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Barn weddings: Bill would help cash-strapped PA farmers (

Bill could help Pa. farmers convert old barns for weddings | Pennsylvania |

Bill seeks $50k in student loan aid for first-time homebuyers in PA (

Local State Senator Calls For Expanding Drop Boxes, Pre-Canvassing –

Pa. lawmakers seek to ban cellphone use while driving | Today in Pa. –

Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker seeks COVID Freedom Act with prohibition on ‘vaccine passports’; Gov. Wolf’s office calls it ‘dangerous’ – The Morning Call (

Yudichak chairs hearings on impact of technology/energy infrastructure | Times Leader

County Commissioners Join River Lawsuit Fight –

State officials tout emergency rental assistance | News |

As Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation Shrinks, Whose District Gets Eliminated? – NBC10 Philadelphia (

We tried drawing our own Pa. congressional maps. Here’s what we came up with | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Editorial: Redistricting approaches amid political firestorm | Opinion |

Millions awarded to Luzerne County infrastructure projects | Times Leader

$3 million state grant brings Valley Crest project closer to fruition | News |

West Chester BID, Oxford Main Street get $60,000 in pandemic funding | Coronavirus |

West Brandywine gets $1.6 million grant to improve traffic safety | Local News |

$32K grant announced for West Reading Community Revitalization | BCTV

State Lawmakers Announce $499K Grant for Albright College | BCTV

Yardley and Morrisville boroughs awarded grants for sidewalk, traffic signal improvement projects | Yardley Area |

Reading gets $130,000 Pa. grant to replace outdated guide rails | Berks and Beyond |

Grant to help Albright offer STEM program to 5-12 students | Berks Regional News |

Rally for marijuana legalization planned for April 20 in Harrisburg: ‘Pennsylvania is falling behind the times’ –

Five Takeaways From Pennsylvania Senate Ag Budget Hearing | Farm Policy News |

Bill to aid nonprofits fundraise in pandemic passes Pa House (

Department of Agriculture Answers Frequently Ask Questions About Dog Wardens Role, Animal Cruelty – MyChesCo

The single policy intervention that can improve health for moms and babies | Expert Opinion (

Editorial: Pennsylvania Senate must stand up for victims of abuse | Editorials |

Letter: Pennsylvania should lift prohibition on marijuana | Letters to the Editor |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf getting COVID-19 vaccination this morning | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Fauci says he expects Johnson & Johnson vaccine to resume later this week, half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot (

Covid cases continue slow increase as over 40% of Pa. has at least 1 vaccine dose |

Half of state’s nursing home staff declined vaccination | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

‘Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Half of U.S. adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on coronavirus vaccine hesitancy | Times Leader

Effort to end COVID-19 becomes race against vaccine hesitancy and misinformation | coronavirus |

What should Pa. learn from COVID-19? And will we embrace the lessons in such divided times? –

Pa. can improve pandemic response capability, shouldn’t let partisan politics interfere, top official says –

Exton’s West Pharmaceutical Services helps make COVID-19 vaccines. So business is booming (

Vaccination clinic targets Pittsburgh’s Latino community | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Vulnerable immigrants, refugees in Lehigh Valley struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine – The Morning Call (

Up to $9,000 in funeral assistance available to families who lost loved ones to covid-19 |

Hope Christian Community Center to host vaccine clinic in Aliquippa (



Help for small firms trying to survive the pandemic in at-risk neighborhoods | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Their view: Vote to protect communities and small businesses | Times Leader

Gun shop owners continue to experience firearm, ammo shortages | Business | (

Pittsburgh-area music venues, theaters hamstrung by issues with Small Business Administration website |

Allegheny, Westmoreland bars and restaurants hit with covid mitigation violations |

Its financial situation dire, Tower Health faces critical choices in the coming weeks | Berks and Beyond |

More people visiting area restaurants, bars | News |

Craft beer makers look to region’s farms to grow grains |

A look at what’s envisioned for the Bethlehem Steel General Office annex –

Swimming pool demand deepens in Western Pa. during pandemic |

Canadian retailer Ardene to open central Pa. store –

Dauphin County company to expand its central distribution center to 200,000 square feet –

How are Allentown, Easton and Quakertown public markets doing during pandemic – The Morning Call (

The BucksMont Chamber of Commerce, others offer $50,000 tech upgrade (

Interest grows for potential business park at former McGinness airfield in Columbia | Local News |

Gyroscope Therapeutics files for $100M IPO – Philadelphia Business Journal (

$50M sports complex and velodrome project closer to fruition in Coatesville – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Upper Merion downgrades possession of small amount of marijuana to a summary offense | PhillyVoice

Local cops train to avoid Taser, gun mix-ups | Cops and Courts |

Extended family of Cassandra Gross hope to draw attention to case |

Judge says lawsuit over forced labor at recycling center should proceed | News | (

Allentown police outreach unit reassures neighborhoods traumatized by shootings, other crimes – The Morning Call (

York County police departments adopt #8CantWait to mitigate misconduct (



PASSHE responds to reports of racism on campuses with commitment to diversity, equity | WHP (

A ray of hope for fair school funding in Pennsylvania | Guest Commentary (

Dauphin County resident awarded Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids award –

Luzerne County school districts receiving nearly $200M in COVID-19 relief | coronavirus |

Ellwood City School District makes plans for $3.6 million from stimulus (

Shortages of school bus drivers and substitute teachers ‘devastating’ to NEPA districts | Education | (

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit seeking funds for new playground | Education |

Alvernia University on track to expand into downtown Reading by late summer | Local News |

LaSalle University creates nursing scholarship for minority students | Local News |

Students discuss their harsh realities during pandemic at roundtable | Local News |

Raising awareness for ‘Ana’ and others: NASD teacher spreads word about education certification for DACA recipients | Local News |

‘Your voice matters:’ SDL parents to rally for fair funding from state | Community News |

Beaver County schools will hold proms despite ongoing pandemic (



Pennsylvania Democrats see gains in Poconos from New York, New Jersey transplants (

Faith leaders across U.S. join in decrying voting restrictions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Election experts recommend what Pa. counties have been asking for all along: more ballot pre-canvassing time | WITF

State Rep. Marty Flynn to appear on Volpe Report (

An ‘off-year’ election? There’s no such thing for these local officials.  | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Primary prep picks up steam with election one month away | Election |

2020’s election keeps coming up in 2021’s high court race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

GOP WH hopefuls move forward | Times Leader

Lou Barletta forms new group with Pennsylvania 2022 governor’s race in sight (

Fetterman dwarfs competition in first fundraising numbers for Pa.’s Senate race | WITF

Pennsylvania 2022 Senate race: Fund-raising reports give early picture (

Protect Our Police PAC hits Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in TV ads (

Edwards takes on two challengers in PPS District 9 board race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

District 4 primary race will be Pittsburgh City Council’s biggest showdown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Two Libertarians running for Luzerne County Council | Election |

As the 2021 municipal primary approaches, here are 4 things to keep in mind | PA Power and Policy |

EDITORIAL: Counties should have more time to process mail-in ballots | Editorials | (



PennDOT installs first solar microgrid on Hempfield bypass property |

PennDOT to build teardrop roundabouts at Interstate 90 interchange (



Black Maternal Health Week highlights dangers, inequities for pregnant persons | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Living in majority-Black neighborhoods in Philly linked to increased maternal health issues, Penn Medicine study finds | Local News |


State News

FBI probes big pension fund’s $13.5 million in Harrisburg projects (

FBI investigating PSER’s real estate purchases: report –

Infrastructure funding could be ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to plug thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Emergency Rental Assistance Programs aims to help NEPA (

Bad math: PSERS was warned but inflated investment returns anyway (

Pennsylvania casinos top $400M in March, shatter monthly revenue record |

Ousted Temple business school dean indicted on fraud charges tied to college rankings scandal (

Reading High boys basketball team enjoys state championship victory lap | High School Sports |

New building on River Street in Plains Twp. will be DEP faciliity | Times Leader

The cicadas are coming: How to deal with the emergence of Brood X | Times Leader

Mountain Council of Governments receives governor’s excellence award | Coronavirus |

Distracted driving citations decreased in Pa. in 2020 during the pandemic | News |

Pennsylvania is loaded with things to do for Earth Day –

The Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival in Kutztown –

Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marks five years | WITF

Judge Domitrovich case: PA Supreme Court gets appeal of court order (


National News

Minneapolis braces for unrest as Derek Chauvin trial enters final phase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief | News |

Dirty Dollars (

Weekend shootings in Texas and Wisconsin add to tally of U.S. gun deaths | WITF

River color seen by satellite helping to reveal condition of water | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Shooting at FedEx in Indianapolis leaves nine dead, including gunman (

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails (

Economic Boom? Retail Sales Surge, Jobless Claims Hit Pandemic Low : NPR

SpaceX wins $2.9 Billion contract for next lunar lander | WITF


Local News

Starlite Lounge in Blawnox to be on Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ |

Judge grants continuance in Maxatawny cemetery case | Berks Regional News |

Nanticoke seeks Luzerne County back tax abatement for unsafe structure demolition | Times Leader

Electric car charging stations popping up around NEPA | Business |

National Donate Life Month: No better gift than the Gift of Life | Times Leader

More than 200 turn out for return of WVCA Walk-A-Thon | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre to swear in 8 new police officers | Times Leader

Light It Up Blue campaign designed to bring autism awareness | News |

It’s allergies: Here’s what to expect this season if you live in NEPA | News | (

HCA board restructures management | News |

Sugarloaf Twp. supervisors approve liquor license transfer | News |

11 demolition projects to proceed in Schuylkill County | News |

Hazleton City Council hears refinancing pitch | News |

Reading officials concerned about dangerous intersections | Local News |

How did a crowded festival take place in Reading during COVID? That’s what city officials want to know | Local News |

Vo-tech students save, rebuild Harrisburg house destroyed by fire –

After selling mansion, UPMC sells former surgery center –

At 82, Lehigh Valley farrier still teaches ancient art of shoeing horses – The Morning Call (

Liberty’s Matthew Vital breaks Sam Snead’s course record at Philadelphia Junior Tour event with an 8-under-par 62 Saturday at Reading County Club. – The Morning Call (

Former Center Twp. tax collector facing federal charges (

Migrant children in sole Pennsylvania shelter await their fate (

Erie City Hall security: Metal detectors, other enhancements coming soon (

Windber eyeing Act 90 crackdown on blight, delinquent taxes | News |

Bucks lawmakers petition Philadelphia to ease city wage tax refund (

Drug takeback scheduled for Bucks, Montgomery counties this month (

Coatesville Area plans potential 3.9% tax increase | Community News |

Hosts of paranormal TV show come to the Fulton to search for ghosts both friendly and tragic | Entertainment |

Few homes, quick sales, steep prices: Lancaster County real estate market goes berserk; ‘It’s the wild west’ | Local Business |



Port Authority ready to refurbish Negley Station on Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

A post-pandemic push for federal R&D infrastructure could boost Pittsburgh-area labs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

In call for user fees, a middle-class tax hike or a fairer way to pay for infrastructure in Pittsburgh region? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Proposal to open Arnold Palmer airport restaurant lease triggers social media furor |

Don’s Diner to be featured in Showtime series filming in Pittsburgh |

Allegheny Circle Conversion Project begins Monday on North Side |

Pittsburgh venues frustrated with held-up federal funds from Save Our Stages Act | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Pa. National Guard activated as Philly preps for potential unrest ahead of Derek Chauvin murder trial verdict (

How Philly, the nation’s most supervised big city, cut its probation numbers by a third (

Protests in Philadelphia today, marches in Center City over police killings (

We asked Philly-area residents how they’re doing a year into the pandemic. This is what they said. (

Amazon now has 50 warehouses ringing the Philadelphia area (

Philadelphia SEPTA subway mural misspells Frederick Douglass (

Philly rap star AR-Ab sentenced to 45 years for running a drug ring implicated in murder (

Seth Williams and second chances | Local News |

City retracts, apologizes for ‘fear-mongering’ request from police | News |



Casey bill aims to help expand disability aid | News |

President Biden’s new offshore wind plan could be boost to New Jersey (

Despite tensions, U.S. and China agree to work together on climate change | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (

Japan, U.S. showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China (

Joe Biden speeds refugees admissions, but doesn’t lift Donald Trump cap (

I’m a physician: Pa.’s Toomey needs to lead the fight for universal background checks | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Troops exposed to Agent Orange outside of Vietnam could be in line for presumptive benefits (