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Lawmakers block governor’s pick for Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission over RGGI | Pennsylvania |

Pa. Senate GOP blocks utility commission appointments to protest Wolf’s climate change rule | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Op-Ed: GOP should focus on women’s health care, divisive theatrics (

Wolf administration and top lawmakers exchange jabs on future of Pennsylvania disaster declarations – The Morning Call (

Newtown Township Gets $227K For Multi-Use Trail | Newtown, PA Patch

Berks Legislators Announce Act 13, MultiModal Grants | BCTV

Playground at West Chester’s Everhart Park to be upgraded | Local News |

State awards $1.55 million in funding for 6 Berks County projects | Berks and Beyond |

State awards millions in grants to Lehigh Valley infrastructure projects, including $2.9 million to replace lead pipes in Bethlehem – The Morning Call (

Local projects to receive state funding | News |

Lower Makefield, Yardley and Newtown awarded multimodal transportation improvement grants | Newtown Area |

IU13 gets $20K grant to bolster environmental curriculum | Local News |

Grants bring $516,000 to Greater Johnstown YMCA | News |

In search of bipartisanship, lawmakers work to trim the fat in Pa. House | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Support the Right to Repair Bill and save lives | PennLive letters –

Bill to prevent retail shutdowns in disasters passes House (

Pa. House passes bill that would keep stores open during a declared state of emergency | Today in Pa. –

PA Legislators grapple with future of police reform | WHP (

The Race Is On For Recreational Cannabis In Pennsylvania (

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

Lawmakers at hearing at Longwood Gardens: Public gardens create jobs, help economy | Local News |

Pa. congresswoman’s proposal would offer legal avenue for medical monitoring of PFAS exposure | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

After Chauvin verdict, here’s the status of police reform proposals in Pennsylvania | WITF

Derek Chauvin case: The laws Philly and Pa. did and didn’t change after George Floyd’s murder (

Raising dog license fee discussed during Luzerne County SPCA tour | News |

Officials: Without funding fix, dogs will suffer | Times Leader

Pa. Senate takes up bill to fix child crime investigations (

PA Senate Passes Bill To Remove Snow/Ice From Vehicles – WDAC

Western Pa. state senator pushes PennDOT on plans for tolling bridges (

Pennsylvania emergency management officials say legislative process too slow for disaster response | State |


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Biden Administration Looks For Help With Next Phase Of Pitching COVID Vaccines : NPR

What COVID vaccine should I get? What to know about Pfizer, Moderna, J&J (

UC And Cal State Systems To Require COVID-19 Vaccinations For In-Person Fall Classes : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark Agreement : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

People With Severe COVID-19 Have More Long-Term Effects, Study Finds : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Hospital Study Found Non-English Speaking Patients More Likely To Die From COVID : Shots – Health News : NPR

U.S. Issues More Than 115 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 : NPR

The shock and reality of catching COVID-19 after being vaccinated (

Study: COVID-19 raises risks for expectant mothers and babies | Coronavirus |

As COVID-19 hospitalizations fall among U.S. senior citizens, attention turns to the youth –

Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Gov. Wolf says Pa. faces ‘new reality’ — a lack of people who want COVID-19 vaccine –

Covid case numbers continue to decline in Pennsylvania |

As supply increases in PA, officials tackle vaccine hesitancy (

Pennsylvania doctors say Republicans aren’t getting vaccines (

Geisinger: Employee data shows COVID-19 vaccines effective | coronavirus |


1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Lancaster County | Health |

Lancaster County mass vaccination site to offer expanded same-day appointments | Health |

Responding to dip in demand, Lancaster’s mass vaccination site is taking walk-ins | WITF

LVHN, St. Luke’s say they have COVID-19 vaccination appointments available as demand eases – The Morning Call (

Berks and Chester clinics have ample COVID vaccine available, experts say | Local News |

13,000-plus doses of COVID vaccine coming to Berks County providers | Coronavirus |

A Reading pharmacy will be holding weekly walk-up COVID vaccine clinics at a city church | Coronavirus |

NEPA doing better than state in COVID-19 deaths this month | Coronavirus |



Tax credits for Covid-19 vaccine paid time off: Here’s how they’ll work – Philadelphia Business Journal (

MILLENNIAL MONEY: Changing the face of the cannabis industry | Business |

Philly chamber launches program to boost Black-owned businesses | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. businesses receive extended deadline on state corporate taxes | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

110 Berks businesses received COVID relief grants; here’s who they are [Chart] | Berks and Beyond |

Automation changes future job market, PA labor secretary tells Hazleton chamber | News |

Firm seeking rare earth elements in Hazleton gets $1.1 million grant | News |

Portal for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will reopen Saturday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Scavo pleads not guilty, awaits trial on federal charges in Capitol riot | Crime-Emergency |

‘A weight lifted:’ Linda Stoltzfoos’ family prepares for funeral after body found 10 months after disappearance [update] | Local News |

Delaware County man faces trial for harassing Rep. Dean with lewd voicemail messages | News |

Local cops undergo training to police themselves for bias | News |

Pa. Supreme Court denies appeal in Ashton slaying | Crime-emergencies |



Partially vaccinated McCaskey High School students can return to full-time, in-person classes | Local News |

In the first full school year of COVID-19, Kane Area School District stayed in person | WITF

COVID-19 vaccines required by Lehigh University – The Morning Call (

Temple’s business school sees virtual reality as future of online learning (

University of Pittsburgh seeks dismissal of student refund claims for tuition, fees over COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly schools committing $80m in classroom resources in new budget picture (

Three percent tax hike proposed as LMSD budget nears $300 million mark | Mainlinetimes |

Philly principals talk winning Lindback award, improving their schools | Local News |

Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Allentown School Board to purchase land downtown to replace 147-year-old Harrison-Morton Middle School – The Morning Call (



The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 – WENY News

PA senate race heats up | Feature Stories |

Krueger Reappointed as HDCC Chair | PoliticsPA

Erie County Executive: Meet the 6 candidates in the race (

Pennsylvania 2022 elections show marijuana legalization going from fringe to front-runner (

Giordano: May primary voters can curtail Gov. Wolf’s emergency powers (

How Does Ranked-Choice Voting Work in New York? – The New York Times (



Environmentalists urge Pennsylvania to broaden pending methane rule | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania air pollution: See who got a failing grade in new report (

Joe Biden’s greenhouse gas emissions plan draws praise from environmentalists, wariness from Pa. natural gas industry (

Biden’s climate goals deemed ‘unrealistic’ by some Pennsylvania businesses | Pennsylvania |

United Mine Workers union comes out in support of transition to clean energy | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Guest Opinion: Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (



Hear shocked reactions that Mount Rose/I-83 construction might be ending (

Penn Street sinkhole repairs completed in Reading | Berks and Beyond |

Port Authority to shutdown Mon Incline next week for inspection |

Advocates: Port Authority has ‘once in a generation’ chance to help low-income riders with reduced fares | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Reading Hospital Foundation receives $320,694 grant to provide care to homeless patients | Berks and Beyond |

Students from the Poconos recognized for fundraising efforts (

How parents can support a child who comes out as transgender: By conquering their own fears, following their child’s lead and tolerating ambiguity | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Smart Talk: People with disabilities should be part of public health discussion | Smart Talk (

Fatal overdoses among Black Philadelphians rose through COVID pandemic, new data show (

During Pandemic, Fentanyl’s Spread Made Illicit Drug Use Far More Treacherous : Shots – Health News : NPR


State News

School employees, Pa. officials question state’s largest pension fund over charges, investments –

Casey, Toomey introduce legislation to name federal courthouse in Harrisburg after Judge Sylvia Rambo | The Sentinel: News |

Dr. Rachel Levine is making history while working on Biden agenda (

Food stamp recipients to get boost | News |

Pa. Farm Show Complex, stuffed with millions of masks and other pandemic supplies, can’t host events –

Donate Life Month is a reminder that Pa. drivers can register as an organ donor –


National News

Asian American activists see more political participation from the AAPI community (

Chauvin verdict is one step, but local and state leaders say more is needed | Local News |

A philanthropic drive to aid Black women is gaining momentum | Across America |

States Take Social Security Benefits Of Foster Care Children To Pay For Services : NPR

