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Legislature

Relief for child sex-abuse survivors revived in Pa. Senate after Wolf administration error (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Bill allowing child sex abuse survivors to file lawsuits as adults clears Pa. Senate committee | Local News | dailylocal.com

Bill aiding abuse survivors clears critical Pa. Senate committee hurdle. But will it see a vote? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Advances 2-Year Civil Suit Window For Sex Abuse Victims (msn.com)

Democratic lawmakers push for more action on police reform | News | tribdem.com

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus says policing legislation remains one of their priorities this session – pennlive.com

Senate votes to extend program helping schools find substitute teachers | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Senate committee OKs bills aimed at boosting broadband access | News | dailyitem.com

After months of study, lawmakers face election law decisions | Hosted (ap.org)

16 Pa. legislators form bipartisan working group in state House | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Trio of Pa. bills addresses gaps in drug rehabilitation process | TribLIVE.com

State greenlights $48 million in transportation infrastructure projects | TribLIVE.com

PennDOT selects four Bucks projects for improvement funds (buckscountyherald.com)

Phoenixville gets funding for walking bridge, road improvements | Local News | dailylocal.com

City of Reading to Receive $100K Multimodal Transportation Grant (berksweekly.com)

Kennett Township gets $2.19 million for roundabout; will be fourth one in Chester County | Local News | dailylocal.com

$842,000 targeted for Nottingham intersection improvements | Local News | dailylocal.com

$750K secured for roads, recreation in Ambridge, Aliquippa (timesonline.com)

Pa. Senate bill would up state’s requirement for solar and wind energy | Wind Energy News (wind-watch.org)

Puff, Puff, Will it Ever Pass? – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Cannabis activists rally at Pennsylvania capitol | | thecourierexpress.com

Rally pushes for legalization of recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania | fox43.com

Montgomery and Bucks counties join lawsuit opposing bid to negate DRBC fracking ruling (buckscountyherald.com)

Capital-Star Q+A: Rep. Seth Grove on election hearings, voter fraud, and the future of reform in Pa. | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

House passes legislation to tighten control over DRJTBC (buckscountyherald.com)

Bill to prevent retail shutdowns in Pennsylvania in disasters passes state House | WITF

Pa. House passes bill to let small retailers stay open, with drive-thru service or a single employee and single customer at a time, during disaster shutdowns – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rep. Boback claims governor locked her out of state building | News | citizensvoice.com

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine’s tweets on Chauvin trial condemned (timesonline.com)

Politicians push ‘politics of overreach’, regardless of the consequences | John Baer – pennlive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

Masks remain extremely effective indoors, but are they necessary outside? | WITF

After a year of pandemic, wearing masks outdoors is up for debate (inquirer.com)

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

FDA inspection found problems at factory making J&J vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

The shock and reality of catching COVID-19 after being vaccinated (inquirer.com)

Get a shot, play the slots: Casino clinic lets in out-of-staters | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

How Do We Stop The Next Pandemic? Here’s A New Strategy : Goats and Soda : NPR

Biden: 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Been Given In 100 Days : NPR

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Teen receives three brain surgeries related to blood clots after Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – pennlive.com

State

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: full reopening could happen 2 weeks after 65-70% of population vaccinated, could be sooner if people wear mask, socially distance – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rep. John Joyce got the COVID-19 jab. And he opposes any government-backed document to prove it. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Demand for COVID-19 vaccinations withers in Pennsylvania, while high case counts persist | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

More coronavirus vaccinations are key to fully reopening Pennsylvania and New Jersey, governors say (inquirer.com)

Workers in Pa. prisons, COVID-19 hot spots, aren’t getting vaccinated. Here’s why that’s dangerous. (inquirer.com)

Wolf, Biden push for vaccinations, but would passports violate individual rights? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

COVID-19 still spreading in Pennsylvania, NEPA | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Gov. Wolf awards more than $13 million for homelessness assistance and prevention (buckscountyherald.com)

Local

Coronavirus Vaccine Clinic Coming To Ardmore Saturday | Ardmore, PA Patch

Moderna vaccine appointments open for Pittsburgh Mercy’s clinic Saturday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Covid vaccine supply overtakes demand in Allegheny County | TribLIVE.com

Philadelphia COVID-19 updates: Cases rising, Convention Center vaccine site reopens (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh Mercy to offer free covid vaccines Saturday at South Side clinic | TribLIVE.com

Local efforts to vaccinate homeless against COVID-19 ongoing | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Wilkes students, employees get vaccinated | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Fair Acres, Delaware County sued over COVID death | Local News | delcotimes.com

Demand for coronavirus vaccine remains high in Montgomery County | News | thereporteronline.com

Bucks, Montgomery counties still seeing high demand for COVID vaccine (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Local COVID-19 hospitalizations double in one month, new cases flattening | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

‘Famine to feast:’ Vaccines plentiful in Delco | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

COVID-19: Daily update on coronavirus cases in Erie County (goerie.com)

Coronavirus cases in Allegheny County are slowly declining | WITF

 

Business

Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Companies ‘challenged’ to find workers: Shortage baffles employers across hiring spectrum | News | tribdem.com

Black businesses and communities deserve intentional investment | Opinion (inquirer.com)

ATI sets deadline on latest contract offer to end Steelworkers strike | TribLIVE.com

North Penn grads hope CBD business helps customers ‘Thrive’ | Business | timesherald.com

A Berks company wants a leading role in the rise of solar energy in Pa. | Local News | readingeagle.com

 

Crime/Punishment

B-PEP’s Stevens urges ‘immediate’ suspension of various traffic stops by police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Shooter kills 1, wounds 1 at Allentown-area Wawa before taking his own life, officials say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Human remains found during search for Linda Stoltzfoos, Amish teen missing since June [update] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Judge increased bail for ex-Bucks cop accused of sexually assaulting teens, then ordered him to prison (inquirer.com)

Scavo pleads not guilty, awaits trial on federal charges in Capitol riot | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Authorities say crime drops significantly in Chester County during pandemic | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

Prison board wants answers before purchasing mail scanning device | News | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Two Montgomery County men face trials for alleged roles in multi-county gun trafficking network | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Judge calls Carey’s bail “woefully inadequate” (buckscountyherald.com)

Philadelphia man part of group that smuggled over $200K worth of firearms out of the U.S. | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

 

Education

Lehigh University to require students have COVID-19 vaccine this fall – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Swastika, other symbols of hate found on Moravian College campus – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Burrell teachers get 5-year contract with annual raises of nearly 3% | TribLIVE.com

Hanover Area planning 6-week summer programs with coronavirus relief funds | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Substitute teacher pay in Scranton to remain at $90 a day | Education | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Preliminary hearings delayed for former Scranton school employees | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

COVID-19 sends West Chester students back home | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

School for sale: Erie School District lists one of oldest buildings (goerie.com)

3 Exeter schools closed Thursday and Friday due to COVID cases | Local News | readingeagle.com

 

Elections/Politics

Luzerne County set to start mailing ballots Monday | Times Leader

Election board appoints chair, does not vote on DA election | Election | citizensvoice.com

Lackawanna County gets plenty of mail-in ballots but not like last year | Election | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Guest Opinion: Bucks County needs more drop boxes for the May primary (theintell.com)

Dem PAC Hits Fetterman On 2013 Gun Incident | PoliticsPA

A Keystone Election: Meet the 2021 candidates for Pittsburgh mayor | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

They Believe in Ambitious Women. But They Also See the Costs. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Environment

Earth Day 2021: Philly, Allegheny Co. get ‘Fs’ on air quality in new report | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Will Pa.’s huge solar-energy push succeed? It may be up to farmers | Local News | readingeagle.com

U.S. Steel announces goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Earth Day dawns Thursday after ‘unprecedented’ year where nature brought peace, isolated by pandemic, with new opportunity to be with family at home, at parks | Lifestyle | dailylocal.com

Earth Day ’21: environmental issues past and present still present challenges | TribLIVE.com

Governors Urge Biden To Order 100% Zero-Emission Car Sales By 2035 : NPR

LTE: Brian Fitzpatrick gets 2020 Congressional Waste Warrior award (theintell.com)

Basinwide Delaware study on climate change begins (buckscountyherald.com)

Op-Ed: Why Pennsylvania should join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (goerie.com)

 

Transportation

Amtrak’s proposed $80 billion windfall: Too much or too little? | TribLIVE.com

Replacement of New Hanover Square Road bridge begins Monday | News | dailylocal.com

I-83 Mount Rose project: Will it really be finished soon after 6 years? (ydr.com)

Repairs of Penn Street sinkhole in Reading nearing completion | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

 

Health

ChristianaCare, Highmark form joint venture aimed at ‘changing the system’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Op-Ed: Fentanyl analogues are an abomination that must be stopped (theintell.com)

 

Casino

Parx Casino hit with first fine for online, for the slots game ‘Total Meltdown,’ which nearly lived up to its name. (inquirer.com)

 

State News

PSERS’s pension reversal has former allies questioning its strategy (inquirer.com)

Grants help grow community gardens across Western Pa. | TribLIVE.com

UGI Electric rate hike opponent Brace-ing for impact | Times Leader

Wolf orders flags at half-staff in honor of Walter Mondale – pennlive.com

Farmer: Legalizing marijuana would generate revenue, boost safety and jobs (goerie.com)

Op-Ed: Abundant, affordable propane powers Pennsylvania agriculture (goerie.com)

Black coalition calls for an ammunition tracking system in Pennsylvania | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters need help during COVID-19. Here’s an easy fix for their funding dilemma. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

National News

Ma’Khia Bryant: Police Identify Officer Who Shot Teen, Release Video Footage : NPR

N.C. deputy fatally shoots Black man while serving warrant (inquirer.com)

Relief after verdict in Floyd killing, but what comes next? | News | phillytrib.com

Why this trial was different: Experts react to guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Child tax credit monthly checks will start arriving in July to help parents offset the cost of raising children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Jobless Claims May Show Uptick as Trend Stays Positive: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Indy 500 set to host 135,000 in largest sports event in pandemic | Times Leader

Manhattan DA Says His Office To Stop Prosecuting Prostitution : NPR

U.S. Home Sales Are Surging. When Does the Music Stop? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Electric chair or firing squad? South Carolina bill would give death-row inmates another option – pennlive.com

 

Local News

Senator Santarsiero hosts shredding event, food drive (buckscountyherald.com)

Guilty verdict in Floyd killing brings relief, cheers to Delaware County | News | delcotimes.com

No tax hike in Norwin preliminary budget | TribLIVE.com

The ‘Soil Sisters’ are growing a future in their grandparents’ neighborhood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

#570 Day: Social media campaign to spotlight NEPA’s bright spots | Times Leader

Boil advisory for Pennsylvania American Water customers in Glen Lyon | News | citizensvoice.com

Flood authority approves agreements, awards contract for levee system upgrades | News | citizensvoice.com

Autism awareness sign sales to benefit special needs playgrounds | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton out of doghouse with Griffin Pond Animal Shelter | News | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Veterans monument in Archbald beginning to materialize | News | thetimes-tribune.com (thetimes-tribune.com)

Global Summit in Erie: George W. Bush to highlight November in-person event. (goerie.com)

Proposal in Reading calls for paying the homeless to clean up streets, beautify the city | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Delaware Valley University to be featured on Amazon Prime (buckscountyherald.com)

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh awaiting federal guidance on stimulus cash | TribLIVE.com

‘Lights! Glamour! Action!’ film fundraiser goes virtual Saturday ahead of Oscars | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Assemblage in the works? Someone’s buying up Wood Street properties Downtown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Pittsburgh officials apologize for backlog in processing property tax payments | TribLIVE.com

Two historic Pittsburgh cinemas to reopen for films, live music, and more | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Black Real Estate Impact Fund to help developers unrepresented in the industry (inquirer.com)

Chamber of Commerce program to boost Black-owned businesses | Business | phillytrib.com

Amazon’s dystopian antiunion working conditions are not what Philadelphians deserve | Opinion (inquirer.com)

3 ways Philly should use stimulus dollars to create jobs | Opinion (inquirer.com)

4 Black men killed by Philly police and the officers who haven’t yet faced a jury | WITF

Apartment project by future Penn’s Landing developer Durst moves forward north of Ben Franklin Bridge (inquirer.com)

Philly-based architect James Corner is lead planner for Navy Yard’s next phase of development (inquirer.com)

Controversy flares over how Penn and Princeton treated a MOVE bombing victim’s remains (inquirer.com)

The Trailer: Cops vs. Krasner: A fight over criminal justice reform in Philadelphia – The Washington Post

 

Washington

D.C. statehood faces crossroads as House prepares to vote today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Biden to open climate summit with bold new goal: Cutting U.S. emissions in half by 2030 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Val Demings rebukes Jim Jordan in fiery exchange over law enforcement: ‘Did I strike a nerve?’ | News | phillytrib.com

After Floyd, Congress ready to plunge into policing laws | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

DOJ announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

Biden gets Vanita Gupta confirmed for DOJ as post-Chauvin tempers flare | TribLIVE.com

Democrats Ask Justice Barrett To Recuse In Case Involving Dark Money : NPR

There’s a pro-abortion rights case to be made for keeping the Hyde Amendment | Bruce Ledewitz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Capitol Hill Dems push for federal background checks on ammunition sales | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)