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Experts at Berks town hall: Get the COVID vaccine; the brand doesn’t matter
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/experts-at-berks-town-hall-get-the-covid-vaccine-the-brand-doesnt-matter/article_db56ef9a-9282-11eb-b8b4-df559f490a3b.html

Senate GOP leaders tap well-connected Pa. political operative to lead campaign arm
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-senate-gop-maverick-lobbyist-influence-20210401.html

A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/a-black-lawmaker-is-crusading-for-mandatory-minimums-hes-raising-a-lot-of-eyebrows/

Racism on Pennsylvania high schools and college campuses creates barriers to opportunity | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/03/racism-on-pennsylvania-high-schools-and-college-campuses-creates-barriers-to-opportunity-opinion.html

Pa. must implement the Fair Funding Formula with fidelity | Timothy P. Williams
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-must-implement-the-fair-funding-formula-with-fidelity/

State lawmakers should submit proof of their tab before they ask taxpayers to cover it
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/04/01/Pennsylvania-State-lawmakers-should-submit-proof-of-their-tab-before-they-ask-taxpayers-to-cover-it/stories/202103260011

How long must Pennsylvania prop up a dying racehorse industry? | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/race-horse-development-fund-pennsylvania-agriculture-gambling-slots-parlors-20210401.html

They’re off! … to graves, at public expense
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/theyre-off-to-graves-at-public-expense/article_806c3077-480e-57b9-b5d9-3ae3ad90869f.html

Mullery suggests White Haven for tourism office
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1179371/mullery-suggests-white-haven-for-tourism-office

‘Last piece’ of Pa. Capitol renovation work set to begin
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/last-piece-of-pa-capitol-renovation-work-set-to-begin.html

Recent history tells Pa. where to spend pandemic relief funds; let’s see if Pa. listens | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/recent-history-tells-pa-where-to-spend-pandemic-relief-funds-lets-see-if-pa-listens-john-baer.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

All adults in Pa. eligible for COVID-19 shot on April 19; Philly suburbs will give out J&J shots as state backs off mass clinic plan
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-pa-vaccine-adults-eligible-april-20210331.html

All Pennsylvania residents can schedule covid vaccines in April
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/all-pennsylvania-residents-can-schedule-covid-vaccines-in-april/

State opens vaccinations to everyone 16 years old and up on April 19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/state-opens-vaccinations-to-everyone-16-years-old-and-up-on-april-19/article_4c402088-c4ac-5259-bdb9-a6b24ddbf0ee.html

Suburban counties breathe ‘huge sigh of relief’ as Pa. scraps controversial plan for regional vaccination sites
https://www.witf.org/2021/03/31/suburban-counties-breathe-huge-sigh-of-relief-as-pa-scraps-controversial-plan-for-regional-vaccination-sites/

Clerical error’ blamed for COVID-19 vaccine suspension in McKean County
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2021/03/31/COVID-19-vaccine-suspension-McKean-County-UPMC-Kane-hospital-clerical-error/stories/202103310137

More vaccines will flow to counties as Pennsylvania drops mass clinic plans
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/03/31/pennsylvania-covid-vaccines-mass-clinics-county-distribution/7053836002/

Vaccine distribution holds steady for Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/vaccine-distribution-holds-steady-for-berks-county/article_8bb1b466-920f-11eb-acc5-3f86fa2c02d9.html

Are Lehigh Valley coronavirus vaccine providers ready for the coming demand? Bring it on, they say
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-prem-nws-coronavirus-new-vaccine-timetable-reax-20210331-ysmcu67vnbf2xew7z6ca65a6nq-story.html

Who’s getting the COVID vaccine in the Lehigh Valley? Here’s a breakdown by age groups
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-vaccine-age-breakdown-20210401-jcsjbdaoqzdzdhuxr6cmu2zyzy-story.html

Montgomery County to receive additional vaccine from state
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-to-receive-additional-vaccine-from-state/article_5aa8d8f2-3771-5f30-9731-4482576d82bd.html

Erie County officials approve of state’s COVID-19 vaccine expansion plan
https://www.goerie.com/story/news/coronavirus/2021/03/31/covid-19-daily-update-coronavirus-cases-erie-county/4818272001/

Editorial: Local communities working together to vaccinate many
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorial-local-communities-working-together-to-vaccinate-many/article_7287d856-b604-5aaa-b69c-d9add8d995d5.html

COVID vaccine clinics in Berks County empower health care workers, break down barriers
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-clinics-in-berks-county-empower-health-care-workers-break-down-barriers/article_a74450c2-914b-11eb-89df-e7efd28ae1de.html

Overdose deaths have reached new heights amid COVID pandemic, Berks officials say
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/overdose-deaths-have-reached-new-heights-amid-covid-pandemic-berks-officials-say/article_cb490392-9181-11eb-a7aa-5b1ba4a877be.html

Pennsylvania reports 4,000+ covid cases for 4th time in a week
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-reports-4000-covid-cases-for-4th-time-in-a-week/

Allegheny County surpasses 1,000 covid deaths linked to nursing homes
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-surpasses-1000-covid-deaths-linked-to-nursing-homes/

More than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/more-than-100-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-on-wednesday/article_be120da5-d5c1-59bf-83c8-6fe137dd1ad2.html

Familiar ZIP codes top the list of highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases this week
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/familiar-zip-codes-top-the-list-of-highest-numbers-of-new-covid-19-cases-this-week.html

Business

West Reading Restaurant Week set to welcome diners back inside
https://www.readingeagle.com/living/west-reading-restaurant-week-set-to-welcome-diners-back-inside/article_0a10a6c8-9161-11eb-8af7-8f398be0f82b.html

Gotta have a Wawa? Here’s where the store plans to build or expand in Bucks County
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/04/01/wawa-bensalem-newtown-southampton-feasterville-northampton-doylestown-falls/7058801002/

Crime/Punishment

Scranton to install high-tech police training system once renovations finish at public safety building
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-to-install-high-tech-police-training-system-once-renovations-finish-at-public-safety-building/article_e21cf8aa-d841-54ad-8280-b553a8616910.html

Homicide under investigation in Carbondale
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/crime-emergencies/homicide-under-investigation-in-carbondale/article_363ed0d5-6972-59f5-9eb3-8265f5932b08.html

COVID cases down at Berks County Prison, warden says
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/covid-cases-down-at-berks-county-prison-warden-says/article_4b2c87ec-9230-11eb-bbf9-1fe56cad3517.html

Shooting reported in Colebrookdale Township
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/shooting-reported-in-colebrookdale-township/article_b68575e8-926d-11eb-8c75-93462f054e5a.html

Education

‘Somebody’s going to have to start listening,’ comes the plea from a Pa. state university town
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/03/31/State-System-Higher-Education-Daniel-Greenstein-Lock-Haven-merger-integration-APSCUF/stories/202103310099

‘They’re viewed as less than’: How college basketball continues to be plagued by gender disparities
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Pitt/2021/04/01/ncaa-tournament-march-madness-pitt-panthers-duquesne-dukes-penn-state-nittany-lions-lance-white-dan-burt/stories/202103280112

Despite federal funding for college students during the pandemic, many are still in need, Temple report says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-homeless-hungry-hope-center-sara-goldrick-rab-20210331.html

College students in Pennsylvania are struggling to afford food, housing
https://www.witf.org/2021/04/01/college-students-in-pennsylvania-are-struggling-to-afford-food-housing/

Guided by evidence, universities should lead the way on pandemic reopenings | Simon F. Haeder
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/guided-by-evidence-universities-should-lead-the-way-on-pandemic-reopenings-simon-f-haeder/

Elections/Politics

The Braddock man John Fetterman confronted with a shotgun in 2013 says that should not stymie his Senate bid
https://www.inquirer.com/news/senate-john-fetterman-2013-shotgun-black-jogger-confrontation-20210401.html

Braddock Mayor Chardae Jones spurns John Fetterman, endorses Rep. Kenyatta for Senate
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/braddock-mayor-chardae-jones-endorses-rep-kenyatta-over-predecessor-john-fetterman/

Local News

Could Allentown become ‘hell on earth’ for bad landlords? City Council brainstorms multi-front attack
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-bad-landlord-crackdown-discussion-20210401-ubabgoykozhircux4z3jvpblx4-story.html

Coatesville leaders unite for future of Chester County’s only city
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coatesville-leaders-unite-for-future-of-chester-countys-only-city/article_476ecd2c-923a-11eb-b19d-9f9dc630c531.html

$132,000 grant allows Lancaster-based nonprofit to purchase 2 electric vehicles, charging stations
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/132000-grant-allows-lancaster-based-nonprofit-to-purchase-2-electric-vehicles-charging-stations.html

Kielbasa Festival returning to Plymouth this summer
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1179405/kielbasa-festival-returning-to-plymouth-this-summer

Hazleton looks to dozer, drones in ATV crackdown
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-looks-to-dozer-drones-in-atv-crackdown/article_800a44f4-0557-57c0-9bb4-d9a69b62c9ae.html

National News

Child among 4 dead in shooting at California office building
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/03/31/Shooting-in-Southern-California-results-in-multiple-fatalities-officials-say/stories/202103310160

Leading Georgia companies, sports teams condemn state’s new voting law
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/03/31/Georgia-voting-law-Delta-CEO-Coca-Cola-unacceptable-new-bill/stories/202103310161

States have given out billions in unemployment benefit overpayments during pandemic, watchdog reports
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/03/31/States-billions-unemployment-benefit-overpayments-pandemic-watchdog-reports/stories/202103310105

IRS tax refunds to start in May for $10,200 unemployment tax break: Here’s what you need to know
https://www.ydr.com/story/money/taxes/2021/03/31/irs-unemployment-taxes-break-refund-2020-10200/4826214001/

New Jersey

‘The race is on’ in NY vs. NJ marijuana legalization: Where can you buy legal weed first?
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/marijuana/2021/04/01/ny-legal-weed-nj-marijuana-legalization-phil-murphy-andrew-cuomo/7060025002/

Philly

Families of Philadelphia homicide victims often face the traumatizing and expensive task of cleaning up the crime scene
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-crime-scene-cleanup-homicide-victims-20210401.html

Philadelphia under-identifies students experiencing homelessness at higher rates than any other large U.S. district
https://www.inquirer.com/news/under-identifying-homeless-students-school-district-of-philadelphia-20210401.html

Kenney punts on providing update on his anti-violence plan as homicides surge
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/kenney-punts-on-providing-update-on-his-anti-violence-plan-as-homicides-surge/article_faaf442e-8e79-5f05-9cc5-809878ca58f1.html

Delco nurse to be honored as Frontline Hero on Phillies Opening Day
https://www.delcotimes.com/local-news/delco-nurse-to-be-honored-as-frontline-hero-on-phillies-opening-day/article_7e864cf2-925f-11eb-8e3e-77dad5d923ad.html

Pitt

Developer touts benefits of FNB office tower at former arena site as work is set to start
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2021/03/31/Pittsburgh-Penguins-Civic-Arena-Hill-District-Buccini-Pollin-Community-Development-Corporation/stories/202103310157

Developers of former Civic Arena site affirm commitment to revitalizing Hill District
https://triblive.com/local/developers-of-former-civic-arena-site-affirm-commitment-to-revitalizing-hill-district/

Museum pieces: History center acquires more property for possible expansion
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/04/01/Sen-John-Heinz-History-Center-Strip-District-Smallman-Street-Penn-Avenue-hotel-classrooms-orientation-center/stories/202104010092

Allegheny health director sees ‘foundation for a surge’ in COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/31/Allegheny-County-reports/stories/202103310112

Pittsburgh officials again reworking law banning evictions during covid pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-officials-again-re-working-law-banning-evictions-during-covid-pandemic/

Pitt issues shelter-in-place order amid covid surge
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pitt-increases-restrictions-shelter-in-place-amid-covid-surge/

Pandemic increased pace of I-579 cap project in Pittsburgh, officials say
https://triblive.com/local/covid-pandemic-sped-pace-of-pittsburghs-i-579-cap-project-officials-say/

Allegheny Land Trust given 90-day extension to raise remaining $365K for Churchill Valley Greenway project
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/allegheny-land-trust-given-90-day-extension-to-raise-remaining-365k-for-churchill-valley-greenway-project/

State News

Pennsylvania and N.J. are hoping for billions from Biden for roads, bridges, new transit lines
https://www.inquirer.com/news/biden-transportation-bill-septa-trolleys-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20210331.html

A key to America’s growth lies beneath Pennsylvania’s soil | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/natural-gas-pennsylvania-fracking-us-energy-production-20210331.html

Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge expounds on the virtues of civility and leadership in governing
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/ex-gov-tom-ridge-expounds-on-the-virtues-of-civility-and-leadership-in-governing.html

Pa. utility shutoffs resume on April 1. Here’s what you can do if you owe
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/pa-utility-shutoffs-resume-on-april-1-here-s-what-you-can-do-if-you/article_d3ddef16-4a95-5217-95cc-7d45a3f51f84.html

Pennsylvania considers making doe licenses available online in addition to mail-in system
https://www.ydr.com/story/sports/2021/04/01/pa-game-commission-pgc-deer-hunting-may-offer-doe-licenses-issuing-agents-hunters-pennsylvania/4824640001/

Transportation

Tarentum Bridge, Route 28 projects could cause headaches for motorists
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/expect-traffic-headaches-as-tarentum-bridge-route-28-work-planned-by-penndot/

PennDOT to spend $300 million on construction plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence counties
https://triblive.com/local/regional/penndot-to-spend-300-million-on-construction-plans-in-allegheny-beaver-lawrence-counties/

Is passenger rail returning to Allentown? Planned Amtrak service would connect Lehigh Valley to New York City
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-amtrak-plans-allentown-to-new-york-city-connection-20210401-pwk26ln23zhknfahhld3gte7fa-story.html

Washington

Here’s what’s in Biden’s infrastructure plan, and how he plans to pay for it
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/04/heres-whats-in-bidens-infrastructure-plan-and-how-he-plans-to-pay-for-it.html

‘We have to move now’: Biden details his $2 trillion infrastructure plan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/03/31/biden-pittsburgh-visit-infrastructure-plan-2-trillion-dollars-collier-speech-carpentry-training-union/stories/202103310140

Biden unveils his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh: ‘We can get it done’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/joe-biden-introduces-infrastructure-plan-pittsburgh-20210331.html

Ex-Gov. Rendell on Biden’s infrastructure plan: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’ | Thursday Morning Coffee
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/ex-gov-rendell-on-bidens-infrastructure-plan-doing-nothing-is-not-an-option-thursday-morning-coffee/

Texas high-speed rail could be first to benefit from Biden’s push for improved transportation network
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/04/texas-high-speed-rail-could-be-first-to-benefit-from-bidens-push-for-improved-transportation-network.html

Rep. Thompson votes against helping Americans who are hurting | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/03/rep-thompson-votes-against-helping-americans-who-are-hurting-opinion.html