Schwank to host back-to-school health, safety town hall | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Sen. Judy Schwank will host panel to discuss school safety amid rising COVID cases | Local News | readingeagle.com

Bill Exempts Newer Vehicles From PA Emissions Test – WDAC

Pa. Senate panel vets proposal to allow for longer retention of unfounded child abuse reports – pennlive.com

Sen. Corman Says Penn State Would Likely Face ‘Pushback In Harrisburg’ If It Mandated COVID Vaccines | WPSU

Lawmakers Propose Penalties For Parents Who Don’t Comply With Mask Mandates | WHP 580 (iheart.com)

PA Senate Expenses To Go Online – WDAC

Sen. Doug Mastriano: Reflecting on the collapse of Afghanistan and specter of Vietnam | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Jay Sefton: Pa. lawmakers must stop denying justice to abuse victims | TribLIVE.com

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The Biden Administration May Recommend COVID Boosters After 8 Months : NPR

Most of Pa. now showing substantial levels of COVID-19 cases, or worse – pennlive.com

Vaccine clinics, classroom testing coming to Pennsylvania schools, colleges | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Voluntary COVID-19 testing and vaccines are coming to PA schools | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. pushing for school vaccine clinics, unveil virus testing for K-12 (goerie.com)

Companies Look To Vaccine Mandates And Bonuses To Protect Their Workforce : NPR

Can Lancaster County schools legally require facemasks? This lawmaker doesn’t think so | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Shippensburg parents promise to send kids to school unmasked despite mask mandate (abc27.com)

Citing delta concerns, Montgomery County officials urge masking indoors | News | timesherald.com

Opinions Vary on New Mask Mandates as COVID-19 Cases Rise – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Some Pa. senior care groups hesitant to back vaccine mandates for workers | Business | readingeagle.com

Western Pa. hospitals, pharmacies offer 3rd dose of covid vaccine | TribLIVE.com

Timely COVID Restrictions Can Slow A Surge, Data Show : Shots – Health News : NPR

What to do if you lose your vaccination card in Pennsylvania | WITF

National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Masks should be worn in schools to preserve in-person learning: LG Health | Health | lancasteronline.com

School District of Lancaster to receive additional $6M in revenue from state, federal governments | Community News | lancasteronline.com




SEPTA contract talks with Transport Workers Union Local 234 could be tough, union warns (inquirer.com)

Heat Exposure In U.S. Has Led To Hundreds Of Worker Deaths Since 2010 : NPR

Feds: GIANT shorts workers $165k on overtime pay after ‘miscalculation’ (abc27.com)

Employee Retention Credit could expire early. Here’s what to know about the Covid-19 relief funding option – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Aldi says it has raised its starting wage, hopes to hire 20,000 people next month – pennlive.com

Texas investor pays $70M to buy 2 industrial buildings in Lancaster County as prices soar | Local Business | lancasteronline.com



DA set to provide police presence at airport; search committee’s first meeting set | News | citizensvoice.com

‘Dude in Forty Fort’ gets probation for ballot fraud | News | citizensvoice.com



Pitt hotline ‘inundated’ with requests from Afghans seeking escape from Taliban rule | TribLIVE.com

Former PA judge, Pitt alum calls for investigation into university’s fetal tissue research | Fox News

Holy Family University’s new president open to exploring partnerships as other local colleges consolidate – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.S. colleges led by University of Chicago, Northwestern, UPenn and USC pushed average attendance cost to over $40,800 as Covid-19 flared – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Duquesne City School District, troubled for years, scores a win: 7th graders are coming home this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thousands of kindergartners didn’t show up for school last year. Here’s what that means for the school year to come. (inquirer.com)

Slippery Rock launches new College of Health Professions | TribLIVE.com

LCCC ranked 8th among Pennsylvania Community Colleges by wallethub | Times Leader

Masks recommended, but not required in Lake-Lehman schools this fall | Times Leader

Education funding lawsuit nears trial date | News | citizensvoice.com

Online petition seeks mask mandate for Dallas students | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton School District to provide COLTS bus passes to some high school students | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

North Penn: Aug. 19 school board meeting moved to high school; comment time limit changed | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Editorial: Rising anger at local school boards is cause for concern | Editorials | readingeagle.com

Mask mandate debate rages on at the Central York school board meeting (ydr.com)

Raising concerns about child safety is not ‘divisive’: Joan Cullen (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Ahead of 2022, Pa. Dems thread needle on jobs, environment – WHYY

Pa. Democrats running for U.S. Senate united in efforts to maintain party majority in Congress | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Conor Lamb is redefining the moderate Democratic playbook (nationaljournal.com)

Fake TMZ site set up by far-right conspiracy theorist tries to smear Conor Lamb | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What Serve America Movement’s Pa. founder, former Republican Ethan Demme, says about the new third party (inquirer.com)

Woods Withdraws from Pittsburgh’s Mayoral Race | PoliticsPA

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

Can Gov. Gavin Newsom Keep His Job? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The Big Lie has legs | Editorials and Columns | standardspeaker.com



Western States Face Water Cuts As A Shortage In The Colorado River Is Declared : NPR

Erie Coke cleanup: EPA hits company with $1M Superfund lien (goerie.com)



VA patients of color less likely to be prescribed blood thinners for a common cardiac issue, study shows | WITF

