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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( 28 items )  

Del. Gov. Carney and Five Governors Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy
DOVER, Delaware, April 14 -- Gov. John C. Carney, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Delaware Governor John Carney, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on th  more

Drexel University: Beyond Encryption - Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: It comes as no surprise that consumer data is continuously being collected by various organizations, including local governments, marketing agencies and social media companies. These organizations assure anonymity and confidentiality when collecting this data, however, existing data privacy laws don't guarantee that data breaches won't occur. According to a recent report, more than 2,000 confirmed data   more

Examining How Commonly Used Blood Pressure Medications Affect Outcomes Among Patients: Perelman School of Medicine
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: A new trial led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will evaluate whether the use of medications to treat high blood pressure affect outcomes among patients who are prescribed the medication and hospitalized with COVID-19. As part of the multi-center, international trial called REPLACE COVID, investigators will examine whethe  more

Maine Gov. Mills Joins Coalition Calling on Trump Administration to Increase Access to Affordable Health Care
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 14 -- Gov. Janet Mills, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Governor Janet Mills joined a coalition of Governors from Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin in writing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask the Administration to reconsider its decision and take s  more

Mich. Gov. Whitmer Leads Coalition Calling on Trump Administration to Increase Access to Affordable Health Care During COVID-19
LANSING, Michigan, April 14 -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with a coalition of governors from Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask that the Administration reconsider   more

N.Y. A.G. James Adds States to Suit Against Convicted Criminal Martin Shkreli and Vyera Pharmaceuticals
ALBANY, New York, April 15 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following news release on April 14: New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that the attorneys general of six additional states have joined the lawsuit against Vyera Pharmaceuticals -- previously known as Turing Pharmaceuticals -- and two of its former CEOs -- including convicted criminal Martin Shkreli. The states of California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia join the suit ori  more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Colleagues Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
ALBANY, New York, April 14 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. This announcement builds on the   more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Colleagues Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
ALBANY, New York, April 14 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript on April 13: Governor Cuomo: Hello. So good to see you again. Thank you very much. Good afternoon to everyone. Let me welcome my fellow governors who are on the telephone who you will hear from in a moment. We have Governor Phil Murphy from the great state of New Jersey. We have Governor Ned Lamont from the great state of Connecticut; Governor Tom Wolf from the great state of Pennsylvania; Governor John  more

New York State Department of Agriculture, Markets Takes Several Actions to Assist Agricultural Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic
ALBANY, New York, April 14 -- The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets issued the following news release: State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball outlined several actions the Department of Agriculture and Markets has taken to assist the agricultural industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many sectors of the industry, including New York's dairy farmers, have faced extreme economic difficulties with the loss of wholesale markets, such as schools and restaurants, and uncerta  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Unveils Plan for Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Recovery
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced a Plan for Pennsylvania that will provide citizens and businesses relief, allow for a safe and expedient reopening, and lay a road to recovery from the challenges and hardships created by the 2019 novel coronavirus. "I asked for you to close schools and businesses, cancel large events, stay at home, all in an effort to simply keep our friends, our neighbors, our f  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Urges USDA Support of Vital Pennsylvania Agriculture Sectors
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 15: Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately publish a plan to support agriculture producers, food processors, workers, and local food systems, regardless of size of operation. The $9.5 billion included in the CARES Act - at Perdue's discretion to distribute across dairy, livestock, specialty crop sectors, horti  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Colleagues Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman: New Task Force for Health Disparity to Address How COVID-19 Affects Minorities
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Amid growing concern for how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting minority populations in the state and adding to existing health disparity issues,Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity that will help communicate issues with how the pandemic is affecting the state's minority and vulnerable populations. "We k  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Emergency SNAP Benefit Distribution to Begin, Local Feeding Programs Available
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) will begin emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit issuance in line with the federal government's interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Payments include a supplemental increase for both March and April and will continue to be issued for current SNAP households through Ap  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Health Secretary Signs Order Providing Worker Safety Measures to Combat COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Dr. Rachel Levine, under her authority as Secretary of the Department of Health to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster e  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Businesses to Benefit From Waiver for Prepayments of Sales Tax
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 15 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As part of the effort to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf announced businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months. That means businesses that normally have a monthly prepayment requirement will not be charged penalties for missing the prepayment deadline during this th  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Health Disparity Task Force
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 17: Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced Wednesday the creation of the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity, which will help identify how the pandemic is affecting the state's minority and vulnerable populations. The Health Disparity Task Force, which will be led by Lt. Gov. Fetterman, will prepare recommendations for the governor to address   more

Penn Medicine Launches COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients -- an experimental approach giving a transfusion of plasma collected from a donor who has recovered from COVID-19 to a patient with an active infection -- is the focus of a new two-part research initiative at Penn Medicine. Researchers will first collect plasma from people who have recovered from their infect  more

Penn Medicine Partners With Local Restaurants to Create Healthcare Meal Delivery Platform
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Penn Medicine is proud to announce the creation and launch of Nourished, a new meal delivery platform for frontline hospital staff, to ensure safe and convenient access to local takeout meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nourished allows staff to easily order affordable meals from a curated list of local restaurants via text message. Penn Medicine's Workfo  more

Penn State-Schuykill Awards $6,000 to Three Startups in Annual Business Plan Competition
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pennsylvania, April 18 -- Pennsylvania State University's Schuykill Campus issued the following news: Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch hosted its fourth annual Business Plan Competition online this year, awarding $6,000 to three businesses. Four aspiring businesses pitched their business plans to a panel of judges, which consisted of established local entrepreneurs and community leaders. The evening began with welcome remarks from Penn State Schuylkill Chancellor Patrick M. Jo  more

Pennsylvania PUC Reminds Citizens of Telephonic Public Meeting on April 16th
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 15 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminded stakeholders and citizens that its next public meeting - on Thursday, April 16 - will be conducted telephonically. The PUC public meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on April 16, and members of the public, the media and others can begin accessing the telephone conference call starting at 9:45 a.m. that day. Interested parties ca  more

Pennsylvania PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Filed by Philadelphia Gas Works
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to investigate a proposed rate increase submitted by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) for natural gas distribution services. The Commission voted 5-0 to suspend the proposed rate increase request for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and to assign the case to the PUC's Office of Adm  more

Pennsylvania PUC to Investigate Water and Wastewater Rate Increase Requests Filed by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to investigate proposed water and wastewater service rate increases submitted by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The Commission voted 5-0 to suspend the proposed rate increase requests for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and to assign the case to the PUC's Office of   more

Perelman School of Medicine: Blood Test May Help Doctors Catch Pancreatic Cancer Early
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: A blood test may be able to detect the most common form of pancreatic cancer while it is still in its early stages while also helping doctors accurately stage a patient's disease and guide them to the appropriate treatment. A multidisciplinary study from the University of Pennsylvania found the test - known as a liquid biopsy - was more accurate at detecting  more

PUC Grants Temporary Waiver for Pocono Cab to Pick-up, Deliver Customers' Grocery, Pharmacy Items
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a temporary request submitted by the Pocono Cab Company (Pocono Cab) allowing for the pick-up and delivery of customers' pre-ordered grocery and pharmacy items during the Governor's current stay-at-home order. Pocono Cab is authorized to provide call or demand taxi service in Monroe, Pike, Carbon, and Northampton counties   more

PUC Launches Inaugural Pole Attachment Working Group, Continues Moving Forward With PUC Jurisdiction Over Pole Attachments in PA
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 17 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release on April 16: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) continues moving forward with its regulation of utility pole attachments in the Commonwealth with approval of additional appointments to the PUC's Pole Attachment Working Group. The PUC voted 5-0 to appoint additional members to its Pole Attachment Working Group based on further expressions of interest following publica  more

University of Pennsylvania: Tailoring Treatment for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 15 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: Immunotherapies have revolutionized treatment for people with a variety of cancers. But when given to those with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), a particularly aggressive form of the disease, less than 20% respond. "A big question in the field has been, Why are the rest not responding?" says Rumela Chakrabarti, an assistant professor at Penn's School of   more

USciences Hosts Fulbright Scholar Studying Drugs to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 14 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Adeboye Adejare, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is hosting a Fulbright Scholar, Taiwo Olayemi Elufioye, PhD, from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where Dr. Adejare also holds an adjunct faculty position. The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program which is sponsored by the United States government. It allows for international collaborations in research, t  more