Partisan fights eclipsed PA legislature’s work · Spotlight PA

Josh Shapiro aiming for a reset with Pa. Republicans as he prepares to take over as governor – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

The Wolf administration awards security grants to organizations that could be targeted by hate crimes | WITF

Gov. Tom Wolf reflects on eight years of successes, stumbles and standoffs – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ag Sec Redding looks back on eight years of progress and challenges as Wolf admin winds down – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Group seeks to rally Delaware County lawmakers regarding abuse of people with disabilities (delcotimes.com)

Chester County’s Women’s Reentry Program gets $100,000 in state funding – Daily Local

Washington Crossing Historic Park finishes $8.7M restoration – thereporteronline





Child poverty rates highest in states that haven’t raised minimum wage – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania not among states raising their minimum wages in 2023 (abc27.com)

Without banking reform, Pennsylvania’s cannabis sector may be more dangerous | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gas prices still falling in Delaware County just at a slower rate (delcotimes.com)

Philadelphia office vacancies increased in 2022, but the big picture remains complex – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Here are the Bethlehem development projects to watch in 2023 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

High inflation and efforts to tame it defined 2022 economy (dailylocal.com)

Retirees Are One Reason the Fed Has Given Up on a Big Worker Rebound – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

‘Most Pro-Union President’ Runs Into Doubts in Labor Ranks – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

From two economists: A look ahead at the economy for 2023 | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Humboldt could boast world’s largest hydroponic vertical farm | News | standardspeaker.com

The 10 largest layoffs in Pa. in 2022 – pennlive.com

Holiday sales up 7.6% despite the squeeze of inflation – pennlive.com



Workers fired over COVID vaccine mandates are still fighting in court. : NPR

Long COVID symptoms still afflict those recovering from a pandemic hospitalization (inquirer.com)



Richland School District estimates damage at $350K after flooding in 2 buildings due to freezing, line breaks | News | tribdem.com

Philadelphia school district to extend lobbying for more state money | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Palisades ratifies new 5-year contract for teachers, professional staff | The Bucks County Herald

$2.2M federal grant to advance Duquesne’s new college of osteopathic medicine | TribLIVE.com

Top stories of 2022: School policies targeting trans youth | WITF

Top local education stories of 2022 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Bucknell to require COVID-19 masks only when mandated by state, federal governments – pennlive.com

A bill in Congress would increase starting teacher pay to $60K. Western Pa. districts think that could be problematic. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CCAC set for 12% increase in county funding | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can Esports boost diversity in STEM careers? (inquirer.com)




Top Stories 2022: Latino voting power and candidate viability a main focus in 2022 | WITF

The four political storylines that defined 2022 | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jerry Shenk: An overriding law ‘governs’ America (dailylocal.com)

Donald Trump won Republicans over in 2016 as he loses them in 2022 : NPR

George Santos Admits to Lying About College and Work History – The New York Times (nytimes.com)


On a new map, Pennsylvania elects most diverse assembly ever (abc27.com)

Top stories of 2022: End of Roe v. Wade puts abortion access on the ballot in Pennsylvania | WITF


In crowded race for Philly mayor, ranked-choice voting makes sense (inquirer.com)



2022’s U.S. climate disasters: A tale of too much rain – and too little | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Weather conditions across the U.S. mean bomb cyclones are possible. What are they? | WITF

American aluminum plants are bigger polluters than some abroad. Why? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



$7,500 tax credit for EVs start in 2023: How will it work? (abc27.com)

Southwest cancels more than 2,800 flights in a ‘full-blown meltdown’ : NPR

Southwest Airlines plagued with delays, cancelations (abc27.com)

Pittsburgh among cities impacted by Southwest flight cancellations; DOT to investigate | TribLIVE.com

Aftermath of Holiday Travel at Harrisburg International Airport (abc27.com)

Nearly 30 years after the ADA, local transit agencies are getting federal funds to make them more accessible – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)



Psychedelic drugs from LSD to psilocybin could help with depression, PTSD : Shots – Health News : NPR

Maternal deaths in the U.S. are a national crisis. Personal nurses could help : NPR

ER doctors call private equity staffing practices illegal, seek to ban them – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Growing vaccine hesitancy fuels measles, chickenpox resurgence in U.S. (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania loses 40,000 residents in a year, one of the largest declines in U.S. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania’s gas tax increasing in 2023 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Projects in Delaware County get funding under spending package approved in Congress (delcotimes.com

Federal spending bill includes $33M for Southwestern Pa. projects | TribLIVE.com

Western Pa. projects slated for millions from new federal spending package | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Freeport to receive $1.5 million from federal budget for new sewage plant | TribLIVE.com

Josh Shapiro’s win is high note amid antisemitism surge | TribLIVE.com

The best PennLive news photos of 2022 – pennlive.com


National News

4th Washington state electrical substation vandalized (delcotimes.com)

2022 marked the end of cheap mortgages and now the housing market has turned icy cold : NPR

If you’re in the market for a new home, you may have more buying power in 2023 [Column] (dailylocal.com)

As demand for winter shelter grows, advocates and homeless people point to tight housing market – pennlive.com

Winter storm update: U.S. death toll rises to 50, with Buffalo area hard hit : NPR

Americans expected to return up to $170 billion in holiday gifts (abc27.com)

South Korea’s leader calls for stealth drones to monitor North | News | tribdem.com

Nicaraguans Join the Mass of People Migrating to the U.S. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ukraine official hopes for peace summit with Russia by the end of February : NPR

Mega Millions lottery jackpot tops a half-billion dollars – pennlive.com

Notable Deaths of 2022 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The year in review: 50 wonderful things from 2022 : NPR

What is Kwanzaa? Celebration of heritage runs the week after Christmas – pennlive.com

Food banks have more demand than ever this holiday season. They worry what 2023 will bring. (inquirer.com)


Local News

Adamstown council approves budget without tax hike | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Falls enacts earned income tax as part of $73.2 million budget in 2023 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County first responders get casino revenues for local projects (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County Opportunity Council sees record need for assistance | The Bucks County Herald

Redevelopment at Richland Superfund site moves toward preliminary plan approval | The Bucks County Herald

Aqua to begin water main replacement on several streets in Radnor – Mainline Media News

Montgomery County formalizes 4% pay increase for eligible county employees (mainlinemedianews.com)

Montgomery County eyes revamping of emergency medical services system with proposed RFP (mainlinemedianews.com)

Falls enacts earned income tax as part of $73.2 million budget in 2023 (theintell.com)

Burst water pipe shuts down transitional housing shelter run by Catholic Social Services | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton’s street sign replacement effort to continue in 2023 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Tax deferral program can assist elderly residents stave off tax sale | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Spring Township supervisor running for county commissioner (readingeagle.com)

Reading seniors enjoy Christmas meal and cheer this holiday season | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com



Pittsburgh chosen as Pennsylvania’s WWII Heritage city | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pittsburgh’s plan to build a solar farm on former steel mill dumping ground awaits state approval | WITF

Residents of Downtown Pittsburgh building hit by fire will be forced to leave for months | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s Commission on Racial Equity is an embarrassment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

South Hills Lights festival celebrates Hanukkah | TribLIVE.com



Mummers Parade 2023: Philly road closures and parking restrictions | Local News | phillytrib.com

Chase Bank opens a new branch in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Board of Health vacancy should be filled by mental health expert | Opinion (inquirer.com)



The case of the Supreme Court that just can’t seem to stop talking : NPR

Democrats and Republicans have narrow majorities on Capitol Hill. What’s next for 2023 | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

First Congress revealed Joe Biden’s generational ambition (inquirer.com)