PA Senate Dems to Host Policy Hearing on Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania – MyChesCo

Letter to the Editor: Kane fights to protect thousands of jobs | Opinion | delcotimes.com

The Impact of Long Time AFL CEO Richard Trunka with Jay Costa – KDKA Radio On-Demand – Omny.fm

Senator Street Announces $192K in Grants for the Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club – MyChesCo

Coatesville schools get state funding to provide healthy snacks | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Funded for Modena’s New Public Works Truck | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

Flynn hosts paper-shredding event at Circle Drive-In (yahoo.com)

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

House Values and Legal Marijuana: Higher is Better, Report Says (phillymag.com)

Theft charges against Philly-area politician highlight Pa.’s lax reimbursement system for state lawmakers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Redistricting reform advocates want to end prison-based gerrymandering. Experts say it’s possible | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lawmakers should implement the Grand Jury recommendations on fracking | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

‘One of us’: State labor leaders remember AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

GOP won’t renew Wolf’s opioid declaration, leaders say | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

State Extends Postpartum Medicaid Coverage For Pregnant Women – LevittownNow.com

Pennsylvania bills would authorize local speed radar use | Land Line

Gov. Wolf: $2.3M in COVID relief helping Lackawanna County restaurants | Times Leader

Sappey to hold panel discussion on education | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Trump allies’ lingering election probes spark public skepticism, concerns in Congress | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. health officials are leaving mask mandates up to K-12 schools. A Senate committee has questions | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Opinion: Monroe County residents can rise above the COVID pandemic (poconorecord.com)

Redistricting needs public input | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grant to fund DHAP program | Business | standardspeaker.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

US now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day | WITF

Public health experts urge local mask and vaccine requirements as schools reopen across the country | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Record-High Cases, Florida Emerges As COVID-19 Epicenter : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Norwegian Cruises Can Require Proof Of COVID Vaccines In Florida, Judge Says : NPR

Bikers Gather For The Sturgis Rally As Health Experts Fear COVID Spread : NPR

‘This Is Really Scary’: Kids Struggle With Long Covid – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says state won’t mandate masking in schools – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Fitzgerald Announces Mask Mandate For Unvaccinated County Workers | 90.5 WESA

Should Pa. restaurants require proof of vaccination? Owners say it will result in conflicts – pennlive.com

COVID in kids: Cases rising among children in Philadelphia region, expert says (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Florida parents sue governor over mask mandate ban, saying it creates an ‘imminent and actual threat’ to students – pennlive.com

U.S.-Canadian border reopens as views shift on pandemic | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

This Louisiana pol is a COVID widow. She wants deniers to get real | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘The difference between life and death.’ Black leaders step up vaccine campaigns as Delta variant hits the unvaccinated | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

Bishop encourages mask wearing | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com



Alloy Surfaces Co. will lay off 63 employees at Delaware County location – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Air Products posts robust profit as its sees both challenges, continued growth amid pandemic – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Expand legal immigration to boost the economy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

For first time, average pay for supermarket and restaurant workers tops $15 an hour | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After Trumka’s death, AFL-CIO faces a crossroads | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele | Leader of coalition to help unemployed steelworkers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Guest Column: Re-entry, resetting and redemption– Not just any pardon clinic | Opinion | delcotimes.com

‘It just feels surreal’: Family reunites after father’s detention at York County Prison | WITF

Mental health co-responders answer calls in Bensalem to aid police response (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Education Department announces ‘Final Extension’ of student loan payment freeze | WITF

Philadelphia-area colleges tighten mask, vaccination policies with Delta variant rising – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Summer program offers kids time to ‘refresh our brains,’ get ready to go back to school after a year away from regular classes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley college students are set to return to campus with masks, proof of vaccinations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Six state schools moving to integrate into two new universities | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Editorial: New medical school in Wyomissing a welcome addition | Editorials | readingeagle.com

A new school year is set to begin in Berks County, with fewer COVID restrictions | Local News | readingeagle.com

Council Rock to keep masks optional for return of school in the fall (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Racial justice movement’s impact reaches Pittsburgh-area classrooms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State expanded its branch campuses decades ago. Now, some say that’s one reason state universities are struggling. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

West Mifflin schools surveying parents on masks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools could furlough more than 30 teachers at start of school year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Arizona ‘Audit’: Here’s What Might Happen Next : NPR

Penn graduate Conor Lamb expected to enter race for U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania | The Daily Pennsylvanian (thedp.com)

Senate aspirant Lamb brings campaign to WB | Times Leader

Democratic U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb is latest to run for U.S. Senate seat (therecordherald.com)

‘These are serious times’: Conor Lamb enters 2022 U.S. Senate race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘All Of It Is On The Line’: Conor Lamb Joins Race For Pennsylvania Senate Seat | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Democrat fight is battle in Left-versus-centrist war (msn.com)

Packed Democratic primary looms for Pennsylvania Senate seat (thetelegraph.com)

Philly GOP Launches Billboard Campaign as Hispanic Support Climbs the Charts – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

PA8: Daniels Seeks Pro-Trump Lane in Viral Video, Criticism of DC Cops | PoliticsPA

DeSantis feuds with Biden White House as COVID cases rise | The ANSWER Orlando – Orlando, FL

Zuckerberg’s cash fuels GOP suspicion and new election rules | WITF



A Major U.N. Report Warns Climate Change Is Accelerating : NPR

A Hotter Future Is Certain, According to U.N. Climate Report – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

5 things to know about the new UN report on climate change | News | tribdem.com

Just like cars and trucks are going electric, so are lawnmowers and other yard equipment – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Demolition of two TMI cooling towers postponed until next year | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)



PennDOT examines local roads – The Mon Valley Independent

Is a mileage-based road fee in Pennsylvania’s future? (broadandliberty.com)

Pa.’s transportation funding pitch faces a rough road | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia-area health system CEOs Pullin, Lynch elected to American Hospital Association board – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rare, risky, and complex, lung transplants for COVID-19 survivors save, but change, lives – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Why we need to care about unsolved trans deaths | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

AARP works vigorously to protect all Americans against high drug prices (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID proved Pa. Community Health Centers need for long-term funding (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Delaware County health department tab: $8-10 million a year | News | delcotimes.com

Tyler Memorial ER closing could lead to many problems | Business | thetimes-tribune.com


State News

Pa.’s Shapiro, 21 AGs tell Congress to guard against voter suppression | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why PSERS investment strategy has failed to pay off for Pa. taxpayers and school employees – pennlive.com

Here’s how Pennsylvania’s Olympians fared in Tokyo | Five for the Weekend | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Could Hyde Amendment Cause Problems for Casey? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

NAACP of Pa. criticizes firing of Black leadership at Sewickley Academy | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Explorers find neglected Native American stone landscapes in eastern Pennsylvania – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


National News

What American dream? Millions of Americans still can’t afford food, rent | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Melissa DeRosa, Andrew Cuomo’s Top Aide, Has Quit Her Post : NPR

Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign | WITF

R. Kelly Will Stand Trial After 2 Years Of Delays. Here’s What He’s Accused Of : NPR

These Are Our Favorite Moments Of The Tokyo Summer Olympics : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics : NPR

Mixed bag: Erratic Pandemic Olympics come to a nuanced end | WITF

How new Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. is shaping DEI at the Grammy awards – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

As Taliban Capture Cities, U.S. Says Afghan Forces Must Fend for Themselves – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

A ban on evictions lapsed before being reinstated. Housing advocates are relieved but uncertain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Census experts puzzled by high rate of unanswered questions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obituary: Legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden dies at 91 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

DECA City Farms has big plans for urban agriculture in Lancaster and beyond [Q&A] | Home & Garden – Pennsylvania News Today

Coleman selected borough manager for Kennett Square | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Carlisle proposes homeowner relief, emergency services reimbursements in latest round of COVID-related CDBG funding | Carlisle | cumberlink.com

Underground cave beneath Harrisburg house gains worldwide fame in TikTok video – pennlive.com

7 people have died from fires in Reading in 2021, already one of city’s worst years in decades | Local News | readingeagle.com

Erie should follow New Castle’s lead and adopt a Home Rule Charter (goerie.com)

Erie County needs ‘young blood’ and fresh perspectives (goerie.com)

Pocono Environmental Education Center celebrates outdoors (poconorecord.com)

Local public defenders say needs are being met thanks to county support; would welcome state aid | News | tribdem.com

Dundaff Street work slower than expected | News | thetimes-tribune.com

National Night Out held throughout Schuylkill County | News | standardspeaker.com

Communities to appeal FEMA flood mapping; flood insurance price spikes likely | News | citizensvoice.com



Top city, police, state officials meet to find ways to make Pittsburgh’s South Side safer – WPXI

City, state leaders look to mitigate South Side violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority proposed rate hikes face uncertainty, analysis finds | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pittsburgh ranked with the lowest percentage of law firm partners of color in U.S. | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

City Visions art project to turn Pittsburgh neighborhoods into fantastic visions | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

A city of water: Experts explain how climate change impacts Pittsburgh’s infrastructure | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area arts organizations partnering to shore up their finances | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Pittsburgh synagogue to become apartments, urban farm in $18.5M project | TribLIVE.com



The Editors: To stop Philly’s cycle of violence, D.A. Krasner must prosecute gun crimes (broadandliberty.com)

Barstool Sports-branded bar opening in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly’s ICE field office is flouts its own agency’s guidance, putting lives in danger | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



POLITICO Playbook: Emboldened progressives could cause headaches for Biden – POLITICO

US government issues alert over threat of violence in August tied to Trump conspiracy theories (yahoo.com)

Senators Push Infrastructure Bill A Step Closer To Passage : NPR

In weekend session, U.S. Senate clears key hurdle for $1 trillion infrastructure bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill still falls short on helping states fight climate change | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ahead of midterms, Democrats feel pressure to pass citizenship | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Capitol sit-in, Cori Bush galvanized a progressive revolt over evictions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette