COVID-19 bill cannot include minimum wage hike, Senate parliamentarian says
The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, comes as Democrats prepare for House approval Friday of an initial version of the $1.9 trillion package.

Philly-based group launches $3M initiative to develop Black teachers
The program aims to bring at least 21,000 Black students into the teacher pipeline over 12 years.

U.S. bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia
The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration.

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‘Snow moon’ is coming this weekend, and it might be why you’re sleeping less

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House passes Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

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Fact-checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement that Pa. is the only state without a natural gas severance tax

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Kids’ mental health is still pediatricians’ greatest concern, one year into pandemic

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Levine questioned on missing Pa. nursing home data in federal confirmation hearing

Former Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s explanation for the issues did not match previous reporting by Spotlight PA.
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