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Legislature

Pa. enacted 140 laws last year. Only 27 of them addressed the coronavirus.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-legislature-tom-wolf-coronavirus-laws-2020-analysis-20210203.html

Survivors of clergy sex abuse urge Gov. Wolf to push Legislature to fast track reforms to child sex crime laws
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/02/survivors-of-clergy-sex-abuse-urge-gov-wolf-to-push-legislature-to-fast-track-reforms-to-child-sex-crime-laws.html

A slap in the face’ to abuse survivors: PA advocates want action after Boockvar’s office error
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/2021/02/03/pa-abuse-amendment-mistake-boockvar-pennsylvania-secretary-of-state-gov-tom-wolf-harrisburg/4363776001/

Sex-abuse law blunder on Kathy Boockvar’s watch is a titanic mess for Pa. child victims | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/pa-top-election-official-sex-abuse-blunder-boockvar-20210203.html

After ballot blunder, some seek a bill on abuse lawsuits
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2021/02/02/Pennsylvania-child-sexual-abuse-PA-constitutional-amendment-Boockvar-lawsuits-bill/stories/202102020153

The Legislature dashed hopes for LGBTQ equality in Pa. — again | Frank Pizzoli
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-legislature-dashed-hopes-for-lgbtq-equality-in-pa-again-frank-pizzoli/

As cyber threats loom, state officials aim to boost defenses
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/as-cyber-threats-loom-state-officials-aim-to-boost-defenses/

Pennsylvania’s GOP makes state a national leader in voter suppression efforts | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-republican-legislators-repeal-voting-by-mail-20210203.html

Help hospitality industry meet next crisis
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/help-hospitality-industry-meet-next-crisis/article_880545bc-e168-5811-8ac9-a832037bd354.html

Budget

Gov. Wolf proposes Pa.’s biggest tax increase ever, but it would be a tax cut for many
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/02/gov-wolfs-proposes-pas-biggest-tax-increase-ever-is-a-tax-cut-for-many.html

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise Pa. income taxes and give $1.5 billion more to schools
https://www.inquirer.com/education/gov-wolf-pennsylvania-budget-income-tax-public-schools-20210202.html

Wolf wants to add $1.3B in basic-ed funding, distribute with fair formula
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/education/wolf-wants-to-add-1-3b-in-basic-ed-funding-distribute-with-fair-formula/article_25c80a55-850e-518f-889c-8966462bb7a7.html

Gov. Tom Wolf calls for personal income tax increase, cut for PA lower wage workers. What would change
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/2021/02/02/income-tax-hike-cut-pennsylvania-wolf/4360263001/

Scranton School District could see $33M with fair funding proposal in Wolf’s budget
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/scranton-school-district-could-see-33m-with-fair-funding-proposal-in-wolfs-budget/article_fd6337de-570b-503c-a1fb-cea0ac9c2575.html

New Wolf budget increases income tax, but cuts taxes on lower income families
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-wolf-budget-increases-income-tax-but-cuts-taxes-on-lower-income-families/article_d412d1a7-2c84-5364-a94c-793d2fdfc249.html

Gov. Wolf’s 2021 budget offers new opportunity to hold cyber charters accountable | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/news/cyber-charters-pennsylvania-2021-school-funding-budget-20210203.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccine rollout to get scrutiny from lawmakers amid frustration over distribution, lack of supply
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-vaccine-rollout-questions-20210202-u5gr72q6yberrom3b4k425s3ia-story.html

Northeast Pennsylvania COVID-19 death rate remains stubbornly high
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/northeast-pennsylvania-covid-19-death-rate-remains-stubbornly-high/article_a1c4b8b8-c3c2-5be0-903c-702947436257.html

Montgomery County sees slight decrease in coronavirus positivity rate
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-sees-slight-decrease-in-coronavirus-positivity-rate/article_dbdaa78a-5846-5722-a8cc-c650248dae93.html

Philly’s rough COVID-19 vaccine rollout adds challenge to reaching skeptical Black residents: ‘Our reticence is sacred’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/black-community-philadelphia-vaccine-disparities-hesitancy-coronavirus-20210203.html

Philly will open six mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics and doses are also coming to city pharmacies
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-philly-vaccine-clinics-pa-nj-pharmacies-20210202.html

Next up in the Philly Fighting COVID debacle: A political fight in City Hall
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philly-fighting-covid-vaccine-city-hall-20210203.html

VA Pittsburgh Health Care sets covid vaccine clinic for senior veterans
https://triblive.com/local/regional/va-pittsburgh-health-care-sets-covid-vaccine-clinic-for-senior-veterans/

Westmoreland County nears 25,000 covid cases with Tuesday’s additions
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-nears-25000-covid-cases-with-additional-cases-reported-tuesday/

Should cancer patients get the covid vaccine?
https://triblive.com/local/should-cancer-patients-get-the-covid-vaccine/

More experts now recommend medical masks. Good ones are hard to find.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/02/03/experts-recommend-medical-face-masks-find-coronavirus-N95/stories/202102030101

Pandemic sleep issues persist as some battle ‘COVID-somnia,’ while others rest more
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/sleep-insomnia-covid-coronavirus-nap-20210203.html

Area physicians say people shouldn’t be afraid of COVID vaccine
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/area-physicians-say-people-shouldnt-be-afraid-of-covid-vaccine/article_bb0c8515-e08d-582a-b0ad-74536f31fe42.html

Here’s how a Berks County couple ended up in York to get their COVID vaccines
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/heres-how-a-berks-county-couple-ended-up-in-york-to-get-their-covid-vaccines/article_c7d034a0-61b2-11eb-8462-171b58ed56c5.html

Quest Diagnostics continues to ramp up turnaround time for coronavirus tests results
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/quest-diagnostics-continues-to-ramp-up-turnaround-time-for-coronavirus-tests-results/article_364e8770-6572-11eb-bbac-5364625815b2.html

Biden to boost vaccine allotments to pharmacies, virus funds
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/02/02/Feds-US-start-sending-COVID-19-vaccine-pharmacies-next-week-health-expansion/stories/202102020133

Business

Patrons must follow the rules, even if businesses won’t
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/02/03/Patrons-Businesses-Restaurants-Pandemic-COVID-coronavirus-restrictions/stories/202101300020

After pressure from advocates, Comcast boosts internet speed for low-income users
https://www.witf.org/2021/02/03/after-pressure-from-advocates-comcast-boosts-internet-speed-for-low-income-users/

3 ways Black people say their white co-workers and managers can support them and be an antidote to systemic racism | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/3-ways-black-people-say-their-white-co-workers-and-managers-can-support-them-and-be-an-antidote-to-systemic-racism-opinion/

Crime/Punishment

With 13,000 infected, 100 dead of COVID-19 in Pa. prisons, advocates urge faster releases
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-prison-pandemic-coronavirus-parole-doc-20210203.html

Education

Nazareth teachers union threatens online learning only if school board won’t bargain
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/nazareth/mc-nws-nazareth-teachers-union-covid-20210203-ucxfx2y4lnh77j4fh7qnxbpfti-story.html

Wilkes University schedules events for Black History Month
https://www.timesleader.com/news/818331/wilkes-university-schedules-events-for-black-history-month

Duquesne wins historic opener at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, 69-64, against Dayton
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/duquesne/2021/02/02/Duquesne-basketball-Dayton-UPMC-Cooper-Fieldhouse-Dukes-win-first-game/stories/202102020180

State System looks to preserve buzzer-beaters and personal growth as it weighs mergers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/02/02/State-System-of-Higher-Education-collegiate-sports-Cal-U-Pennsylvania-NCAA-PSAC/stories/202102010075

Haverford College student’s free tutoring service reaches kids of frontline workers across the country
https://www.inquirer.com/news/free-for-the-frontline-tutors-brett-mozarsky-haverford-covid-pandemic-20210203.html

Elections/Politics

Montgomery County Republican Jeff Bartos is taking steps to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/jeff-bartos-2022-pennsylvania-senate-race-20210202.html

Westmoreland County fields bids to print and mail ballots for primary
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-fields-proposals-to-mail-ballots-for-spring-primary/

Health Care

Geisinger and CHOP announce affiliation agreement
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/geisinger-and-chop-announce-affiliation-agreement/article_acdd42f0-b924-58bb-98f9-52a7669151fc.html

Local News

New Kensington garbage hauler promises to work with city following alleged thefts by employees
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-garbage-hauler-promises-to-work-with-city-following-alleged-thefts-by-employees/

Wilkes-Barre reports on federal funding for projects and programs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/818329/wilkes-barre-reports-on-federal-funding-for-projects-and-programs

National News

Washington state eyes ‘billionaire tax’ on the ultra rich
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/02/washington-state-eyes-billionaire-tax-on-the-ultra-rich.html

Philly

Facebook restricted a West Philly activist as it grappled with fallout from the Capitol riots
https://www.inquirer.com/news/facebook-20210202.html

Who’s responsible for shoveling snow in Philly? Here are the rules
https://www.inquirer.com/philly-tips/snow-clearing-rules-philadelphia-20210202.html

Window fans may be Philly’s fix for schools with poor ventilation. But teachers and parents are saying no way
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-school-district-ventilation-fans-reopening-20210202.html

Union president: Teachers and families deserve safe ventilation if they’re going to school during a pandemic | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-schools-return-ventillation-vaccines-teachers-20210202.html

Carjackings spike dramatically in Philly, breaking records this year
https://www.inquirer.com/news/carjacking-police-philadelphia-kensington-rhawnhurt-john-greco-tanya-little-greg-bucceroni-20210202.html

Pitt

Burgess, Lavelle want to declare ‘educational emergency’ for Pittsburgh schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/02/02/pittsburgh-schools-pps-ricky-Burgess-daniel-Lavelle-declare-educational-emergency-resolution-education/stories/202102020132

Pittsburgh councilman moves to declare ‘state of educational emergency’ in the city
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-councilman-moves-to-declare-state-of-educational-emergency-in-the-city/

Emergency $36M program to help Allegheny County residents with rent, utility bills
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2021/02/02/County-City-to-manage-36-million-in-new-federal-COVID-19-aid-for-rent-utility-aid/stories/202102020141

Millions of dollars earmarked to help renters in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
https://triblive.com/local/rental-assistance-program-in-the-works-for-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-residents/

A public nuisance’: Petition calls for conservator to take over a block of rowhouses in Oakland
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/02/03/Oakland-Gateway-Ventures-Bates-Street-Oakland-Penn-Pioneer-Enterprises/stories/202102030085

PPS restructuring plans put on hold
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/02/02/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-restructuring-plan-PPS-district-school-board/stories/202102020167

Port Authority will close little-used Beechview T station
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/02/02/Port-Authority-light-rail-T-Pennant-Station-beechview-red-line-close-permanently-deteriorated-steps/stories/202102020159

Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate went up slightly in December, but may be a ‘one-month blip’
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2021/02/02/Jobs-unemployment-rate-Pittsburgh-MSA-Pennsylvania-COVID-19-shut-downs/stories/202102020126

Pittsburgh native Tom Vilsack, tapped again to agriculture secretary, confronts new challenges
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/02/02/Pittsburgh-native-Tom-Vilsack-Agriculture-Department-secretary-Farming-Climate-Change-economy-covid-19/stories/202102020040

Port Authority to install new lights in Downtown Pittsburgh light rail tunnels
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/02/02/Port-Authority-tunnel-lights-Downtown-Pittsburgh-Wellington-Power-Corp/stories/202102020165

Pittsburgh police issue warning after almost 50 vehicles stolen in city last month
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-police-issue-warning-after-almost-50-vehicles-stolen-in-city-last-month/

State News

Bear harvest in region slips 24%, also declines statewide
https://triblive.com/local/regional/bear-harvest-in-region-slips-24-also-declines-statewide/

National Alliance on Mental Illness will host youth-focused virtual conference Friday
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/national-alliance-on-mental-illness-will-host-youth-focused-virtual-conference-friday/

Editorial: Pennsylvania parks, trails good for physical and mental health
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-pennsylvania-parks-trails-good-for-physical-and-mental-health/article_2ff4fe7e-6566-11eb-8e71-8f308b025a7e.html

Still primed for public life, ex-Pa. Treasurer Torsella reflects on pensions and bipartisanship
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/still-primed-for-public-life-ex-pa-treasurer-torsella-reflects-on-pensions-and-bipartisanship/

PA’s polluted Susquehanna River is poisoning the bay. What can be done
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/in-depth/news/2021/02/02/pennsylvania-polluted-susquehanna-river-poisoning-chesapeake-bay-what-can-done/3766011001/