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Gov. Wolf heads into last budget season with flush state coffers (

Pennsylvania redistricting tensions: Homes of Scavello and Boscola may end up in same district, but Scavello says election faceoff won’t happen – The Morning Call (

Lawmaker calls for public hearing on Pennsylvania Senate, House legislative maps | Pennsylvania |

Kyle Sammin: Pa. State House map slants toward Dems and away from the state constitution (

Redistricting disputes between Pa. politicians, local leaders continue (

Rep. Wendi Thomas: New maps for House districts are unfair and less competitive (

Daryl Metcalfe plans to retire from public service after 24 years | City & State PA (

Longtime Pa. lawmaker to retire – The Morning Call (

Pa. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announces retirement (

Court asked to require accredited lab in GOP ‘investigation’ in Pennsylvania | WITF

3 Chester County park upgrades get $900,000 in state funding (

Main Line Chamber of Commerce (via Public) / Ardmore Initiative Gets $25K For Façade Improvement (


Coronavirus - COVID-19

Biden urges concern, not alarm as omicron rises | News |

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (

‘A call to immediate action’: COVID cases, hospitalizations surging in Allegheny County, across Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Payroll data shows the toll of Omicron on the service sector – Philadelphia Business Journal (

U.S. COVID cases are on the rise, but this doctor sees hope on the horizon : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Israel sets COVID-19 record as rule changes create whiplash : NPR

CDC says a test to get out of COVID isolation is not needed : NPR

State calls for ‘immediate action’ as COVID-19 numbers climb, Cambria adds 264 cases | Coronavirus |

Guest editorial | ‘The results of the vaccines are very good’ | Editorials |

Rural communities across Pa. take advantage of free COVID testing (

Supreme Court confirms justices have received COVID-19 booster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oral COVID-19 medications have shipped, but good luck getting a prescription in Pennsylvania | WITF

The CDC now recommends Pfizer boosters after 5 months, down from 6 | WITF

Erie’s COVID-19 test sites see long lines, positivity rate climbs (



A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supply Chain Woes Prompt a New Push to Revive U.S. Factories – The New York Times (

Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West – The New York Times (

IRS sets new business mileage rates for 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (



64 Pennsylvania residents arrested for U.S. Capitol rioting (

On Second Thought . . . How About Funding Police Again? – DV Journal (

Pennsylvania man free after 37 years due to ‘sex for lies’ false witness | WITF

Nationwide vigils called for justice in death of Pocono teen (



Pa. school funding trial resumes in Commonwealth Court. Here’s what to know – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

MCCC gets $1.1M grant for wellness center in Pottstown (

Omicron variant impacts school districts, as students return to classes in 2022 (

‘Slight uptick’ as schools welcome students back after holiday break | Coronavirus |

Lancaster County school officials adjust to ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases | Local News |

Universities on omicron: ‘Shelter in place,’ travel ban, online classes, delays | National |

Central Dauphin changing school schedules due to ‘COVID’s impact on transportation’ (

As COVID cases rise, more than 700 students were absent in Lehigh Valley district – The Morning Call (

Lehigh Valley school mask rules – The Morning Call (

‘Reckless’: Penn State community criticizes university’s decision to start spring semester in person – The Morning Call (

To mask or not: Some school districts retain requirements, others are going mask optional amid latest COVID-19 surge –

Bidding leads to $1 million increase in transportation costs for Scranton schools | Education |

Enrollment at Pennsylvania colleges continue to decline. Check by school (



Shapiro endorses Pa. lieutenant governor candidate –

Shapiro backs Pittsburgh-area lawmaker to be running mate (

State Rep. Austin Davis enters LG race with Josh Shapiro’s backing | City & State PA (

Here’s where election-denying candidates are running to control voting : NPR

The only person to beat Obama in an election will leave Congress : NPR

U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania: Here’s who is running, so far (

¿Quién quiere ser candidato republicano a gobernador en 2022? | City & State PA (

PODCAST: Republican Dave White Says PA Needs ‘Blue Collar Outsider’ for Governor – DV Journal (

TRACY: Why the Pennsylvania GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate Matters – DV Journal (

We asked GOP Senate candidates if they would have backed Pa.’s 2020 election results. They wouldn’t say. (

