Gov. Wolf joins city and state officials in pledging to address gun violence in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania nears snow and ice removal revision – Land Line

New train station in Coatesville on track for construction; $650,000 in funding awarded | Local News | dailylocal.com

Chester County transportation projects get $793,330 in state funding | Local News | dailylocal.com

New Britain Borough Gets $480K For Butler Avenue Improvements | Doylestown, PA Patch

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

Grant Awarded to Kennett Greenway Project, Announces Williams – MyChesCo

Kennett biking and hiking trail gets huge boost in funding from state | Local News | dailylocal.com

Roller Hockey Rink, Rain Garden Projects Awarded Grants – LevittownNow.com

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

Pa. Democrat expresses concern about Farm Show PPE stockpile | ABC27

Counties, municipalities, will face more expenses without a dog license fee increase | State | theprogressnews.com

State officials warn local law enforcement, shelters, will be affected by dog law funding deficit | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA sex abuse survivors: State Senate may allow victims to sue (goerie.com)

Editorial | Senate finally getting message about child sexual abuse? | Editorials | tribdem.com

Relief for child sex abuse survivors revived in Pa. Senate after Wolf administration error | TribLIVE.com

Ultimatum to PA Gov: Withdraw RGGI Carbon Tax or No New PUC Appts | Marcellus Drilling News

Black coalition calls for an ammunition tracking system in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bills aiming to strengthen human trafficking laws in Pennsylvania advanced by committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA House passes legislation for more oversight of Delaware River bridge commission (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pass the joint: Legal marijuana looks like a winning issue for Pa. Democrats – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Senate should vote to open courtroom to adult survivors of child abuse (timesonline.com)

Op-Ed: Limiting Pa. governors’ emergency powers could prove disastrous (timesonline.com)

Op-Ed: Vote to limit the governor’s power on May 18 (timesonline.com)

Letter: Vote no on amendments (timesonline.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Despite a billion vaccine shots given, Covid-19 runs rampant in much of the world.

Federal health regulators urge states to restart use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine: Pause lifted by FDA, use to resume (timesonline.com)

Millions are skipping their second doses of COVID-19 vaccines | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

U.S. Pledges Medical Aid To India, Where COVID-19 Is Overwhelming Hospitals : NPR

‘Double Mutant’ Variant In India Shouldn’t Really Be Called That, Scientists Say : Goats and Soda : NPR

The E.U. is set to let vaccinated U.S. tourists visit this summer.

Michigan’s Covid Wards Are Filling Up With Younger Patients – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rural Ambulance Crews Have Run Out of Money and Volunteers – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Of fake vaccine cards and the cult of American selfishness | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Don’t let myths about COVID-19 vaccine stop you from getting the shot – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


Pennsylvania Department of Health gives OK to resume J&J vaccine | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

Geisinger: Employee data shows COVID-19 vaccines effective | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Only 20% of workers in Pa. prisons have been vaccinated | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Why it’s dangerous that workers in Pa. prisons, covid-19 hot spots, aren’t getting vaccinated | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania sees new trend in covid hospitalizations: 3 days of decline | TribLIVE.com

COVID-19 cases dropping in Pa. and N.J., 8 vaccine myths debunked (inquirer.com)


201 more COVID cases for Berks County in the daily Pa. report | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Interested but skeptical, Latinos benefit the most at Philadelphia mass vaccination site – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Montgomery County records 194 new coronavirus cases, 1 death in daily report | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Area drug and alcohol programs help clients get vaccinated | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

COVID-19 vaccine now given in Erie County homes (goerie.com)

Cambria, Somerset each add one COVID-19 death | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Another year, another prom derailed by COVID-19: Here’s what each school is planning | Special Sections | lancasteronline.com

Three reasons for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy explored [Lancaster Watchdog] | Health | lancasteronline.com

COVID-19 cases, deaths dip in state, region Sunday | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

83 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Shelters struggle to vaccinate Pittsburgh’s homeless population | TribLIVE.com

Map shows where to get a covid vaccine in Allegheny County | TribLIVE.com



Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal reopens April 24. Here’s what to know – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Comcast seeks bigger piece of $278B mobile market with new unlimited plans – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wisconsin company seeks to reuse polluted former Exide plant in Berks | Environment | readingeagle.com

Letter: Business leaders should be fighting tax increases | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Staffing shortages affect local eateries | Business | standardspeaker.com

Tenaris to restart production, add jobs at two Beaver County plants (timesonline.com)

Summer tourism leans on outdoor dining at Pennsylvania restaurants (ydr.com)

How the pandemic has shaken up retirement | Times Leader

Start-ups, venture capital investors flood post-pandemic Philly (inquirer.com)

As vaccines roll out, Pittsburgh companies ponder when — or if — to bring employees back to the office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Police departments bracing for staffing shortages as retirements rise amid a ‘recruiting crisis’ – pennlive.com

Police use of Tasers ends in hundreds of deaths like Daunte Wright (timesonline.com)

Lancaster County Coroner says Linda Stoltzfoos was strangled, stabbed | WITF

Over-policing of minor infractions will lead to another murder like George Floyd’s | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Penn, Villanova fall in SmartAsset’s latest rankings of Pennsylvania’s best value colleges – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania’s higher education system adopts efforts to tackle systemic racism | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Covid-19 shattered enrollment patterns at region’s community colleges | TribLIVE.com

Temple’s business school sees virtual reality as future of online learning (inquirer.com)

34 million kids to be fed this summer under Biden food program expansion – pennlive.com

New COVID-19 cases forces temporarily closure of Middletown Area Middle School – pennlive.com

Lower Merion hires firm to help in superintendent search | Mainlinetimes | mainlinemedianews.com

Moon Area School District cuts slavery question from curriculum (timesonline.com)

Op-Ed: Sending our kids back to school never felt so good (timesonline.com)

Bucks County Community College names Felicia Ganther as next president (theintell.com)

School taxes: Proposed Millcreek budget for 2021-22 includes tax increase (goerie.com)

Eight vie for five seats on Scranton School Board | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Construction at former Army Reserve center on target for LIU use next school year | News | citizensvoice.com



1st 2020 Census Results: What You Need To Know About The Count : NPR

Young adults’ relocations are reshaping political geography | WITF

‘Voteswagon’ stops in Centre County ahead of redistricting | Centre Daily Times

Bartos super PAC muscles into Pennsylvania Senate race – POLITICO

Pa. GOP leaders to fundraise with controversial Western Pa. rep they called to resign | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pa. deserves a 5th redistricting commissioner who values the power of the people over the people in power | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lehigh Valley school board races highlight school reopening battle – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Widening fight over guns features prominently in Pennsylvania court race | WITF

Letter: Making voting safe and secure important (timesonline.com)

How a Mount Joy Twp. couple who attended Trump’s Jan. 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally ended up running for E-town school board | Local News | lancasteronline.com



Beth Shalom and Pittsburgh leaders introduce new solar initiative (wtae.com)

American Lung Association finds 1.3 million Central PA residents at risk of air pollution | WHP (local21news.com)

The U.S. electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Helping to preserve the environment in Chester County | Local News | dailylocal.com

I grew up in Pennsylvania coal country. It wasn’t pretty and it’s time to move on. | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Citing increased levels of litter, PennDOT and state police warn of penalties | News | standardspeaker.com

Advocates call on Port Authority to provide free fares for low-income riders | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Public transit advocates question why Port Authority can’t use stimulus money for free and discounted rides | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I-76 Among Several State Highways Restricted for Resurfacing Across Philadelphia Region (buckscountyherald.com)



Hidden stories of sexual abuse: ‘I didn’t think anyone would believe me’ | Feature Stories | northcentralpa.com

Temple Health System opens lung care clinic at Jeanes Hospital – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The return to ‘normal’ after COVID could create a mental-health pandemic | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Biden spokeswoman: Pandemic ‘exposed what a problem we have on our hands’ in U.S. nursing homes | TribLIVE.com

Pollen-allergy vs. COVID-19 symptoms, here are the differences (inquirer.com)

Accolade Inc. expands into virtual primary care (inquirer.com)


State News

Sunoco failed to disclose some risks of Mariner East pipeline, was ‘negligent’ in response to concerns, judge rules · Spotlight PA

2020 was a busy year for records requests in Pa. | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. student’s Snapchat profanity leads to Supreme Court free speech case – pennlive.com

State lawmaker learns his ID was stolen when notified jobless benefits were denied – pennlive.com

Could local governments compete with Comcast and Verizon for broadband internet? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvanians pay extra for public pensions – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Going, going, not quite gone: How pandemic changed auctions in Pa. and across the country | WITF

Cross County Trail study in Montgomery County highlights safety, equity, connectivity | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

National chicken wing shortage hits NEPA | News | citizensvoice.com

Elon Musk, Starlink look to stars to fill internet broadband gaps, including across Western Pa. | TribLIVE.com


National News

Federal Aid to Renters Moves Slowly, Leaving Many at Risk – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

1st Time Gun Buyers Help Push Record U.S. Gun Sales Amid String Of Mass Shootings : NPR

Choosing A Career? You Don’t Need College For Many Trade Jobs : Life Kit : NPR

Asian Man In Critical Condition After Another Attack In New York City : NPR

N.C. Sheriff Says He Wants To Release Bodycam Footage In Killing Of Andrew Brown : NPR

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asks DOJ To Pause Local Police Grants : NPR

