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C70 Conversation with Sen. Art Haywood (seventy.org)

Senator Nikil Saval Announces Fair Records for Renters Legislation – MyChesCo

PA Lawmaker Looking To Bring Back Some In-Person Toll Workers – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls: restore toll takers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Philly’s celebration of Palestinians should give courage to progressives everywhere | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Citing revenue loss, state senator seeks to bring back Pa. Turnpike toll workers | TribLIVE.com

Wolf administration announces $15 million in grassroots funding to combat gun violence (abc27.com)

Pa.’s history of phony budgets brings us infrastructure woes and a bridge-tolling plan |John Baer – pennlive.com

State, industries say money from federal infrastructure deal will help Pennsylvania, but it only goes so far | WITF

Advocates want a more diverse General Assembly. But making that a reality is complicated – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senators Plan Public Hearing on Drug Treatment – The Post (sanatogapost.com)

Rally held in Pa. capital as U.S. Supreme Court hears abortion case (theintell.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

School mask mandate remains until Pennsylvania Supreme Court renders decision | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. prepares for omicron COVID variant: What we know and don’t know (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

AP source: First case of omicron variant identified in US (abc27.com)

Biden to announce new COVID-19 strategies as omicron is found in US (abc27.com)

President Biden launching winter COVID-19 booster and testing campaign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s new winter COVID plan will reimburse you for at-home tests | WITF

What you can expect when vaccines become available for kids under 5 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Omicron variant puts a new spin on COVID risk communication : Shots – Health News : NPR

Daystar CEO Marcus Lamb, outspoken vaccine critic, dies after COVID-19 diagnosis | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

LG Health, WellSpan pause elective surgeries among rising COVID-19 hospitalizations | Health | lancasteronline.com

CDC ramps up surveillance at 4 US airports (abc27.com)

Western Pa. covid hospitalizations hit highest point in more than 10 months | TribLIVE.com

Some central Pa. hospitals surpassing pace of worst COVID-19 surge – pennlive.com

Local lab focused on quick, accurate testing results | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Erie hospitals: COVID-19 admissions near all-time high (goerie.com)

 

Business/Jobs

At a key Pa. port complex, long-term problems and short-term staffing issues are colliding | WITF

Pennsylvania hospitality businesses hope for more COVID relief (broadandliberty.com)

Global markets mixed after Wall Street decline, virus unease | News | tribdem.com

OSHA extends Covid-19 mandate rule comment period. Small businesses should take notice. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania banks see surge in profit during the third quarter – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bucks County hotels report record fall metrics, point to wedding industry as key driver – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

How would a government shutdown affect the SBA’s EIDL program as deadline looms? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia 76ers to again support Black-owned businesses with Buy Black program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pittsburgh region’s jobless rate falls to 5.9%; labor force shrinks | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Coatesville police officers earn national certification – Daily Local

Parts of SEPTA’s 69th Street Terminal closed after police shootout (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Newtown Students, Teacher Worked To Make Hershey Kiss State Candy | Newtown, PA Patch

Report: How U.S. college, university boards stack up for diversity – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Lancaster school officials likely to testify in education funding trial next week | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Reading School Board welcomes new members and new president (readingeagle.com)

 

Elections/Politics

PA GOP finds a partner in chaos | | republicanherald.com

Stacey Abrams will again run to be Georgia governor : NPR

Young Americans are raising alarms about the state of U.S. democracy in a new poll : NPR

Chester County election results finished … almost (dailylocal.com)

‘The Dr. Oz Show’ taken off the air in Philadelphia, New York City amid Pa. Senate run (inquirer.com)

Several TV stations pull ‘Oz’ show as host runs for Senate | WITF

Oz faces residency questions as he begins his U.S. Senate campaign. The law appears to be on his side | WITF

Dr. Oz’s Senate candidacy could be bad news for Pa. Republicans | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican Trump critic, will not seek reelection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mehmet Oz recommended hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment, plus other controversial claims (inquirer.com)

GOP’s Corman brings gubernatorial pitch to Mountain Top | Times Leader

Corman brings governor campaign to NEPA with Yudichak by his side | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keeps getting more interesting… whenever you’re ready to tune in – pennlive.com

What the 2021 judicial races tell us about 2022 and beyond | Mark O’Keefe – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

If Roe is gutted, Democrats are unlikely to make it law. But they’ll run on it. (yahoo.com)

Lehigh Valley lawmakers are deciding whether to seek reelection amid redistricting uncertainty – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania’s roundabout way to making roads safer | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

 

Health

First Lady Frances Wolf stresses the need for mental health for Justice-Impacted Women (abc27.com)

Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

State News

PLCB sees record income and sales in most recent fiscal year | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

How the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling could impact Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

Protesters from Pa., nationwide rally at U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. reproductive rights advocates rally as U.S. Supreme Court reviews Mississippi abortion law – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

How Mississippi Supreme Court court case on abortion could impact Pa. and N.J. (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Supreme Court Arguments Show Ongoing Divisions on Abortion – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Roe v. Wade’s future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court | WITF

At historic arguments, Supreme Court’s conservative majority signals it may move to restrict abortion rights | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justices signal they’ll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe – Daily Local

4th student dies from Michigan school shooting (abc27.com)

Most school shooters get their guns at home – and we’re buying more | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Seasonal housing-market patterns may continue to be upended with pandemic’s ripple effects – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Mortgage rate increases, more pandemic uncertainty: Economists share predictions for the 2022 housing market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Debt collectors can now text you, email you and DM you on social media : NPR

Jacqueline Avant was found shot and killed in her home : NPR

Nation’s consumer watchdog declares war on overdraft fees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MLB lockout key questions: What each side wants, how long it will last (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Volunteers, Horticultural Society Plant 70 Trees In Lower Merion | Ardmore, PA Patch

Menorah Lighting Kicks Off Westchester Hanukkah – Daily Local – Pennsylvania News Today

Lancaster County to offer sign-on incentive for new caseworker hires, bonuses for SEIU staff | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Williamson Park in Morrisville can be redeveloped in riverfront deal (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Luzerne County manager elaborates on election consultant decision | Times Leader

Somerset County district attorney accused of sexual assault loses pay under new law | WITF

Petitions to ‘decriminalize’ pot in Wilkes-Barre circulating locally | News | citizensvoice.com

Lackawanna County Commissioners approve 2022 county budget with no tax hike | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Displaced workers in wait-and-see mode after Maid-Rite fire | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Luzerne election bureau won’t break down write-ins for Hazleton City Council race | Election | standardspeaker.com

Delaware County Council makes several key hires (delcotimes.com)

No stormwater fee, for now as Erie City Council rejects proposal (goerie.com)

 

Pitt

Dozens rally for women’s rights in Schenley Park as Supreme Court hears abortion case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Students and Pittsburghers rally to defend abortion rights in Oakland | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh author David Garrow on helping to exonerate two men convicted for killing Malcolm X | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh’s red-hot housing market has taken a holiday break | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grant Oliphant, longtime Heinz Endowments president, to leave post for San Diego job next year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County reports high compliance with employee vaccine mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council considers legislation to ban parking in bike lanes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National drop in gas prices skips Pittsburgh area, frustrating drivers | TribLIVE.com

Feds: Pittsburgh restaurant illegally took workers’ tips | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Rob Wonderling announces departure as Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce head (inquirer.com)

Philly ‘shines a light’ on antisemitism Hanukkah program – WHYY

Philadelphia Named No. 5 for Large City Sports Fans’ Enthusiasm – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

What happened to Mural Arts’ Kensington Storefront? (inquirer.com)

Philly’s new bike rack will keep cars from parking near fire hydrants (inquirer.com)

Philly plastic bag ban not followed by most businesses, PennEnvironment says (inquirer.com)

Want more trees in your Philly neighborhood? Here is your chance to tell City Hall | Local News | phillytrib.com

City health commissioner expresses concern about new variant | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Infrastructure law is ‘blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America’ Biden says in Minnesota – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jeffrey Clark, former DOJ official, is referred for criminal contempt : NPR