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Legislature

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

A chance for Pennsylvanians to speak up for fair redistricting maps | Editorial (inquirer.com)

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

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

5 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s new state House and Senate maps | Local News | standard-journal.com

Redrawn PA legislative maps could impact a third of Bucks County voters (theintell.com)

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 | thecentersquare.com

Top Stories of 2021 Point to a Busy 2022 – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Should lawmakers end automatic pay raises for themselves? (readingeagle.com)

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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 (keystonenewsroom.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

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 (abc27.com)

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 (abc27.com)

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

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

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

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

 

Business/Jobs

The biggest business story you haven’t heard about in 2021 (broadandliberty.com)

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

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

Nothing good about inflation? Midstate expert sheds light on what’s to come (abc27.com)

‘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 (inquirer.com)

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

Gas prices falling after setting new Christmas Day record | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Operation Safe Holiday targets impaired driving in Pennsylvania (dailylocal.com)

Pa. State Police releases holiday crash and enforcement results (abc27.com)

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

Co-responder program, victim specialists seeing success, growth in Bucks County (theintell.com)

 

Education

For Asian American students, new magnet school admissions plan creates roadblocks | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Top 10 local education stories of 2021 | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Elections/Politics

Hellertown Business Owner to Run for House Seat a Second Time (sauconsource.com)

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

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

Palmer Township supervisors voted out after combined 42 years – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

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

Oprah Winfrey’s awkward statement on former protégé Dr Oz’s run for office (msn.com)

 

Environment

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

KING: The 2022 Climate Debate: Will Population Growth Dominate? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Health

Pa. Hospitals to receive ‘strike teams’ following Gov. Wolf’s call for federal support (abc27.com)

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

FEMA to help Pennsylvania hospitals with COVID surge | WITF

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

 

State News

Pennsylvania relaunches loan program for farmers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Treasury unclaimed property auction brought in more than $200,000 (abc27.com)

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

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 | citizensvoice.com

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 (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

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

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

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 (northcountrypublicradio.org)

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 (inquirer.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

 

Local News

Revitalization tops municipal leaders’ 2022 wish lists | TribLIVE.com

Rockhill Quarry neighbors in Upper Bucks ask state to let permit end due to asbestos (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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 (abc27.com)

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

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

Family, friends, colleagues gather at courthouse to congratulate retiring Judge Thomas Munley | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

Mayor Michael Helfrich vetoes York City 2022 budget from council (ydr.com)

Completion of these 10 key York County projects will be a big deal (ydr.com)

Racism in Erie County: Addressing the county’s other public health crisis (goerie.com)

 

Pitt

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 | TribLIVE.com

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

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

 

Philly

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

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

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

Efforts to close the digital divide in Philly are gradually bearing fruit | Opinion (inquirer.com)

14 deals that transformed Philly’s tech scene in 2021 (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia homelessness groups where you can donate scarves, hats, blankets, socks and mittens (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Washington

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 (inquirer.com)