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Legislature

See how the proposed Pennsylvania state House map scores in every key area · Spotlight PA

Lawsuit seeks to have court draw Pennsylvania congressional redistricting map | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania elections chief warns lawmakers about redistricting deadlines | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. lawmakers say they have time to draw maps; but state courts, Wolf admin. disagree – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.’s top election official: Primary might be delayed if redistricting deadlines aren’t met | WITF

At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Delco Gets $4.6 Million To Boost Aging 911 System | Haverford, PA Patch

$227,300 in grants awarded to improve health in Berks County (readingeagle.com)

Centennial partnership program receives $250,000 Schools-to-Work grant | The Bucks County Herald

Bucks Co. Tech Training Schools Get Nearly $100K In Grant Funding | Doylestown, PA Patch

Mychalejko: How the PA GOP stole Christmas (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wolf vetoes measure aimed at increasing transparency in school curriculum | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wolf vetoes GOP bill to post school course materials online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Legislator worries about shift of Schuylkill outside 125th | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

FDA authorizes Pfizer’s Paxlovid for COVID-19 : Shots – Health News : NPR

Coronavirus patients on rise again in local hospitals (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID outbreak concern continues at Chester County Prison (dailylocal.com)

More cities instituting tough new vaccine mandates (abc27.com)

Shortage of at-home test COVID test kits in Midstate; doctors recommend not traveling for holidays (abc27.com)

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

Pfizer COVID antiviral pill gets FDA green light, White House in talks to help production | ABC27

Supreme Court to hold special session on vaccine requirements | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While omicron explodes around the world, COVID-19 cases in Japan are plummeting and no one knows exactly why (inquirer.com)

Biden tests negative for COVID-19 after recent exposure | WITF

More nursing home staff getting vaccinated against COVID-19, state data show; 5 deaths added in Cambria | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Wright Center has treated 800+ COVID-19 patients with monoclonal antibody infusions | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

COVID cases are climbing, but region’s hospitals say the load isn’t overwhelming — at least not yet | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Business/Jobs

Whether at factories, shops, or campuses, labor is on the move this holiday season | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Nouryon signs lease in Radnor for its North American headquarters – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Retail real estate still on bumpy ride from Covid-19 after year of some recovery – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

International Paper will open a corrugated packing plant in Chester County, creating 150 jobs (inquirer.com)

Yuengling accuses Bud Light of trampling on trademark | WITF

New Berks casino offers economic boost, state officials say | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Mary Gay Scanlon carjacked and robbed at gunpoint in South Philly | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. U.S. Rep. Scanlon car-jacked and robbed in Philadelphia – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

US Rep. Scanlon’s carjacked vehicle found; 5 in custody | National News | lancasteronline.com

It’s time to abolish the death penalty | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A rising tide of stolen guns helps fuel Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic (inquirer.com)

No215Jail Coalition calls for the end of solitary confinement | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Biden extends federal student loan payment freeze through May 1 : NPR

Biden extends pause by 90 days on student loan repayments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Most schools are taking steps to support student mental health, data shows : NPR

Penn, Drexel join growing list of Philadelphia-area colleges mandating booster shot – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

College campuses across the U.S. react as Omicron variant threatens spring semester – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

ROSICA Named Executive of Back To School PA   – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Changes to magnet school admissions policies will adversely affect Black students | Solomon Jones (inquirer.com)

Scranton School District superintendent discusses reintroducing cut programs | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Southern Lehigh school board member tries to end district’s masking requirement in schools. ‘Masking is political theater.’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

COVID-19 cases prompt Nazareth Area High School to go remote Thursday – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Temple to move to virtual learning for start of spring semester | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Elections/Politics

Biden teases possible rematch against Donald Trump. ‘Why would I not?’ : NPR

Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ endures and poses a threat to U.S. democracy : NPR

Guest Opinion: An Army veteran reflects on Jan. 6th (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks Red or Montco Blue? What’s the Future of DelVal Politics? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

McCormick drawing support from Trump alumni ahead of Pennsylvania Senate bid | TheHill

Exclusive — ‘Populist Potential’: Hedge Fund CEO Plans to Go Full MAGA in Looming PA Senate Bid (breitbart.com)

 

Transportation

Holiday travel on Pennsylvania Turnpike expected to jump by 40% over last year | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Brain circuit linking pain and breathing could help explain some opioid deaths : Shots – Health News : NPR

Vaccines are just the beginning for RNA. The technology is being tested on heart and liver diseases. (inquirer.com)

‘It’s OK to not be OK,’: Wolf admin. highlights mental health, substance abuse resources for holiday season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Gov. Wolf and First Lady Wolf leave holiday message for Pennsylvanians (abc27.com)

State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit | WITF

State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit | Local News | phillytrib.com

Liquor store spending went up in the Poconos in the last fiscal year (poconorecord.com)

 

National News

Buttigieg doles out $241M to US ports to boost supply chain | News | phillytrib.com

Cargo expansion at PHL gets major federal funding | Local News | phillytrib.com

Changing Climate Parches Afghanistan Exacerbating Poverty : NPR

Bidding war easing, Redfin housing market data shows – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Putin Urges West To Act Quicky To Offer Security Guarantees : NPR

HUTTON: Russia Making Moves That Could Lead To an Attack in Ukraine – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Rents expected to grow faster than home prices in 2022 (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

‘Closing the digital divide’: What Pa.’s broadband bill means for York County (yorkdispatch.com)

York careworker wins $5,000 drawing as reward for getting COVID-19 vaccine | fox43.com

Kennett Library & Resource Center begins construction | Chester County Press

Loggers reportedly damaged streambanks in Conestoga Township, conservation officials investigating | Local News | lancasteronline.com

New area code to be introduced in areas of Lancaster County in 2023; here’s who’s affected | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Doylestown Health’s Children’s Village set to be rebuilt after tornado (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Levittown’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ still at work on Congressional medal (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Community members trim trees on the trail to spread holiday joy (dailylocal.com)

Phoenixville Area Senior Center Social Stitchers create ornaments for state Christmas tree (dailylocal.com)

Logan: 2022 will be an exciting year for Coatesville and its revitalization [Opinion] – Daily Local

Major Pa. Farm Show food vendor drops out over COVID-19 surge, clouding hopes for a full comeback | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

17,000 turkeys killed in fire at central Pa. farm – pennlive.com

Hollywood Casino Morgantown opens with pomp and cheesesteaks (readingeagle.com)

Five communities eye regional police force | Times Leader

Wyoming Valley Levee fee won’t increase in 2022 | Times Leader

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

Clarks Green to enter new year without budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

White Haven approves 2022 spending plan; no tax increase | News | standardspeaker.com

Mayor Helfrich and York City Council fight over federal funding (ydr.com)

Upper Darby installing solar panels on township building – Delco Times

 

Pitt

After months of public debate, Churchill Council approves controversial Amazon development | 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County recycling program will accept live Christmas trees beginning Dec. 26 | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey tests negative for COVID | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘You don’t need a mask mandate to do the right thing,’ Allegheny County health director says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools board authorizes 3% property tax rate hike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPS closes South Hills facility due to staff shortages | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DA-elect Nicole Ziccarelli moves ahead with transition without cooperation from predecessor | TribLIVE.com

260-pound black bear trapped near Downtown Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Experts say more must be done by Pittsburgh in response to Jim Rogers’ death | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Celebrities work Philadelphia’s hot housing market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Trash talk: A Q&A with Terrill Haigler, a/k/a ‘Ya Fav Trashman’ | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

SEPTA’s Key card program just got another $29.5 million. It’s far over budget. (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia businesses are modestly recovering from the pandemic, Pew data show (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia streetery zones exclude hundreds of restaurants — some by less than a block (inquirer.com)

More than 70 lawyers hired by Philly DA Larry Krasner have left. Some say the office is in disarray. (inquirer.com)

‘Glaring giant loophole:’ Philly Council members have to report who pays them, but not their spouses (inquirer.com)

Philly to extend its eviction diversion program into 2022 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

First families move into newly rehabbed homes in North Philly | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Members of Congress square off in holiday decorating competition on Capitol Hill : NPR

The House Jan. 6 committee wants to interview Jim Jordan : NPR

McConnell openly courts Manchin to leave Democrats, join GOP | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette