Sen. Boscola: Open access to the ballot box — allow independents to vote in primary elections (broadandliberty.com)

NorthPoint breaks ground at former U.S. Steel site in Falls (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

In unanimous vote, Pa. House advances bill to post members’ expenses online | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to reform cosmetology industry. Should license requirement for makeup artists, eyelash specialists be dropped? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley Lawmakers Announce Over $15 Million in RACP Funding for Regional Projects | WDIY Local News

LVIA Awarded $2.76 Million to Continue Terminal Connector, Checkpoint Project | WDIY Local News

Rodale Institute receives nearly $3 million Pa. grant (readingeagle.com)

Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awards $2 million to Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard for new building – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Lawrence, Comitta announce $2 million for Oxford theater project – Opera News (dailyadvent.com)

UPDATE State announces $47M feed mill expansion in Union County | News | dailyitem.com

Session Superlatives – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Philly Democrat ostracized by his party last year retakes committee role, running for re-election (broadandliberty.com)

Gov. Wolf pushes plan to send direct payments to Pennsylvania residents (abc27.com)

Gov. Wolf stops in Reading to promote PA Opportunity Program (dailylocal.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Midstate could be reaching end of COVID-19 pandemic (abc27.com)

Racial split on COVID-19 endures as restrictions ease in US | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Still a pandemic? Endemic? Becoming like the flu? Whatever the term, covid-19 has become more manageable | TribLIVE.com



Could the U.S. be facing another recession? (abc27.com)

Op-Ed: OSHA remembers those whose jobs claimed their lives (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

SBA EIDL program shifts to servicing as agency asks for big lending increases – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)



AG seeking to have Thomas’ bond revoked; suspended Somerset DA accused of striking witness’ vehicle in late-night pursuit | News | tribdem.com



Fair funding fallout – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

A dozen local high schools among top 50 in Pa., U.S. News & World Report says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Holocaust Survivor Talks to Students at Barrack Hebrew Academy – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

United Negro College Fund expands HBCU student-retention program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Teachers and staff concerned about security and safety in Reading schools (readingeagle.com)

Western Pa. high school students planning anti-bullying demonstration forced to postpone due to bullying: report – pennlive.com

An algorithm that screens for child neglect in one Pennsylvania county raises concerns | WITF

LGBTQ+ flag mural created by student, erased by paint inside central Pennsylvania school | WITF

As West Chester elevates its research status, one professor’s work aims to save teachers’ voices (inquirer.com)

Lower Merion High School will honor the memory of principal Sean Hughes at the Broad Street Run (inquirer.com)

Concerns over mental health services, other issues, prompt student walkout at Brashear High School | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bodine principal Michele Wilson-Dawson removed over ‘toxic culture’ and sexual harassment (inquirer.com)

Most parents don’t disapprove of what schools are teaching, poll finds : NPR



Pa. Election Day 2022: A complete guide to the May 17 primary, including how to vote, find your polling place, understand mail-in ballots, and more · Spotlight PA

New report takes stock of Muslim voter participation in Pennsylvania – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Shapiro’s sources, QAnon rising, and drop-box detectives · Spotlight PA

Daniels’ Wife Obtains PFA Order Against Him – PoliticsPA

Lt. gov candidate Daniels’ wife obtains PFA order against him | News | thetimes-tribune.com

GOP frontrunners in governor’s race square off in debate (goerie.com)

GOP candidates for 124th District discuss social, legislative issues | Election | standardspeaker.com

Lehigh Valley lawmakers draft bill to allow family members to deposit ballots in drop boxes | WITF

Dark money group backed Lou Barletta for Pa. governor before turning on him (inquirer.com)

David McCormick and Mehmet Oz make pitch to voters at annual ice fishing party (inquirer.com)

Malcolm Kenyatta is the Dems’ future, so why can’t he be their present? | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)



Delaware County holds first of three public workshops on the path toward zero waste (delcotimes.com)

Ocean animals face a mass extinction from climate change (inquirer.com)

Philly’s poor waste management is environmental injustice | Opinion (inquirer.com)



UPMC Hamot reports record revenue despite COVID-19 pandemic (goerie.com)


State News

Pa.’s Rep. Thompson denounces U.S. House hearing on record profits for meatpackers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State Supreme Court rejects appeal for man sentenced to die for 2017 fatal shooting of New Kensington cop | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania and 15 other states that want to electrify USPS fleet file lawsuits | WITF

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Avian flu likely in wild birds throughout state, can spread from wildlife to poultry, experts say | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Rachel Levine calls state anti-LGBTQ bills disturbing and dangerous to trans youth | WITF


National News

BENTLEY: Banning Menthol Cigarettes Is the New Prohibition – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Editorial: Let’s work together to fight antisemitism (mainlinemedianews.com)

What to do about those less than Christ-like ‘Christian’ churches? | Lloyd E. Sheaffer – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The NAACP national convention will be held in Atlantic City in July (inquirer.com)

A partial solar eclipse is happening soon. Here’s who will be able to see it : NPR


Local News

Lititz police are looking to fill vacant positions on their force (abc27.com)

Much to Neighbors’ Dismay, Elkins Park Development Moves Forward – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lancaster Public Library reveals what new North Queen Street location will look like inside | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority still analyzing sale, lease offers (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Guest Opinion: Bush House owner says Quakertown ‘acted egregiously’ (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chester County Libertarians elect new officers – Daily Local

Amanda Knox, exonerated in Italian murder case, to speak in Erie (goerie.com)

Mount Penn Borough Council censures mayor over comments (readingeagle.com)

One year into the NFL, Micah Parsons is back in Harrisburg as budding superstar and role model – pennlive.com

Pa. city cans guaranteed basic income program plans | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Butler County township backtracks on political sign ordinance after 1st Amendment complaint | TribLIVE.com



Road closures and detours for this weekend’s Pittsburgh Marathon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh, Western Pa. high schools make U.S. News & World Report best list | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh Public Schools make masking optional sooner; now to start Friday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A century after his breakthrough, a pioneering self-taught Pittsburgh painter returns to spotlight | 90.5 WESA

East Deer apartment building ravaged by overnight fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A triumphant, tangled legacy: Ed Gainey’s Virginia and Pittsburgh roots run deep – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive

Assessment fallout: Decree could be a boon for Allegheny County homeowners — and a bust for school districts, municipalities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Domb calls for audit of anti-violence community grant program | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Council President Clarke unveils Turn the Key program | Local News | phillytrib.com

Councilmanic prerogative makes city a bad landlord | Editorial (inquirer.com)

How a Philly man is fighting the city’s gun violence epidemic – one drum line at a time – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly has fewer Black teachers than it did 20 years ago, report says (inquirer.com)

Brother of 2 MOVE bombing victims calls for city to release remains | Local News | phillytrib.com

AARP: Philadelphia most affordable of top 10 largest cities in U.S. | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia part of a National League of Cities’ initiative to boost community safety | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s carbon emissions are dropping — but the city has a long way to go | Local News | phillytrib.com



Biden asks Congress to pass $33B Ukraine aid package (abc27.com)

U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

U.S. will ‘strongly support’ NATO bids of Sweden and Finland, Blinken says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette