Pennsylvania Senate approves ban on private election funding grants and ending ballot drop boxes | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Senate approves ban on private election funding grants and ending ballot drop boxes | WITF

PA House Passes Transgender Sports Bill, Wolf Promises Veto | (wkok.com)

Carpenters, lawmakers call for crackdown on wage theft, worker misclassification – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Philadelphia Casinos Now Require Masks And Smoking Is Out (playusa.com)

Wolf wants to send most Pa. households $2K… · Spotlight PA

Gov. Wolf pushes plan to send direct payments to Pennsylvania residents (abc27.com)

Wolf pushes PA Opportunity Program, $2,000 payouts to Pennsylvanians (ydr.com)

Gov. Wolf Unveils Plan to Cut Corporate Net Income Tax – WENY News

PA Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee conducts public hearing locally – Leader Times

Five Chester County organizations awarded $235,000 in state funding for security upgrades – Daily Local

Grants aimed at fighting hate crimes go to three Berks organizations (readingeagle.com)

Three 11th District Organizations Receive Nonprofit Security Grant Program Funding – BCTV

Five Chester County organizations awarded $235,000 in state funding for security upgrades – Daily Local

Comitta Secures $50,000 for Domestic Violence Center of Chester County – Daily Local


Coronavirus – COVID-19

UPMC infectious disease doc predicts ‘endemic stage’ | Health | lancasteronline.com

Cities Try to Turn the Tide on Police Traffic Stops – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

New omicron variants — BA.2.12.1 and BA2.12.2 — are spreading. Should we worry? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Workers are getting angry about companies ending vaccine mandates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Six-week program aims to boost minority business owners in Harrisburg area – pennlive.com

Pa.’s richest man earns over $1 billion annually, pays lower tax rate than middle class (inquirer.com)

Report: Post-Janus, public-sector unionism has not significantly declined | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wawa aims to double store count by 2030 as part of its ‘most aggressive growth’ plan ever – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Soaring inflation is putting small businesses in a bind – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘No. 1 issue’: Businesses, child care providers brainstorm ways to fix care shortage that is hampering employers | News | tribdem.com

Lancaster County child care providers face a workforce crisis | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Union Community Care announces employee pay bump | Health | lancasteronline.com

Wegmans to ban plastic bags by end of year | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Worker organizing at Starbucks is on fire with streak of wins and one loss : NPR



Philadelphia business owner gets prison time for $1M PPP fraud, spending spree – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

In a D.C. jail, Jan. 6 defendants awaiting trial are forming bitter factions | WITF



A student loan program had problems. Senators are calling for change : NPR

PASSHE schools continue tuition freeze for 2022-23 academic year (abc27.com)

No tuition increase for Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities | WITF

Bucks County mom joins movement against book bans (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Our Erie students can’t learn if they don’t feel safe and secure (goerie.com)

Scranton School District ousts solicitor as it seeks next steps for bus contract | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Saint Vincent College responds to racism claims following weekend lecture | TribLIVE.com

Mansfield University receives $7 million loan to sustain operations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Should PA Change Its Presidential Primary Date? – PoliticsPA

At Philly forum, 2022 hopefuls make their pitch to LGBTQ voters – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Steve Irwin picks up four endorsements from local unions in Democratic run for 12th District House seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Campaign cash, Trump World, and a Swift sale · Spotlight PA

Republicans say they’re quitting the ‘biased’ Commission on Presidential Debates | WITF

Pa.’s 2022 primary is a race for the base of the base. Why that’s a problem | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

F&M poll shows Fetterman leads in Democratic U.S. Senate primary, Republican race remains wide open – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lancaster County Commissioners to close only ballot drop box in the area | fox43.com

Ballot drop-box legislation won’t affect upcoming primary in Berks County, Commissioners say | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com



Spending on infrastructure may not ready it for climate change : NPR

Bald eagles around the U.S. are contracting the bird flu : NPR

Hurricane Ida recovery efforts prompt preparations for future Pa. floods (inquirer.com)



Route 611 closes due to rain damage, worrying Delaware Water Gap businesses, officials – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Study shows automated speed controls around Pa. construction sites reduce speeding, crashes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Top Pa. health offical previews ‘telehealth program on steroids’ at Chan Soon-Shiong | News | tribdem.com

Guest Opinion: PA medical marijuana product recall rankles (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Opinion: We need to better by survivors of sexual assault in Poconos (poconorecord.com)

Pinwheels are a reminder of the work ahead of us during Child Abuse Prevention Month | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania receives $25.6 million to improve maternal and infant health at new Philly center (inquirer.com)


State News

Rep. Mike Kelly issues statement on Russian sanctions against him (abc27.com)

Report: Pennsylvania No. 38 in economic momentum | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Air National Guard brings tiny home village for veterans closer to completion (abc27.com)

Billions on way to attack abandoned mine pollution in Pennsylvania | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania bans poultry exhibitions at county fairs as bird flu spreads | WITF

Pennsylvania’s background checks for gun sales, carry permits drop | WITF

Pa. counties to receive first payments from $26B opioid settlement this summer – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gun groups target Josh Shapiro for impeachment after ‘ghost guns’ story (inquirer.com)

Entire Western Pennsylvania congressional delegation among hundreds of lawmakers sanctioned by Russia | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

Russia loses warship, says attacks on Kyiv will increase – Daily Local

Ukraine-Russia War Latest News: Live Updates Mariupol, Odessa and Moskva – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Who is Russia’s ‘butcher of Syria,’ now leading the invasion of Ukraine? : NPR

Elon Musk, After Toying With Twitter, Now Wants It All – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

New Jersey to start recreational marijuana sales April 21 | WITF

Millions are using risky ways to try to buy an affordable home : NPR

U.S. mortgage rates hit 5% for first time since early 2011 | TribLIVE.com


Local News

Camp Hill’s rejection of Chick-fil-A plan upheld by state court – pennlive.com

200+ gallons of gas stolen in Lancaster County (abc27.com)

‘Situation feels hopeless’: Cambria CYS at 50% staffing with more resignations | News | tribdem.com

Bucks County landlords that agree to take Section 8 can get bonus (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

After more than a year, Fairless Hills YMCA reopens with renovations (theintell.com)

Trans people can now get free legal help for name changes in Beaver and Washington counties | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

York attorney Clarence Allen: Pa. Supreme Court suspends law license (ydr.com)

As pandemic concerns ease, Berks parades and events are making a comeback (readingeagle.com)

Bethlehem approves Lehigh University solar farm, despite neighbors’ objections – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley could see more than 27 million square feet of new warehouse space in 2022 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Pittsburgh leaders launch hygiene kit drive for Ukrainian refugees | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

POST-GAZETTE SPECIAL REPORT: Pirates’ PNC Park lease rarely leads to extra rent payments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Afghan refugee discusses his resettlement in Pittsburgh, feelings of hope | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Old bones, new life: PNC unveils plans for Downtown’s historic Skinny and Roberts buildings | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rivers of Steel gets $386K grant for repairs at Carrie Blast Furnaces | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Darby’s Briarcliffe Fire Company votes to disband after members were accused of using racial slurs (inquirer.com)

Briarcliffe Fire Company will disband, but won’t face charges over racist meeting comments (delcotimes.com)

Briarcliffe Fire Company Expected To Voluntarily Disband After Racist Comments, Delaware County Black Caucus Announces – ABC17NEWS

Rivers Casino Philadelphia fined after girlfriend turns in underaged gambler (inquirer.com)

Haverford Township bans plastic bags, more suburban towns plan to do the same | PhillyVoice

SEPTA ridership hit pandemic high in March but the agency fell short of revenue goals – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Housing inventory is up, but Philadelphia’s residential market is still ‘on fire’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Summer is coming. Philadelphia hopes a new activities campaign will prevent gun violence and keep kids safe | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly increasing pay for lifeguards and offering free training to boost the ranks | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly police case clearance rate up 8% | Local News | phillytrib.com

No verdict in Kenyatta Johnson trial after second day of jury deliberations (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia school board member Maria McColgan resigns (inquirer.com)



Jan. 6 Panel Presses Stephen Miller on Whether Trump Sought to Incite Crowd – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. lawmakers signal support for Taiwan in visit : NPR