Bill aims to incentivize volunteer firefighters to stay on the job – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

State lawmakers outline bill in response to Damar Hamlin injury | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Lawmakers clash over definition of ‘work’ in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

How expensive is Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s impeachment? (abc27.com)

Rock Lititz, local businesses receive development loans (abc27.com)

Oxford honored with statewide beautification award – Daily Local

YMCA Early Learning Center at Richmond Program Center Receives a STAR 4 Rating with PACCA (berksweekly.com)

New Jersey-based milk supplier makes plans to acquire Clover Farms Dairy | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Shapiro Makes Two More Cabinet Appointments (politicspa.com)

Gov. Shapiro taps Reggie McNeil, another Philly schools exec, to depart the district for Harrisburg (inquirer.com)

PENNYCUICK: PA Must Join Majority of States and Nations With Voter ID Laws – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. Sen. Mike Regan pulls protester away from door, video shows (ldnews.com)



Fed lifts rate by quarter-point but says inflation is easing – Reading Eagle

Bed Bath & Beyond store closing list: 87 additional locations closed (phillyburbs.com)

BM Technologies Inc. will trim workforce by 25% (dailylocal.com)

USDA Business & Industry Loan Guarantee program is surging in popularity. Here’s how to apply. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Sheetz pulls ‘smile policy’ from handbook after employee feedback (abc27.com)

Record low jobless rate continues in Pittsburgh area | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. steel mills threatened as hot metal piles up in private-equity recycler’s ‘chaos’ bankruptcy (inquirer.com)

Northeast Philly neighborhood group sued over fight of UPS warehouse (inquirer.com)

Pharmacies assess staffing shortages, fluctuating hours | TribLIVE.com



COVID-19 deaths rising in Pa., although infections and hospitalizations move in good direction – pennlive.com



Impassioned calls for police reform at Tyre Nichols’ funeral | Across America | phillytrib.com

Tyre Nichols’ funeral in Memphis brings calls for justice : NPR

The Tyre Nichols video and the overdue promise of police reform | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Police, Springfield Township Agree to Injunction on Thin Blue Line Flag Ban – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)



College Board revises AP African American Studies course after criticism : NPR

Eagles wide receiver Britain Covey visits Quakertown students (phillyburbs.com)

Bucks County, Montco students nominated to US Military Service Academies (phillyburbs.com)

Penn State says misconduct by tour guides wasn’t hazing · Spotlight PA State College

Central Pennsylvania athletes celebrate National Signing Day (abc27.com)

Lower Merion Schools accused of discrimination by Parents Defending Education (inquirer.com)

College enrollment nationwide shows signs of stabilizing, though Pa. decline continued at a sharper rate (inquirer.com)

Central Bucks is an example of how far wrong a school district can go (inquirer.com)

ChatGPT is a wake-up call to revamp how we teach writing (inquirer.com)

Hazle Twp. will be home to first satellite campus for Johnson College | Business | standardspeaker.com

Auditor General DeFoor’s look at school surpluses: Groundhog Day all over again | John Baer – pennlive.com




In Iowa, potential 2024 GOP Trump challengers quiet for now – Daily Local


Anti-abortion activists sued the city in the fall. Today, they dropped their lawsuit. (inquirer.com)


Delaware County Bureau of Elections Completes Successful Election Recount – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania GOP declares victory in conservative state Senate district (abc27.com)

Republican PA House Member Going to PA Senate | WDAC

GOP declares victory in conservative state Senate district (audacy.com)

Schlegel Culver heading to state Senate seat in 27th District | Election | standardspeaker.com

Coalition asks next mayor to commit to zero-waste plan | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly mayor race: Inside ex-Mayor Michael Nutter, Jeff Brown’s feisty exchange (inquirer.com)

Philly mayor race: What’s in the candidates’ fund-raising reports (inquirer.com)

David Oh: Defying the Status Quo As He Considers Philly Mayor Race – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Brink announces candidacy for Franklin County District Attorney (abc27.com)

What to know about the Allegheny County special elections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Weinstein has a big fundraising lead in the race for Allegheny County executive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Guy Ciarrocchi: “Green” versus “dirty” economies is a false choice. (broadandliberty.com)



City awarded $12.7 million to tackle traffic safety | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pa. drivers caught on camera passing stopped school buses face fines (inquirer.com)

The Roosevelt Boulevard subway and the need for ambitious public transit leadership | Editorial (inquirer.com)



American Red Cross announces incentives for blood donors (abc27.com)

Federal judge could force abortion pill mifepristone off the market : NPR

Tower Health nears sale of 17 urgent care centers as turnaround efforts continue – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Patients, doctors discuss marijuana use for anxiety | News | standardspeaker.com

CDC says to stop using this brand of eyedrops that may be linked to bacterial infections, one death – pennlive.com


State News

Pennsylvania officials see disparity in 529 savings program members (abc27.com)

Pa.’s Fetterman using assistive tech in Senate to aid in stroke recovery | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick appointed to Ways and Means Committee | The Bucks County Herald

State takes reins of mortgage relief program | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Former state lawmaker Andy Dinniman raises $112,000 to champion diversity initiatives – Daily Local

Pennsylvania towns plug budgets with fines | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


National News

Groundhog Day 2023: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and more winter : NPR

Six more weeks: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Extra SNAP benefits are set to end nationwide by March : NPR

A Black history primer on African Americans’ fight for equality. Five key reads | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘Cobalt Red’ describes the ‘horror show’ of mining the element in the DRC : Goats and Soda : NPR

Tom Brady retires at 45, insisting this time it’s ‘for good’ | Ap-sports | wfmz.com

Eyeing China, the Philippines agrees to a larger U.S. military presence : NPR


Local News

Judge grants state receiver greater powers in Chester (broadandliberty.com)

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center cancels queer story hour (mcall.com)

Cumberland County borough fires manager after discovering ‘serious’ financial discrepancies – pennlive.com

Black History Month: Rankin Mayor Joelisa McDonald wants to make difference in hometown – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Restaurant, apartment complex evacuated after gas leak in Easton | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Lancaster County commissioners recognize Black History Month | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Residents believe Lancaster needs more time to consider home rule before May primary | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lackawanna County commissioners award $200,000 to help animal shelter | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna County treasurer won’t run for reelection | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading City Council interviews 5 for vacant District 5 seat (readingeagle.com)

Carbon controller not seeking re-election | Carbon County | standardspeaker.com



Pittsburgh closes Charles Anderson Bridge in Oakland to vehicles after inspection shows it needs repairs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh officials closing Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge because of safety concerns | TribLIVE.com

Obituary: Bennett T. McCallum, Ph.D. | Expert in monetary policy at CMU | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly rolls out new rental assistance program to resolve landlord-tenant disputes | Local News | phillytrib.com

Architectural marvel or symbol of police brutality? Former headquarters for Philadelphia police faces uncertain future | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia hotel room revenue expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Sills indicted on rape and kidnapping charges : NPR

Philly Pops moves concerts to the Met (inquirer.com)

Ralston Center is now the Sarah Ralston Foundation, with grants for senior services groups (inquirer.com)

Even Philly politicians are challenging their property values as city gets more than 30,000 appeals (inquirer.com)



McCarthy rejects clean debt ceiling increase after Biden meeting : NPR

House Republicans zero in on Biden’s handling of the border : NPR

Lawmakers are laying out their priorities for the 2023 farm bill : NPR

What’s the National Prayer Breakfast & why do presidents speak at it every year? : NPR

Ilhan Omar facing ouster from House Foreign Affairs Committee by Republicans (inquirer.com)

Is this the worst job in Washington? | Fletcher McClellan – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)