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County, state must agree on voting system inspection rules | WITF

Groups go to court against Senate election review | Smart Talk (

Pennsylvania lawmakers giving up on banning consumer fireworks despite widespread complaints – The Morning Call (

Senator Santarsiero Introduces Legislation to Help Young Pennsylvanians and Their Families Combat Eating Disorders – MyChesCo

Santarsiero hosts LGBTQ+ rights forum at local college – Lower Bucks Times

Bill aims to fix Turnpike toll troubles |

PA Senate Passes Comprehensive Probation Reform – MyChesCo

State Sen. Boscola Says ‘No Thanks’ to Redistricting Plan (Op-Ed) (

State Senate advances two economic recovery bills – Pennsylvania Business Report (

Pa. redistricting maps: Search now to see your old and new legislative districts · Spotlight PA

PA Congressional Redistricting Process Teeters on Edge of Court Challenges – DV Journal (

Wolf calls on General Assembly to act on proposed $12 minimum wage (

Gov. Wolf renews call for General Assembly to pass legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage |

Pennsylvania Ag Connection – State Celebrates Federal ‘No Surprises’ Protections Against Medical Bills

PHCA Honors Elected Leaders with Legislative Champion Award – PennWatch

Baby formula manufacturer ByHeart awarded $1.75 million in grant funding – Reading Eagle

By Heart, a milk powder maker, has awarded a $ 1.75 million grant – Reading Eagle – Pennsylvania News Today

Wolf awards $6M in community improvement grants | Pennsylvania |

Area tech schools get $314K in state grants (

Harrisburg wins $500k grant to reduce gun violence –

Sen. Regan: Time to end government control on wine and spirits (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (

Biden announces free COVID tests, aid for hospitals to deal with omicron | WITF

‘The alarm bell went off:’ Biden admin. announces relief efforts amid omicron surge – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

President Biden announces 500 million at-home COVID tests to counter omicron threat | ABC27

Omicron Is Just Beginning and Americans Are Already Tired – The New York Times (

With omicron surging, should people really wait 6 months for a booster? : Shots – Health News : NPR

‘Unprecedented demand’ for COVID-19 rapid tests poses challenge for local pharmacies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A shot at gold, a swearing in, and a tech get-together are all thwarted by omicron : NPR

Fake vaccine cardmakers, sellers facing federal charges (

Penn State University detects omicron variant, encourages safety precautions (

Doylestown doctor’s vaccine objection challenges legal precedent (

Omicron in Erie County: Melissa Lyon believes COVID-19 is already in region (



Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate drops, lags behind national number | Pennsylvania |

Kellogg’s strike ends after union members ratify a new contract : NPR

Three mistaken assumptions affecting the hiring market – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Wells Fargo postpones return-to-office indefinitely – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rite Aid to close 63 stores as part of plan to reduce costs and improve profits – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Employees at Pa. woodworking company furloughed –



Student loan forgiveness no longer taxable in Pennsylvania | State |

How learning hubs are helping students make up for lost COVID time : NPR

Temple University names former law school dean Gregory Mandel as provost – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Greater Philadelphia universities post massive endowment gains in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Upper Moreland School District Blocking Records Related to School Closure Decisions – DV Journal (



Hope Hicks, other Trump alums join hedge-fund exec’s Senate camp – POLITICO

Delaware County Council forgoes residency requirement for certain positions (



Big plans to stop climate change hit roadblocks in 2021 : NPR

New ratings industry is emerging to help home buyers assess climate risks (

Biden administration moves to expand solar power on U.S. land | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pocono business, tourism leaders express support for Scranton-NYC Amtrak route | News |



Uninsured Pennsylvanians Still Have Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance – DV Journal (


State News

Pennsylvania casinos and sports books break revenue records in November – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pennsylvania reports recording gaming revenue driven by online casinos, sportsbooks (

Pa. Supreme Court rules against ‘Marsy’s Law,’ a victims’ rights measure supported by voters | WITF

Pa. Supreme Court rules against Marsy’s Law; says victims’ right amendment cannot be enacted – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Supreme Court rules against victims’ rights measure voters supported | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. parents are bracing for the end to the child tax credit payments. ‘We all need help,’ one said. (

Keystone Saves lets Pennsylvania workers build a secure retirement (


National News

US population growth at lowest rate in pandemic’s 1st year – Daily Local

U.S. population growth hits record low, slowed by pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harvard professor Charles Lieber found guilty of hiding ties to China : NPR

Nearly $100 billion stolen in pandemic relief funds, Secret Service says (

Nearly $100 billion in pandemic relief funds were stolen, FBI says –

Save the planet and your wallet: Give experiences instead of gifts this Christmas | Opinion (

Goodwill thanks community’s support through ‘Giveback’ program | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

West Chester’s Perrone retires as borough manager – Daily Local

Medic 94 service continues uninterrupted despite looming closure of hospital | Chester County Press

Chester County YMCAs opening for free to community last week of the year – Daily Local

Midstate police report multiple crashes due to black ice (

Lehigh County district attorney asks court to bar constable – The Morning Call (

Reading Public Museum opposes Reading School District plan to change museum management (

Skip Ebert, Cumberland County’s longest-serving district attorney, will retire in mid-term at year’s end –

Wilkes-Barre council OKs spending $500K on projects, vehicles | News |

Wilkes-Barre City Council returning to online meetings next year | Times Leader

‘Closing the digital divide’: What Pa.’s broadband bill means for York County | Associated Press |

First responders in Poconos tell stories of holidays on duty (

How you can recycle your Christmas tree in York County, PA (

Upper Darby installing solar panels on township building – Delco Times

$6.8 million in grant funding to fight homelessness in Lancaster County could be available soon | Local News |

Lancaster city Fire Chief Scott Little to depart for position in Manheim Township | Local News |

Bucks County shelter offer homeless families new units for safety, privacy (



Pittsburgh won’t enforce vaccine requirements for cops, firefighters | Today in Pa. –

Pittsburgh pauses vaccine mandate as officials negotiate with unions |

Port Authority improves air, surface purification on all transit vehicles to protect riders, workers from pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools board set to decide on tax increase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Churchill Borough Council approves Amazon plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Here’s what Philly area home buyers and sellers should expect in 2022 (

Afghans of Philadelphia, a new group, aims to help evacuees acclimate to life in America (

Gym urges more oversight after PPA tries to take back $11M payment to Philly schools | Local News |



McConnell to Manchin: We’d Love to Have You, Joe – The New York Times (

The White House wants to focus on China, but Russia continues to be a distraction : NPR

Republican House member refuses to meet with Jan. 6 committee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New reforms target US military’s missing weapons problem | News |