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New plastic recycling law might affect Berks County project
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/environment/new-plastic-recycling-law-might-affect-berks-county-project/article_135bba0c-33eb-11eb-9dbd-c3edb5b5cc4b.html

With time running out, GOP state reps file new challenge to Pa.’s election results, citing already rejected claims of fraud
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-election-lawsuits-daryl-metcalfe-trump-mike-kelly-state-house-republicans-20201207.html

GOP legislators seek emergency court order to void final certification of ‘severely flawed’ Pa. vote count
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/gop-legislators-seek-emergency-court-order-to-stop-final-certification-of-severely-flawed-pa-vote-count.html

Challenges to Biden’s Pennsylvania win continue
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/challenges-to-bidens-pennsylvania-win-continue/article_17944886-38dd-11eb-8deb-2bf2f2710aff.html

Trump questions Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler on electoral votes
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/trump-questions-pennsylvania-house-speaker-bryan-cutler-on-electoral-votes/

Trump called Pa. House speaker to ask for help overturning election results: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/trump-called-pa-house-speaker-to-ask-for-help-overturning-election-results-report.html

GOP House leaders should be ashamed
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/gop-house-leaders-should-be-ashamed/article_23ac8ca0-68e6-5d26-ab04-2f0a5f116b1b.html

Congress must act fast on the CARES Act, new plan for residents during COVID-19 | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/congress-must-act-fast-on-the-cares-act-new-plan-for-residents-during-covid-19-opinion/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Wolf issues dire plea to Pennsylvanians as COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 5,400 and health-care workers are exhausted
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-surge-philly-healthcare-hospitals-overwhelmed-cases-20201207.html

Wolf, Levine plead for public cooperation, call COVID situation ‘dire’
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/wolf-levine-plead-for-public-cooperation-call-covid-situation-dire/article_c8e40e27-c31f-552e-a967-033c81e962cf.html

Wolf says he’ll decide on new COVID mitigation in next few days, asks for citizens to stay home
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/wolf-says-hell-decide-on-new-covid-mitigation-in-next-few-days-asks-for-citizens-to-stay-home/

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says coronavirus surge could overwhelm health care system; more mitigation measures may come soon
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-wolf-virus-dec7-20201207-w4yh2gfpkjeanfkiotnyc4xfv4-story.html

No new covid restrictions for Pa., but possibility looms
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/no-new-covid-restrictions-for-pa-but-possibility-looms/

Wolf on PA’s rapid COVID rise: state action “pales in comparison” to everyone wearing masks
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/wolf-on-pas-rapid-covid-rise-state-action-pales-in-comparison-to-everyone-wearing-masks/Content?oid=18512886

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last week
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/08/pennsylania-coronavirus-update-1000-covid-19-deaths-in-the-last-week/

Pennsylvania reports nearly 15,000 new covid cases, 111 deaths over 2 days
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-nearly-15000-new-covid-cases-111-deaths-over-2-days/

Excela to add more covid-19 beds at its hospitals as cases continue to rise
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/excela-to-add-more-covid-19-beds-at-its-hospitals-as-cases-continue-to-rise-staffing-hits-very-critical-level/

Pittsburgh doctor: ‘Covid vaccines are lights at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still in the tunnel’
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pittsburgh-doctor-covid-vaccines-are-lights-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-but-were-still-in-the-tunnel/

Despite drop in new cases, Allegheny County’s record covid numbers continue
https://triblive.com/local/despite-drop-in-new-cases-allegheny-countys-record-covid-numbers-continue/

Westmoreland County reports over 500 new covid cases in 2 days, 3 new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-over-500-new-covid-cases-in-2-days-3-new-deaths/

Berks County adds more than 500 new COVID cases in 2-day span
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-more-than-500-new-covid-cases-in-2-day-span/article_24e348e8-38ce-11eb-ad36-cf04c24f74e8.html

Coronavirus positivity rate surges in Montgomery County and six neighboring counties
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/coronavirus-positivity-rate-surges-in-montgomery-county-and-six-neighboring-counties/article_14de9ad6-05e2-5e75-911c-895cbd357309.html

Trump administration passed up chance to lock in more Pfizer vaccine doses
https://triblive.com/news/trump-administration-passed-up-chance-to-lock-in-more-pfizer-vaccine-doses/

Lawmakers who met with Giuliani scramble after COVID-19 news
https://www.pennlive.com/elections/2020/12/lawmakers-who-met-with-giuliani-scramble-after-covid-19-news.html

As COVID-19 spreads, Kansas hospital runs out of staff
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/as-covid-19-spreads-kansas-hospital-runs-out-of-staff.html

Administration

Gov. Wolf names 13 municipalities to receive money for intersection safety projects
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/gov-wolf-names-13-municipalities-to-receive-money-for-intersection-safety-projects.html

PennDOT to improve traffic signals at Five Points to stop red-light running
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/12/07/penndot-improve-five-points-traffic-signals-levittown/6479623002/

Chester County revitalization program gets funding boost from state
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/chester-county-revitalization-program-gets-funding-boost-from-state/article_9079857c-38d3-11eb-aaff-938e55f7ba2a.html

State: 500K to lose benefits if federal programs not extended
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/12/07/state-calls-federal-program-extension/3859553001/

Families are facing a food crisis; soon Pennsylvania’s food banks will, too | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/12/families-are-facing-a-food-crisis-soon-pennsylvanias-food-banks-will-too-opinion.html

Business

Uber turns over self-driving car project to company with Pittsburgh ties
https://triblive.com/business/uber-turns-over-self-driving-car-project-to-company-with-pittsburgh-ties/

Nearly half of Pennsylvania restaurants expect to fail without more help, survey says
https://www.inquirer.com/food/restaurant-crisis-coronavirus-closings-philadelphia-20201207.html

U.S. Steel to test emergency equipment at Clairton facility
https://triblive.com/local/us-steel-to-test-emergency-equipment-at-clairton-facility/

Worker claims Cargill discriminated against Hispanics during pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/worker-claims-cargill-discriminated-against-hispanics-during-pandemic/article_1b7e5070-e663-5394-9c18-809f7d25b1f3.html

Crime/Punishment

Pa. prisons won’t mandate COVID-19 tests for staff, even as outbreaks grow frequent and deadly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-outbreak-philadelphia-pennsylvania-prisons-jails-federal-detention-center-20201208.html

Virus spreads quickly among Westmoreland County Prison inmates
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/virus-spreads-quickly-among-westmoreland-county-prison-inmates/

Send first vaccines to Pennsylvania’s prisons | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-vaccine-distribution-pennsylvania-prison-inmates-20201207.html

Education

Pa. shortchanged its poorest school districts in giving out federal CARES Act money, report says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/cares-act-federal-aid-schools-pennsylvania-20201207.html

Scranton School District proposes closing Bancroft Elementary, moving fifth grades
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/scranton-school-district-proposes-closing-bancroft-elementary-moving-fifth-grades/article_652089ff-f0d6-5549-a317-e6757702369b.html

Gov. Mifflin board member censured for insensitive remarks about Pa. secretary of health
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/gov-mifflin-board-member-censured-for-insensitive-remarks-about-pa-secretary-of-health/article_e75a55ae-38ee-11eb-a8b2-9f1ce591f510.html

Northeastern cuts ties with principal over Black Lives Matter is a ‘leftist lie’ post
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/12/07/northeastern-cuts-ties-principal-over-black-lives-matter-post/6483954002/

U.S. schools, communities emotionally debate decision on in-school vs. home learning
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/us-schools-emotionally-debate-decision-on-in-school-vs-home-learning.html

Should Biden cancel student loan debt? | Pro/Con
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/biden-executive-order-student-loan-forgiveness-coronavirus-20201207.html

Health Care

Time is running out for Pennsylvanians to buy insurance plans
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/time-is-running-out-for-pennsylvanians-to-buy-insurance-plans/article_d9abab0c-38b6-11eb-85f7-178cf5c299df.html

