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Forty thousand babies are born with congenital heart defects each year in the United States, according to the CDC, and they will undergo open-heart surgeries over their lifetime.

But a technology recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration may help minimize the number of those procedures. For WHYY, Ali McPherson has more.


The New Jersey Department of Corrections has reached an agreement with the Justice Department on how to move forward following allegations of rampant abuse at the state’s only prison for women.

As WHYY’s Joe Hernandez reports the U.S. Department of Justice should approve the agreement within weeks.

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Delaware Republicans say it’s time to bring State House members back into the Capitol. WHYY’s Mark Eichmann has more on the GOP’s frustrations with the virtual legislative sessions, which have been in place since last year.


A Philadelphia doctor is jumping into the crowded and quickly-growing Democratic primary race for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat, which will be opening in 2022.

WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports Kevin Baumlin heads the emergency department at Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Recent attacks against Asian-Americans have pushed issues of racism and violence towards this community into the spotlight.

WHYY Keystone Crossroads’ Laura Benshoff reports activists hoped to use that attention to raise the profile of the case of Christian Hall, who was shot by police in the Poconos in December.

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Five lawmakers in the Pennsylvania State House recently introduced a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on girls' sports teams in public schools and universities. Scientists say the move is not backed by evidence, and advocates are calling it “cruel.”

Michaela Winberg of WHYY’s Billy Penn has the story.

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Another candidate is entering the Democratic primary race for Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate election. WHYY’s Katie Meyer reports Philadelphia Senator Sharif Street, long assumed to be interested in the seat, has recently filed his statement of candidacy.


New Jersey businesses with five or fewer employees will be able to apply for part of $25 million in grants starting later this month. As WHYY’s Joe Hernandez reports, officials say the Garden State’s smallest businesses are in dire need of help amid the pandemic.

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Voters in New Jersey will be able to cast their ballots early under a new law recently signed by the state’s governor. As WHYY’s Joe Hernandez reports, voting rights advocates hailed the move as a positive step for the political process.

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March marked one year since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in our region, completely changing many aspects of our lives as we knew it and exposing deep racial and socioeconomic inequities. WHYY is examining what we’ve lost and what we’ve found over the past year, and how we’re moving forward.

WHYY’s Zoe Read tells us how mental health professionals faced increased trauma among their clients, and handled their own stress.