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Coronavirus will accelerate EMS crisis in Pa.’s small towns and rural areas, experts say

Nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania’s EMS agencies shut down between 2012 and 2018 due to budget and staffing shortfalls. Now, the coronavirus represents the ultimate test of a fragile system.

Will homemade masks stop coronavirus from spreading? Fact-checking Sen. Pat Toomey’s claim | PolitiFact

Last weekend, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey told his Twitter followers that wearing homemade masks in public would stop the spread of the coronavirus. But with masks in such short supply for health care workers, we wondered if that's true.

Will homemade masks stop coronavirus from spreading? Fact-checking Sen. Pat Toomey’s claim | PolitiFact

Last weekend, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey told his Twitter followers that wearing homemade masks in public would stop the spread of the coronavirus. But with masks in such short supply for health care workers, we wondered if that's true.

‘Recovery’ search for Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson

Authorities continued searching Friday for two members of the Kennedy family who disappeared in the Chesapeake Bay after they had set out in a canoe to retrieve a ball in the water.

‘Recovery’ search for Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson

Authorities continued searching Friday for two members of the Kennedy family who disappeared in the Chesapeake Bay after they had set out in a canoe to retrieve a ball in the water.

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment.

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered his impeachment.
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Trump promises oil firms will get help to offset effects on prices

President Donald Trump promised federal support Friday for oil companies battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has depressed America's demand for oil at the same time Saudi Arabia and Russia, whose authoritarian leaders Trump has courted, have waged a price war that has sent worldwide prices plunging.

James C. McConnon, a patent lawyer who was SEPTA chairman, dies at 93

Mr. McConnon promised his dying mother that he would find the remains of his brother, an airman who had been shot down over Albania during World War II. He did.

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Pa. to stop paying 9,000 state employees amid coronavirus fallout

The affected employees have jobs that cannot be completed through teleworking, according to the administration, which began shuttering state offices in mid-March to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Supreme Court postpones April arguments because of coronavirus

The Supreme Court on Friday announced it will postpone arguments scheduled for April because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the court didn't rule out hearing some arguments within months.

Right to speedy trial suspended for a year in U.S. border court

The right to a speedy criminal trial was suspended for a year in federal courts along California’s Mexican border to avoid spreading the coronavirus, meaning a growing number immigration detainees may be locked up longer — and exposed to the virus.

Despite coronavirus, Wisconsin is holding an election Tuesday. It could hold lessons for Pa. and N.J.

The statewide vote Tuesday is expected to provide a test of what works and what doesn't as voters try to cast ballots amid a deadly virus and social distancing.

Experts, Trump’s advisers doubt White House’s 240,000 coronavirus deaths estimate

Forecasters, whose research the White House used, were mystified when they saw the administration's projection.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wrestles the Tiger King

It’s Fitzpatrick v. Joe Exotic. Plus, a state rep’s alleged attempt to shake down Wawa and a legal-defense fund for Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson.

Pennsylvania asked FEMA for nearly 500,000 N95 masks. It’s still 380,000 short.

Meanwhile, the state is on track to receive more face shields than it asked for, illustrating complaints that the federal response to the coronavirus has been scattershot and disorganized.

Pelosi announces committee to oversee $2 trillion coronavirus response, setting up clash with Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new select committee Thursday with subpoena powers to scrutinize the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and its management of the new $2 trillion economic rescue law.

Democrats are delaying the July 2020 Milwaukee convention for a month because of coronavirus

Philadelphia’s organizers looked back on the process of putting together a convention here and the logistical challenges of putting on a convention -- or relocating one -- in uncertain times.

When will I get my coronavirus check? Probably mid-April, but some might have to wait until September

The process of mailing stimulus checks could take up to 20 weeks, potentially pushing back relief for some taxpayers into the fall.

Some may not get coronavirus stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or late.

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