A Pennsylvania congresswoman is going to serve as one of the nine impeachment managers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the names of the impeachment managers Tuesday and Madeleine Dean's name was on that list. Dean, who represents parts of Berks and Montgomery counties, is an attorney who is on the judiciary committee. She'll join the eight other managers appointed with the task of prosecuting President Trump in a Senate trial for his alleged involvement in the riot last week at the U.S. Capitol.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health Tuesday confirmed 7275 more cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth, bringing the state's overall total to 733,429. 227 new coronavirus-related deaths were also reported. That number now stands at 18,080. There are currently more than 5200 people who are hospitalized in Pennsylvania with the coronavirus. The state says there are now 311,477 vaccines that have been administered.
Gov. Tom Wolf says he won't jump to the front of the line to get a COVID-19 vaccine. "But when it's my turn, I'm going to get vaccinated and I look forward to that day. I'm going to encourage my family members and I'm going to encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to do the same thing," Wolf says. The governor is pushing the vaccine as the quickest way for Pennsylvania and America to return to some sense of normalcy. He says there's a lot of misinformation being spread about the vaccine's safety and urges you to get the accurate information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health.
New Jersey is reporting 20,000 residents have died due to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. The state reported more than 4200 cases Tuesday and its transmission rate is at 1.08, which is above a key benchmark of one. An additional 108 deaths due to the virus were confirmed Tuesday.
More local school districts are tweaking their schedules. Beginning February 16th, the Whitehall-Coplay School District is moving from its hybrid model to four days of in-person instruction per week for students who choose to attend. Against the recommendation of the administration, students will either attend school four days a week or remain entirely remote. In the East Penn School District, hybrid classes return next Tuesday. Students with last names beginning with A through K will go to school Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with last names beginning with L through Z will attend in-person classes on Thursdays and Fridays. The other three days will have students learning remotely.
Penn State will require all students to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus for the spring term. They are starting remotely with those who live off campus being encouraged to postpone returning unless it's completely necessary. Penn State is providing the self-test kits at no cost and want to have every student's test on file within 72 hours of their return.
Indoor dining is returning to Philadelphia. Restaurants can allow indoor services beginning on Saturday at 25-percent capacity. Indoor catered events are still off limits. Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley made the announcement Tuesday.
Almost $78,000 in taxes and fees paid to the Whitehall Township tax collector's office is missing. An investigation that lasted almost a year-and-a-half has ended, but the Lehigh County district attorney's office says it will not file charges against anyone because of a lack of evidence. One employee in the tax office is no longer employed by the township, however that employee is not being named. Township officials stress no fingers are being pointed at treasurer Colleen Gober, who survived a no confidence vote Monday night.
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has raised more than $500,000 in the three days since he announced a possible run for the U.S. Senate. The Democrat says he received that money from more than 15,000 donors from all 50 states and 63 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Fetterman says he'll make a final decision in the coming weeks on whether he'll run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Pat Toomey, who is not seeking another term.
The state Senate will swear in Sen. Jim Brewster today. The Democrat incumbent's swearing in was delayed after challenger Nicole Ziccarelli challenged the results of their very close race. Ziccarelli claimed a difference in how mail-in ballots were counted in Allegheny County and Westmoreland County cost her the election. Tuesday, a federal judge declared Brewster had legally won the race in the 45th District. Following the ruling, Ziccarelli issued a statement saying that while she disagrees with the decision, she wishes Brewster well.
A special election has now been set to fill the vacant seat of the late state representative Mike Reese. The 42-year-old Republican had just been reelected to another term in the state legislature but passed away earlier this month from an apparent brain aneurysm. Reese represented Westmoreland County. Pennsylvania's House Speaker says the election to fill Reese's seat will be held on May 18th.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is laying out his plans for New Jersey beyond navigating the coronavirus pandemic. In his third State of the State address, Murphy committed to lead the Garden State through the coronavirus pandemic while promising to make New Jersey a "stronger, fairer state for everyone." The governor highlighted some of his accomplishments over the past three years while also setting some goals, which include support for small businesses, dedication to infrastructure and transforming the justice system. He ended the speech on hopeful terms, saying New Jersey will emerge from the darkness of the pandemic better than ever.
New Jersey is once again hitting a snag when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana. This time Gov. Phil Murphy and state senators can't seem to agree on penalties for minors caught with the drug. It's not clear if the governor will sign the approved bill as it stands or if lawmakers will have to go back to the drawing boar. During his State of the State address Tuesday, Murphy said legislation is almost worked out.