What the Capitol insurrection changed about Americans’ beliefs in conspiracy theories | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Medio ambiente

Penn State study: Pa. flood risk rising with climate change | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Virginia officials defend response to snowy gridlock on I-95 : NPR

The crashes are cleared that stranded drivers in freezing temperatures on I-95 : NPR

Sen. Tim Kaine: ‘Miserable’ commute became a survival project –

Support for Scranton-to-NYC passenger train project picks up steam | News |



Temple University Hospital finds new CEO in-house – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Where are flu rates highest in Pennsylvania? Map – The Morning Call (

Chester County hospitals to receive strike teams to help with pandemic – Daily Local

Delaware County Memorial Hospital to close its maternity ward – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Jefferson selling naming rights, starting at $50K, for exam rooms in new Center City tower – Philadelphia Business Journal (

This new ovarian cancer treatment could improve survival rates | 5 Questions (

UPMC Children’s expands covid unit as precautionary step |


Noticias del Estado

Casinos in Pennsylvania not ready to stop people from lighting up while gambling – WPXI

Pennsylvania recovers more than $3M in labor violations | Pennsylvania |

Snow to fall in central Pennsylvania as the Pennsylvania Farm Show is set to open Saturday (

Season’s 1st winter snowfall headed to Western Pennsylvania |


Noticias nacionales

How Gunfire Is Killing More American Children – The New York Times (

Chicago public school classes are canceled after teachers union backs remote learning : NPR

Albany County DA Drops Criminal Complaint Against Andrew Cuomo – Gothamist

Hogan named co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission | Maryland |

Canada pledges $31.5 billion to settle fight over Indigenous child welfare system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. arrests, charges suspect in Haitian president slaying | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sure, things seem bad. But there are some reasons to be cheerful in 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Trump cancels Florida press conference scheduled for Jan. 6 |


Noticias locales

Lancaster police Chief Bey reflects on a year on the job | Local News |

Newtown business owners want more safety measures on Sycamore Street (

Berks County commissioners acknowledge Sunshine Act violation (

Harrisburg killings drop in 2021, defying national trend –

Study shows rural home sales increased 7% during pandemic (

Rising coronavirus cases prompt restricted access to Luzerne County government buildings | Times Leader

Restrictions returning as COVID-19 cases surge in Luzerne County | coronavirus |

Newport commissioners voice support for $6B gasoline plant | News |



West Deer rejects gas well amid growing opposition to fracking in Allegheny County | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Ed Gainey sworn in as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor; addresses questions on policing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Taking the reins, new Pgh Mayor Ed Gainey addresses questions of police-community relations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PPS moves more schools to remote learning as COVID cases cause staff shortages | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Allegheny County controller Mark Patrick Flaherty dies of COVID-19 complications | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jim Rogers’ ‘accidental’ death leaves questions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to close for 5 days due to staffing shortages |



Philly Health Department warns of possible COVID-19 testing scam | Local News |

84 Philly schools move to virtual learning temporarily due to staffing challenges | Local News |

Inside “The Promise”: Moving 100,000 People out of Poverty by 2025 – Philadelphia Magazine (

Man fatally shot during struggle with armed robbery suspect in North Philadelphia – 6abc Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Planning Commission outlines changes to civic design review process – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly planning officials expect more big real estate projects in 2022 despite property-tax break’s partial lapse (

Helping youth, stopping violence: Philly City Council members outline 2022 goals – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia trash collection delayed by staffing shortages (

Some Philadelphia School District students returned to school Tuesday, though 92 schools remain virtual (

City to honor Visit Philly’s Jeff Guaracino on the day of his funeral | Local News |



Shapiro backs Pittsburgh-area lawmaker to be running mate (

House Jan. 6 committee seeks to question Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the Capitol riot | WITF

Prosecutors Move Quickly on Jan. 6 Cases, but Big Questions Remain – The New York Times (

‘Preserving Democracy’ documentary to air on anniversary of Capitol riots | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schumer says Senate will vote by Jan. 17 on changing rules if GOP continues to block voting-rights legislation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manchin wary of changing Senate rules to advance voting bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol Hill Dems push to rescue climate plan in Biden’s spending package – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (