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Legislature

Closed-door talks fail to settle Pa. House control fight (abc27.com)

Pa State Senator Dan Laughlin introduces legislation to require photo ID to vote | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Almost a year later, Wolf and Pittsburgh leaders announce reopening of Fern Hollow Bridge – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pittsburgh’s new Fern Hollow Bridge is engineering marvel, officials say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge to reopen at the end of December, less than a year after collapse – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly DA Larry Krasner says the impeachment charges against him ‘should be dismissed’ (inquirer.com)

Krasner on impeachment charges: unserious, unconstitutional (audacy.com)

DA Krasner’s Lawyers Say Impeachment is Unconstitutional and Deny Charges – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

There are plenty of 7.8% raises going around in Pa. state government come Jan. 1 – pennlive.com

Grange applauds milk marketing board decision | State News | latrobebulletinnews.com

Oxford police get grant to add state-of-the-art fingerprinting – Daily Local

Organizations receive grants to strengthen regional workforce (dailylocal.com)

11 Philadelphia-area projects awarded grants through Pennsylvania program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Government bonds are a hot investment with small investors. : NPR

How executive whistleblowers made $8 million by turning in their company (inquirer.com)

U.S. economy grew 3.2% in Q3, an upgrade from earlier estimate (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

‘Tripledemic’ Rages On: Fever-Filled Weeks Lie Ahead – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

State’s COVID-19 cases rise, region’s drop; 4 deaths in Cambria over past week | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Lessons from covering town that hired Tamir Rice’s killer · Spotlight PA State College

For Pennsylvania inmates, phone calls are three times more expensive | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

 

Education

Philly’s Paul Robeson High School is hailed as a model for Pa. in Gov. Wolf visit (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

National

RNC chair election turning into an ugly fight (inquirer.com)

Statewide

Who Is Running For Office In 2023? (politicspa.com)

PA Dems won’t say if they’ll return Sam Bankman-Fried donations (broadandliberty.com)

 

Transportation

New Amtrak Avelia Liberty trains must offer coach (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Holiday travel: Hazardous winter weather may cancel flights, cause road hazards : NPR

Holiday travelers will see lower gas prices and frigid temperatures in the region (dailylocal.com)

Bitter cold, strong winds, icy roads in central Pa. could make travel dangerous: forecasters – pennlive.com

Dozens of bridges maintained by Pittsburgh in need of repairs within 6 months, report says | TribLIVE.com

Report: Pittston area bridge can reopen with reduced weight limit | Times Leader

Consultant: Water Street Bridge can reopen at reduced weight limit; PennDOT will decide | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Gun Safety

Letter: Proposed measures would help curb gun violence (delcotimes.com)

 

Health

Pa. officials remind residents of mental health and substance use resources (abc27.com)

Federal audit criticizes Keystone First, part of IBC, for denying skilled nursing for children (inquirer.com)

As flu rages, the U.S. will release medicine from national stockpile (inquirer.com)

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet raises money for Penn State Health Children’s Hospital (abc27.com)

The average life span for Americans fell by over seven months last year : Shots – Health News : NPR

Kulick: Learn more about NARCAN and how to get help in the Poconos (poconorecord.com)

What is a micro-hospital, and could it be the future of health care in the Lehigh Valley? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania Department of Health urges syphilis testing among pregnant people as newborn infection rates soar | WITF

As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania gets $2M for 988 crisis line to help with workforce hiring | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Contests give Pennsylvanians a chance to be part of governor, lieutenant governor inauguration (abc27.com)

Pa. auditor general tells Chester mayor that recommendations have been given over the years to fix the pension expense problem (delcotimes.com)

Jan. 6 transcripts reveal new details on how Pa. Republicans tried to help Trump stay in the White House – pennlive.com

Top photos of 2022 from WITF Digital Producer Jeremy Long | WITF

The ACLU-Pa.’s Reggie Shuford is leaving | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State veterinary officials clear Santa’s reindeer for flight – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

Winter Storm to Affect Holiday Flights and Travel: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

TikTok bans in GOP-led states are spreading : NPR

Top Sports Highlights of 2022 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Fire safety steps can help make holidays happy | Local News | phillytrib.com

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Local News

Menorah on Penn Square lighted for Hanukkah (readingeagle.com)

Lancaster County commissioners approve ARPA funds for 18 water and sewer projects | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Chester County leaders discuss Climate Action Plan for 2023 – Daily Local

HARPER: When Taxpayers Agree To Be Taxed for Open Space That’s What They Want – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Kofi Osei Leads a Successful Home Rule Charter Effort in Towamencin – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Durham boats make the first of two crossings | The Bucks County Herald

No municipal tax increase for Lower Makefield in 2023 | The Bucks County Herald

Polar express likely to flash freeze rainfall left behind in Delaware County (delcotimes.com)

Aqua’s Springfield main replacement project underway (delcotimes.com)

Temperature to drop from 45 to 4 with Friday’s ‘flash freeze’ in Greater Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Commissioners approve budget without tax hike | Schuylkill County | standardspeaker.com

Bethlehem Landfill approved to rezone 275 acres (mcall.com)

Allentown weather: Flood watch as winter storm to bring rain, wind (mcall.com)

Poconos expect coldest Christmas weekend in nearly four decades (poconorecord.com)

Commissioners OK new contract for Lackawanna County Prison employees | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Pitt

The death of Franco Harris only deepens nostalgia for ‘The Immaculate Reception’ : NPR

‘He was one of the great ones:’ Travelers at Pittsburgh International remember Franco Harris – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

50 years ago, Franco Harris’ miracle catch turned the tide for the Steelers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Franco Harris’ legacy forged in humility and empathy | WITF

Franco Harris fans remember on-field finesse, off-field generosity | TribLIVE.com

Fern Hollow Bridge to reopen at the end of December, less than a year after collapse | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Attorneys for accused Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers asking for separate proceedings – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Defense accuses government of providing empty tubes for DNA testing in Tree of Life case | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh weather: What to expect as a powerful cold front slams the region before Christmas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt gets OK to spend $10 million to buy land for Hazelwood biomanufacturing complex | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Book recommendations for the holidays from Philadelphia writers (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Visitor Center Corp. names Jennifer Nagle interim CEO – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

National office postpones Philly NAACP elections | Local News | phillytrib.com

Report: Philly’s city government workforce starting to look like the people it serves – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A business improvement district for North Broad Street has finally been approved. Here’s what you need to know (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia holiday travel delays: Bomb cyclone, bad weather, and increased travelers (inquirer.com)

6abc’s Jim Gardner delivers final ‘Action News’ broadcast (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden and Zelensky Present a United Front Against Russia – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

LIVE: Zelenskyy tells Congress that Ukraine will “never surrender” during a special joint meeting | NPR

Senate hits snag in bid to pass $1.7 trillion spending bill | News | tribdem.com

What happens if Trump is charged or convicted because of Jan. 6 referrals? | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senate confirms new U.S. ambassador to Russia (inquirer.com)