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First: As Pennsylvania reached a benchmark in coronavirus vaccinations, some pockets of the commonwealth lag far behind as demand remains low in rural areas.

Then: City Council approved legislation Thursday to create new police oversight group.

And: Critics say chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey’s charity could better spread its namesakes’ wealth.

— Tommy Rowan (@tommyrowan, morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

Vaccinations hit a key threshold across Pa., but still lag in Philly and some rural counties

Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate is in the top 10 nationwide, meaning that 70% of the state’s adults should be fully vaccinated by the end of next month.

But there are still gaps in the state’s progress. In 26 counties, more than 60% of residents haven’t gotten even one shot, according to state data through Tuesday. In some, it’s below 30%. Even Philadelphia slightly lags its neighboring counties.

The gaps are fueling ongoing efforts to combat hesitancy and to develop more vaccine incentives.

Read the full story from reporters Erin McCarthy and Justine McDaniel.

America’s richest school serves low-income kids. But much of its Hershey-funded fortune isn’t being spent.

Chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey’s charity has ballooned to $17 billion, making it wealthier than the globally ambitious Ford Foundation.

But it’s mostly unknown outside Pennsylvania, as Hershey’s billions finance the education of just 2,100 low-income children at the Milton Hershey School, a private, preK-12 boarding school in the middle of the state.

Federal tax law does not require organizations like the Milton Hershey School to spend a particular amount each year on their charitable mission. But the widening chasm between what the school could spend to help poor children, and what it actually spends, has raised concerns.

Read the full story from reporters Bob Fernandez and Charlotte Keith.

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