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Legislature

Child sex abuse law reform moves to Pa. Senate: Why some stakeholders are optimistic this time
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/child-sex-abuse-law-reform-moves-to-pa-senate-why-some-stakeholders-are-optimistic-this-time.html

Gov. Wolf says Pennsylvania not working on ‘vaccine passport’ but leaves open possible use by private organizations; Republicans continue pushback
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-wolf-progress-april7-20210407-2ljdsgwquvdwfeczjsfo6zrmzy-story.html

Rally to end cash bail coming to Coatesville this Saturday
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/rally-to-end-cash-bail-coming-to-coatesville-this-saturday/article_99260f3a-97b3-11eb-b867-a78f07e9da4f.html

Bill clears Pa. House allowing fire companies, other nonprofits to hold online raffles and drawings
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/bill-clears-pa-house-allowing-fire-companies-other-nonprofits-to-hold-online-raffles-and-drawings.html

Pa. House passes bill stiffening penalty on those aiding or soliciting a person to die by suicide
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/pa-house-passes-bill-stiffening-penalty-on-those-aiding-or-soliciting-a-person-to-die-by-suicide.html

Tougher penalties coming for Pennsylvania drivers who fail to move over for emergency vehicles
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-pa-updating-move-over-law-20210407-efmkc2d2yzgojjhjifwn5w2z7m-story.html

Harrisburg Republicans meet with Kansas’s Kobach to talk election, immigration policy
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/harrisburg-republicans-meet-with-kansass-kobach-to-talk-election-immigration-policy/

New legislation seeks to move Pennsylvania to Daylight Saving Time permanently
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/new-legislation-seeks-to-move-pennsylvania-to-daylight-saving-time-permanently/Content?oid=19232330

‘No one is asking for this’: LGBTQ advocates lash transgender sports bill | Frank Pizzoli
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/no-one-is-asking-for-this-lgbtq-advocates-lash-bill-transgender-sports-bill-frank-pizzoli/

Report: Pa. at ‘moderate risk’ for partisan gerrymandering | Thursday Morning Coffee
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/report-pa-at-moderate-risk-for-partisan-gerrymandering-thursday-morning-coffee/

Let courts deal with COVID lawsuits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/let-courts-deal-with-covid-lawsuits/article_b30a695d-3c56-5f3d-98a7-0bb3b37f9903.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Wolf says vaccine is winning race against rising cases; Allegheny County ‘well into’ 4th wave
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/04/07/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-pennsyvlania-cases-deaths-pandemic-surge-vaccinations-health/stories/202104070112

Wolf in McKeesport: Every resident wanting vaccine should receive dose by May
https://triblive.com/local/wolf-in-mckeesport-every-resident-wanting-vaccine-should-receive-dose-by-may/

Will you need a vaccine passport in Pennsylvania? Here’s what we know
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/04/08/vaccine-passport-debate-pennslvania-covid-vaccine/7121273002/

As Pa. expands vaccine eligibility to phase 1B, frontline workers compete for coveted appointments
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pennsylvania-covid-vaccine-eligibility-wolf-philadelphia-suburbs-montgomery-chester-delaware-bucks-county-20210408.html

A call for arms: Clinics avoid wasting vaccine doses by hunting for somebody, anybody to serve
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/04/08/hunting-for-Covid-vaccine-in-Pennsylvania-eligible-doses-avoiding-waste-AHN-UPMC/stories/202104080066

Mass vaccine clinics upcoming in Western Pa., including drive-thru at Pittsburgh Mills
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/mass-vaccine-clinics-upcoming-in-western-pa-including-drive-thru-at-pittsburgh-mills/

Mass vaccination site to be operating this weekend
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/mass-vaccination-site-to-be-operating-this-weekend/article_cfc60296-9800-11eb-b5bc-af3edd49855e.html

Penn State Health encourages everyone to register for a COVID vaccine appointment
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/penn-state-health-encourages-everyone-to-register-for-a-covid-vaccine-appointment/article_23d6c840-97b9-11eb-90ec-c3e4f8eba16b.html

Montgomery County sees influx of vaccine, opens new clinics in Lansdale and Pottstown
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-sees-influx-of-vaccine-opens-new-clinics-in-lansdale-and-pottstown/article_71322a5b-699a-57ff-9b00-c5d83ebf7e5a.html

Westmoreland County surpasses 30,000 covid cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-surpasses-30000-covid-cases/

Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf’s solar energy plan should inspire further development
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/04/08/Gov-Tom-Wolf-solar-energy-plan-should-inspire-further-development-Pennsylvania-Climate-Change/stories/202103310033

Crime/Punishment

‘A turning point’: Thousands in Pa. prisons will be offered COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pa-coronavirus-covid-vaccine-prisons-johnson-and-johnson-inmates-corrections-20210408.html

‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’: For years, a Warminster police officer sexually assaulted troubled teens, DA says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/james-carey-warminster-cop-sexual-assault-20210407.html

Gunfire across the valley
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1225240/gunfire-across-the-valley

Police: Edwardsville woman shot; suspect on the run
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1223569/police-edwardsville-woman-shot-suspect-on-the-run

Investigation: Woman killed after agreeing to meet about online purchase
https://www.tribdem.com/news/investigation-woman-killed-after-agreeing-to-meet-about-online-purchase/article_d7cfedfc-97a7-11eb-a233-dbbbe94eb36d.html

Education

COVID-19 has upended education. How will schools solve for learning loss?
https://www.inquirer.com/education/a/pennsylvania-education-students-pandemic-learning-loss-20210408.html

Back to school: How Pa. compares to other states in getting kids back in the classroom
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/04/08/pa-school-class-covid-pandemic/7125317002/

Water test results show improvement in Scranton School District; 30 spots remain high
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/water-test-results-show-improvement-in-scranton-school-district-30-spots-remain-high/article_cf678eb0-069a-5f9c-a0f3-56be2558e4d9.html

Universal preschool should pay for itself in the long run
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/04/08/Universal-preschool-should-pay-for-itself-in-the-long-run-Biden-American-Jobs-Plan-Infrastructure-Education/stories/202104010046

Less than 8% of faculty support plans to merge six state-owned universities, APSCUF says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/04/07/State-System-APSCUF-Jamie-Martin-integration-mergers-faculty-Daniel-Greenstein-State-System/stories/202104070102

Faculty oppose Pa. state universities’ proposed consolidation plans
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/faculty-buy-in-missing-from-pa-state-universities-proposed-consolidation-plans.html

Dickinson College adds context to its history through new campus tour highlighting slavery’s shadow
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/dickinson-college-gives-fuller-context-to-its-history-through-new-campus-walking-tour-highlighting-slaverys-shadow-at-the-school.html

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania Hospital emergency medicine chief jumps into Pa. Senate race
https://www.inquirer.com/news/penn-er-kevin-baumlin-senate-pennsylvania-20210407.html

Trump favorite Sean Parnell is ‘99% sure’ he’s running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/sean-parnell-pennsylvania-2022-senate-race-20210407.html

Parnell said to be close to committing for run at U.S. Senate seat
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/04/08/sean-parnell-us-congress-senate-race-pa-seat-republican-candidate-commitment/stories/202104070164

Why is next year’s Pa. Senate race getting so much buzz? John Fetterman is only one reason | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/04/why-is-next-years-pa-senate-race-getting-so-much-buzz-john-fetterman-is-only-one-reason-john-baer.html

There’s a surprising ending to all the 2020 election conflicts over absentee ballot deadlines — including Pa. | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/theres-a-surprising-ending-to-all-the-2020-election-conflicts-over-absentee-ballot-deadlines-opinion/

Health Care

A half-million Americans have gained health insurance via Biden’s sign-up window, officials say
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/biden-affordable-care-act-health-insurance-20210407.html

Local News

Broadband in Lackawanna County’s rural areas could improve with grant help
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/broadband-in-lackawanna-countys-rural-areas-could-improve-with-grant-help/article_00167094-8ec8-54c6-972c-8513ac3e9560.html

Neighbors object to campground proposal in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/neighbors-object-to-campground-proposal-in-scranton/article_c1a3f0e9-5854-59b9-82ee-64284f37523f.html

Reading police chief announces locations for gun buyback program
https://www.readingeagle.com/local-news/reading-police-chief-announces-locations-for-gun-buyback-program/article_8b53be6a-97d2-11eb-b464-e7611dc9c908.html

Reading Youth Commission up and running … finally
https://www.readingeagle.com/local-news/reading-youth-commission-up-and-running-finally/article_8b4507be-9802-11eb-8d07-3f4514270ceb.html

Berks County landmark hill preserved from development
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/berks-county-landmark-hill-preserved-from-development/article_a068d002-93da-11eb-a15b-7fa14a6dabdc.html

Program aims to keep 32 families from going homeless during the pandemic
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/04/08/bucks-families-facing-homelessness-could-get-grant-money/7123226002/

New Kensington mural to be dedicated Sunday
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-mural-to-be-dedicated-sunday/

Schuylkill County officials argue over propriety of Halcovage votes
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-officials-argue-over-propriety-of-halcovage-votes/article_8f9c2526-354b-54d0-83a8-5088460c4671.html

Vandergrift residents frustrated over portions of online council meetings being muted
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/vandergrift-residents-frustrated-over-portions-of-online-council-meetings-being-muted/

Hazleton looking to hire more police
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-looking-to-hire-more-police/article_67dc1d13-60cb-527c-9b01-fcb100146904.html

Allentown NIZ authority looks to save millions on PPL Center debt payments
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-niz-ppl-center-debt-refinancing-20210408-vpac7pjqzvdbpajhnnwxsahtiq-story.html

National News

Prominent doctor, wife, grandkids among 5 dead in S. Carolina shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/04/08/5-dead-mass-shooting-south-carolina-Rock-Hill-doctor-wife-grandchildren-robert-lesslie/stories/202104080097

3-year wait begins for total solar eclipse expected to overshadow 2017 event in W. Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/regional/3-year-wait-begins-for-total-solar-eclipse-expected-to-overshadow-2017-event-in-w-pa/

Virginia passes bill allowing the possession, home cultivation of marijuana
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/04/virginia-passes-bill-allowing-the-possession-home-cultivation-of-marijuana.html

Philly

Philly police officer wounded, man killed during gun battle
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-officer-shot-logan-somerville-street-20210407.html

Imagine if Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium helped solve Philly’s other major health crises | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-public-health-ala-stanford-black-doctors-covid-consortium-20210407.html

Two execs exit CBS after accusations of racist, sexist behavior involving Philly’s CBS3 and other stations
https://www.inquirer.com/entertainment/cbs3-peter-dunn-ukee-washington-20210407.html

Philly schools need more: In town hall, principals talk about a crisis in the district
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-school-district-budget-principals-20210407.html

I’m not joining Philly’s Spring Cleanup until the Kenney administration does more for our streets | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/trash-philadelphia-recycling-litter-cabinet-cleanup-day-20210407.html

Solving gun violence in Philly needs more than buzzwords | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-gun-violence-prevention-mayor-jim-kenney-20210407.html

Pitt

‘Ideas don’t have color’: New venture fund aims to support Black founders and Black-led startups
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2021/04/08/Black-Tech-Nation-Ventures-Birchmere-Ventures-Kelauni-Jasmyn-Black-entrepeneurs-innovators-techies/stories/202104070155

Oakland development nonprofit urges judge to dismiss lawsuit filed over office building settlement
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/04/08/Oakland-Planning-and-Development-Corporation-Wexford-Science-Technology-Forbes-Avenue-Oakcliffe-pittsburgh/stories/202104080062

South Side mid-week farmers market to debut in July
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2021/04/08/SouthSide-Works-mid-week-farmers-markets-2021/stories/202104070118

Officials: Covid surge at Pitt ‘endangering our campus and surrounding communities’
https://triblive.com/local/officials-covid-surge-at-pitt-endangering-our-campus-and-surrounding-communities/

North Shore businesses thrilled to welcome fans back for Pirates home opener
https://triblive.com/sports/pirates/north-shore-businesses-thrilled-to-welcome-fans-back-for-pirates-home-opener/

Pittsburgh police: Man suffers multiple wounds in Northview Heights shooting
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-police-man-suffers-multiple-wounds-in-northview-heights-shooting/

Pittsburgh police probe afternoon shooting in Allentown
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-police-probe-afternoon-shooting-in-allentown/

Allegheny County: Part of South Park closed due to vandalism
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-park-of-south-park-closed-due-to-vandalism/

State News

Pennsylvania pension system officials disclose federal probe
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2021/04/07/pennsylvania-pension-crisis-federal-investigation-pa-treasurer-stacy-garrity-lawmakers-subpoenas-psers/stories/202104070160

Can we turn the corner on hunger? | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/biden-snap-food-stamps-stimulus-poverty-pennsylvania-community-legal-services-20210408.html

Child abuse awareness month highlighted
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/child-abuse-awareness-month-highlighted/article_63c07a4a-3d9a-566b-b2f8-d6b9baf77dcf.html

Transportation

Bridge work resumes after pandemic delays
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1225203/bridge-work-resumes-after-pandemic-delays

Washington

Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/biden-guns-executive-action-atf-20210407.html