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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House counsel

Testimony in the hearings so far has shown Cipollone present at key points in the leadup to Jan. 6 and on the day of the attack. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena to former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, a critical figure in the final days of the Trump White House who the committee has been publicly pleading with to appear.
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Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes in Pennsylvania pass GOP-controlled Senate

Governor Tom Wolf's office said he would veto “any legislation that discriminates against LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians.”. Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses around the country.
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Pa. House Republicans want to block state funding for the University of Pittsburgh over fetal tissue research

The proposed ban complicates budget negotiations as GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf try to complete the process before the June 30 deadline. 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.
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Battle of Hanover Commemoration events and trails

Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”. The Civil War Battle of Hanover was fought on June 30th, 1863. There...
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How to prevent fireworks accidents

Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”. Other than the nation’s independence, the Fourth of July holiday may be known...
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A bill loosening rules for Pennsylvania poll watchers heads to Gov. Wolf’s desk

State lawmakers are sending Gov. Tom Wolf a GOP-led measure to expand what poll watchers are allowed to do during elections. Under the bill from Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), people running for office would be able to appoint up to three registered voters – instead of two – to keep tabs on vote casting and counting at any polling place in the state.
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WITF Passport Last Call: American Experience’s Woodstock

Explore the three days on a small dairy farm in upstate New York that defined a generation. In August 1969, nearly half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York. They thought they were in for the concert of their lifetime, but what happened over the next three days was much more profound. Woodstock would become a legendary event – one that defined a generation and marked the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history.
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Pa. waited more than 2 years to test wells after finding nearby contamination. Now this neighborhood wants answers.

Affected homeowners in Benner Township, Centre County, want to know when and how PFAS chemicals got into their water. State officials defend the delay, pointing to “sound scientific practices.”. This story was produced by the State College regional bureau of Spotlight PA, an independent, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to investigative...
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How Pennsylvania keeps its voter rolls clean and updated

Doug Mastriano’s pledge to “reset” voter registrations ignores the safeguards that already remove hundreds of thousands of ineligible voters. This article is made possible through Spotlight PA’s collaboration with Votebeat, a nonpartisan news organization covering local election administration and voting. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.
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Talks yield no Pennsylvania budget deal, with 3 days left

No main spending bill has been unveiled, and hundreds of pages of budget-related legislation remained under wraps. The state House of Representatives and Senate returned to the Capitol on Tuesday, as leaders of the Republican-controlled chambers worked to get an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before the state loses some of its spending authority in three days.
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Fight over 2020 election records lands in Pennsylvania court

A Lebanon County woman is seeking a digital copy of Lycoming County’s “cast vote record” for the 2020 General Election. (Harrisburg) — A county judge in Williamsport has to decide whether to force officials to provide voter-by-voter electronic election records after the state Office of Open Records ruled Pennsylvania law makes them confidential.

What is Christian Nationalism and is it growing?

Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”. “Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The establishment clause...
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