All Pennsylvanians will no longer be required to wear masks. The state Department of Health lifted its universal mask order today. However, Secretary of Health Alison Beam says businesses, organizations, health care providers and other entities will still have the option to require employees, guests and customers to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.
Pennsylvania is inching closer to hitting its vaccination goal. On Friday, health officials reported that close to 60-percent of all adults in the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That's approaching the state's goal of having 70-percent of all adults fully vaccinated. About 75-percent of all adults in the state have received at least one shot of the vaccine.
Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign the state's proposed budget this week after the state legislature passed it on Friday. Included in the $40.8 billion budget is more money for schools and human services programs. The budget also calls for no increase in taxes for Pennsylvanians or businesses. Wolf says the state's economy has weathered the pandemic and is now roaring forward. He added that this budget will help the state move forward and rebuild a strong, equitable economy that works for Pennsylvanians.
Soon college athletes in the commonwealth will be able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness. All that remains is Gov. Tom Wolf's signature on the bill which would allow student-athletes to hold football camps and profit from jersey and video game sales. The schools aren't responsible for compensation.
It takes three days of 90-plus degree temperatures to officially make it a heat wave. Accu-Weather's Dan Pydynowski says that's exactly what's expected this week. "We already topped out at 90 yesterday and we've got 90s in the forecast through Wednesday, so we could actually looking at four in a row and an extended heat wave," Pydynowski says. Thunderstorms later this week will send temperatures about 20 degrees lower by Friday.
A Pittsburgh man is among the 150 people who are missing following the collapse of a condo in Florida. At least nine people have died and over 150 people are still unaccounted for, including Ruslan Manashirov, who just got married last month. His wife says the two were beginning their lives together when the building collapsed, and she and their families have been checking with local hospitals to see if he survived. There has been no word on Manashirov, but rescue teams are digging and searching for survivors.
A candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania tells Fox News critical race theory should not be discussed within the military. "When men and women raise their right hand to serve this country they do so because they believe America is an exceptional nation worth defending. Critical race theory undermines that because it teaches people that America is fundamentally bad, it's evil and its systems need to be reinvented because at their core they're racist," says Republican Sean Parnell, who is an Army veteran who narrowly lost his congressional race in suburban Pittsburgh last year.
Pennsylvania's electric vehicles push has reached a milestone. "We are celebrating our 1000th charger installed across the state," says Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell says as more Pennsylvanians are looking at buying electric vehicles, they want to know how many and where charging stations are.
Despite her fastest-ever 800-meter run, Easton High School graduate Chanelle Price failed to qualify for next month's Olympic Games in Toyko. Price ran a personal-best time of 1 minute, 58.73 seconds in the final run early this morning but finished fifth overall in the race in the Olympic trials in Oregon. Only the top three finishers advance to the Olympics.