Pa. lawmakers to re-introduce bills on death penalty as Shapiro backs ban – pennlive.com

Five things to know about the death penalty in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Gov. Shapiro evolves, seeks to abolish fallible and irreversible death penalty | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

We need a mandatory death sentence for cop killers | opinion (ydr.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers Greg Rothman and Nikil Saval propose making Diwali a state holiday (wkbn.com)

Medicaid, SNAP reductions are coming to PA · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania House Speaker unveils “Rozzi Rules” (abc27.com)

Rozzi previews Pa. House rules proposal as legal relief for abuse survivors advances – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Abuse measures in line for Friday floor vote by Pa. House | News | tribdem.com

White Demands Action on House Ethics in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegation – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

ORTITAY: Act Now to Prevent Sexual Harassment by House Members – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

3 Black Pa. lawmakers share what being in key positions means to them (readingeagle.com)

Addiction rehabilitation center in West Chester gets $25,000 in state funding – Daily Local


Train Derailment

‘Forgotten’ Pennsylvania locals castigate ‘pathetic’ response to train disaster | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. senators hold hearing on East Palestine train derailment (abc27.com)

Pa. lawmakers press state, local leaders on ‘totally preventable’ Ohio train derailment | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pa. Senate committee hears 5 hours of testimony on East Palestine derailment | TribLIVE.com

Heartbreak, anguish, and fear expressed in senate hearing on Western PA train derailment (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania State Senator Holds Hearing with Testimony from Those Affected by East Palestine Disaster – The Ohio Star

Officials: Railroad’s cagey decisions after derailment impeded response | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘The whole sky was black’: Pa. residents describe the horror of the East Palestine derailment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

East Palestine residents seek legal advice after train derailment | WITF

PEMA director: Rail company made decision to burn 5 cars instead of just 1 | News | sharonherald.com

Here’s the most thorough explanation yet for the train derailment in East Palestine | WITF

East Palestine Train Derailment: NTSB releases preliminary report, Sec. Buttigieg visits site (cbsnews.com)

NTSB: Overheated wheel bearing led to Ohio train derailment : NPR

NTSB: High temperatures led to train wheel bearing failure | Ohio | thecentersquare.com

Report: Crew had little warning before Ohio wreck | Times Leader

At virtual East Palestine forum, experts ease Pittsburghers’ fears; PEMA launches ‘derailment dashboard’ – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Pete Buttigieg visits East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment site | WITF

PEMA launches online dashboard for concerned residents near train derailment (abc27.com)

White House urging higher fines for train safety violations | WITF

Toxic wastewater from Ohio train derailment headed to Texas | WITF

A Norfolk Southern policy lets officials order crews to ignore safety alerts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

NEPA Congressional reps weigh in on Ohio aftermath | Times Leader



JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said he likes the economy’s odds of a soft landing during a visit to Philadelphia Thursday – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon visits West Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

Wells Fargo economists on commercial real estate: There’s plenty to worry about. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penn Medicine’s resident physicians move to unionize | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bethlehem Walmart warehouse workers told to find new jobs (mcall.com)

Hazleton plant lays off at least 40 employees as it works to retool operations | Business | standardspeaker.com

Consumers must keep the faith to avoid recession | Mark Zandi (inquirer.com)



Christopher Fitzgerald funeral: Viewing, Mass, burial for shot Temple police officer (inquirer.com)

Temple University trustees raise over $450,000 and promise free tuition for Christopher Fitzgerald’s children (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia shooting in Strawberry Mansion leaves 7 wounded (inquirer.com)

Former inmate claims mistreatment in Westmoreland jail | TribLIVE.com



Pa.’s Shapiro, Lee help launch $150M partnership to improve access to STEM education – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Central Bucks School District parts ways with Devine Partners PR firm (phillyburbs.com)

Black History Month comes to life at Steel Valley’s Barrett Elementary School – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Saucon Valley School District to reconsider Satan club after threats (mcall.com)

Saucon Valley school threat linked to Satan Club decision | WITF

Penn State paid state, local police almost $1.9 million for 2021 home football game security | WITF

Northeastern Middle School faces safety concerns, restroom vandalism (ydr.com)

As Black history lessons come under attack, remembering the importance of lifting every voice | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Philly school board denies 4 charter applications, approves 2023-24 calendar (inquirer.com)

Use charter reform for fair funding | Opinion | dailycourier.com




The Fairness Project helps get ballot measures passed, now there’s GOP pushback : NPR

Democrats oppose release of January 6 tapes to Tucker Carlson : NPR

Kevin McCarthy is no whistleblower. He and Fox News are criminally covering up Jan. 6 | Opinion (inquirer.com)


Shapiro says he would dismiss any pressure to ask Fetterman to resign (abc27.com)


Chester County political parties set slates for primary – Daily Local

A super PAC backing Jeff Brown put Tom Wolf in a TV ad Tom Wolf didn’t want to be in (inquirer.com)

Allegheny County voter turnout rises with a boost from mail-in voting | TribLIVE.com



PennDOT making substantial changes coming to I-79 construction zone – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

New SEPTA trolleys approved for up to $863 milion (inquirer.com)


Gun Safety

Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw defends her approach to gun violence on IG Live session | Local News | phillytrib.com

Gun Violence Prevention Summit at West Philly Masjid connects over 50 young people to resources | Local News | phillytrib.com



Abortion pills could soon become much more difficult to obtain in the U.S. : NPR

KUOW – Post-Roe, WA is a health care ‘sanctuary’ — for both patients and providers

Doctors recount ‘heart-wrenching’ stories in new study on medical care post-Roe – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Health officials cite LGH for multiple violations in patient care | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Medical Properties Trust writes down value of Prospect Medical’s Crozer Health (inquirer.com)

Flu vaccines helped reduce children’s risk of hospitalization by about 75% this year, CDC studies show (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania dairy farm fire displaces 1,600 cows (abc27.com)

Lehigh Valley will have 100K more residents by 2050, commission projects | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Black laborers, enslaved and free, were essential to Pennsylvania’s iron industry (readingeagle.com)

Slumping natural gas prices may hold relief for UGI customers | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Some PPL customers saw no correction in their latest bills | News | standardspeaker.com


National News

Winter storm update: Nearly a million homes lose power as snow and ice hit U.S. : NPR

Roberto Clemente book returned to school shelves in Florida school district – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Live Updates: It’s been a full year since Russia invaded Ukraine | NPR

China calls for a cease-fire and peace talks between Russia and Ukraine : NPR

Will Wood commentary: The safest way for U.S. and China to play this dangerous game (dailylocal.com)

Jury selection proves to be difficult for the YSL trial – WABE

Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses why ‘The 1619 Project’ is so controversial | Television | phillytrib.com


Local News

Chester County praised by U.S. for affordable housing options – Daily Local

Paradise Twp. hears from engineer for proposed Poconos resort | Poconos and Coal Region | wfmz.com

Controversy in Colywn, again: Promotion of officer contentious, or is it something else? (delcotimes.com)

Rental rates set to jump 10% at Lancaster Central Market; ‘It’s really bad timing,’ standholder says | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Brown addresses Wilkes-Barre OT questions | Times Leader

Scranton parks and recreation director resigns | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Sihelnik sworn in as Berks County commissioner | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com



At ceremonial swearing-in, Pa. Rep. Deluzio says he’ll be ‘a fighter for western Pa.’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

$11.5M preservation of Heinz Memorial Chapel’s spire planned | TribLIVE.com



Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation names Jodie Harris president | Local News | phillytrib.com

Jodie Harris, a Philadelphia native, becomes the PIDC’s first Black leader (inquirer.com)

Darrell L. Clarke, Philadelphia City Council president, announces retirement (inquirer.com)

Darrell Clarke’s resignation has set off a succession battle in Philly City Council (inquirer.com)

Why it matters that Philly’s City Council president is stepping aside (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Union’s on-field success boosts club’s season ticket sales, sponsorships ahead of 2023 home opener – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Next major step for 76ers’ Center City arena proposal could be delayed – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia skyscrapers to go dark to protect migrating birds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly Tree Plan calls for city forester, planting thousands of trees (inquirer.com)

Feds: Ex-Philly councilmember Bobby Henon should serve 10 years in prison for bribery conviction (inquirer.com)



Senators urge Justice Department to examine Ticketmaster’s conduct : NPR