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Legislature

PA legislature’s 2023 freshman class is large, diverse · Spotlight PA

Education, lobbying reform and abortion among issues on lawmakers’ agendas in next session – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Shapiro’s top aides have close ties to the governor-elect – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. health access gets $10M boost – LVB

 

Business/Jobs

What small-business owners need to know about the $1.7 trillion omnibus legislation – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Local unemployment rate reaches record low | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Pittsburgh tech company makes 401(k) data free and open to all | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh area’s jobless rate hit a record low in November | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pat Eiding, top labor leader in Philadelphia for two decades, retires at 82 (inquirer.com)

What small businesses can do about inflation, high interest rates (inquirer.com)

5 nursing industry predictions for 2023 (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

US will require COVID-19 testing for travelers from China | News | phillytrib.com

U.S. will require travelers from China to show negative COVID test before flight : NPR

New COVID-19 cases, death rates drop in region, state | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

LGBTQ Americans are 9 times more likely to be victimized by a hate crime | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Education

2022 in Review: Local universities drive growth with capital projects and real estate deals – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Central Bucks’ New Policy Draws Scrutiny – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Declining enrollment likely to bring changes to Central Bucks schools | The Bucks County Herald

Philly Fighting COVID founder Andrei Doroshin files lawsuit against Drexel University over expulsion (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

National

N.Y. Rep.-elect George Santos is being investigated for lying about his past : NPR

Jamie Fleet testimony to Jan. 6 committee describes 2020 election challenge prep (inquirer.com)

Statewide

‘Historic’ spending on Lehigh Valley midterms as 2 winners tabs exceeded $1M | Armchair Lehigh Valley – lehighvalleylive.com

7 stories you might have missed this year – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

What does 2023 hold for Donald Trump, Josh Shapiro and Pa.’s Legislature? | John Baer – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania politics: What to watch for in 2023 (inquirer.com)

District/Local

Jesse Morgan’s long, strange tale of thousands of mail-in ballots that allegedly went missing from Lancaster in Oct. 2020 | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

Transportation

New law targeting turnpike toll scofflaws goes into effect next week | News | standardspeaker.com

Battle for the West Chester Railroad begins – Daily Local

Southwest cancels another 4,800 flights as DOT investigates : NPR

Southwest Airlines debacle: Stranded travelers still struggling to cope | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Flight cancellations have led to scores of unclaimed luggage : NPR

 

Gun Safety

Philadelphia gun violence at record levels for third straight year (inquirer.com)

 

Health

As Westmoreland’s suicide numbers rise, ‘we have to talk about it’ | TribLIVE.com

In rural America, the deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars tagged to address them – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Highmark Health nabbed by obscure federal law over robocalls | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia researcher honored for work on rural opioid crisis (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania’s gas tax to increase in 2023 | ABC27

PUC OKs rate hikes for water, sewer customers of PA American Water (dailylocal.com)

How will John Fetterman impact federal judge nominees? (abc27.com)

Power grid makes it through Christmas weekend challenges. (readingeagle.com)

Disneyland welcomes Penn State to Rose Bowl 2023 (abc27.com)

Through our lens: 2022 in photos | News | citizensvoice.com

Downed power lines, power outages, frozen pipes: Lessons from the bomb cyclone – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania population loss ranks among most of states: Map (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania lost 40,000 in population last year, U.S. Census Bureau reports | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Start the new year in a Pa. state park with a First Day Hike | WITF

 

National News

A judge hands down a nearly 20-year sentence in Gov. Whitmer plot : NPR

Russia launches new wave of missiles into Ukraine : NPR

Dozens have died in Buffalo’s Erie County : NPR

Netanyahu’s government in Israel will make West Bank settlements top priority : NPR

2022 in photos: NPR station photographers share memorable moments : The Picture Show : NPR

Cosby plans return to stand-up despite new accusations | Times Leader

 

Local News

Wayne County trailer park residents deal with aftermath of oil spill (poconorecord.com)

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

Redevelopment authority: Next round of Act 152 demos begins in Cambria County | News | tribdem.com

Despite disagreements, Lancaster commissioners approve funding for affordable housing projects | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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

Luzerne County Council special meeting canceled; will now be held Jan. 3 | News | citizensvoice.com

Berks family maximizing the land on their preserved farm (readingeagle.com)

Mount Penn officials approve 21% tax increase (readingeagle.com)

What 2023 could mean for Lehigh Valley home buyers and sellers (mcall.com)

Easton gets an unexpected $500,000 windfall. What it means for taxes. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New Hope Borough adopts $5.7 million preliminary budget | The Bucks County Herald

Newtown Township approves 2023 tax hike | The Bucks County Herald

Quakertown Community School District launches search for next superintendent | The Bucks County Herald

 

Pitt

Could ‘stop, question and frisk’ drive down gun violence in Pittsburgh? | TribLIVE.com

13 former Allegheny County employees sue over coronavirus vaccine mandate | TribLIVE.com

Unhealthy pollution levels expected in 5 southern Allegheny County communities | TribLIVE.com

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

Khari Mosley announces candidacy for Pittsburgh City Council | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh will expand hubs for first responders to help people with substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Fern Hollow construction a triumph to learn from | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Franco Harris, known for the Immaculate Reception, didn’t stick to sports – The Washington Post

 

Philly

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney looks back at chaotic year, maintains he won’t resign | Local News | phillytrib.com

Hispanic immigrants bused to Philadelphia won’t stay, even when the state needs them – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Washington

Big changes to retirement savings in new federal spending bill : NPR

Former Trump White House aide told Jan. 6 panel Mark Meadows burned documents a dozen times during the transition period | News | phillytrib.com