Advocates say PA needs to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

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

Bridge Tolls Hit Roadblock in Pennsylvania Senate With New Bill Requiring Approval (delco.today)

State push for road-funding reform remains focused on tolling some bridges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmaker calls for halt to PennDOT plan to toll nine bridges – WFMJ.com

Langerholc calls for halt to PennDOT plan to toll nine bridges | News | tribdem.com

State panel explores alternatives to bridge tolls and gas taxes | State | standardspeaker.com

State Senator Jay Costa – The KDKA Radio Morning Show with Larry Richert and Kevin Battle – Omny.fm

State, industry agricultural leaders discuss opportunities, challenges ahead | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

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

State Sen. Steve Santarsiero Proposes Incentivizing Home Purchases Among Young Professionals – BUCKSCO.Today

Recreation grant coming to Hellertown – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

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

Senate legislation to allow caregiver visits in pandemic | News | bradfordera.com

Oversight of Pa. recovery homes stalls as officials, advocates disagree on best approach · Spotlight PA

Pa. Senate OKs Bill Delegating Docs’ Informed Consent Duties – Law360

First-Time Home Buyers Savings Account Legislation Advances – WDAC

Shapiro cracking down on ‘hang tag’ law violations | News | delcotimes.com

This is the true ‘gold standard” for child protection in Pa. | Opinion   | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19


What Happens If You Miss Your 2nd COVID-19 Shot? | Health.com

CNN Poll: About a quarter of adults say they won’t try to get a Covid-19 vaccine – CNNPolitics

Mass Vaccination, India’s Covid-19 Escape Route, Poses a Giant Challenge – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Moderna says it will make up to 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2022 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is it safe to go to big sporting events during the pandemic? | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com


Contact tracing breach in Pa. affects private info of 72K people – pennlive.com

Vaccine hesitancy among longterm care workers a complex issue, Pennsylvania providers group says | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Independence Blue Cross, Rite-Aid working together to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for members | Business | dailylocal.com

Less than half of personal care, assisted living home staff are vaccinated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly half of all Pennsylvanians have at least 1 covid vaccine shot | TribLIVE.com

Vaccine passports aren’t planned in Pa. or N.J., but it’s a hot topic (inquirer.com)


Former Pa. health chief Rachel Levine visits Philly FEMA vaccination site and sees few takers (inquirer.com)

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

LVHN’s Northampton clinic taking walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pittsburgh Public Schools, Giant Eagle to partner for student vaccine clinic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.K. COVID-19 variant prevalent in Erie County water (goerie.com)

Cambria adds 76 COVID-19 cases as local surge hangs on | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

New COVID vaccine providers included in Pennsylvania distribution to Berks County | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Mohegan Sun Pocono | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

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

Philadelphia COVID-19 updates: vaccine demand at Convention Center, cases plumeting in Pa. and N.J. (inquirer.com)



Wells Fargo donating $8.35M to help Philadelphia’s underserved small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Seeking diversity, employers drop college degree requirements for more jobs. : NPR

Amazon’s profits soar 220 percent as pandemic drives shopping online. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

No-hire deal between two southwestern Pa. businesses isn’t enforceable, state high court rules | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two ex-employees of Guy Fieri’s restaurant in Westmoreland County allege unfair pay, racism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mechanics who maintain Allentown vehicles poised to strike if third-party employer won’t cooperate at bargaining table – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National trucking firm expanding in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Allentown’s CrossAmerica buying 106 convenience stores from 7-Eleven for $263 million – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Paul T. Dickinson named new Pennridge Regional Police Chief; retiring Chief Rodney Blake commended | News | montgomerynews.com

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

Rep. Lamb seeks funding for Neighborhood 91, body cameras for municipal police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Councilor DeWitt Walton shares stories of being racially profiled before Allegheny County creates police review board | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘A roving nightmare’: Former Lancaster police chief recounts summer protests on podcast | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Guest Opinion: Policing ‘pickle’ for Central Bucks authorities (timesonline.com)



Questions still surround potential Cal U merger – The Mon Valley Independent

Renaissance Academy named top PA charter school in annual U.S. News & World Report ranking | News | dailylocal.com

@EDGreenRibbon: Congrats ’21 #EDGreenRibbon! Commonwealth Charter Academy (PA) is home to the largest school-based aquaponic facility in the country. Supplying fresh produce and fish, it’s 100% solar powered.

Propel charter school staff votes to form union | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Federal judge tosses COVID-related tuition reimbursement suit against Pitt | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coatesville school board approves preliminary budget with $187M in expenses, $179.2M in revenue | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Philadelphia school district, CCP degree program gives students a headstart on college | Local News | phillytrib.com

Bethlehem principal known for his ‘compassion and grace’ selected as Pennsylvania Secondary Principal of the Year – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

These are the best high schools in Berks for 2021, according to U.S. News and World Report | Local News | readingeagle.com

Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children pivots to new model, celebrates students | Education | thetimes-tribune.com



New Mailer From Outside-Spending Group Escalates Attacks In Mayoral Campaign | 90.5 WESA

10 primary battles in western Montgomery County, 7 are Republican contests | Regional | montgomerynews.com

6 things you should know about election security in Berks County | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Berks County needs poll workers for the primary election | Elections | readingeagle.com

Pennsylvania primary 2021: Mail-in and absentee ballots arriving (ydr.com)

PA17: Lamb Raises $410K in Q1 | PoliticsPA

Advantage, GOP | FiveThirtyEight

Berks Co. GOP boss takes heat for comparing Dems to Hitler, Tojo | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Florida Legislature Approves New Election Reform Bill : NPR

Virginia GOP Governor’s Race: Convention Process Is Tricky : NPR



Volunteers clean up the streets of Bridgeport | Local-news | timesherald.com

New book by former Pa. state senator calls for environmental rights amendment to the Constitution – pennlive.com

Op-Ed: ‘Community solar’ could help Pennsylvania diversify its energy portfolio | Opinion | thecentersquare.com

Biden’s remark on wind propellers in Pittsburgh underscores climate, trade policy at 100-day mark | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wild, environmental advocates praise climate piece of American Jobs Plan (poconorecord.com)



Get Ready For A Shortage Of iPads And MacBooks : NPR



Pennsylvania’s new ‘move over’ law may not be as safe as it sounds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

SEPTA launches $25 million bus system redesign | Local News | phillytrib.com

Turnpike ramps to close in Carbon County | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com



Addiction treatment providers in Pa. face little state scrutiny despite harm to clients – pennlive.com

Pa. opioid deaths increased during COVID-19 pandemic, officials say | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Record number: COVID-19 doesn’t stop UPMC Hamot kidney transplants (goerie.com)

Encouraging Results For Alzheimer’s Drug Repurposed For Fragile X Syndrome : Shots – Health News : NPR

FDA Moves To Ban Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars : NPR

CVS Offers Mental Health Counseling In Stores : Shots – Health News : NPR

Op-Ed: Toward a better understanding of transgender people and issues in Pa. (timesonline.com)

Research finds that autism develops differently in girls than boys | Smart Talk (witf.org)

COVID pandemic habits: How to keep the good and get rid of the bad (inquirer.com)


State News

How the Biden presidency looks from one pivotal Pennsylvania county, 100 days in – CNNPolitics

Lehigh Valley students complete “George Floyd challenge” in video, photo – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Houlahan hosts town hall to combat gun violence in American society | News | dailylocal.com

Locally brewed IPA will help to raise money for Pa. veterans | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

The month in photos: PennLive’s best images of April – pennlive.com

Illegally dumped tires catch fire in Pa. coal mine – pennlive.com

State College ranks highest in Pa. housing market, but how did Harrisburg, other areas fare? – pennlive.com

Bethel man and his dogs form search and rescue team | News | dailylocal.com

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania declined last week (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Poverty in Pa.: After a divorce, mom works 2 jobs in Harrisburg to get by (ydr.com)

Ex Pa. tax collector admits stealing more than $1M in funds – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PSERS faces faces FBI probes over financial results and real-estate buys in Harrisburg (inquirer.com)


National News

Rudy Giuliani is an ‘idiot’ who will flip on Trump ‘in a heartbeat,’ Michael Cohen says – pennlive.com

What Happens To The Afghan Army Once American Forces Leave? : NPR

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal | National and World | dailylocal.com

New York City To ‘Fully Reopen’ On July 1 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Economy Is Growing Powerfully, And It’s Going To Get A Lot Better : NPR

US recovery from pandemic recession is showing momentum | Business | delcotimes.com

Israel Stampede at Mount Meron Kills at Least 44 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Europe’s Economy Shrank in First Quarter, Revealing a Recession: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Want to Move to Our Town? Here’s $10,000 and a Free Bike. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Social equity in marijuana industry still largely pipe dream | National and World | dailylocal.com

As Trump seizes on Ariz. audit, officials fear more partisan vote counts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Kennett Township opens books in 2019 audit report | Chester County Press

‘Exactly the president we need right now;’ Chesco locals weigh in on Biden’s speech | Local News | dailylocal.com

New Hope Celebrates adopts LGBTQ+ progress flag for transgender, minority groups (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Photos: Pennridge celebrates Special Olympics honor (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Hollywood Casino York opening set for summer 2021 (ydr.com)

Blasco Library memorial commemorates Erie County COVID-19 victims (goerie.com)

PA museums open. But in Erie, Brig Niagara won’t sail. Lettie G Howard might. (goerie.com)

Lancaster woman awarded $6.4M medical malpractice verdict | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Former Center Twp. tax collector pleads guilty (timesonline.com)

VFW Post 7878 in King of Prussia holds night of remembrance | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Fall of Saigon anniversary evokes painful memories for Berks residents who are natives of Vietnam | History | readingeagle.com

Fate of historic Hazleton church decided | News | standardspeaker.com

Dorrance Twp. quarry operator cited over big blast | News | citizensvoice.com

New playground opens in Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes-Barre | News | citizensvoice.com

Callers complain Wilkes-Barre City Council agenda lacks details | Times Leader

Youth soccer association treasurer from Beaver County admits to stealing $100,000 | TribLIVE.com

Leechburg Area’s $1.1M sports complex project to begin next month | TribLIVE.com



Peduto releases plan for contributions by Pittsburgh’s large, tax-exempt nonprofits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh task force spotlights cash payments by subcontractors on construction projects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New report finds lead in majority of Allegheny County water systems, offers strategies to reduce exposure | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Three Rivers Arts Festival announces hybrid events lineup and health measures for June | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh ‘made a mistake’ on thousands of tax bills | TribLIVE.com



‘Amtrak Joe’ travels to Philadelphia today to sell his infrastructure plan, celebrate nation’s rail system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carlos Vega: Who Is the Man Running Against Philly DA Larry Krasner? – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Outside money and the FOP factor into Philly’s Democratic primary for district attorney (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia DA candidates rack up endorsements, discuss racial bias | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia’s University City remains of hotbed of development activity – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

California-based Getlabs picks Philadelphia as one of the first markets for its at-home blood drawing service – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Funeral home confirms they will take custody Friday of remains of two MOVE children | Local News | phillytrib.com

Judge delays Philadelphia’s sheriff’s sales until September | Local News | phillytrib.com

QAnon supporters listed a Philly judge as a speaker at their event. She says she’s not going. (inquirer.com)

Black-owned school-meals business expanding here, stressing cultural relevance of food (inquirer.com)



Rebuilding The Federal Science Workforce : NPR

Biden And Tim Scott Offer Diverging Views On Race In Remarks To The Nation : NPR

Biden Meets With Former President Jimmy Carter On His 100th Day In Office : NPR

Key piece of Biden’s $1.8T families plan expires after 2025 | Business | dailylocal.com

Biden’s agenda: What can pass and what faces steep odds | National and World | dailylocal.com

Carper urges tough US rules barring gas-powered cars by 2035 | Business | dailylocal.com

Biden a transformational president? We’ve heard It before | Fletcher McClellan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Families of Black men slain by police are hopeful for reform | Across America | phillytrib.com

Democrats seek to push Medicare expansion as part of Biden’s $1.8 trillion families plan, defying White House (inquirer.com)