Pa. lawmakers applaud passing of broadband expansion bill (abc27.com)

Bill establishing statewide broadband development authority is approved by Pa. House | Local News | heraldstandard.com

Lawmakers consider bill to account for cleanup when developing renewable energy projects | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Wolf signs legislation to reduce elderly prescription drug costs expand broadband infrastructure | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Karen Shuey: What the preliminary redrawn legislative maps mean for Berks County (yahoo.com)

Pennsylvania redistricting: New state House and Senate maps takeaways (inquirer.com)

Tom Wolf’s New Year’s Eve wish for the General Assembly | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Redistricting proposal shifts legislative districts across Valley | News | dailyitem.com

New Broadband Authority Established In PA – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

What Pennsylvania’s Broadband Bill Means for One County (govtech.com)

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

AARP Pennsylvania recognizes Governor Wolf for signing HB 2071 and establishing a broadband development agency.state – Pennsylvania News Today

Cargo expansion at PHL wins major federal funding | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

Pennsylvania’s 25 highest-paid state employees in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pa. Senate staffers get a raise – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

See how the proposed Pennsylvania state House map scores in every key area | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia legislators react to Gov. Wolf’s request for gun reform legislation | Local News | phillytrib.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

People face long lines for COVID tests ahead of the holidays : NPR

Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill set to ship to states this month in limited quantities : Shots – Health News : NPR

US sets shorter COVID-19 isolation rules for health workers (abc27.com)

UK data suggests hospitalization is less likely with omicron (abc27.com)

White House promises to help development of two antiviral pills, defends administration’s efforts (abc27.com)

Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers | Nation & World Business | lancasteronline.com

New COVID-19 medicines: almost here, but not easy to find | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Amazon settles with NLRB to give workers the power to organize : NPR

Amazon builds warehouses in ‘opportunity zones’ that give tax breaks and secrecy (inquirer.com)

Fitness Machine Technicians opens 50th franchise as pandemic powers major growth – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Acme Cryogenics of Allentown sold for $295 million to Dover Corp. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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



Police in the Philly region are forging partnerships with social workers to better handle mental health crises (inquirer.com)



Op-Ed: The pandemic has increased the need for student tutoring (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Lou Barletta Promises to Bus Illegal Immigrants to Delaware, President Biden’s Home State – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Hedge fund CEO draws high-level support in GOP Senate race | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Unfair or fair game? The economic gains of private election grants | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Republican politicians espouse a truly radical stance on public education | Rob Schofield – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Mariner East pipeline is set to be completed in 2022, after years of environmental damage and delays | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)



More than 1,600 Christmas Eve flights canceled globally because of omicron | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

United, Delta airlines cancel nearly 200 flights on Christmas Eve – pennlive.com

Philly air travelers warned about lines, delays — and keeping carry-on presents unwrapped | Local News | phillytrib.com

Leadership of the strike-prone SEPTA union has changed. Don’t expect much difference | Local News | phillytrib.com



$1.6B Penn Pavilion highlights busy year of major health care projects across Philadelphia region – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

An injection to help prevent spread of HIV was approved by the FDA : NPR

Don’t forget the flu. It’s still on the rise. (inquirer.com)


State News

Lack of emergency order or regulation doomed mask mandate | WITF

Here’s what doomed Pennsylvania’s school mask mandate, state Supreme Court says – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

There’s $350 million to help struggling Pennsylvania homeowners — but they can’t apply for it yet | WITF

The Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa. is transforming lives | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


National News

Daunte Wright Case: Kim Potter is Convicted on Two Charges of Manslaughter – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright death | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 Spike Worsens Severe Poverty And Hunger In Africa : NPR

UK Queen’s Christmas speech set to be particularly personal | World News | lancasteronline.com

U.S. reunites 100 children taken from parents under Trump | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NYC’s Eric Adams, America’s expanding police state signal an end to George Floyd-inspired reforms | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Andrew Cuomo won’t be charged for touching a female trooper : NPR

In major settlement, N.J. agrees to pay $52.9M to families over COVID-19 deaths in veterans homes – pennlive.com

Fox cancels NYE special broadcast due to omicron variant – pennlive.com


Local News

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

Pequea approves township budget with no tax hike | Community News | lancasteronline.com

A look back at 2021 through readers’ photos – Daily Local

Plastic bags and straws banned in West Goshen – Daily Local

Families displaced by Hurricane Ida hosted for the holidays at Hammock Inn in Chester County (inquirer.com)

Kingston PD, volunteers team up to bring cheer to area families | Times Leader

Authority assisting City of Hazleton in illegal property conversion crackdown | News | standardspeaker.com

Nazareth sewer authority sells land for $53.1 million – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Preparing to cross the Delaware | The Bucks County Herald

CareLink delivers Christmas to clients (mainlinemedianews.com)

Cambria commissioners approve budget with tax cut for 2022 | News | tribdem.com



Peduto looking into discipline for officers who leaked report on Jim Rogers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wilkinsburg council severs ties with community-development nonprofit over annexation dispute | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh mayor’s office says 15% of city employees did not comply with vaccine mandate, face disciplinary action | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh argues that Italian-American group has no right to challenge Columbus statue removal | TribLIVE.com

Peduto promotes longtime bodyguard to assistant chief of Pittsburgh police | TribLIVE.com

Lawsuit accuses Pitt of failing to pay for food service during pandemic | TribLIVE.com

City of Pittsburgh begins disciplining unvaccinated employees | TribLIVE.com



5 teenagers charged in armed carjacking of US Rep. Scanlon | National News | lancasteronline.com

Josiah Brown, 19, arrested in U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon’s carjacking (inquirer.com)

Scanlon’s Carjacking ‘Poetic Justice’ For Anti-Cop Dem, Critics Say – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

FLOWERS: Scanlon Gets A Street Level View of Her Soft-On-Crime Politics – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Upcoming Philly Vax Mandate Boon or Bane for City’s Eateries? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

City should consider restaurant owners concerns on vax mandate | Editorials | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia landlords filed fewer than half the usual number of evictions after the federal moratorium ended (inquirer.com)

Philly AKAs celebrate 95 years of serving the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection | Lifestyle | phillytrib.com

Unfair and unpaid: A property tax money machine crushes families | News | phillytrib.com



Biden signs bills on forced labor in China, ALS research | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House says no agreement on new Biden-Putin talks | Reuters

President Joe Biden Signs Bipartisan Law Punishing China Over Uyghur Treatment – Bloomberg