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Legislature

Wolf wants lawmakers to extend opioid emergency declaration | WITF

Push to audit Pa. election seems to have hit a wall | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (lewistownsentinel.com)

George Tratras Accused Of Shooting And Killing His Parents, Then Taking His Own Life In Mt. Lebanon Fontana Pushes for Red Flag Laws– CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Philadelphia elections officials reject ‘audit’ request for 2020 ballots and voting equipment (inquirer.com)

Nurses care for us – it’s time we stand up and do more for them | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (Rep. Bridget Kosierowski) (penncapital-star.com)

Here are the big developments this week coming out of the Capitol | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Tracking Pa.’s pandemic spending, by the numbers · Spotlight PA

PA House GOP bristles at plan to text vaccine reminders over privacy (poconorecord.com)

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Philly, Montco, Delco now seeing substantial COVID transmission – WHYY

COVID mask rules suffer from lack of cohesive message – WHYY

Are kids under 12 getting their shot at COVID vaccine trials? – WHYY

Vaccination rates highest among Asians in Philadelphia. The rest of the state doesn’t have complete data. (inquirer.com)

Few lawsuits filed despite COVID-19′s deadly toll in nursing homes (inquirer.com)

Fauci: More ‘pain and suffering’ ahead as COVID cases rise | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

Here’s why the CDC recommends wearing masks indoors even if you’ve been fully vaccinated | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

For parents of unvaccinated kids, worsening delta variant brings questions, prompts alarm – pennlive.com

‘Don’t let anybody know’: Doctor says some ask for anonymity when vaccinated – pennlive.com

Vaccinated People With Breakthrough Infections Can Spread The Delta Variant, CDC Says | 90.5 WESA

Magee-Womens, Pitt join study of pregnant and new moms’ responses to covid vaccines | TribLIVE.com

Concern grows over rise of respiratory virus and delta infections among children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania hospitality trade group sponsors vaccine clinics | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Business/Jobs

Why DoorDash drivers went on strike – WHYY

Largest layoffs in Pa. so far this year include the closings of a coal mine, a hospital and a prison – pennlive.com

Disney to require employees to have COVID-19 vaccinations – pennlive.com

Federal report shows troubling sign of inflation | National | thecentersquare.com

COVID-19 had disproportionate effect on minority-owned businesses (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Crime/Punishment

Make police officers pay for keeping quiet about colleagues’ misconduct | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Immigration advocacy groups say hunger strike at York County Prison led to retaliation | WITF

Zoom agrees to settle a privacy lawsuit for $85 million | WITF

The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘Hundreds of people just running for the doors’ at Spooky Nook complex sends 6 to the hospital – pennlive.com

N.J. man bragged at work about storming the Capitol, feds say. His coworkers called the FBI. – pennlive.com

Teenage victim of ‘reckless accidental shooting’ in Snyder County dies; little information disclosed – pennlive.com

‘Essence of evil’: Eastern Pa. man admits killing mother and son, burning down house – pennlive.com

Two travelers submitted fake vaccination cards before flying to Toronto. Each was fined nearly $20,000. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Education

Cheyney University will erase unpaid student bills since the start of the pandemic (inquirer.com)

Students Need To Be In Classrooms, With Masks, This Fall, Education Secretary Says | 90.5 WESA

Empty dorm rooms pose financial problems for Pennsylvania public universities | TribLIVE.com

To mask or not: School districts debate health, safety plans for year ahead | TribLIVE.com

Kids know masks can be smelly, hot and annoying, but they’re divided on whether they’re worth wearing in school – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania court vacancies allow voters to shape judiciary – WHYY

Pa., N.J. Democrats promote Biden’s 2021 stimulus, infrastructure plans; GOP bemoans inflation, labor shortages (inquirer.com)

Environment

In Delaware County, a fresh, coordinated aim at sustainability – WHYY

Pennsylvania has a methane problem | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Mon Valley On Pace For Twice As Many Hydrogen Sulfide Violations As Last Year | 90.5 WESA

Why It’s So Hard And Expensive To Plug An Abandoned Well | 90.5 WESA

Forgotten Oil And Gas Wells Linger, Leaking Toxic Chemicals | 90.5 WESA

Health

For AHN cancer patients, virtual reality providing escape during treatments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State News

9 tornadoes confirmed in Pa., N.J. during storms – WHYY

Governor releases plan for Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks | Lifestyle | phillytrib.com

What Pa. county has the most miles of hiking trails? | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf admin. debuts new long-term plan to improve Pa.’s state parks | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Prisons Release Dashboard Tracking Race, Populations | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania should scrap gas tax in favor of fee per mile driven, report suggests – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National News

Frustration as Biden, Congress allow eviction ban to expire – WHYY

Pandemic eviction crisis leads to greater tenant protections | News | phillytrib.com

Western wildfires may take weeks to months to contain | WITF

At the national level, Dr. Rachel Levine adheres to the focus to mission that marked her time in Pa. – pennlive.com

Florida breaks record for covid-19 hospitalizations | TribLIVE.com

A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Census: 1 in 5 dorms, prisons had no data at end of U.S. count | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local News

Bucks woman known as a Rosie the Riveter will have a mask and bandanna she made sent to the International Space Station (inquirer.com)

PNC Bank Pledges To Address ‘Completely Unacceptable’ Conditions As Officials Demand Changes At Its McKeesport Properties | 90.5 WESA

To Stop Wave Of Evictions, Some Local Counties Scramble After Federal Ban Expires | 90.5 WESA

Westmoreland residents seek input on spending $105M in pandemic funds | TribLIVE.com

Millions of COVID stimulus dollars now in bank accounts of Berks municipalities | Local News | readingeagle.com

Berks judge issues order allowing for delays in eviction cases | Local News | readingeagle.com

Help is available for struggling renters as the federal eviction moratorium ends | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Chester Housing Authority to reduce impact of evictions | News | delcotimes.com

In wake of national opioid settlement, families of NEPA victims say no price makes up for human lives | News | standardspeaker.com

Pitt

Remote work is here to stay for some Pittsburgh-area companies | TribLIVE.com

Deadly fentanyl overdoses mount in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Museum asks for visitor feedback on cultural sensitivity, exhibits with complicated pasts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

Philly leaders continue pushing Kenney to do more on gun violence – WHYY

Philly rank top in the nation for road conditions — WHYY

Urban forest or urban boulevard? Philadelphia tries to reimagine the Parkway — again. (inquirer.com)

The aftermath of a shooting: How a West Philadelphia community is fighting for its loved ones to be more than statistics (inquirer.com)

Kenney says he’s showing ‘urgency’ on gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Washington

Why Philly’s and Pittsburgh’s mayors want immigration action from Congress | Opinion (inquirer.com)

It’s In — And Big: Senators Unveil $1T Infrastructure Proposal | 90.5 WESA

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com