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Pa. GOP denounces state environment board’s effort to join regional greenhouse emissions tax credit plan | Pennsylvania |

Report: Pennsylvania taxpayers spend tens of millions on government lobbying | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania’s elected officials receive automatic pay raises (

‘Show me the maps!’ Critics say of Pa. redistricting process (

Tree of Life in Pittsburgh awarded $6.6M to help rebuild synagogue (

‘It is a Hanukkah present’: Wolf directs $6.6 million to Tree of Life reimagining project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tree of Life allocated $6.6M in state funds for redevelopment efforts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Ex-Harrisburg official raises $10M for ‘Yelp for government’ review service (

RCAP grants include funds for King’s renovation of old TL building | Times Leader

Four local projects are getting a total of $6 million in state grants. (

Governor Wolf announces $10 million to help Codorus Greenway project in York (

State awards city of York $10 million for Codorus Greenway Project | WITF

In a deadly year, $3.6M in state grant money to aid Philly’s gun violence prevention efforts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 Receives $745,000 – BCTV

Alvernia secures $1 million grant for Reading CollegeTowne (

Erie bayfront market plan snags $3 million RACP state grant (

Parents of overdose victims tell Pennsylvania legislators some treatment centers are ‘predatory’ (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Early Omicron Reports Say Illness May Be Less Severe – The New York Times (

Data scientists expose COVID racial disparities : Shots – Health News : NPR

Lancaster pediatrician discusses uptick in COVID cases, how to handle situation with your kids (

New York City to impose vaccine mandate on private employers (

Omicron spreads uncertainty about holiday travel and dampens recovery for airlines | WITF

Poll: Pa. residents sharply divided on employer vaccine mandates | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Case counts spike in Monroe County, highest daily rate yet (

Court orders hospital to allow ivermectin treatment in York COVID case (



Why the four-day workweek could be the next front in the talent battle – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Redfin shows housing market as hot as ever as inventory slides – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Sheetz convenience stores names new president and CEO –

Lehigh Valley Coke workers go on strike over benefits – The Morning Call (



It’s time for Pennsylvania to tackle youth incarceration. | City & State PA (

Temple will increase its police force following recent shootings near campus, but some worry about overpolicing (

13 Philly cops were pulled from street duty because of questions about their roles in gun arrests, officials say (

Write-in candidate for Allentown constable has extensive record of criminal charges and convictions, court records show – The Morning Call (



Caffrey gets another year as WB Area School Board president | Times Leader

Yanni replaces Gilmartin as Scranton School Board president; first Black board member takes seat | Education |

Allentown School District approves East Side middle school and replacement for Harrison-Morton – The Morning Call (

Penn State extending indoor mask policy into spring semester as cases increase – The Morning Call (

Central Bucks district book ban? What ‘Woke Bucks County’ wants in effort to ‘reclaim our schools’ (



Who wants to run for governor as a Republican in 2022? | City & State PA (

Dr. Oz entry, Parnell exit shuffle busy GOP Senate field (

Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans | WITF

Inside Dr. Oz’s Shameless Flip-Flop on Abortion (

Laughlin won’t run for PA governor, set to endorse Republican Dave White (

Sen. Scott Martin hints he will officially join Pa. governor’s race ‘soon’ | PA Power and Policy |

SDOL board member Luis Morales considers joining 96th District race to represent Lancaster city in Harrisburg | PA Power and Policy |



With snow predicted this week, will PennDOT be able to clear the roads with limited staff? –



Opinion | Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times. – The New York Times (

Doylestown Hospital returns to profitability thanks to federal funds – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Francis Collins on medical advances, vaccine hesitancy and Americans’ ill health : Shots – Health News : NPR

Malaria report shows impact of COVID-19 and complacency on fight to eradicate it : Goats and Soda : NPR

Lawmakers’ fight over fentanyl comes down to prosecution and sentencing reform | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As overdose deaths rise in Philly, New York begins a lifesaving effort that we’ve so far failed to take | Editorial (

Editorial: Worsening overdose crisis demands action (

Penn Vet opens institute to study diseases spread from animals to humans | Smart Talk (

Addressing healthcare racism against Black women is key to ending U.S. HIV epidemic | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

What’s fueling the surge in profits at Pennsylvania banks – Philadelphia Business Journal (

State Approves Pipeline Modification As Part of Marsh Creek Settlement – DV Journal (

PA Energy Pros Dismiss Liz Warren’s Complaints: ‘It’s Econ 101, Not Rocket Science’ – DV Journal (

Sunoco ordered to dredge lake, pay $4M over Pa. pipeline spill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunoco to pay $4.3M for spill that polluted Chester County state park; pipeline construction rerouted – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. review of medical cannabis vape products confuses and worries patients | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Brian Fitzpatrick boosts effort to help first responders, teachers (


National News

Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many – The New York Times (

Opinion | American Families Are Drowning in Care Costs. Here’s How to Change That. – The New York Times (

Instagram unveils new teen safety tools ahead of Senate hearing : NPR

Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo steps away from his SiriusXM show : NPR

Rep. Devin Nunes is resigning from Congress to be CEO of Trump’s new media company : NPR

A prosecutor criticizes school officials after the deadly shooting in Michigan : NPR

Justice Department sues Texas over new redistricting maps | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Justice Department is suing Texas over the state’s redistricting plans | WITF

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit collapses, dies in California –

Guest Opinion: The new age of the robber barons (


Local News

A decrease in gas prices for Midstate drivers can bring a sigh of relief Christmas season (

York takes honest look at gun violence problems with community forum (

Luzerne County mail ballot return rate questioned | Times Leader

Rush Twp. has no tax increase in tentative ’22 budget | News |

Reading officials say a new hotel may be coming to downtown (

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is back in-person for 2022, baby | Today in Pa. –

York County taxes going up nearly $150 for the average homeowner in 2022 (

Will $5M upgrade of Place Marie’s empty upper floors spark more of same downtown? | Local Business |

Manheim Council approves preliminary budget with no tax increase | Community News |



Penguin’s new owner has history of urban development. What that means for Pittsburgh. | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Sala Udin named Pittsburgh Public Schools board president after new school directors take oath | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community asks Pittsburgh Public Schools to boost student support funding in 2022 budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh city solicitor steps down to join Port Authority | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. veterans remember Pearl Harbor as they travel to Oahu for 80th anniversary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt continues to sort through vaccine mandate |

Churchill to vote this month on controversial Amazon distribution center |



ABC’s ‘Abbott Elementary,’ about Philly public schools, premieres, starring Quinta Brunson (

‘We don’t have a crisis of crime.’ DA Larry Krasner says Philly tourists should feel safe despite a record number of killings (

Gaming and Leisure Properties acquiring Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia real estate as part of $1.81B deal – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Two Pa. casino properties purchased as part of $1.81B deal –

5 Pennsylvania health systems to introduce music therapy programs for hospital workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly Officials Draw Ire for Participating in Pro-PLO Event – DV Journal (

Yorktown, Jefferson Manor residents say plans for new student apartments near Temple University may pose environmental threat (

Council President Darrell L. Clarke wants to give lawmakers more influence over development (

PHA looking for developer for affordable homes in Brewerytown | Local News |

Former Commerce Director says his remarks were taken out of context | Local News |

Philly to test new tech in bid to stop delivery drivers from parking illegally | Local News |



Biden Expected to Offer Warnings and Alternatives in Call With Putin – The New York Times (

Why is the Biden administration increasing the cost of building houses? : Planet Money : NPR

Biden’s Supreme Court commission steers clear of controversial issues in draft report : NPR

Biden calls on Congress to lower drug costs by passing Build Back Better bill : NPR

U.S. plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette