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Comitta Issues Statement on Planned Closure of Jennersville, Brandywine Hospitals – MyChesCo

Lack of telehealth law in Pennsylvania a major headache for patients who need it most · Spotlight PA

Pa. court to hear arguments over releasing voter information as part of election investigation – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New measure looks to boost investment in distressed Pennsylvania communities | Pennsylvania |

Lawmakers to discuss bill allowing off-label use of drugs to treat COVID (

Facing criticism, Shapiro stands by move to regulate RGGI | City & State PA (

Forthcoming legislation to target porch pirates in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

Efforts to change Pa. fireworks law haven’t fizzled out. House, Senate committees to hear feedback – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Primary Election Could Be Delayed – CBS Pittsburgh (

See how the proposed Pennsylvania congressional map scores in every key area · Spotlight PA

What we know about the House GOP’s preliminary congressional map | City & State PA (

GOP’s Congressional Redistricting Plan Under Attack For What It Does In Western Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh (

First Pa. Congressional map drafts give the GOP a slight edge in future elections | WITF

Pa. congressional map drafts are out. They’re good news for the GOP and some incumbents | 90.5 WESA

Philadelphia senators calling for more funding for anti-violence prevention | Local News |

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Receives State Funding for Growth (

PA Capital Star: Sen. Mastriano Hopes to Kill Automatic Pay Hikes | (

Rep. Shusterman introduces bill to ban plastic bottles in all lodging establishments (

Pa. Senate GOP election investigation heads to court: What we know now (

Capitol Christmas tradition returns with Rotunda tree –

Holy Redeemer Gets $2 Million Grant For Cancer Center Expansion | Abington, PA Patch

PA Food Banks Get Cash to Improve Cold Storage Capability – BCTV

Andrew Kulp: How $11.4 million in new state funding for food banks helps Berks County (

Lawmakers announce state grants for substance abuse, mental health and police training in Bucks County – thereporteronline

Yeshiva Schools progressing on capital campaign for Greenfield expansion with help of two grant awards – Pittsburgh Business Times (

Lawmakers work with Easton officials, developer to secure $3.5M in state funding for parking at ‘The Confluence’ | Lehigh Valley Regional News |

$2 million in funding secured for project that will bring hundreds of new high-wage jobs to Chester County – Daily Local

Senator Santarsiero Secures $1.57 Million for Biotech Investment in Bucks County – MyChesCo

Lehigh Valley agencies awarded $564K in crime-fighting grants –


Coronavirus – COVID-19

As U.S. Covid Deaths Near 800,000, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished – The New York Times (

‘A manmade crisis’: Pa. hospitals are overflowing with COVID patients | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

25 states, including Pa., report omicron variant; delta still big threat | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Supreme Court says school mask mandate is overturned (

Important COVID-19 barometer shows worsening outlook for Pa. –

‘Surge’ in COVID-19 cases contributing to longer waits at Pa. hospitals – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Gavin Newsom pledges to model assault weapons ban on Texas abortion law S.B.8 : NPR

Mass. hospitals see significant number of COVID breakthrough cases | WBUR News

Reconvene the COVID-19 Task Force: Message from the state’s GOP | City & State PA (

US COVID-19 deaths reach 800,000 (

Q&A: Pitt and CMU study finds state mask mandates effective against delta surge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccine holdouts in U.S. military approach 40,000 even as omicron variant fuels call for boosters | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kids should get COVID-19 vaccine, Pennsylvania doctors say. Here’s why (



Pa. hospital nurses head for the exits amid overwork, pay disparities – The Morning Call (

‘Undercover Boss’: Rita’s Ice CEO Linda Chadwick to appear on CBS’s popular TV show – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pa. and other states struggle to hire snowplow drivers as winter weather sweeps in (

Holiday supply chain problems hit the beverage industry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inflation is painfully high, but some relief may be coming | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Millennials hold key to work-from-home and Philadelphia’s economic future (

‘The workers have the power’: Better salaries, better hours, better perks available in Lehigh Valley, thanks to labor shortage – The Morning Call (

An economist answers 3 questions about soaring consumer prices | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Activists wanted Biden to revamp the justice system. Many say they’re still waiting | WITF

Investigations of Pennsylvania State Police troopers who injure, kill should be independent, panel says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

District attorney consulted with Pennsylvania State Police before shooting, then ruled it justified · Spotlight PA

Pittsburgh, University of Cincinnati aim to study police, first responders in emergency situations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lack of medical care led to death of 19-year-old in Pa. jail, mom says in lawsuit –

Rising cyber ransom attacks costing Pennsylvania victims millions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly woman suing Uber, saying she was sexually assaulted by driver (

Pennsylvania State Police: Summit site eyed for Erie County troop HQ (



Upper Moreland School District blocking records related to school closure decisions (

Over 30 Pa. colleges receive It’s On Us PA campaign grants to protect students (

After a decline last year, college applications are up. (

Pitt launches teacher prep program amid growing shortage of teachers |

After a two-year hiatus, suddenly those federal student loan payments will restart | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shooting threats and rumors have schools under pressure, and parents and students on edge (

Students and parents call for school district, city officials to fix school buildings | Local News |

New school board members take seats in Lower Merion – Mainline Media News



Another lawmaker joins GOP field for Pennsylvania governor | Times Leader

State Sen. Scott Martin joins 2022 GOP primary race for Pa. Gov. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Republican Senator Scott Martin joins race for Pa. governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inside Dr. Oz’s Shameless Flip-Flop on Abortion (

Sen. Scott Martin hints he will officially join Pa. governor’s race ‘soon’ | PA Power and Policy |

Philadelphia’s voters need materials in their own languages | Opinion (

Luzerne County GOP endorses Barletta for governor | Election |

Democrats have failed to protect abortion rights | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Taft: Much rides on Republicans choosing democracy in the voting booth (



Pennsylvania Turnpike preparing to collect tolls for PennDOT on 9 state bridges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Christine Flowers: Pro-life doesn’t just mean “pro-birth” (

Lyme disease vaccine provides promising protection against harmful tick bites (

Soaring costs for traveling nurses threaten sustainability of health care system, officials say | Investigative |

Bucks County, Montco hospitals worry as nursing home shortages cause delays (


State News

Casey: Broadband funding for rural areas key element of infrastructure bill | News |

DHS is Pa. AmericanRescuePlan Announces Dollar Plans | Five Weekends – Pennsylvania News Today

Op-Ed: America’s energy future depends on Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

There’s currently a ‘cultural treasure’ hunt going on in one of Pennsylvania’s state parks | Today in Pa. –

Lack of oversight, coordination leads to wide disparity in water prices across Western Pa. |

State Employees’ Retirement System, or SERS, the pension fund for state workers, reforms travel rules for staff (

Food Insecurity in Pa. and beyond | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

Assessing tornado damage from weekend outbreak could take days, officials say : NPR

Over 80 killed in tornadoes in central U.S.; Biden declares emergency in Kentucky | WITF

White House warns of increasing use of migrants as weapons : NPR

Fox News loses Chris Wallace to new CNN streaming service : NPR

The Taliban government says it has no issue with the U.S. : NPR

North Korea’s Kim might be facing his toughest moment yet : NPR

Tensions with China revive old fears for Indians of Chinese descent | WITF

Editorial: Can kindness make a comeback in a post-COVID 2022? (


Local News

SCS serves delivers emergency meals to frail Delco seniors – Delco Times

Churchill residents continue protests as council sets a date to vote on Amazon proposal | 90.5 WESA

Carlisle Truth and Reconciliation Commission to hold first of monthly sessions Thursday | Carlisle |

Freeport Councilwoman Mary Bowlin resigns, citing clashes with mayor |

Doylestown Health breaks ground for new Children’s Village | The Bucks County Herald

Harrisburg Organization hosts fourth annual toy giveaway (

CHIRP grants: These174 Berks businesses received payments (

Project supports single moms for Christmas | News |

Luzerne County Council to adopt 2022 budget Tuesday after debate on budget amendments | News |

Luzerne County still has $20 million in COVID relief rental assistance funding | coronavirus |

Hundreds turn out for celebration | Times Leader

Lackawanna Trail gets wellness center funding | Education |

Application deadline for farmland preservation program set | |

Schulkill County’s outsourcing sales of delinquent tax properties questioned | Schuylkill |

Special Olympics of Fayette County builds skills and confidence | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hotel homeless on the rise in expensive Bucks County (

GDP in Erie County tumbled to lowest level in 20 years in 2020 (

Chester County budget includes no new taxes, but funds for a morgue (



School district, church host gun buyback event in response to gun violence – WPXI

Community asks Pittsburgh Public Schools to boost student support funding in 2022 budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jeffrey Manning retires from Allegheny County Common Pleas Court |

Historic Penn Salt Co. houses in Natrona being torn down; museum planned to preserve history |

Pittsburgh Carmalt School to close Monday amid suspected norovirus outbreak |

Wilkinsburg community group files annexation petition to court, seeking to be added to Pittsburgh |

Being ‘authentically us’ earned 1Hood Media grant from Michael Jordan’s social-justice initiative | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPS must end last-minute tax hike proposals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Cities’ pandemic responses: Philadelphia should rank high | City & State PA (

Philadelphia-area housing market forecast 2022: Growth expected at slower rate – Philadelphia Business Journal (

25 Philadelphia ZIP codes that saw home values increase the most during last 10 years – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia Youth Basketball constructing new facility thanks to $5M gift from 76ers superfan Alan Horwitz – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia remains one of the worst cities in the world for traffic – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Here’s a way, born in Northeast Philadelphia, to fight catalytic converter thieves (

Philly Council bill could have major impact on development (

Philly to release smart loading zone pilot RFP – WHYY

Philadelphia deputy mayor leaving city gov to head JEVS (

Councilmembers vote to protect historic Roxborough buildings (

Gallery: PHILADANCO! returns with “Fast Forward… To The Future” | Gallery |

Classic work of modernism or ‘Nazi-looted art’? Painter’s heirs sue Philadelphia Museum of Art over ownership –

Philly’s plastic bag ban needs revising to add fees and eliminate loopholes | Opinion (



Lawmakers’ fight over fentanyl comes down to prosecution and sentencing reform | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Congress concerned as tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine | ABC27

US avoids default as Republicans allow Democrats to raise debt ceiling (

Senate Republicans vote to block vaccine mandate on large businesses (

Jan. 6 panel set to vote on holding Meadows in contempt |

Graham criticizes McConnell over allowing Democrats to raise debt ceiling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senate has tough task ahead to get Build Back Better plan to Biden by Christmas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol rioters’ social media posts influencing sentencings | WITF

Harris announces private investments in Central America | News |