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Legislature

Bill allowing child sex abuse survivors to file lawsuits as adults once again faces uncertain future in Pa. Senate | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Senator Santarsiero hosts community conversation highlighting legacy of Henry Mercer on Bucks County (buckscountyherald.com)

Pennsylvania Democrats sell voters on Joe Biden’s coronavirus stimulus bill (inquirer.com)

Pa. lawmaker wants to compel Wolf administration to release details of wasted covid vaccine doses | TribLIVE.com

House unanimously passes Boback bill updating Family Caregiver Support Act | Times Leader

Sen. Bob Mensch: Time for Pa. citizens to curb ‘absolute power’ of the governor | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Susan Wild introduces bill to combat Georgia voter suppression (poconorecord.com)

Pa. Senate education leaders need to give local taxpayers a break on cyber-charter costs | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

After a year of COVID-19 emergencies, lawmakers want to limit governors’ powers – pennlive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania expands COVID vaccine eligibility to Phase 1C today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Allegheny County Jail inmates plead for increase in COVID-19 protections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective. Here’s what the numbers really mean. (inquirer.com)

Philly clinic gives out more than 1,000 vaccine doses, bridging ‘digital divide’ with low-tech sign-up process, neighborhood locations (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania’s covid hospitalizations continue upward trend | TribLIVE.com

103 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday | Times Leader

Pa.: Please show up for shots | Times Leader

Questions and answers: COVID-19 vaccination record cards | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

COVID hitting younger population | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Are all COVID-19 tests free? It depends | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

VA Medical Center schedules COVID-19 vaccine clinic | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Chester County Health Department opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments to everyone age 16 and over | News | dailylocal.com

Ramadan 2021: How Muslims are celebrating during the COVID-19 pandemic (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

How did Lancaster County spend its $95 million in CARES Act funds? | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

One in 3 residents have at least one COVID-19 shot in Cambria County | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

DOH and Islamic leaders address vaccine hesitancy among Muslims (ydr.com)

Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries | Health | phillytrib.com

New research highlights how the pandemic is hurting LGBTQ Pennsylvanians | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New COVID-19 surges hits the young, not old – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

COVID-19 cases, deaths dip in state, region | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

 

Business

A Battle over Fifteen – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive (post-gazette.com)

One large Lehigh Valley company says vaccinated workers can return to the office soon. Will others follow suit? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Would a later last call help local bars? Not likely, some say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Philadelphia’s small food businesses get a boost from ShopRite owner’s creative partnerships (inquirer.com)

Wells Fargo Center announces fall full-capacity shows (inquirer.com)

Restaurant restrictions loosened, but workers hard to find in Western Pennsylvania | TribLIVE.com

ATI calls on Steelworkers union to let employees vote on contract offer | TribLIVE.com

Pandemic stress causing spike in emotional shopping sprees | TribLIVE.com

Walmart eyes local companies as McDonald’s exits some stores | TribLIVE.com

Businesses add air purification technology to tackle COVID-19 | Business | citizensvoice.com

COVID has led to you paying more for groceries and that likely won’t change in 2021 | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

Have we reached peak Wawa? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Eye doctor gets $500K grant to fix up old Szechuan building; renovation plans include apartments, restaurant, podcast studio | News | tribdem.com

COVID-19 restrictions have finally eased: Are Harrisburg bars full? See for yourself – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

‘A turning point’: Thousands in Pa. prisons will be offered COVID-19 vaccine | News | citizensvoice.com

Olyphant man faces charges connected to Capitol riot | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

Christian Hall shooting: PA community questions DA response in case (poconorecord.com)

Central Bucks police ask community to show victims support (theintell.com)

Following two fatal police shootings in Lehigh Valley region, officials weigh crisis programs to avert tragedy – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Education

Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg school districts seek to renew partnership | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

COVID-19 affected Philly school Saul High, a 130-acre farm. How did that happen? (inquirer.com)

Leading the class: Seton Hill, Saint Vincent found ways to bring students back safely | TribLIVE.com

Cyber charter schools to receive $201 million for COVID relief | Education | citizensvoice.com

Commentary: Fight to correct inequities of public-school funding in Pennsylvania | Opinion | dailylocal.com

U.S. colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Erie School District: $13M surplus, but caution urged for new budget (goerie.com)

Op-Ed: Charter school law is old and broken — and it’s time we fix it (poconorecord.com)

Op-Ed: How to attract more, better educators into classrooms (poconorecord.com)

Despite thriving online, West Hazleton kindergartners, other HASD students prepare for in-person return | Education | standardspeaker.com

Bancroft supporters rally behind school | Education | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Sharif Street said he wants to ‘frame a discussion’ and ‘build a movement’ (inquirer.com)

‘I was born the kid of a hot dog vendor’: Sharif Street on his bid for U.S. Senate (inquirer.com)

Sharif Street forms exploratory committee for 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race (inquirer.com)

Meet the four candidates competing in the special election for senate district 48 | WITF

Nine open Allegheny County court seats attract a large field of candidates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Bring voter registration to Philly high schools now | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Primary mail-in ballots at risk of being wrong due to pending cases (goerie.com)

Democratic Party committee won’t endorse Joe Schember for 2nd term (goerie.com)

 

Health

Why ‘bailed-out’ hospital giants like UPMC thrived in 2020 while others floundered | TribLIVE.com

Op-Ed: Access to opioid overdose reversal drug still a problem in Pa. (goerie.com)

Could infrared light help people with dementia? (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

New Kensington residents gather for community cleanup, mural dedication | TribLIVE.com

Bus company serving Riverview School District among those getting state grants to retire diesel buses | TribLIVE.com

Another tax break request for mine-scarred site coming before Luzerne County Council | Times Leader

Republican contest for Luzerne County Council nominations heating up | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre special needs park committee setting lofty goals | News | citizensvoice.com

Council to vote on proposed visitors bureau move to train station | News | citizensvoice.com

Homeless shelter seeks extension from Pottstown council | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair canceled once again | News | thereporteronline.com

Downingtown council approves townhome development | News | dailylocal.com

No word yet on Erie-area dorm being used for refugee children (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Is a local elected official profiting from no-bid public contracts? [Lancaster Watchdog] | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Hundreds applied for county emergency rental assistance; program still accepting applications | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

At Montgomery County vigil for victims of anti-Asian attacks, community looks for ways to push back | WITF

Neighbors and anglers cry foul over Sunoco’s pollution of Chester County trout stream | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Developers bringing high-end apartments to Midvalley | Business | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

 

National News

Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Police fatally shoot Black motorist near Minneapolis, sparking protests during Derek Chauvin trial | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Minnesota police fatally shoot Daunte Wright during traffic stop (inquirer.com)

Prosecution case nears end as Derek Chauvin trial enters third week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Unions need to seize the moment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Forgiveness in an age of cancel culture | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Hurricane 2020 forecasts predict active Atlantic season (inquirer.com)

America needs President Biden’s infrastructure plan to stay competitive | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Japanese golfer makes history at Masters | Times Leader

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts | Health | phillytrib.com

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama | News | phillytrib.com

 

Pitt

‘We want to support the community’: Big Tom’s gets $500K to expand barbershop at important Hill District site | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Buying a house in Pittsburgh? Region’s hot real estate market favors sellers, means battling other bidders | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Only 10% of Allegheny National Forest fire in Tidioute contained; New Mexico firefighters arrive Saturday | TribLIVE.com

PHOTOS: Pittsburghers rappel down Mount Washington during 28th annual Emerald View Park cleanup | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Personal income per capita in Allegheny County: How it changed in 2019 (timesonline.com)

Allegheny Commons park is improving — and parks tax will pay part of the bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

 

Philly

Philadelphia District Attorney race pits Larry Krasner against Carlos Vega in Democratic primary (inquirer.com)

Road trip for gun-purchase background checks makes a stop in Philly (inquirer.com)

Transitioning away from fossil fuels means transitioning away from housing injustice | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia will get $42 million of a $5 billion fund to help people experiencing homelessness (inquirer.com)

Barcelona soccer’s Martin Braithwaite helps launch North Philly residence near Temple University (inquirer.com)

Philly city councilman Allan Domb proposed 3 bills to cut business and wage taxes (inquirer.com)

Care, Not Control: Area advocates call for end to youth incarceration | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘Guns Down and Gloves Up’ pulls kids out of line of fire | Local News | phillytrib.com

Italian-American groups sue over cancellation of Columbus Day in Philly | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

 

State News

‘There is just not service’: COVID-19 pandemic spurs internet expansion efforts in rural Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

RGGI is not Pennsylvania’s best option to cut carbon | Opinion (inquirer.com)

PSERS and its troubles: A guide to the woes facing Pa.’s biggest pension plan (inquirer.com)

PSERS pension plan confirms that federal authorities are using a grand jury (inquirer.com)

Pa. Game Commission approves 2-week deer season, bans rifles from turkey hunts | TribLIVE.com

Gun sales booming with no end in sight | TribLIVE.com

L&I will transition to new unemployment compensation system in June | Times Leader

Posters and cards show thanks for the Pa. Army National Guard | News | citizensvoice.com

Pennsylvanians’ pivot to online gambling during virus, raising concerns (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Officials look to reduce poverty and hunger (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

American Rescue Plan: Will Biden’s COVID relief fix Erie child poverty? (goerie.com)

A risky wager? What supporters and opponents are saying about Wolf’s Nellie Bly scholarship proposal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. unemployment system to undergo long sought upgrade in June, though concerns linger | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s what your tax dollar buys you in every state. How does Pa. stack up? | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

White House issuing reports on Pennsylvania and other states’ infrastructure needs | WITF

Pennsylvania turkey farm cited in federal public health alert of ground turkey linked to salmonella – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Here are more than 2 dozen housing developments planned for central Pa. – pennlive.com

 

Transportation

‘Get out of town’: Passenger numbers are taking off at Pittsburgh, Westmoreland airports | TribLIVE.com

Upper Burrell wants closer look at PennDOT drainage problems along Route 780 and Lower Drennan Road | TribLIVE.com

The push is on to re-establish rail service in West Chester | Local News | dailylocal.com

 

Washington

Biden’s $100 billion rural broadband plan bets on success of FCC initiatives | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Joe Biden’s surprising presidency | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Companies discuss halting donations and investments to fight voting bills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Adding seats to the House would make the system work better | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

As Senate returns, divisive bills pile up and Dems face risk of legislative graveyard | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Joe Biden’s budget seeks more for schools, health care, housing, environment (inquirer.com)

Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC coronavirus reports, emails show (inquirer.com)

White House issuing reports on states’ infrastructure needs | Business | dailylocal.com

Biden Republicans? Some in GOP open to president’s agenda | Coronavirus | tribdem.com