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

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 | thecentersquare.com

Reports show local governments spent millions on lobbying efforts | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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

Lackawanna County receives $12 million in state grants for development projects | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Baby formula manufacturer ByHeart awarded $1.75 million in grant funding (berksweekly.com)

Fightin Phils celebrate bright future for FirstEnergy Stadium (readingeagle.com)

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

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

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

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

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

Pa. House GOP lawmaker proposes Santa tax credit – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

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 | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Poll shows Pennsylvanians less concerned about COVID pandemic | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Omicron could overtake delta within weeks, experts say | TribLIVE.com

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 (abc27.com)

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

LVHN reports major success with COVID-19 vaccine mandate – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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 (theintell.com)

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

Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates – POLITICO



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

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 (abc27.com)

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 (mcall.com)



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

Philadelphia Latino-owned businesses see armed robbery string (inquirer.com)

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

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



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

Harrisburg School District preparing for potential return to remote learning (abc27.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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 (sungazette.com)

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

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

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

Replacing Al Schmidt demands integrity and experience | Opinion (inquirer.com)

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Warmer weather predicted to change Poconos tourism industry (poconorecord.com)



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

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



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

Philadelphia HIV detection and treatment dropped because of COVID-19 (inquirer.com)

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 (abc27.com)

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)


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 – pennlive.com

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

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

Hoping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion makes a comeback in 2022 (theintell.com)


Local News

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

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

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 (thereporteronline.com)

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 | citizensvoice.com

Proposed Scranton budget complies with Act 47 exit plan goals, city’s recovery coordinator says | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Reading residents will see garbage rates increase next year (readingeagle.com)

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

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

2021 Christmas Emergency Fund benefits local victims of Hurricane Ida (ydr.com)

Erie County district attorney Jack Daneri resigning Dec. 31 (goerie.com)

Phoenixville hire new full-time fire chief (dailylocal.com)



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

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

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



Larry Krasner’s crime comments spark big backlash | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

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

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

Philly Housing Authority looks for affordable housing in city’s Brewerytown neighborhood – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Board of Education announces members of superintendent search panel | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

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

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 | thecentersquare.com

Riots at US Capitol cause cancellation of Pearl Harbor remembrance at Pa. state capitol (abc27.com)

Provision requiring women to register for draft stripped from defense bill (abc27.com)

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 (nytimes.com)

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