New year, new bills: 10 proposals by state lawmakers coming next legislative session – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

New Pennsylvania laws taking effect in 2023 (abc27.com)

Pa. legislature’s recent session dominated by partisan fights that eclipsed major accomplishments (inquirer.com)

Partisan fights eclipsed productive Pa. legislative session (audacy.com)

List: Pa. Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro’s transition team · Spotlight PA

Overbrook High School gets $500,000 for safety after shooting (inquirer.com)

Middletown Daycare Opens New Pre-K Classroom Funded Through State Support – LevittownNow.com



Sheetz, Wawa, D&H Distributing and the 8 other largest private companies in Pennsylvania, according to Forbes – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania, other states banking big bucks as Fed attempts to fight inflation | WITF



As Covid-19 Continues to Spread, So Does Misinformation About It – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID boosters still a good idea, but most Americans haven’t gotten it : Shots – Health News : NPR



‘Considered last if considered at all’: Stop and frisk’s impact on Black women and co-victims of violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Doc Rivers: Why I’m working with the Pa. Innocence Project (inquirer.com)



Manheim Central school board gets update on $55 million high school renovation project | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County Technical High School has 700 applications for 425 slots (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Quakertown district posts survey in search for school superintendent (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Methacton School District unveils new forensic lab (dailylocal.com)

Local universities set records with multimillion-dollar gifts from alums, foundations – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Parkland School Board to appoint new member next week (mcall.com)

Another charter school is being proposed at Valley Forge Military Academy (inquirer.com)




Some GOP leaders say Republican Santos ‘lied’ about career and Jewish heritage : NPR

New York Rep.-elect George Santos admits lying about career, college | TribLIVE.com


Pennsylvania certifies election results after recount delay | ABC27

PA assembly is most diverse in 2023, Democrats say (buckscountycouriertimes.com)


Pennsylvania certifies election results after recount delay | WITF

Hand recount of 2020 presidential election expected to cost Pa. county about $55K – pennlive.com



EPA needs to finalize strong, comprehensive methane standards. Here’s why | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Southwest Airlines’ meltdown is only partially because of the blizzard : NPR

Southwest cancels more flights while union says issues that led to chaos were ‘preventable’ – pennlive.com

Southwest Airlines draws anger, government scrutiny over flight cancellations, delays | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT releases new plans for Derry Street in Dauphin County (abc27.com)

Online plans put on display for Derry Street Improvement Project: PennDOT – pennlive.com

Next big deadline looming for Scranton to New York City train | News | standardspeaker.com


Gun Safety

Bullet-resistant shields in schools underscore a societal failure | Editorial (inquirer.com)



CDC: Overdose deaths up 14% nationally, Pennsylvania #3 overall | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

YEAR IN REVIEW: Hospital closings put crimp on health care services in Chester County – Daily Local

With Chestnut Hill Hospital sale set to close on Jan. 1, here’s what the new owners are saying – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Chester County to introduce mobile mental health crisis unit as part of revamped 3-pillar system | WITF

Alzheimer’s lecanemab drug trial in people with no symptoms, some at Penn Medicine (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania’s population plummets by 40,000 in a year | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Census data shows Pa. and N.J. population change for 2021-2022 (inquirer.com)

Central Pa. police agencies promote Decide to Ride program for New Year’s weekend; here’s how it works | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Midterm, redistricting, and more PA 2022 in review · Spotlight PA

Top stories of 2022: As 988 hotline goes live, Pa. counties brace for increase in calls | WITF

Pat Toomey looks back at his years in the Senate, gives his thoughts on taxes, Trump, the filibuster and Fetterman – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

To improve Internet speeds, Pa. needs help making an accurate broadband coverage map | WITF

Inside the 14-year battle to secure a water line for fracking’s ‘Ground Zero’ in Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Department of Aging to expand shared housing program (poconorecord.com)

PA Supreme Court to hear appeal over DNA in 1993 Erie murder case (goerie.com)

Retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle joining K&L Gates as governmental affairs counselor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. approves $1.3 billion in Pa. military contracts (inquirer.com)


National News

Deep freeze breaks pipes, creates water crisis across South : NPR

Destructive winter storm has killed at least 31 in Erie County : NPR

Michigan governor abduction plot: Co-leader gets 16 years in prison : NPR

China to resume issuing passports, visas as virus curbs ease : NPR

U.S. Scrambles to Stop Iran From Providing Drones for Russia – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Russia sanctions: Are they working? : NPR


Local News

Deadline to Apply for State’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31 | Saucon Source

East Lampeter Twp. supervisors approve 2023 budget without tax increase | Community News | lancasteronline.com

No property tax hike in Bensalem’s 2023 budget (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Infrastructure to close Gay Street in West Chester for summer marketplace has high estimate (dailylocal.com)

Reading high-rise evacuated: dozens of residents spend night in Red Cross shelter (readingeagle.com)

$42 million recycling site planned at Grand Central Landfill (mcall.com)

No property tax hike in Bensalem’s 2023 budget (theintell.com)

Erie City Council passes $97.6 million budget for 2023 (goerie.com)

Erie Co. Council must honor, not dismantle human capital investments (goerie.com)

Luzerne County Council to vote on sale of flood-damaged West Pittston property | News | citizensvoice.com

Overnight shelter to remain closed in Scranton, ‘Code Blue’ shelter expects overflow | News | thetimes-tribune.com

New funding source a boost for mental health training program | News | thetimes-tribune.com



More refugees are resettling in Allegheny County than ever before, agencies say | WITF

Hundreds turn out for public viewing for Steelers legend Franco Harris | TribLIVE.com

Franco Harris’ family asks fans to donate to charities to honor the Steelers legend | TribLIVE.com

Deep-freeze thaw brings busted pipes, busy week for plumbers | TribLIVE.com

TribLIVE’s top 50 photos of 2022 | TribLIVE.com



Rebellious suburban Philly residents take novel legal approach to thwart sewer system sale – pennlive.com

In one Philly neighborhood, a fight against gentrification – block by block – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

High industrial demand in Philadelphia drives rising rents, surge of spec projects – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Iron Stone plans 1,240 apartments in next phase of West Philadelphia project – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

A training program for Philly’s Black and brown real estate developers just graduated its first class (inquirer.com)

Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery restoration efforts underway by Beth David Reform Congregation, volunteers (inquirer.com)

Campaign finance rules just got a bit stricter in Philly. “And they will be enforced.” | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Reginald Streater is Philly’s new school board president (inquirer.com)



Acid mine drainage funding bill headed to Biden’s desk | Times Leader

COVID-era limit on immigrants to continue U.S. Supreme Court rules (dailylocal.com)

Supreme Court halts Biden administration termination of Title 42 : NPR

Farmworkers brace for more time in the shadows after effort in Congress fails : NPR

U.S. Supreme Court keeps asylum limits in place for now | TribLIVE.com