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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Two people are in the hospital after a shooting in Reading. A 52-year-old Lancaster man is accused of delivering the deadly drug dose that killed a 44-year-old woman earlier this year. The state is approving hazard pay grants for many frontline workers during the pandemic, but some E-M-S providers say they have been left out.

>>Two Hurt In Reading Shooting

(Reading, PA) -- Two people are in the hospital after a shooting in Reading. It happened on the 12-hundred block of Church Street. Investigators said they were initially called to the area late Tuesday night, then learned that part of the incident happened several blocks away on McKnight Street. Police have not released any information about the people who were shot nor any word on arrests.

>>Lancaster Man Accused Of Providing Deadly Drug Dose That Killed Woman

(Lancaster, PA) -- A 52-year-old Lancaster man is accused of delivering the deadly drug dose that killed a 44-year-old woman earlier this year. Todd Barr reportedly supplied the woman the drugs that led to her death on the 500-block of Longfellow Drive March 13th. Barr was arraigned August 12th and is in Lancaster County Prison on a half-million-dollars bail.

>>Berks County E-M-S COVID-19 Task Force Wonders Why They Were Rejected For Hazard Pay Grant

(Reading, PA) -- The state is approving hazard pay grants for many frontline workers during the pandemic, but some E-M-S providers say they have been left out. The grants allow organizations to give workers making under $20 an hour an additional three dollars an hour. Members of the Berks County's E-M-S COVID-19 Task Force say they don't know why the state rejected their applications. The Department of Community and Economic Development awarded 50 million dollars in grants this week, after receiving more than ten-thousand applications.

>>Ground Broken On New Northern Berks County Warehouse

(Bethel Twp., PA) -- A one million square foot, 50-million-dollar warehouse is being built in northern Berks County. Kansas City-based Northpoint Development broke ground on the project Wednesday at Berks Park 78, off of I-78 in Bethel Township. The yet-to-be leased building could create up to 400 jobs, with 150 being immediate for construction work. It's the latest of at least seven new warehouses being built in the Bethel area.

>>Berks D-A: Violent Crime In Reading Is Down

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County’s D-A says violent crime in Reading is down. John Adams says it's been on the decline since the city's homicide numbers spiked in 2018. Adams credited hard work by the investigators in his office and local and federal law enforcers. He said big busts like Operation Shattered, which put a group of violent criminals responsible for almost half of 2018's homicides behind bars, are key.

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