The Morning Agenda Sometimes, your mornings are just too busy to catch the news beyond a headline or two. Don't worry. The Morning Agenda has got your six. Each weekday morning, host Tim Lambert will keep you informed, amused, enlightened and up-to-date on what's happening in central Pennsylvania and the rest of this great commonwealth. The Morning Agenda — where our only agenda is you.
The Morning Agenda

The Morning Agenda

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Sometimes, your mornings are just too busy to catch the news beyond a headline or two. Don't worry. The Morning Agenda has got your six. Each weekday morning, host Tim Lambert will keep you informed, amused, enlightened and up-to-date on what's happening in central Pennsylvania and the rest of this great commonwealth. The Morning Agenda — where our only agenda is you.

Most Recent Episodes

Democracy on the ballot in 10th Congressional District race; Oldest living conjoined twins...

Voters are casting ballots in narrowly divided Pennsylvania for next week's primary.. Democracy is a key theme in the 2024 election, from state House to president. The issue is front in center in the race for the 10th Congressional seat, held by Republican Scott Perry. Democratic state lawmakers are trying to boost the state's minimum wage. Several child care programs have recently closed or will close soon in Centre County. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen hit his 300th home run — becoming the became the 13th player in Major League history with 2,000 hits, 400 doubles, 45 triples, 300 homers and 200 stolen bases. The oldest living conjoined twins, who were born in Berks County, have died in Pennsylvania at age 62. Federal investigators say the pilot of an experimental aircraft fell out of the plane and hit the tail before it went down in Luzene County in 2022. Now last week, you heard a series of stories from my colleague Rachel McDevitt — about Centralia, Washington, and how it's taking a unique approach to the upcoming shut down of a coal plant next year. The goal was to find out if there are any lessons Pennsylvania can learn from the effort. Rachel discusses what she learned. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Democracy on the ballot in 10th Congressional District race; Oldest living conjoined twins...

What can Pa. learn from a Washington community's coal transition and its impact on the loc...

Two major U.S. manufacturers of gun parts have agreed to temporarily halt sales of their products in Philadelphia and several counties — including Berks and Lancaster. Some organizations in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania are collecting eclipse glasses so they don't collect dust or end up in a landfill. A natural gas company must pay a $1 million fine for a nearly two-week-long gas leak at a storage field in western Pennsylvania. A couple of Chester County organizations are hosting a "poverty simulation" tomorrow. Thousands of applications have been submitted for the state's first-ever student-teacher stipends. Chambersburg police have made an arrest in connection to a bomb threat at the Franklin Judicial Center that shut down the borough's Memorial Square on Wednesday. The U.S. Army is planning a seventh disinterment project for September at the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery — as part of its efforts to return the remains of Native American children to their families. Centralia, Washington, is transitioning away from coal, and there may be lessons Pennsylvania can take away from the process. We visit the western Washington community to learn how how small businesses are affected by the plant closing, and how business owners view their role in the economy. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What can Pa. learn from a Washington community's coal transition and its impact on the loc...

Debate over transitioning away from coal goes on in Pa., but how have communities in other...

Primary voters who make a mistake on the date section of their mail-in or absentee ballot return envelopes will not have their votes counted. So, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania represents a coalition of groups suing in federal court to get rid of the date requirement. Pennsylvania drivers may soon face harsher penalties for using their cellphone while driving. State lawmakers have approved a bill requiring that consumers be notified when artificial intelligence is used to generate content. Ten million dollars in student teacher stipends is being released today, putting thousands of dollars into the pockets of young people training to work in schools. Pennsylvania's 64th trout season is open, now... through Labor Day. Republican state lawmakers have rolled out a counterproposal to Democratic Governor Josh Shapiro's plan to boost college enrollment in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Turnpike is warning people about a scam involving the EZ-Pass System. One of the region's minor league baseball teams has been sold. Debate over transitioning away from coal has been going on for years in Pennsylvania. But, how have communities in other states dealt with the issue? StateImpact Pennsylvania's Rachel McDevitt takes you to Centralia, Washington, where the economy is transitioning away from coal. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Debate over transitioning away from coal goes on in Pa., but how have communities in other...

Centralia, Wash.'s coal plant has to close next year. Can Pa. communities learn from the transition?

Toxic PFAS chemicals have contaminated drinking water in our region and nationwide for decades. Now, the EPA is implementing the first federal regulations on the "forever chemicals" in public drinking water nationwide. Norfolk Southern railroad agreed to pay 600 million dollars to settle claims related to a derailment last year near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Vice President Kamala Harris has visited a North Philadelphia school as part of the Biden Administration's roll-out of a new nationwide student debt forgiveness program. A midstate county is resolving a problem that led to some voters receiving the wrong ballots in the mail. A York County community has rejected a proposal to decriminalize possessing a small amount of marijuana. Coal plants have been at the center of fights over climate change in Pennsylvania. what if the two sides had to come together? StateImpact Pennsylvania's Rachel McDevitt takes you to Centralia, Washington, to see what that could look like — in part one of a new series. . Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Centralia, Wash.'s coal plant has to close next year. Can Pa. communities learn from the transition?

