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PA Turnpike tolls keep rising, some drivers not paying up (

Fentanyl test strips could be legalized in Pa. sooner than you think (

Fentanyl test strips, currently a crime in Pennsylvania, could soon be legalized |

Legislators are urging more financial help for Pennsylvania renters – NewsBreak

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

Sharon Sedlar: An open letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly (

Gov. Wolf proposes scholarship program for Pa. college students (

Mastriano mute for the moment on Jan. 6 subpoena (

Doug Mastriano subpoena over Jan. 6 spotlights GOP front-runner in Pa. governor’s race (

CUTLER/BENNINGHOFF/GROVE: A Fair Congressional Map Awaits Final Approval – DV Journal (

Bipartisan Officials Say This Is What’s Needed For Safe, Secure Elections | PoliticsPA

Ballot access on the docket as courts consider what’s next for Pennsylvania’s maps – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Revenue estimate discrepancies focus of Pennsylvania House budget hearing | Pennsylvania |

Yudichak delivers $250,000 DCED check to Luzerne County Visitors Bureau | Times Leader

Gov. Wolf renews higher-ed scholarship idea, amid worker shortage | WITF

Lawmaker Wants To Make Sure Each School Has A Full-Time Librarian | WHP 580 (

Gov. Wolf: This 11-person group will manage $100M to improve PA’s broadband access –

Glassport gets more than $500K in grants for projects – The Mon Valley Independent


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (

The Biden administration looks toward COVID’s next phase : NPR

More virus rules fall as CDC hints at better times ahead |

An estimated 73% of Americans are now immune to the omicron variant. Is that enough? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID deaths in Pa. from omicron among highest in U.S. (



Mariner East Pipeline Construction Complete, Company Says – DV Journal (

Wall Street fears market jolt as inflation pinches low-income Americans (



Pa. AG issues warning for AirTag misuse, potential for stalking (

Philadelphia mothers who have lost children to gun violence share their experiences with grief (

Who the Jan. 6 House committee wants to hear from in Pa. and why – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Navient’s $1.7 Billion Student Loan Settlement Was Too Good to Be True – The New York Times (

Eric Hanushek disputes $4.6 billion spending gap as final GOP witness in Pa. school funding trial (

How states are doing at supporting kids’ mental health at school : Shots – Health News : NPR

As virus surged, few Pa. schools signed up for free COVID-19 testing · Spotlight PA

Report: School-choice demand shows why Pennsylvania lawmakers should expand programs | Pennsylvania |

Lancaster Co. college seeing record number of applicants (

Clifton Heights Borough and Upper Darby School District Sign Formal Agreement on New Middle School – DV Journal (

98% of Philly schools tested in a new study had some lead-containing water; district disputes findings (

Scranton School District to lose state grant if move to payroll tax not made soon | Education |

Tulpehocken board approves Gay Straight Alliance (

Colleges are changing how they handle admissions due to COVID’s impact on high schools. (

Penn State “Thon” set for this weekend | Smart Talk (



Endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keep stacking up. | City & State PA (

Democratic group commits $10M to fight election misinformation | City & State PA (

Mail-in balloting in Pa. will be struck down March 15, judge rules, ahead of Supreme Court hearing – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania mail-in voting law dealt another blow in court | ABC27

‘The brand is so toxic’: Democrats fear extinction in rural Pennsylvania and across the country | WITF

Latino Pols Strategize Next Moves After Redistricting | PoliticsPA

Pollster: Dr. Oz holds big lead in Pennsylvania U.S. Senate GOP primary thanks to Hannity | Pennsylvania |

U.S. funds for Canada protests may sway American politics too |

John Chura joins race for state representative in the 116th district | Election |

Dane Watro joins race for full term as state representative in 116th | Election |

Pennsylvania’s GOP race for governor is a hot mess, and it’s starting to bubble | John Baer –

3 poll numbers that should scare Democrats. And 3 that should give some hope | Thursday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Shapiro-Davis team tours Laborers’ training facility on Broad Street | Local News |

Republican Carla Sands is putting $3 million into her Pa. Senate bid (

Conor Lamb falls just short of Pa. Democratic Party endorsement in Senate race (



Sheetz invests in solar energy to power 70% of its Pennsylvania facilities | ABC27

BP, Chevron and other oil firms aren’t living up to climate pledges, study finds : NPR



Dept. of Health releases Jan. 2022 nursing home inspection report (

Temple Lung Center again ranks first for lung transplants – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pro-life means supporting the environment (

“Crack pipe” misinformation uproar could stymie efforts to reduce drug deaths, harm reductionists fear (

Patients advocacy group criticizes LVHN, St. Luke’s over updated hospital price transparency data – The Morning Call (

This Black History Month, let’s put the focus on Black health and wellness | Charles D. Allen – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Houlahan starts coalition to combat runaway inflation – Daily Local

Toomey: Fed able ‘to fully function’ despite vacancies on its board following GOP boycott of nominating committee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dems, allies slam Pa.’s Toomey, Republicans for blocking Biden’s Fed nominees – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

High-ranking oil and gas official resigns from DEP | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

Pennsylvania keeps judges on the bench despite mandatory retirement (

Repairs to Port Authority bridge on South Busway may take up to 12 weeks, cost $2 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

U.S. and NATO see no evidence Russia has withdrawn troops : NPR

U.S. official: Russia adds 7K more troops near Ukraine border | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NewsNation poll: Nearly 70% of voters support path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (

What race are Middle Eastern, North African people? U.S. government says white : NPR

Tensions mount in Ottawa as police warn truckers to leave : NPR

NFL hires Loretta Lynch as counsel for its racial discrimination lawsuit : NPR

Sha’Carri Richardson sees a double standard in allowing Kamila Valieva to compete | WITF

Thomas Jones: Black culture is rich in strength and endurance (


Local News

Great American Creamery Feels the Love at Valentine’s Grand Opening – BCTV

Editorial: New Hope learns an expensive lesson. We hope. (

Construction of 53-unit townhouse development in Kennett Square begins – Daily Local

Hanover Twp. police chief announces retirement, cites 2020 COVID-19 scare | News |

Domenick resigns from Lackawanna County prison board, calling new policies ‘corrupt’ | News |

Will globetrotting developer bring bling to downtown Harrisburg? –

Trader Joe’s computer glitch creates confusion over Lower Allen Twp. store opening –

Allentown City Council creates stricter requirements for city contractors. – The Morning Call (

‘We have to help ourselves’: Harrisburg town hall focused on gun violence and unsolved homicides in the city | WITF

Smithfield Twp.: Residents speak out against proposed homes, road (

Opinion: Northeastern Pa. needs housing to sustain region’s growth (

Pennsylvania elections: new York County official already under fire (

City council gets reworked plan for spending Johnstown’s pandemic relief money | News |



Allegheny County and state COVID-19 cases decline to November levels | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council members differ on how to make infrastructure plans transparent and equitable | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh pushed modern private transportation, development that hurt public transit, study says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Repairs to Port Authority bridge on South Busway may take up to 12 weeks, cost $2 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wilkinsburg council members ask for more seats at table of annexation task force | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey scraps shuttle portion of Mon-Oakland Connector project |

High crude oil price, rising demand boosting Pittsburgh region gas prices |

Pittsburgh activists, officials hope legislation will end ‘systemic racism’ in traffic stops |



Philly ends vax mandate, introduces tiered COVID response system | City & State PA (

Philadelphia vaccine mandate for indoor dining ends (

Philadelphia lifts vaccine mandate for indoor dining, others (

Philadelphia Flyers award 5 local small businesses a total of $500,000 in advertising assets – Philadelphia Business Journal (

What renters in the Philly region look for in an apartment (

In Philadelphia, tangled titles are derailing home-buying dreams – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philly police department urges citizens to stay patient as 911 wait times increase | Local News |

‘Eviction by intimidation’: Philly housing activist heads to court with hopes of settling landlord dispute | Local News |

Residents left without heat for days after Kingsessing water main break are frustrated with city’s outreach | Local News |



DOJ Calls Missouri gun rights law unconstitutional : NPR

Vice President Harris will meet leaders in Munich to talk about Russia, Ukraine : NPR

White House seeks additional $30 billion in Covid-19 funding | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former U.S. Interior Secretary misused his job, investigators say –

Biden meets with county leaders in D.C., promotes Build Back Better plan – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (