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Pennsylvania redistricting: Maps fail to help Latinos win more seats, critics say – The Morning Call (

A chance for Pennsylvanians to speak up for fair redistricting maps | Editorial (

Wolf slams draft congressional map, calling process ‘disgraceful’ | City & State PA (

Pennsylvania congressional redistricting fight heats up as Gov. Wolf pushes back on House GOP proposal (

5 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s new state House and Senate maps | Local News |

Redrawn PA legislative maps could impact a third of Bucks County voters (

Sen. Collett Secures More Than $80K For Hatboro Traffic Safety | Hatboro, PA Patch

Senator Kearney, Delco Elected Officials Collect More than 3K Diapers and Other Baby Items to Help Local Parenting Families – MyChesCo

New Kennett Library gets $1.9 million in state funding as construction begins – Daily Local

Falls Township Receives $757K For Safety and Traffic Improvements | Yardley, PA Patch

Sen. Anthony H. Williams Commends Broadband Expansion in PA – NewsBreak

Pennsylvania awards $1.5M in career, technical education grants | Pennsylvania |

Top Stories of 2021 Point to a Busy 2022 – DV Journal (

Should lawmakers end automatic pay raises for themselves? (

Shelf life of milk, protecting seniors, attracting nurses aides: 15 laws from 2021 that could affect your life –

PennDOT keeps pushing for more revenue, but GOP leaders skeptical – The Morning Call (

Victim advocates in Pa. looking for ways to revive Marsy’s Law after court decision | WITF

Pa. lawmakers reintroduce legislation for eating disorder awareness, resources in schools – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Guest editorial | Hearing a welcome sign of progress on fireworks issue | Editorials |

Opinion: Fireworks genie is out of the bottle … and it’s not going back i – Times News Online (

Pennsylvania Republicans digging thru voters ‘shorts’ to pass private voter information to a private company – Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

Pennsylvania Republicans Waged War on Reproductive Rights in 2021 (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (

New CDC isolation guidelines should include negative test experts argue : Shots – Health News : NPR

The CDC slashes estimates of omicron’s prevalence in the U.S. : NPR

U.S. move to shorten COVID-19 isolation stirs confusion, doubt | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. sets daily COVID-19 infection record (

Allegheny County’s average hospitalizations down, but Pennsylvania breaks single-day COVID-19 infections record | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WHO: COVID cases up 11% globally last week, omicron risk high (

People with intellectual disabilities deserve access to COVID-19 care | City & State PA (

New, easy-to-use COVID-19 pills work well, but have to be taken early. Here’s what you need to know. (

First COVID-19 shot recipient in US now a vaccine activist | Coronavirus |

‘Tougher days may be ahead’: What does 2022 hold for the COVID-19 pandemic in Lancaster County? | Health |



The biggest business story you haven’t heard about in 2021 (

Funding dwindles for SBA’s Covid-19 EIDL programs as deadlines loom – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Montgomery County sports tourism notches record year as other segments gain steam – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Nothing good about inflation? Midstate expert sheds light on what’s to come (

‘An untenable work environment’: Grocery workers brace for omicron surge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As the year draws to a close, a call to extend a federal lifeline for small businesses | Opinion (

Judith von Seldeneck, Ben Franklin Partners launch $2 million fund for Philly’s women entrepreneurs (

Gas prices falling after setting new Christmas Day record |



Operation Safe Holiday targets impaired driving in Pennsylvania (

Pa. State Police releases holiday crash and enforcement results (

Philly Proud Boys head Zach Rehl’s Capitol riot charges can proceed to trial, judge rules (

Co-responder program, victim specialists seeing success, growth in Bucks County (



For Asian American students, new magnet school admissions plan creates roadblocks | Opinion (

Top 10 local education stories of 2021 | Local News |



Hellertown Business Owner to Run for House Seat a Second Time (

Two weeks after new map, Bucks County sees first candidate in 29th race (

Allentown constable write-in winner says he won’t serve – The Morning Call (

Palmer Township supervisors voted out after combined 42 years – The Morning Call (

‘Magic’ weight-loss pills and COVID-19 cures: Dr. Oz under the microscope as he runs for U.S. Senate seat – The Morning Call (

Va.’s Winsome Sears says Black voters should rethink the GOP | Across America |

Oprah Winfrey’s awkward statement on former protégé Dr Oz’s run for office (



Winter storms bring snow, low temperatures to Western states : NPR

KING: The 2022 Climate Debate: Will Population Growth Dominate? – DV Journal (



Pa. Hospitals to receive ‘strike teams’ following Gov. Wolf’s call for federal support (

Federal strike teams bound for Pa. to help hospitals stressed by covid-19 |

FEMA to help Pennsylvania hospitals with COVID surge | WITF

Significant increase in flu cases concerns state Dept. of Health officials | Health |


State News

Pennsylvania relaunches loan program for farmers | Pennsylvania |

Pa. Treasury unclaimed property auction brought in more than $200,000 (

Agency confirms it chartered flights carrying minors that landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport | News |

Solicitor: Trying to block DHS flights could cost airport federal funds | Times Leader

Crocamo: Children on immigrant charter flights are not staying in Luzerne County | News |

Whistleblower can’t avoid paying Fox Chapel school, borough income tax on $34.5M federal award, split Pa. Supreme Court says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I’m a Navy vet from Pa. This is what the Jan. 6 anniversary means to me | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

Nevada’s Harry Reid, longtime Senate Democratic leader, dies : NPR

Presidents, lawmakers mourn former Senate ‘giant’ Harry Reid | News |

Insurrection, voting laws and more: NPR readers’ top political news of 2021 : NPR

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site Closes After Raid And Arrests : NPR

These Sackets Harbor teenagers became frontline emergency responders during the pandemic | NCPR News (

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Indictment Against Four Alleged Leaders Of Proud Boys : NPR

Former Gov. Cuomo won’t face charges from allegations of unwanted kissing by 2 women : NPR

Transparency needed to curb money laundering | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Madden, Hall of Fame football coach and broadcaster, dies at 85 (

Top stories of 2021: Immigration hopes for Biden’s first year largely unfulfilled in Pa. | WITF

NFL Hall of Fame coach and iconic sports broadcaster John Madden dies at 85 | WITF

Minnesota donors gave 15 people $1,000 a month in yearlong guaranteed income experiment – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Sixth-grader saves lives of 2 people on the same day | Across America |


Local News

Revitalization tops municipal leaders’ 2022 wish lists |

Rockhill Quarry neighbors in Upper Bucks ask state to let permit end due to asbestos (

In service to others, Chester County locals volunteer to help families in Kentucky as recovery from epic tornado continues – Daily Local

Despite rise in COVID cases, Mushroom Drop in Kennett Square returns to ring in the New Year – Daily Local

Lancaster County to offer relief for those suffering from credit card debt (

Reading to get its first publicly-accessible charging stations for electric vehicles at Albright College (

Schuylkill County judges, row officers sworn in for new terms | News |

Family, friends, colleagues gather at courthouse to congratulate retiring Judge Thomas Munley | News |

With new mayor coming in, these Harrisburg officials are on their way out –

York County Judge Craig T. Trebilcock to retire after 10 years (

Mayor Michael Helfrich vetoes York City 2022 budget from council (

Completion of these 10 key York County projects will be a big deal (

Racism in Erie County: Addressing the county’s other public health crisis (



Allegheny County executive and health director warn of omicron’s ‘high community transmission’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council passes bill to cut down on traffic stops for secondary violations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh bans traffic stops for minor violations |

Gainey’s inauguration ceremony on Monday will be virtual due to pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On with the show: Pittsburgh cultural venues say they aren’t seeing omicron cancellations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. court rules against former Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris in campaign finance case |

Disciplinary action initiated against 9 Pittsburgh police officers in tasing, death of man in Bloomfield |

Pittsburgh passes bill that prohibits cop pullovers for secondary violations | Today in Pa. –



Katelin Gorski: An open letter to District Attorney Krasner, from the family of one of his victims (

Thom Nickels: What Philadelphia was like the last time it had a 500 murder year (

ACCT Philly has had leadership and funding struggles. What’s next for the animal shelter? (

Efforts to close the digital divide in Philly are gradually bearing fruit | Opinion (

14 deals that transformed Philly’s tech scene in 2021 (

Philadelphia homelessness groups where you can donate scarves, hats, blankets, socks and mittens (

Editorial: Philly was part of Tutu’s journey against apartheid | Editorials |

Philly will start enforcing plastic bag ban next year. Many stores aren’t ready | Local News |



White House, Jan. 6 committee agree to shield some documents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House committee investigating Jan. 6 Capitol attack plans to begin a more public phase of its work in the new year (