The making of K. Leroy Irvis, the nation’s first Black speaker of the House – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Shapiro’s Sixers tickets were a ‘political meeting.’ · Spotlight PA

Pa. House bill would make it easier for formerly incarcerated to vote | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus decries racist video | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pa. lawmaker proposes mandatory reporting to address prescription drug affordability, access – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



TikTok ‘de-influencers’ want Gen Z to buy less – and more – pennlive.com

They’re part of the next generation of Black leaders in central Pa.: Meet these trailblazers and trendsetters – pennlive.com

CPI January 2023 is 6.4%, core inflation rose: Live updates (usatoday.com)

The Giant Co. debuts first all-electric vehicles in its fleet (readingeagle.com)

Bullish on Pittsburgh’s South Side: Developer proposes 375-unit apartment complex on Wharton Street | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Defiant metals industry mocks recession calls at top gatherings | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While many students aim for college, high-paying trade jobs sit empty. : NPR

OSHA Is (Finally) Investigating the Hell Out of Amazon – Mother Jones



Dauphin County may have violated open meetings act when they hired 2 new jail leaders to boost transparency – pennlive.com

Central Pa. contractor admits to pocketing more than $100,000 from clients – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania company fined after teen employee killed by woodchipper (abc27.com)

Upper Darby man pleads to manslaughter in March 2022 shooting death (delcotimes.com)

Man exposes self to woman hunting Pokémon | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Sex doll mistaken for human remains in Wyoming County creek | Times Leader

Eight more Philly cops were benched amid widening probe into a city antiviolence program (inquirer.com)



Education leaders visit Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to highlight programs (abc27.com)

How will Pa. fix its school funding? New Jersey’s ‘Abbott’ rulings offer lessons (mcall.com)

Neshaminy School District to add track lanes at high school complex (phillyburbs.com)

St. Hubert’s students expelled in response to viral blackface video (inquirer.com)

Florida African American AP curriculum: Why the College Board acts the way it does. (slate.com)




Nikki Haley announces presidential campaign, becoming 1st major challenger to Donald Trump | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GOP targets drag shows with new bills in at least 14 states – The Washington Post

Yet Another Republican Wants to Join the 2024 Race: Tim Scott | Vanity Fair

On With Kara Swisher: Ruben Gallego on Learning From Arizona (nymag.com)

Kyrsten Sinema Founded Consulting With Payday Loan Booster (theintercept.com)

The 2020 Election Case Still Reverberating in Wisconsin (slate.com)



Today is first day to circulate petitions before primary | Front Page | thederrick.com

Will there be more confusion over dates on Pa. mail-in ballots? | Armchair Lehigh Valley – lehighvalleylive.com

Top self-funding congressional candidates were among the 2022 election cycle’s biggest losers • OpenSecrets



David Oh Announces Candidacy For Philadelphia Mayor (politicspa.com)

Commonwealth Court allows 2022 Chester County election recount petition to move forward (broadandliberty.com)

Luzerne County Council to appoint members to county boards on Tuesday | News | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County Council set to vote on union contract and numerous board appointments | Times Leader

Philly at-large race: More than 30 people running for 7 at-large seats (inquirer.com)

Allegheny County Council could weigh campaign finance reform (publicsource.org)



EPA lists additional chemicals released in East Palestine train derailment | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Big Oil’s allies spend big money on ads and lobbying to keep fossil fuels flowing | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Every middle schooler needs to read “Two Degrees” | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg comments on East Palestine train derailment – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Shell’s ethane cracker in Beaver County flares gas after malfunction | 90.5 WESA



Tamaqua train station to be memorialized on U.S. postage stamp (mcall.com)

Pa. Turnpike reopens (wgal.com)

PennDOT surveying drivers to help reduce crashes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Easy to Use a Car as a Weapon – Mother Jones



Pennsylvania EMS system teeters on brink of collapse, official says | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

States scramble to replace ripped-off SNAP benefits – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Mental health agencies to provide info at Tomahawks game | News | tribdem.com

Erie County faces silver tsunami as popluation ages, median age over 40 (goerie.com)

Raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (readingeagle.com)

Controversial arbitration agreements in nursing homes under fire | News | standardspeaker.com

Firearms safety: How to ask whether another family owns guns before letting children visit | PhillyVoice

Alice Wong on Hospitalization, Crowdfunding Medical Care, and Finding Love In Community | Teen Vogue

Group Behind Super Bowl’s Jesus Ads Is Bankrolling Lawsuit to Fight Medication Abortion (jezebel.com)

behavioral health hospital planned for the Lehigh Valley | LehighValleyNews.com


State News

Pennsylvania liquor lottery offers Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (usatoday.com)

2022 Pennsylvania bear harvest: More than 3,000 taken | WTAJ – www.wtaj.com

More Black Mentors Urged for Pennsylvania / Public News Service

Pennsylvania to receive money in multi-state cryptocurrency settlement | News | meadvilletribune.com

Pennsylvania Tourism Office releases 2023 Happy Traveler guide | State News | latrobebulletinnews.com

ASL Performer Justina Miles Goes Viral For Rihanna Super Bowl Show | HuffPost Entertainment


National News

Michigan State University shooting: 3 students dead, 5 in critical condition : NPR

Valentine’s Day has dark origins. Here’s how it started : NPR

Schools become flashpoint for Republicans eyeing 2024 presidential race | PBS NewsHour

How A TikTok Ban Would Work — And How TikTok Could Fight Back (forbes.com)


Local News

State College wants nearby municipalities to adopt LGBTQ protections | WITF

Pa. Democratic official says ‘right-wing cancel culture’ brought down welcome billboard – pennlive.com

York County residents hope to save historic stone house (abc27.com)

Reading City Council tables funding request for roof repairs to Trexler Mansion | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Chester County Democratic Committee ratings leave some asking questions – Daily Local

Lancaster couple’s love story goes viral after cafe engagement | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Residents, Hoke family member petition to save 1750s Spring Grove house (ydr.com)

Violinist Domenic Salerni wins a Grammy Award with Attaca Quartet | LehighValleyNews.com



Former Post-Gazette columnists Tony Norman and Natalie Bencivenga reunite for ‘In Other News’ podcast – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Fallen McKeesport Police Officer Sean Sluganski to be laid to rest (cbsnews.com)

Black History Month: Remembering Mary Lou Williams – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Half a million flowers passed through the Strip District last week (nextpittsburgh.com)



Trial for Sesame Place discrimination lawsuit won’t take place until 2024 (phillyburbs.com)

Maps show how the property tax abatement reshaped Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Celebrate 100 years of Warner Bros. Studios with candlelit musical performance at the BOK Building | PhillyVoice



Cindy Chung confirmed for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Biden fires architect of the Capitol after Trump appointee criticized | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justice Department giving states $231 million for “red flag” laws, gun violence prevention – CBS News

Ron Klain Looks Back on Biden’s First Two Years as President | The New Yorker

The child care crisis is a priority for Democrats. Will Republicans respond? (19thnews.org)