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Legislature

‘We are the victims’: Pa. House, Senate bills would ban gay, trans-panic defense | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Flynn admits errors in filing financial interest statements | Election | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Sturla preparing a bill to require all Pa. counties to have a county, regional health departments | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

State Rep. Jordan Harris To Introduce Bill That Extends Last Call From 2 A.M. To 4 A.M. – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Taxpayers footed Pa.’s bill for election lawsuits. Costs went into the millions | WITF

Some in power are still mad that Pa.’s Supreme Court ruled on election law. Here’s why it matters now. | WITF

Letter: Legislation would protect rights of female athletes | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Voters to weigh in on Pa. government pandemic power struggle | TribLIVE.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: US Calls for Pause After Clotting Cases – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pay attention to Michigan’s COVID-19 crisis: It could be a sign of what’s to come for the US, experts say – pennlive.com

Pa. Health Dept., advocates launch statewide vaccination tour to reach underserved communities | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Providers ready as Pennsylvania opens vaccine rollout to all adults | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Pennsylvania to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up Tuesday, speeding up its timeline (inquirer.com)

‘Everybody is eligible’: Local COVID-19 vaccine programs open to all adults | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

All Pennsylvania adults can schedule COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday as appointments open up in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Cartwright urges people to get COVID-19 vaccinations | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Coronavirus positivity rates remain elevated in SE Pa. counties | News | dailylocal.com

Coatesville VA hosts on-the-spot COVID enrollment event this Saturday | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

Pennsylvania deploys mobile COVID vaccine unit as eligibility expands (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

National Guard to provide staff support at Lancaster COVID-19 mass vaccination center | Health | lancasteronline.com

PA vaccinations: Erie clinics ready for expanded COVID vaccinations (goerie.com)

COVID continues to be a threat in the Poconos (poconorecord.com)

Wilkes-Barre VAMC to offer COVID-19 vaccines for vets and caregivers (poconorecord.com)

COVID-19 test site opening in East Stroudsburg as rates rise in Monroe (poconorecord.com)

Alvernia University clinic provides nearly 500 COVID vaccines to students and staff | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Feeling freed by COVID-19 vaccination, my patients want to get back to normal. Here’s what I think. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

United Way of Bucks Country distributes last of COVID funds (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Regeneron’s antibody drug can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading among household members (inquirer.com)

 

Business

Forum looks at how African Americans can reap benefits from cannabis legalization | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Clash of convenience stores: Sheetz, Rutter’s and Wawa, among others, compete in central Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania bars could push last call back to 4 a.m. | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

New business, 20-30 jobs depend on Wilkes-Barre land sale | News | citizensvoice.com

As a large company’s president, I support RGGI to make Pa.’s businesses greener | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Delaware County man accused of harassing Rep. Dean with lewd voicemail messages | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Two men from Pennsylvania surrender to FBI for entering U.S. Capitol (ydr.com)

Swoyersville woman pleads not guilty to charges in Capitol insurrection | Times Leader

York County pays $5,000 in settlement in suicide of Veronique Henry (ydr.com)

Juvenile charged with making false threats via “Safe2Say Something” app (buckscountyherald.com)

Rush Twp. chief secures grant to purchase body cameras for department | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Education

Chester County districts getting $50M in COVID funding; will help to fully reopen schools | Local News | dailylocal.com

Manheim Township temporarily closes 3 schools to stem uptick in COVID-19 cases | Local News | lancasteronline.com

School district announces last hybrid phase, plans for graduations | Local News | phillytrib.com

HACC schedules its first-ever online Free College Day – pennlive.com

Seniors happy to return to Hazleton Area High School | Education | standardspeaker.com

Scranton School Board delays vote on Bancroft’s future | Education | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate race raises simmering divisions inside the party – CNNPolitics

Dickinson to take another run at Doyle in primary for 18th District U.S. House seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Mail-in ballots popular with Pa. voters as May primary approaches (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

More than 600K Pa. voters apply for mail-in ballots for primary election | News | tribdem.com

Nearly 19K mail-in ballots requested in Luzerne County; all voters may vote in primary | Election | citizensvoice.com

Election reform in Pa.: Directors say stress at ‘breaking point,’ amend deadlines, risk of disenfranchisement (timesonline.com)

After Georgia: Here are 4 states to watch next on voting legislation | WITF

 

Health

Weintraub/Marseglia: Protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians (ydr.com)

Hall’s family to launch foundation advocating for mental health (poconorecord.com)

COVID isolation is a potential danger for child abuse victims (ydr.com)

Pa. to award $2.7M in grants to help fight addiction | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s future in doubt as Tower Health seeks to sell hospitals (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

No amount of infrastructure-package money will be enough, Berks transportation planner says | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Pa.’s roads, bridges spotlighted as Biden administration gives state a C-minus for infrastructure | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

The other main line: Lower Merion’s forgotten train line that helped build Philadelphia | Mainlinesuburbanlife | mainlinemedianews.com

 

State News

Pa. gets C-minus for infrastructure as Biden makes his pitch to the states | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rep. Houlahan vows to eradicate spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania | Local News | dailylocal.com

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania: What changed last week (goerie.com)

Cicadas bait in Pennsylvania will create. great fishing for trout, bass (goerie.com)

The IRS owes more than 50,000 Pennsylvanians income tax refunds from 2017. Here’s how to get yours – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rattlesnakes emerging from their winter dens across Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

North Pocono principal honored with prestigious statewide award | Education | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Biden administration is taking gun violence seriously, but Harrisburg is not off the hook | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

National News

CDC chief urges Michigan to ‘close things down’ amid spike | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Va. attorney general investigating Windsor Police Department over traffic stop involving Black Army officer | WITF

Protest after chief says officer meant to use Taser, not gun | National and World | delcotimes.com

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions | News | phillytrib.com

So now Republicans are trying to cancel Coke and Major League Baseball | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

FEMA begins accepting applications to reimburse COVID-19 related funeral costs – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Student group leads nationwide effort to affect Supreme Court case involving Mahanoy Area teen | Education | standardspeaker.com

West Virginia offers remote workers $12,000 and other perks to move to state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

 

Local News

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to host virtual forum with congressional delegation | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Senator Santarsiero To Host Shredding Event & Food Drive on April 24th | News | buckslocalnews.com

Marple residents keep up the fight against PECO gas location – WHYY

Refugee children at border to be housed in Erie at Sports Park dorm (goerie.com)

Chester County seniors eligible to apply for tax rebate program | Local News | dailylocal.com

Religious leaders in Monroe County discuss pandemic memorial (poconorecord.com)

Lozier warns of “sophisticated” scams targeting residents (timesonline.com)

Bethlehem unveils climate action plan that calls for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Don’t panic if you see smoke and fire coming from Lehigh Valley airport Saturday. It’s only a drill – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Actor Daniel Dae Kim recalls Lehigh Valley childhood during interview, not fitting ‘ideal image of beauty’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley home prices by ZIP code: How much they’ve increased amid COVID – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Developer plans to build small high-end residential community about a mile from the Carlisle Pike – pennlive.com

Hazle Twp. supervisors consider first step in developer’s request for LERTA tax breaks | News | standardspeaker.com

Geisinger partners with local chambers of commerce for Meals in Spring | News | standardspeaker.com

$12.9M rental, utility assistance program opens for Westmoreland applicants | TribLIVE.com

 

Pitt

Allegheny County Health Department starts providing Mon Valley poor air quality alerts | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Some Black Pittsburgh leaders disagree that Black people are only leaving city by choice | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Foundation grant aids Pittsburgh’s Black opera landmark | WITF

National Senior Games set for Pittsburgh in 2023 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

 

Philly

Krasner says resumption of community programs, services will quell gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Councilmember Cindy Bass works to expand understanding of colon cancer tests | Local News | phillytrib.com

New York residents move to Philly during COVID pandemic as co-living becomes more popular (inquirer.com)

Philly public high school seniors will get to graduate in person. But they won’t be able to return to classrooms. (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden aims for bipartisanship but applies sly pressure | National and World | dailylocal.com

Congress to honor 2nd Capitol Police officer slain this year | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Guest Opinion: Compromise is not a four-letter word (theintell.com)

Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist | News | phillytrib.com

Letter: Equality Act targets First Amendment rights | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Letter: It’s time to eliminate archaic Senate filibuster | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com