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News: Friday, Mar. 12




PUC clears way for electric companies to resume shutoffs: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced that it will be lifting the moratorium on service shutoffs starting April 1, but that utility companies are required to offer multiple options for people to repay overdue bills. (Source: WGAL) Local households that meet eligibility criteria can receive help paying utility bills through Lancaster County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which launched this week.

Rep. Smucker introduces 'election integrity commission' to analyze 2020 election results: Introduced by Lancaster County Republican Lloyd Smucker along with U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, the bill would authorize a commission to examine election policy and results from battleground states like Pennsylvania that Trump lost narrowly to Biden. Given Democrats' House majority, it is unlikely to become law. (Source: LNP)

Majority of Pa. voters disapprove lawmakers' votes against certifying election results: About 60% of the 588 registered voters surveyed by Franklin & Marshall College during the first week in March thought Congressional representatives who voted against certifying the results should not have done so. 51% strongly disapproved while another 10% somewhat disagreed. (Source: WITF)

Lancaster City Council approves proposed $90 million Willow Valley high rise: Lancaster City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to allow developer Willow Valley Living to demolish two existing buildings on South Queen and West Vine streets and build a 20-story apartment building for people 55 and over. (Source: LNP)

CVS Health adds 10 Covid-19 vaccination sites in Pa.: Vaccinations will begin at the locations in Lancaster, Cumberland and Dauphin Counties as early as March 14, with registration starting on Saturday. (Source: WGAL)

National roundup: Newly-passed $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package could alter social safety net permanently. (Source: AP) First round of $1,400 stimulus checks to hit bank accounts this weekend. (Source: USA Today) Biden: All adults should be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine by May. (Source: UPI) Pfizer vaccine effective against asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, Novavax 96.4% effective against original strain. (Source: USA Today)