terrorist attacks. The...

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Trump campaign operative is asking everything about election safety and security in Pa. counties: Report

Trump campaign operative is asking everything about election safety and security in Pa. counties: Report

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareBy Cumberland County officials have received, but say they will not respond to, an email from a Trump campaign operative , according to the Carlisle newspaper .The questionnaire, a copy of which was shared with Sentinel reporter Zach Hoopes, seeks detailed information about where mail-in ballots are being stored, the names of individuals involved in their chain of custody, and for how long ballots from Tuesday’s voting will be stored on the voting machines.Gary Eichelberger, chairman of the board of commissioners, told the paper the county does not plan to respond...

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Thousands of ballots potentially lost in one Pennsylvania county: Today in Pa.

Thousands of ballots potentially lost in one Pennsylvania county: Today in Pa.

Facebook ShareTwitter ShareByYou can listen to the latest episode of “Today in Pa” or on your favorite app including Alexa, Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitcher. Episodes are available every weekday on PennLive. Subscribe/follow and rate the podcast via your favorite app.Thousands of voters in one Pennsylvania county still haven’t received their mail-in ballots. Police say they will release 911 tapes and body camera footage related to the shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. Pittsburgh’s public schools will remain largely virtual through the rest of the year. University of Pennsylvania awarded...

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