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Cancer. Kidney disease. Type 2 diabetes. These are some of the chronic health conditions that make a person eligible to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. So is being a smoker.

WHYY's Zoe Read explains why doctors consider smoking a serious health condition.

(Original air-date: 1/15/21)

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William McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has officially announced his resignation. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports he was an appointee of President Donald Trump who often sparred with Philadelphia's Democratic leaders.

(Original air-date: 1/15/21)


A proposed constitutional amendment that would drastically alter Pennsylvania's judicial system advanced in the State House on Wednesday. WHYY's Miles Bryan reports.

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The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump. WHYY's Katie Meyer reports that Pennsylvania's congressional delegation remains split along partisan lines on how to respond to Trump's actions leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol.

(Original air-date: 1/14/21)

Matilda Wormwood

The pandemic has created a huge amount of demand for cleaning services. Now a new partnership is working to make sure that cleaning companies owned by people of color in Pennsylvania don't get left out of the boom. WHYY's Miles Bryan reports.

(Original air-date: 1/14/21)

Parents Divided on Whether to Reopen Philly Public Schools

Jan 18, 2021
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Philadelphia officials say they want to reopen public schools before the school year ends, but they will have to convince parents, who appear deeply divided on the topic. WHYY's Avi Wolfman-Arent has more.

(Original air-date: 1/13/21)

Katherine McAdoo

Pennsylvania Republicans have been distancing themselves from President Donald Trump's rally and the subsequent insurrection at the Capitol that left five people dead. But in the days leading up to the rally, many local GOP groups across the state were encouraging people to attend. WHYY's Miles Bryan has more.

(Original air-date: 1/13/21)

A Guide to Determining Your COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Jan 18, 2021
Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been given out throughout the region, with thousands more on the way. Now everyone’s wondering: when will it be my turn?

Pennsylvania Rolls Out Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Jan 18, 2021
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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Gov. Tom Wolf recently issued an updated vaccination plan for the state, including a first-phase split into three tiers and a second phase for the general public. WHYY's Darryl C. Murphy has more.

Andy Feliciotti

The rampage at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump was a horrifying sight for former Secret Service leader Mike White. The former director of the President Protective Division has accompanied Trump, Barack Obama and other chief commanders on their visits there.

White spoke with WHYY's Cris Barrish about the security debacle and Joe Biden's upcoming inauguration on the same grounds.

(Original air-date: 1/11/21)