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Agriculture Secretary Highlights Partnership that Keeps Food Safe from Farm to Fork – PennWatch

Pennsylvania Ag Connection – Redding Highlights Public-Private Partnership Ensuring Safe Food

Elected Leaders From Around Pennsylvania Honor Trumka as Labor ‘Champion’ (

Local Legislators Announce $475K in Grant Funding for Berks | BCTV

Theft charges against Philly pol highlight Pa.’s lax reimbursement system for state lawmakers · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania’s 15th opioid disaster declaration to be the last, lawmakers say | Pennsylvania |

Gov. Tom Wolf extends opioid disaster declaration through Aug. 26 –

GOP lawmakers say they will not extend Gov. Wolf’s opioid emergency declaration | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority receives $24 million loan for wastewater repairs | Pennsylvania |

Doug Mastriano to subpoena Philadelphia for election audit (

Wolf Administration announces expanding Medicaid coverage plan for postpartum mothers (

Pa. extends postpartum Medicaid coverage for pregnant persons | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

W.Pa lawmaker wants to fight deepfakes in Pa. politics. But will he hit a 1st Amendment wall? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Wolf urges COVID-19 vaccines during visit to tout hospitality industry grants | News |

Senator Ryan Aument calls for senate committee to hold hearing on addressing fireworks law | PA Power and Policy |

Elected Leaders From Around Pennsylvania Honor Trumka as Labor ‘Champion’ (

Reaction to Richard Trumka’s death | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pennsylvanians React To The Death Of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka | 90.5 WESA

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak : Goats and Soda : NPR

Mask-wearing now recommended for most of region, state adds 1,731 new COVID-19 cases | Coronavirus |

Pa. Department of Corrections taking extra steps to protect inmates from COVID-19 (

Pennsylvania to start housing unvaccinated inmates together, not let them have visitors in person – The Morning Call (

These major retail stores and businesses have revised their policies on masks as COVID-19 cases rise –

Children are getting more colds – The Morning Call (

Masks mandated again in Northampton County buildings – The Morning Call (

Citing increased transmission, Penn State shifts to require indoor masking across campuses | WITF

Serious cases remain rare, but coronavirus infections in children are on the rise | WITF

COVID in kids: Cases rising among children in Philadelphia region, expert says (

Leading Edge PA announces support of mandatory vaccines for health care workers | The Bucks County Herald

Get vaccine or lose your job, Pa.-based nursing home operator warns | |

United Airlines mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all employees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County to require covid-19 vaccination for all new hires |



Amazon opens first Pennsylvania grocery store in Warrington, Bucks County – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Vanguard is offering employees a $1K Covid-19 vaccine incentive. HR experts are mixed on the benefits. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Penn National acquiring Canadian sports betting company theScore for $2B – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Restaurants Are Dangling Big Perks But Are Still Short Of Labor : NPR

Some local businesses are updating mask policies | coronavirus |

Mushroom industry continues to grow strong in wake of 2020 shutdown, despite ongoing labor shortage | Local-news |

Amazon pushes back return to office until 2022, will ‘closely watch’ COVID-19 conditions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Juvenile Detention Center employees plead for help from county council | News |



Biden Admin. approves Pa’s plan to spend billions in stim money for schools | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Battered by the pandemic, college presidents are increasingly on the move – Philadelphia Business Journal (

University of Pennsylvania planning new $31M performing arts center – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Back to School PA PAC Is Dishing Cash And Taking Names – DV Journal (

Suburban counties grapple with new CDC school guidelines (

9 states have a transgender school sports ban on the books. Now it’s being talked about in Pa. | WITF

Face coverings required at local colleges | Education |

Lackawanna College’s Tunkhannock Center ready for students | News |

Diversity, inclusion a hot topic in Downingtown Area School District | Local-news |

Philadelphia school district launches Back-to-School Bus Tour | Local News |

University of Pittsburgh announces indoor mask mandate, other protocols for fall |

Township supervisor cited for harassment after hitting someone with sign during Central Bucks school masking news conference (



The Mad Dad Fighting Critical Race Theory Is Actually a GOP Strategist (

GOP 2022 gubernatorial hopefuls spar over Pa. vote by-mail law | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Local Matters: Representative Conor Lamb set to join Pennsylvania Senate race – CBS News

Conor Lamb set to officially declare run for Senate in 2022 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wharton prof. Eric Orts speaks with the DP about U.S. Senate race, climate change | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Jane Mayer: ‘Dark Money’ Is Threatening The Elections Of 2020, 2024 : NPR

PA7: Wild Outraises Scheller in Q2 | PoliticsPA

Top Trump DOJ official’s letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup | Jay S. Bookman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Online group planning door knocking campaign in Lancaster County in attempt to audit 2020 election | PA Power and Policy |

Jonathan Lovitz touts an endorsement while Deja Alvarez supporters see an identity politics dig (



Auditor general’s office won’t review DEP’s approval of landfill’s expansion permit | News |

State environmental officials investigating oil leak at White Haven creek | News |

