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Pennsylvania rental assistance: Millions of dollars available to help people avoid eviction – 6abc Philadelphia

PA Environment Digest Blog: Bipartisan Legislation Introduced In Senate To Create Clean Streams Fund For Pennsylvania To Deal With Non-Point Water Pollution (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Credit Unions Partner To Support Philabundance | West Chester, PA Patch

Fulton County lawyers up after voluntary election audit, state decertification of voting machines | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Republican Officials Slam Arizona-Style Election Audit In Pennsylvania: ‘Unnecessary Chaos’ – Business News (businessbreakingnews.net)

Trump loyalist Bannon urges followers to press Pa. Senate leader on election review | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

House panel hears ‘controversial’ bill that would grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

GOP-controlled panel hears bill to grant Pa. drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

USGA declares Oakmont a second anchor site, unveiling stout lineup of future championships in Pennsylvania (yahoo.com)

Child safety advocates launch billboard campaign against Sen. Kim Ward | TribLIVE.com

Local leaders react after Senate passes bipartisan infrastructure bill | WOLF (fox56.com)

Letters: Laughlin, redistricting, solar energy and weeds at Roosevelt (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania Senate plans first step to enhance public access to expense information – WHYY

Pa. Senate to put expenses online for the public to see how senators are spending money | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Senate to Post Expenses Online to Show How Senators are Spending Tax Money – PennWatch

Pennsylvania Senate plans first step to enhance public access to expense information | Spotlight Pa | gettysburgtimes.com

Top Senate leader announces all expenses will be publicly available next month | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to collect per diems without receipts, a system ripe for abuse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Putting PA Legislative Expenses Online – WDAC

Ignoring School Mask Mandates Could Cost Parents Under PA Bill | Patch

Pa. senator wants to establish liability for parents who ‘opt-out’ of mask mandates in K-12 schools | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Telemedicine Bill Coming Before The PA Senate – WDAC

STELLE: Voters Rejected the Governor’s “Lone Wolf” Pandemic Response—The Same Applies to RGGI – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Federal court tosses ruling against Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions – pennlive.com

Bucks municipalities receive grants for traffic signal upgrades | The Bucks County Herald

Perkasie Towne Improvement Association awarded $50,000 grant for upgrades | The Bucks County Herald

Op-Ed: ‘Insane’ gun bills must be stopped in PA (poconorecord.com)

Guest Opinion: Gov. Wolf would make nursing home care crisis worse (poconorecord.com)

Elizabeth Stelle: Wolf climate change plan will kill Pa. jobs | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Gov. Wolf reins in PSERS travel and limits who can bill the pension fund for costly dinners (inquirer.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Children make up for nearly 15% of new COVID-19 cases nationwide and in Pennsylvania | wnep.com

FDA close to approving 3rd COVID-19 shot for some immunocompromised people, reports say (abc27.com)

More than half of Pa. counties seeing substantial, high rates of community spread of COVID-19 | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The CDC Urges COVID Vaccines For Anyone Who’s Pregnant : Shots – Health News : NPR

Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry counties showing ‘high’ COVID-19 spread: CDC – pennlive.com

Vaccinating during pregnancy has become even more urgent as ICU beds fill up | WITF

Court tosses ruling against Pennsylvania COVID-19 measures | WITF

Bucks County mandating employees wear masks, sources say (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

‘Less than adequate time’: Even supporters worry about Philly’s quick indoor mask mandate | WITF

What people in Lancaster County are saying about wearing masks, the rise in cases | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Guest Opinion: Acting out over masks, vaccinations is lunacy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

8 months into vaccination campaign, UPMC still prefers educating reluctant staff on efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines | Health | lancasteronline.com

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

Home Depot added to list of businesses changing mask policy (abc27.com)

Low prison staff COVID shots leave vulnerability on both sides of wire (poconorecord.com)

With another wave of COVID swelling, Berks County health experts urge renewed vigilance | Local News | readingeagle.com

Republicans take to mask wars as virus surges in red states | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

‘We wish we had better news’: Allegheny County reports almost 400 new COVID-19 cases as infections spike among kids | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

USDA study finds COVID-19 antibodies in Pa. deer, first sign of wild animals’ virus exposure (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Don’t leave out wage preemption in the fight to raise Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Free virtual job-skills training program in Lancaster County to be expanded statewide | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Report: Amazon invested $17B, created over 25k jobs in Pennsylvania in last decade (abc27.com)

Biden administration launches plans to combat inflation | ABC27

Amazon invested billions and created thousands of jobs, but what about the bigger picture? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Workers are getting pay raises and it could end up contributing to high inflation | WITF

SBA EIDL backlog to be cleared in August. Here’s what it means for applicants. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA loans to African American businesses decrease 35% – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Dun & Bradstreet workers who lost jobs to India eligible for assistance, feds say – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

USGA Announces Long-Term Relationships With Oakmont Country Club and Merion Golf Club – Morning Read (si.com)

U.S. Amateur Championship brings welcome business to area establishments | TribLIVE.com

Fired Philly baristas won their labor case against Starbucks. Here’s how. (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

‘I scream, you scream, the police are here’ Lititz Borough Police sharing ice cream with community (abc27.com)

 

Education

Parents in Shippensburg fight for mask mandate to be removed during heated board meeting (abc27.com)

Todd Carney: Could school board elections have an impact on CRT in America? (broadandliberty.com)

Masks may be required in West Chester schools | Local-news | dailylocal.com

North Penn School Board masking debate erupts into mayhem (With Videos) | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

As COVID-19 cases spike, Lancaster County school districts on their own to decide whether to mandate masks | Health | lancasteronline.com

Weatherly Area superintendent to resign | News | standardspeaker.com

Board: K-8 students in Pittston Area must wear masks to school | News | citizensvoice.com

National teachers union president visits Scranton to encourage safe return to school | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

‘A huge slap in the face’: Parents protest Pittsburgh Public Schools’ plan to delay start of classes by 2 weeks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Clairton City schools show off renovations after volunteers revamp district building | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt planning full capacity for on-campus events — with some mask mandates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Duquesne University orders all students, employees, visitors to ‘mask up’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

U.S. Senate hopefuls are split over the bipartisan infrastructure plan | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Document circulating in conservative circles online claims to show ‘anomalies’ in Lancaster County 2020 election | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Brian Allen challenges Scott Perry in congressional primary election (abc27.com)

Conor Lamb offers Pa. Democrats a whole new race in the nation’s most competitive 2022 primary | John Baer – pennlive.com

Luzerne County poll worker training may become mandatory | Times Leader

Pa. 2022 Senate race positions on infrastructure bill: Democrats praise Biden, Republicans criticize spending (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

West Deer residents preparing to fight a proposed gas well pad for fracking | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Group cites PFAS chemical concerns at military sites near Chesapeake Bay | WITF

Northwest sizzles as heat wave hits many parts of U.S. | News | tribdem.com

 

Transportation

Ex-SEPTA managers over 7 years conducted a fraud scheme that cost the agency nearly $1M, feds say – pennlive.com

Broomall business owner charged in $540G SEPTA scheme | News | delcotimes.com

Pa. could get billions to fix roads and bridges, improve public transit (poconorecord.com)

New Amtrak train from NYC to Scranton, PA? How it could happen (poconorecord.com)

 

Health

On 2-year anniv. of Pa’s healthcare exchange, officials urge uninsured residents to sign up for coverage | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Deadline for Pennie’s health insurance just around the corner (abc27.com)

What’s Going Around: Hand, foot and mouth, bronchiolitis, COVID-19 and influenza | ABC27

New Delco Health Department Will Cost $10 Million for First Year, Consultant Says – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

UPMC gets green light from court to build $190 million hospital in Jefferson Hills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The pandemic made grief harder. Some may need help. (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Southeast Pa. counties lead in solving ‘maddening’ lapse in eviction protections | WITF

Pennsylvania’s top baby names for 2020 (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania officials warn of increased prevalence of ticks | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘Dangerously hot’ temperatures to stick around in central Pa. for 2 more days – pennlive.com

Extensive flooding, tree damage reported with storms ahead of brutal heat the next 2 days – pennlive.com

What is in the senate infrastructure bill for Pennsylvania – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Cartwright announces $10.7M COVID-19 relief funds for local venues | Times Leader

Our View: Infrastructure bill will do much for Pa.; Toomey was wrong to oppose it | Times Leader

Panel pushes broadband connection theme in touting Senate infrastructure bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania is at the beginning of a public lands renaissance | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Census Redistricting Data Release: What to Know – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Census data kicks off effort to reshape U.S. House districts | News | tribdem.com

New 2020 census data release will be used for congressional redistricting – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Race, Ethnicity Numbers From 2020 Census Redistricting Data Are Flawed : NPR

U.S. Kids Get Majority Of Their Calories From Ultra-processed Junk Foods : NPR

‘Field of Dreams’ game features Yankees and White Sox tonight in famous Iowa cornfield | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

Mike Richards, Mayim Bialik to both host ‘Jeopardy!’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Taliban complete northeast Afghan blitz as more cities fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Delaware County officials offer thanks to Chester County for ‘life saving’ work | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Lehigh County commissioner receives Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year Award | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Longtime South Abington supervisor resigns | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa.’s Salem Township concerns over a new Bitcoin mining facility to be built near power plant (abc27.com)

Bitcoin mining facilities popping up next to region’s power plants | News | standardspeaker.com

Zero-carbon bitcoin? The owner of a Pennsylvania nuclear plant thinks it could strike gold | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Norristown targets projects to spend on federal coronavirus funding | Local-news | timesherald.com

Columbia to purchase former McGinness Airport property for $1.5 million | Local News | lancasteronline.com

WATCH VIDEO | Community Foundation for the Alleghenies marks $100 million in assets, announces $1 million in new grants | Local News | tribdem.com

Delaware County to spend more than $1.6M for I.T. technology | News | delcotimes.com

‘Full bench recusal’ ordered in DA appointment lawsuit | News | standardspeaker.com

COVID relief grants awarded to arena, Kirby Center, other local venues | News | standardspeaker.com

Pa. approves expansion of controversial Rolling Hills Landfill in Berks | News | readingeagle.com

17 Days in Bensalem: The 3 storms which caused devastation in area (theintell.com)

Upper Makefield’s Dwight Ely to lead America’s meat processors (theintell.com)

Wilkes-Barre’s pension portfolio does well despite bond sale delay | News | citizensvoice.com

Ray Alberigi, former Lackawanna County commissioner, dies at 87 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Dunmore attorney becomes Middle District’s newest federal bankruptcy judge | News | thetimes-tribune.com

The shows must go on: NEPA entertainment venues hurt by pandemic shutdown get $10.7M in federal grants | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Pitt

Allegheny County extended its local eviction moratorium, and data shows it’s necessary | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What the infrastructure bill could bring to Pittsburgh, according to Allegheny County Executive | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

URA set to approve $24 million for projects in three Pittsburgh neighborhoods | TribLIVE.com

Grammy-winning singer Jason Mraz inspired by Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

As street sweepers return to Philly, some residents see a sign of progress (whyy.org)

Philadelphia’s mask mandate places ‘unfair responsibility’ on restaurant owners, Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association says – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney airs fiery frustrations following mask mandate reinstatement – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly orders masks at businesses indoors, at big outdoor gatherings; Eagles say no masks outdoors, but fans need them in indoor spaces – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Washington

As Congress Recesses, Democratic Successes Do Not Include Voting Rights – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

STELLE: Voters Rejected the Governor’s “Lone Wolf” Pandemic Response—The Same Applies to RGGI – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

My husband’s suicide after Jan. 6 riots was a line-of-duty death (goerie.com)

America Has A Child Care Crisis. Biden Wants To Spend Billions To Fix It : NPR

Here’s The Path Ahead For Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Budget : NPR

Op-Ed: Biden must reverse immigration rule (theintell.com)