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Pa.’s political mapmakers finally have new census data. Now the hard work begins. (

U.S. Census data drop puts Pa. lawmakers closer to drawing the state’s new political boundaries | WITF

Advocates testify in favor of bill to allow driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants | WITF

House bill aims to protect intellectually disabled from false confessions | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

GOP-Led General Assembly Doesn’t Plan To Extend Governor Tom Wolf’s Opioid Crisis Emergency Declaration | 90.5 WESA

2020 census shows slow growth and increased diversity as redistricting frenzy begins | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Senate plans first step to enhance public access to expense information | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania beauty salon controversy? Lawmaker seeks changes on renting of chairs – The Morning Call (

Legislators tour Ashville winery, discuss regulations, climate with Cambria County farmers | News |

New Census data show population shifts in Pa., will drive redistricting battles | News |

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Should colleges mandate COVID vaccines for the fall semester? | Pro/Con (

Schools, airports, venues, and prisons are using rapid antigen tests to screen for the coronavirus. Time will tell if it works. (

Pa. nursing homes will need 80% of staff vaccinated to avoid testing requirement — but it’s not a mandate (

How do we mentally cope with the delta variant after a new Philadelphia mask mandate? (

FDA to approve coronavirus booster shots for immunocompromised people (

FDA authorizes third COVID-19 dose for people with weakened immunity | WITF

Fauci says COVID-19 booster shots are needed for those who are immunocompromised | WITF

With $370M in COVID relief to spend, Wolf looking at vaccine incentives | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Should the unvaccinated be denied health care? | Trish Zornio | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

In our mad, polarized, COVID surge summer, the only way out is through | John L. Micek | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Red-state Republican leaders approaching the mask debate ‘very politically,’ but some wonder about the risk –

Health and Human Services joins national vaccine trend, orders shots for its workers –

With only 60% vaccinated, Pa. ‘encourages’ nursing home staff vaccination, but isn’t mandating it –

Pediatricians Say Lack Of School Mask Mandates Could Lead To More COVID-19 Deaths In Kids | 90.5 WESA

Out-of-state covid hot spots ‘desperate’ to transfer patients to Western Pa. hospitals |

Pennsylvania’s weekly covid cases at highest point in nearly 3 months |

Americans are sneaking extra coronavirus shots as officials weigh who should get them | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bucks County prison inmate COVID cases rise, officials consider mandatory vaccines for staff (

27 people aboard Carnival cruise test positive for COVID-19 | Business |

Aqua Pennsylvania: Drinking water remains safe from COVID-19 | Business |

COVID-19 pandemic contributed Pennsylvania business owner’s suicide – The Morning Call (

Berks County adds 57 COVID cases; Pa. passes 2,000 for the second time in the delta surge | Local News |


U.S. unemployment claims dropped last week to almost a pandemic low (

What’s a high-cube warehouse? Eastern Pa. residents will find out soon –

New $120 million Hollywood Casino York opens its doors –

Wolf Trumpets Investments In Aliquippa As The Former Steel Town Braces For Cracker Plant Opening | 90.5 WESA

500,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians will soon lose extra federal aid |

Who’s responsible for keeping the gas line at your home safe? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amazon reverts back to mask mandate at Hazleton and other warehouses; others weigh options | News |


Jamie Spears agrees to step down from Britney Spears conservatorship – WHYY

York County Prison has no more ICE detainees – WHYY

PSERS staff urged Pa. pension fund to invest with indicted Trump official (

More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents since coronavirus pandemic began (

31 indicted in multistate drug ring focused on Johnstown; drug deal also made at Monroeville Mall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County DA’s office aiming to supply law enforcement required at airport | Times Leader


‘Perfect storm’ for bus driver shortage as school year nears – WHYY

Pennsylvania’s state colleges say they can’t require vaccines. Some faculty think politics are at play (

Community College of Philadelphia to require vaccines, the first public college in the region to do so (

How Native students fought back against abuse, assimilation at Carlisle boarding school | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Harrisburg schools to require masks, offer vaccine clinics –

Face masks to be mandatory for students, staff at New Kensington-Arnold |

Nazi salute, jeering directed at Fox Chapel school board members after approving mask mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At least 4 of Pa.’s state universities now will require masks in classrooms this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lower Merion school officials hope to be back to more normal school year | Mainlinesuburbanlife |

School to start with full masking for K-8 at Greater Nanticoke Area | Times Leader


Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney won’t run in Pa. 2022 governor or U.S. Senate races (

Ahead of tough 2022, progressive PAC pitches infrastructure, Biden budget to Pa. | Friday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A new third party by the name of SAM is looking to breakthrough in PA | City & State PA (

Candidate for Senate Conor Lamb visits Chester County | Local-news |

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


Time is running out, Pa. must act to save the Chesapeake Bay (

Heavy Pa. rains, flash floods signal climate change (


Philly urges residents to watch for signs of heatstroke, exhaustion – WHYY

Going wig-less — learning to live with alopecia — WHYY

When the world treats you differently after weight loss — WHYY

For some people living with food insecurity, a meal is the first step toward getting help | Transforming Health

State News

How many people in Pa. use cannabis as treatment for opioid use disorder? Wolf administration won’t say. (

Guards union warns Wolf of legal action over vaccine mandate – WHYY

The Pa. counties that lost and gained the most population in the last 10 years, ranked | WITF

Prison guards union warns Wolf of legal action over vaccine or test policy | WITF

Pennsylvania is America’s 5th-biggest state and other first-day takeaways from a weird U.S. Census –

44 Pa. counties lost people in the past decade. See which counties gained the most –

Reading now the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania, according to census data [Maps, chart] | Local News |

National News

LGBTQ adults are facing hunger at almost twice the rate as others, new data shows – WHYY

U.S.keeping distance as Afghan forces face Taliban rampage (

Census shows U.S. is diversifying, white population shrinking (

What the new census data shows about race depends on how you look at it | WITF

The U.S. became more urban, and 4 other national takeaways from the 2020 census data: AP explainer –

Local News

A new state-funded community garden to sprout in Norristown – WHYY

Extreme, dangerous heat continues for third day in central Pa. –

Flooding in Lower Bucks: What’s next for Bensalem residents one month later? (

Upper Makefield’s Dwight Ely to lead America’s meat processors (

Officials break ground on $20 million library | Local-news |

City Avenue Special Services District Announces Completion of $10 Million Improvement Project | Mainlinetimes |

Delco moves forward with new 911 communications system | News |

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

Lehigh County third fasted growing county in Pennsylvania, census data shows – The Morning Call (

Editorial: It’s great to see music, tradition endure at Berks Jazz Fest | Editorials |


Allegheny County Grows In Population, And Complexity | 90.5 WESA

Longtime North Side Community Development Director To Depart | 90.5 WESA

Severe storms trigger flash flood warning, knock out power around Western Pa. |

Pittsburgh police to monitor accidents involving city’s new scooter fleet |


Kensington neighbors make Shakespeare their own – WHYY

Anthony Wright Sr., wrongfully convicted, publishes memoir – WHYY

2020 Census results show Philadelphia’s population has grown to more than 1.6 million (

Philadelphia restaurants, bars, grocery stores welcome city’s new mask-or-vax mandate (

Philadelphia restaurants that require proof of vaccination (


Sen. Rand Paul, critic of mask mandates and restrictions, discloses wife owns stock in company making COVID-19 treatment (

Supreme Court gets first chance to act on vaccine mandate and decides to pass on it –

U.S. sending 3K troops for partial Afghan embassy evacuation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette