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Pa. lawmakers, Gov. Wolf close to a budget deal: 5 things to watch (

State budget deal inches closer to the finish line | WITF

House passes bill providing optional COVID do-over year for school students | News |

Why voters may decide if an ID is needed at the Pa. polls. The latest (

Pennsylvania Senate Launches Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Process – NBC10 Philadelphia (

Pa. Senate sends Voter ID constitutional amendment to House for review | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Senate launches voter ID constitutional amendment process | Macon Telegraph

Proof of ID at the polls? Dems say ‘No way’ as budget deadline looms | City & State PA (

How Erie-area lawmakers voted on Pa. House GOP election-reform bill (

Aiming to avoid a veto, Pa. Senate moves voter ID constitutional amendment – Opera News (

Philadelphia council member among those arrested in fair funding protest – Today News Post

Calling for fair school funding, clergy, activists, Philly Councilmember Gym detained after interrupting Pa. Senate session | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Capitol Police detain protesters, including Philadelphia council member, outside Senate chamber | Pennsylvania |

Final days before Pa. state budget is due; We The People rally for funds (

‘I’m not tired of standing up. Are you?’ As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hardball politics: Pa. lawmakers try to block college funding until Senate passes sex-abuse bill (

Senate passes legislation to help children experiencing homelessness or in foster care to graduate high school | Pennsylvania |

Pa. House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports,’ restrict health secretary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s vaccine passport ban clears state House | Pennsylvania |

GOP bill stripping powers from Secretary of Health, banning public vaccine checks advances through Pa. House | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New legislation would commit Pa. to investing in workforce development while combating climate change | News |

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Build Support For New Marijuana Legalization Bill | Marijuana Moment

State government committee advances bill to curb congressional gerrymandering | Pennsylvania News |

Katie Muth’s War With Beleaguered PSERS (Teachers’ State Pension Fund) Rages On – This Is Lower Merion And Narberth

Kutztown Council opposes Water Quality Act Senate Bill 597 for financial burden, short time to comply | Local News |

Warren, Santarsiero welcome Pennsbury state champ Kayli Williams to Capitol – Lower Bucks Times

Film industry incentive means more money, jobs in Pa. | Columnists |

Editorial | Senate votes to allow local police to use radar; House should, too | News |

Radar in Pennsylvania; Senate OKs local police use for speed enforcement – 6abc Philadelphia

Pa. Senate passes radar for local police | Local News |

Drivers beware! Radar guns could soon roll out to more police to catch speeders in Pennsylvania |

Redistricting priorities remain unclear | The Bucks County Herald

Lower Saucon Twp. Joins Growing Opposition to Water Mgmt. Bill (

CWSA discusses pending Pa. bill on water safety – Lehigh Valley Press (

Guest Editorial: Wisely invest state budget surplus | New Pittsburgh Courier

A PA bill to protect lemonade stands will head to Gov. Wolf’s desk (

Senator Mensch introduced 2 Montgomery County residents to Pa. Senate | Pennsylvania News |

Bill Expands Safe Haven Law For Newborns – WDAC

Senior Prescription Drug Bill Advances – WDAC

Pennsylvania State Grange statement on vote on Dairy (SB 434) | Morning Ag Clips

Editorial: Don’t fall for a phony ‘forensic audit’ of 2020 election |

Gina Diorio: For real lobbying reform, Harrisburg must look in the mirror (

Task force reports racial, economic inequalities permeate juvenile justice system | News |

Pa. Senator Mike Regan cited for motorcycle crash (

State Senate Confirms PA Education and Labor Secretaries | PoliticsPA

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Chris Sainato Defends $1.8 Million In Taxpayer-Paid Expenses – CBS Pittsburgh (

Mike Reese Memorial 5K will help establish foundation in late lawmaker’s memory |

Pa. education funding suit gets a date in court | News |

Editorial: Law to support caregivers will benefit elderly residents | Opinion |

Harrisburg should not pass up this opportunity to invest in the Black economy | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

This budget season, the General Assembly must address education funding inequality in Pa. | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa.’s budget process needs an upgrade; I suggest swapping our needs for theirs | John Baer –


Coronavirus - COVID-19

Covid cases, hospitalizations drop in Pennsylvania, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties; vaccine rates inch up |

Health leaders concerned about low vaccination rates among young adults (

Heart inflammation in teens and young adults after COVID-19 vaccine is rare, CDC says | WITF

COVID confusion? Pa. university system says it can’t require student vaccinations, but 1 public campus already does | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Unvaccinated Missourians fuel COVID-19: ‘We will be the canary’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPMC enrolling kids for Moderna covid vaccine trial |

Berks County commissioners vote to lift county’s COVID emergency declaration | Local News |

Thunder in the Valley crowds offered free COVID-19 shots during rally | Coronavirus |

Almost 90% of Lackawanna senior citizens fully COVID-19 vaccinated | Coronavirus |



U.S. restaurants boosting menu prices at fast clip to recoup costs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPS to recruit bus drivers at Summerfest 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joe Bell: Ongoing trade war limits recovery for U.S. businesses |

Philly-based technicians at NBC, Telemundo threaten to go on strike | City & State PA (

The Great Resignation: Why Millions of Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs : NPR

SBA EIDL loan increases were approved for thousands of borrowers. A $2M limit is on the horizon. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA restores advisory council for underserved communities – Philadelphia Business Journal (

One quarter of Americans wanted to start a business during Covid. Here’s what stopped them. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rebuild the economy by unlocking the power of solar energy (

Keep women in the workforce. Pass the Family Care Act (

Lehigh Valley employers, workers face new work adjustments – The Morning Call (



Is the Pa. law that police used to charge a woman for Facebook posts constitutional? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

3 more Western Pa. residents, including Scottdale man, charged in Capitol riots |



Plan to merge Lock Haven University, other Pa. state universities raises fears for troubled schools (

Community leaders discuss the ‘educational emergency’ in Pittsburgh Public Schools | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

West Mifflin school budget approved; tax rate unchanged | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans reach a deal to revive a powerful Pa. charter-school panel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Private colleges look to diversify enrollment by recruiting nontraditional students – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Widener University President Julie Wollman leaving for Penn next year – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Public schools will be a primary, year-one beneficiary of Pa.’s share of American Rescue Act dollars –

North Penn High School first to adopt VR spatial computing program (

Erie School District uses pandemic funds for summer program (

Reading School District will buy former Reading Outlet Center to build school | Local News |

Northwest Area Board OKs budget with maximum tax hike | Times Leader



Michigan Senate GOP probe: No systemic fraud in election |

Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat turning into east-west battle | Pennsylvania |

Self-identified socialist scores upset victory in Buffalo mayoral primary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pa. highways rated among the worst in the nation for road and bridge deterioration (

PennDOT working on permanent repair for oft-hit Route 10 guide rail in Berks | Local News |

Passenger rail service from Allentown to New York: Is it necessary? – The Morning Call (



To improve health care disparities, close the digital divide | City & State PA (

Maskless Americans once again face common germs and ailments (

In pandemic, drug overdose deaths soar among Black Americans | News |

How to protect yourself from ticks and the diseases they transmit | Smart Talk (


Noticias del Estado

Pa. extends deadline for housing rebate checks to end of 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Delco teacher files suit against investing consultants to PSERS (

Pennsylvania lost $1.7 billion in 2019 due to migration, study finds (

Op-Ed: Pipelines deliver the energy that powers Pennsylvania – and the U.S. | Pennsylvania |

American Rescue Plan funding needed in hardest hit communities (

Hershey restaurant sues federal government, claiming discrimination over COVID-19 grants | WITF


Noticias nacionales

U.S. officials expected to extend eviction moratorium by 30 days as fears about renters mount | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court rules in favor of former Eastern Pa. high school cheerleader over profane Snapchat post | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brandi Levy, Pa. high school cheerleader suspended for Snapchat rant, wins Supreme Court ruling (

US Marks Slavery’s End on New ‘Juneteenth’ National Holiday (

Miami-area building collapse kills at least 1, causes massive emergency response | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy paper publishes final edition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley, Gaetz Spar On Critical Race Theory : NPR

John McAfee Found Dead In A Spanish Prison Cell : NPR

Photos: Scenes From Across America As COVID-19 Restrictions Begin To Lift : The Picture Show : NPR

The pandemic led to the biggest drop in U.S. life expectancy since WWII, study finds | WITF

Civil rights leaders announce another March on Washington after voting rights bill fails in Senate | Across America |


Noticias locales

Reading City Council wants additional oversight on how $61 million in federal funding is spent | Local News |

Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center wants to expand welding and machining programs | Local News |

State, Chester County officials honor Dinniman with garden dedication for charitable legacy to feed the hungry | Local-news |

Bucks, Montgomery school districts offer free summer meals to students (

Lancaster Farmland Trust kicks off public phase of fundraising campaign, asking for $7.5M | Local News |

City of Erie property owners could see new stormwater management fee (

Millcreek Township will use COVID relief money to improve streets (

Broad Street corridor project end in sight | The Bucks County Herald

Lackawanna County to receive share of lien attorney fees paid by delinquent Scranton taxpayers | News |

Coalition to teach ABCs of bike safety in NEPA | News |



Law enforcement officials expected to discuss gun violence, impact on victims in Pittsburgh today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council again delays bill to increase lifeguard wages | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh launches a community-based Food Equity Ambassador Program. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A change-up: Developer to get until Dec. 31 to start residential and retail complex on North Shore | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh police carry out ‘blitz’ on abandoned vehicles in Homewood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Abby Lee Miller sues airline, claiming employees dropped her at Pittsburgh airport |

Pittsburgh acquires former VA hospital site, plans public safety training site | Pennsylvania |

Pittsburgh unionized Google contractors met with Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Walsh | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Artists can apply for BIPOC Micro-Grant Program, launched in memory of Mac Miller | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Biden anti-violence plan has Philadelphia work with other cities on rising gun crimes (

Philadelphia increases violence prevention program funding as shootings soar. What does it buy? (

Philly Mayor Kenney stands by his violence prevention plan as homicides show no sign of ebbing | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

How Philadelphia will spend $155 million to stop violence surge – On top of Philly news (

Philly pledges more humane jail conditions and pays $125,000 to bail funds to settle suit (

Philadelphia’s ban on plastic bags begins next week (

How 4 Philadelphia nonprofits plan to use MacKenzie Scott’s donations – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Senators to pitch $953B bipartisan infrastructure plan to Biden | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden whisperer, longtime Washington lobbyist helps secure breakthrough in infrastructure talks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House replaces regulator overseeing U.S. mortgage giants following Supreme Court ruling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

VP Kamala Harris to visit U.S.-Mexico border area regarding migration | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden targets law-breaking gun dealers in anti-crime plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rep. Lloyd Smucker proposes tax on electric cars (

Rep. Fred Keller urges full reopening of House of Representatives to public | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (

Retiring Toomey looms large over Senate transport bill – Roll Call

Biden includes Cindy McCain among 17 nominations –