Pennsylvania Senate committee advance turnpike legislation – Transportation Today (transportationtodaynews.com)

PSERS board member Muth criticizes investment transparency (abc27.com)

Representatives advocate to create organization to attract, embrace immigrant community in Pa. | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

An immigrant resource hub is being proposed by Pennsylvania Democratic state lawmakers. | WITF

Chester County awarded $300,000 for mental health hotline – Daily Local

Wolf, state lawmakers can coalesce around a corporate tax cut | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Allentown Latino leaders plot strategy after new Pennsylvania legislative maps scramble political plans – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Editorial: Cash in hand can change rancorous Pennsylvania budget process (dailylocal.com)

Proposed Pennsylvania budget would help nurses, provide mental health services | WITF

Gov. Tom Wolf excludes NPRC from budget proposal. School seeks answers (goerie.com)

Despite proposed $3M transfer in Wolf’s budget, Dog Law Bureau would remain in deficit, Ag. Dept. says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf won’t get all he wants in his budget, but he’s still moved Pa. forward | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Labor & Industry addresses unemployment fraud for Pennsylvania House committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

New Pa. unemployment ‘bank hijacking’ cases down; backlog of fraud cases still high but shrinking (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends primary election calendar | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Latino advocate promises lawsuit against new Pa. legislative maps – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What’s Next for John Yudichak and NEPA? | PoliticsPA

Mastriano Fighting Facebook on Facebook | PoliticsPA

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Wegmans customers no longer required to wear masks in NY stores | ABC27

Residents demand Chester County officials end mask mandate in school – Daily Local

COVID mask mandate staying in Philadelphia as N.J., Delaware, other states drop (inquirer.com)



Opinion | 12 Economically Insecure Americans on What Keeps Them Up at Night – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

How inflation and tangled supply lines grip the economy (abc27.com)

Biden vows to combat inflation, some lawmakers worry | ABC27

Greater Philadelphia health systems search for answers as nursing vacancies reach crisis levels – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Costs to develop, lease industrial keep soaring as demand for warehouses remains historically high – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

7 ways small-business owners can save on taxes in 2022 – Daily Local



‘I’m Still Here:’ Yeadon Council Delays Vote to Oust Police Chief – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Yeadon borough council holds special meeting regarding well-loved police chief (delcotimes.com)

Philly’s gun violence is ‘symptom’ of bigger problems, official says | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rules of the road: Car stops for minor traffic offenses will be off-limits in Philly | Local News | phillytrib.com

Delaware County advocates gather to call on the release of Leroy Evans – NewsBreak

Leroy Evans’ family hopeful for release after 40 years in prison – WHYY



Widener University selects SUNY Geneseo provost for next president – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Opinion: Low income students deserve a quality education (poconorecord.com)

Central Bucks pulls field trip to Holocaust Museum over mask, vaccine requirements (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Neighboring districts show funding disparities (dailylocal.com)

Philly School District releases report on school performance and progress | Local News | phillytrib.com

Schoolhouse crumbling? Pa. GOP says that’s what you deserve. (inquirer.com)



After Hours: Natalie Bencivenga interviews Martell Covington | After Hours | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

The Lancaster GOP will decide who it should endorse in 4 key state House races at its straw poll this weekend | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Opinion: The future of the ‘Un-tied’ States of America (poconorecord.com)

Letters: Dan Pastore, taxing the rich, GOP outrages (goerie.com)

Obsessed with individual rights, Americans rush into disastrous decisions | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Shapiro, Davis talk policy; Pittsburgh’s Black entrepreneurs say follow through on promises | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Progressives pick candidates, and fights, in Philly state House races (inquirer.com)

Group supporting Lou Barletta attacks Bill McSwain’s ties to Pat Toomey (inquirer.com)

Arroyo selected as Democratic candidate in 116th House District | Election | standardspeaker.com

Commissioners address concerns over new Berks County elections official (readingeagle.com)



Dangerous pipeline protests put first responders at risk | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Gray wolf protections restored across much of the U.S. : NPR



Amtrak eyes express bus between Reading and Philadelphia (delcotimes.com)

Langhorne again asks PennDOT for “pause” in plans to widen Route 413 (theintell.com)

Pa. will get federal money to build electric vehicle charging stations on interstates – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Lack of coverage for Alzheimer’s drug a blow to those afflicted (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Prospect Medical has preliminary deal to sell Crozer Health (inquirer.com)

Abortions in Texas fell 60% in 1st month under new limits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

PA’s Garrity Calls Out Biden Banking Pick: She’s a Danger to Energy Jobs – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Farmland preserved in Lancaster County, elsewhere in the state after $6.4 million investment | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania has the most abandoned coal mines in the U.S., how $245 million will help? | WITF

Darby Township suspends Briarcliffe Fire Company after racist audio come to light (delcotimes.com)

Fire company in Delaware County suspended for alleged use of racial slurs | WITF


National News

Why an Arizona County Turned Down $1.9 Million in Covid Relief – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Judge freezes access to funds donated to protesting truckers in Canada : NPR

Shaun White Ends His Olympic Career With 4th Place Finish – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for banned substance : NPR

First orbital SpaceX Starship flight could come by March : NPR

Sudan’s military rulers step up crackdown on dissent : NPR

DHS says truckers may protest at Super Bowl and State of the Union : NPR

Black history deserves to be part of American history’s main menu (goerie.com)

More cities seek to redress widespread 20th-century destruction of Black neighborhoods | Across America | phillytrib.com


Local News

Borough residents offered AARP tax help at rec center – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

WCU dance team brings home the gold for first time – Daily Local

Micah Parsons wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (abc27.com)

Midstate organization hopes to provide safe haven for human trafficking survivors (abc27.com)

Bucks County withholding details on landlord incentive program (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Waste Management landfill will generate millions dollars for Falls Township (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

ANIZDA committee approves downtown Allentown streetscape overhaul – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Puppies, kittens from the Lehigh Valley are in this year’s Puppy Bowl – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Steelers T.J. Watt wins Defensive Player of the Year (abc27.com)

Where to get free help with taxes in Allegheny County | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh City Council advances outdoor dining, retail legislation | TribLIVE.com

Port Authority says bridge shift caused by water penetration, freezing temperatures | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh City Council divided on creating infrastructure committee in wake of bridge collapse | TribLIVE.com

Riverlife announces restoration plan for Allegheny Riverfront Park | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh auto show returns to convention center after pandemic-induced hiatus | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority will use $8.2 million in grants to fund 3 projects, including Wilkinsburg transit center | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Shift to remote work threatens Philadelphia’s long-term economic recovery, Pew report finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia underperforms national economy, according to Pew report | Local News | phillytrib.com

Domb introduces City Council term limits legislation | Local News | phillytrib.com

City council to include Philadelphia prisoners in redistricting | Local News | phillytrib.com

Ben Simmons traded; Sixers get James Harden | Basketball | phillytrib.com

Philly kicks off lifeguard recruitment effort | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Council hears options for decarbonizing Philadelphia Gas Works. Divergent visions of the future emerge | Local News | phillytrib.com

Afghan families in Philadelphia frustrated at high bar to help loved ones escape Taliban | WITF

A timeline of Philadelphia’s five-year effort to open a supervised injection site (inquirer.com)

Philly City Council adopted a new district map two days before its deadline (inquirer.com)

We need the National Guard to stop Philly’s gun violence crisis | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Senate passes legislation ending forced arbitration in sexual misconduct cases, heads to president’s desk | ABC27

Congress approves sex harassment bill in #MeToo milestone | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

POLL: Nearly 60% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s job performance (abc27.com)

Biden Moves to Split $7 Billion in Frozen Afghan Funds – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden says he has done a deep dive on four Supreme Court candidates : NPR

Bill that would give the U.S. Postal Service a major overhaul moves to the Senate | WITF

Congressional panel will investigate Trump’s removal of White House documents | WITF

Schumer, Booker, Wyden ask U.S. Senate colleagues for help on marijuana reform – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)