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Governor Wolf’s final budget address prioritizes education | WHP (

Gov. Wolf visits Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary in Erie to outline plan for $1.9 billion increase in education | ABC27

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget would boost Erie area school funding (

DelVal Pols Push Back on Gov. Wolf’s ‘Deficit Spending’ Budget – DV Journal (

Governor’s budget proposal seeks more funds for 100 poorest schools, including some area districts | News |

Funding can stabilize State System of Higher Education | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Poorer cities, growing suburbs get most out of Gov. Wolf’s schools plan | WITF

Gov. Wolf’s Pa. 2022 budget: What’s next, who does it help? (

Pennsylvania’s 2022 budget address is déjà vu all over again; here’s why that’s a bad thing | John Baer –

Pa. senators discuss legalizing marijuana with current, former law enforcement | Local News |

House and Senate speak to Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget address –

Pennsylvania enacts new legislative maps – Ballotpedia News

Pennsylvania lawmakers host first hearing on legalizing recreational marijuana | Pennsylvania |

Pa. House unanimously passes $25M in grants for EMS (

Bill Creating $25M Grant Program for EMS Agencies on Way to Governor to Sign – Fire Engineering: Firefighter Training and Fire Service News, Rescue

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania should not rely solely on feds to cap abandoned wells | Pennsylvania |

As Pa. grows more diverse, lawmakers propose office to welcome newcomers | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

GOP lawmakers celebrate Act 77 ruling, though what’s next is unclear – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

E-scooter bill would clear way for more Pennsylvania cities to join Pittsburgh |

Redistricting results in new lawmakers for some local residents | Election |

Schuylkill County lawmakers, officials concerned with district shifts | Election |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Under pressure to ease up, Biden weighs new virus response | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why Democratic Governors Are Turning Against Mask Mandates – The New York Times (

As some states drop mask mandates, CDC keeps guidelines | ABC27

CDC encouraged by COVID-19 trends, reviewing pandemic guidelines; two deaths reported in Cambria County | Coronavirus |

CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hospital leaders hopeful as covid cases decline, staffing remains an issue |

Covid continues decline in Western Pa., expert says ‘worst of pandemic is largely over’ |

Central Bucks School District and Council Rock shutdown public COVID-19 dashboards on websites (

AstraZeneca sees $4B in COVID vaccine sales as revenue soars | Coronavirus |

Allegheny County reaches a grim milestone: 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County acting manager lifting COVID-19 limited access protocols | Times Leader

State Rep. Manny Guzman appointed to House Appropriations Committee (

Parkland school district ending mandatory masking, Bethlehem Area School District considering same as COVID cases decrease – The Morning Call (



The economy is surging but so is inflation, and that’s a problem for Biden : NPR

U.S. inflation might have hit a 40-year high in January (

More gas price increases likely, according to most analysts (

Inflation, hiring challenges on a collision course. Here’s how businesses are responding. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal allocates $8M for Ben Franklin Technology Partners offices statewide – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Peloton to lay off more than 100 workers in Bucks County amid slumping sales – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Parx Casino sees profit in workforce diversity, customer base (

Talking Business with Becky Bradley: Yes, we’re facing huge development pressure. No, we’re not sitting idle. – The Morning Call (

Gracedale considers day care for workers’ kids to ease staff shortage – The Morning Call (



York City police announce new unit to tackle gun violence (

60,000 bees stolen from Giant’s pollinator field in Cumberland County | WITF

Crime rates, population can’t solely determine size of Pittsburgh’s police force, public safety director nominee says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Will cracking down on illegal guns reduce crime? | Pro/Con (



State System chancellor praised for progress, scorned for degree program cuts at House hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New research raises questions about pre-K : NPR

School Districts Must Make an Important Decision: Mask or Not? – The New York Times (

Watch for these conflicts over education in 2022 | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA budget won’t fix crisis in Intellectual Disability / Autism system (

If not now, when will Pa. fully fund its intellectual disability system? | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

What is a self-directed democratic school? | Smart Talk (

Jacqueline Miller nominated for PA Teacher of the Year | The Bucks County Herald

North Penn board calls for civility over threatening voicemail (

Central Bucks cancels trip to D.C. over concerns that unvaccinated students could feel excluded (

We have a lot to learn from teachers’ unions | Opinion (

Transgender Penn swimmer deemed eligible for Ivy League championships –



BREAKING: Supreme Court Suspends Candidate Petition Circulation Period | PoliticsPA

Court puts hold on Pennsylvania primary petition gathering (

State Supreme Court Puts Candidates’ Petition Gathering on Hold – DV Journal (

Can Name Recognition Help Barletta Overcome Cash Crunch? | PoliticsPA

Carville-Backed SuperPAC Could Help Lamb Close Fundraising Gap | PoliticsPA

McCormick Counters Oz, Receives Pompeo Endorsement | PoliticsPA

Guest Opinion: We’re only free if capitalism is equitably regulated (

1 in 5 Patriot Front applicants say they have ties to the military | WITF

Why do Pa. courts have a say on mail-in voting? They probably shouldn’t | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

States, including Pa., target ballot drop boxes in fight over voting rights | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming – The New York Times (

Pennsylvania must properly fund efforts to clean up waterways (

National parks try to make progress on long-deferred maintenance – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



10 bridges listed in poor condition in York County to watch (

Nation’s largest flight school ready for take off at Allegheny County Airport | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Research finds genetic connection to higher breast cancer deaths in Black women | Health |


State News

Infrastructure bill sends $245M to Pennsylvania for abandoned mines clean up | Pennsylvania |

Guy Ciarrocchi: It’s time to become the leader in providing the nation’s energy needs (

A state earned income tax credit would aid Pa. working families (

Grossman: Poconos and the Pennsylvania State Planning Board (

Pa. residents are ‘drinking better, not more’ driving liquor sales growth during pandemic, industry group says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Changes outlined for Pennsylvania trout stocking in 2022 –


National News

Gap continues to widen for housing affordability, inventory – Philadelphia Business Journal (

U.S.’s Nathan Chen wins gold in men’s figure skating at the Beijing Olympics : NPR

U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim wins her second gold at the 2022 Beijing Olympics : NPR

India’s most populous state begins voting in test for ruling party : NPR

TikTok says misgendering transgender people is against its rules : NPR

Dollywood employees will soon be eligible for free tuition : NPR

Colorado Springs settles suit over fatal police shooting of De’Von Bailey : NPR

Ottawa Protesters Turn a Quiet Capital Upside Down – The New York Times (

COVID-19 truck blockade in Canada shuts down Ford plant | Coronavirus |

Experts hail big step forward in fusion technology in UK | News |

The National Rifle Association is losing members, according to internal documents | WITF

‘I can’t get no support from these guys’: closed Social Security offices pose a hardship for many | WITF


Local News

How Micah Parsons became Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite (

What Would Losing Covanta Mean for City of Chester, Delaware County? – DV Journal (

Lancaster city council rift between Diaz, Smith-Wade-El and other members on display as council chooses new member | PA Power and Policy |

Sewers, demolition, Savocchio Park: Erie City Council OKs $8M in ARP funds (

Scranton wants to spruce up Biden Street | News |

Residents experience mail service disruption as post office runs into ‘employee availability issues’ –



Seven local urban farming projects funded by Department of Agriculture | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Singer Billie Eilish partners with 412 Food Rescue to donate meals ahead of concert in Pittsburgh (

Snow is back early Thursday and winds will make it feel like mid 20s – WPXI

Pittsburgh City Council’s Private Debate On Pay Hike May Have Violated State’s Sunshine Law – CBS Pittsburgh (



These 3 Philadelphia hospitals made Healthgrades’ best 50 ranking – Philadelphia Business Journal (

It’s time to rethink how Philly redraws councilmanic districts | City & State PA (

Philly playground exhibit honors city’s Black leaders, legends – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Legislation to halt demolitions in NW Philly could bring court challenge | Local News |

Safehouse is in settlement talks with the U.S. Department of Justice | Local News |

Water main break in Philadelphia floods several blocks (



Biden administration to roll back some states’ Medicaid waivers : Shots – Health News : NPR

With evictions on the rise, House Democrats team up to push new housing protections : NPR

VAWA: Bipartisan senators announce compromise on expired act : NPR

Violence Against Women Act gets revitalized push by lawmakers, advocates | ABC27

Efforts to ban Congress members’ stock trades pick up steam : NPR

A Product of Public Universities, Michelle Childs Would Be an Unconventional Supreme Court Pick – The New York Times (

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas former Trump White House trade adviser Peter Navarro | WITF

National Archives asks Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette