Democrats could make sizeable gains in Pennsylvania legislature under proposed new maps · Spotlight PA

Panel gives state House, Senate district maps preliminary OK – Daily Local

Pennsylvania House redistricting map 2022: Better for Democrats or Republicans? (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania map drafts could upend political status quo – WHYY

Pa. House and Senate seat maps released, 30-day public comment period open (abc27.com)

Yudichak raises concerns over proposed redistricting’s impact on 14th | Times Leader

Redistricting plan puts Yudichak in Baker’s district, moves his seat to Lehigh Valley | News | citizensvoice.com

Proposed Pa. House map puts Scranton in four different districts | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Panel approves new Pa. legislative maps that leaves incumbents in the lurch | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

A political shakeup could be in store for Pa. state lawmakers under new map proposals | WITF

Gov. Wolf to discuss student loan forgiveness for working Pennsylvanians (abc27.com)

Board waffles on fair tax | Opinion | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania Senate moves to overhaul probation system – WFMJ.com

Pa. Statehouse roundup: Constitutional changes, probation overhaul gain backing – lehighvalleylive.com

In Scranton, Wolf calls on legislature to improve worker pay, paid sick leave | Times Leader

Latest Round of Anti-Violence Funding “Not Enough”, Sen. Street Joins Sen. Hughes to Call for Boost – MyChesCo

The Pennsylvania Bill Will Benefit Farmers And Small Businesses By Allowing Their Participation In The Cannabis Market – ZMR Blog

2 Penn Hills parks to be upgraded with help from state grant | TribLIVE.com

Park, trail, transportation projects to receive state funding – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

Pa. Senate committee holds hearing on possible repeal or rewrite of fireworks law | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania Senate passes comprehensive set of probation reform bills | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bills meant to streamline government, save Pennsylvania taxpayers money clear House committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

PA House, Senate committees hear about problems with state fireworks law (readingeagle.com)

Wolf, lawmakers fail to address collapse of Pa. disability system (theintell.com)

Gender parity should be important to all of us (theintell.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Offices Close and Holiday Parties Fade as Omicron Brings New Concerns – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID-19 fears dash hopes for the holiday season — again – Daily Local

CDC panel recommends Pfizer, Moderna vaccines over J&J shot (abc27.com)

Military: Vaccine holdouts in Army and Navy will be dismissed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Soaring infections rattle Europe, fuel dread about holidays | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge denies emergency injunction to force use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patient | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Omicron ‘markedly resistant’ to COVID vaccines, booster shots: Columbia University study – pennlive.com

Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New AARP Analysis: Only 45.9% of Nursing Home Residents and 18.2% of Staff in Pennsylvania Have Received COVID-19 Booster | State | tiogapublishing.com



US jobless claims rise but still historically low at 206,000 – Daily Local

Kellogg’s reaches tentative agreement with striking workers | WITF

Fed may take steps to keep inflation from being permanent | ABC27

International Paper to build plant in Chester County, creating 150 new jobs – Delco Times



Ex-director of child welfare agency sentenced to probation | WITF



What to Know as Student Loan Repayments Restart in February 2022 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Student loan payments return in February, are you prepared? | fox43.com

In wake of Pa. court ruling, mask decisions fall back to school districts (dailylocal.com)

University endowments experiment with cryptocurrency – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gateway, Keystone Oaks, Seneca Valley go remote amid string of school threats | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CMU announces COVID-19 booster requirement for spring | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

TikTok threats have Philly-area schools stepping up police presence on Friday (inquirer.com)

Schools in Central Pa. and elsewhere step up security in response to threats on TikTok | WITF

How Penn State students say the pandemic has affected their mental health | WITF

Temple University receives grant to help fund Center for Anti-Racism Research | Local News | phillytrib.com



Doctor vs. doctor: Arkoosh wants a chance to go ‘toe-to-toe’ with Oz in Pennsylvania Senate battle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Airports, including those in Western Pennsylvania, first among transit hubs to get funds under bipartisan infrastructure law | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania airports, including Lehigh Valley International, to get millions from infrastructure deal – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Friendly Skies: Pa. airports in line for $70M in infrastructure funding | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Northeast Pa. business, tourism leaders express support for Amtrak route – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



FDA loosens restrictions on how Americans can obtain abortion pills, including allowing delivery by mail (inquirer.com)


State News

PSERS reaps record profits, but taps Pa. taxpayers for yet another funding increase (inquirer.com)

Here are the farms Pa. added today to its preservation program – pennlive.com

Rep. Susan Wild visits Upper Macungie broadband technology company looking to double workforce | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Letters: Fracking and the Delaware River Basin, Biden’s carbon order (theintell.com)


National News

Why America’s child care costs keep soaring : NPR

Cities hire private weather forecasters amid climate change : NPR

Former Police Officer Expected On Stand In Trial Over Daunte Wright Killing : NPR

Justice Department breaks off talks on compensation for separated families : NPR

Judge rejects Purdue Pharma’s opioid settlement that would protect the Sackler family : NPR

EPA details push to tighten rules for lead in drinking water | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Stop normalizing Islamophobia. It’s dehumanizing and life-threatening | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Local News

Chester County officials push for lower-cost housing models – Daily Local

Luzerne County acting manager presents yearly review | Times Leader

Hazleton City Council ratifies budget that contains no tax increase in 2022 | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks County passes a 2022 budget with no tax increase (readingeagle.com)

Reading passes a $95 million 2022 budget with no tax increase (readingeagle.com)

Significant damage reported after fire at historic Gingerbread Man building: officials – pennlive.com

Allentown residents won’t see a tax increase in the 2022 budget – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Harrisburg University professor names newly discovered dinosaurs | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Lebanon, Pa. needs a unified community identity. Here’s how to get there | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lancaster County commissioners approve 2022 budget, making it the 9th year without raising property taxes | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com



Pittsburgh Changes Lightbulbs for Stars in a Dark Sky – Bloomberg

Developer reaches deal to buy property for proposed $475M Pittsburgh riverfront project | TribLIVE.com

Proposal to stop Pittsburgh police from making minor traffic stops moves forward | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh area humanities organizations among those sharing $1.4 million in recovery funds | TribLIVE.com

1Hood Media launches website to tell authentic stories for Black Pittsburgh | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Philly foster-care kids are getting fleeced | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocates more than $30 million to Philadelphia International Airport – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

USPS mail collection box theft spreading in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Philly area holiday parties are on, despite health commissioner’s COVID warning (inquirer.com)

Philly Council votes to require affordable housing in some neighborhoods (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia council votes to extend eviction diversion | WITF

City Controller Rhynhart and Councilmember Gauthier angered by Mayor Kenney’s ‘inaction’ | Local News | phillytrib.com



Biden’s Build Back Better agenda stalls in the Senate : NPR

Biden awards Medals of Honor to 3 soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan : NPR

Senate parliamentarian rejects immigration reform in Democrats’ spending bill : NPR

Democrats’ push for voting rights legislation by Christmas hits a wall | ABC27

Biden, Democrats punt reconciliation and voting rights bills to 2022 | TribLIVE.com

Manchin’s child tax credit stance draws criticism back home | News | tribdem.com