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Legislature

Championed by Senator John Kane, Broadband Access Bill Passes PA Senate – MyChesCo

New front in GOP election ‘investigation’ draws challenges | WITF

Latest effort in Pennsylvania GOP’s election ‘investigation’ — to look at voting systems in bright-red Fulton County — draws protests from state, Dominion – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National Democrats file new suit asking state courts to draw Pa. congressional map – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Editorial: GOP shouldn’t overreact to redistricting | TribLIVE.com

Gov. Wolf says ‘negotiating’ a new congressional map is not his role (abc27.com)

Newly proposed Pennsylvania political maps have (mostly) good news for local Dems | 90.5 WESA

Lehigh Valley Lawmaker Slams ‘Unconstitutional’ Preliminary State Senate Maps | WDIY Local News

Lawmakers representing Lehigh Valley have different takes on new redistricting maps | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Those behind Pa.’s state Senate map ignorant about Lehigh Valley and its needs | Boscola – lehighvalleylive.com

Redistricting in Pennsylvania likely to bring change on how Conshohocken and Plymouth are represented in Harrisburg – MoreThanTheCurve

Pennsylvania redistricting controversies: Bethlehem and Allentown part of sparring over proposed legislative maps – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Senate OKs bill unlocking early release for people on probation | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Street Stands with Asians Under Assault | Philadelphia Public Record (phillyrecord.com)

Preliminary maps of legislative districts impact midstate counties in unexpected way – pennlive.com

Policy changes needed to restore manufacturing jobs, lawmakers say (timesonline.com)

Pennsylvania’s redistricting process moves forward (yorkdispatch.com)

Panel gives state House, Senate district maps preliminary OK – lehighvalleylive.com

Yudichak committee approves legislation to aid economic recovery (yahoo.com)

In Scranton, Wolf calls on legislature to improve worker pay, paid sick leave (yahoo.com)

State commission approves new House, Senate maps | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

State Senator and Family Call for Accountability After Shooting Death of 8-Year-Old Girl – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Appliance standards would cut energy costs and reduce air pollution (goerie.com)

Fireworks belong to The Boondocks, Trade Fairs, Festivals [Opinion] – Pennsylvania News Today

Guest editorial | Pass bill, ensure access to telemedicine | Editorials | tribdem.com

Grief, anger fuel Bucks mom’s advocacy to change child protection laws (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

School curriculum transparency measure heads to Wolf | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

General Assembly’s opposition to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative sent to Wolf | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Baker, Yudichak legislation to protect children from lead poisoning advances | News | standardspeaker.com

Wolf signs bill providing temporary relief amid substitute teacher shortage – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Corman: Mask Lawsuit Wasn’t Politics, It Was About Parents – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Local Vaccine Efforts to Receive $ 55,000 with State Funds – Daily Local – Pennsylvania News Today

State allocates $1 million for Starr Farm property in East Bradford – Daily Local

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

What we know about omicron cases in Pennsylvania (goerie.com)

Everything you need to know to stay COVID-safe during a second pandemic winter · Spotlight PA

As COVID-19 cases climb, Wolf calls on feds for health care support | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

COVID rages across the U.S. again just as Americans gather for the holidays : NPR

Retiring NIH director Francis Collins warns of enormous omicron wave : NPR

Fauci says omicron variant is `just raging around the world’ – Delco Times

Omicron could bring the worst surge of COVID yet in the U.S. — and fast | WITF

Europeans reimpose restrictions as omicron sweeps continent | WITF

Israel to ban travel to US, Canada over omicron variant (abc27.com)

Hits ‘keep coming’: Hospitals struggle as COVID beds fill | WITF

Chester County-based Biopharmaceutical Reports Data that Vaccine Candidate Generates Robust Immune Memory to COVID-19 and Variants – MyChesCo

Chester County judge allows disputed COVID-19 vaccination of Down syndrome woman (dailylocal.com)

U.S. professional sports leagues call an audible as omicron infections climb : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Sixers among nine teams postponing games due to virus – Daily Local

Moderna says its COVID booster offers increases protection against omicron : NPR

OSHA vaccine-or-test rule for 84 million workers is back after court lifts stay : NPR

Not many nursing home residents getting COVID boosters, AARP says (abc27.com)

Berks COVID update: 338 more cases, a death and hospitalizations rise (readingeagle.com)

At-home test could prove crucial in tamping down spread of covid-19, experts say | TribLIVE.com

 

Business/Jobs

Guest Opinion: Essential workers need better homecare options (goerie.com)

Nurse anesthetists at two Philadelphia hospitals vote to unionize – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Want to head outdoors? So do many other people, and that means agriculture-related business is growing – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Kellogg’s workers will vote on another tentative deal, but the strike may still go on | WITF

Booster mandates are a tough call for states, businesses | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in November – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia skills training programs can lead to jobs with higher pay | Local News | phillytrib.com

Policy changes needed to restore manufacturing jobs, lawmakers say (timesonline.com)

UPMC launches its own travel staffing agency as shortages persist (timesonline.com)

Undocumented immigrants form Pennsylvania tortilla cooperative (ydr.com)

Inflation squeezes holiday budgets for low-income shoppers | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Why are so many lesbian, bi and transgender women in prison? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Education

State to Provide Big Savings to Many Workers by Not Taxing Student Loan Forgiveness | State | thecourierexpress.com

Pennsylvania Public Workers No Longer Will Have to Pay Taxes on Forgiven Student Loans (newsweek.com)

