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Legislature

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

Flynn legislation would address $104M in uncollected turnpike tolls (yahoo.com)

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

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

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

Scranton gets over $2.3 million in state grants for upgrades at three city parks | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

 

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 (abc27.com)

FDA advisers narrowly endorse Merck’s COVID-19 antiviral pill (abc27.com)

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

This is how the BCIU is using COVID relief funds. (readingeagle.com)

 

Business/Jobs

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 (goerie.com)

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 (bizjournals.com)

Bonuses, pay raises on workers radars for 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania hospitality businesses hope for more COVID relief | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

With nurses stretched to their limits, a plan to reduce their workloads | Opinion (inquirer.com)

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

 

Crime/Punishment

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

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 | phillytrib.com

 

Education

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

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

Pa. Supreme Court keeps school mask mandate in place until at least Dec. 8 (abc27.com)

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

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 | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County school start times: Could a later start help teen learners? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Former Phoenixville Schools finance director charged with embezzling $90K (dailylocal.com)

Scranton School Board approves teachers contract, budget without tax increase | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Boyertown starting school budget with $1.3M surplus (readingeagle.com)

 

Elections/Politics

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 (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

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 (abc27.com)

America First candidate Bradley Lanning to challenge Fitzpatrick Pennsylvania First Congressional District (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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 (abc27.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Judge rules Lehigh County must count undated mail ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

 

Environment

Philadelphia weather in November was driest in 45 years (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

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

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

 

Health

Preventive health care is important, but comes with no guarantees | Expert Opinion (inquirer.com)

Fat-shaming messages are adding pounds, not health, to American children (inquirer.com)

 

State News

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

UGI increasing natural gas heating bills by 9.6% | Business | standardspeaker.com

Pa. Department of Human Services offering assistance for rent, utilities, and more during holidays (abc27.com)

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

Electricity rate increases on tap for most Pennsylvania consumers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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 | thecentersquare.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

National News

3 Students Are Killed in Michigan School Shooting – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

3 students killed, 8 others wounded at Michigan school, authorities say (abc27.com)

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

Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments | News | tribdem.com

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

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

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

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

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal (abc27.com)

 

Local News

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

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 | tribdem.com

Bucks County to consider leasing Lake Galena to BCWSA for $24.7 million (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Menorah lighting kicks off Hanukkah in West Chester – Daily Local

Cognetti administration submits 90 amendments to proposed Scranton budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading Fire Department is understaffed and hopes to change that soon (readingeagle.com)

Two midstate YMCAs to merge Dec. 1 | WITF

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

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

 

Pitt

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

 

Philly

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

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

Nationalities Service Center resettles Afghan evacuees in Philly while marking its 100th anniversary (inquirer.com)

Victim of SEPTA attack speaks at rally against Asian hate (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Washington

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

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 (businessinsider.com)