President Joe Biden pushes strategy to promote use of electric vehicles – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Associated General Contractors of America wants to seat at the table for climate-change reform – Philadelphia Business Journal (

PPL now wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2040 – The Morning Call (

Expanded ‘no drill zones’ will make Pennsylvanians safer (

Pennsylvania should enact methane regulations (

Fracking in Pennsylvania used toxic ‘forever chemicals’ as Pa. officials maintain willful ignorance | Editorial (



Is A Mileage-Based Road Fee in Pennsylvania’s Future? – DV Journal (

Pennsylvanians can soon expect multiple fees or taxes for using public roadways (

An Obstacle to Amtrak Expansion That Money Won’t Solve – The New York Times (



How Privatizing The Health Department Undermined Public Trust In Detroit : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pa. patients swear by cannabis as a tool to fight opioid addiction. The research still isn’t there. · Spotlight PA

How UPMC picked a new CEO to replace Jeffrey Romoff – Pittsburgh Business Times (

Understaffing in LVH-Pocono’s emergency room caused patient care to suffer, Pennsylvania report shows – The Morning Call (

Just in time for a COVID surge, health experts also bracing for a harsher flu season | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Opioid crisis: Pa. attorney general defends proposed $26 billion deal (

AG Shapiro touts $1B settlement with opioid companies amid criticism from district attorneys | WITF

‘Nowhere else to go’: Area social service agencies scramble to distribute rent relief | WITF

White House: Pennsylvania would receive billions from infrastructure bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amid flurry of amendments, Sen. Toomey wants changes to cryptocurrency requirements | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. firefighters return home after battling Montana wildfires (

PPL Electric customers didn’t get bills for 9 months – The Morning Call (

Lack of health care affecting mortality rates among Black, poor mothers (

Pa.’s competitive energy costs an important economic development tool (

PA elk hunting applications soar, according to game commission (

D.A. warns of unrequested unemployment benefits scam | News |

Pa. taking steps to help endangered bats by limiting firewood cutting in state forests | News |


National News

Richard Trumka, a Western Pa. native and lion of organized labor, has died | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Lawmakers give Cuomo deadline in impeachment probe (

Some Florida School Districts Push For Mask Mandate Despite Funding Threat : NPR

Both U.S. Women Competing In The Olympic 400 Meter Final Are Moms : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics : NPR

U.S. Women Take Olympic Gold In Beach Volleyball : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics : NPR

U.S. women’s basketball rolls past Serbia and will play in the gold medal game.

CNN Fires Three Employees For Coming To Work Unvaccinated : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

No Work, No Food: Pandemic Deepens Global Hunger – The New York Times (

Simone Biles’ mental health admission may help others (

US average mortgage rates flat to lower; 30-year at 2.77% | Business |

FAA head seeks more prosecution of unruly airline passengers | Business |

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 2nd special session to start on Saturday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Phil Murphy’s outburst at vaccine protesters latest sign of anger over pandemic divide (


Local News

Bethlehem to hold public hearing for affordable housing tax abatement program | Lehigh Valley Regional News |

Proposal for recycling center stirs up debate in Silver Spring Township (

Lehigh Valley will see high levels of smog Friday, DEP warns – The Morning Call (

An Allentown Catholic church choir has been invited to sing in Rome – The Morning Call (

New commercial office space coming to Nanticoke | Times Leader

Consultant: ATV and recreation park in Newport, Mocanaqua would boost region | News |

Delinquent tax collection deal between county, city in jeopardy; officials say it can be salvaged | News |

Developers announce plan for massive Olyphant warehouse | News |

Bucks restaurants, lodgings use $7 million in COVID grants from PA (

Waterford parking: Back-in rules are hurting downtown businesses, say residents (

‘It’s kind of our baby’: Weaver Nut Company owners thankful for firefighters, plan to rebuild following fire | Local News |

CDC eviction moratorium will remain in Lancaster County if COVID-19 spread rate stays high | PA Power and Policy |



City Of Pittsburgh Working With State Officials To Address Issues On The South Side – CBS Pittsburgh (

Report: Pittsburgh house flippers earn highest average gross return on investment | Pennsylvania |

New bike lanes and speed humps coming to Pittsburgh’s North Side, in effort to improve road safety | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh nonprofits receive $70K in grants focused on social equity | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



In Philly, violent crimes are down, but Mayor Kenney warns of a ‘long process’ to reduce it | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

City to open 3 youth resource centers in effort to stem gun violence | Local News |

Philly man’s wrongful conviction (

‘We’re going to be processed to death’: Activists push Kenney to do more on gun violence | Local News |



Infrastructure Bill Would Add $256 Billion to Deficit, Analysis Finds – The New York Times (

Democrat and Republican senators pile on the pressure to declassify 9/11 secrets | ABC27

As Biden aims to pass 2 big bills, things are about to get really complicated | WITF

‘This attack happened’: Medals to honor Jan. 6 responders | National and World |

Biden administration considers withholding funds and other measures to spur vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette