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Legislature

Philadelphia shooting injures man, damages offices belonging to Pa. senator and NAACP – 6abc Philadelphia

Yeshiva Schools receives $4.5 million in grants to revitalize vacant St. Rosalia School in Greenfield (nextpittsburgh.com)

Bill looks to provide benefits for more Pennsylvania law enforcement injured on the job | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Kenyatta: I’d Vote for Build Back Better, And I’d Do It Right Now! – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania Senate aims to bar school COVID-19 vaccine rule | WITF

Despite no plans for one, Pa. Senate approves bill prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandate for K-12 students – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Leaders face vote on redrawn Pennsylvania Assembly districts – Daily Local

House Republicans advance Pennsylvania congressional map bill — minus an actual map · Spotlight PA

Listening to GOP lawmakers, Pa. House committee doesn’t vote on citizen-drawn map – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Advocates for fair redistricting fear Pa. ‘lagging the field’ after GOP committee fails to adopt map | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leaders face vote on redrawn Pennsylvania Assembly districts – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Deadlines loom in drawing new Assembly, congressional maps in Pennsylvania | TribLIVE.com

State committees to hear feedback on efforts to change Pa. fireworks law | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Lawmakers advance plan to boost broadband internet expansion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Physicians provide testimonies before Pa. state committee, one calls government control of COVID-19 treatments ‘corrupt to the core’ | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Physicians tell Pennsylvania lawmakers effective COVID-19 treatments are being suppressed in favor of profits – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Crawford County substance abuse roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

GOP begins advancing new plans to remake Pennsylvania courts | WITF

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein and staffer test positive for COVID-19 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Biotech Center in Buckingham will receive $1.57 million from state | The Bucks County Herald

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Supreme Court upholds New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers : NPR

Philadelphia will mandate COVID vaccinations in food establishments | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pfizer confirms COVID pill appears to works against omicron (abc27.com)

Air Force discharges 27 over COVID vaccine refusal (abc27.com)

Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pittsburgh-area school districts adjust mask policies after state Supreme Court ends mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Omicron variant more resistant to vaccines but causes less severe COVID, major South African study concludes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 surge still strong with 5,000 plus new cases statewide again | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Business/Jobs

Union Organizing in the Fast-Food Industry Is an Uphill Battle – Eater

Small fire at Kellogg’s Plant in Lancaster, striking continues in week 11 (abc27.com)

76ers co-owner Michael Rubin named most influential person in sports business – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

It’s always sunny where? Calif. school official works from home in Philly | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

South Philadelphia pharmacy LAN Apothecary, owner pay $1M to settle fraud allegations – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Trans people excluded from PA law in year of record-breaking violence (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Education

Pandemic and racism in eductation lead more Black families to homeschooling : NPR

Chester County area school districts react to mask ruling (dailylocal.com)

Nexford University founder: Online education is key to global talent pipeline – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Most local school districts move to mask-optional policies following court ruling | TribLIVE.com

Lackawanna County schools to keep mask mandate in place through holidays | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Berks County school districts taking different approaches to whether or not to require masks in school. (readingeagle.com)

Some central Pa. schools drop mask mandates, others continue to require them – pennlive.com

In Philly, charter school students silently stand against city’s gun violence – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

Delaware County school districts will continue masking (delcotimes.com)

Meet Elizabeth Raff, the Penn Manor educator who was named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Elections/Politics

Why gun violence survivors are running for office : NPR

State senator enters crowded GOP field for Pennsylvania governor | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Martin calls for conservative solutions as he enters governor’s race | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Senate Pro Tempore Jake Corman Will Not Run For Senate Again, Focusing on Governor’s Race – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Coleman Enters Lt. Gov Race With Political Experience, Positive Message – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

‘Dr. Oz’ show ending next month, as star runs for Senate | WITF

Threats of violence in our politics are at the point of emergency | Quentin Young – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Editorial: Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race will be critical | Editorials | phillytrib.com

 

Environment

Vice president, Democrats emphasize push for more electric vehicle charging stations in the US (abc27.com)

Can oceans be geoengineered to offset climate change? | Smart Talk (witf.org)

 

Transportation

After a Bumpy Ride, Airlines Prepare For a Busy Christmas – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Health

FDA should make naloxone available without a prescription, advocates argue : Shots – Health News : NPR

Early-season Pa. flu cases are worst in nine years (abc27.com)

Pitt study: One-third of U.S. children had insufficient health insurance prior to pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coronavirus pandemic proves how valuable Medicaid is for providing affordable health insurance (inquirer.com)

Hospitals across Pa. are overflowing with mostly unvaccinated patients | WITF

 

State News

Alison Beam resigning as Pa. health secretary, Keara Klinepeter replacing her (inquirer.com)

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam to resign, Gov. Wolf appoints Keara Klinepeter (abc27.com)

Pa. Treasurer’s Keystone Saves program to help Pennsylvanians invest for retirement (abc27.com)

Pa. attorney general clashes with local governments over billion-dollar opioid settlement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. school employees pension fund is making positive changes, but more daylight is needed | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Army Corps’ Pittsburgh District sends 16 workers to provide temporary power in tornado aftermath | TribLIVE.com

Philadelphia Mayor Kenney meets with local mayors in Wilkes-Barre | Times Leader

Philly’s top executive joins meeting of mayors in Wilkes-Barre | News | citizensvoice.com

Hazleton mayor joins Philly’s top executive, others to discuss issues affecting municipalities | News | standardspeaker.com

Dr. Ala Stanford recognized as Top 10 CNN Hero | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

National News

USA Gymnastics, Olympic committee reach $380 million deal with Nassar victims : NPR

U.S. troops behind a drone strike that killed Afghan civilians won’t be punished : NPR

Elon Musk is Time’s 2021 Person of the Year : NPR

Seven governors ask feds for dam funding to stop Asian carp | Michigan | thecentersquare.com

Biden administration promises help after tornado tragedy (abc27.com)

Affordable-housing sector faces new hurdles through pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘Surely we can do better than this’: The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School – pennlive.com

Nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of inflation, according to new poll – pennlive.com

Homes owned by Blacks declined in past 30 years | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Local EMS crews working on game plan for hospital closures – Daily Local

Luzerne County Council faces full agenda in addition to budget adoption | Times Leader

Reading wants public input on how to spend American Rescue Plan money (readingeagle.com)

Lehigh County considering creating a health department that could cost at least $1.6 million annually – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two Chester County hospitals now set to close as deal to sell them falls apart | Chester County Press

Erie-area nonprofits, businesses use tax-credit program to help Erie (goerie.com)

Opioid settlement: Erie County poised to receive $16 million to curb opioid crisis (goerie.com)

Bucks County plans no tax hike to cover $474.1 million 2022 operating budget (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Visit Bucks County: Patrons return driven by pent-up demand, weddings (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Pitt

Senate candidate Oz in Pittsburgh says he likes “beer and sandwiches” | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Community input sought for new Riverview Park bike/pedestrian bridge | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Port Authority wants bus-only lanes and other upgrades for Homestead-McKeesport corridor | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh’s bike-sharing program getting a rebuild, adding electric-assist bikes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jerome Street Bridge in McKeesport reopens all lanes after $15.4 million rehabilitation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City holds first public meeting Monday on new Davis Avenue pedestrian bridge to link Brighton Heights to Riverview Park | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Prepare to show proof: Philly mandates vaccine for indoor dining | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Philadelphia vaccine mandate for indoor dining as COVID cases rises (inquirer.com)

Philly businesses brace for vaccine mandates | Business Weekly Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia restaurant owners react to citywide vaccine requirement for indoor dining – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

An emotional DA Larry Krasner said his words on crime caused pain and he is sorry (inquirer.com)

Buying tickets to a Philly show? Search carefully. (inquirer.com)

The 2021 Philly Power 100 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

It’s no easier for Black Philadelphians to become homeowners now than it was 30 years ago (inquirer.com)

How you can celebrate the 11th anniversary of Philly’s slavery memorial this week | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

$52 million mixed use development moves forward in Sharswood | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Mark Meadows – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Jan. 6 panel report shows Mark Meadows’ role in trying to overturn election | WITF

Read the text messages Rep. Liz Cheney says Mark Meadows got from lawmakers, Fox News hosts and the former president’s son during the Jan. 6 siege | WITF

Manchin hits Dems’ $2T bill as too costly, talks to Biden | News | tribdem.com