Over half of voters think Pa. headed in wrong direction, F&M poll finds | Local News | readingeagle.com

Pa. Senate will soon require members to post spending online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Area residents voices haven’t been heard in Bon Air School decision – South Pittsburgh Reporter (sopghreporter.com)

Pennsylvania Celebrates Progress on Dairy Future Commission Plan | Main Edition | lancasterfarming.com

Rural Penn. Hopes Infrastructure Bill Closes Broadband Gap (govtech.com)

Pa. Senate GOP argues parents, not schools, should make mask decision (abc27.com)

Gene Yaw (via Public) / Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Votes to Urge IRRC Disapproval of Carbon Tax Plan (publicnow.com)

Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Environment Digest Blog: Republicans On Senate Environmental Committee OK Letter Disapproving Final Carbon Pollution Reduction Reg. Covering Power Plants [RGGI] (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Sen. Corman says Penn State would likely face ‘pushback in Harrisburg’ if it mandated COVID vaccines | WITF

Five Luzerne County fire companies receive $39K in grants | Times Leader


Coronavirus – COVID-19

LG Health ended contact tracing effort for COVID-19 in June: ‘I don’t think people realize that’ | Health | lancasteronline.com

Booster shots recommended for all Americans 8 months after receiving second COVID-19 vaccine (abc27.com)

Philadelphia public school vaccine mandate for teachers won’t start when classes do (inquirer.com)

Masks on school buses: Some districts going against CDC guidelines (ydr.com)

Philly students get vaxxed at the zoo before heading back to school | Local News | phillytrib.com

Black Doctors Consortium, pharmacies, offering COVID-19 booster for immunocompromised | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pittsburgh-area hospitals ramp up to give COVID-19 booster shots | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County not planning proof of COVID-19 vaccination rules — yet — as cases keep rising | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alabama has no more I.C.U. beds available, the state authorities said.



U.S. jobless claims hit a pandemic low as hiring strengthens | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Giant shortchanged 185 Lancaster County workers, feds say; firm calls it ‘unintentional’ | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Pittsburgh-based company becomes first Black-owned puzzle brand to be sold at Target | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Why are some Pittsburgh industries seeing persistent labor shortages? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Vaccines in the job description: Employers consider whether vaccine mandates are good business strategy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPP loans by fintechs are at higher risk of fraud, study finds (inquirer.com)



Yardley shooting: Police Chief Joseph Kelly shot in Yardley Commons (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

1 man shot multiple times outside Reading Area Community College building | Local News | readingeagle.com

State College forms Community Oversight Board to up accountability | Centre Daily Times

United Fiber & Data: Police investigating report of $3.82M theft (ydr.com)

How police chiefs and Black leaders overcame years of antagonism in York (ydr.com)

York County is hiring behavioral health ‘co-responders’ to work with police | WITF

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Pennsylvania teachers’ union supports universal masking in schools | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

The state’s top teacher’s union calls for schools to require masks | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Manheim Township, Columbia schools to vote on mask requirements tonight | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Midstate students prepare to go back to school amid fierce mask debates (abc27.com)

Erie County employees can get $300 for getting vaccinated (abc27.com)

F&M joins Lancaster County colleges requiring masks indoors | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Policy brief analyzes Pittsburgh region’s school spending ahead of fair funding trial | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bucks County school mask debate: Accusations fly over changed recommendation (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Shots required as VIllanova and Widener welcome students back | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Exeter schools approve mask policy; about 200 residents attend meeting | Local News | readingeagle.com

Tests reveal damaged ceiling at Northeast Intermediate does not contain asbestos | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Zoning board OKs Jewish school at Coughlin | News | citizensvoice.com

Pittsburgh Public Schools board OKs Sept. 3 start date | TribLIVE.com



Pa. Democrats’ constituencies are growing. How does that impact 2022? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Tyler Titus: Democrat for Erie County executive endorsed by Gov. Wolf (goerie.com)

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

GOP Businessman Launches Bid for PA4 | PoliticsPA

New political party takes aim at Pennsylvania’s broken politics (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Advocacy groups reflect on voting rights on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Dems plan to greet Trump rally with ‘Welcome to Alabama, Liar’ billboards – pennlive.com

VoteVets endorses Conor Lamb in 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race (inquirer.com)



EPA Will Ban A Farming Pesticide Linked To Health Problems In Children : NPR

Pipelines in Pennsylvania necessary despite shared climate concerns, industry says | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Raise the solar goal, keep Pa. an energy leader (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

It is time for the U.S. to pass laws to combat the climate crisis (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Landmark report points directly to fossil fuels as the cause of extreme weather changes | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Judge throws out Trump-era approvals for Alaska oil project – pennlive.com



Letters: Combine Erie’s rail, air terminals, shrink the Legislature (goerie.com)



Independence Blue Cross names Seun O. Ross as first executive director of health equity – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Herrin highlights Pa. childcare needs at public hearing | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Pennsylvania shows off interactive data tool with aim to address health disparities – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


State News

Pennsylvania casino revenue reaches new record in July – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania casino revenues top record $423M in July | TribLIVE.com

Problems with P-EBT cards, benefits issued by state for Pa. families (abc27.com)

Biden approval rating dips to 41% in Pa. as COVID-19 surges: F&M Poll | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick: Collapse of Afghan government threat to US (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania may use taxpayer dollars for major golf events | News | tribdem.com

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

Pennsylvania taking in Afghanistan refugees following Taliban takeover (poconorecord.com)

Central Pa. organizations preparing for Afghan refugee arrivals | WITF

25 years after welfare reform, we need to ensure a real safety net for Pa. families | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Meuser calls failure to report family’s purchase of stock on time ‘human error’ | News | standardspeaker.com


National News

What COVID windfall? States have been slow to spend stimulus cash, report | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

How a Remote Town in Texas Became One of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

As demonstrations spread, the Taliban face growing challenges in running the nation.

Report: Census hit by cyberattack, US count unaffected | Business | dailylocal.com

Desperation, pressure for aid increase in Haiti after quake | News | phillytrib.com


Local News

Lancaster County to observe Juneteenth as paid holiday, close government offices in observance | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

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

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

Plastic bag and straw ban set for West Chester | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Erie Downtown Development Corp. has strong interest in new apartments (goerie.com)Hollywood Casino builds temporary stage for outdoor concert series, a ‘really memorable experience’ – pennlive.com

Chermak again questions lien fees charged to certain delinquent Scranton taxpayers | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Tamaqua board fires district IT specialist | Education | standardspeaker.com

Republicans will get to nominate replacement for Scranton tax collector | Election | thetimes-tribune.com



Picklesburgh takes over Warhol Bridge with peculiar flavors and lots of live music | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade canceled, other service events on | TribLIVE.com

Afghan refugee in Pittsburgh worries about relatives, friends trying to flee | TribLIVE.com



Philadelphia Afghan Immigrant Worries About Family Left Behind – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Philadelphia-area Afghans have anxious waits for loved ones (inquirer.com)

Christine Flowers: Columbus statue decision is a victory for all | Opinion | delcotimes.com

City doesn’t roll out new programs to protect students as violence stays on the rise | Local News | phillytrib.com

City of Philadelphia considers appeal of judge’s decision to let Columbus statue stay | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘This can’t be normal, this can’t be accepted’: Philly gun violence leaves families in pain, fear | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Address Philly’s housing crisis by fixing ‘tangled titles’ for homeowners | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Mayor Kenney firmly rejects calls for National Guard, saying it’s not trained to fight city crime (inquirer.com)

City workers clear two encampments on Kensington Avenue (inquirer.com)



Biden’s EV Boondoggle is China’s Big Win – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)