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Op/Ed: The time for gun safety reform is now | The Unionville Times

Better internet access coming to Pa. counties, with the passage of landmark broadband bill (

Pa. Senate passes bill to help increase broadband access | State |

General Assembly sends Wolf bill creating new Pa. broadband authority – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. court weighs legislative subpoena issued as part of Senate election ‘investigation’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Republicans and Democrats fight over access to private voter information for election investigation (

No proof vote was rigged, but 2020 election reviews persist | WITF

GOP’s election case in Pa. court focuses on privacy, Trump –

Court battle over Pa. GOP’s subpoena of sensitive voter data centers on legislative power vs. privacy (

Pennsylvania Senate moves to overhaul probation system | WITF

PA House, Senate committees hear about problems with state fireworks law (

Pa. lawmakers out of ‘oohs and aahs’ as they look to rework 2017 fireworks law (

Bill addressing constitutional amendment process clears Pennsylvania Senate committee | Pennsylvania |

State lawmakers vote for package of 5 constitutional changes | WITF

Democrats split on changing Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation (

Pennsylvania House advances measure banning private funds in elections | Pennsylvania |

Lawmakers clash after House panel approves updated congressional map | City & State PA (

State senator said he wasn’t the target of the shooting that damaged his district office –

Gunfire injures man; stray bullets hit offices of state senator, NAACP – YouTube

House GOP advances amended Pennsylvania congressional map before public can analyze it · Spotlight PA

YAW: RGGI Fails Pennsylvania on its Most Basic Promise – DV Journal (

Pa. lawmakers lack votes to stop Wolf’s carbon-pricing plan to fight climate change – The Morning Call (

Op-Ed: Permitless Carry is a horror that endangers everyone (

Pa. House votes to reject Gov. Wolf’s climate plan for power plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State grants to help local groups promote COVID-19 vaccinations; Wolf requests FEMA help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Makes Investment in Community Parks in Penn Hills – PennWatch

Westmoreland Co. lawmaker offers to help with vaccine exemptions as covid-19 infections surge |

A Christmas fantasy: Pa. lawmakers offer taxpayers some gifts | John Baer –

Pa. Game Commission board could add 9th District (

Yaw honors Lewisburg state champions | Local News |

Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes constitutional amendment to end state control of liquor sales – The Morning Call (

New district maps loom over Pa. lawmakers ahead of long-awaited reveal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. House tweaks congressional map before Christmas, hopes for fresh tidings from Wolf – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Curriculum transparency bill heads to Wolf’s desk, who opposes it – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Tom Wolf requests FEMA help for PA hospitals amid COVID spike (

Pennsylvania asks FEMA for help with COVID surge | WITF

‘Everywhere is full’: New COVID-19 surge is clogging Pennsylvania hospitals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mount Nittany Medical Center seeing record number of COVID-19 patients | WITF

Mask mandates are back in New York and California but not in most other states : Shots – Health News : NPR

Mask mandates are back in New York and California but not in most other states : Shots – Health News : NPR

What makes omicron spread so quickly? A new study offers a tantalizing clue : Goats and Soda : NPR

Harrisburg school district hosts free Pfizer vaccination clinic (

Why have there been more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 despite the availability of vaccines? (

Doylestown Health chief of cardiac surgery says he refused COVID vaccine, was fired (

As cases grow league-wide, Eagles rallying around enhanced COVID protocols – Daily Local

Health worker vaccine mandate blocked in half the states | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hospitalized patients with breakthrough COVID-19 are older and sicker, report finds (

US sports leagues cope with COVID-19 outbreaks amid variants – Reading Eagle

COVID-19 pushed hospital charges above $100,000 for many in Pa. –

FDA will not authorize Merck’s COVID-19 pill for pregnant women, reports say –



With inflation still hot, the Fed takes a step towards rate hikes : NPR

Another big year expected for industrial real estate in 2022 — but development may be stymied by supply chain – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Ransomware attack has companies, including Giant, trying to find ways to pay employees this week –

The Biden administration wants to boost the number of truckers : NPR

Retail sales disappoint in November, raising concerns that inflation is tamping down on spending | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Warren General nurses overwhelmingly OK new contract | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPMC Altoona nurses gather in Pittsburgh, call on health care system to address ‘staffing crisis’ |

Audubon workers in Pennsylvania vote to unionize | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



How to fix Philadelphia’s wrongful conviction problem, according to experts (

Pittsburgh City Council advances legislation to reduce traffic stops | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly just promoted four Black female police officers to captain. It’s about time. | Jenice Armstrong (

Former children and youth boss gets house arrest for child endangerment | Crime-emergencies |



Build Back Better Would Block Pell Grant Funding for Career College Students – DV Journal (

Pa. Special Ed. panel recommends more funding predictability for schools | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Masks, diversity among top issues facing new school boards in Bucks (

No CTC Thursday for Hanover Area students after bus fight | Times Leader

Colleges go back to drawing board again to fight COVID: ‘It is obviously extremely dispiriting to have to take these steps’ –

Gov. Tom Wolf has failed to address the collapse of Pa.’s intellectual disability system – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



State Sen. Scott Martin announces run for PA governor (

Former Brentwood councilwoman Stephanie Fox to run for retiring Mike Doyle’s congressional seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Young Americans motivated to make change: AP-NORC, MTV poll |

State Rep. Austin Davis to enter Lt. Gov race with Dem Josh Shapiro’s backing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Laughlin’s exit from gov’s race a reflection of party, not the politician (



Tornadoes, snow squalls, and high temps hit the Midwest in a wild winter storm : NPR



$33M approved for rail system improvements across Pennsylvania (

SEPTA union: Who is Brian Pollitt, the new leader? (

Pennsylvania lost the most money out of any state due to cyberattacks: FBI | Today in Pa. –

Business leaders see promise in Scranton-NY Amtrak route (



Pennsylvanians rally for medical freedom |

The FDA may be poised to ease access to abortion pills : NPR

Flu cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also rising (


State News

Nearly 6,000 Pa. businesses got relief grants totaling $145 million (

PSERS board’s meetings Thursday and Friday could chart pension funds’ future (

Where did the lanternflies go? Pa. public reports down 50 percent in 2021 |

Pennsylvania lost the most money out of any state due to cyberattacks: FBI | Today in Pa. –

Pennsylvania’s child care crisis demands lasting solutions (

Pennsylvania rental assistance: Millions still available, but some counties out of money – The Morning Call (

Pa. sends second vague email to patients about medical marijuana vape product safety – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

Powerful Typhoon Hits The Southern Philippines : NPR

A Surfside condo collapse grand jury report calls for immediate reforms : NPR

‘Robber barons’ essay shows left’s penchant for attacking the rich (

Biden pledges ‘whatever it takes’ to assist tornado victims – Daily Local

Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge in George Floyd’s death | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Welcome to Day Zero. Now let’s rebuild America’s civics infrastructure – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

In a few weeks, plastic bags, straws will be banned in West Chester (

Two Chester County residents honored for saving the life of Coatesville police officer – Daily Local

Performing arts venue in Wilkes-Barre receives zoning approval | Times Leader

Luzerne County Council approves 2022 budget with no tax hike | News |

Lackawanna County commissioners approve $5 vehicle registration fee | News |

Reading passes a $95 million 2022 budget with no tax increase (

Ligonier area provides props as ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ film crew arrives at Compass Inn |

York County, Pa 2022 budget includes lower than projected tax increase (

York Mayor Helfrich: Ask City Council to support my budget (

Bourbon Barrel: Erie business remains closed despite $500,000 bailout (

Brenton Davis plans to change how Erie County battles COVID-19 (

Pandemic relief funding to cover $893K Cambria courthouse boiler upgrade and more | News |

Local organizations provide relief services, seek donations and volunteers after tornadoes strike Kentucky | Local News |

Lancaster court to offer consumer debt resolution program in January | Local News |

Will Lehigh Valley residents push back on demand for solar farms? – The Morning Call (

Chester County agency gets funding to support vaccine outreach efforts – Mainline Media News



‘We can’t miss this unique opportunity’: Civic groups push Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey to make public transit a top priority | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Like putting a Band-Aid over a torn ACL’: Pittsburgh Public Schools board debates tax increase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



‘Ready. Set. Philly!’ initiative wraps up as business leaders push for office workers to return to city – Philadelphia Business Journal (

As Philadelphia COVID cases rise, health commissioner discourages holiday gatherings (

Meek Mill hoops with Philly kids affected by justice system (

Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez wants to ban lawmakers from making more than $25,000 from side jobs (

Racing the clock to save historic buildings, Philadelphia will hire two new preservationists | Local News |

Used car prices in the Philadelphia region jump by 27% (



Congress approves the National Defense Authorization Act : NPR

Child tax credit payments hinges on Build Back Better (

Biden will nominate Michelle Kwan and Caroline Kennedy for ambassador posts : NPR

Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As U.S. House passes anti-Islamophobia bill, Pa.’s Perry calls sponsor Ilhan Omar ‘anti-Semitic’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (