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Legislature

Gov. Wolf pushes for plan to help Pa. communities struggling with climate change impacts like flooding
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/pennsylvania-climate-change-gov-wolf-flooding-20201202.html

Mandate coverage for vaccines
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/mandate-coverage-for-vaccines/article_ad03fd8a-458a-5dcc-b99a-9100ad83b7b6.html

Is PA’s full-time Legislature producing part-time results? Some want more bills considered
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/12/02/panel-says-pa-legislature-should-reform-rules-get-more-done/3803075001/

With one election barely over, state lawmakers look to make fixes ahead of the next one
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/with-one-election-barely-over-state-lawmakers-look-to-making-fixes-ahead-of-the-next-one/

‘Mistakes were made’ at maskless election hearing held by COVID-positive lawmaker, Pa. Senate leader says
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/doug-mastriano-coronavirus-election-hearing-masks-jake-corman-review-20201202.html

As GOP state senators held public event, White House warned of COVID-19 ‘red zone’
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/02/as-gop-state-senators-held-public-event-white-house-warned-of-covid-19-red-zone/

Philly Rep. Kenyatta honored for LGBTQ advocacy work
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/philly-rep-kenyatta-honored-for-lgbtq-advocacy-work/

State Treasury says it can fund PennDOT road and bridge work through June
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/12/03/Treasurer-Torsella-pennsylvania-PennDOT-funding-road-bridge-work/stories/202012020175

GOP lawmakers want Wolf to call session on election
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/12/02/GOP-Pa-lawmakers-call-on-governor-to-immediately-convene-General-Assembly-to-address-election-integrity-concerns/stories/202012020173

Pa. legislators’ letter asks Gov. Tom Wolf to convene special session on the election
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/2020/12/02/legislators-ask-gov-tom-wolf-convene-pennsylvania-general-assembly/3803092001/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

As COVID-19 strains ICU bed capacity, Wolf and Levine take hands-off approach with hospitals
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/as-covid-19-strains-icu-bed-capacity-wolf-and-levine-take-hands-off-approach-with-hospitals.html

State sees highest single-day COVID-19 deaths; concerns about health care workforce growing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/12/02/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-pennsylvania-deaths-cases-data-pandemic-hospitalizations-surge/stories/202012020140

With a vaccine around the corner, officials ask weary public to ‘stay in the fight’ to stave off a worst-case winter
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-cases-surge-cdc-winter-vaccine-20201202.html

Pennsylvania reports 2nd most new covid-19 cases, most new deaths since May
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-2nd-most-new-covid-19-cases-most-new-deaths-since-may/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Daily deaths hit record 194; state testing ‘strike team’ welcomed by long lines of cars in Northampton County
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-dec-2-update-20201202-cvivnk4fzrgxdj7tzcslltn7vq-story.html

Coronavirus stats surge in Berks County and Pennsylvania ending a brief decline
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-stats-surge-in-berks-county-and-pennsylvania-ending-a-brief-decline/article_0a71172a-34a4-11eb-bba6-877f5fa50f9f.html

COVID-19 surges by near-record numbers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-surges-by-near-record-numbers/article_ad44492d-be6b-5036-a17b-a76bb4153649.html

Health officials: 40% of Allegheny County’s covid cases came in November
https://triblive.com/local/health-officials-40-of-allegheny-countys-covid-cases-came-in-november/

Allegheny County nears another covid-19 milestone with new cases
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-nears-another-covid-19-milestone-with-new-cases/

Nine more deaths, 212 new COVID cases reported Wednesday in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/nine-more-deaths-212-new-covid-cases-reported-wednesday-in-luzerne-county/article_4ddc52c2-ec76-5951-9769-9b262aef1b52.html

Montgomery County hospitals nearing capacity during coronavirus surge
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-hospitals-nearing-capcity-during-coronavirus-surge/article_181f18ee-44c5-5dd3-8987-3d69c581054c.html

Nursing homes still failing to report COVID-19 data to state
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/nursing-homes-still-failing-to-report-covid-19-data-to-state/article_d7e2fb20-6e4f-5461-87e5-0c0f1b8ff384.html

Residents, staff test positive for covid at Concordia at Cabot
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/residents-staff-test-positive-for-covid-at-concordia-at-cabot/

Pa. auditor general confirms botched coronavirus efforts at veterans’ nursing home, calls on Gov. Wolf to finish investigation
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/southeastern-veterans-center-covid-coronavirus-depasquale-auditor-general-20201202.html

As COVID-19 surges, Philly-area nurses describe life on the front lines: ‘It’s just exploded’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-cases-surge-bucks-county-st-marys-hospital-nurses-20201203.html

CDC director warns of ‘most difficult’ winter
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/12/03/CDC-issues-COVID-19-warnings-winter/stories/202012030106

New Jersey woman who needed risky transport to LVHN to survive COVID-19: ‘It is a devastating disease’
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-lata-annayya-covid-survivor-lehigh-valley-hospital-20201202-vs4x6wd4uzf33pqz2algzkuwa4-story.html

Will Pennsylvania get more federal coronavirus dollars soon? Toomey, Casey split shows it will be tough
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-virus-senators-money-20201202-kzvwmnuznzgrtjmqdybl27cndq-story.html

Take the medicine
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/12/03/Take-the-medicine-Vaccine-Coronavirus-Pandemic-Virus/stories/202011190021

Administration

B-PEP calls on Gov. Wolf to consider Blacks for bench openings
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/12/02/BPEP-pitsburgh-court-Gov-Wolf-appoint-black-judges-Allegheny-County-openings/stories/202012020142

If Joe Biden wants Pa. Sen. Bob Casey in his administration, who does the governor pick to replace him? | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/12/if-joe-biden-wants-pa-sen-bob-casey-in-his-administration-who-does-the-governor-pick-to-replace-him-john-baer.html

‘Just scraping by’: Families in Pa. waiting on additional food stamps as court fight continues
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/03/just-scraping-by-families-in-pa-waiting-on-additional-food-stamps-as-court-fight-continues/

Business

Massive influx of coronavirus-relief money saves jobs throughout Philly region
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ppp-philadelphia-business-employment-stimulus-restaurants-impact-20201202.html

ATI to invest up to $85M in Vandergrift facility, phase out production of standard stainless steel
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/ati-to-invest-up-to-85m-in-vandergrift-facility-phase-out-production-of-standard-stainless-steel/

Rights for gig workers are a political issue now, but many of them can’t vote
https://www.inquirer.com/business/uber-lyft-amazon-california-states-gig-doordash-20201202.html

Pennsylvania seeks money from 11,000 who received jobless aid
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-seeks-money-from-11000-pennsylvanians-who-received-jobless-aid/

As Pet Valu closes all U.S. stores, it will lay off 157 people at Pa. corporate office, warehouse
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/as-pet-valu-closes-all-us-stores-it-will-lay-off-157-people-at-pa-corporate-office-warehouse.html

Lehigh Valley unemployment down again, with the recovery of nearly 60% of jobs lost to coronavirus
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/lehigh-valley-unemployment-down-again-with-the-recovery-of-nearly-60-of-jobs-lost-to-coronavirus.html

Crime/Punishment

Police: Woman arrested after infant overdoses on heroin in East Deer
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/12/02/east-deer-infant-overdoses-on-heroin-police-say/stories/202012020171

Neighbors jolted by fear after 4 people were shot, 1 dead, at a Bucks County apartment complex
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bucks-county-falls-township-fallsington-shooting-20201201.html

Woman shot Thursday at Berks County hotel: prosecutors
https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2020/12/woman-shot-thursday-at-berks-county-hotel-prosecutors.html

Education

Schools with coronavirus cases could be forced to close on short notice under new Pa. rules
https://www.inquirer.com/education/school-closings-coronavirus-pennsylvania-montgomery-county-20201202.html

Berks County schools promise to follow coronavirus safety guidelines; 3 districts will stay virtual
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/99-of-pennsylvania-school-districts-including-all-in-berks-county-submit-forms-agreeing-to-follow/article_c4e14bc0-3418-11eb-8517-2369f2b7aaea.html

Norwin covid-19 cases top 100; 21 new cases reported
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/norwin-covid-19-cases-top-100-21-new-cases-reported/

Reading School Board reinstates district sports and extracurricular activities
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-school-board-reinstates-district-sports-and-extracurricular-activities/article_d1b8b73a-34f8-11eb-aa27-4783c79ad32b.html

Superintendents permit start of winter sports practice, seek scheduling options for potential delays
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/high-school/superintendents-permit-start-of-winter-sports-practice-seek-scheduling-options-for-potential-delays/article_2cdd56b2-cd21-5e7f-8d48-4087e5507b2c.html

Downsizing at Pa. state universities may put another faculty job on the chopping block
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/downsizing-at-pa-state-universities-may-put-another-faculty-job-on-the-chopping-block.html

Elections/Politics

Western Pa. congressmen join rebuke of U.S. Attorney General William Barr
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/local-congressmen-join-rebuke-of-u-s-attorney-general-william-barr/

Rep. Mike Kelly, Sean Parnell continue to pursue legal challenge to Pa. election results
https://triblive.com/local/regional/rep-mike-kelly-parnell-continue-to-pursue-legal-challenge-to-pa-election-results/

U.S. Rep. Kelly returns to Pa. Supreme Court as U.S. Supreme Court mulls election appeal
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/12/02/us-rep-mike-kelly-seeks-new-action-pa-supreme-court-over-voting/3797163001/

Local News

Lackawanna County struggling to attract sufficient jurors for trials
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-struggling-to-attract-sufficient-jurors-for-trials/article_f13d9907-a743-53be-8bd4-ad1cdbe11213.html

Lackawanna County commissioners rescind resolution approving controversial contract
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-commissioners-rescind-resolution-approving-controversial-contract/article_0467bdb5-41c9-5850-91f3-630da5a8dcdf.html

A construction boom in Chester County: 700 people compete for 142 units
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/chester-county-new-apartments-construction-housing-coronavirus-20201202.html

Delaware County council details no tax increase, $352M budget
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delaware-county-council-details-no-tax-increase-352m-budget/article_b9f82038-34e2-11eb-8f0b-dba604867cf3.html

Berks officials highlight recipients of grants to aid those hurt by coronavirus pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-officials-highlight-recipients-of-grants-to-aid-those-hurt-by-coronavirus-pandemic/article_dc223922-34b6-11eb-9b8b-77e51877e8e1.html

Wilkes-Barre launches new safety protocols as COVID-19 cases rise
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811756/wilkes-barre-launches-new-safety-protocols-as-covid-19-cases-rise

Luzerne County hotel tax down $800,000
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811758/luzerne-county-hotel-tax-down-800000

Kingston announces closure of municipal building
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811760/kingston-announces-closure-of-municipal-building

Coronavirus aid deadline nears for Luzerne County farmers
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811754/coronavirus-aid-deadline-nears-for-luzerne-county-farmers

Wilkes-Barre mayor orders more COVID-19 protocols, restrictions
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/wilkes-barre-mayor-orders-more-covid-19-protocols-restrictions/article_3cb641ba-4d3b-5998-9aea-502999fb11d3.html

What you need to know about Allentown’s final 2021 budget and its long-term financial outlook
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-2021-budget-adoption-no-tax-hike-20201203-htprnoyucngfrdsedl6xtonqhy-story.html

New Jersey

N.J. affordable housing is among nation’s most vulnerable to climate-change flooding, study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/climate-change-new-jersey-pennsylvania-camden-atlantic-city-20201202.html

Philly

Police beat her and took her son during West Philly unrest. A month later, they’re still ‘petrified.’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/a/walter-wallace-protests-philadelphia-police-brutality-suv-20201203.html

We could all use a little inspiration. Here’s some from a Philadelphia mother of nine | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/jevs-human-services-inspiration-award-philadelphia-chanta-scott-20201203.html

Archdiocese of Philadelphia spins off Downingtown psychiatric center where pedophile priests were sent
https://www.inquirer.com/business/archdiocese-philadelphia-john-vianney-center-sexual-abuse-priests-20201203.html

Black women don’t get much startup funding. These founders are trying to change that
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/business/black-women-dont-get-much-startup-funding-these-founders-are-trying-to-change-that/article_72e6a08e-9e42-54d7-bf00-cdb0f6e2c1de.html

Babysitter to stand trial in the death of 2-year-old King Hill
https://www.inquirer.com/news/murder-toddler-king-hill-tianna-parks-marvin-reese-west-philadelphia-homicide-20201202.html

City Council members should take a pay cut | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-city-council-covid-budget-cuts-20201202.html

Philly restaurant veteran on what we’re really losing when our favorite spots close | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/restaurants-closing-philadelphia-coronavirus-covid-pandemic-relief-20201202.html

School districts, like Philly, shouldn’t have to rely on handouts to make sure kids are safe | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/school-districts-like-philly-shouldnt-have-to-rely-on-handouts-to-make-sure-kids-are-safe-opinion/

Pitt

Libraries, parks to get 62% of RAD grants in 2021
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/12/03/Regional-Asset-District-grants-2021-COVID-19-Carnegie-Library-Pittsburgh/stories/202012020132

10% of City of Pittsburgh’s employees are in covid quarantine, officials say
https://triblive.com/local/10-of-pittsburghs-employees-are-in-covid-quarantine-officials-say/

Pittsburgh council tweaking covid-related sick leave legislation before final vote
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-council-tweaking-covid-related-sick-leave-legislation-before-final-vote/

Falling rents, rising vacancies hit Downtown apartment scene, but it’s a different story in the suburbs
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/12/03/rents-vacancies-downtown-luxury-apartment-suburbs-butler-westmoreland-covid-19-pandemic/stories/202012030034

Taking aim: Target to brief city planning commission on buildout of Downtown store
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/12/02/Target-Kaufmann-s-Macy-s-department-store-Downtown-planning-commission/stories/202012020154

Forcing the PWSA to clean up its act
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/12/03/Forcing-the-PWSA-to-clean-up-its-act-Pittsburgh/stories/202011260082

Allegheny County sheriff says firearms division closed because of covid
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-sheriff-says-firearms-division-closed-because-of-covid/

Allegheny County awarded $1.2M for homeless programs
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-awarded-1-2-million-for-homeless-programs/

Lawsuit: Allegheny County Jail staff beat, restrained women inmates
https://triblive.com/local/lawsuit-allegheny-county-jail-staff-beat-restrained-women-inmates/

State News

Feds approve sale of Three Mile Island amid concern about new owner’s ability to pay for decommissioning
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/feds-approve-sale-of-three-mile-island-amid-concern-about-new-owners-ability-to-pay-for-decommissioning.html

Shake-up at Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates as executive director resigns and staff calls out widespread racism and transphobia
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/shake-up-at-planned-parenthood-pennsylvania-advocates-as-executive-director-resigns-and-staff-calls-out-widespread-racism-and-transphobia/Content?oid=18482324

Transportation

DUI arrests and crashes over Thanksgiving match last year, despite coronavirus restrictions
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/thanksgiving-travel-dui-crashes-philadelphia-state-police-20201202.html