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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 (

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 (

Philadelphia elections officials reject ‘audit’ request for 2020 ballots and voting equipment (

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

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

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

PA House GOP bristles at plan to text vaccine reminders over privacy (

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. (

Few lawsuits filed despite COVID-19′s deadly toll in nursing homes (

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

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

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

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

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 |

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

Pennsylvania hospitality trade group sponsors vaccine clinics | Pennsylvania |


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 –

Disney to require employees to have COVID-19 vaccinations –

Federal report shows troubling sign of inflation | National |

COVID-19 had disproportionate effect on minority-owned businesses (


Make police officers pay for keeping quiet about colleagues’ misconduct | Opinion (

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 (

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

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

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

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

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


Cheyney University will erase unpaid student bills since the start of the pandemic (

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 |

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

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


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 (


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

Pennsylvania has a methane problem | Opinion (

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


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 |

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

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

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 (

National News

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

Pandemic eviction crisis leads to greater tenant protections | News |

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. –

Florida breaks record for covid-19 hospitalizations |

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 (

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 |

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

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

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

Chester Housing Authority to reduce impact of evictions | News |

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


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

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 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. (

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

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


Why Philly’s and Pittsburgh’s mayors want immigration action from Congress | Opinion (

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

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain | Coronavirus |