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Legislature

Pennsylvania Democrats introduce multi-billion-dollar education plan | ABC27

Democrats unveil $3.75 billion education spending plan | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Democratic lawmakers call for unprecedented $3.75B investment in public education | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Democrats unveil $3.75B education spending blueprint ahead of budget season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Dems call for $3.75B in new education funding; GOP doubts sustainability | News | tribdem.com

PA Dems New Education Plan | Eyewitness News (pahomepage.com)

Pa. Dems call for ‘historic’ education funding, | News | sharonherald.com

Pennsylvania Democrats introduce multi-billion-dollar education plan | PHL17.com

Pennsylvania high court may step in to House districts case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gina Diorio: Taxpayers on the hook for pensions of lawbreaking lawmakers (broadandliberty.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget address will seek to cement his legacy · Spotlight PA

Supremes Intervene on Map Decision | PoliticsPA

Pa. Supreme Court taking second look at congressional map case; orders stay on lower court – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Revised economic forecast shows higher revenue estimate for Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania leaves local taxpayers footing bill for stormwater management | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA Environment Digest Blog: PA Lawmakers Join Other Elected Officials Calling On EPA To Prevent Chemical Disasters, Protect Workers, Prioritize Environmental Justice (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pennsylvania aims to fight hate crimes with millions in security grants for religious institutions | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Governors call on president to help the country move past the pandemic | ABC27

Moderna announces full US approval for its COVID-19 vaccine (abc27.com)

When a positive COVID tests means losing work, there’s little incentive to test : Shots – Health News : NPR

U.S. urges Pfizer to apply for under-5 covid shots | TribLIVE.com

New Orleans schools first major district to require vaccinations for students : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Pittsburgh-area hospitals are rolling out a scarce COVID-19 drug for the immunocompromised | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Highmark announces process for obtaining no-cost rapid covid-19 tests | TribLIVE.com

UPMC says new treatment Evusheld reduces covid risk for immunocompromised | TribLIVE.com

Scranton schools may offer COVID testing, keep masking policy | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania adding long-term care beds to ease COVID crunch | WITF

Health Dept. adds regional long-term care sites to COVID-19 hospital support initiatives – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The COVID jab was a no brainer for me, because of who said “Get it.” (theintell.com)

 

Business/Jobs

The Great Resignation changing face of US workforce | ABC27

84% of Pennsylvania restaurants say business conditions are worse than 3 months ago – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Starbucks union push spreads to 54 stores in 19 states : NPR

Work-from-home spurs blue-collar Americans to seek career shifts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

To solve staffing shortages, hire more workers with disabilities | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania to launch list of employers that violate state labor and workplace safety laws – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Black Dollars Matter: Despite systemic racism, Blacks have money | Michael Coard | phillytrib.com

 

Crime/Punishment

With 2K shootings, more than 500 dead, 2020 was the deadliest year on record in Philadelphia – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Some Philadelphia police officers abuse Heart and Lung injury benefits (inquirer.com)

Man dies in Dauphin County prison, marking the 5th death in 10 months – pennlive.com

Transgender woman placed with men in central Pa. prison gets pepper-sprayed, blamed by guards after assault: lawsuit | WITF

 

Education

Lenny McAllister: Education reform must empower students and parents, not systems (broadandliberty.com)

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley on future of free college – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

State funding for higher education tops $100B for the first time – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Temple University renews its lease in Center City – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Over half of teachers want to leave the profession early, NEA poll finds : NPR

New Penn State group wants younger, more diverse trustees elected to board of trustees (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania schools still dealing with the impact of COVID. (readingeagle.com)

Temple upgrades campus and neighborhood safety policies | Local News | phillytrib.com

Central Bucks teachers, staff get masks from local donations (theintell.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Despite a court battle, Pennsylvania voters can still apply for mail ballots without an excuse | WITF

Pennsylvania court declares state’s mail-in voting law unconstitutional, in win for Republicans – The Washington Post

Chester County politicos react to mail-in ballot court ruling – Daily Local

How can we trust the machines that a politically motivated group had access to? | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

New poll finds 1 in 10 Americans support violence against government : NPR

A Shadow Sighting by Phil Could Portend Big Things for GOP | PoliticsPA

Trump escalates racist rhetoric and plays on white grievance at recent rallies : NPR

There are election reforms that both Democrats and Republicans seem to like : NPR

DelVal Candidates Have Edge in GOP Gov. Primary – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Gubernatorial Candidate Bill McSwain to Spend $6.8 M on Campaign Ads in GOP Primary – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Dr. Kevin Baumlin, Dem for U.S. Senate, Has Diagnosis for Healthcare – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lehigh County voters sue to delay election certification over undated ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

2022 midterm elections: The Senate primaries that will shape the race (theintell.com)

For our ‘Great Experiment’ to survive, politicians must observe the rules (theintell.com)

The GOP’s midterm playbook: Flip the script on Covid (yahoo.com)

Millions follows rich candidates in Pennsylvania Senate race | San Luis Obispo Tribune

Black clergy says Fetterman, GOP missed an opportunity | State & Region | phillytrib.com

PA election officials ‘still being attacked,’ want help from lawmakers (poconorecord.com)

PA Rep. Brown declines new term; new reps to see new district lines (poconorecord.com)

 

Environment

Seasonal allergies getting worse? Study says climate change could be why (abc27.com)

Once heavily polluted by mining, Black Creek now classified as wild trout stream | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Health

PA’s opioid stigma reduction campaign reaches 4M residents | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Efforts ongoing in Harrisburg to address opioid addiction, recovery | Don’t Miss This | ncnewsonline.com

Chester County Medical Society joins bid to keep Brandywine Hospital open – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

To get health care, many must navigate glitchy government technology : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pa. hospitals wrestle with nursing shortages as pandemic drags on | TribLIVE.com

Down two hospitals in one month, new efforts to restore services in Chester County | WITF

Chester County Medical Society to petition court to keep hospitals open – Daily Local

 

State News

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan warns against Russian threat to democracy (readingeagle.com)

These Pa. Republicans opposed the Biden stimulus; then touted it back home | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Fitzpatrick-Jan 6 report took it easy on the congressman (theintell.com)

Former Gov. Tom Ridge to be honored for work in national security (goerie.com)

New nursing skilled facilities set to help Pa. health care workers (abc27.com)

Key consultant refused to cooperate with probe into Pa.’s $73 billion school pension: sources · Spotlight PA

Western Pa. under storm watch for snow, ice beginning early Thursday | TribLIVE.com

Trib Total Media CEO to testify before Senate subcommittee on newspaper industry challenges | TribLIVE.com

FEMA is reimbursing up to $9K for each COVID-19-related funeral. Why are Pennsylvania’s applications less than half the state’s total death toll? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

National News

Power has returned to some homes walloped by weekend ‘bomb cyclone’ : NPR

U.S. and Russia exchange heated accusations at U.N. meeting | ABC27

Why Americans should care about Russia-Ukraine standoff : NPR

Ahmaud Arbery’s mom says Travis McMichael plea deal was disrespectful : NPR

Why Black History Month is celebrated in February : NPR

Black History Month is world history every day | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

FBI director says the threat from China is ‘more brazen’ than ever before : NPR

‘New York Times’ acquires Wordle : NPR

Georgia district attorney calls for FBI security help after Trump’s rally comments : NPR

Joe Rogan vows to ‘balance things out’ after Spotify controversy – pennlive.com

 

Local News

A Broad + Liberty interview with Delaware County Chair Dr. Monica Taylor (broadandliberty.com)

Decision on Lackawanna County reassessment expected this month | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna County extends pandemic emergency declaration, virtual meetings may violate Sunshine Act | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Mayor: Land bank could bolster parking in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Tesla opens central Pa. dealership: Here are 6 things to know about the electric car retailer – pennlive.com

Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History $1 million grant expansion – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New Magisterial Districts unveiled for Delaware County (delcotimes.com)

Lancaster Twp. GOP area chair resigns, as committee prepared to remove him for ‘denouncing’ FreePA | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

8 of the highest-trafficked Lancaster County bridges rated ‘poor’; here’s where they are | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster County health care facilities to get $6M to recruit, retain workers | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh Bridge collapse ‘takes your breath away,’ NTSB chair said | WITF

State ordered Fern Hollow Bridge to be inspected more frequently years before collapse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pgh bridge was a ‘preventable disaster’ as local officials call for action – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Crane pulls Port Authority bus from Frick Park bridge wreckage | TribLIVE.com

PennDOT will foot the bill to replace the Fern Hollow Bridge | WITF

Allegheny County Jail warden says measures to slow COVID spread will continue | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alma Speed Fox, movement’s matriarch, inspired Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh reacts to death of beloved record seller Jerry Weber | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

PHOTOS: Mayor Gainey joins Coffee Tree employees in union rally | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

‘Ya Fav Trashman’ calls on city officials to take action against illegal dumping | Local News | phillytrib.com

Preliminary report gives details on medical chopper crash outside Philadelphia (abc27.com)

30 Philadelphia-area companies earn perfect scores on high-profile LGBTQ index – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

GIORDANO: Larry Krasner for SCOTUS! – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

A battle over the Sayre-Morris pool has activists and politicians pitted against the school board (inquirer.com)

Philly’s done wrangling over the opioid deal | Business Weekly Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s new victim advocate starts work amid gun violence surge (inquirer.com)

Adara Combs to lead city’s first Office of the Philadelphia Victim Advocate | Local News | phillytrib.com

Low-income tenants facing eviction can now get free legal representation in 2 Philly zip codes (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia to launch universal basic income pilot program this year | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

City Councilmember David Oh’s soda tax repeal bill faces opposition | Local News | phillytrib.com

CCPA rebrands as the Center City Business Association | Business | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Biden issues an infrastructure ‘roadmap’ to help spend $1T | News | phillytrib.com

Trump ally pushes Republican Party to expel Cheney, Kinzinger | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden names Qatar major non-NATO ally as energy crisis looms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration to reinstate mercury pollution rules weakened under Trump | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette