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PA Senate Advances Bill Preventing Dependent Care Sexual Assault – WDAC

Cannabis banking bill could expand access for Pennsylvania businesses, patients | National News | kpvi.com

Pennsylvania lawmaker Judy Schwank wants to ban Delta-8 ‘to protect people’ (wkbn.com)

Schwank and Street Announce Plan to Ban Delta-8 THC in Pennsylvania – MyChesCo

Schwank and Street Announce Plan to Ban Delta-8 THC in Pennsylvania – BCTV

Bill to allow marijuana businesses to access banks (abc27.com)

Bill would end Pennsylvania public university property tax exemptions | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Wolf orders commonwealth flags to half-staff in honor of late Lebanon Police Lt. Lebo (abc27.com)

OP-ED: Pa. legislators advanced SB913 in spite of opposition from “virtually all of the major decarceral grassroots orgs in the state” | Opinion | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

GOP opposition to proposed Wolf regs on carbon pricing; charter schools could shape coming months – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

I’m a physician over age 50 and I’m not getting my second COVID booster yet. Here’s why. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

State’s COVID-19 cases dropped 73% in March, health department says | Local News | tribdem.com

Appeals court OKs Biden federal employee vaccine mandate : NPR

 

Business/Jobs

With $1.7 billion in ARPA funds, $75 million could go to Pennsylvania economic development | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

HACC adds 3 online cannabis training certificate programs, cites growth of industry – pennlive.com

Bidding War for Spirit Could Undercut Power of Four Big Airlines – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Walmart trucker training program could give warehouse workers new $110,000 jobs : NPR

 

Education

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher plans to step down in 2023 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wall Street Is Fleecing a Bunch of Teachers (jacobinmag.com)

La Salle sets fundraising records as it prepares for Tom Gola Arena renovations – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

PA school threats: Violence tips to Safe2Say increased in 2021 (goerie.com)

Allentown teachers have a new three-year contract – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania attorney general calls for more mental health support in schools | WITF

Extremists undermine faith in our schools. We owe it to our kids, community to speak up | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New Kensington-Arnold teachers union set to strike Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Former Pottstown School Board member is running for state Senate (pottsmerc.com)

Conor Lamb super PAC ad sparks backlash for wrongly calling John Fetterman ‘self-described democratic socialist’ (inquirer.com)

Trump suggests he’ll decide on Pennsylvania GOP Senate endorsement in ‘about a week’ – ReadSector

Pa. Senate candidate Oz reports at least $100M in assets | News | tribdem.com

PA Women Underrepresented in Local Politics – PoliticsPA

Barletta, Mastriano lead in new Pennsylvania Governor race poll (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Primary poll shows McCormick, Barletta narrowly leading Republican races (abc27.com)

PA Green Groups Back Shapiro Despite Stance on RGGI, Fracking – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Extremist Republicans like Ammon Bundy face opposition from moderates : NPR

After Hours: Natalie Bencivenga interviews Steve Irwin | After Hours | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Elections continue dominating Montgomery County public comment (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Environment

Stanford engineers create solar panel that can generate electricity at night : NPR

FEMA’s new insurance system aims to make premiums fairer as climate change raises flooding risks (inquirer.com)

Agreement Will Lead to Restoration of Marsh Creek Lake – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Op-Ed: Restoring wildlife corridors is good for environment, motorists (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than usual : NPR

Giant Eagle’s Erie stores to stop providing single-use plastic bags (goerie.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania public transit will ride a wave of new cash in 2022 | WITF

PA speed cameras in work zones: Tickets tossed after error found (ydr.com)

Editorial: Pay attention to dangers of aggressive and distracted driving (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Health

Delaware County Health Department officially opens with full slate of programming (delcotimes.com)

U.S. life expectancy falls in 2021, following 2020’s big drop : Shots – Health News : NPR

Prevention Point questions Pennsylvania’s recent increase in higher-dose naloxone access | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pennsylvanians on Medicaid risk losing health coverage when COVID emergency ends | WITF

 

State News

Pelosi appoints Houlahan to committee for America COMPLETES Act – Daily Local

Agriculture Secretary Redding holds industry roundtable at To-Jo Mushrooms – Daily Local

Pennsylvania senators split on confirming Jackson to Supreme Court | Local News | tribdem.com

Central York students testify before Congress on national book bans (ydr.com)

York, Pa. students who fought book ban tell their story to U.S. House panel – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Avian influenza has historically spared Pennsylvania, but farms remain wary as outbreaks spread | TribLIVE.com

 

National News

Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Woman on Supreme Court – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, ‘America at its best,’ to Supreme Court – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jackson will join more diverse and conservative high court | News | tribdem.com

War in Ukraine live updates: About 30 were killed when Russian rocket hit a packed train station | NPR

Ukrainians return to Borodyanka after Russian withdrawal and find their town in ruins | WITF

New U.S. sanctions target Russia ship builder, diamond mining company : NPR

Palm Springs looks to create a universal basic income pilot for trans residents : NPR

US Navy offering $25,000 enlistment bonus (abc27.com)

Mortgage rates just hit 5%. Buying a home became a lot more expensive : NPR

The child tax credit was a lifeline. Now it has ended, families are struggling : NPR

Kentucky governor vetoes bill banning transgender students from women’s sports : NPR

Alabama Legislature votes to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth : NPR

Social Security offices open their doors for in-person visits, two years after closing for the pandemic | WITF

 

Local News

Lt. William Lebo Funeral: Procession begins to Giant Center (abc27.com)

NEPA donations to protect Ukraine’s defenders | Times Leader

Chester County commissioners OK massive compensation upgrade for employees – Daily Local

Banners honoring local veterans will soon fly high in Exton – Daily Local

Upper Darby Council votes against moving forward on American Rescue Plan Funding until investigations are complete – Delco Times

Mountville to upgrade community park with $100,000 in state, local funds | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County OKs 10.75% salary increase over 4 years for 400 county union workers (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Rainfall sets records again; Allentown golf course closed, minor flooding reported in parks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Should Allentown council members explain why they’re abstaining from a vote? Council could take that up. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Holy Redeemer students honored for efforts during bus crash, receive “Key to the City.” | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Biden extends pause on federal student loan repayments; Dems keep up push for debt cancellation | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘A beacon of hope’: Pittsburgh’s Black leaders celebrate Supreme Court confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘They’re getting crushed’: Senior corrections officer calls on Allegheny County Jail for more staff | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three Pittsburgh women announced as 2022 Guggenheim Fellows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Homewood Children’s Village receives Google grant for workforce development, education | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philadelphia School District to offer summer school for all students in 2022 (inquirer.com)

Philly school asbestos inspection vote delayed to add lead paint checks | Local News | phillytrib.com

New Pew poll shows 30% increase in Philly residents concerned about crime – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Philadelphia lifts residency requirement for police and correctional officers amid staffing shortages (inquirer.com)

Councilmembers want Mayor Jim Kenney to be more aggressive in spending Philly’s federal pandemic relief (inquirer.com)

Temple U. prez Wingard bikes thru North Philly to talk safety, cooperation with local residents – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Councilmember Jones calls out school district for sports facilities fees | Local News | phillytrib.com

Local observers say vote shows Jackson’s perseverance | Local News | phillytrib.com

Defense to start calling witnesses in bribery trial of City Councilmember Johnson | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Judge issues the first outright acquittal of a defendant charged over Jan. 6 : NPR

GOP blocks Senate COVID bill, demands votes on immigration – Daily Local

Guest Opinion: Biden advocates for border integrity. In Ukraine. (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Justice Department is investigating Trump’s possible mishandling of government secrets | WITF

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)