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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 |

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 (

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 (

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

$227,300 in grants awarded to improve health in Berks County (

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 (

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

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

Legislator worries about shift of Schuylkill outside 125th | News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

Coronavirus patients on rise again in local hospitals (

COVID outbreak concern continues at Chester County Prison (

More cities instituting tough new vaccine mandates (

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

‘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 (

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 |

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

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



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

Nouryon signs lease in Radnor for its North American headquarters – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

Yuengling accuses Bud Light of trampling on trademark | WITF

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



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

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

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

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 (

A rising tide of stolen guns helps fuel Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic (

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



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 (

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

ROSICA Named Executive of Back To School PA   – DV Journal (

Changes to magnet school admissions policies will adversely affect Black students | Solomon Jones (

Scranton School District superintendent discusses reintroducing cut programs | Education |

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

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

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



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 (

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

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 (



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



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. (

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


State News

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

State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit | WITF

State employees aiding troubled Philly elder abuse nonprofit | Local News |

Liquor store spending went up in the Poconos in the last fiscal year (


National News

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

Cargo expansion at PHL gets major federal funding | Local News |

Changing Climate Parches Afghanistan Exacerbating Poverty : NPR

Bidding war easing, Redfin housing market data shows – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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 (

Rents expected to grow faster than home prices in 2022 (


Local News

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

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

Kennett Library & Resource Center begins construction | Chester County Press

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

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

Doylestown Health’s Children’s Village set to be rebuilt after tornado (

Levittown’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ still at work on Congressional medal (

Community members trim trees on the trail to spread holiday joy (

Phoenixville Area Senior Center Social Stitchers create ornaments for state Christmas tree (

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 –

Hollywood Casino Morgantown opens with pomp and cheesesteaks (

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 |

Clarks Green to enter new year without budget | News |

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

Mayor Helfrich and York City Council fight over federal funding (

Upper Darby installing solar panels on township building – Delco Times



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 (

Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey tests negative for COVID | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

‘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 |

260-pound black bear trapped near Downtown Pittsburgh |

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



Celebrities work Philadelphia’s hot housing market – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

Philadelphia businesses are modestly recovering from the pandemic, Pew data show (

Philadelphia streetery zones exclude hundreds of restaurants — some by less than a block (

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

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

Philly to extend its eviction diversion program into 2022 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

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



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