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Legislature

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

Groups go to court against Senate election review | Smart Talk (witf.org)

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

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 | wnep.com

PA Senate Passes Comprehensive Probation Reform – MyChesCo

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

State Senate advances two economic recovery bills – Pennsylvania Business Report (pennbizreport.com)

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 (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Wolf calls on General Assembly to act on proposed $12 minimum wage (abc27.com)

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

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 | thecentersquare.com

Area tech schools get $314K in state grants (dailylocal.com)

Harrisburg wins $500k grant to reduce gun violence – pennlive.com

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

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 (nytimes.com)

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 (abc27.com)

Penn State University detects omicron variant, encourages safety precautions (abc27.com)

Doylestown doctor’s vaccine objection challenges legal precedent (theintell.com)

Omicron in Erie County: Melissa Lyon believes COVID-19 is already in region (goerie.com)

 

Business/Jobs

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

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

Three mistaken assumptions affecting the hiring market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wells Fargo postpones return-to-office indefinitely – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Employees at Pa. woodworking company furloughed – pennlive.com

 

Education

Student loan forgiveness no longer taxable in Pennsylvania | State | wfmz.com

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 (bizjournals.com)

Greater Philadelphia universities post massive endowment gains in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Upper Moreland School District Blocking Records Related to School Closure Decisions – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Elections/Politics

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

Delaware County Council forgoes residency requirement for certain positions (delcotimes.com)

 

Environment

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

New ratings industry is emerging to help home buyers assess climate risks (inquirer.com)

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

 

Transportation

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

 

Health

Uninsured Pennsylvanians Still Have Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania casinos and sports books break revenue records in November – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania reports recording gaming revenue driven by online casinos, sportsbooks (inquirer.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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. (inquirer.com)

Keystone Saves lets Pennsylvania workers build a secure retirement (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

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 (abc27.com)

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

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

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

 

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 (abc27.com)

Lehigh County district attorney asks court to bar constable – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Reading Public Museum opposes Reading School District plan to change museum management (readingeagle.com)

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

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

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 | lancasterfarming.com

First responders in Poconos tell stories of holidays on duty (poconorecord.com)

How you can recycle your Christmas tree in York County, PA (ydr.com)

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 | lancasteronline.com

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

Bucks County shelter offer homeless families new units for safety, privacy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Pitt

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

Pittsburgh pauses vaccine mandate as officials negotiate with unions | TribLIVE.com

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

 

Philly

Here’s what Philly area home buyers and sellers should expect in 2022 (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Washington

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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