Why Are More Schools Going After Families for Lunch Debt?
More than 75 percent of school districts reported school lunch debt in the previous school year, and 40 percent say their debt is growing.
How Perverse Incentives Leave Struggling School Districts Behind
Few states have laws mandating district mergers, a fact that leaves financially distressed districts with no recovery option.
Field Notes: The Rusting Remains of a Famous Labor Dispute Site
Rankin, Pennsylvania: Built in the 19th century as part of the Homestead Steel Works complex, the Carrie Furnaces produced up to 1,250 tons of iron per day at their peak in the 1950s and '60s.
Judges Block Republicans' Challenge to the New Pennsylvania Voting Map
Barring a stay from the Supreme Court, the new map will go into effect for the state's May primary.
After the Storm: Hurricane Maria Refugees Resettle in Amish Country
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a small town with a long history of integrating Puerto Rican families, but this most recent influx is putting its resources to the test.
Pennsylvania's Supreme Court Releases a New Congressional District Map
The new boundaries will go into effect for the 2018 elections.
A Suspension Has Been Lifted for a Controversial Pipeline in Pennsylvania
Sunoco Pipeline will now resume construction activities after receiving a $12.6 million civil penalty for violating construction permits for its Mariner East 2 pipeline project.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Hear Case on Soda Tax
In 2016, Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to pass a soda tax.
Thousands of Registered Voters Potentially Disenfranchised in Pennsylvania
A new report finds as many as 26,000 Pennsylvania residents who had submitted voter registration applications on time may have been unable to vote or may have seen their ballot discounted.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Stand-Up Comedy Fan Who Says We Shouldn’t Be So Focused on the Future
We canvassed the world of the social and behavioral sciences, looking for rising stars whose careers promise to make a lasting mark. We'll be profiling the top 30 throughout the month of April.
What Would It Cost to Sign Away Liability to a Fracking Co?
A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm.
The First Americans
Until recently, the reigning theory on who the first Homo sapiens in North America were pointed to the Clovis people, evidence of whose culture was discovered in the American Southwest. That theory has been powerfully challenged by, among others, Meadowcroft, an archaeological dig in western Pennsylvania that began in the 1970s.
How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?
In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.
10-Year-Old Sarah Murnaghan Will Receive a Lung Transplant
It's unclear what it means for the future, but the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl is set to receive a lung transplant today.