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Pennsylvania’s coronavirus-driven $4 billion budget gap could be greatly reduced by federal relief package, Sen. Browne says

Federal stimulus includes $10B for roads and bridges, including $410M for PennDOT

U.S. Rep. Kelly targets Wolf over Pa. mail-in voting law, though it got bipartisan support

Bucks lawmakers propose $500M in relief aid for Pa. hospitality industry

State must get eviction relief right

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania’s covid testing capacity ready for potential holiday influx, state officials say

Pennsylvania’s new contact tracing tool showing some early success

In rural Pa., largely untouched by COVID-19 in the spring, deaths are now surging: ‘It’s just scary’

COVID-19 vaccine could go to seniors over 75 in just weeks, leaving states with huge logistics problems

Should small businesses mandate COVID vaccinations?

Covid cases rise in Concordia at Cabot

Pa. reports 7,962 new covid cases; 36% of total cases have come in December

Allegheny County reports 10 new covid deaths, 797 new cases

Bulk of new local cases in Schuylkill County

State Dept. of Health reports another 322 regional COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

Chester County coroner: Numbers will ‘get worse before they get better’

COVID death toll for Berks County in December reaches 80, coroner says

Montgomery County records 27 more coronavirus deaths over 7-day period

Trump threatens to not sign COVID relief bill, calls it a ‘disgrace’

Experts: Stimulus check good for some, not for most

What Pa. lawmakers liked and loathed in the $900B coronavirus relief package

Nurses are pleading with you: mask up and stay home for the holidays | Opinion


Officials encourage out-of-work Pennsylvanians to seek assistance during pandemic hardship

Pennsylvania needs more jobs. RGGI will create them — by investing in energy efficiency | Opinion


Amazon eyes former Eastland Mall property in North Versailles

Restaurant owners rally in Bethel Park to keep businesses open

Colurso’s Fruit Market & Deil closing after 38 years

10 Berks restaurants ordered closed for defying COVID-19 dine-in shutdown order, Pa. says

With stimulus set to revive PPP, many Lehigh Valley businesses counting on loans to endure COVID winter

Liquor license loophole allows some Pa. restaurants to remain open during December shutdown


Corrections officers union VP calls for halt to inmate transfers amid COVID-19

In a reversal, Pa. Supreme Court says police can’t search cars without a warrant

A Philly man died in state prison. His family says corrections officers killed him.

How to get your criminal record sealed or expunged in Pennsylvania

Erie County officers: Man firing at 2nd man at gun range killed by 3rd man

Mangino: Asset forfeitures provide a $70 billion windfall for law enforcement


Lonnie Walker IV Foundation partners for garment distribution to Reading students

PIAA files suit claiming it should not be subject to Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law

PIAA board votes to reduce number of required practices to resume winter sports

Faculty, alumni criticize Temple’s decision to end its master’s in urban education

Upcoming semester delayed at area colleges due to COVID-19

LCCC faculty gets 1.5% pay increase in second year of deal


High court opening tops Pennsylvania’s 2021 judicial races

Dominion Voting Systems worker sues Trump campaign, conservative media

Health Care

Real health-care equity means diversity everywhere — including nursing school faculty | Opinion

Local News

Shock and disbelief follows Reading City Council decision to end the Downtown Improvement District

Here’s why the U.S. Postal Service is experiencing delays this holiday season; Berks is not immune

A decades-long road project aims to bring Norristown out of isolation. Will revitalization follow?

Delco grants available to businesses directly affected by recent mitigation efforts

Allentown Parking Authority, City Center ask to redevelop bus terminal using NIZ public improvement funds

Sharky’s Cafe, community help make, deliver 450 Christmas meals for Latrobe area families

Westmoreland County issues final covid-relief grants

Westmoreland commissioners rescind covid grant to Salem gym, allow North Huntingdon to keep money

National News

New federal lead rule mandates testing in schools, lowers required replacement rate for pipes

New Jersey

New Jersey may be the first state to impose per-bed fees on nonprofit hospitals for municipal services


Philly to extend ban on high-risk indoor activities as officials anticipate holiday case surge

Kenney extends ban on indoor dining at restaurants, eases restrictions on gyms

Overtime for Philly workers hit a record $200 million this year. A state oversight board wants a plan to reduce those costs.

Philly school board nominating process has lacked transparency | Opinion

Leave city planning to the planners instead of City Councilmembers | Editorial

Developer’s condos would destroy South Philly’s famed Black ‘Doctors’ Row’

Three Philly police officers are under investigation in connection with overturned rape conviction

McDevitt, Hallahan didn’t get their miracle: Archdiocese denies both Catholic schools’ pleas to remain open

Plane to fly over Center City on Wednesday to thank health-care workers

Former Inquirer columnist Stu Bykofsky’s defamation lawsuit against The Inquirer can continue, Philly judge says


Affordable housing project planned in Polish Hill to help battle gentrification

Pittsburgh police officer who faces multiple inquiries is no longer employed by city

‘Pretty infuriating’: William Penn Hotel owner hasn’t used PPP loans to keep workers employed, union charges

Peduto: ‘$600 is not enough’ to help families struggling during pandemic

Pitt to lead shale gas health study looking at possible ties to childhood cancers

Pittsburgh police brass tell city council they’re committed to reform

Jerome Bettis plays Santa to Pittsburgh nonprofit after theft of gifts

Alfonso Costa — local ex-dentist, developer and Ben Carson friend — is one of several pardoned by Trump

Law enforcement must be consistent

Dan Butler: Two Pittsburghers and a bullet

State News

Pa. Supreme Court: Doctors cannot be sued for failing to commit Western Psych shooter

Pennsylvania State Police are recruiting…horses


Like ‘pushing a heavy rock up a steep hill.’ Even under Biden, Democrats’ plans face big obstacles.