Benninghoff asks high court to suspend use of new state legislative maps | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

House GOP leader asks high court to throw out Assembly maps | ABC27

House Republican leader asks high court to throw out Assembly maps | WITF

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is set to start weighing new Congressional map ideas | WITF

State Supreme Court arguments in Pa.’s congressional redistricting case begin today. Here’s what to know – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Allentown, South Whitehall cited in Pennsylvania redistricting challenge filed in Supreme Court – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State judges in Pa. and beyond face growing GOP pushback against rulings in election cases – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Legislators are urging more financial help for Pennsylvania renters   – 6abc Philadelphia

Senate Judiciary Committee moves fentanyl test strip bill to full Senate – Lower Bucks Times

Lawmaker Wants To Make Sure Each School Has A Full-Time Librarian | NEWSRADIO 1340 WRAW (iheart.com)

Sen. Judy Schwank visits Berks school to promote certified librarian bill | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Bill calls for every Pa. public school to employ full-time librarian | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Election experts advise PA senators to initiate pre-canvassing (yahoo.com)

Wolf seeks $200M for college scholarship program | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Tom Wolf renews higher-ed scholarship idea, cites worker shortage. Republican leader says it’s ‘dead on arrival’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

No clear answer for some of Wolf’s Department of Corrections budget proposal | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wolf’s RGGI fixation will slow Pennsylvania’s recovery | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

The latest push for liquor privatization is a glass half-empty. Here’s why | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PASS program lauded as aid to both those in need of food and farmers (readingeagle.com)

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

Cost of Gov. Wolf’s vaccine incentive still unclear (abc27.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Red Covid, an Update – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

California adopts nation’s first endemic virus policy : NPR

How to use always-evolving COVID-19 data | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Pa. and N.J. COVID hospitalizations drop as omicron cases subside (inquirer.com)

COVID-19 mitigation effort, safety ‘the highest priority’ Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong says in address – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Nursing shortage requires concerted response and innovative solutions [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Pa. Mariner East Pipeline completed (abc27.com)

Supply chain delays and the trucking industry (abc27.com)

Center for Breakthrough Medicines’ new lab testing arm could add 400+ jobs – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Why are gas prices so high in central Pennsylvania, soon $4 a gallon (ydr.com)

Weekly US jobless claims rise for the first time in a month – Delco Times

Students consider careers in machining as alternative to increasingly expensive college degrees | WITF

Amazon union push: Warehouse workers in New York win vote on unionization : NPR

Small businesses still face $28 billion of unforgiven PPP Loans (inquirer.com)

NPR’s WHYY has lost at least half its journalists. Many complain about pay and lack of innovation (inquirer.com)



Yeadon Borough Council fires Police Chief Anthony Paparo (inquirer.com)



From pupil counting to plagiarism, Pennsylvania’s school funding trial takes twists during defense phase | WITF

Education department forgives $415 million in student debt tied to for-profit colleges (abc27.com)

Parents in Chester County ask courts to remove school board members over mask mandates (broadandliberty.com)

Delaware County Community College President L. Joy Gates Black retiring in 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Higher-ed institutions post a banner fundraising year in 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Five elite universities targeted in new complaints from student climate-change activists – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Southern York County school board revisits Native American logo (ydr.com)

Transgender swimmers — including University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas — bring spotlight to Ivy championship | WITF

Researchers cite widespread lead contamination in water at Philadelphia schools | Local News | phillytrib.com

How to find the best college that fits your budget? Try the College Scorecard : NPR

Pa. school district settles for $45K with parents who sued over Black Lives Matter lessons – pennlive.com



PA Commonwealth Court Issues Death Warrant for Vote-By-Mail | PoliticsPA

Todd Whitman: Lies about elections put Pennsylvania’s democracy at risk (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Dem Super PAC Fighting Election Misinformation Targets PA | PoliticsPA

Kevin Greenberg Presents Annual Pennsylvania Election Law Training | News | wfmz.com

Nick Deiuliis: Understanding today’s Left through the two concepts of liberty (broadandliberty.com)

Kathy Barnette talks race to US Senate seat | ABC27

Maybe it’s the Democrats who’re keeping Donald Trump in the news (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Editorial: ‘Birds aren’t real’ is a parody with purpose (dailylocal.com)

GOP gubernatorial hopeful PA Sen. Jake Corman visits Berks County (dailylocal.com)

Dangerous to Be A Democrat in Rural PA | PoliticsPA

After Hours: Natalie Bencivenga interviews Summer Lee | After Hours | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Canadian trucker protests show how the loudest voices in the room distort democracy | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

District 39 clash, Part II: It’ll be Mike Puskaric vs. Andrew Kuzma in GOP state House primary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Conor Lamb campaigned with Bobby Henon and indicted Local 98 official. Allies call that ‘stupid.’ (inquirer.com)

Oz, McCormick to skip Pennsylvania Republican Senate debate | TheHill



EPA pledges $1 billion for Great Lakes ‘Areas of Concern’ | Michigan | thecentersquare.com

Lake Erie to benefit from $1B Great Lakes clean-up in infrastructure law | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

President Biden touts $1 billion in infrastructure bill funding for Great Lakes cleanup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Editorial: Traffic safety statistics moving in wrong direction (delcotimes.com)

$20 million to fix Lehigh Valley bridges, intersections will go to Race Street Bridge, spans on Route 33, 329, 611 and more – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Hospitals Across the East Coast Are Flying Burn Patients to Philly For Revolutionary, Holistic Treatment – Philadelphia Magazine (phillymag.com)

February puts a spotlight on heart health and wellness resources (dailylocal.com)

No new settlement yet of opioid claims against Purdue Pharma – Delco Times


State News

Bob Casey’s burn pits bill passes US Senate (abc27.com)

Pat Toomey, Republicans want crackdown on Russians to come from Congress | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean Highlights Infrastructure In Montco Trip – USA Breaking News

Online unemployment system to weekend undergo maintenance (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system to go down temporarily – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. among top states for federal fish and wildlife money: Where do we rank? – pennlive.com


National News

Police Begin Arresting Protest Organizers in Canada – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

N.Y. Attorney General Can Question Trump and 2 Children, Judge Rules – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The Trumps are ordered to testify under oath by a N.Y. judge : NPR

Nashville Gerrymandering Threatens City’s Core – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Kim Potter will be sentenced in Daunte Wright’s death : NPR

How a Russian invasion of Ukraine could affect Americans : NPR

A temporary ban on avocados from Mexico could raise prices soon : NPR

Tesla ‘phantom braking’ issue is focus of federal safety probe after owners bombard government website with complaints (inquirer.com)


Local News

Residents pitch ideas about use of American Rescue Plan Act funds in Williamsport (abc27.com)

Doylestown supervisor Nancy Santacecilia stripped of assignments, refuses to resign (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Amid diversity push, Erie School Board gets its first Black woman president (goerie.com)

COVID relief money to fund $750K in upgrades at Erie’s wastewater plant (goerie.com)

Root out Erie County racism with frank talk, best practices, smart spending (goerie.com)

Delaware County ‘Health Department is ready to go,’ director says – Delco Times

‘Part of what Johnstown is about’: New IU8 learning center downtown aims to connect kids to community | News | tribdem.com

Native American tribal leaders seek to have their ancestors remains from the Carlisle Indian School cemetery brought back to their land | WITF

Luzerne Foundation open scholarship portal for high school students | Times Leader

Shortage of disposable cups impacts local coffee shops | Business | citizensvoice.com

Small grants available for new small businesses in parts of Scranton | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts endowment reaches nearly $12 million (readingeagle.com)

Longtime Allentown employee promoted to newly created position in the mayor’s office – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

River Pointe developer sues Slate Belt residents over legal roadblocks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Hellertown Area Library dispute drags on – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Northampton County distributes another $1.5M in pandemic aid to small businesses | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com



Port Authority ready to design upgrades for nine bridges rated in poor condition over the next two years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Force is strong with this vending machine: Pittsburghers make pilgrimage to see ’90s relic on Mount Washington | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools launches nationwide superintendent search | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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



Water main break in Philadelphia’s Kingsessing area leaves homes without heat (inquirer.com)

As 911 wait times rise, Philly cops urge patience – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Some Philly restaurants are keeping vaccine mandates. Here’s why. (inquirer.com)



Meet Dana Remus, who’s helping shepherd the Supreme Court nomination process : NPR

All members of Congress invited to Biden’s State of the Union : NPR