N.A.A.C.P. Leader Says ‘a Few Checks’ Can’t Fix Structural Racism – The New York Times (

The lack of affordable housing is a crisis. What can be done about it? (

GOP Arizona State Senator Rejects Controversial Voting Bill Pending Election Audit : NPR

Columbus Activists Call For Federal Probe Of Police After Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting : NPR

Oklahoma Grants Immunity To Motorists Who Unintentionally Harm Protesters : NPR

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: David faces Goliaths over pipeline | PA Power and Policy |

Supreme Court OKs life in prison without parole for some juveniles convicted of murder | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Russian troops start pulling back from Ukrainian border | World News |


Local News

York County Food Bank wants its funding to stay at current levels (

Sen. Casey to hold drive-in town hall Friday in York County (

PEEC fundraiser ‘Tough as Trails’ slated for May (

Lancaster Conservancy acquire over 270 acres within the Susquehanna Riverlands (

Erie fires: Officials restock detector supply, launch giveaway (

Pia family donates land for new home Kennett Food Cupboard | Local News |

East Lampeter supervisors approve emergency operations plan | Community News |

D.A., organizations observe Victims’ Rights’ Week | News |

Chester County DA to Sunoco Pipeline: No more Mariner East nuisances, or else (

Chester County District Attorney files civil action against Mariner East pipeline | Local News |

Local mom offers hope to families with special needs children | Lifestyle |

Doylestown Borough OKs relaxed marijuana penalty – The Morning Call (

Upper Macungie Sheetz: Neighbors flood meeting to oppose township’s first Sheetz, but get a lesson in civics – The Morning Call (

Poll: Allentown residents still positive about city, but many think it’s headed in the wrong direction – The Morning Call (

The Alburtis sewer station and the mystery of the mop head flusher – The Morning Call (

Macungie police warn of caller impersonating an officer in phone scam – The Morning Call (

Hand them over: Law enforcement collaborating on Saturday’s ‘Drug Take Back Day’ – The Morning Call (

Hazle Twp. officials working to resolve trash removal delays | News |

Tamaqua to apply for flood mitigation grant | News |

Council, DA at odds over raises | News |



American Lung Association gives Allegheny County an F for air quality, county officials push back on grade | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

August Wilson African American Cultural Center receives $1.3 million grant, announces artists for new residency program | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Michael Keaton partnering with developers to build Pittsburgh plant (

Peduto pushes plan to make Pittsburgh carbon-neutral by 2050 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Beth Shalom and Pittsburgh leaders introduce new solar initiative (



Philadelphia Union move to make Subaru Park the first ‘zero-landfill’ stadium in MLS – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Many Philadelphia employers barred from marijuana testing new hires under City Council bill (

Families of murdered Philadelphians know the hollow victory of justice | Helen Ubiñas (

On 52nd Street, local shop owners feel relief while chains remain boarded | Business |

City Council honors Free Library of Philadelphia’s first Black manager | Local News |

City legislators grill Bilal over migrating sheriff’s sales online | Local News |

Philly developer has big plans for Atlantic City’s Showboat – The Morning Call (



Republican Infrastructure Plan Outlines $568 Billion In Spending : NPR

Sen. Pat Toomey backs $568 billion infrastructure plan to counter President Biden’s $2 trillion proposal – The Morning Call (

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin Faces Pressure From Unions To Back Infrastructure : NPR

In Rare Bipartisanship Moment, Senate Approves Asian American Hate Crimes Bill : NPR

Supreme Court cuts back FTC power to seek ill-gotten gains |

Dems’ ambitions narrow as political reality sets in – POLITICO

Biden to nominate ocean scientist Rick Spinrad to head NOAA – The New York Times (

With help of billionaires, CEOs and union execs, Biden focuses on job creation during 2nd day of climate summit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden Climate Summit Draws Bolder Pledges From World Leaders : NPR

DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms | PA Power and Policy |

Republican Sen. Tim Scott Will Deliver GOP Response To Biden Address : NPR

Biden’s USPS nominees face confirmation hearing as Democrats consider paths to oust DeJoy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Analysis: How This Week’s Marijuana Banking Vote Changed From Earlier 2019 House Action | Marijuana Moment