Women’s Health Caucus Chairs begin #OptInPA Campaign for Postpartum Medicaid Expansion (berksweekly.com)

Pa. legislators consider bills to help struggling veterans | fox43.com

Proposed Bill: Parents Liable if Children Don’t Mask at School | The Legal Intelligencer (law.com)

The Pa. Senate’s sham election review threatens democracy | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Mastriano’s ‘wild vote chase’: Pa. Senate leaders must put a stop to this (ydr.com)

YOUR VIEW: Give a listen to what Rural Caucus Dems have to offer | Times Leader

Pennsylvania redistricting experts demand better map-drawing process; ‘partisan interest’ shouldn’t define it – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Senate lawmakers are seeking a bipartisan approach to election reforms | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

4 takeaways from new Pa. census data and what it means for redistricting · Spotlight PA

Bipartisan push in Pa. to license undocumented immigrants (abc27.com)

Two Pa. lawmakers are working on bipartisan election reform. Here’s what they’ve proposed | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Democrats name new minority chair to influential Pennsylvania House Committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19

No shot, no proof, no service: New York City businesses begin vaccine checks (abc27.com)

Mask rule for airline passengers will remain in effect into January, TSA says (abc27.com)

The Delta Variant Spreads From Australia To New Zealand, Officials Confirm : NPR

Pa. correctional officers object to Gov. Wolf’s COVID mandates, cite natural immunity as defense (abc27.com)

Cumberland County reaches 70% of population with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine | The Sentinel: News | cumberlink.com

Tower Health to impose employee Covid-19 vaccination mandate – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Do you need a COVID vaccine booster shot? What you need to know (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County recommends masking for all students in the fall (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

CDC: Erie County’s COVID-19 community transmission rate now high (goerie.com)

Early Data Hints at a Rise in Breakthrough Infections – The New York Times (nytimes.com)



U.S Labor Department finds Giant owes workers more than $165,653 in back pay | The Sentinel: News | cumberlink.com

Correctional nurses sue Pennsylvania union, alleging unfair representation | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Why some Pittsburgh industries are seeing persistent labor shortages | Employment Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Chester County distributing $5.9M in Pennsylvania Covid-19 relief to local hospitality businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Inc. magazine names 8 Lancaster County firms among nation’s fastest growing | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Falls Township advances plans to develop former US Steel site (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Delta variant prompts Erie Insurance to delay return to the office until January (goerie.com)

COVID-19: WellSpan tells staff to get vaccinated or get tested (ydr.com)

SEPTA union asks for hazard pay and higher wages as contract negotiations begin | Local News | phillytrib.com



York launches ‘co-responders’ following prison death; DOJ investigation continues (abc27.com)

Cambria audit finds deputies worked for municipal police on county time; report forwarded to state attorney general’s office | News | tribdem.com

DA Dave Sunday announces co-responder model for mental health calls (ydr.com)

Pa. AG Josh Shapiro sues Upper Darby headstone company accused of ripping off consumers (inquirer.com)



Aiming to keep fall infections low, Wolf administration offers free COVID-19 testing for schools | WITF

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

Vaccine clinics, classroom testing coming to Pennsylvania schools, colleges (broadandliberty.com)

New Britain residents back Cynthia Jones as push to oust her fizzles (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Phoenixville, Spring-Ford, OJR school officials wrestle with mask issue | News | timesherald.com

School leaders want to know more before approving in-school COVID-19 testing | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Guest editorial | Private colleges should be leaders when it comes to requiring COVID-19 vaccines | Editorials | tribdem.com

Report: Aging Pa. schools ‘uniquely vulnerable’ to environmental health hazards | Wednesday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What works, what doesn’t: An epidemiologist explains how schools can reopen safely | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gov. Mifflin School District will require universal masking to start school year | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Moravain Village joins list of Lehigh Valley employers that require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Penn State, Teamsters come to agreement on universal masking. All employees to now be masked indoors. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to require masks in school | TribLIVE.comWyoming Area mandating masks for K-6 students | News | citizensvoice.com

Masks ‘strongly encouraged’ but not mandated at Lake-Lehman | News | citizensvoice.com

Some Pittsburgh school board members say they’re skeptical of plan to push back start of classes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Conor Lamb looks to make a fundraising splash in the Pennsylvania Senate race • OpenSecrets

‘Regular Guy’ Bob Kennedy Thinks He’s the Right Guy for 6th CD – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Roll Call: PA15 Ranked in Top 10 Districts ‘Surely to Change After Census Release’ | PoliticsPA

Republican Scott Hough withdraws name from Northampton County Council race | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Libertarian Rosica running for West Chester mayor | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Lancaster County to approve new election vendor following mail ballot errors in 2021 municipal primary | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Death threats and conspiracy theories: Why 2020 won’t end for election officials | WITF



What environmental price will Pennsylvania pay for bitcoin mining? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

When it comes to electricity, Pennsylvanians have lots of options. Experts say to do your homework | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)



New manager of Johnstown airport expects more growth; passenger count ticks up again | News | tribdem.com



Pa. Department of Health releases July 2021 nursing home inspection report (abc27.com)

Pa. hides data after backing pot as addiction aid · Spotlight PA

Initiative aims to get kids health insurance | News | citizensvoice.com

After losing a son, they’re helping people in addiction — and calling for treatment reforms (inquirer.com)


State News

Sen. Bob Casey talks about how $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan will help make child care affordable, stop childhood hunger – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Casey, Toomey, Philly-area Quakers trying to get one man out of Kabul to safety | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

State warns that federal pandemic unemployment benefits end next month (goerie.com)

Podcast: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick on Afghanistan (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

People in rural Pennsylvania are desperate for internet. Biden’s infrastructure bill could help. (inquirer.com)

Local Veterans Have Mixed Views of Biden’s Afghan Evacuation – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Hometown veteran weighs in on Afghanistan | News | standardspeaker.com

‘Humanitarian disaster’ and ‘tragedy’: Pa. lawmakers sound off on the fall of Afghanistan – pennlive.com

Lancaster County’s Afghanistan veterans react to country’s fall to Taliban | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pa. has long been a home for refugees. Will Afghans be the next to find shelter here? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Greens fees: How taxpayer dollars are helping lure U.S. Opens and other national golf tournaments to Pa. – pennlive.com


National News

What We Know About The Situation In Haiti, 4 Days After The Massive Earthquake : NPR

Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID despite being fully vaccinated (abc27.com)

A Mission To Give Afghans Democracy Became A Bid To Repair America’s Own : NPR

Some Gas Stations Face Fuel Shortages With Truck Drivers In Short Supply : NPR

Pete Buttigieg And Husband Chasten Announce They Are Now Parents : NPR

Wet and unwelcome, Fred spawns twisters and flooding in US | National and World | dailylocal.com

R. Kelly Trial: Decades of Accusations in the Making – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

US appeals court revives lawsuit over gun club restrictions | WITF


Local News

Bethlehem breaks ground on $22M Southside parking deck – lehighvalleylive.com

What will new Chesco census numbers mean in Washington, Harrisburg? | | phoenixvillenews.com

Chester County commissioners want emergency pipeline plans | | phoenixvillenews.com

Groundbreaking for Kennett Library & Resource Center draws stakeholders, momentum | Chester County Press

Lower Makefield to celebrate the unofficial end of summer with Community Day; event to feature rides, music, food and fireworks | Entertainment | buckslocalnews.com

One Year Ago This Week in Old Forge, Lackawanna County – Pennsylvania Political Podcast (papoliticspodcast.org)

Flooding, gusty winds expected today as remnants of Tropical Storm Fred move through Lancaster County | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster County courts reinstating mask policies for all starting Monday | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Brecknock supervisors look to limit solar farms in township | Community News | lancasteronline.com

4 Church World Service Lancaster workers sent to Virginia to assist in evacuating US allies from Afghanistan | Local News | lancasteronline.com

First-ever Unity Day honors first responders, community in Bristol (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Newtown residents want answers from Bucks on safe house in township (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Erie-area rental market is booming just like real estate market (goerie.com)

Upper Darby has big plans for American Rescue funds | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Lebanon County game warden searches for kangaroo in Mt. Zion (ydr.com)

Masks will be required starting Tuesday at Schuylkill County government facilities | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Drivers learning of suspensions years after sentences in Carbon County | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks commissioners may transform residential center into all-female facility | Local News | readingeagle.com

Lehigh Valley’s hot housing market sets another new record – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Behind on stadium rent because of COVID-19, RailRiders owner works out payment plan | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Mobile Toolkit now available to local groups hoping to clean up NEPA | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton officials again urge residents to apply for rent, utility and mortgage relief | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Flood authority approves purchase of Forty Fort property for new headquarters | News | citizensvoice.com



Pittsburgh will help to resettle refugees fleeing Afghanistan crisis | WITF

Western Pa. groups prep for fleeing Afghans seeking to resettle in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

‘We have a real responsibility to these people’: Pittsburgh groups trying to help fleeing Afghans | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The plan for a large underground mine in Allegheny County has been in the works for years. Now, it gets a public debut. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-based groups providing aid to Haiti as quake death toll passes 1,900 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For 3 days in Pittsburgh, there’s no bigger dill than Picklesburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



‘Some of these killings are for the dumbest reasons’: What’s driving Philly’s bloody summer? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Amid an unrelenting gun violence crisis, Philly DA Krasner sends $250,000 to community groups working to reduce bloodshed | Local News | phillytrib.com

Sixers sign Joel Embiid to four-year $196 million supermax extension, what it means for 76ers future (abc27.com)



House Dems plan budget vote next week, defying moderates | News | tribdem.com

Senators Demand TikTok Reveal How It Plans To Collect Voice And Face Data : NPR

Chris Freind: Biden AND Trump were right to exit Afghanistan | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Intelligence Warned of Afghanistan Military Collapse, Despite Biden’s Assurances – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden administration freezes billions of dollars in Afghan reserves, depriving Taliban of cash (inquirer.com)