Colorized envelopes aim to cut down on mail-in ballot errors; How about that eclipse?

Elections leaders hope newly-designed envelopes for mail-in ballots will cut down on voters' mistakes and help more ballots get counted. Students at the University of Scranton have used the solar eclipse to work on a ham radio project for NASA. Visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo had the opportunity to not only view the solar eclipse, but to help scientists find out whether animals sense the phenomenon. State lawmakers have had a good view of the solar eclipse from the Capitol fountain. Efforts to ban TikTok from government devices have picked up steam in the past year in state legislatures (including Pennsylvania) and Congress even as politicians continue to use it to connect with and expand their base. Supporters have rallied around the Lancaster Public Library — by raising enough money to cover the entire donation East Hempfield Township supervisors plan to withhold from the facility to protest a Drag Queen Story Hour. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Colorized envelopes aim to cut down on mail-in ballot errors; How about that eclipse?

The all total solar eclipse edition

The solar eclipse will reach its peak today around 3:18 p.m. Almost 92 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon over much of Central Pennsylvania. Doctors stress people should not witness this rare astronomical event with the naked eye. Because of the timing of the event, some school districts have announced plans for remote instruction, early dismissal, or are closed. Today's solar eclipse will provide students the chance to see a real-life science lesson outside the classroom. As millions of Americans look to the sky today to witness the total solar eclipse, a group of University of Pittsburgh undergraduates are chasing shadows in Texas Hill Country. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Extremism experts: Lancaster bomb threats follow familiar pattern; More ballot drop boxes ...

State lawmakers are trying to enact a statewide rape kit tracking system. Mail-in ballots will hit voters' homes as early as today in Dauphin County, which has expanded the number of drop boxes available. The state House has passed a resolution to help Vietnam War-era veterans who are suffering from complications related to Agent Orange and other toxins. A federal judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a case involving a nonprofit seeking a legal pathway to opening and operating a supervised injection site for people who use drugs. A central Pennsylvania county is closing its prison. More electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across central Pennsylvania in the coming months. Police are investigating bomb threats that caused panic and shuttered businesses in Lancaster, almost two weeks ago. Extremism experts say the events follow a familiar pattern. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Extremism experts: Lancaster bomb threats follow familiar pattern; More ballot drop boxes ...

New Pa. school board group has ties to parental rights movement; Pa. looks to erase $400 m...

A new statewide organization bills itself as a resource for all school board members — regardless of political ideology - despite Pennsylvania already having a longstanding professional organization serving that purpose. What the Pennsylvania School Directors Coalition's website doesn't detail is its leaders' history with the state's conservative education movements. An estimated one million Pennsylvanians are dealing with medical debt. Under Governor Josh Shapiro's budget plan, about $400 million in debt would be erased for low-income Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania is handing out $3.3 million to fund pre-apprenticeship programs in agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and gaming. A Lancaster County community will suspend its donation to the Lancaster Public Library in response to a planned Drag Queen Story Hour that was canceled amid a bomb scare last month. The former police chief in a Northumberland County community has pleaded guilty to theft charges. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

New Pa. school board group has ties to parental rights movement; Pa. looks to erase $400 m...

Flood watch in Central Pa.; Pennsylvanians prepare for the solar eclipse

Central Pennsylvania remains under a flood watch through tomorrow morning — as heavy rains batter the region. If you want to catch a total solar eclipse in Pennsylvania, you won't want to miss the big show on Monday. A grassroots environmental organization, is suing a cryptocurrency plant and Governor Josh Shapiro. A federal judge has ruled New Mexico election leaders violated public disclosure provisions of the National Voter Registration Act by refusing to provide voter rolls to a conservative group and its public online database. How will this affect Pennsylvania? The remnants of two large tents — used as a homeless encampment along the Schuylkill River — have been taken down. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Flood watch in Central Pa.; Pennsylvanians prepare for the solar eclipse

Pa. county looks for space for unclaimed remains; New rules could reduce barriers to Metha...

Centre County commissioners plan to buy a $19,500 columbarium to house unclaimed urns. New federal regulations take effect today to make treatment for opioid use disorder more patient-centered. Black and Latino Americans are up to two times as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer's and related dementias. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-0 for the first time since 1983. The superintendent of a Berks County school district plans to resign. A central Pennsylvania community's tribute to veterans who served in the Second World War will get a facelift. Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Pa. county looks for space for unclaimed remains; New rules could reduce barriers to Metha...