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Pa. redistricting panel votes to end prison gerrymandering (abc27.com)

Pa. redistricting commission to count people in prison at their old home, not in their cell | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania redistricting commission approves prisoner reallocation policy | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania redistricting commission: Prisoners will be counted based on home addresses, not prison location | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In major shift, Pa. panel votes to count incarcerated people in home districts, not state prisons · Spotlight PA

State commission votes to change how state prisoners are counted for legislative redistricting | News | tribdem.com

Pa. redistricting commission votes to end “prison gerrymandering” (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania redistricting commission votes to end “prison gerrymandering” | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pa. redistricting commission to count people in prison at their old home | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Wolf admin unexpectedly pulls the plug on controversial revamp of Pa. safety net program · Spotlight PA

Is TANF program even worth investing in still? | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Election investigation a waste of time, money, say Chester County Democrats | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Months after its launch, risk-limiting election audit pilot comes under review by Senate panel | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Top Pennsylvania senator commits to forensic election audit | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Hearings in Pa. election ‘investigation’ to begin, senator says – WHYY

Pennsylvania Election Audit To Start This Week After ‘Grandstanding’ GOP Senator Fired From Probe (forbes.com)

Pa. Senate hearing looks into how 2020 election was audited (abc27.com)

Pa.’s top GOP senator removing Mastriano from being in charge of election integrity plan | Around the Web – Pennsylvania | delconewsnetwork.com

Corman: Hearings will begin this week on ‘forensic investigation’ of 2020 election | News | bradfordera.com

‘This is a war’: Mastriano and allies continue push for 2020 election audit (yorkdispatch.com)

Op-Ed: ABLE Accounts Give People with Disabilities the Chance to Save – Pennsylvania Senate Republicans – BBG Architecture Life

Montco’s Rep. Stephens Hosts Hearing on Assaults in Schools – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. lawmakers are making their position on mask mandates known to local school officials – pennlive.com

Sen. Kim Ward: Retroactive window for victims is no quick fix | TribLIVE.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

‘It’s up to us’: Fauci says pandemic could possibly end by spring 2022 (abc27.com)

Pfizer approval clears way for more college campus vaccine mandates – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Mandates urged as Pfizer vax gets full approval · Spotlight PA

Dauphin County Coroner argues against masking and vaccine mandates, despite public health advice (abc27.com)

Lancaster County COVID cases back on the rise after falling in June and July (abc27.com)

Rejecting Covid-19 Inquiry, China Peddles Conspiracy Theories Blaming US – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Bucks County and Philadelphia hospitals urge masks for kids as school starts (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID-19 vaccines: An Albion & an Erie ZIP codes trail all others (goerie.com)

Monroe sees percent positivity dip as COVID incidence rate climbs (poconorecord.com)

Philadelphia Board of Education unanimously passes COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Local News | phillytrib.com

No new COVID-19 deaths in region, but cases keep rising | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

CVS Health, other companies mandate coronavirus shots after FDA grants full approval to Pfizer vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Business/Jobs

Dr. Kimberlee Josephson: Apprehension about ESG criteria in business is warranted (broadandliberty.com)

Malvern startup BLOK seeks to become ‘Peloton of the kitchen’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Merck gets OK to expand new building | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Pennsylvania ends jobless-claims system lawsuit against IBM | News | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. report describes ‘gross incompetence’ at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center | TribLIVE.com

 

Education

State secretary of education visits Pitt-Johnstown, thanks leaders for COVID-19 efforts | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

‘Tone deaf’ | Faculty argues against Penn State’s disciplinary action warning for ‘Zoom-In’ protesters | University Park Campus News | collegian.psu.edu

Elanco, Ephrata Area districts at odds with CDC order to mask on school buses | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Spring-Ford School District to require masks for K-6 students | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Masks will be required in West Chester schools | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Bucks County school COVID guidance gets update after letter from PA (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Guest Opinion: CRT forgets we’re a nation founded on equality (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

As school starts in Pa., we need to follow the CDC’s mask-wearing guidance | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Diocese of Scranton schools to determine mask mandates on local transmission | News | citizensvoice.com

Parents group rallies in North Park to protest school mask mandates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa.’s health secretary rebuked Bucks County officials over their school reopening guidance, prompting them to revise it (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

New Laws Have Basically Ended Voter Registration Drives In Some Parts Of The U.S. : NPR

NAACP to hold Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 15 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Chemical Engineer Launches GOP Campaign for PA6 | PoliticsPA

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s centrist approach put to test in 1st District (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Fired Westmoreland election bureau director claims commissioners set her up to fail | TribLIVE.com

 

Environment

Alert Issued For Spotted Lanternfly In Pennsylvania : NPR

State officials throw their support behind ‘collaborative’ efforts to combat invasive species | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Guest Opinion: Climate change imperils the Great Lakes (ydr.com)

Bangor creek oil leak has not harmed aquatic life, drinking water, authorities say; oil/water separator being installed Sept. 7 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Transportation

Amtrak reveals ‘vision’ for service between Reading, NYC | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Health

More Americans Would Like Mental Health Support But Can’t Afford It : Shots – Health News : NPR

Penn State Health to spend $375M to develop hospital, office building in East Hempfield | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

For too many Black women, pregnancy is fatal. Temple thinks these birth workers could help. (inquirer.com)

 

State News

How you can help Haitian-led organizations in Pa. provide relief to the Caribbean country | WITF

 

National News

Supreme Court Orders The ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Reinstated For Asylum-Seekers : NPR

In Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, Taliban Resistance Faces Long Odds – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Charlie Watts, the Unlikely Soul of the Rolling Stones – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Serena Williams Pulls Out of the U.S. Open – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

9 women now serving as governors in US, tying a record | WITF

NJ gas tax to decrease by 8 cents a gallon on Oct. 1 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

N.J. law named for dead Penn State student boosts hazing penalty | WITF

Paused mortgage payments are resuming for many homeowners. Foreclosures and sales are sure to follow. (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Why Coronado Coal wants to build a mine in Forward Township – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

In Lehigh Valley first, Bethlehem backs linking tax incentive to affordable housing help – lehighvalleylive.com

Letters help Scranton residents, businesses with Biden Street name changes | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Flooding in Lower Bucks: What’s next for Bensalem residents one month later? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Da Vinci Science Center seeks $5.8 million in NIZ funding for downtown Allentown facility. Construction could start in March – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Tropical Storm Henri brings flooding and road closures to Luzerne County | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

Scranton could be showcased on billboards nationwide | News | thetimes-tribune.com

I-80 tolls among concerns Luzerne County acting manager shares with Hazleton chamber | News | standardspeaker.com

Another Dauphin County newspaper to cease publication – pennlive.com

$13.1M in ARPA payments to Luzerne County municipalities announced | Times Leader

 

Pitt

Gainey’s not mayor yet, but he’s out there listening | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone dies after battling cancer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where is Pittsburgh’s population growth occurring and who is driving it? | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Peduto introduces ‘Dark Sky’ legislation to reduce light pollution in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

‘We will find you’: Pittsburgh officials start illegal dumping crackdown | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh should welcome refugees fleeing Afghanistan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Carousel House demolition confirmed, but Philadelphia will revive disability programs – On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

Only 20% of Philadelphia anti-violence funding goes to immediate fixes, controller says – On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

Philly’s vaccine lottery didn’t work, Penn researchers find (audacy.com)

Philadelphia Free Library Pulls Web Posts After Complaints of Anti-Israel Bias – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Philly council visits Chester for ideas on reducing violence | News | delcotimes.com

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, DA Larry Krasner trade insults while visiting Chester to study anti-gun violence program (inquirer.com)

Philly ‘eliminated’ veteran homelessness in 2015. Why are there still vets on the street? (inquirer.com)

Fearful of COVID-19 delta variant, Philly area executives delay office reopenings (inquirer.com)

Philly agencies readying to resettle Afghans as first families arrive (inquirer.com)

Gabby Giffords: Universal background checks will save lives in Philadelphia | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Lawmakers concerned US won’t meet looming Afghanistan deadline (abc27.com)

Afghanistan Trip For Moulton And Meijer Draws Biden Administration Ire : NPR

Biden says U.S. on pace to leave Afghanistan by Aug. 31 deadline | WITF

Johnson had Vietnam. Bush had Iraq. Biden has Afghanistan | Fletcher McClellan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Voting rights bill named after late Rep. John Lewis pushes forward in House | ABC27

House votes to advance $3.5 trillion budget resolution (abc27.com)

House narrowly approves $3.5 trillion budget blueprint | WITF

House Democrats advance budget resolution, overcoming standoff on timing of infrastructure vote | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ahead of House vote, progressives offer Appalachia infrastructure agenda | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

ATF Nominee David Chipman Faces Steep Odds In Senate Confirmation Fight : NPR

Biden to tackle cybersecurity with tech, finance leaders | Business | dailylocal.com