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Women’s Health Caucus Chairs begin #OptInPA Campaign for Postpartum Medicaid Expansion (

Pa. legislators consider bills to help struggling veterans |

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

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

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

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 (

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

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

Bipartisan push in Pa. to license undocumented immigrants (

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

Democrats name new minority chair to influential Pennsylvania House Committee | Pennsylvania |

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 (

Mask rule for airline passengers will remain in effect into January, TSA says (

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 (

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

Tower Health to impose employee Covid-19 vaccination mandate – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Do you need a COVID vaccine booster shot? What you need to know (

Bucks County recommends masking for all students in the fall (

CDC: Erie County’s COVID-19 community transmission rate now high (

Early Data Hints at a Rise in Breakthrough Infections – The New York Times (



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

Correctional nurses sue Pennsylvania union, alleging unfair representation | Pennsylvania |

Why some Pittsburgh industries are seeing persistent labor shortages | Employment Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

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

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

Falls Township advances plans to develop former US Steel site (

Delta variant prompts Erie Insurance to delay return to the office until January (

COVID-19: WellSpan tells staff to get vaccinated or get tested (

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



York launches ‘co-responders’ following prison death; DOJ investigation continues (

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

DA Dave Sunday announces co-responder model for mental health calls (

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



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 (

Vaccine clinics, classroom testing coming to Pennsylvania schools, colleges (

New Britain residents back Cynthia Jones as push to oust her fizzles (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (

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 |

Libertarian Rosica running for West Chester mayor | Local-news |

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

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



What environmental price will Pennsylvania pay for bitcoin mining? (

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



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



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

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

Initiative aims to get kids health insurance | News |

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


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 (

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

State warns that federal pandemic unemployment benefits end next month (

Podcast: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick on Afghanistan (

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

Local Veterans Have Mixed Views of Biden’s Afghan Evacuation – DV Journal (

Hometown veteran weighs in on Afghanistan | News |

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

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

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

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


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 (

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 |

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

US appeals court revives lawsuit over gun club restrictions | WITF


Local News

Bethlehem breaks ground on $22M Southside parking deck –

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

Chester County commissioners want emergency pipeline plans | |

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 |

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

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

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

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

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

First-ever Unity Day honors first responders, community in Bristol (

Newtown residents want answers from Bucks on safe house in township (

Erie-area rental market is booming just like real estate market (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mobile Toolkit now available to local groups hoping to clean up NEPA | News |

Scranton officials again urge residents to apply for rent, utility and mortgage relief | Coronavirus |

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



Pittsburgh will help to resettle refugees fleeing Afghanistan crisis | WITF

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

‘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 (

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

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



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

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 |

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

Biden administration freezes billions of dollars in Afghan reserves, depriving Taliban of cash (