Place your bets: how would Amish country react to the news that a casino is planned for the area? If you chose, “sounds like something that would divide rural Pennsylvania communities,” you’d be right. My colleague Andrew Maykuth has the details on the controversial plans. Plus, following the discovery of PFAS-contaminated drinking water in communities nationwide, New Jersey is making moves to clean up its water. And in other, happier news, Philly’s new favorite athlete has a big announcement to make.
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Local residents have a few problems with that. For starters, the site is on the edge of Amish country.
Many see the casino project as a threat to a deeply religious community in a politically conservative area. Caernarvon Township, on the other hand, sees an opportunity to capture tax benefits.
New Jersey is proposing a binding drinking water standard for two PFAS chemicals to establish more restrictive limits than current federal guidelines.
It could force at least 40 public systems to clean up their water in response to a contamination crisis. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been found in drinking water systems near military bases and manufacturing plants nationwide.
The proposal comes a week after the state took action against companies for PFAS contamination, filing lawsuits over cleanup.
Federal labor data show that women, on average, make about 82 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. Women of color make less.
Today marks Equal Pay Day, a day meant to draw attention to this gender wage gap, which lawmakers across the country are trying to tackle.
But what about right here in our region? Here’s what Pennsylvania and New Jersey policymakers are doing and not doing to help.
We can’t resist those pink blooms, @jasoncoopman.
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“Meanwhile, we need to hold mass media platforms accountable for the health information they distribute. Film and videos dispensing medical advice should be vetted for scientific credibility before they’re marketed to millions of consumers.” — Cecile A. Feldman, dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, on a documentary that falsely links root canals to breast cancer and heart disease.