State COVID-19 developments

Jobless claims

More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians filed for unemployment compensation benefits last week amid a tidal wave of corona­virus-related business shutdowns, eclipsing the high-point during the recession a decade ago, the state’s top organized labor leader said Wednesday.

Liquor stores

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is looking into a “soft reopening” of stores with a delivery or curbside pickup model. Corman said he didn’t know if the agency had picked a date.

Schools legislation

The House and Senate voted unanimously to ensure teachers and other school employees continue to be paid and to endorse the waiver of the normal 180-day minimum number of instructional days. The bill also requires schools to make a good faith effort to continue instruction during the building closures and submit that plan to the Education Department.


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