Gov. Josh Shapiro calls on legislature to abolish death penalty (inquirer.com)

Shapiro shelves Pennsylvania’s death penalty | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Josh Shapiro calls on General Assembly to abolish the death penalty – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Shapiro refuses to sign execution warrants, calls on lawmakers to abolish capital punishment – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. shouldn’t wait any longer to abolish the death penalty | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly Family Who Lost Athlete to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Hopes It Doesn’t Happen to Anyone Else – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Delaware County lawmakers and education advocates say action must be taken on funding reform (delcotimes.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers propose lowering legal driving age (abc27.com)

Split Pennsylvania House set for raucous return next week | WITF

Op-Ed: Permitting reform key to a more prosperous Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Senator Doug Mastriano: Pennsylvanians deserve answers about the East Palestine environmental disaster (broadandliberty.com)

Community center, church renovations coming to St. Chris – Northeast Times

$433K distributed to Delaware County fire and EMS stations (delcotimes.com)

Fifteen Lower Bucks Fire Companies Receive Grants Totaling Over $200K (bucksco.today)

State Senator Santarsiero Secures Funding For Bucks County Fire and EMS – Bucks County Beacon

A New Vision Unveiled For The Grounds At Fonthill Castle In Doylestown | Doylestown, PA Patch

Letter to editor: Looking to Shapiro for economic leadership in Pennsylvania – Mainline Media New



The state of the auto industry: Where dealerships and buyers currently stand – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Closing of three large factories won’t do much for industrial space crunch in Lancaster County [Lancaster Watchdog] | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Why a Strong Economy Is Making Stock Investors Jittery – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Enterprise Center among lenders hit hardest by signs of potential PPP fraud, report finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Small businesses scored a record total of federal contracting dollars, but there’s a big catch – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Economists ask: Are we heading for a recession or a soft landing : NPR

Most of us are still worried about AI — what does this mean for the chatbots? : NPR

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh resigns for top job in NHL players’ union : NPR

Strip District-based startup posts $1.72 billion loss as it nears driverless truck commercialization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly area nurses find work, purpose outside hospitals post-COVID (inquirer.com)

Half of U.S. job switchers beat inflation with wage increases in 2022 (inquirer.com)



Erie County’s probation, parole officers to be equipped with Tasers (goerie.com)

Editorial: Avoiding the juvenile justice system helps everyone | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia may create job to coordinate city’s public safety agencies (inquirer.com)



Ruling deeming school funding unconstitutional considered a universal win | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Central Bucks School District is considering removing 60 more books from its libraries | WITF

School board directors across PA denounce Central Bucks’ “advocacy policy” | The Bucks County Herald

How will the ruling in Pa.’s school funding lawsuit impact Allegheny County’s districts? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Westmont parents call for more safety info from school board | News | tribdem.com

The Philadelphia School District proposes a post-Labor Day start for 2023-24 school year (inquirer.com)

Penn’s Wharton not on Financial Times MBA business school rankings (inquirer.com)

Hanover Twp., Hanover Area School District team up to offer law enforcement app | Education | citizensvoice.com

LCCC launches program to help students go back to college | | thetimes-tribune.com

Crestwood School District considers furloughs, slashing art and library programs | News | standardspeaker.com



Behind scenes, Fox News stars derided Trump camp’s claims of election fraud : NPR

Pa. Republicans, stung by election losses, find new love for mail-in voting – pennlive.com

DIAMOND: Pennsylvania Republicans Need a 3-Point Game – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Montgomery County Democrats facing backlash over commissioner succession (inquirer.com)

Election problems continue to plague Luzerne County | News | standardspeaker.com

Philly’s Board of Education mayoral appointment process: A City & State analysis – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Philly’s building trades unions set to endorse for mayor. Clout hears Cherelle Parker gets the nod. (inquirer.com)

Chermak chooses Mayfield councilwoman as running mate | Election | thetimes-tribune.com


Gun Safety

The Rise of the Active Shooter Defense Industry – The New York Times (nytimes.com)



‘Broken’ EMS business model risks safety net, officials say | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

OPINION: Twenty Years Later, America’s Investment in Global AIDS Fight Still Pays Dividends – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Doylestown Hospital exploring sale of Pine Run Retirement Community – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Naloxone: How to get the overdose-reversing drug for free in the Philadelphia region (inquirer.com)

Harrisburg forum stresses need to improve state of Black health in Pa.: ‘We have to fix a lot of things’ – pennlive.com


State News

Musings on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Resolutions | Dairy News | lancasterfarming.com

Governor Shapiro announces Pennsylvania will conduct water sampling following train derailment (abc27.com)

Democrats throw support behind Fetterman following depression revelation: ‘A sign of strength’ | ABC27

Fetterman hospitalized for clinical depression | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Fetterman checks into hospital for help with clinical depression – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Senator Fetterman checked into Walter Reed Medical Center for clinical depression (abc27.com)

At the East Palestine train derailment site, EPA chief urges residents to ‘trust the government’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

EPA head sees Ohio train spill site as residents demand info | WITF

Upset Ohio town residents seek answers over train derailment | WITF

7 key points about the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment : NPR

Pa. officials vow to ‘hold this railroad accountable,’ announce monthly water testing – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ohio train derailment aftermath has residents worried about toxic chemical contamination of water, air (dailylocal.com)

Parx Casino met privately with PA gaming regulators (phillyburbs.com)

Collaboration the theme of Houlahan’s town hall in Reading (dailylocal.com)

Cozen O’Connor lawyer tapped for Gov. Shapiro’s administration; WSFS adds general counsel – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)


National News

Facing attacks, feds and states grapple with protecting the grid – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PECO reports customers experience fewest power outage in company’s history – Daily Local

Actor Bruce Willis has frontotemporal dementia. What is it? : NPR

Victims of the Tennessee National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crash identified : NPR

Spain approves menstrual leave, teen abortion and trans laws : NPR

On the first anniversary of Putin’s invasion, Ukraine fights on for its independence and for the security of the West (inquirer.com)


Local News

AG Henry obtains settlement with Eagle Disposal, following thousands of missed trash collections (abc27.com)

Upper Darby to Pay Rongione $70,000 and Health Benefits Through July – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Montgomery County launches pandemic grant program for local fire companies (mainlinemedianews.com)

York County Community foundation working to foster collaboration (ydr.com)

Perry Hi-Way wants to limit EMS response. County calls move dangerous (goerie.com)

Erie 2023 Week in Times-News starts with Sunday special section (goerie.com)

Johnstown Planning Commission won’t recommend zoning change for Roxbury center | News | tribdem.com

Hulmeville planners recommend housing development for hill over town (phillyburbs.com)

Pa. county to pay $6.5 million for former prison camp in order to expand landfill – pennlive.com

Harrisburg lands new convention that will bring nearly 700 visitors to the city – pennlive.com



Will Allegheny County ever see a ban on single-use plastics? | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh’s 2023 City Council races: What to know about the districts and who’s running | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘The next frontier’: Land sale could bring first Southern Beltway development in Washington County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



City Council to vote on public safety director | Local News | phillytrib.com

New data show Philly’s housing market is still in a tough place | Local News | phillytrib.com

94.1 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi hosts final show. New WIP lineup debuts Monday. (inquirer.com)

The Eagles, Phillies, and Union lost championships in a 99-day span. It was terrible and wonderful. (inquirer.com)

Philly City Council race: ‘Ya Fave Trashman’ wants to use moniker on ballot (inquirer.com)



Risk of shortfall raises stakes in Social Security fight | The Hill

Group of GOP lawmakers send letter to State Department asking for more information on Marc Fogel – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

DirecTV tells GOP senators it dropped Newsmax as part of ‘typical business dispute’ | The Hill

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff is using his platform to fight antisemitism : NPR

Biden’s physical deems him cleared fit for presidential duty : NPR