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Your guide to Pa.’s 2021 primary ballot questions

Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. All Pennsylvania voters — yes, that includes independents and minor-party members — will be asked to consider four ballot questions on...
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Why Spotlight PA is spending a year investigating Pennsylvania’s redistricting process

In 2021, a handful of politicians will wield power over one of the most consequential and overlooked aspects of our democracy: redrawing Pennsylvania’s political districts. They can dictate who belongs in their districts, and who doesn’t; who keeps their seat, and who loses it; and who gets representation, and who gets left out. And all of that has ripple effects.
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How Spotlight PA is covering the 2020 election in Pennsylvania

Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. More than a few times this year, I’ve thought to myself what stories might have been missed, what investigations might have...
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Sign up for PA Post, Spotlight PA’s free daily newsletter with a round up of the top news from across Pennsylvania, plus other good reads, helpful tips and some fun, too, to keep you informed and feeling good. PA Post is delivered straight to your inbox every Monday-Saturday. If you...
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Sign up for COVID-19 Alerts, Spotlight PA’s free weekly update with the latest coronavirus data localized to your county. To see current statewide statistics for Pennsylvania, visit our COVID-19 tracking dashboard.
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Housing boom in State College raises questions about growth

The development going on in State College right now is expected to increase the number of housing units in the borough by about 20 percent. And largely they’ll be downtown student rentals. While many Pennsylvania municipalities struggle to sustain their downtowns and shrinking populations, the State College area faces a...
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How Erie’s Black Wall Street is trying to change the city

In northwestern Pennsylvania, the city of Erie has seen hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments for building projects in recent years. That’s a promising sign for what been a struggling economy in the former manufacturing center. But Erie consistently ranks as one of the worst metro areas for...
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Rural schools struggle with road ahead in era of coronavirus

At the Bruneau-Grandview School District in rural southern Idaho, a couple dozen teachers are crowded into the small library. They’re doing a refresher training for online teaching. In person-classes are scheduled to begin Monday, but with coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Idaho and other states, it’s an open question for how long.
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Smart Talk Monday; Redistricting legislation; PIAA looks to salvage fall sports; Keeping kids “safe and secure”

Next year, lawmakers will use the information obtained in the 2020 census to draw new congressional maps. Pennsylvania state House and Senate maps are determined differently; drawn by a five-member legislative commission comprised of both political parties. Many argue that the current system allows for gerrymandering because members bring their...
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Classes At Pa.’s state-owned universities will be mostly held online in fall, system approves building sales in cost-cutting move

(Harrisburg) — A majority of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will be holding classes remotely this fall. Several universities in the State System of Higher Education are taking different approaches, but all plan to forge on with the fall semester. According to SSHE spokesman Dave Pidgeon, the 14 schools all fall...
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Wolf Administration publishes report aimed at addressing health disparities in Pa.’s historically underserved communities

(York) – The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force has released a report addressing issues surrounding health disparity in the commonwealth’s marginalized communities. Chaired by Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, the group’s report includes 57 policy recommendations to help vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. After its formation in mid-April,...