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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

Most Pennsylvania counties shrank, Census data finds (broadandliberty.com)

Census 2020: How did it impact the Midstate? (abc27.com)

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

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

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

Pennsylvania lawmakers propose property tax, rent relief for veterans – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rising property taxes disproportionately hit gentrified areas | wusa9.com

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

Senator pursues bill to hold parents responsible for mask-less children | WHP (local21news.com)

Senate unveils transparency reforms as lawmakers push for changes | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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 (goerie.com)

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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. (inquirer.com)

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

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

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

Wolf’s COVID-19 Vaccination Order Sparks Backlash – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. DOH greenlights providers for COVID vaccine third dose for immunocompromised (abc27.com)

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

Pandemic assessment is needed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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



Jefferson Frankford Hospital nurses want to unionize – WHYY

Perkasie Borough businesses owners to use PA grant for upgrades (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

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

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

US jobless claims near pandemic low as economy strengthens | Business | dailylocal.com

Why Berks grocery stores are still experiencing isolated shortages | | pottsmerc.com

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 | TribLIVE.com



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

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



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

Local school districts debate mask mandates in classroom | ABC27

Tempers Flare as Mask Debate Hits North Penn School District – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

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

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

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

Make schools a catalyst for positive social change (ydr.com)

Op-Ed: To curb student debt, let borrowers declare bankruptcy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Education funding lawsuit against state nears trial date | Education | standardspeaker.com

Allegheny Valley School District superintendent proposes keeping mask requirement | TribLIVE.com



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

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

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

GALLUCH: Leadership Void Leads to Economic Time Bomb – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

Lou goes to school … for governors | News | standardspeaker.com

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 | TribLIVE.com



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

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

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 (poconorecord.com)

At 88, Ruth Jones is again leading annual Delaware River cleanup (poconorecord.com)

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

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



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 (inquirer.com)

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

Penn Ag Democrats host annual picnic in Ferguson Township (wearecentralpa.com)

Pennsylvania ag officials taking applications for specialty crop grants | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

PA’s congressional delegation split on legality of eviction moratorium (broadandliberty.com)

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

Pa. Game Commission says it’s ok to feed birds again (abc27.com)

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 | lancasteronline.com

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


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 (nytimes.com)

Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure (abc27.com)

US focuses on evacuating Americans from Afghanistan (abc27.com)

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

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

Government to permanently boost food stamp benefits by 25 percent (abc27.com)

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

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

Oregon’s Bootleg Fire is Fully Contained – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Child tax credits deposited Friday: Why yours possibly did not come (poconorecord.com)

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

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


Local News

Kutztown Fair celebrates 150 Fabulous Fairs | Arts & Entertainment | berksmontnews.com

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Governor Wolf orders flags to half-staff to honor firefighter from Adams County (abc27.com)

Nonprofit in Harrisburg holds giveaway to help area students prep for school year (abc27.com)

Hollywood Casino York celebrates grand opening with long lines (ydr.com)

Erosion along Lake Erie bluffs a cause for major concern (goerie.com)

Company changing State Street with residential, commercial space (goerie.com)

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

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

Here’s how Monroe County has changed in the past 10 years (poconorecord.com)

Doylestown Borough studies trail expansion | The Bucks County Herald

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

Lackawanna County offers grants to musicians impacted by COVID-19 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Schuylkill County farm wins White House Christmas tree contest | News | standardspeaker.com

Reading to explore a plastic bag ban | Local News | readingeagle.com

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Philly pride changes reflect the LGBTQ community’s growth | Mark Segal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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



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

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

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