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Legislature

How Pa. residents are trying to bring racial equity to a fraught redistricting | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘The best way to protect your dog is with a license’: Ag Sect’y Redding says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Patchwork elections: Political battles keep Pennsylvania’s voting procedures up in the air | News | tribdem.com

Hundreds Join State Sens Amanda Cappelletti and Katie Muth, State Rep. Chris Rabb, and PennEnvironment – MyChesCo

Senator Kearney Hosts First Town Hall of 2022 in Swarthmore – MyChesCo

Coronavirus – COVID-19

How can we tweak the vaccines? – WHYY

US virus cases, hospitalizations continue steady decline (inquirer.com)

Long COVID symptoms may be alleviated by vaccines, studies find (inquirer.com)

What’s the true covid death toll in Pa.? New analysis sheds light | TribLIVE.com

Not for ‘another 100’: Hope held that pandemic fades in Year 3, becomes part of normal cycle | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh hospitals, pharmacies get first shipments of new COVID-19 drug for omicron variant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Business/Jobs

U.S. paves way for resumption of Mexico avocado exports (inquirer.com)

Inflation has many retirees worried about outliving their savings | WITF

HACC faculty rallies ahead of the start of a vote to unionize – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania logs the lowest layoff rate in the country as employers fight to hold on to workers | 90.5 WESA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: Some price increases are the result of businesses ‘taking advantage’ | TribLIVE.com

Tax season brings new laws and delayed returns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allentown bio-tech company’s co-founder one of few Blacks in pharmaceutical leadership positions – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Crime/Punishment

Was the 2015 Amtrak crash in Frankford a mistake or a crime? A jury will now decide (inquirer.com)

Philly DA’s crime-tracking system shows LGBTQ domestic violence remains a major issue – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘Pill mill’ doctor seeks to withdraw guilty plea two weeks before scheduled sentencing – pennlive.com

Camelback Resort sued following 20-foot ski lift fall – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County police turn to VR training to better reflect real-life crisis scenarios (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Education

Some school systems pause diversity programs amid pushback – WHYY

Here’s how much money the 2022 Penn State Thon raised in its 50th year – pennlive.com

As virus surged, few Pa. schools signed up for free COVID-19 testing | 90.5 WESA

IUP plans tuition break for in-state undergrads, reverting back to flat-rate model | TribLIVE.com

Is going to college worth it? One study says yes, but it’s complicated. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elections/Politics

Civic education is needed now more than ever | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Oz, McCormick, Sands will skip GOP U.S. Senate debate | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Meet the Dems vying to replace Rep. Brian Sims in the state House – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Senate debate turns into game of political chicken as key candidates postpone confrontation – pennlive.com

Pittsburgh market has seen the most ads in high-stakes Senate race | TribLIVE.com

Several staffers have left Republican Jake Corman’s campaign for Pa. governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DOJ rebukes ex-U.S. Attorney Scott Brady for political attack on U.S. attorney’s elections officer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Spanish ballots to be discussed at Luzerne County Election Board meeting | Times Leader

Environment

Experts worry Supreme Court could hamstring EPA, other federal agencies in upcoming climate case | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Can carbon capture fit into Pennsylvania’s climate solutions? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

No easy fix for water fouled by gas driller in Pennsylvania | 90.5 WESA

Company says Mariner East 2 pipeline construction is completed; others say it’s not – Delco Times

Transportation

Charging an electric car should be as easy and automatic as an E-ZPass | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Deadly weekend as 3 die in 2 head-on crashes on Pa. roads – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania, Norfolk Southern negotiating 2nd daily Amtrak train between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg | 90.5 WESA

Westmoreland transit authority sees signs of rebound after years of pandemic-related declines | TribLIVE.com

Editorial: Amtrak bus proposal is good news (readingeagle.com)

Health

Service dogs help the disabled more than ever but fraud is growing (inquirer.com)

There is a shortage of psychiatric beds in Pa. The effects may be showing. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

‘To the best of our abilities’: UPMC doctor considers the path forward for future Black doctors – pennlive.com

Pregnant women face higher risk of COVID-19 complications. Researchers in Pa. seek to learn why. | 90.5 WESA

The Lehigh Valley desperately needs blood donors, health officials say – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State News

Some Pennsylvania cannabis companies use misleading, inaccurate, or dangerous statements to promote marijuana for addiction treatment | WITF

A closer look at the racial and ethnic wealth gap in Pa. | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania just got a new champion | 90.5 WESA

Pa. casinos landed $393M in revenues for January, state records show | TribLIVE.com

Pa. nursing loan forgiveness program draws nearly 15,000 applications | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National News

N.J. redistricting map called more democratic – WHYY

Bill would nearly double property tax credit for Delaware seniors – WHYY

Rents reach ‘insane’ levels across US with no end in sight – WHYY

1 in 10 Black people in the U.S. are migrants. Here’s what’s driving that shift – WHYY

Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID; mild symptoms – WHYY

Americans are fleeing to places where political views match their own | WITF

Police regain control of most of Canada’s capital, say protesters will continue to be identified and charged as holdouts persist | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Complicated’ investigation underway after Portland, Ore., shooting kills 1, injures 5 near site of protests against police violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local News

Development worries in historic Lawnside – WHYY

Centre County is experiencing a “homelessness crisis” fueled by COVID-19 and rising housing costs | WITF

Efforts to amend Luzerne County charter continue, but no question on primary ballot | News | citizensvoice.com

Black-owned business market and blood drive held in Pittston Twp. | News | citizensvoice.com

Reading Redevelopment Authority says city is ripe for development (readingeagle.com)

Editorial: Combating hunger in our communities (dailylocal.com)

Pitt

Pittsburgh police leadership got big raises this winter | 90.5 WESA

Winter sports hit their peak in Pittsburgh after the Olympics | 90.5 WESA

Sidewalk closed on Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh after bricks fall from building | TribLIVE.com

PG INVESTIGATION | Shadowy money built steel empire — with bank’s help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority union seeks preliminary injunction against agency’s vaccine mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Pittsburgh’s rivers recede, roads reopen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

Repairs stalled on South Philly CSX rail bridge – WHYY

Advocates used tracking devices to show that the city discarded items belonging to people living homeless (inquirer.com)

Presidents’ Day 2022: Philadelphia trash pickup, mail, businesses that are closed and more (inquirer.com)

Mothers who fled Afghanistan are welcoming 16 babies. So they all got a Philly-style baby shower (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia police have a new unit to investigate shootings. But can it improve their success rate? (inquirer.com)

Washington

Putin and Macron discuss a cease-fire in Ukraine as shelling appears to escalate – WHYY

Beijing’s Olympics close, ending safe but odd global moment | WITF

President Joe Biden agrees to a tentative meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to discuss Ukraine | WITF

U.S. officials warn American companies of potential Russian cyberattacks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette