Comitta: Important Income Limits Raised for PA Workers with Disabilities – News Break

Mark Nordenberg pledges open, honest redistricting process for Pennsylvanians | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Schwank tours American Polarizers – BFTP | NEP (benfranklin.org)Arcadia University presented with $1 million Arcadia University presented with $1 million grant | Publicspirit | montgomerynews.com

PA Environment Digest Blog: Senate Environmental Committee Meets Aug. 18 To Vote On Letter Disapproving Final Carbon Pollution Reduction Reg. Covering Power Plants [RGGI] (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Will lawmakers return to Harrisburg to re-up Governor’s opioid disaster declaration? (abc27.com)

Wolf asks lawmakers to reconvene early as Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration nears expiration | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Pa. awards $475,000 for improvement projects in Reading and West Reading | Local News | readingeagle.com

Oxford Main Street gets $25,000 in state funding | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Campus Reform | PA allocates $2.5 million of COVID relief money on diversity, equity programs

$23.9 Million Approved for Pittsburgh Water & Sewer rehabilitation project – South Pittsburgh Reporter (sopghreporter.com)

Local Legislators announce $475K in Keystone Communities Program Grants (berksweekly.com)

Delta variant in Pa.: How can Gov. Wolf manage surge with less power? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Two local projects receive Keystone Communities Program grants | Times Leader

Hearings begin this week on Pennsylvania legislative, congressional redistricting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Tracking Pa.’s pandemic spending, by the numbers | WITF

Pa. implores lawmakers to encourage public to get vaccinated (audacy.com)

Experts ‘strongly encourage’ pregnant women to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (abc27.com)

Wolf administration to host public COVID-19 vaccination clinic in downtown Harrisburg (abc27.com)

‘The good Lord’s vaccine is better than any man’s’: Voices from Pa.’s least-vaccinated county – pennlive.com

Positive COVID-19 cases on upward trend along with vaccinations | News | delcotimes.com

Coronavirus positivity rate rising in SE Pa. | News | timesherald.com

Somerset, Indiana, Clearfield counties have elevated COVID-19 spread, masks recommended indoors | Local News | tribdem.com

Monroe County COVID cases increased by 104 this week (poconorecord.com)

Griffith mask mandate ‘ridiculous’ | Times Leader

Vaccinated Luzerne County residents may need to mask as transmission rate rises | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Hanover Area announces masking mandate, some new initiatives | Education | citizensvoice.com

Covid spread now ‘substantial’ in Allegheny, other Western Pa. counties | TribLIVE.com

Giant Eagle to ask all customers to wear masks starting Friday | TribLIVE.com

U.S. hits 70% vaccination rate – a month late, amid a surge | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Now, kids under 12 are getting their shot at COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials | WITF

Americans Suffer Pandemic Whiplash as Leaders Struggle With Changing Virus – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Opinion | ‘Freedom,’ Florida and the Delta Variant Disaster – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Half of California now under mask mandates as Bay Area joins Sacramento, LA | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NYC urges masks; MTA requires vaccines or tests for workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It just went boom.’ ICUs are being overwhelmed with younger — and sicker — patients | TribLIVE.com

U.S. Urged To Play Stronger Role In Getting COVID Vaccines To Countries In Need : Goats and Soda : NPR

Lindsey Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for covid-19 | TribLIVE.com



Lack of foreign workers has seasonal businesses scrambling – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA’s Targeted EIDL Advance program could see cuts in bipartisan infrastructure bill – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Institutional investors may grab bigger share of single-family rental market as smaller-scale landlords look for an exit – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama May Get 2nd Chance To Vote For Union : NPR

Report offers ways to address inequities among Philly’s minority-owned small businesses | Business | phillytrib.com

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

PPG completes $15 million expansion at aerospace window plant in California | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Dauphin County rapid response team prepares for future riots (abc27.com)

John Bey officially Lancaster city’s new police chief: ‘Public safety is not a spectator sport’ [photos] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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

National Night Out 2021 events are back with food, games and first responders – pennlive.com

Two MSC Gayane seamen get prison terms in plot to smuggle 20 tons of cocaine through Port of Philadelphia (inquirer.com)



Brookings Institution urges Congress to provide up to $7 billion to struggling state colleges – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Drexel’s tech talent ranks among MIT, Carnegie Mellon on CodeSignal report – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Central Bucks optional face mask rule drives divide in community (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

In Central Bucks, it’s a pandemic of ‘bullies over others’ (theintell.com)

New OJR equity policy spurs ‘Critical Race Theory’ debate | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Central Bucks School District should acknowledge racist education (theintell.com)

Cheyney to use stimulus money to erase unpaid student bills | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Lehigh Valley school districts will provide more mental health support services – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Parent organization calls for resignation of Pine-Richland School Board over handling of assault investigations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon reinstates mask mandate after rise in COVID-19 cases caused by delta variant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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



Nina Turner And Shontel Brown Lead Polls In Ohio 11th District : NPR

Pennsylvania Court Vacancies Allow Voters To Shape Judiciary | 90.5 WESA

Special election announced for Pennsylvania’s 164th House district | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wagner Backs Bartos for Senate | PoliticsPA

Election audit supporter condemns death threats received by Tioga County commissioners – pennlive.com

Jack Ciattarelli picks Diane Allen as running mate in New Jersey governor’s race (inquirer.com)



Blue Marsh Lake algae blooms concerning, but unlikely to be the sole cause of Philadelphia-area water complaints | News | dailylocal.com

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

Pennsylvania among worst states in nation in outdoor economic value, says study | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



PennDOT panel recommends fee hikes to replace the state’s gas tax | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

What if Highways Were Electric? Germany Is Testing the Idea. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Union Station: Amtrak office to be renovated as daytime trains planned for Erie (goerie.com)

Lawsuit stops Allentown airport construction project – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Pennsylvania ranks 12th best state for health care (abc27.com)

How the pandemic killed a record number of rural hospitals | Across America | phillytrib.com

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

As 13 Pennsylvanians die daily from overdose, the opioid settlement brings promise and peril | Editorial (inquirer.com)

State should extend opioid emergency | Opinion | citizensvoice.com

Allegheny Health Network sues insurer for COVID-19 losses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Pennsylvania Lottery sets record-breaking profit topping $1.3 billion (abc27.com)

AG Shapiro wins $500k in restitution for harmed Pennsylvania homeowners (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania’s ‘record breaking’ lottery profit exceeds $1.3 billion | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA high court reverses Bucks County rescinding of COVID-related eviction stays. (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

John Stefanowicz falls in opening round of Olympic wrestling in Tokyo (ydr.com)

Lancaster’s Olympic archer Casey Kaufhold aims for the future after returning home from Tokyo | Olympics | lancasteronline.com

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

Inside the prestigious Central Pa. Youth Ballet’s summer intensive program – pennlive.com

The best banana splits in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)


National News

Federal guidance poses yet another problem for the GOP-backed effort to review the 2020 election | WITF

Stimulus checks: Could payments turn into monthly guaranteed income? | ABC27

US women lose in soccer, win in volleyball, basketball (abc27.com)

Simone Biles Makes A Triumphant Olympic Return And Takes Bronze On Balance Beam : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics : NPR

Used-car purchasers face high-price sticker shock | Smart Talk (witf.org)

A Trump-era rule that blocks most migrants is still in place — and now back in court | WITF

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

For Laurel Hubbard and other transgender athletes, change is finally coming to Olympics – pennlive.com


Local News

THE ART OF PIZZA MAKING: From Broadway to the pizzeria, Yardley Pizza’s new owner is center stage | Yardley Area | buckslocalnews.com

DelVal Recorder of Deeds Offices Are On Track for a Historic Year – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

BOOKER: Delco Reassessment Leads to Higher Taxes for Homeowners – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Harrisburg Fair Housing Council offering help as evictions begin to peak (abc27.com)

Construction of two downtown Lancaster housing projects to start in coming months | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Even with aid, finding affordable housing difficult in Bucks County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Cleanup continues following historic tornado in Bensalem (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan praises those who fought North Coventry fire | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Trees: Penn State helps in fight to bring back the American chestnut (ydr.com)

Erie’s Perry Square gets portable toilets, water fountain, other upgrades (goerie.com)

Utility shutoffs affecting many in the Lehigh Valley as pandemic protections pulled – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Grant to fund study of buildings in downtown Wilkes-Barre block | News | citizensvoice.com

Carbon County to reach veterans with food distributions | News | standardspeaker.com



Allegheny County joins Philly in backlash to Shapiro’s opioid settlement deal | WITF

South Side reacts to new weekend night traffic pattern (wtae.com)

The world’s largest soap bottle is coming to Pittsburgh | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

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



Philadelphia ranks last in home lot size among nation’s 20 biggest cities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Almost 90% of Philly’s Asian residents are vaccinated. In the rest of Pa., health officials aren’t sure | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia-area restaurants ask for proof of vaccinations, sparking debate (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia street sweeping will require moving parked cars (inquirer.com)



Are we headed for a four-day workweek? New congress legislation gaining steam (abc27.com)

The White House calls on states to prevent a crisis after the federal eviction moratorium expired – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Big Economic Challenges Await Biden and the Fed This Fall – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Here’s what’s included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill | WITF

Guest Opinion: Thanks to Congress, the VOCA Fix is in (theintell.com)

$1T infrastructure bill gets first action as senators dig in | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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