Pa. House, Senate bills would mandate protections, sick leave for meatpacking, food processing workers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. racial equality amendment has precedent — and online skeptics | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to Biden’s Congressional address | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Leaders to Gather at JV Manufacturing to Discuss the Importance – MIDPLAINS – NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA

Pennsylvania Senate OKs bill halting interstate bridge tolling plan | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate passes measure to erase PennDOT-backed plan to toll 9 interstate bridges: ‘An issue of transparency’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bill to stop PennDOT bridge tolling plan passes Pa. Senate (poconorecord.com)

Pennsylvania governor withdraws cabinet nominees amid RGGI dust-up | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bill advances to change the way Pa.’s lieutenant governor is chosen – pennlive.com

Toohil’s living donor protection legislation now law | News | standardspeaker.com

Bucks residents and representatives push sick leave bill (buckscountyherald.com)

State legislators push for ban on hand-held devices while driving (buckscountyherald.com)

Chauvin verdict reignites calls for police reform | Open | ivpressonline.com

Mastriano, Pa. Supreme Court candidate slated to appear at QAnon conference | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Vaccinated? Here’s What You Can Do Now : Shots – Health News : NPR

Scientists Search For Correlates Of Protection For COVID-19 Vaccines : Shots – Health News : NPR

Scared of needles? You’re not alone. How to overcome the fear before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

India cases set new global record; millions vote in 1 state | Coronavirus | tribdem.com


COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: How Many People Have Been Vaccinated In The U.S.? : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pennsylvania sending COVID-19 vaccines to more providers | WITF

Pa. and N.J. coronavirus numbers fall, officials push for more vaccinations (inquirer.com)

Fitzgerald: Entertainment venues should offer vaccinated sections for spectators | TribLIVE.com


Arkoosh, Lawrence receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Norristown clinic | Coronavirus | timesherald.com

Berks COVID vaccine center ready for Monday’s opening | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

COVID statistics provide insight into Berks County’s comparison with Pennsylvania overall | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Cities and colleges at the center of Pa. ZIP codes with highest new COVID-19 infections – pennlive.com

Montgomery County making progress in vaccine distribution | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Beaver County COVID-19 Vaccine data tracks number of vaccinations (timesonline.com)

York County COVID-19 Vaccine data tracks number of vaccinations (ydr.com)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visits Erie to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations (goerie.com)

COVID-19 Latest: Wolf tours Washington County clinic; Allegheny County cases dip slightly | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lancaster County commissioners vote to repeal COVID-19 emergency declaration | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Montgomery County opens walk-in clinic for COVID vaccines in Norristown (theintell.com)

St. Luke’s kicks off walk-in COVID-19 vaccines in Lehighton (poconorecord.com)

Pharmacy vaccinating local high school students | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic held in Hanover Twp. as demand slows | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Wyoming Valley West offering Pfizer vaccine to students 16 and older | News | citizensvoice.com

Westmoreland County reaches 100,000 fully vaccinated against covid | TribLIVE.com



Sports equipment maker Defend Your Head files for bankruptcy – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

After a “horrible year” for Black and Latino businesses, Toward Racial Justice panelists reflect on reasons for hope and lessons learned | WITF

Letter: Businesses must follow sound health practices | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Hospitality hiring event looks to fill 350+ King of Prussia job openings | Business | pottsmerc.com

During pandemic lockdowns, entrepreneurs step up plans to launch or grow ventures | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Lawyer Says Police Didn’t Need To Arrest Man Who Died After Being Pinned To Ground : NPR

3 Men Indicted On Federal Hate Crime Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Killing : NPR

Probe finds gunman demanded other vehicles; motive still unknown; injured man now ‘critical’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

After years of debate, Allegheny County Council passes police review board | WITF

‘Safe’ space: City police create ‘exchange zone’ in response to area online deal-turned murder | News | tribdem.com

Christine Flowers: Charging hate crimes is a slippery slope | Opinion | delcotimes.com



Pennsylvania’s university system votes to move forward with consolidation plans – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Board endorses plan to combine 6 Pa. state universities into 2. Here’s what it means | Local News | readingeagle.com

State higher ed system board backs plan to consolidate six universities to two | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

LCCC budget approved with no change in tuition rates | Education | standardspeaker.com

Penn State plants to bring staff, faculty back to office by fall | WITF

Bucks County Community College names next president (buckscountyherald.com)

COVID cases close Reading’s Glenside Elementary School Thursday and Friday | Local News | readingeagle.com

Schuylkill Valley Elementary School students to learn virtually due to COVID cases | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Blackhawk High School closes for the week with 8 new cases of COVID-19 (timesonline.com)

COVID-19 cases force Northside Catholic Assumption Academy students online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Despite decreasing covid transmission rates, Westmoreland schools still apt to shut down with positive cases | TribLIVE.com

Radnor says no to bringing back Raider nickname | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Scranton School District recovery board discusses using $58 million in federal funding | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

PPS cuts bus seat shortage with transportation deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania voter’s guide to primary election – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

People fleeing New York and New Jersey for the Poconos could give Pa. Democrats a new stronghold | Election | standardspeaker.com

PA8: Cartwright Raises $475K in Q1 | PoliticsPA

PA10: Perry Raises $310K in Q1 | PoliticsPA

Trump spirit alive and well at annual Berks Republican dinner | Elections | readingeagle.com

Meet Edward H. Krebs, Independent candidate for 48th Senate District seat – LebTown

Bucks County adds ballot drop box, but advocates say more needed (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Allentown voters, here’s the lowdown on the two ballot questions you’ll face in the May primary – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

DNC unveils Biden billboard in Scranton; updates one in Luzerne County | Times Leader

PA redistricting: With political impasse looming, Dems look for map solution (goerie.com)

DA position will be on November ballot, election board rules | Election | standardspeaker.com

Election board rejects more ballot drop boxes; in-person voting starts Monday | Election | citizensvoice.com



U.S. Senate reverses Trump methane rules in first step toward broader climate regulations | National | thecentersquare.com

U.S. Senate repeals Trump-era methane rule, moving to toughen standards on gas industry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Want to plant a tree? Consider ‘climate-smart’ ones that can take our future heat | George Weigel – pennlive.com

Covanta reveals Chester emissions data for public viewing daily | News | delcotimes.com

‘Pick Up the Poconos’ effort nets 500+ bags of trash in April cleanup (poconorecord.com)



Fundamental flaws: Addiction treatment providers in Pa. face little state scrutiny despite harm to clients · Spotlight PA

Blue Cross insurance settlement: Here’s how to claim your share if you were affected – pennlive.com

Smart Talk: Nursing homes facing same challenges as before, but now on top of pandemic | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Methadone clinic gets zoning approval to relocate to Wilkes-Barre | News | citizensvoice.com



After SolarWinds Hack, Biden Plans Executive Order Strengthening Cybersecurity : NPR

In The Ransomware Battle, Cybercriminals Have The Upper Hand : NPR



Bethlehem Parking Authority to move forward with new Polk Street Garage, while approving $1.5 million repairs to Walnut Street Garage – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Biennial inspections to begin at Delaware toll bridges in May (buckscountyherald.com)

SEPTA wants to redesign its bus services from scratch. What should that look like? (inquirer.com)

PennDOT seeking opinions on automated vehicles (poconorecord.com)

Spring paving project targets portions of about two dozen Scranton roads | News | thetimes-tribune.com


State News

Census Numbers Will Impact Pennsylvania’s Clout And Money In Decade Ahead – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

How big is Pa.’s agriculture industry? $132.5B big, new state report finds | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

School teachers face a hike in pension costs but state workers dodged one. Here’s why. (inquirer.com)

Einstein Healthcare Network sued following 2020 data breach incident – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

How to make a trap to destroy spotted lanternflies – pennlive.com

Jefferson University IT worker’s firing highlights the risks medical marijuana patients face at work (inquirer.com)

