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GOP senators, accept reality, move on | Opinion –

Theft charges brought down a state lawmaker | News, Sports, Jobs – The Express (

Courts ban lockout of tenants who apply for rental assistance, Helen Gym calls for more action | AL DÍA News (

Theft charges brought down a state lawmaker. But Pa.’s taxpayer-funded system for perks was already ripe for abuse. | Feature Stories |

State agriculture official visits Montco farm | Amblergazette |

Pa. lawmaker sponsoring bill to allow mask opt-out (

Bipartisan supports builds for rules around the right to repair | City & State PA (

Nurses care for us – it’s time we stand up and do more for them (

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

State reps ask Philly schools to reconsider new start times (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

PA COVID-19 cases climb, hospitalizations increase (

Pa. is trying county fairs, text messages, and door-knocking to raise the vaccination rate. Success is slow coming. · Spotlight PA

Have questions about mask mandates in PA? We have answers. | City & State PA (

COVID vaccine incentives doing little to boost rates in Pennsyvlania (

Pentagon to require COVID shot for all troops by Sept. 15 (

Coronavirus positivity rate increases in SE Pa.; counties in substantial level of transmission | Local News |

Lancaster COVID spike worries doctors, sends school districts scrambling (

Lancaster County briefly hits ‘high’ level of COVID-19 transmission, then drops back to ‘substantial’: CDC | Health |

Midstate spot using personal and individualized approach for vaccine outreach (

Cozen O’Connor, Faegre Drinker mandate Covid-19 vaccines for employees – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Schuylkill County COVID-19 transmission rates in flux | Coronavirus |

Erie County mask mandate unlikely as COVID-19 cases surge (

Monroe County COVID cases increased by 174 and deaths by one this week (

Canada reopens its border for vaccinated U.S. visitors | Coronavirus |

Mexico seeks at least 3.5 million more COVID-19 jabs from US | Coronavirus |

LVHN, St. Luke’s and Good Shepherd to require employees get the COVID-19 vaccine – The Morning Call (

Where labor law and public health clash: Unions differ on COVID-19 vaccine mandates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pentagon will mandate vaccination for all active-duty military personnel by mid-September | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In Philly’s least-vaccinated zip codes, fighting the delta variant is a game of catch-up (

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh updates safety guidelines amid rise in covid cases |



U.S. job openings hit new record in June, surpassing 10 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. hosting ‘CareerLink Day’ to connect people with jobs across the commonwealth (

L&I announces free online job training program for Pennsylvanians (

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program reached more Black, women business owners in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Alloy Surfaces Co. will lay off 63 employees at Delaware County location – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Global pharmaceutical supply manufacturer to expand Pennsylvania facility | Pennsylvania |

Labor shortage closing, slowing Erie restaurants when business is brisk (

UPMC to end contract with Aramark but says all 58 employees will have an opportunity to work for the hospital system –



Promoter of bogus green energy firm in Lower Merion sent to federal prison for $54M Ponzi scheme | News |

Central City votes to formally reinstate police department, eyes tax increase to support move | News |

Arbitrator’s ruling expected soon on Philly police contract | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Harrisburg police community relations director who helped unify the city is leaving for new job –

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to leaving explosives outside PNC Plaza |



US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to visit Lehigh Valley schools – The Morning Call (

Stephen Wahrhaftig: West Chester School Board president crossed the line (

Hunter Tower: Anti-CRT uproar shows teachers’ unions overplayed their hands (

Guest Opinion: Pennridge United says GOP school board campaign divides (

COVID-19: What Erie-area schools are planning for 2021-22 school year (

Polito retirement: Erie schools chief in line to stay through 2026 (

Penn State requiring masks on all campuses, including Delaware County | News |

Thompson urges schools to offer agriculture programs during summit at Mount Aloysius | News |

Philadelphia’s free pre-K program adds 700 seats | Local News |

Vaccine mandate coming for Philly school staff? Teachers union pledges support | Local News |

The states with the best and worst early childhood ed. programs. How did Pa. do? | Tuesday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Book donation continues to rile at Northampton Area School District – The Morning Call (

Student loan relief has been extended through January. Here’s what you need to know – The Morning Call (

Mahon appointed as superintendent in Lehigh County | News |

COVID-19 vaccines encouraged but not required for Pittsburgh teachers as U.S. schools consider mandates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Divided North Hills school board fails to OK mask plan ahead of new year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Delta variant derailing plans for normalcy as schools reopen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration rolls back DeVos rule limiting state authority over student loan companies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly’s teachers’ union supports a vaccine mandate. But Mayor Kenney is still trying to convince city workers. (

Sewickley Academy issues letter to parents addressing reasons for changes, including ‘toxic culture’ |



The GOP-led Arizona election review appears close to finishing. Here’s what to expect | WITF

Western Pa. congressman Conor Lamb enters senate race to replace Toomey | News |

Delco D.A. Jack Stollsteimer Endorses Conor Lamb for Senate – DV Journal (

Republican Kennedy launches bid for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District seat | Local-news |

NAACP launches national campaign in latest strategy to combat widespread voter suppression efforts | Across America |

Litwhiler chooses to stay on general election ballot for Schuylkill Co. sheriff | Election |

Democrats spar over how to pass the Pennsylvania test – POLITICO

US Senate candidate, PA lawmaker call for investigation after reports on Pitt fetal tissue research | Fox News

Schuylkill County man running for Pa. governor as independent candidate | Local News |



Climate Change Is Raising Wildfire Risk Across The U.S. : NPR

UN panel: ‘Code Red’ on climate change issued | ABC27

U.N. climate report: Cut methane now to buy more time for decarbonization | Pennsylvania |

A major report warns climate change is accelerating and humans must cut emissions now | StateImpact Pennsylvania (



Here’s what Pa.’s and N.J.’s chunk of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill might buy (

State official: Route 424 extension project to continue through 2024 | News |

Firefighters Memorial Bridge will be closed indefinitely, following inspection | News |

Road, bridge construction continues in Butler, Sugarloaf townships | News |

Nothing to sneeze at: Breeze Airways gets half a million dollars to start air service in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Dr. Carman Ciervo named chief physician executive of Cooper Care Alliance – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Victims write in to remind a judge: The opioid epidemic is measured in human lives | WITF

Many immigrant patients in Philly rely on the ER for surgical care. Some Penn surgeons are changing that | Local News |

Health care race disparities in type 1 diabetes require system-wide change (


State News

PA Stands to Gain Billions Through Federal Infrastructure Bill – DV Journal (

Here’s how Pennsylvanians fared at the Tokyo Olympic Games | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Bob Casey aims to raise ABLE savings account opening age limit to 46 years old from 26 years (

9/11 victims’ families want Biden out of memorials in NY, Pa. –

PSERS notches record investment gains but still lags peers (


National News

DeSantis Says Superintendents Could Lose Pay If They Order School Masks : NPR

Prince Andrew Sued By Woman Who Alleges He Sexually Assaulted Her At 17 : NPR

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Assistant Details Sexual Misconduct Allegations : NPR

Leader of group that fights sexual harassment resigns after news emerges of her ties to Cuomo –

Covid-19-fueled market leads to more equity-rich homeowners – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Inside the White House-Facebook Rift Over Vaccine Misinformation – The New York Times (

As U.S. Leaves Afghanistan, History Suggests It May Struggle to Stay Out – The New York Times (

Column: Americans can’t get passports, and thus can’t flee | Opinion |

Here’s what you need to know about the new eviction ban | WITF

US to review 9/11 records with eye toward making more public | WITF

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Allies Of Belarusian Leader Alexander Lukashenko : NPR

Britney Spears’ dad states he considered placing his daughter back under psychiatric care –


Local News

Village for Kids springs back to life – The Mon Valley Independent

Bucks County flood and tornado victims to get help from disaster relief fund (

New Hope parking: Garage could boost redevelopment on Delaware (

A Black Civil War-era cemetery joins Cumberland County Register of Historical Places | WITF

Area animal protection and adoption organizations facing a significant increase in animals | Smart Talk (

Lehigh Valley under heat advisory, with heat index values up to 104 degrees expected – The Morning Call (

Blue Mountain Resort sold for $32 million to group that includes Camelback operator – The Morning Call (

Homeless Allentown family says insurance company will pay for sinkhole damage – The Morning Call (

Former state prison in Hempfield scheduled for sheriff’s sale |

Northampton County Executive McClure says it may be time for a tax break | Lehigh Valley Regional News |



Pittsburgh calls on artists to create public art for Homewood Park Improvement Project | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh’s biggest PPP lender opts out of SBA’s direct forgiveness portal — and it’s not alone – WPXI



Nonprofits dominate list of largest PPP borrowers in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Greater Philadelphia’s fastest-growing companies: Here are the first 25 businesses in the 2021 Soaring 76 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

City judge issues order halting some lockout evictions | Local News |

Philly DA wants to hear from young people about the city’s gun violence epidemic | Local News |

As building boom continues in West Philly, Black Bottom Tribe fights for a sign of the community they lost | Local News |

Philly activist marches to Washington hoping Congress can help fight gun violence at home | WITF

Philly paid $5 million to a man who said he was jailed for murder because of ‘extraordinary misconduct’ by police (

Philadelphia anti-violence grant funding applications open for community groups combating gun violence (

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner talks ponytail on NPR’s ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me’ (



Infrastructure on track as bipartisan Senate coalition grows (

Senate Dems unveil $3.5T budget for social, climate efforts | Business |

Senate Poised to Pass Infrastructure Deal, Then Turn to Democratic Budget – The New York Times (

Why Biden’s infrastructure deal is a rejection of political extremes (

Senate Democrats roll child care and immigration into a $3.5T budget framework | WITF

Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan offers a healthcare insurance benefit, but time is running out to sign up for it –

Cryptocurrency tax reporting deal scotched in Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul threatens a Senate bottleneck to protest covid-19 restrictions |