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Legislature

PA State Supreme Court Could Finalize Congressional Map This Week – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

What the redrawn legislative maps mean for Berks (readingeagle.com)

Senator Santarsiero hosting Legislative Coffee & Conversation – Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc.

EDITORIAL: Turnpike must collect unpaid debt | Editorials | observer-reporter.com

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Omicron variant now viewed as source of new infections – WHYY

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

Fourth COVID-19 shots? Experts may recommend another booster for fall – pennlive.com

Is the COVID pandemic over? Lehigh Valley health experts urge caution – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

West Chester organization to distribute 5,000 COVID home-test kits – Daily Local

Business/Jobs

Laid off Philly hotel workers aren’t rushing back – WHYY

Can a corporate exec speak as a mom about COVID rules? Consider the Levi’s saga – WHYY

Sexual assault responder at Horsham Air Guard Station seeks her job back after judge rules she was wrongfully fired (inquirer.com)

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn takes on McDonald’s over pig welfare (inquirer.com)

U.S. tech firms hunt for cheap home-based hires in Latin America (inquirer.com)

Oil prices go up, stocks fall over fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine – pennlive.com

Car Shortage, IRS Delays Affect Used Car Sales – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Crime/Punishment

Amtrak engineer on trial in fatal Frankford crash – WHYY

Defense rests in federal trial in George Floyd’s killing – WHYY

It’s time for Pennsylvania courts to stop discriminating against people with opioid use disorder | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Millersville University Police searching for vehicle related to BB gun shooting of students – pennlive.com

Education

La Salle professor explores Catholic anti-Blackness and a failure of Catholic universities to respond to racism (inquirer.com)

Twin Valley School District student pushes to retire its Native American mascot (inquirer.com)

After last week’s student death at Lincoln University, school leaders owe us answers | Jenice Armstrong (inquirer.com)

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the substitute teacher shortage in Pennsylvania gets worse | WITF

Registration now open for a new nursing school in central Pa.; financial incentives available – pennlive.com

Family of Brashear student hospitalized after attack by peer demands school board take responsibility | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elections/Politics

Mehmet Oz wants us to know why he’s here. Will Pa. voters buy it? – WHYY

Election 2020: How fake electors tried to throw result to Trump – WHYY

Doug Mastriano campaign spending raises question in Pa. governor’s race (inquirer.com)

Right now, a U.S. toddler is starving because of Pat Toomey, Joe Manchin, and 49 other Senate cowards | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Democrats are angling to distinguish themselves in a key Senate contest | WITF

Pa. Republicans vying for U.S. Senate face off in debate – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Dr. Oz and former Bridgewater CEO battle for Pa. Trump supporters, break spending records – pennlive.com

Trump partially launches Truth Social app a year after Twitter ban – pennlive.com

Environment

Witch hazel is blossoming at Morris Arboretum on preserved land (inquirer.com)

Experts fear SCOTUS could hamstring EPA and other federal agencies in upcoming climate case | 90.5 WESA

Flood watch issued for several counties in Western Pennsylvania | TribLIVE.com

Oil leak into Quemahoning Creek contained as search for source continues | News | tribdem.com

Transportation

Charged Up: Pa. to receive $171.5M to support EV charging stations | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania hates potholes. See how much they complain about them – pennlive.com

Need a ride? New partnership offers free transit cards to some using food assistance | 90.5 WESA

Meet the Carnegie Mellon grads digitally mapping all 446 of Pittsburgh’s bridges, hoping to avert future collapses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Radnor not going with electric school buses just yet – Delco Times

Health

Public option plan in Washington state struggles to get hospitals on board – WHYY

Couples’ therapy is in high demand. How to know whether it could help your relationship. (inquirer.com)

Men’s eating disorders is a mental health problem we don’t talk about enough (inquirer.com)

Some Pa. cannabis companies use misleading statements to promote marijuana for addiction treatment | 90.5 WESA

Recall magnifies infant formula shortage | Business | citizensvoice.com

State News

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

Winter sports hit their peak in Pennsylvania after the Olympics | WITF

Statewide review of Pa. district judges asks to cut 12 offices, could save taxpayers $5 million – pennlive.com

Bankruptcies plummet as Pennsylvania households benefit from COVID-19 aid and pandemic savings | 90.5 WESA

Area fire departments, emergency medical services awarded state grants | TribLIVE.com

Regional hunters add $312 million to Pennsylvania’s economy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National News

War fears grow as Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine – WHYY

U.S. warns Russia has ‘kill list’ of Ukrainians to be detained or killed – WHYY

Housing supply dropped to 15 days’ worth in some N.J. and Pa counties in the region (inquirer.com)

Boris Johnson scraps remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England (inquirer.com)

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas prompts debate about trans athletes. Here’s what to know. (inquirer.com)

Condemnation for Putin at U.N. as he orders what he calls ‘peacekeepers’ to Ukraine | WITF

Texas AG calls health care for transgender youths abuse, says it ‘must be halted’ – pennlive.com

Why America Has Been So Stingy In Fighting Child Poverty | 90.5 WESA

Wireless companies ending 3G service, starting with AT&T | TribLIVE.com

U.S. faces extreme cold blast, stormy weather in week ahead | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Blockades over, but Trudeau says emergency powers needed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local News

Resident twin felines earn their keep at garden center in Allegheny Township | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County Manager Search Committee recommending three finalists to council | Times Leader

Lawsuits against cops not the only reason for soaring insurance costs | News | citizensvoice.com

Centre County, PA: Festivals, fairs, fireworks return this summer | Centre Daily Times

Chester County Hospital Emergency Room expansion to ease wait times – Daily Local

Pitt

From reparations to cooperative housing, Pittsburghers share ideas with Gainey’s transition team | 90.5 WESA

Transit workers’ union wants to delay Port Authority’s vaccine mandate | 90.5 WESA

Cold weather and flooding are possible in the Pittsburgh region this week | 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh City Council looks to allocate $12.8M to Bus Rapid Transit Project | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh City Council approves raises for top police officials | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

Photo essay: Frontline Dads open teen safe space in North Philadelphia – WHYY

Freed after wrongful conviction, Horton brothers want to stop Philly gun violence – On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

Philly officials should steer clear of cryptocurrency | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Wissahickon Valley Park could need $2 million for toilets to handle the crowds (inquirer.com)

Looking to a more equitable future, Philly’s Black developers step up for their city – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Washington

U.S. census director says bureau is strengthening ‘firewall’ after Trump meddling – WHYY