GOP senators, accept reality, move on | Opinion – pennlive.com

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

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

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

State agriculture official visits Montco farm | Amblergazette | montgomerynews.com

Pa. lawmaker sponsoring bill to allow mask opt-out (abc27.com)

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

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

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State reps ask Philly schools to reconsider new start times (audacy.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

PA COVID-19 cases climb, hospitalizations increase (broadandliberty.com)

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 (cityandstatepa.com)

COVID vaccine incentives doing little to boost rates in Pennsyvlania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pentagon to require COVID shot for all troops by Sept. 15 (abc27.com)

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

Lancaster COVID spike worries doctors, sends school districts scrambling (abc27.com)

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

Midstate spot using personal and individualized approach for vaccine outreach (abc27.com)

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

Schuylkill County COVID-19 transmission rates in flux | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Erie County mask mandate unlikely as COVID-19 cases surge (goerie.com)

Monroe County COVID cases increased by 174 and deaths by one this week (poconorecord.com)

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

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

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

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 (inquirer.com)

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



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 (abc27.com)

L&I announces free online job training program for Pennsylvanians (abc27.com)

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

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

Global pharmaceutical supply manufacturer to expand Pennsylvania facility | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Labor shortage closing, slowing Erie restaurants when business is brisk (goerie.com)

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



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

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

Arbitrator’s ruling expected soon on Philly police contract | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to leaving explosives outside PNC Plaza | TribLIVE.com



US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to visit Lehigh Valley schools – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Stephen Wahrhaftig: West Chester School Board president crossed the line (broadandliberty.com)

Hunter Tower: Anti-CRT uproar shows teachers’ unions overplayed their hands (broadandliberty.com)

Guest Opinion: Pennridge United says GOP school board campaign divides (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

Polito retirement: Erie schools chief in line to stay through 2026 (goerie.com)

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

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

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

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

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

Book donation continues to rile at Northampton Area School District – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

Mahon appointed as superintendent in Lehigh County | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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. (inquirer.com)

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



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 | northcentralpa.com

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

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

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

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

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 | readingeagle.com



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 | thecentersquare.com

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



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

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

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

Road, bridge construction continues in Butler, Sugarloaf townships | News | standardspeaker.com

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 (bizjournals.com)

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 | phillytrib.com

Health care race disparities in type 1 diabetes require system-wide change (inquirer.com)


State News

PA Stands to Gain Billions Through Federal Infrastructure Bill – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

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

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

PSERS notches record investment gains but still lags peers (inquirer.com)


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 – pennlive.com

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

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

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

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

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 – pennlive.com


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 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

New Hope parking: Garage could boost redevelopment on Delaware (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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 (witf.org)

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

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

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

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

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



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

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

City judge issues order halting some lockout evictions | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

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

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 (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia anti-violence grant funding applications open for community groups combating gun violence (inquirer.com)

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



Infrastructure on track as bipartisan Senate coalition grows (abc27.com)

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

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

Why Biden’s infrastructure deal is a rejection of political extremes (goerie.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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