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Pa. Dept. of Health pulls out of hearing on contact tracing data breach exposed by Target 11 – WPXI

Thousands in Pa. could have compromised health data. A Senate panel wants answers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Acting Health Secretary and Deputy Do Not Testify at Hearing for Contact Tracking Data Violation – Pittsburgh News – Compsmag

5 Takeaways From Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval’s Virtual Visit to Drexel | Now | Drexel University

Armenian Sisters Academy’s Genocide commemoration features State Senator Amanda Cappelletti (

Pa. Senate Maj. Leader Ward announces stage one breast cancer diagnosis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader shares her battle with breast cancer – WPXI

Pennsylvania Republicans’ plans for election reform take shape in new report |

Pennsylvania’s election integrity report targets long list of reforms | Pennsylvania |

Grove releases election hearing report, highlights potential changes to mail-in ballots, election guidance – The PLS Reporter

Thousands in Pa. could have compromised health data. A Senate panel wants answers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania senators endorse grade repeating after pandemic learning loss | State |

PFAS discharge permit appeal needs to end, PA lawmakers say (

Taxpayers foot huge bill to run Pa.’s full-time legislature, but are blocked from many details · Spotlight PA

Pa. state government employees are slowly returning to the office after pandemic year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. bill seeks to block towns from banning natural gas connections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Following Biden executive order, AG Shapiro urges lawmakers to federally regulate DIY ‘ghost guns’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Coronavirus - COVID-19


McDonald’s coffee cups will promote COVID-19 vaccine awareness –

How Vaccine Opponents Use Misinformation To Sell Products : Shots – Health News : NPR

Uber And Lyft Will Give Free Rides To COVID-19 Vaccination Spots, White House Says : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

4th Wave Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hits Washington State : NPR

Fewer renters applying for relief; pandemic rules easing | National and World |

Study finds 8 of 10 hospitalized covid patients have neurological symptoms |

The U.S. is buying COVID-19 vaccine for everyone. That could pave the way for drug price reform. (

Scientists race to study coronavirus variants in India as cases explode | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Will Pa. allow minors to get a COVID vaccine without parental consent? (

Pa. Health Dept. warns that although Pfizer vaccine has FDA approval, 12 to 15-year-olds can’t get shots yet (

PA waiting on CDC before starting COVID vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 (

Coal miners, crawfish offer: News from around our 50 states (

Wolf will increase Pennsylvania’s gathering limits on May 17 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

State expands crowd limits as COVID-19 virus cases drop | Coronavirus |

PA relaxes capacity limits on indoor, outdoor gatherings starting May 17 (

COVID vaccine in Pa.: Should parents get their children vaccinated? (

40 Pa. counties have high spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 3rd straight week –

Pa. covid case average drops to October level |


Philadelphia will lift all Covid-19 business restrictions in June – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia slated to fully reopen June 11 | Coronavirus |

Philly’s reopening plan is here | Morning Newsletter (

Nearly half of Philly’s firefighters, police have skipped COVID-19 vaccines, unions say (

Delco vaccinates inmates at county prison | Coronavirus |

Montgomery County coronavirus vaccine clinics now serving those as young as 12 | News |

Bucks County COVID vaccines: Registration to open for those 12 and up (

Erie County’s young teens could receive COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Wednesday

DOH kicks off long-term COVID-19 test site in Pike County on Tuesday (

Nearly all of Berks’ new COVID vaccinations were second shots, latest report says | Coronavirus |

Berks mushroom company workers get 2nd COVID vaccination | News |

AHN halts vaccines for younger teens after providing Pfizer shots to ‘small number’ of 12- to 15-year-olds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



U.S. job openings soar to highest level on record |

Always Best is hosting a job fair at OIC | Business |

Equus Capital begins final phase of Ellis Preserve development in Newtown Square – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA has rolled out PPP loans, venue and restaurants grants. Is the hotel industry next? – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA awards billions in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants. But the money is likely to dry up quickly. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry presents Nonprofit and Small Business of the Year awards | Business |

Uline looking to fill another 175 Lehigh Valley warehouse jobs, with positions starting at $23 an hour – The Morning Call (

Poconos Blue Mountain Resort to be managed by Camelback operator – The Morning Call (

Luzerne County small businesses receive grants | Business |



‘Gain that trust’: Johnstown police officer receives commendation for helping provide bikes for kids | Local News |

Allegheny County Council moves to create group to help police find, fund body cameras | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Bill Expands Educational Opportunities For PA Charter School Students – WDAC

West Chester University returning to in-person schooling this fall | Coronavirus |

Haverford School Board approves interim commissioner and demolition of Brookline School | Local News |

School of the week: Sayre gives students tools to succeed | The Learning Key |

School choice PACs have huge reserves thanks to Jeff Yass, the richest man in Pa. | WITF

Quest Diagnostics offers programs to support the safe return to camps and schools | Coronavirus |

Area colleges to receive $58 million in COVID-19 relief funds | Coronavirus |

Wilkes University launching new major in civil engineering | Times Leader

Carnegie Mellon to require students receive covid-19 vaccine for fall semester |

Philly’s Black-led charters schools have alleged bias by the district. Now the claims will be investigated. (

PPS to seek community input on how to spend $100 million in federal aid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from GOP – The Morning Call (

Republican Sean Parnell announces run for open U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania (

Former Congressional candidate Sean Parnell launches campaign for U.S. Senate | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Decorated Army vet, Trump ally announces candidacy for Pennsylvania Senate seat |

The Pa. Senate 48th District race: Who’s the best man for the job? –

What you need to know about amendments, referendum on primary ballot (

When it comes to ballot questions, it may not be what you say, but how you say it | WITF

A closer look at Pa.’s fraught 2021 ballot questions | Bruce Ledewitz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Chris Freind: No more voting without ID | Opinion |

Local Election Guides/News

Lancaster County’s complete guide to 2021’s primary election | PA Power and Policy |

Westmoreland County puts out call for poll workers |

Bucks County prepares for upwards of 53,000 mail-in ballots in primary (

2021 Pennsylvania primary: Philadelphia Inquirer’s endorsement guide

Meet the candidates in a crowded Lebanon City judicial race | WITF

Fewer voters seek mail-in ballots for this year’s primary in Lackawanna County | Election |

Some Luzerne County mail-in ballots sent with wrong return address | Election |


Medio ambiente

The need for lithium to power America’s electric cars may result in the extinction of a species –



PennDOT to begin rehabilitation on Richland Pike Culvert over Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County (

Repairs on I-78 bridge in Easton – The Morning Call (

CEOs of Heathrow, Philadelphia International Airport urge allowing more U.S.-U.K. travel (



LIZ WESTON: You may be entitled to free health insurance now | Business |

There’s a workforce crisis in human services that funding alone can’t fix | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Attorney leads push to save 3 Tower Health hospitals in Chester County | Local News |


Noticias del Estado

Pipeline shutdown fuels gas lines in Johnstown region, across country | News |

PA unemployment: Some expected to face delays when new system goes live (

Chicken wing shortage forcing PA restaurants to raise prices (

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh, Philly to share in federal recovery cash rolling out states, cities & counties | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hazleton Area Arts and Humanities student’s work earns top honors in Congressional Art competition | News |

Grounghog day! NASA rocket launch now rescheduled for tonight could be visible in NEPA | National News |

Thousands of Pennsylvanians are still waiting for jobless benefits. Advocates want the state to ‘pay benefits now.’ (


Noticias nacionales

Panic drives gas shortages in some states after Colonial Pipeline Ransomware attack | WITF

Gas shortage? Colonial Pipeline cyberattack raises fears on East coast (

Local governments to receive billions from COVID stimulus plan May 11 (

Tanker driver shortage puts fuel availability in flux | Business |

30 Palestinians, 3 Israelis Reported Killed As Violence Escalates : NPR

Arizona Republicans Change State’s Permanent Early Voting List : NPR

Meet America’s Newest Chess Master, 10-Year-Old Tanitoluwa Adewumi : NPR

NRA bankruptcy: Judge dismisses Chapter 11 case as ‘not in good faith’ (

The return of work requirements: The GOP gets its Herbert Hoover on | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

US casinos match best quarter ever; post-COVID hopes rise | WITF


Noticias locales

County council to discuss 2nd Amendment sanctuary proposal | News |

Visiting hours opening up again at area hospitals | Coronavirus |

Underground tunnel work to partially close Lancaster County trash facility for two months | Local News |

‘What can we do?’: How local senior communities take a look at diversity, racial justice | Faith & Values |

Bucks County trails: Where to take a hike and get outdoors (

PECO teams with United Way of Bucks County to pack personal care kits for homeless (

Erie federal court: Indictment charges misuse of $150K COVID-19 loan (

Erie teachers discuss connecting with growing Black student population (

Bucks County says Coroner Meredith Buck’s lawsuit without merit (

Filmmaker sets out to highlight toll of Harrisburg’s gun violence — and create an avenue for healing –

3 women honored for trying to help children involved in fatal shootings –

Reading lifts ban on parades, festivals and concerts | Local News |

Reading hopes to break ground on new fire station this year | Local News |

What is delaying demolition of the Bushong Mill Dam? [Ask the Eagle] | Local News |

Berks County commissioners will return to boardroom in July with hybrid option for public | Berks and Beyond |

Lackawanna County, Scranton housing authorities accepting housing voucher applications | News |

Scranton City Council introduces ordinance to maintain tripled LST for 2021 | News |

RailRiders home opener brings devoted fans back to ballpark | News |

Attorney waives hearing on prostitution charge | Crime-emergencies |

WB’s July 4th bang depends on bucks | Times Leader

Council votes for court ruling on Luzerne County DA race | Times Leader

Washington Co. man sues former employer, says he was fired for calling off with covid |



Bill gives parents option of having their child repeat a grade to make up for learning loss –

Pittsburgh Asian organizations offer community, support, and education for local AAPI residents | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership releases longterm mobility plan for Downtown | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passes hate crime bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From retail to office rents, pandemic was a big blow to Downtown and its fringe, report finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study envisions ‘people-first’ Downtown Pittsburgh, calls for changes to benefit cyclists, walkers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly’s Latino population growth reflects national trends — WHYY

Philly DA Race Endorsements for Larry Krasner, Carlos Vega Pits Reform Versus Law-and-Order – NBC10 Philadelphia – News Chant USA

Activist uses mock headstones to highlight Philadelphia’s homicides under DA’s watch | Local News |

Ed Rendell endorses Carlos Vega for Philly District Attorney over Larry Krasner (

Philadelphia police go all out to defeat DA Larry Krasner in race against Carlos Vega (

Unemployment among recent Philadelphia-area law grads doubles during pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Laser Wolf named to Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ of best new restaurants – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia’s pro sports teams ‘thrilled’ by city’s decision to lift crowd restrictions at stadiums – Philadelphia Business Journal (

National Science Foundation awards $600K grant to Wistar Institute for biotech training program expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly family is free after years in sanctuary, but struggling to start over | Local News |

Philly Councilor Brooks questions Kenney’s urgency on shifting crossing guards out of police department | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

As Philadelphia advances streetscape plan for Spring Garden, historic buildings fall to neglect (

Sheriff’s sales once again under scrutiny for alleged illegal contract with online vendor Bid4Assets (

Philadelphia budget 2021: How should the city spend taxpayer money? (



Sen. Bob Casey introduces police reform measures to redirect some 911 calls to social services | WITF

Reintroduced police reform bills focus on mental health, disabilities (

Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment | WHP (

Is Joe Biden Really ‘Paying Americans Not to Work?’ | Voice of America – PublicFigure

House Republicans Set To Remove Liz Cheney From Leadership : NPR

How The White House Is Reaching Out To Congress As It Seeks A Deal On Infrastructure : NPR

For the People Act Is Debated By The Senate Rules Committee : NPR

Miller, Rosen To Defend Federal Response To Capitol Riot In Testimony : NPR

Former Trump officials to defend federal response to Capitol insurrection | WITF

Wawa shooting victim remembered by Susan Wild – The Morning Call (

Interior Department approves first large-scale offshore wind farm in U.S. (