Articles by: Staff, Spotlight PA

Pa.’s Looming Dementia Care Crisis, by the Numbers

Pa.’s Looming Dementia Care Crisis, by the Numbers

Pennsylvania is headed for a profound eldercare crisis, experts warn, as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rates continue to climb, the state’s readiness plan continues to falter, and the exorbitant costs of care pressure state budgets and family budgets alike. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 18, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Gov. Wolf’s Coronavirus Business Waiver Program Was Flawed, Secretive, Pa. Auditor Says

Gov. Wolf’s Coronavirus Business Waiver Program Was Flawed, Secretive, Pa. Auditor Says

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Wolf administration’s controversial waiver program allowing businesses to remain open during the early months of the pandemic was flawed, administered unevenly, and assembled “on the fly,” hurting businesses and putting public health at risk, a state audit has found. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 15, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Pa. GOP Lawmakers to Subpoena Personal Information on Every Voter in Controversial 2020 Election Review

Pa. GOP Lawmakers to Subpoena Personal Information on Every Voter in Controversial 2020 Election Review

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican lawmakers in the Capitol are pushing to collect personal information on every registered Pennsylvania voter, as well as a trove of communications between state and county election officials, as part of a controversial inquiry into the 2020 presidential election. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 15, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Wolf Administration Ordered to Reveal Details of Cannabis Use as Drug Addiction Treatment

Wolf Administration Ordered to Reveal Details of Cannabis Use as Drug Addiction Treatment

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The public could soon know for the first time how many patients use medical marijuana to treat opioid use disorder in Pennsylvania, one of the few states to specifically endorse that treatment option. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 14, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Expiring COVID-19 Waivers Could Make Pa. Health-Care Staffing Shortages Worse

Expiring COVID-19 Waivers Could Make Pa. Health-Care Staffing Shortages Worse

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Regulatory waivers established last year to help hospitals and health-care workers fight COVID-19 will expire this month, and those in the field are warning the lapse could exacerbate an ongoing staffing crisis as coronavirus cases rise again. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 13, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
The Coming Crisis in Dementia Care and Why Pa. Is Woefully Unprepared

The Coming Crisis in Dementia Care and Why Pa. Is Woefully Unprepared

Pat Loughney was sleep-deprived and panicked as he dug a partially eaten bar of medicated soap from his wife’s mouth in the narrow confines of their upstairs bathroom. Minutes later, her face swelled and her throat began to close. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 7, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
Pa. To Refund $19 Million to 109,000 People It Overcharged in Unemployment Error

Pa. To Refund $19 Million to 109,000 People It Overcharged in Unemployment Error

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state Department of Labor and Industry will pay out more than $19 million in refunds after it overcharged nearly 110,000 people for unemployment interest payments over a decade. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 7, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
The Supreme Court’s Decision on a Texas Abortion Ban Raises the Stakes for the Pa. Governor’s Race

The Supreme Court’s Decision on a Texas Abortion Ban Raises the Stakes for the Pa. Governor’s Race

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania abortion-rights advocates and their opponents agreed Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to let a Texas law banning most abortions go into effect could clear the way for a similar prohibition here if Republicans win the 2022 governor’s race. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 5, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
‘Have They Locked the Doors?’ Judge Presses for Details on Hershey Charity Spat With Board Member

‘Have They Locked the Doors?’ Judge Presses for Details on Hershey Charity Spat With Board Member

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The mounting feud between Pennsylvania’s wealthiest charity and one of its board members was on full display in a Harrisburg courtroom Tuesday, as a judge pressed attorneys for each side on the details of a monthslong fight over internal spending details. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 4, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News
For the First Time, Pa. Senate Gives Public Online Access to Spending Records

For the First Time, Pa. Senate Gives Public Online Access to Spending Records

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate for the first time is giving the public online access to the way the chamber and its elected members spend millions in taxpayer money on themselves. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 3, 2021 · Local News, News, PA News