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Legislature

Pa. nurses could soon see debt relief. What to know before the application deadline – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Democrat proposes banning controversial campaign fundraising tactic – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PSERS Being Sued By State Senator – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls keep going up, but not everyone is paying (wgal.com)

Lawmakers getting first-hand look at school staffing shortages – The Mercury (pottsmerc.com)

Pa. State Senator Mastriano subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee (abc27.com)

Pa. Sen. Doug Mastriano subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee (ydr.com)

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Sen. Doug Mastriano and others in fake Republican electors scheme | WITF

3 Chester County lawmakers want state approval for hospital deals (dailylocal.com)

Pennsylvania Sen. Argall rips Wolf administration for skipping election reform hearing – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf official pressed over fate of 3 elderly in Philadelphia | WITF

New authority meets to tackle broadband expansion across Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘A yearlong frustration’: State loses out on sale of North Side warden’s house because of legislative inaction | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Why some vaccinated people still get hospitalized with COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

World Health Organization: New COVID cases drop by 19% globally, deaths stable | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

‘Downward trend’: COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases are dropping (poconorecord.com)

If you’re finding this stage of the pandemic especially confusing, you’re not alone | WITF

 

Business/Jobs

Large companies reverting to more normal operations as COVID wanes (abc27.com)

Hiring in the Covid-19 era: Key mistakes that are losing the battle for talent – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Conshohocken building leased to Amazon sells for $97M, smashes record for price per square foot – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pleasant Valley Education Association intends to pursue strike Feb. 28 (poconorecord.com)

Wall Street fears market jolt as inflation pinches low-income Americans (inquirer.com)

Avocado prices could spike as the U.S. suspends imports from Mexico (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

The Editors: Philadelphia’s carjacking nightmare (broadandliberty.com)

Five facing charges for defrauding Pa. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program; AG (abc27.com)

Delaware County trying to work out partnership with Chester County as detained youths are being released into community (delcotimes.com)

 

Education

Middletown Area SD to implement clear backpack policy (abc27.com)

CVSD moves to mask-optional in most schools (abc27.com)

Youth mental health issues reach crisis levels during pandemic | ABC27

GIORDANO: Transgender Swimmer Tilts Playing Field Against Women on Team – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

MER-L-ChildrenFirst-Diversity0215 (delcotimes.com)

Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, staff compliant with vaccine mandate | Local News | tribdem.com

West Chester schools mull over not requiring masks – Daily Local

Central Bucks will consider Washington D.C. field trips after vaccine rule lifts (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Enrollment of first-year Black medical students climbs to historic levels – pennlive.com

3 new board members named for Foundation for Reading Area Community College (readingeagle.com)

Another Pa. campus president, this time at Slippery Rock, cites pandemic in stepping down | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia School District can take back two schools from charter control, a state board ruled (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

How Pennsylvanians are trying to bring racial equity to the fraught process of redistricting | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Reading and Allentown highlight how redistricting can impact Latino communities for better, worse | WITF

Pennsylvania’s Congressional redistricting process has failed again | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A tech issue could hinder some Pa. voters from applying for a mail ballot online. Here’s what to do about it | WITF

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Dr. Nche Zama promises to unite Pennsylvania | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

ROS-LEHTINEN: Why Americans Should Trust the Integrity of Our Elections – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Paper Supply Shortages Could Imperil Primary Voting | PoliticsPA

Corman Moves Pieces Around the Campaign Chessboard | PoliticsPA

Oz, Barletta Show Strength in Trafalgar Poll | PoliticsPA

Malcolm Kenyatta got donations from Halle Berry, Amy Schumer, and Flo from Progressive (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

As Dover project faces opposition, solar power in PA & York County expand (ydr.com)

Climate Scientists Warn Of Rising Seas In U.S. : NPR

U.S. could see a century’s worth of sea rise in just 30 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

Erie County transportation group seeks input on infrastructure plan (goerie.com)

Weight limit for deteriorated bridge in Scranton fluctuates | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Health

‘Nurses Have Finally Learned What They’re Worth’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

‘No one is immune’: DDAP encourages Pa. workers, health care workers, to invest five minutes to better understand addiction – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Registration for Pennsylvania State Police Sunny Day camp begins (poconorecord.com)

Pa. courts banned lifesaving addiction meds · Spotlight PA

Tinder Swindlers: Pennsylvania, U.S. see rise in romance scams | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

DCNR says it needs $1.4 billion to address infrastructure needs at state parks | WITF

A state judge sends a strong message on Pa.’s local gun preemption law | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

On Ukraine, U.S. and Russia Wage Signaling War to Avert Actual War – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

California Returns as Climate Leader, With Help From the White House – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Families of Sandy Hook victims reach $73 million settlement with Remington | WITF

Sarah Palin loses defamation case against NYT : NPR

Norway dominates the Beijing Winter Olympics medal count. Why is it so good? : NPR

House committee looking at NFL documents in Washington Commanders probe : NPR

 

Local News

Upper Darby councilwoman says investigation into mayor likely: “We have proof showing that the funds were spent” (broadandliberty.com)

Harrisburg city council passes $70 million budget for 2022 (abc27.com)

1 Vote Counts: Harrisburg organization emphasizes importance of voting (abc27.com)

Cost of gas prices increase in Erie and nationwide (goerie.com)

Lancaster DA no longer using civil forfeiture funds to help pay Drug Task Force salaries | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Town hall offers answers to Harrisburg gun violence that’s ‘worse than you think it is’ – pennlive.com

Bethlehem City Council approves 9-story building in South Side – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Arcadia’s Kelsey Koelzer first Black woman to coach NCAA hockey team (theintell.com)

$1.17 million conservation grant to help Buffalo Creek watershed landowners and farmers | TribLIVE.com

Lackawanna County commissioner says proposed prison board policy goes too far | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Potholes pose problems for Berks drivers, road crews (readingeagle.com)

 

Pitt

Diocese of Pittsburgh to lift mask mandates for church and school at month’s end | TribLIVE.com

How architectural tools with a cosmic twist help strengthen old Pittsburgh homes | WITF

Westmoreland sheriff resumes walk-in applications for concealed carry gun permits | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh outdoor dining, retail operations can continue permanently, city council decides | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philadelphia250 opening call for community projects leading up to 2026 celebration – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gordon Tomb: EPA rule threatens Trainer refinery (broadandliberty.com)

SEPTA’s Wayne Junction makeover is bringing change to Germantown (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia explores cryptocurrency with CityCoins (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia COVID updates: Vaccine mandate to end, masks to remain as cases drop (inquirer.com)

Philly’s tax revenues are lower than expected, and costs are up. But overall, the city sees ‘tentative stability.’ (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

US lawmakers seek ways to develop workforce and address employment barriers | ABC27

Bipartisan USPS reform bill hits roadblock | ABC27

Rural broadband: Biden administration touts accomplishments while advocates push for more to be done | ABC27

Senate GOP blocks key vote on Biden’s Fed nominees : NPR

Senate Republicans, led by Pat Toomey, stall critical vote on Fed nominees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump-Russia investigator Durham accused of politicizing investigation : NPR

Dr. Robert Califf confirmed to again head the FDA : NPR

Biden orders release of Trump White House logs to Congress | TribLIVE.com

AP sources: White House seeks another $30B for COVID-19 battle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette