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Governor Wolf Announces Additional Standardized Testing Reductions for Pennsylvania Students, Teachers
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf joined parents, teachers and school administrators today to announce more improvements to standardized testing in Pennsylvania. After reducing the number of test days by two days this school year, starting next school year, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be condensed from three weeks to two weeks and shifted to later in the school year, easing stress on students and giving them up to two additional weeks to learn before taking the assessment.


Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians to get a Flu Vaccination
Today the Wolf Administration's Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr. Loren Robinson, reminded Pennsylvanians of the importance of getting a flu vaccination.


Wolf Administration Names 2018 Teacher of the Year
Today, Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced Jennifer R. Wahl, a teacher at Loyalsock Township High School in Lycoming County, has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the SAS Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's annual professional development conference.


Wolf Administration Taking Lead on Health Enrollment after Trump Administration Cutbacks
Members of the Wolf Administration, including Pennsylvania Insurance Department Acting Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne will be joined by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network to offer enrollment assistance for individuals eligible for Medicare, plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medical Assistance, and CHIP


PA Agriculture Secretary, PA National Guard Kick Off 'Trees for Troops' Donation Weekend at Carbon County Tree Farm
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Lt. Col. Michael Siriani of the Pennsylvania National Guard today helped kick off the state's 2017 Trees for Troops weekend, encouraging Pennsylvanians to donate real Christmas trees for distribution to active-duty military and their families.


Wolf Administration to Introduce Safe Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Pediatric and Adolescent Populations
Today the Wolf Administration's Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, along with doctors and industry leaders in pediatric care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), will take the next step in the fight to combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania by introducing the safe opioid prescribing guidelines for pediatric and adolescent populations.


Wolf Administration Announces Details of Pennsylvania's New Apprenticeship Program
Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko joined Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani and Hanover Chamber President Gary Laird in the Capitol Media Center to unveil the components of Governor Tom Wolf's new pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program. The new program, housed at DCED, will enable more Pennsylvania employers to develop the specialized training their workers need to close skills gaps in the workplace, while also providing rewarding career pathways for students and adults.


2 Human Traffickers Charged with Coercing 6 Victims with Violence, Drugs and Threats, Forcing Women into Prostitution in four PA Counties and New Jersey
Two men who coerced six victims into prostitution with the false promise of easy money and then used drugs, violence and threats to control them have been arrested for human trafficking. Attorney General Josh Shapiro's office worked closely with the Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies to build the prostitution and trafficking case.


DEP, Partners Celebrate First North American Use of PA-Manufactured Recycled Glass Construction Foam
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined officials from Pennsylvania-based company AeroAggregates, the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC), and the Philadelphia Navy Yard today at an event to celebrate the first North American use of a construction material the company manufactures out of glass collected and recycled in state.


More Than 200 Attendees Join Wolf Administration in Nanticoke for First Cabinet in Your Community Event
Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by more than 200 attendees for the first Cabinet in Your Community event held at Luzerne County Community College.


Wolf Administration Urges Seat-Belt Use, Sober Driving Ahead of Holiday Travel Period
Ahead of the holiday travel period and nationwide Click It or Ticket 'Operation Safe Holiday' enforcement effort, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker, and the Penn State Health's Life Lion Critical Care Transport Unit today urged the public to secure all vehicle passengers properly, and designate a sober driver during holiday parties through the new year.


Auditor General DePasquale Releases Report on DNC Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, Faults State Grant Agreement Wording
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said a review of the Democratic National Convention Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee's financial records showed that a $10 million state grant was expended according to the grant agreement and that, because the grant agreement did not contain a specific claw-back provision, the committee is not required to pay back any of the money.


Auditor General DePasquale Says Washington, DC Inaction Prompts Effort to Reduce Firearm Injuries, Deaths; Improve Gun Safety
HARRISBURG - Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced he plans to seek ideas from all sides of the gun debate to find commonsense gun safety measures that will reduce firearm injuries and deaths without legislative action.


GO-TIME: Wolf Administration Honors Transportation Employees for Innovative Ideas, Engagement
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today honored 13 employees for their transformative ideas to improve efficiency, safety, customer service, cost savings and revenue generation.


Governor Wolf Announces New Effort to Bolster Solar Energy in Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf today joined state and local officials, and environmental advocates to announce the expansion of the use of solar energy across the commonwealth, while ensuring that the environmental and health benefits of solar energy are experienced in Pennsylvania.