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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 (

Wolf asks Pennsylvania legislators to mandate masks in public schools | Pennsylvania |

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

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

Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration expires | Pennsylvania |

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

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” (

Advocates press for end to ‘prison gerrymandering’ | News |

Pennsylvania redistricting commission approves prisoner reallocation policy | State |

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

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

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

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

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? (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

Bucks County and Philadelphia hospitals urge masks for kids as school starts (

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 |

Geisinger mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all employees | News |

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 |

Cruise lines require vaccinations, tests, amid virus surge | Coronavirus |



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

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

Labor shortage forced some business owners to consider shutting down – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Covid-19 vaccination a growing requirement in job postings – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Positions up for grabs at Great Northeast Job Fair | Business |

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



Violent incidents raise alarms at Philadelphia jails (

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

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



State secretary of education visits Palisades | The Bucks County Herald

Some school districts’ in Midstate not planning to mandate masks on the buses (

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

Christine Flowers: The smarmy K-12 mask crusade (

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 (

‘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 (

Philly schools’ quarantine protocols maximize student absence | Opinion (

Central Bucks School Board votes down mask requirement (

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 |

Old Forge School District making masks mandatory for all students | Education |

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’ –



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

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 (

Election Board tackles consultant, ballot box issues | Times Leader

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



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



Pa. Turnpike reopened after fatal tractor-trailer crash |



Tower Health transitioning transplant program to Penn Medicine – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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 (

Pandemic caused PA nurses to leave hospitals; ‘crisis’ predicted (


State News

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

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

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

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


National News

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

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

American embassy alert advises US citizens not to go to Kabul airport (

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

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 (

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

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


Local News

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

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

Long-time sponsors honored at Musikfest opening – Times News Online (

DelVal Towns Slowly Developing Plans to Spend Stimulus Funds – DV Journal (

Bucks County real estate: Hot market sees some cooling as inventory up (

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

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

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 (

‘This is becoming the hub for everybody’ –

Monroe residents, businesses asked to report damage from Tropical Storm Henri (

America 250: Pennsylvania communities gear up for semiquincentennial (

Letters: Erie’s Central City, GOP a danger to democracy, (

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



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 |

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



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

Study: Philadelphia has best road conditions of any big city (

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

Penn report condemns mishandling of MOVE remains | Morning Newsletter (

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



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 (

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 (