Democrats, Republicans divided on Biden address | News | thetimes-tribune.com


National News

‘Frightened To Death’: Cheerleader Speech Case Gives Supreme Court Pause : NPR

Can schools control student speech outside class? Supreme Court weighs Schuylkill County cheerleader’s case – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Feds Search Rudy Giuliani’s Apartment : NPR

Could there be a huge gasoline shortage this summer? Industry experts think so: report – pennlive.com

Columbus Mayor Requests DOJ Review Of Racial Bias In City’s Police Force : NPR

ACLU Calls On DHS To Close ICE Detention Centers, Citing High Cost Of Empty Beds : NPR

Feds release videos of Pennsylvania man charged in police assault during Capitol riot | WITF

Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

When we discover that ‘us’ and ‘them’ aren’t really that different, we have no reason to fear ‘them’ | Lloyd E. Sheaffer | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

World shares, U.S. futures advance ahead of GDP report | News | tribdem.com

US ‘Real ID’ deadline gets pushed back to May 2023 due to COVID-19 | Local News | lancasteronline.com


Local News

Two large-scale developments underway in Philadelphia suburbs – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Should Harrisburg provide guaranteed income to some residents? The mayor wants to give it a shot – pennlive.com

Lehigh Valley ranks well on new Emerging Housing Markets Index – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

America on Wheels, partners pursuing development project to rev up ‘Automobile corner of America’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Federal grant will help elevate Yardley riverfront houses (buckscountyherald.com)

“New Hope App” connects visitors with events and businesses (buckscountyherald.com)

Da Vinci Science Center plans new building in Allentown (buckscountyherald.com)

Pain clinic bankruptcy: Hobbled by COVID, MRSA, Tri-State sells building (goerie.com)

Willie Blakely, Erie’s first Black firefighter, was recognized on Workers Memorial Day event (goerie.com)

I MATTER: Kennett Square teen unites youths to make a difference for equality and racial justice | News | dailylocal.com

Lancaster city shifts more funds to affordable housing in next five-year grant spending plan | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Judge approves request to increase Scranton LST tax | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Report: Pittsburgh paid more than $460K to settle police-related lawsuits last year | TribLIVE.com

Primed for Amazon? Proposed e-commerce warehouse in Churchill stirs debate over traffic, neighborhood impact | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Poll: Majority Of Pittsburghers In Favor Of City’s Dedicated Bike Lanes – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Pittsburgh council introduces legislation to help LGBTQIA+ businesses | TribLIVE.com

Peduto aims to fill gap in state hate crime law with bill to protect sexual orientation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Penguins requests vaccinated fans be separated from non-vaccinated at home games – pennlive.com

Biden talked about Pittsburgh in his address to Congress. Here’s why (ydr.com)

After easing off-street parking requirement, Pittsburgh considers move to limit curb cuts | TribLIVE.com

Heinz Endowments commits $30 million to CMU center aiming to address region’s economic disparities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter to set, shoot directorial debut film ‘What If’ in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Joe Biden will visit Philadelphia to mark Amtrak 50th anniversary (inquirer.com)

Small Business Recovery: Philadelphia | TheHill

Larry Silverstein on Philadelphia investments, post-pandemic office market, and chasing your dreams – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

April 30 marks deadline for initiatives geared toward Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs | Business | phillytrib.com

MOVE protests at Penn Museum requesting remains of children from 1985 bombing | Local News | phillytrib.com

Homeless people in Kensington are being attacked in alarming numbers (inquirer.com)



Biden Seeks Shift in How the Nation Serves Its People – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden calls for sweeping ‘once-in-a-generation investment’ to reshape the nation | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

4 Takeaways From Biden’s Address to Congress – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

4 Takeaways From Biden’s Joint Address To Congress : NPR

Biden, Calling for Big Government, Bets on a Nation Tested by Crisis – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Fact Check: Sen. Tim Scott’s Response To Biden’s Address : NPR

Harris, Pelosi make history seated behind Biden at speech | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette