‘Reasonable’ fiscal projections versus ‘plausible’ ones – Pennsylvania – The Black Chronicle

Pa. budget process muddied by clashing revenue estimates as hearings begin | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manhole explosion prompts evacuation and intersection closure in Reading (berksweekly.com)

Mount Penn officials say they’re looking to cooperate with Antietam to solve flood woes (readingeagle.com)

Kutztown University and Reading School District partner to provide social work support (berksweekly.com)

Roundtable meeting held to discuss concerns over public transit – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

The 20 Men Project Changes Racial Narratives in Chester County (mainlinetoday.com)

Mount Penn recaps discussion of traffic study, prepares for Tuesday’s meeting | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Antietam School District, Mt. Penn Borough, Sen. Schwank and Rep. Rozzi issue joint statement (berksweekly.com)

Next Phase of Mon-Fayette Expressway to Start Construction in ’22 : CEG (constructionequipmentguide.com)

New local taxes eyed for mass transit financial woes | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


Here’s why ‘totally underserved’ central Pa. has become a hot spot for chain restaurants – pennlive.com

Longtime Dauphin County furniture store to close – pennlive.com


2 Men Charged With Murder in Kansas City Super Bowl Parade Shooting – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Mother of Dead Baby Found at Phoenix Airport in 2005 Is Arrested – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ruby Franke, a Former YouTube Host, Sentenced for Child Abuse – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rumors of violence lead to high absenteeism in central Pa. high school – pennlive.com

YouTube mom Ruby Franke apologizes at sentencing in child abuse case : NPR


At Harvard, Some Wonder What It Will Take to Stop the Spiral – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Virginia High School’s Admissions Case on Race – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Teachers Are Missing More School, and There Are Too Few Substitutes – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Nearly 153,000 borrowers get student loans canceled under new Biden plan : NPR

Penn State trustees boost President Bendapudi’s retirement, bonus | WITF

Penn State THON raises record-breaking $16.9M | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


Saving democracy is central to Biden’s campaign messaging. Will it res | WITF

Democrat Bob Casey leads Dave McCormick in Pennsylvania Senate race: Poll | Tacoma News Tribune (thenewstribune.com)

PA Election 2024: The State Senate Races to Watch as Democrats Seek the Majority – GantNews.com

Why Black Democrats Are Unlikely to Aid Nikki Haley in South Carolina – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Riding His Baseball Fame, Steve Garvey Disrupts the California Senate Race – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Loss of Dozens of Experienced Election Officials Could Mean Trouble For Pennsylvania’s 2024 Election (politicspa.com)

Third Circuit considers whether Pa.’s vote-by-mail law runs afoul of federal election laws – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


PHL International Airport gets $20.4 million grant through bipartisan infrastructure bill – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania airports to get share of $1 billion in federal airport terminal funding – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gun Safety

Despite rhetoric, both Trump and Biden have had limited power to change gun policy – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


It’s heart health month: Here’s how to keep your ticker tuned – pennlive.com

Pa. health network accused of misdiagnosing families with medical child abuse | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

State News

Josh Shapiro wants to tax Pennsylvania skill games | WITF

Pa. high court takes up challenge to life-without-parole sentences | WITF

Pa. Supreme Court will consider whether life without parole for second-degree murder is ‘cruel’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Environment Digest Blog: PA Taxpayers To Give $130.9 Million In Tax Credits To Subsidize Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County; Total Expected To Be $1.17 Billion Thru 2042; No Regard For Environmental Compliance Record (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pa. mortgage program to reopen in March, officials say · Spotlight PA

National News

President Joe Biden’s campaign makes three additions to its Pa. team – pennlive.com

Biden Heads to California to Add to His $42 Million Haul in January – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden Plans to Harden Protection Against Cybersecurity Threats to Ports – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Scranton factory would get money under foreign aid bill | WITF

Man Sues Powerball for $340 Million Over Numbers ‘Mistakenly Posted’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Texas has spent over $148 million busing migrants since 2022 : NPR

Local News

Grass grows back; plea deal struck in Camp Hill’s felony lawn-mowing case – pennlive.com

56-year-old incarcerated man dies at central Pa. hospital – pennlive.com

Basalyga nears completion of two projects; eyes others | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupt Cartwright at Wilkes-Barre democracy forum | Election | citizensvoice.com

Nearly 50 roosters and hens rescued from active cockfight in Plumstead | The Bucks County Herald


Vice President Harris visits Pittsburgh to tout $5.8 billion for clean water, lead pipe removal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Philadelphia City Council moves ahead with prohibition of skill games – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)


Democrat Bob Casey leads David McCormick in Pennsylvania Senate race: Poll (yahoo.com)

PA Senate Race: Bob Casey leads Dave McCormick by double digits in new poll | WKBN.com

Pennsylvania’s Sen. Bob Casey Caught in Crossfire over Flip-flopping Immigration Stance: An In-Depth Analysis – MyChesCo

Fetterman stumps for Biden in Nevada swing county – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)