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Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street discusses gun violence, solutions, shooting at NAACP office in Nicetown, on Gun Violence – 6abc Philadelphia

$50,000 State Grant Announced for Women’s Resource Center – MyChesCo

Pa on legislative rights and privacy. Court battle over subpoena for GOP’s confidential voter data center | Spotlight Pa – Pennsylvania News Today

State Sen. Lisa Boscola: ‘This is an assault on the Lehigh Valley’ – WLVR FM

New Pennsylvania law addresses state’s substitute teacher shortage | Pennsylvania |

Gov. Wolf signs executive order to coordinate implementation of No Surprises Act (

Kim Ward shares reports of covid-fueled burden on hospitals, but opposes vaccine mandates |

Editorial: Pennsylvania fireworks law subject of useful hearing (

Winners and losers in Lancaster County under potential state House and Senate redistricting plans | PA Power and Policy |

Delco 911 Center receives $4.5M state grant for radio upgrades – Delco Times


Coronavirus – COVID-19

To Fight Omicron, Biden Plans Aid From Military and 500 Million Tests – The New York Times (

Biden to announce free at-home COVID tests, more aid for hospitals : NPR

Wolf talks COVID strategy as omicron spreads, 2022 plans and more (

Omicron is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S., making up 73% of new infections | WITF

As U.S. surpasses 800,000 virus deaths, 1 of every 100 older Americans has perished | Coronavirus |

It’s an omicron pandemic now. But U.S. hospitals are already full, and exhausted : Shots – Health News : NPR

Japan tries to solve the riddle of its dramatic drop in COVID cases : Goats and Soda : NPR

Vaccine mandates take center stage at high court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Less than a quarter of Philly’s kids are vaccinated as a COVID-19 surge looms (

Pharmacists: COVID test demand grows as holidays near | coronavirus |

Despite COVID surge, many expected to travel for Christmas (

Moderna says its COVID booster increases protection against omicron | WITF



How the 2020s Economy Could Resemble the 1980s – The New York Times (

Low pay is causing a staffing crisis for disability care. Advocates say Pa.’s plan to raise wages isn’t enough. · Spotlight PA

Meat lovers feeling the sting of higher holiday season prices for beef |

Casinos, wedding venues, large retailers and more: More than 50 businesses that opened in central Pa. in 2021 –



PODCAST: Scott Bohn of the PA Chiefs of Police Assn. on the Surge in Retail Crime – DV Journal (

Pa. death row inmates want payouts for forced isolation –

Girl accused of Emmaus High School threats ID’d through online accounts – The Morning Call (

Police brutality lawsuits have cost Allentown $2 million over six years – The Morning Call (

Southern Chester County Regional Police Department continues to make a difference, looks to expand – Daily Local



ExpressCells forms distribution partnership with Funakoshi Co. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Science Center receives $4M federal grant to improve middle school STEM programming – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Student loan forgiveness no longer taxable in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

Philly’s health department guidance results in segregating unvaccinated children at one Northeast elementary school (

Harrisburg University will be face-to-face in spring semester, keeps eye on omicron variant (

NHL entering temporary shutdown as COVID surges: AP source (

Peduto’s chief of staff to become Duquesne president’s staff chief | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocates for preschool education urge passage of Build Back Better plan | News |

School District of Lancaster CFO: ‘Draconian’ cuts possible if state doesn’t step up | Local News |

Schools addressing concerns of Tik Tok posts containing threats | The Bucks County Herald



Unfair or fair game? The economic gains of private election grants. | City & State PA (

State Rep. Dave Hickernell to retire in 2022 (

Lancaster County Rep. Hickernell won’t seek reelection in 2022 | PA Power and Policy |

Malcolm Kenyatta’s internal poll shows a path for his Senate run — if he can get his message out (

Mastriano expected to officially announce run for Pa. governor in January –

Mastriano all but declares in race for Pennsylvania governor | WITF

Anti-government group Three Percenters hold ‘recruitment’ meeting at Miller’s Ale House | PA Power and Policy |



EPA announces tighter fuel economy standards for cars and trucks | WITF

Quaker investors urge EPA to advance strong methane emissions rules (



Inspira Health is acquiring Salem Medical Center (

Wolf, Insurance Dept. highlight federal law to curb surprise medical bills | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Pennsylvania politicos react to Joe Biden’s Build Back Better setback | City & State PA (

Opioid settlement: Here’s how much money Pa. counties would see | WITF


National News

After ‘very unusual year,’ U.S. apartment market poised for continued growth in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Affordable housing is on everyone’s wish-list | Smart Talk (

Mexican cartels turning to meth and fentanyl production : NPR

Donald Trump files suit against New York Attorney General Letitia James : NPR

China’s Peng Shuai resurfaces in new video, says she was not assaulted : NPR

No verdict yet in Kim Potter trial for Daunte Wright’s death | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Millennials will spend almost $1,000 hosting holiday parties this year: study –

Cobalt in electric car batteries mined by exploited children (


Local News

Lt. Patty Simons food drive scores a huge win for Montco food cupboards – timesherald

Companies pitching in with relief effort | News |

Haverford police mourn the loss of Sgt. Kevin Redding to complications related to COVID-19 (

Montgomery County OKs grant to conduct trail feasibility studies (

Upper Makefield rejects 77-house Toll plan near national cemetery | The Bucks County Herald



Pittsburgh City Council approves $613 million operating budget |

Ed Gainey says rapid COVID test is positive, awaits confirmation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s huge’: URA forgives more than $2.9 million in loans awarded to small businesses hit by pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County Mental Health Court program marks 20th anniversary, graduation |

Westmoreland doles out retroactive pandemic hazard pay to top administrators |

Westmoreland County signs on to $26B settlement in opioid lawsuit |

Pittsburgh council to vote on whether police can make minor traffic stops |

Pittsburgh looking for participants for its Snow Angels shoveling program | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Long awaited sidewalk planned for Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Philadelphia restaurants respond to omicron with temporary closures, capacity limits – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly restaurant owners wrestle with omicron closures (

Two Philadelphia law firms return to remote work due to omicron variant – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Benjamin Mannes: With Henon and Dougherty convicted, all eyes turn to indicted Philly Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (

In Philly’s holiday stocking? A lump of coal for the dumping trolls. | City & State PA (

COVID-19 testing across the Philly region, explained | Morning Newsletter (

Philly public school advocates call for PPA to drop $11 million debt against School District and more financial oversight (

Philadelphia eviction diversion program gets extended through 2022 | Local News |



Lawmakers press for RRF, grant funding for small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (

House Jan. 6 panel seeks interview with GOP Rep. Scott Perry (

Jan. 6 panel seeks interview, records from Rep. Scott Perry | WITF

Manchin’s private offer to Biden included pre-K, climate money, Obamacare — but excluded child benefit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schumer vows to bring spending plan back to Senate | News |