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The PSATS Morning News includes the latest news, videos – look for TVN and the Question of the Week every Tuesday and Thursday – along with legislative and policy updates, grant and funding opportunities, and announcements about upcoming PSATS training.

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Webinar Available on Utility-Scale Solar Development for Local Officials

Penn State Extension is hosting a free webinar on Utility Scale Solar Development in Pennsylvania for Local Officials. The webinar will take place tomorrow, May 26, at 10 a.m. The webinar will discuss proposed projects, their locations, and development possibilities…

Tonight is the Night!

If you have strong opinions about tolls coming to a road or bridge near you, or if you have concerns about paying a fee based on the number of miles you drive annually, PSATS urges you to participate and voice…

Ag Department Demonstrates Safe, Effective Lanternfly Traps

Lanternflies are now hatching, and the state Department of Agriculture is demonstrating how homeowners can use a circle trap to eliminate large numbers of destructive spotted lanternflies without harming beneficial pollinators or small animals. Click here for instructions from Penn…

Pa. COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Continue to Drop

COVID case counts decreased for the fifth week in a row in Pennsylvania, with 9,881 new cases reported this week, 23% less than last week. The statewide COVID-19 total case count now stands at 1,195,013.    Nationally, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have…

PA Unemployment Rate Up Again and Continues Above National Average     

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for April increased slightly, from 7.3% to 7.4%. The U.S. rate also increased slightly in April, from 6.0% to 6.1%. Nationally, Hawaii, at 8.5%, had the highest unemployment rate in April, followed by California, New Mexico, and New York.  In Pennsylvania,…

Municipal Recycling Grants Available

The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for Municipal Recycling Program Development and Implementation Grants (Section 902 Grants) until September 24, 2021.  Eligible recycling program development and implementation costs are eligible for 90% funding.   Municipalities that did not receive a…

Federal Broadband Grants Available

The U.S. Department of Commerce has $288 million available in grant funding for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. Grants will be awarded to partnerships between a state or local government and a provider of fixed broadband services. Projects should be…

Philadelphia Relaxes Mitigation Orders Today

Today, mitigation orders will be relaxed in the City of Philadelphia, including elimination of restrictions on capacity of stores, museums, and offices, elimination of capacity limits on outdoor pools, and allowing chairs at restaurants to be three feet apart. Indoor…

FDA Approves Refrigerator Storage of Thawed Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the storage of defrosted Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for up to one month at refrigerated temperatures. Previously, thawed vaccine could be stored in the refrigerator for only five days. This will make it easier to…

Wolf Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration  

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a fifth renewal of his Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolf noted that he consulted with the General Assembly about the extension and will collaborate on the future of the declaration and any…
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