Local News

Community organizations boosted by tax credits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/community-organizations-boosted-by-tax-credits/article_f8066f7a-c845-5846-a8b6-1f0d3918500b.html

Reading cuts tax increase in half again
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-cuts-tax-increase-in-half-again/article_c3c240e0-38e7-11eb-ab83-db38d82f7c21.html

An ex-Bucks County prosecutor will challenge her former boss for District Attorney
https://www.inquirer.com/news/antonetta-stancu-bucks-county-da-prosecutor-race-20201207.html

Here’s how much food bank demand increased in Lehigh Valley amid coronavirus pandemic
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-food-bank-demand-lehigh-valley-20201208-pl3iiualsvhj3jt6npy3toisgq-story.html

State tax-credit program will help Westmoreland County Food Bank add sprinklers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-tax-credit-program-will-help-westmoreland-county-food-bank-add-sprinklers/

Wilkes-Barre budget balance shows expected drop
https://www.timesleader.com/news/812338/wilkes-barre-budget-balance-shows-expected-drop

George Avenue Streetscape project in Wilkes-Barre complete
https://www.timesleader.com/news/812340/george-avenue-streetscape-project-in-wilkes-barre-complete

United Way donations are down as need is up
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/united-way-donations-are-down-as-need-is-up/article_97c4dcba-4674-568f-b7a0-f6ba2e2adeb6.html

State College to hold public hearing on budget, including police funding
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/08/state-college-to-hold-public-hearing-on-budget-including-police-funding/

‘Don’t give up’: Harrisburg’s civil rights champions tackle challenges, just as late leader would’ve wanted
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/dont-give-up-harrisburgs-civil-rights-champions-tackle-challenges-just-as-late-leader-wouldve-wanted.html

National News

Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break sound barrier, dies at 97
https://triblive.com/news/chuck-yeager-first-pilot-to-break-sound-barrier-dies-at-97/

Philly

Philly’s effort to recoup back taxes from tiny nonprofit could cost it something special | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/inga-saffron/chamounix-hostel-fairmount-park-historic-mansion-house-hotel-tax-court-case-airbnb-20201208.html

City Council criticizes Philly courts for inaction on systemic racism
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philly-courts-racism-karen-simmons-roxanne-covington-20201207.html

Advocates make last-ditch effort to stall mayor’s appointment for Philly gas utility CEO
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-pgw-ceo-uproar-appointment-mayor-kenney-seth-shapiro-20201207.html

Philadelphia legislator calls for making every Friday ‘Shop Black Business Friday’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/philadelphia-legislator-calls-for-making-every-friday-shop-black-business-friday/

Philadelphia Gay News prepares to take legal action for Morris records
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/philadelphia-gay-news-prepares-to-take-legal-action-for-morris-records/

2 men killed in separate Philly shootings
https://www.inquirer.com/news/south-philadelphia-homicide-man-shot-20201207.html

New York-based group to build apartments at site once eyed by electrical workers’ union charter school
https://www.inquirer.com/news/six-acre-techadelphia-petchs-north-american-street-south-kensington-20201207.html

City of Philadelphia offers some BIRT tax refunds to beleaguered business owners
https://www.inquirer.com/business/small-business/city-department-of-revenue-birt-tax-refund-business-coronavirus-relief-20201207.html

Pitt

2 Port Authority drivers, ages 34 and 57, dead from covid
https://triblive.com/local/2-port-authority-drivers-ages-34-and-57-dead-from-covid/

Speakers call for Pittsburgh Public Schools to cut police, security spending
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/speakers-call-for-pittsburgh-public-schools-to-cut-police-security-spending/

Feds award $10M to stabilize Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington|
https://triblive.com/local/feds-award-10-million-to-stabalize-pittsburghs-mt-washington/

State News

800 taxpayers affected by glitch in Pa’s collection of back state taxes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/800-taxpayers-affected-by-glitch-in-pas-collection-of-back-state-taxes.html