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Childcare crucial to economic strength but it’s in short supply

There is a childcare shortage in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The COVID pandemic caused childcare centers to shutter, many permanently. The extra unemployment benefits kept some caregivers from returning to work. Wages for childcare workers are low, pushing many to change careers. All of this is causing an economic squeeze on businesses here and across the country as workers who can’t find childcare stay home with their children.

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What’s next for newspapers as COVID news cycle fades

The Press & Journal, a weekly paper covering Middletown, a small town near Pennsylvania’s capital, folded in July 2020 because its ad revenue collapsed in the pandemic. Its publishers, Joe and Louise Sukle, decided there was no future for the paper, even after getting a $146,000 emergency small-business loan from the government and donations from the community while seeing its site traffic zoom up.

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