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Legislature

Pennsylvania Democrats call for $3.75B in education spending | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Dems unveil ‘historic’ school funding plan – WHYY

Pa. Democrats unveil $3.75B education spending blueprint ahead of budget season | | phillytrib.com

Pennsylvania Democrats introduce multi-billion-dollar education plan | ABC27

State Democrats Introduce Multi-Billion Dollar School Funding Program | WHP 580 (iheart.com)

Education stakeholders warn of teacher shortage ‘crisis’ at Pa. Senate hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘This is not sustainable’: Pa. educators detail staffing shortage, urge legislative relief – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Union heads to Dem lawmakers: Help needed to fix staffing woes in PA schools | News | meadvilletribune.com

Self-driving vehicles bill advances in Pennsylvania (landline.media)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court steps into congressional redistricting fight | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A Pennsylvania judge may soon rule on the state’s congressional districts map | WITF

National Gun Violence Survivor’s Week in Harrisburg began with a candlelight vigil (abc27.com)

Sen. Schwank to Host Student Mental Health Webinar – BCTV

7 things PA counties desperately need from state lawmakers (ydr.com)

Infrastructure funding and the future of Act 77 – The KDKA Radio Morning Show with Larry Richert and Kevin Battle – Omny.fm

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

90 million cases of coronavirus reported since omicron variant first identified 10 weeks ago (abc27.com)

Pfizer begins application to FDA for vaccine for kids under 5 | ABC27

COVID-19 continues to decline in Allegheny County and Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. gives full approval to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (inquirer.com)

Holidays produced huge and larger COVID-19 case surge this year and a lot of deaths | News | citizensvoice.com

Pfizer vaccine for kids under 5 could come fast. Here’s the timeline : Shots – Health News : NPR

Federally run drive-through COVID-19 testing site set to open Wednesday in Dauphin County – pennlive.com

Complaints of Lebanon County restaurant being used as conduit for unproven COVID-19 treatments referred to AG | WITF

New turning point? More countries easing COVID restrictions | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Business/Jobs

4.3 million Americans left their jobs in December as omicron variant disrupted everything | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SBA EIDL program has this much left, agency says. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Jobs grew at a steady pace in 2021, but not enough to reach pre-pandemic employment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

PGH Bridge Collapse: There’s no time to delay on new infrastructure jobs | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

New program aims at keeping ex-inmates out of prison | ABC27

East Deer merger with Allegheny Valley Regional Police moves closer to reality | TribLIVE.com

 

Education

Why we should forgive student debt for public servants (thephiladelphiacitizen.org)

School budget report details how districts are spending relief funds | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Catholic school parents, teachers challenge recruiting allegations in federal civil rights suit (broadandliberty.com)

Schools still have pandemic money to spend by 2024 | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Malvern Prep names Patrick Sillup new head of school – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New Mexico asks National Guard soldiers to work as substitute teachers : NPR

Report: As costs skyrocket, Pa. must reign in cyber charter schools (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Special state House election to replace Jake Wheatley will be held April 5 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Irwin leads Summer Lee, Jerry Dickinson in 18th Congressional District fourth-quarter fundraising | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania likely to shatter $80 million record for spending in a governor’s race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania 2022 governor’s race fund-raising reports show election up for grabs (inquirer.com)

Pa. 2022 Senate race fund-raising reports: Oz, Fetterman have big bucks (inquirer.com)

The Million-Dollar Duo: Fetterman, Lamb Rake In Q4 Funds | PoliticsPA

Shapiro sets campaign cash record to start election year; Dave White, Jake Corman lead Republicans in fundraising – pennlive.com

Can Rep. Ro Khanna — child of the Philly ‘burbs — rescue rural America, with tech? | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Barletta campaign responds to probe of fake electors | News | standardspeaker.com

PA Northwest GOP Caucus Withholds Straw Vote Totals | PoliticsPA

Trump’s fake electors: Here’s the full list – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Aument facing primary challenge from Ephrata Twp. man who led local protests, unapproved ‘audit’ of 2020 election | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

Environment

Feb 16 | 100% Renewable Energy Webinar | Philadelphia, PA Patch

Overwhelmed by solar projects, the nation’s largest grid operator seeks a two-year pause on approvals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The future is electric: Can Pa. switch gears? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

PennDOT orders review of five other bridges with similar design as collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hundreds of flights canceled as wide swath of country braces for winter storm (abc27.com)

N.J. is planning to go cashless on all three of its toll roads (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Biden cancer ‘moonshot’ aims to reduce deaths by 50% over next 25 years (abc27.com)

 

State News

Big report on PSERS says former chief executive withheld information from board · Spotlight PA

Report flags consultant error in Pennsylvania pension data | WITF

Pa. officials celebrate Groundhog Day and prediction (abc27.com)

Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State botched Constitutional amendment delays justice for sex abuse survivors a year later (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund offers mortgage assistance to homeowners struggling due to COVID. (readingeagle.com)

Pa. housing market had ‘strong’ year that included increase prices, high demand and less inventory – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania could get $100M in federal money to plug leaky, old gas wells | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Pa. gets $104M from infrastructure law to clean up abandoned wells | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

2 officers shot and killed at Bridgewater College in Virginia | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fired Miami Dolphins coach sues NFL, alleging racist hiring | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Brady officially retires: QB says on social media his career over (poconorecord.com)

Native American tribes reach $590M settlement over opioids | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Airline says it will stop monkey shipments after Pennsylvania crash | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

USA Swimming issues new policy for transgender athletes in elite competition (inquirer.com)

ABC suspends Whoopi Goldberg over Holocaust race remarks (inquirer.com)

NFL’s Washington Football Team unveils Commanders as new name (inquirer.com)

The history of the culture wars — from abortion to school books : NPR

FBI warns athletes of possible cybersecurity risk during Beijing Olympics : NPR

2022 Olympics: Here are the 7 new events happening at the Beijing Games : NPR

Israel is an apartheid state, Amnesty International says : NPR

Remembering Harry T. Moore, a forgotten fighter for civil rights : NPR

Native American tribes reach $590 million opioid settlement | WITF

Jewish Federations eye security improvements for communities | WITF

Cosby asks Supreme Court not to revive sexual assault case (delcotimes.com)

Winter storm brings freezing rain, snow to wide swath of U.S. | News | tribdem.com

 

Local News

Bethlehem City Council to pick from 10 applicants to fill vacancy – lehighvalleylive.com

Radnor Ice Skating Ban Overturned After Residents Object – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Chester County DA Deb Ryan Hit With Discrimination Suit – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

NBC News to air story about homeless issue in Luzerne County | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre distributing KN95 masks to seniors, low-income residents | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Berks County earmarks $30 million in American Rescue Plan dollars for grant program (readingeagle.com)

Berks County names committee to steer prison project (readingeagle.com)

Bethlehem City Council appoints retired educator to be first Black council member – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

With a focus on sustainability issues Lower Merion proposed zoning change could ban new cul-de-sacs – Mainline Media News

Is the federal government responsible for PA’s infrastructure woes? (poconorecord.com)

Yeadon council president offers her side on police chief issue (delcotimes.com)

Somerset County approves joining regional broadband study | News | tribdem.com

Change in School District of Lancaster boundaries could move 500 students to new buildings | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster County creates ‘capital improvement plan,’ sets aside $13 million for capital projects ― including new prison design | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

U.S. Department of Transportation commits $25.3 million to replace Fern Hollow Bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Winter storm watch: Pittsburgh region could see hazardous snow, ice accumulation after rain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Zoning proposals drafted by city planners at odds with developer’s push to revamp parts of Oakland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools unveils ‘fresh start’ initiative to reinvigorate students, staff after rocky first semester | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh interim superintendent to mark start of second semester with school visits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, Councilman Corey O’Connor unveil bills to form infrastructure commission, require public reports | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh bridge collapse prompts legislation to address infrastructure needs | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh abortion providers, advocates work to protect access in uncertain times | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Philly school board moves to narrow its pool of candidates for a new superintendent – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ben Mannes: Fire Commissioner shifts accountability for deadly Fairmount blaze (broadandliberty.com)

Philadelphia airport parking could be privatized within a year | Local News | phillytrib.com

Celebrate Black History Month by shopping from these 14 Black-owned businesses in Philly (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s mental health systems are failing LGBTQ kids | Opinion (inquirer.com)

‘Abbott Elementary’ brings ‘jawn,’ ‘boul,’ and other Philly words to network TV | The Grammarian (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

President Biden invites Republicans to weigh in on Supreme Court pick | ABC27

Senators push to rework Electoral Count Act as Trump criticizes lawmakers | ABC27

How the U.S. Supreme Court is inviting the Senate to scrap the filibuster | Bruce Ledewitz – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)