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Gov. Wolf on Pa. budget, education spending, job creation and COVID (

Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022 priorities on Smart Talk | Smart Talk (

Sen. Judy Schwank calls for public investment in child care (

Sen. Judy Schwank calls for public investment in child care (

Pennsylvania’s digital divide is two distinct problems. It’s time to solve both. | Commentary |

Pa. lawmakers nearing deadline for new congressional map – WHYY

Pennsylvania’s redistricting process should involve all of us | City & State PA (

West Manchester Township supervisor testifies against preliminary state Senate proposal (

Pa. lawmakers nearing deadline for new congressional map. Here’s what’s next | WITF

Officials urge Shapiro to halt pipeline construction in Chester County – Daily Local

Proposed constitutional amendments threaten independence of the judiciary (

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans score court victory in elections investigation | Pennsylvania |

Slew of bills to align Pennsylvania, federal tax codes pass House committee | Pennsylvania |

Investigation begins into Halcovage impeachment | News |

Letters: What’s the Hold Up on Gift Ban for Pa. Legislators?; Not Falling for ‘Alternative Facts’ | State College, PA

What did the Pa. Legislature spend $575 per hour for? They won’t say. (


Coronavirus - COVID-19

Gov. Wolf takes “softer” approach to COVID mitigation: Fewer mandates, more local control (

Wolf administration focused on coordinating federal COVID-19 relief, not a statewide mandate – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

COVID hospitalizations hit new record high, raising risks for patients | WITF

COVID-19 drove deaths to record levels in Lancaster County | Health |

United Airlines says 3,000 employees have Covid, leading to staffing challenges : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Omicron variant could be headed for a rapid drop in the US and Britain, scientists say (

COVID-19 changes. Experts say your mask should, too. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Weekly COVID cases hit an all-time high in Allegheny County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 strains continue, but Philly and N.J. officials say peak of the omicron surge could be near (

Pfizer plans to manufacture 50-100 million doses of omicron-specific vaccine by spring 2022 (

COVID-19 death spike again follows case surge | Coronavirus |

Amid record COVID-19 hospitalizations, Wolf administration won’t impose new statewide restrictions or vaccine mandates – The Morning Call (

Centre County schools, Penn State and Mount Nittany Medical push ahead as COVID cases climb | WITF

Philly’s omicron cases may be starting to plateau | Local News |

Skippack Pharmacy boosts 1,600 people at weekend North Penn High School clinic (

COVID impacting dozens at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility (



Consumer prices climb 7% in the past year, highest jump since 1982 (

As inflation surges, some Democrats blame greedy companies : NPR

Local trucking industry doing well despite US driver shortage, supply-chain issues | Local Business |

Hybrid headaches, permanent remote plans and other workplace predictions for 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

20 Philadelphia-area public companies with the biggest market cap increases in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

U.S. Steel picks Arkansas for $3 billion mini-mill investment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Empty shelves greeting more grocery shoppers, and opinion is mixed on how long shortages will last –



Benjamin Mannes: As radical criminal justice policies result in record murders, where’s the bully pulpit? (

Incarcerated individuals at Allegheny County Jail claim intimidation from guards and insufficient rec time | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Allegheny County Jail warden clarifies use of solitary confinement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

York City Police to patrol WellSpan York Hospital amid threats, violence. | WITF

After dropping early in the pandemic, jail populations are rising again | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



‘Fix this now’: Virtual rally participants call for fair funding amid statewide education trial (

Philadelphia school superintendent cites staffing shortfalls and crumbling infrastructure as proof of unconstitutional school system | WITF

Scranton seventh graders join fight for fair funding | Education |

Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them open – Daily Local

The White House will distribute 10 million more COVID tests per month to schools : NPR

Biden sending millions more COVID tests to schools to keep them open (

Some Pennsylvania schools go remote despite conflicting guidance (

Unvaxxed Pitt students who were ‘disenrolled’ offered tuition refunds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Superintendent Hite testifies Philly students meet minimal standards ‘because that’s all they have access to’ (

North Allegheny parents file federal lawsuit to block district’s new mask-optional policy |

Dunmore bus company alleges irregularities, protests bid for Scranton School District contract | Education |

Schools close as extreme cold grips US Northeast and Greater Hazleton | News |

Despite opposition from some in community, Southern Lehigh adopts new, ‘compromise’ masking policy – The Morning Call (



