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Pennsylvania’s digital divide is two distinct problems. It’s time to solve both | Opinion –

Pa. Senate election probe contract doesn’t say if the public will see the results | 90.5 WESA

Parents of overdose victims tell Pennsylvania lawmakers that some treatment centers are “predatory” – Pennsylvania News Today

Gov. Wolf Visits Tree of Life Synagogue – ABC23

Senator Santarsiero Secures $2 Million in RACP Grant Funding for Children’s Village at Doylestown Hospital – MyChesCo

Alvernia secures $1 million grant for Reading CollegeTowne | Alvernia University

Sen. Muth Hosts Virtual Healthcare Enrollment Town Hall Zoom | Lower Providence, PA Patch

Nearly $7M in redevelopment grants headed to Luzerne County | Pennsylvania |

Reports show local governments spent millions on lobbying efforts | City & State PA (

Mullery bill would eliminate automatic pay raises for elected officials | Times Leader

Lackawanna County receives $12 million in state grants for development projects | News |

Millions in RACP grants awarded for three Hazleton Area projects | News |

Baby formula manufacturer ByHeart awarded $1.75 million in grant funding (

Fightin Phils celebrate bright future for FirstEnergy Stadium (

Fightin Phils unwrap plans for $16.5M ballpark project | Berks Regional News |

Alvernia awarded $1M for CollegeTowne expansion | Berks Regional News |

Lehigh Valley projects to receive nearly $30 million in Pennsylvania redevelopment grants – The Morning Call (

Republicans say voter ID will increase voters’ trust in elections; researchers say otherwise – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Senate Democratic panel takes up improving Pa. treatment centers amid rising overdose deaths – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. House GOP lawmaker proposes Santa tax credit – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson to host one week of giving | Local News |

Community Briefs: State officials tour DCCC locations to highlight career training – Delco Times


Coronavirus – COVID-19

PA surpasses 34,000 new COVID-19 deaths | Coronavirus |

People over 70 make up well over half of Pa.’s latest COVID-19 deaths: update –

Poll shows Pennsylvanians less concerned about COVID pandemic | Pennsylvania |

Omicron could overtake delta within weeks, experts say |

Medicago’s COVID vaccine prevents serious illness in study : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pfizer says early tests found its COVID-19 booster protects against omicron (

Pa. switches to weekly COVID-19 updates to give ‘a clearer picture’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As omicron threat looms, inflation limits Fed’s room to maneuver | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Fully vaccinated’ definition doesn’t need to change, experts say |

Luzerne County passes 1,000 COVID-related deaths | coronavirus |

LVHN reports major success with COVID-19 vaccine mandate – The Morning Call (

Average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients ‘highest it’s been’ at Mount Nittany | WITF

UPMC doctors issue new warnings as omicron spreads in Pa. What to know (

COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 12-month high, cases leap after Thanksgiving | Health |

Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates – POLITICO



Here’s how many high-paying remote jobs there will be by 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Starbucks workers finish voting on whether to unionize : NPR

Kellogg to replace striking employees as workers reject new contracts : NPR

Kellogg’s workers overwhelmingly vote against latest proposal, strike rolls on (

Gasoline and natural gas prices are falling — finally | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AmEx sees holiday spending soaring | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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



Temple parents rally for action after student’s shooting death – WHYY

Philadelphia Latino-owned businesses see armed robbery string (

Greensburg doctor gets nearly 5 years in prison for painkiller scheme |

Lancaster County set to approve a nearly $4-per-hour increase for prison officers | PA Power and Policy |



President Biden hasn’t yet kept his student loan forgiveness promise : NPR

Harrisburg School District preparing for potential return to remote learning (

Harrisburg school superintendent sends letter warning of a potential return to remote learning –

María Paula Romo visiting scholar appointment at U Penn drew criticism because of her past. Penn says only a court can hold Romo accountable (

A new Central Bucks School Board met, but sharp divisions persist: ‘This room has been filled with hate’ (

After hearing charges of campaign irregularities, Southern Lehigh School Board swears in 4 new members, names one of them president – The Morning Call (

In Lehigh County, school boards first to feel impact from lawsuit over election results – The Morning Call (

New K-12 school planned at former Dominican monastery in Manheim Twp.; zoning approval sought | Local News |

Chester County school administrator appointed as Elanco’s next superintendent | Local News |

Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays. Parents Are Furious. – The New York Times (

‘Abbott Elementary’ debuts on 6abc with nods to West Philadelphia – NewsBreak



Seats up for grabs as GOP carves House lead | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (

Meet The Other Doctor in PA’s U.S. Senate Race – DV Journal (

GIORDANO: A House Call With Dr. Oz – DV Journal (

Dr. Oz’s Pa. Senate race could be skewed by his doctor brand | The Grammarian (

Replacing Al Schmidt demands integrity and experience | Opinion (

First debate announced for Republicans running for governor in Pa. –

Judge gives split decision on contested ballots in Downingtown school board race – Daily Local

Trump’s 2022 Endorsements Are Earlier, Bolder And More Dangerous Than When He Was President | FiveThirtyEight

Pa. Senate and governor’s races – WHYY



Clean water bills will benefit hunters, anglers and others who love the outdoors | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Warmer weather predicted to change Poconos tourism industry (



Spirit Airlines launching 7 new nonstop routes out of Philadelphia International Airport – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Drivers comment on plan to put tolls on Interstate 80 bridges | News |



U.S. News’ inaugural list of top maternity hospitals includes 9 from Philadelphia region – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia HIV detection and treatment dropped because of COVID-19 (

Biden’s big decision on the opioid crisis – POLITICO


State News

Renters in parts of Pa. shut out of rent relief as counties elsewhere sit on millions in unused aid · Spotlight PA

Pa. Supreme Court set to start hearing over school mask mandate on Wednesday (

Mommy Minute: State treasurer encourages people to give the gift of education this holiday season | ABC27

‘Business as usual’ after $1.8 billion transaction involving Westmoreland casino |

Pa. Supreme Court to take up deadly force rules for cops –

State Supreme Court justices take up Pennsylvania’s deadly force rules for cops | WITF

Feds approve Pennsylvania’s plan to distribute more than $1 billion in pandemic funds for Medicaid services | WITF

Report paints uncertain picture of Pa. child welfare system in pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

Supreme Court weighs mandating public funds for religious schools in Maine : NPR

Opening statements in Daunte Wright manslaughter case expected today : NPR

Amazon announces progress after an outage disrupted sites across the internet : NPR

Hawaii remains under flood warnings as a ‘kona low’ storm continues to dump rain : NPR

Mail service in 2021: Expect some hiccups sending holiday cards and packages, but nothing like last year –

U.S. Route 15 is focus of human trafficking | Smart Talk (

Harris marks Maternal Health Day of Action at White House summit | News |

Hoping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion makes a comeback in 2022 (


Local News

Doylestown Health breaks ground for new Children’s Village – thereporteronline

Public Defender’s Office Hosting Expungement Event In Bristol Twp. –

The New Town Theater will officially reopen following the refurbishment project. Public looks inside first – thereporteronline – Pennsylvania News Today

Grand opening held for Bergey’s Showroom (

Why Russia-Ukraine tensions have again reached a boiling point : NPR

Luzerne County Council rejects proposed cut of new IT staffers | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre council adopts final 2022 budget after kerfuffle | News |

Proposed Scranton budget complies with Act 47 exit plan goals, city’s recovery coordinator says | News |

Covington Twp. includes fire assistance in budget without tax hike | Crime-Emergency |

Reading residents will see garbage rates increase next year (

Bethlehem City Council moves closer to approving 2022 budget, but some have concerns with new position mayor-elect wants – The Morning Call (

Despite funding cut, SWPA group still works to revitalize its community | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

2021 Christmas Emergency Fund benefits local victims of Hurricane Ida (

Erie County district attorney Jack Daneri resigning Dec. 31 (

Phoenixville hire new full-time fire chief (



Spending plan for Pittsburgh’s $10.8M parks tax fund unveiled |

Planning commission, Walnut Capital collide over proposed Oakland redevelopment, zoning change | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council moves to combat lead poisoning | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh bans parking in bike lanes, with exceptions |

Pittsburgh considers extending contract with nonprofit animal shelter for over $1M |

Mayor-elect Gainey puts controversial transit project on hold as multi-modal vision of Hazelwood Green becomes more uncertain | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Larry Krasner’s crime comments spark big backlash | Morning Newsletter (

PHL Inno – Philadelphia’s startup scene is booming. VC leaders lay out what’s pushing it forward and what could slow the growth. (

Mayor Jim Kenney tells D.A. and city controller they’re on their own for inauguration ceremony (

Philly Housing Authority looks for affordable housing in city’s Brewerytown neighborhood – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Board of Education announces members of superintendent search panel | Local News |

Playing loud music could soon cost you a ticket in Philly | Local News |

Philly H.S. among honorees of the GSK IMPACT awards | Local News |

Palestine Solidarity Day officially recognized in Philadelphia – Workers World



Debt ceiling: House OKs first step after Senate deal is brokered : NPR

Democrats lean on Pelosi, Hoyer over holiday supply chain worries | California |

Riots at US Capitol cause cancellation of Pearl Harbor remembrance at Pa. state capitol (

Provision requiring women to register for draft stripped from defense bill (

Biden administration talks diplomacy as Russian troops mass at Ukraine border | ABC27

Congressional leaders reach deal to allow debt ceiling increase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden calls for sweeping new push to expose and punish financial corruption | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House Passes $768 Billion Defense Policy Bill – The New York Times (

House Passes Legislation to Pave Way for Debt Ceiling Increase – The New York Times (