Cancelled student debt may now be exempt from state taxes in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

Wolf admin. exempts student loan relief from state taxes – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania will eliminate state income tax on student loan forgiveness | PhillyVoice

New Pa. law could ease substitute-teaching crisis (inquirer.com)

Coatesville Area School District facing potential $9M budget deficit | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Editorial: COVID has compromised students’ mental health. What now? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

TikTok threats at pandemic-weary schools: Parents need a break (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Mask mandates stay in some area schools, end in others | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Schools across Pennsylvania, U.S. up security in response to TikTok threats | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

These are Pennsylvania’s 25 most expensive private schools – pennlive.com

School district letter responds to threats of violence on social media | Local News | phillytrib.com

On first school day after threats closed Emmaus High School, students will work remotely Monday because of bus shortage – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Inside Bucks County’s Ridiculously Vicious School Board Elections (phillymag.com)

Pa. Dems fear political blowback when student loan payments start again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Who will return Johnny Doc’s political donations following his conviction? (thephiladelphiacitizen.org)

Podcast: Moving Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary Earlier in 2024 | PoliticsPA

Amid Senate run, John Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, gains new spotlight (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

GOP group launches Grinch-themed ad buy in PA ahead of the holidays | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

The Capital-Star’s 2022 Pa. incumbent retirement and primary tracker – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

David McCormick moves to join 2022 Pa. Senate race (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

What happens to the climate without Build Back Better : NPR

Manchin’s take on climate measures are misleading : NPR

Is this gas greener? | News | citizensvoice.com

Are environmental benefits of proposed gas plant in Luzerne County as promised? | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Sierra Club wants to join local civic group’s fight to revoke state approval of 40-year expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Transportation

Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

PA On the Naughty List for Its Bad Roads – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Proposed tax credit program could spur development at Pennsylvania airports | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Substance abuse trends on the rise in Schuylkill County, according to report | News | standardspeaker.com

Harrisburg’s homeless are sicker than ever – pennlive.com

 

State News

PA no longer making WIC agencies bid competitively for the chance to run their own programs (inquirer.com)

Need for food remains great as many in the region are still struggling (dailylocal.com)

Curt Schroder: Pennsylvania once again a top judicial hellhole, with Philly courts leading the way (broadandliberty.com)

PA Dems Pan Manchin’s Nix of Biden’s Build Back Better Plan – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania led the nation in data breach losses in 2020, FBI says. No state law calls for disclosure of ransomware attacks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PSERS sees record investment gains, but Pennsylvania taxpayers will ante up anyway – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

More than 14k acres of Pa. farmland preserved in 2021 | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.: The Tree Farm State | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

Leftist millennial to become Chile’s next president : NPR

Islamic world unites to aid desperately poor Afghanistan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We are experiencing a public health crisis, and it’s not COVID-19 | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

90+ Club Honored at Daylesford Crossing – MyChesCo

Erie County Council approved 3% pay raise for top county appointments (goerie.com)

Letters: Dahlkemper praised, Toomey urged to support Build Back Better (goerie.com)

Darby police roll out new vehicles (delcotimes.com)

With sale nearly complete, here’s a look at what’s next for new Lancaster County prison plan | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bristol Borough eyes next step in Chestnut, Elm Street revitalization (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Decisions loom as new faces join Luzerne County Council | Times Leader

Snowy owl spotted in Luzerne County | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Mom, 6 kids forced out of ‘unfit’ Harrisburg rental home days before Christmas – pennlive.com

Julio Guridy, longtime Allentown city council member, steps down after 20 years in office – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

No tax hike for Lower Merion as commissioners approve 2022 budget (mainlinemedianews.com)

ESA Solar, which has plans to build a 50 acre, 3.7 milliwatt “solar farm” just beyond Hawley Borough, was given conditional approval. (poconorecord.com)

Need for food remains great as many in Berks and the region are still struggling (readingeagle.com)

 

Pitt

Abandoned road behind Bakery Square to become one of Pittsburgh’s only public ‘living’ streets – WPXI

Pittsburgh wants to create a wayfinding initiative to help pedestrians navigate city better | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Long awaited sidewalk planned for Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Advocates unveil Pittsburgh city transit platform to improve sidewalks, development, and more | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Experts join discussion about potential plastic bag ban in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

‘A newcomer tax’? How one Munhall home purchase illustrates county’s property assessment issues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

AFL-CIO Celebrates Holidays with Festive Luncheon | Philadelphia Public Record (phillyrecord.com)

Philly’s lauded Eviction Diversion Program to stay in place through 2022 | AL DÍA News (aldianews.com)

Philadelphia’s Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History eyes spring reopening – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly launches COVID test giveaways at vaccine clinic; 9 more upcoming | Health | phillytrib.com

As Philly’s murder rate soars, DA Larry Krasner plays ‘good cop/bad cop’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Malcolm Jenkins Foundation delivers holiday joy | Local News | phillytrib.com

Affordable housing inclusion bill passes in City Council | Local News | phillytrib.com

PPA tells the cash-strapped Philadelphia school district to pay back $11.3 million (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Manchin not backing Dems’ $2T bill, potentially dooming it – Daily Local

Build Back Better plan likely delayed to next year, Democrats switch focus to voting rights | ABC27

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker test positive for COVID-19 breakthrough | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

So Rand Paul is in favor of big government now? | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jordan scheme reflects contempt for democracy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette