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Gov. Shapiro signs distracted driving bill into law

Under the new law, using a mobile device while driving will be a summary offense in Pennsylvania.

Commentary

Commentary: It’s within our power to craft a more civil future for PA

The outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Society reflects on how her tenure has made her optimistic about what is to come in the commonwealth and the country.

Health Care

A Philadelphia program helps parents tackle substance use with doulas

The Philadelphia Community Doula Support program can help new parents avoid overdoses and court-ordered family separations.

Capitol Beat

A Q&A with state Sen. Jarrett Coleman

Coleman talks all things economic development, including his bill to create a regulatory sandbox in Pennsylvania.

Economic Development

Improving economic development in PA continues to face hurdles

Everyone – Republicans, Democrats, the private sector – agrees it’s crucial to the stature’s short-term and long-term success. But there is precious little agreement on how to make it happen.

Policy

Future tense: The Shapiro administration tries to plan the state economy over the next decade

How the administration’s new economic development strategy can impact the state’s outlook depends on who’s doing the talking.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Council approves bill to ease streetery setup

Council passed legislation to streamline the streetery approval process and create ‘navigators’ to help businesses through red tape.

Philadelphia

Five for Friday: Cherelle Parker’s executive orders six months in

Parker has used executive orders early and often to push her campaign priorities

Law Enforcement

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s Kensington ‘resolution’ clears out tent encampment around open-air drug market

The dismantling of tent encampments Wednesday morning came on the final day of a 30-day outreach window in the struggling neighborhood

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U.S. Congress

With only three weeks to go, lawmakers weigh ways to save federal internet subsidy

Congress is exploring several options to fund it. All face long odds of success despite widespread and bipartisan support for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Capitol Beat

Just another roll of the dice: PA kicks off election audit the hard way

Department of State officials kicked off a risk-limiting audit of the April 23 primary election on Thursday.

Capitol Beat

PA House narrowly approves 7-day pre-canvassing bill

After a spirited debate, House lawmakers advanced a bill that would give election administrators more time to pre-canvass mail ballots.

Capitol Beat

Khalid Mumin talks education funding, PASS scholarships at press club speech

Pennsylvania’s secretary of education was a featured speaker at Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club lunch.

Technology

What contenders in the $500M Tech Hubs race can learn from the past

Philadelphia is one of the contenders for federal advanced technology investment. A decade ago, a similar program had “no measurable benefit.”

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts: Exploring the impacts of a cap-and-trade program

Advocates weigh in on Shapiro’s energy plans and how they could impact Pennsylvania

Events

‘We can move the needle’: Leaders converge in Harrisburg for 2024 PA Energy Summit

Lawmakers, labor leaders and energy industry stakeholders met for the half-day conference.

Technology

$204 million in federal broadband funding is on its way to Pennsylvania

The Broadband Development Authority announced Thursday the American Rescue Plan dollars will fund 53 broadband projects in 42 counties