Pennsylvanians divided over 2020 election fairness, level of trust in electoral process, Muhlenberg College poll shows – The Morning Call (

Pressed on his election lies, former President Trump cuts NPR interview short : NPR

Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick to fill Florida U.S. House seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fauci fires back at Rand Paul, accusing him of using attacks for ‘political gain’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly lawyer joining GOP field chasing open US Senate seat | Local News |

Martell Covington enters race to fill Gainey’s state House seat | 90.5 WESA

Dr. Oz super PAC greets David McCormick’s Pennsylvania Senate bid with fresh attacks | News |

Republican candidates jumping into Pennsylvania Senate race – CBS News

Pa. GOP debate: The most important question wasn’t asked (


Medio ambiente

2021’s biggest climate disasters cost the U.S. $145B. Five essential reads | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ocean warmth sets record high in 2021 due to greenhouse gas emissions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Winter road salt is causing harmful ocean-level salt spikes in streams in the Philadelphia region, with high concentrations lasting into summer (



Are Venmo and PayPal the future of turnpike tolling? | City & State PA (

Editorial: PennDOT should have shined a light on traffic signal |



Medicare proposes to cover a controversial Alzheimer’s drug with restrictions : NPR

Medicare limits coverage of $28,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

$100M hospital, a joint venture of Geisinger and Highmark Health, opens in Lycoming County –


Noticias del Estado

A medical helicopter crashed near a church; all 4 aboard survived : NPR

Medical helicopter from Chambersburg crashes near Upper Darby church; all 4 aboard survive (

These humble Pa. county controllers beat big pension fund returns by keeping it simple | Nation |

American Journalism Project invests $1 million in Spotlight PA as model for local news · Spotlight PA

Hooves, potatoes,and tractors abound at the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Masks not so much. (

Pa. Insurance Dept. hits UPMC with $250K penalty for Affordable Care Act violations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

With a proposed ban in N.Y., Erie lawmaker invites National Fuel Gas to relocate to Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Five elk, one buck take new top spots in Pa. Game Records (


Noticias nacionales

NATO And Russia In High Level Talks About Ukraine Amid Fears Of Russian Invasion : NPR

Fire that killed 17 started in apartment with several space heaters running for days: FDNY –

Remain in Mexico protocols force thousands of asylum-seekers to endure violence | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Noticias locales

Bart Twp. supervisors move to give $40K-$50K in federal COVID funds to Bart Twp. Fire Company | Community News |

This is for you, Nathan | Times Leader

3Buds opens public cannabinoid dispensary on Public Square | Times Leader

Luzerne County Council advances possible ballot question on hiring solicitor | Times Leader

Blood donors needed in worst shortage in more than a decade | News |

Berks fire marshals: Closed doors are critical in preventing fire tragedies (

Berks commissioners restarting prison project (

Berks DA lauds homicides clearances (

Plan for new warehouse straddling Allentown-Whitehall border moves closer to reality; concerns about closeness to residences are downplayed – The Morning Call (

A bridge demolition was a headache in the Lehigh Valley. The infrastructure bill will fix it & more – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Montgomery County kicks off 2022 authorizing $2.3M in contracts (

Quakertown lifts condemnation order at Bush House Hotel; allows residents to return soon (

Study shows rural home sales increased 7% during pandemic (

THRIVE grant program will help low-income children and families (

State and local officials touted the Chester Partners for Safe Neighborhoods initiative Tuesday (



Pittsburgh officials stress fire prevention as they react to Philadelphia, NYC catastrophes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Few show support for Wilkinsburg annexation at public hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

17 Pittsburgh Public Schools facilities will be closed Wednesday, district says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Greensburg police chief announces retirment |



MLK Day Family Experience with Guests: Sen. Nikil Saval and Stephanie Sena | Post (

Housing market 2022: Is it cheaper to buy or rent in Philadelphia? – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Neighbors — and a city councilmember — clash over latest push to revive a Germantown landmark (

Fairmount fire lays bare affordable housing failures | Morning Newsletter (

A Christmas tree caused the blaze that killed 12 people in Philadelphia, officials said | WITF

Cold temps and COVID create problems for Philadelphia’s homeless | Local News |



Biden focuses on voting rights, filibuster in major speech in Atlanta : NPR

Biden pushes for voting rights bills, filibuster reform | ABC27

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump aide, 2 GOP strategists | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justice Dept. creating unit focused on domestic terrorism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette