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U.K. most prominent variant in PA

WILLIAMSPORT — Of the three variants present in the state, the B.1.1.7 or the U.K. variant is the “most prominent” according to the Center for Disease Control and local healthcare professionals. The CDC’s website graph that details the number of variant cases describes the state to ...

Voters to weigh in on government pandemic power struggle

HARRISBURG (AP) — A pandemic power struggle that has raged for a year between Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor and its Republican-led Legislature will land on voters’ laps next month in the form of two proposed constitutional amendments that could limit the length of disaster ...

PA pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to rare blood clots

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania said it is following the federal government’s recommendation and pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an investigation into reports of unusual blood clots. The state Department of Health told all COVID-19 vaccine providers in the ...

State police to alter fitness standards that kept out women

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Police will pay more than $2 million into a compensation fund and are changing physical fitness standards to settle a lawsuit over how the agency’s trooper-hiring practices ruled out otherwise qualified women. The U.S. Justice Department announced the ...