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State Lawmaker Has Plan To Collect $104 Million In Lost Turnpike Revenue – CBS Pittsburgh (

Flynn legislation would address $104M in uncollected turnpike tolls (

Wages rise while pols apply pressure; lawmakers continue push for ‘audit’ | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (

Wolf calls on Legislature to boost wages, support paid sick leave | Pennsylvania |

Gov. Tom Wolf will use computer-drawn maps and other tools to help spot Pa. gerrymandering |

Scranton gets over $2.3 million in state grants for upgrades at three city parks | News |

Campaign started to make Hershey’s Kisses Pennsylvania’s state candy | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Federal judge blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate for U.S. health workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Finding omicron in the U.S. requires national boost in surveillance efforts : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5.7K new COVID-19 cases; More than 3.7K hospitalized – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Some Teenagers Under 18 Could Soon Get A Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shot : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pentagon chief says Guard who refuse vaccine cannot train (

FDA advisers narrowly endorse Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill (

Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This is how the BCIU is using COVID relief funds. (



Yellen: US economy recovering faster than expected | ABC27

Inflation, government spending and a little bit of omicron: Senators question Yellen, Powell | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Erie child care ‘crisis’ exacerbated by pandemic, impacting local economy (

Chester County businesses hard hit by pandemic receive funding from state – Daily Local

JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo among banks with big profits in Q3 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Bonuses, pay raises on workers radars for 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pennsylvania hospitality businesses hope for more COVID relief | Pennsylvania |

With nurses stretched to their limits, a plan to reduce their workloads | Opinion (

Pa. restaurant owner says ‘nobody can get glass’ to bottle specialized products – The Morning Call (



Temple’s campus is on edge after a student was shot to death: ‘Students are afraid’ (

Lawsuit claims abuse, threats at church farm in Juniata County | WITF

Former Temple U business dean convicted in rankings scandal | WITF

Former Temple University Dean found guilty of faking data for national rankings | Local News |



While Politics Consume School Board Meetings, a Very Different Crisis Festers – The New York Times (

Former top Pa. education official testifies that school funding is a ‘root cause’ of achievement gaps (

Pa. Supreme Court keeps school mask mandate in place until at least Dec. 8 (

Pa.’s K-12 mask mandate to remain in effect amid Supreme Court appeal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. mask mandate for K-12 schools remains for now, justices rule | Times Leader

Lancaster County schools adjust mask plans after Pa. Supreme Court agrees to consider appeal | Local News |

Bucks County school start times: Could a later start help teen learners? (

Former Phoenixville Schools finance director charged with embezzling $90K (

Scranton School Board approves teachers contract, budget without tax increase | Education |

Boyertown starting school budget with $1.3M surplus (



Report finds democracy is declining in the U.S. with Trump, Capitol attack cited : NPR

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Quack TV Doctor, Announces Pennsylvania Senate Run – Rolling Stone

TV Personality Dr. Oz Enters the Race for PA Senate Seat – DV Journal (

Stephen Colbert Exposes Known ‘Liar’ Dr. Oz Ahead of Pennsylvania Senate Run (

New Jerseyan Dr. Mehmet Oz announces Pennsylvania Senate run – NewsBreak

Analysts and opponents react to Dr. Oz entering Pa.’s packed U.S. Senate race (

America First candidate Bradley Lanning to challenge Fitzpatrick Pennsylvania First Congressional District (

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie aims to shape future for GOP and for himself – Delco Times

GOP governor candidate kicks off ‘Restore Freedom’ tour in Bellefonte (

Republicans push for more GOP women in Congress | ABC27

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Judge rules Lehigh County must count undated mail ballots – The Morning Call (

Berks County reports 35 late bilingual ballots, most due to late post office delivery | WITF

Politics: Former GOP Rep. Keith Rothfus considering jumping into Pennsylvania Senate race – PressFrom – US



Philadelphia weather in November was driest in 45 years (



I-83 bridge tolling: Federal infrastructure money won’t help, some pay (

Thanksgiving passenger volume at Philadelphia International Airport more than double 2020 levels – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Preventive health care is important, but comes with no guarantees | Expert Opinion (

Fat-shaming messages are adding pounds, not health, to American children (


State News

UGI’s 4th hike this year pushes rate 25% above Dec. 2020 level | Local Business |

UGI increasing natural gas heating bills by 9.6% | Business |

Pa. Department of Human Services offering assistance for rent, utilities, and more during holidays (

Pa. Society to honor Philadelphia doctor for her heroic COVID response (

Electricity rate increases on tap for most Pennsylvania consumers | Pennsylvania |

Pa. consumer bills going up as natural gas takes electricity along for the ride | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Louisiana vows to sue Pennsylvania insurance plan that could be ‘disastrous’ for elderly | Louisiana |

Wharton grad Marc Ganzi, now the face of DigitalBridge, in race to build America’s 5G networks (

Can we better respond to domestic violence? ‘I am fearful every moment of the day for children’ in Pa. –

Cyberattack on Pennsylvania college reflects larger national trend | Today in Pa. –

How to support Pa.’s veterans and service members this holiday season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

SWPA Legal Aid provides assistance in PFAs, child custody and housing | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Happy Trails Pa. looks to big boost from infrastructure bill to build, connect rail trails – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

3 Students Are Killed in Michigan School Shooting – The New York Times (

3 students killed, 8 others wounded at Michigan school, authorities say (

Supreme Court’s Mississippi Abortion Case: What to Watch – The New York Times (

Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments | News |

Parties prep for earthquake over future of abortion rights: The Note – ABC News (

Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade : NPR

How ‘Shadow’ Foster Care Is Tearing Families Apart – The New York Times (

Big Tech ‘Amplification’: What Does That Mean? – The New York Times (

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal (


Local News

Sen. Comitta to hold healthcare enrollment town hall Dec. 6 – The Mercury (

EPA awards $2.4M grant to Chester for stormwater projects – Delco Times

Somerset County’s salary board suspends DA’s pay, benefits to comply with new state law | News |

Bucks County to consider leasing Lake Galena to BCWSA for $24.7 million (

Menorah lighting kicks off Hanukkah in West Chester – Daily Local

Cognetti administration submits 90 amendments to proposed Scranton budget | News |

Reading Fire Department is understaffed and hopes to change that soon (

Two midstate YMCAs to merge Dec. 1 | WITF

Who you calling ‘sleepy?’ Suburban HBG neighborhood unites to fight development | Wednesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Falls Township readies second phase of 1,800-acre redevelopment project | The Bucks County Herald



Protesters rally outside Gainey’s house to demand answers about man’s death after arrest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Regional Asset District approves record budget for parks, arts, | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council votes to increase pension benefits for some city employees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny Health Network can handle influx of covid-19 patients, but staffing, supply costs surging, CFO says |

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto helps craft guide for responding to mass shootings |



Chris Freind: Could school choice reduce Philadelphia killings? – Delco Times

Philadelphia City Council allocates $3.25M in cultural funds, plans second round of Illuminate the Arts grants – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Al Schmidt to join Committee of Seventy as president and CEO | City & State PA (

Bruce Kauffman, former Dilworth Paxson chair and rainmaking litigator, dies at 86 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Nationalities Service Center resettles Afghan evacuees in Philly while marking its 100th anniversary (

Victim of SEPTA attack speaks at rally against Asian hate (

With Driving Equality bill on the books, a pilot program takes aim at police stops of pedestrians | Opinion (

Former Pa. Sen. Rob Wonderling to step down as head of Philly chamber – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage – The New York Times (

Third Way examines how Build Back Better affects families across the country : NPR

Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel | WITF

10 Things in Politics: Kamala Harris’ Big Tech Problem (