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Legislature

Pennsylvania Republican leader orders special elections amid dispute over majority (abc27.com)

Cutler Signs Election Writs, Accuses Dems of ‘Questionable Legality’ in House Dispute – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

House Republicans call for special elections in Democratic strongholds on primary day – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania GOP seeks May vote on Democrats vacancies in House power struggle | WITF

Now the Republicans are acting childish in Pa. House power struggle (mcall.com)

Jarrett Coleman resigns from Parkland School Board after all (mcall.com)

Two state lawmakers want to audit Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports stadiums. – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Six Chester County organizations awarded funding for security upgrades – Daily Local

Philadelphia police, DA, SEPTA get new funding to fight gun violence – CBS Philadelphia (cbsnews.com)

Gov. Wolf: I’ll be ‘second-guessing myself’ until I die · Spotlight PA

Editorial: ‘Pennsylvania’s Law Firm’ needs to act like it | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State representative Kyle Donahue talks about Scranton City Council as he prepares for Harrisburg | News Engine | standardspeaker.com

Hazleton City secures $2.5 million in grants for gun violence, technology upgrades for police | News | standardspeaker.com

State awards $50M to improve Philly’s forensic crime lab and police surveillance systems (inquirer.com)

Philly police, district attorney, SEPTA to get $50M from state to help fight gun violence – NewsBreak

 

Business/Jobs

SBA loan program changes on the horizon in 2023 after robust year for 504, 7(a) program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Aerium isn’t a lava lamp — it’s the future of air cleaning (nextpittsburgh.com)

Shell cracker plant exceeded annual emissions limits before its full-scale launch | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Workers plan 3-day walkout at 100 Starbucks stores – pennlive.com

US recession a growing fear as Fed plans to keep rates high – pennlive.com

 

COVID-19

Free COVID tests are available by mail again : NPR

Allegheny County COVID cases decline as flu cases climb | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in the Philadelphia region (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Harrisburg School District to start new mentor program (abc27.com)

Masks required for Philly school district for 2 weeks after holiday break | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘We need help’: Students at Dobbins High School walk out over safety concerns | Local News | phillytrib.com

Red Lion postpones meeting on transgender students use of restrooms (ydr.com)

Erie School Board looks to fill vacancy after school director resigns (goerie.com)

Cameras will soon be coming to Radnor school buses – Delco Times

Penn State distances itself from past diversity efforts · Spotlight PA State College

Harvard announces Claudine Gay will be its next president (wgbh.org)

Harrisburg University has 2 developments opening in the city next month – pennlive.com

Central Bucks school board wants to ban teachers from advocating ‘social policy’ issues (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

National

Georgia elections show the state may be more purple than before : NPR

The one good thing about the independent state legislature theory | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rudy Giuliani facing possible disbarment after a finding that his efforts to overturn Pa. election violated ethics rules (inquirer.com)

Statewide

State Senate Candidates Spend $18M In Quest For Seats (politicspa.com)

District/Local

Sara Innamorato announces bid for county executive, calling for greater focus on inequality | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Dave Fawcett joins growing list of County Executive hopefuls | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Luzerne County election board and election bureau differ on poll books for special election | Election | citizensvoice.com

 

Transportation

New Amtrak trains to improve guest comfort, reduce travel time (abc27.com)

Swamp Road in Buckingham gets safety overhaul by PennDOT (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Philly gets self-driving shuttles between Navy Yard, SEPTA (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Judge threatens to jail lawyer after emotional outburst in UPMC hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

State News

Pennsylvania races to correct FCC broadband map to boost federal funding | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Veterans programs get $1.4M for outreach, financial help, health services | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

State Gaming board turns down a competitor’s request for information about the proposed Nittany Mall casino developer | WITF

Berks, Chester and Montgomery county farms among those put into conservation (dailylocal.com)

Pat Toomey reflects on Pennsylvania Senate career (abc27.com)

In farewell speech, Sen. Pat Toomey urges Senate to keep filibuster, warns GOP that party is ‘much bigger’ than one man | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s farewell speech to Congress (ydr.com)

GOP is ‘bigger’ than one man, Pa. Sen. Toomey says in farewell remarks | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Reps. Smucker, Fitzpatrick vote for Puerto Rico political status bill (abc27.com)

Pa. winter storm prompts school closures, road limits · Spotlight PA

PLCB sales set record during 2021-22 fiscal year: Which counties led the way? – pennlive.com

 

National News

Twitter suspends journalists who shared information about Elon Musk’s jet : NPR

Russia launches another major missile attack on Ukraine | News | tribdem.com

Inside Mar-a-Lago, Where Thousands Partied Near Secret Files – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

California farmers work to conserve water during drought : NPR

‘Early filers’ should wait until later in the 2023 tax season to file returns: Here’s why – pennlive.com

France takes on Argentina in thrilling World Cup Final : NPR

Japan lifts a longtime restriction to allow a major defense buildup : NPR

Court rules that law requires former research chimps to go to a sanctuary : Shots – Health News : NPR

After FTX’s catastrophic collapse, crypto investors wonder if Binance is next : NPR

The top U.S. therapy dog is a Rottweiler from South Jersey. Good boy, Axel. (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Wreaths Across America comes to the Delaware Valley – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Property transfers for York and Adams counties, Pa. (ydr.com)

Cambria County’s first ‘Shop with a Cop’ event helps 150 kids, families | News | tribdem.com

‘We will take care of a lot of people here’ | Times Leader

Luzerne County 2023 budget includes 2.99% tax increase; first hike since 2020 | News | citizensvoice.com

Casey Laundry Building in Scranton sold for $1.5 million | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Pottstown explosion: 127 gas odors reported in years prior (mcall.com)

Here are the 13 applicants to the vacancy on Allentown City Council – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pocono Drag Lodge site preserved for hunting and recreation (inquirer.com)

 

Pitt

Free public transportation available to Allegheny County residents (nextpittsburgh.com)

PPG to drop naming rights to Pittsburgh aquarium | TribLIVE.com

Crews shut down homeless encampment on Pittsburgh’s North Side | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

In last session of the year, Council passes several quality-of-life laws | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia City Council passes trio of abortion-rights bills (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke proposes affordable housing incentive for N. Philly (inquirer.com)

Marian Anderson Museum gets $250K; set to reopen in April | Local News | phillytrib.com

Group announces projects to mark nation’s 250th anniversary | Local News | phillytrib.com

Three ‘Leave a Legacy’ finalists named to honor country’s 250th birthday in 2026 (inquirer.com)

Your last chance to buy Eagles ‘A Philly Special Christmas’ album starts today (12/16/22) – pennlive.com

Philadelphia election: Race for City Council at-large seats wide open (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia school board elects new president and vice president (inquirer.com)

SEPTA token jewelry, Regional Rail signs, and more at SEPTA store (inquirer.com)

Chinatown residents denounce Sixers arena proposal at contentious meeting (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Congress passes a 1-week stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown : NPR

Senate sends Biden bill to keep government open through Dec. 23 (inquirer.com)

Congress votes to remove bust of former Justice Roger Taney from the Capitol : NPR

Congress passes bill to fund police de-escalation training | News | phillytrib.com

Senate passes defense bill rescinding covid vaccine mandate | TribLIVE.com

White House keys in on mayors and mayors-elect for D.C. forum on federal funding – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)