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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 (penncapital-star.com)

New measure looks to boost investment in distressed Pennsylvania communities | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Lawmakers to discuss bill allowing off-label use of drugs to treat COVID (abc27.com)

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

Forthcoming legislation to target porch pirates in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Pennsylvania Primary Election Could Be Delayed – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

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 (cityandstatepa.com)

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

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 | phillytrib.com

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Receives State Funding for Growth (bucksco.today)

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

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

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

Capitol Christmas tradition returns with Rotunda tree – pennlive.com

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 (yahoo.com)

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

$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 – lehighvalleylive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

‘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 (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Supreme Court says school mask mandate is overturned (abc27.com)

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

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

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 (cityandstatepa.com)

US COVID-19 deaths reach 800,000 (abc27.com)

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 (theintell.com)

 

Business/Jobs

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

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

Pa. and other states struggle to hire snowplow drivers as winter weather sweeps in (abc27.com)

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 (inquirer.com)

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

An economist answers 3 questions about soaring consumer prices | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

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 – pennlive.com

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

Philly woman suing Uber, saying she was sexually assaulted by driver (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania State Police: Summit site eyed for Erie County troop HQ (goerie.com)

 

Education

Upper Moreland School District blocking records related to school closure decisions (broadandliberty.com)

Over 30 Pa. colleges receive It’s On Us PA campaign grants to protect students (abc27.com)

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

Pitt launches teacher prep program amid growing shortage of teachers | TribLIVE.com

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 (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Elections/Politics

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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

Philadelphia’s voters need materials in their own languages | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Luzerne County GOP endorses Barletta for governor | Election | standardspeaker.com

Democrats have failed to protect abortion rights | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Taft: Much rides on Republicans choosing democracy in the voting booth (theintell.com)

 

Transportation

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

 

Health

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

Lyme disease vaccine provides promising protection against harmful tick bites (abc27.com)

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

Bucks County, Montco hospitals worry as nursing home shortages cause delays (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

State News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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? (ydr.com)

 

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 | cumberlink.com

Freeport Councilwoman Mary Bowlin resigns, citing clashes with mayor | TribLIVE.com

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

Harrisburg Organization hosts fourth annual toy giveaway (abc27.com)

CHIRP grants: These174 Berks businesses received payments (readingeagle.com)

Project supports single moms for Christmas | News | citizensvoice.com

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

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

Hundreds turn out for celebration | Times Leader

Lackawanna Trail gets wellness center funding | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Application deadline for farmland preservation program set | | standardspeaker.com

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

Special Olympics of Fayette County builds skills and confidence | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hotel homeless on the rise in expensive Bucks County (theintell.com)

GDP in Erie County tumbled to lowest level in 20 years in 2020 (goerie.com)

Chester County budget includes no new taxes, but funds for a morgue (dailylocal.com)

 

Pitt

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

Pittsburgh Carmalt School to close Monday amid suspected norovirus outbreak | TribLIVE.com

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

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

 

Philly

Cities’ pandemic responses: Philadelphia should rank high | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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

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

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

Philadelphia remains one of the worst cities in the world for traffic – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Philly Council bill could have major impact on development (audacy.com)

Philly to release smart loading zone pilot RFP – WHYY

Philadelphia deputy mayor leaving city gov to head JEVS (audacy.com)

Councilmembers vote to protect historic Roxborough buildings (audacy.com)

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

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

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

 

Washington

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 (abc27.com)

Senate Republicans vote to block vaccine mandate on large businesses (abc27.com)

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

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 | tribdem.com