Survey: LGBTQ adults hit harder by food, economic insecurities during pandemic | Tuesday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


State News

HOULAHAN: Afghanistan Alarm Fell on Deaf Ears – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pittsburgh-area Afghanistan vet, Pa. members of Congress frustrated over rapid fall of Kabul | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democrats and Republicans from Pa. and N.J. agree: The result of Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is a tragedy (inquirer.com)

Lehigh Valley politicians react as Taliban takes control in Afghanistan – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Berks County’s congressional delegation reacts to withdrawal from Afghanistan | Local News | readingeagle.com

Local observers see blame enough to go around in Afghanistan | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Cartwright pitches Biden’s healthcare plan | Times Leader

Pennsylvania is now America’s 5th-biggest state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunoco pays $85,000 fine to Pa. Department of Environmental Protection for pipeline leak (abc27.com)

The Pa. counties that lost and gained the most population in the last 10 years, ranked · Spotlight PA

Nazi salute at Fox Chapel school board meeting appears on ‘Last Week Tonight’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five children died in a fire at a Pa. child care home. The tragedy changed state law, but some say more must be done. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania gun rights: make it easier to conceal carry – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

As welfare reform turns 25, it isn’t working, advocates for poor families say | WITF


National News

The Taliban and Afghanistan News: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Taliban announces ‘amnesty’ in Afghanistan, urges women to join government despite history of repressive rule (inquirer.com)

Could we have done more? Veterans share mixed feelings about U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. (inquirer.com)

The swift collapse of the Afghan government foreshadows a dark future for the country | Smart Talk (witf.org)

As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Haiti Quake Destroyed Many Churches, Shredding a Mainstay of Support – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Those Surging Home Prices May Not (Totally) Be A Bubble : Planet Money : NPR

Overheated real estate market begins to cool – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New census data shows housing vacancy rates have dropped – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

After Surfside tragedy, questions around commercial buildings and business model of condo associations are brought to forefront – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rebuffing criticism, Chris Cuomo acknowledges he advised his brother to resign as N.Y. governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tropical storms: Fred moves north from Florida; Grace drenches Haiti after quake; Henri heads to Bermuda – pennlive.com

T-Mobile confirms data breach, says it’s investigating scope – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


Local News

Bucks County lawmakers recognize Council Rock graduate on being named U.S. Presidential Scholar | Newtown Area | buckslocalnews.com

Here are which municipalities grew the fastest, slowest in Lancaster County from 2010-2020 | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Is Lancaster County a metropolitan or rural region? Here’s what census figures say about the county, its population | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Johnstown population drops again by 12.2%, Census shows | News | tribdem.com

Taxing the sun? In Ephrata Borough, owners of solar panels say utility’s policy is unfair | Local News | lancasteronline.com

4 facts about Berks County that the 2020 census revealed | Local News | readingeagle.com

Populations expand in 21 Lackawanna County municipalities, decline in 19, census data shows | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Payroll tax conversion still under consideration in Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com

15 miles from the Flight 93 crash, visitors find a happy ending at mine rescue site | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three more Luzerne County Children and Youth workers under investigation | Times Leader

90th birthday salute to veteran cop brings smiles all-round | News | citizensvoice.com

Former Lackawanna County Commissioner Ray Alberigi laid to rest | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Carbon County awards $5.34M in EOTC contracts | News | standardspeaker.com

Hispanics are majority in Allentown, Upper Macungie saw huge growth among Asians and other developments shown by the 2020 census – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley turning corner with three new tenants – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

NWS: Lehigh Valley at risk of excessive rainfall as the remnants of Fred move through, with flash flooding possible – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lower Merion officials say township finances improving post-pandemic | Mainlinetimes | mainlinemedianews.com

Conduct complaint against Bucks County Judge Alan Rubenstein dismissed (theintell.com)

Mercyhurst North East future: A sports complex? Grant could make it happen for SPIRE Institute (goerie.com)



URA Approves New Support For Lending Program In Pittsburgh’s Historically Black Neighborhoods | 90.5 WESA

Census data likely shows Black residents are leaving Pittsburgh but staying nearby, top economist says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another round — in court — for former Froggy’s nightspot, two other Market Street buildings in Downtown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bus riders can begin using Port Authority’s smartphone payment system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Symphony to perform on 50th anniversary of the opening of Heinz Hall | TribLIVE.com

Port Authority launches mobile pay for Pittsburgh-area buses and inclines | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Health-care and higher-ed workers, students must get vaccinated by mid-October, Philadelphia announces (inquirer.com)

Gun violence epidemic leaves families in pain and fear | Local News | phillytrib.com

Observers point to many different reasons for gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘We are always on our knees:’ Haitians in Philly react to earthquake on island | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

DA seeks contempt order against Philadelphia Police for failure to disclose officers’ disciplinary records | Local News | phillytrib.com

Anti-violence advocate launches carpentry program for Philly teens | Local News | phillytrib.com



Biden’s rosy statements on Afghanistan, Covid have come back to haunt him (nbcnews.com)

Biden’s choices in Afghanistan were complicated. So is the fallout he faces | WITF

6 Political Takeaways For President Biden From The Chaotic Afghanistan Withdrawal : NPR

US lawmakers worried about situation in Afghanistan | ABC27

Jerry Shenk: The world awaits Biden test results | Opinion | dailylocal.com