California Governor Moves To Ban Fracking By 2024 : NPR

Democrat Troy Carter Wins New Orleans-Based U.S. House Seat : NPR

To Be Tracked or Not? Apple Is Now Giving Us the Choice. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Half a Year After Trump’s Defeat, Arizona Republicans Are Recounting the Vote – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Despite racial reckoning, state efforts stall on reparations | News | phillytrib.com

How N.J. is trying to reduce police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s murder | State & Region | phillytrib.com

A reckoning on racism? Not for many leaders of GOP | AP analysis – pennlive.com

Receive SNAP benefits? You could get more stimulus (theintell.com)

How tiny houses and shipping containers can help people who are homeless (inquirer.com)

Chloé Zhao makes Oscar history, winning best director | Entertainment | citizensvoice.com


Local News

Local Chester County Resident Receives Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award – MyChesCo

A rent-to-own project spurred dreams of homeownership in Chambersburg. The reality leaves tenants feeling ‘set up to fail’ | WITF

Development plans pending in Berks: Gov. Mifflin seeks to develop community athletic building | Local News | readingeagle.com

Fleetwood Public Library asks ‘Where is Forward?’ seeking community input on working together to meet challenges | Local News | readingeagle.com

West Reading plans to investigate complaints of racial harassment over parking at restaurant | Local News | readingeagle.com

Berks congressional delegation focuses on infrastructure plan at chamber forum | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Reading buys 91 guns from city and Berks County residents | Local News | readingeagle.com

Guns and ammo still hard to come by in Hazleton area | News | standardspeaker.com

Hazleton officials considering regulations for parades, public gatherings | News | standardspeaker.com

Garden of Reflection: Campaign to support 9/11 memorial pushes on (theintell.com)

Guest Opinion: Doylestown Borough Council makes the wrong call on marijuana (theintell.com)

Pleasant Valley is mulling furloughs and property tax hikes (poconorecord.com)

Stroudsburg native to represent US Equestrian national team in Italy (poconorecord.com)

Cartwright, colleagues introduce environmental bills (poconorecord.com)

Erie City Hall’s security/reopening plan could carry $1M price tag (goerie.com)

Erie migrant children moved from Summit Township dormitory on Saturday (goerie.com)

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

Chester Water Authority says receivership no longer needed in Chester | News | delcotimes.com

Filmmaking is thriving in Lancaster County; here’s why the area is ripe for creatives | Entertainment | lancasteronline.com

Sugarman’s Plaza could have sinkholes beneath | News | thetimes-tribune.com

County council might vote on tax break for warehouse project Tuesday | News | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County government still hasn’t paid its stormwater fee | Times Leader

A final farewell for Nanticoke firefighter | Times Leader

New Kiski Township Sewage Authority holds first meeting to oversee $16 million sewerage project | TribLIVE.com

Burlington County honors student, fatally shot outside his home, was ‘a big ol’ loving bear,’ mom says. (inquirer.com)



North Side program partners with local businesses to provide bike racks, toolkits, and fill bike infrastructure gaps | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh-filmed ‘Ma Rainey’ wins 2 Oscars, but late star Chadwick Boseman snubbed for best actor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh mayoral candidates offer different way of spending COVID relief money | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gun violence surges in Pittsburgh, but few arrests made | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia allowing bar seating starting Friday – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Queer Spaces Project aims to protect and preserve Philly’s LGBTQ+ History | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly launches ‘litter task force’ ahead of street cleaning reboot | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘Hundreds of guys’ are retiring, leaving Philly police force as departments anticipate recruitment issues | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

‘I don’t really know what justice is’: Inside one Philly classroom after the Chauvin verdict | WITF

Philadelphia looks at reforms to fix its broken child welfare system (timesonline.com)

Walter Wallace Jr. is remembered 6 months after police fatally shot him (inquirer.com)



Status Of Biden’s Promises After 100 Days In Office : NPR

Biden approval rating nearing 100-day milestone barely tops 50% – pennlive.com

President Joe Biden is working on two economic relief proposals. Here’s how you may receive more in stimulus checks, debt forgiveness and jobs – pennlive.com

Supreme Court Eyes Rich Activists, Their Anonymous Donations And Tax Breaks : NPR

Biden Selects Scientist Rick Spinrad To Lead NOAA : NPR

Biden Calls Slaughter Of Armenians A Genocide : NPR

Liz Cheney vs. MAGA – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Minority legislators sense moment to pass ‘bold’ legislation | News | phillytrib.com

Military panel urges taking sexual assault cases out of commanders’ control | WITF

Target, Google and others are under pressure to dump the Chamber of Commerce over voting rights | Business | phillytrib.com

Roll Call: Congress votes on D.C. statehood, hate-crime bill (goerie.com)