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

It’s Game On for redistricting. Will Pa. become a ‘democracy desert?’ | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Four take-aways from Pennsylvania’s 2020 U.S. Census data | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Most Pennsylvania counties shrank, Census data finds (

Census 2020: How did it impact the Midstate? (

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

Dozens Attend Back-To-School Event At Lonnie Young Rec Center In East Germantown – CBS Philly (

Brewster announces new initiative to aid veterans – The Mon Valley Independent

Pennsylvania lawmakers propose property tax, rent relief for veterans – The Morning Call (

Rising property taxes disproportionately hit gentrified areas |

Sen. Muth & Rep. Friel Otten Condemn Sunoco, DEP for Lack of Remediation at Marsh Creek Lake – MyChesCo

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

Pa. Lawmaker Proposes Bill Aimed At Holding Parents Accountable Over Children’s Mask Mandates – CBS Pittsburgh (

Senator pursues bill to hold parents responsible for mask-less children | WHP (

Senate unveils transparency reforms as lawmakers push for changes | City & State PA (

Proposed Legislation Would Eliminate Solitary Confinement In PA | Montgomeryville, PA Patch

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania still looking for justice 3 years after report – CBS News

PA Senate Expenses To Go Online – WDAC

PA Senate plans first step to enhance public access to expense information | BCTV

Op-Ed: Get a GARVEE to upgrade PA infrastructure (

Sen. Gene Yaw: Cleaning Pa. waterways is a win-win for farmers, business and taxpayers (

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Health Department says nursing homes need 80 percent of staff vaccinated — or increase testing | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Rural Communities Need A Local Approach To Increase COVID Vaccination : Shots – Health News : NPR

Some people’s minds are changing about the coronavirus vaccine. Here’s how doctors persuade them. (

Houlahan: ‘The vaccines work, they are our best weapon’ | Local-news |

Pennsylvania sets 80% nursing home staff vaccination target by Oct. 1 | Pennsylvania |

Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Wolf’s COVID-19 Vaccination Order Sparks Backlash – DV Journal (

Pa. DOH greenlights providers for COVID vaccine third dose for immunocompromised (

Philadelphia mandates Covid-19 vaccines for colleges, health care workers by Oct. 15 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pandemic assessment is needed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The world may never reach herd immunity against covid-19, experts say |



Jefferson Frankford Hospital nurses want to unionize – WHYY

Perkasie Borough businesses owners to use PA grant for upgrades (

I was a journalist from Coal Country. This is the Rich Trumka I knew | Mark O’Keefe | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania unemployment claims dip below pre-pandemic levels, analysis finds | Pennsylvania |

10 of Forbes’ Best Employers for Women are in Greater Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (

US jobless claims near pandemic low as economy strengthens | Business |

Why Berks grocery stores are still experiencing isolated shortages | |

Delaying labor talks is a classic strategy in union negotiations. It seems to be at play in Pittsburgh-area hospitals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dozens of steel jobs coming to Alle-Kiski Valley in new venture at old Hyde Park Foundry |



Allegheny County Jail COVID cases rise; half of employees and incarcerated individuals currently vaccinated | Coronavirus | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Defense attorney approves of Wilkes-Barre body camera policy | News |



School masks spur Pa. fights on COVID policy | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Local school districts debate mask mandates in classroom | ABC27

Tempers Flare as Mask Debate Hits North Penn School District – DV Journal (

Pa. school board members approved a mask mandate. Some in audience responded with Nazi salute, jeering. – The Morning Call (

Penn State won’t mandate COVID-19 vaccines, prompting questions about priorities | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

St. Joe’s alumni threaten to withhold donations of firing of professor (

Temple University requiring vaccines for students, faculty and staff by Oct. 15 after city mandate – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Make schools a catalyst for positive social change (

Op-Ed: To curb student debt, let borrowers declare bankruptcy (

Education funding lawsuit against state nears trial date | Education |

Allegheny Valley School District superintendent proposes keeping mask requirement |



‘Election integrity law’ from Lehigh Twp. in Pa.’s Northampton County shows Trump politics at local level (

‘Be proud of your service’: Sean Parnell tells US troops ‘Afghan debacle on the suits, not the boots’ (

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

GALLUCH: Leadership Void Leads to Economic Time Bomb – DV Journal (

Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Tony Moreno praised and met with far-right militia that sports symbols linked to white nationalism | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Lou goes to school … for governors | News |

Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Pa. may be won outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, experts say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marlin Woods drops out of Pittsburgh mayoral race a week after Democrats contest his nomination papers |



Study: Trusted messengers can move the needle on GOP climate change acceptance | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Michael Green II: Young Pennsylvanians want to fight climate change. Our leaders want to pretend they are. (

A laboratory at scale: A hydrogen and carbon storage project in Clinton County is tapping into all the trends | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

At 88, Ruth Jones is again leading annual Delaware River cleanup (

Economic recovery hinges on women in the workforce but many struggle with childcare | Smart Talk (

10th tornado confirmed in July 29 Pennsylvania-NJ storms that hit Lehigh, Bucks counties – The Morning Call (



Under proposed mileage fee, truckers could save 33%, but cars would pay three times more | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



How many people in Pa. use cannabis for addiction? The Wolf admin won’t say. · Spotlight PA

As Children’s COVID Cases Surge, There’s Another Virus On The Rise : NPR


State News

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

Secretary of Agriculture highlights public-private partnership that ensures safe food for Pennsylvanians | Community News |

Penn Ag Democrats host annual picnic in Ferguson Township (

Pennsylvania ag officials taking applications for specialty crop grants | Pennsylvania |

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

PA’s congressional delegation split on legality of eviction moratorium (

Eye on the Capitol: Congressional votes for Aug. 6-12 | Local News |

Pa. Game Commission says it’s ok to feed birds again (

Aging Pa. power plants fuel crypto gold rush · Spotlight PA

Hundreds of doe-tag applications held up for over two weeks before reaching Lancaster County Treasurer | Outdoors |

Interest in covid rent aid up in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties as eviction ban limps on |


National News

Taliban Seizes Afghanistan, As U.S.-Backed Forces Collapse : NPR

Secretary Of State Blinken defends U.S. pullout as Kabul embassy staff evacuate | WITF

4 Reasons A Taliban Takeover In Afghanistan Matters : NPR

Rushed Evacuation in Kabul Highlights Disconnect in Washington – The New York Times (

Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure (

US focuses on evacuating Americans from Afghanistan (

‘I’m the Only Surgeon’: After Haiti Quake, Thousands Seek Scarce Care – The New York Times (

Storm Threatens Rescue Efforts As Haiti Digs Out From Massive Earthquake : NPR

Government to permanently boost food stamp benefits by 25 percent (

D.C., Texas on top in Census data on housing-unit growth – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Violence Interrupters Step In To Help Stop Gun Crimes In Their Neighborhoods : NPR

Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is Fully Contained – The New York Times (

Child tax credits deposited Friday: Why yours possibly did not come (

Census data puts target on rural, Rust Belt House districts | WITF

Mental health clinics angle for a spot in Biden budget bill | Health |


Local News

Kutztown Fair celebrates 150 Fabulous Fairs | Arts & Entertainment |

Celebrating National Night Out in the 15th – Northeast Times

Little League baseball returns to Lycoming County … with caveats | Five for the Weekend | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Governor Wolf orders flags to half-staff to honor firefighter from Adams County (

Nonprofit in Harrisburg holds giveaway to help area students prep for school year (

Hollywood Casino York celebrates grand opening with long lines (

Erosion along Lake Erie bluffs a cause for major concern (

Company changing State Street with residential, commercial space (

Key vote set in plan for car wash at former Stauffers in Manheim Township | Local News |

Bucks County returns to video-only appearances for some court participants. (

Here’s how Monroe County has changed in the past 10 years (

Doylestown Borough studies trail expansion | The Bucks County Herald

Plan to convert Dutch Springs aqua park to warehouses devastates diving community – The Morning Call (

Lackawanna County offers grants to musicians impacted by COVID-19 | News |

Lawsuit by RailRiders’ owners over COVID-19 losses can proceed against insurance companies, judge rules | Coronavirus |

Schuylkill County farm wins White House Christmas tree contest | News |

Reading to explore a plastic bag ban | Local News |

Luzerne County has flurry of tax-delinquent property sales | Times Leader



‘We are gonna get some real investment’: AlleCo Exec Fitzgerald says of infrastructure bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh ranks 3rd best for “15-minute city” in America | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Allegheny County gains population for first time in six decades, says census | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Going public in Pittsburgh: From self-driving to language learning, local companies are rushing toward IPOs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Economist’s view: Expanded child tax credit could be a game-changer for Pittsburgh families | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Looming debt ceiling fight jeopardizes $114 million in earmarks for Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Anti-violence advocate launches carpentry program for Philly teens – WHYY

Philly’s new pandemic mandates have left some businesses frustrated | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philly pride changes reflect the LGBTQ community’s growth | Mark Segal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A year into PHLConnectED, Philly has hooked up 18,000 households to the internet (



How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

U.S. House moderates won’t back Dem budget without passage of infrastructure bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

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