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Legislature

Sen. Costa, Democratic lawmakers move to require rental assistance application before eviction proceedings | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DelVal Dem to Propose Minor Consent Vax Law – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Wolf asks Pennsylvania legislators to mandate masks in public schools | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Wolf’s request to mandate masks in school facing Republican roadblock (abc27.com)

Pa. Republican lawmakers chime in on debate over K-12 school mask mandates | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration expires | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. opioid disaster declaration ending, Wolf promising to keep crisis a ‘priority’ (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania allows opioid emergency declaration to lapse | WITF

What we know about the renewed push for a ‘forensic audit’ of Pennsylvania’s 2020 election · Spotlight PA

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

Advocates press for end to ‘prison gerrymandering’ | News | tribdem.com

Pennsylvania redistricting commission approves prisoner reallocation policy | State | wfmz.com

Redistrict based on shared interests, not power, Pittsburgh residents ask | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Lancaster County Republican commissioners call on state to keep county together when drawing congressional map | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pa. voters maintain majority support for redistricting reform. Advocates hope to finally achieve it by 2030. | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Is Pa. Senate boss Jake Corman on a mission from God, Trump or himself? | John Baer – pennlive.com

State officials visiting Mt. Lebanon High encourage mask use, COVID testing and vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania election review moves forward amid GOP infighting – WICZ

Pennsylvania 2020 election audit slated to go ahead amidst management shift | The Post Millennial

GOP divisions on 2020 election in spotlight as state Sens. Laughlin, Mastriano visit Pittsburgh area | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sens. Unveil Measure To Keep Pennsylvanians In Homes | Patch

Will PA’s leaders let the intellectual disability system collapse? (ydr.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Immunocompromised individuals in Montgomery County can sign up for booster shot | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

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

Allegheny County tracking COVID vaccination by ZIP code as cases, hospitalizations rise | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pfizer study finds a third shot greatly boosts COVID-19 antibodies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excela Health seeing increase in covid cases, with nearly all hospitalizations for unvaccinated people | TribLIVE.com

Geisinger mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all employees | News | citizensvoice.com

Berks County sees a delta-variant surge record 121 cases – Reading Eagle

J&J says a booster shot for its vaccine after 6 months may have big benefits | WITF

Pitt-Johnstown faculty sign petition for stronger mitigation efforts, mandatory vaccinations | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Cruise lines require vaccinations, tests, amid virus surge | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Business

Pennsylvania offering grants for small businesses, farms to boost energy efficiency | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Dept. of Labor & Industry offering Industry Partnership Grants to Pa. businesses (abc27.com)

Labor shortage forced some business owners to consider shutting down – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Covid-19 vaccination a growing requirement in job postings – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Positions up for grabs at Great Northeast Job Fair | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Report: Pa.’s billionaires more than doubled their wealth during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Violent incidents raise alarms at Philadelphia jails (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh police eye $52K in grant money for cold case project | TribLIVE.com

Two years after Pennsylvania’s auditor general recommended gun tracing system to stem violence, police departments rarely use it – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Education

State secretary of education visits Palisades | The Bucks County Herald

Some school districts’ in Midstate not planning to mandate masks on the buses (abc27.com)

Half of Pa. school districts with mask mandates are in Allegheny County, officials say | TribLIVE.com

Christine Flowers: The smarmy K-12 mask crusade (broadandliberty.com)

WCU and borough rejoin forces – Daily Local

Mask protest brings police to Garnet Valley School Board meeting – Delco Times

Princeton, Temple, Rutgers part of $15M National Science Foundation research entrepreneurship hub – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘All right, have a good night’: North Allegheny school board adjourns meeting after attendees refuse to mask up | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

$1.50 per year? State fee cut for college savers won’t pay for that dorm meal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Masterman teachers fear asbestos hazards, refuse to work in the building (inquirer.com)

Philly schools’ quarantine protocols maximize student absence | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Central Bucks School Board votes down mask requirement (inquirer.com)

WB Area’s new high school ready for prime time | Times Leader

Northwest Area recommending — not requiring — masks | Times Leader

Hanover Area to require full masking at all grade levels | Times Leader

Dallas and Hanover Area implementing mask mandates for all students and staff | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Old Forge School District making masks mandatory for all students | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Rodale Institute, Kutztown University sign academic research agreement – Reading Eagle

Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center changes policy to require universal masking – Reading Eagle

New Harrisburg superintendent plans to improve academics, make schools welcoming: ‘Change is coming’ – pennlive.com

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race: Who is running and what happens next? (inquirer.com)

Democrats scramble to reclaim lost ground in statehouse battles | TheHill

Luzerne County Election Board set to hire outside legal counsel | Times Leader

Pitt Cyber’s Policy Director Announces Dem Campaign for PA17 | PoliticsPA

Why the country’s hottest Senate race needs a candidate focused on climate (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Election Board tackles consultant, ballot box issues | Times Leader

Hoaxers face $5.1M fine for election robocalls in Pa. and other states | WITF

 

Environment

Chester County makes moves to combat climate change | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Transportation

Pa. Turnpike reopened after fatal tractor-trailer crash | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Tower Health transitioning transplant program to Penn Medicine – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

IBC, Trinity Health and NeuroFlow team up to support mental health of health care workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

California Wants To Pay People With Addiction To Stay Sober : NPR

Research: If you send kids home with food for the weekend, test scores go up | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pandemic caused PA nurses to leave hospitals; ‘crisis’ predicted (poconorecord.com)

 

State News

Pa. Senators react to withdrawal from Afghanistan deadline and Biden’s efforts (abc27.com)

Rep. Doyle says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Census: Reading has highest Latino population percentage in Pennsylvania (readingeagle.com)

Former Gov. Tom Ridge’s aides reflect on 9/11 and what happened behind the scenes – pennlive.com

 

National News

STEPMAN: On This Equality Day, Consider What Equality Between Men and Women Actually Means – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

As Search for Tennessee Flood Victims Ends, a Community Grieves – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

American embassy alert advises US citizens not to go to Kabul airport (abc27.com)

At Least 250,000 Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Haven’t Been Evacuated, Estimates Say – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Western nations warn of possible terrorist attack on Kabul’s airport | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Data Stolen in Microsoft Exchange Hack May Have Helped Feed China’s AI Project : NPR

Judge Pushes Back On Protections For The Sacklers In The Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy : NPR

Court upholds death sentence for church shooter Dylann Roof | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New N.Y. governor adds 12,000 deaths to publicized COVID-19 tally | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is America experiencing a different kind of ‘civil war’? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Corporate America’s $50 billion promise to confront racial justice shows limits of power to catalyze change | Across America | phillytrib.com

Social Security payments could increase 6%, largest boost in decades – pennlive.com

 

Local News

Minor league ballpark? Resort and spa? Which Lehigh Valley projects will get millions in taxpayer dollars? – lehighvalleylive.com

Reading looks to invest millions in parks, roads and playgrounds | Local News | readingeagle.com

Long-time sponsors honored at Musikfest opening – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

DelVal Towns Slowly Developing Plans to Spend Stimulus Funds – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Bucks County real estate: Hot market sees some cooling as inventory up (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Aqua sewer rate request could mean 90% jump for Limerick customers | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Customers complain Hazleton trash and recyclables dumped in same truck | News | standardspeaker.com

Olivet to open new club in West Reading Elementary Center – Reading Eagle

Family of those buried in York’s historic Black cemetery want to expand preservation efforts | WITF

Volunteers needed to turn Doylestown teal for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month | The Bucks County Herald

Dutch Springs warehouse developer could donate quarry lake – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘This is becoming the hub for everybody’ – pennlive.com

Monroe residents, businesses asked to report damage from Tropical Storm Henri (poconorecord.com)

America 250: Pennsylvania communities gear up for semiquincentennial (ydr.com)

Letters: Erie’s Central City, GOP a danger to democracy, (goerie.com)

Lancaster County Land Bank asks for plans to rehab former Manheim firehouse | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Pa. Ethics Commission completes investigation into Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Anthony Hamlet’s financial disclosures | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Some Pittsburgh-area parents are giving Nazi salutes and prescribing horse medicine in response to new school mask mandates | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Philadelphia spent a third of CARES Act relief on police, prisons – WHYY

Study: Philadelphia has best road conditions of any big city (audacy.com)

Philly City Council members back call for more student COVID testing  – Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Penn report condemns mishandling of MOVE remains | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Philly achieves $80M surplus with some federal help | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Reps. Meijer, Moulton in hot water after secret Afghanistan trip | ABC27

Biden calls to bolster cybersecurity during meeting with tech and education leaders | ABC27

Biden and Naftali Bennett to Meet, Seeking to Burnish U.S.-Israel Relations – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Jan. 6 select committee probe expands to Trump and top officials in a wave of demands | WITF

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)