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You’re invited! A free virtual panel on the new Pa. budget and what it prioritizes

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan 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. A week after their June 30 deadline, Pennsylvania lawmakers approved a new state budget. The $45 billion spending plan, which was...
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Meet Sarah Rafacz, Spotlight PA State College bureau editor

This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative and public-service journalism for Pennsylvania. Sign up for our regional newsletter, Talk of the Town. Hey, y’all — I’m Sarah Rafacz, the editor of Spotlight PA’s first-ever regional bureau, based...
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An obscure state law has snarled efforts to bring faster internet speeds to rural communities. Now it might complicate a historic infusion of federal funding.

An obscure provision tucked into Pennsylvania law nearly two decades ago could complicate the state’s access to a massive influx of federal funding to expand broadband by creating roadblocks for local governments seeking to build their own networks. Access to high-speed internet has for years been a top priority...
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With millions of dollars at stake, companies are blanketing Pennsylvania with ads about how to get a medical marijuana card. But if doctors do the same, they risk their license.

When Pennsylvania lawmakers legalized medical cannabis in 2016, they struck an unusual deal: Physicians can approve patients for the program but they are banned from advertising that power. Lawmakers feared advertising would encourage thousands of patients to flood the same doctor’s office solely seeking a medical marijuana card, or motivate...
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Draft bills and late-night emails reveal cozy ties between Pa. state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson and casino lobbyists

In the spring of 2019, state Sen. Tommy Tomlinson hosted a news conference in the state Capitol to announce legislation banning thousands of unregulated gaming machines that have popped up in gas stations, convenience stores, bars, social clubs, and other establishments across Pennsylvania. The slot-like machines, called skill games, are...
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You’re invited! A free virtual panel on the court challenges to Pa.’s electoral maps

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan 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. Pennsylvania’s legislative and congressional maps are in the final stages of the redistricting process, but legal challenges by lawmakers and other...
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As part of a first-of-its-kind review, Spotlight PA investigated claims made on Pennsylvania cannabis companies’ websites and found a wide range of misleading or even dangerous tactics.

Some Pennsylvania cannabis companies are using incomplete or misleading claims to promote marijuana as a treatment for opioid addiction, potentially putting patients’ lives at greater risk, a Spotlight PA investigation has found. In a first-of-its-kind review, Spotlight PA examined more than 60 websites offering services in Pennsylvania and consulted...
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Pa. election 2022: Tell Spotlight PA what coverage matters to you

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan 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. Hey, Pennsylvania!. Over the next few weeks, Spotlight PA will be ramping up coverage of the 2022 election. We’ll be covering...
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Spotlight PA to launch first-ever regional reporting bureau based in State College

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan 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. During the past two years, with the enduring and generous support of Pennsylvanians across the state, we have built Spotlight PA...
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