Gov. Tom Wolf, Democrats outline a proposal for $1.7 billion in pandemic funds | WITF

Gov. Wolf announces $1.7B plan for pandemic recovery with direct payments to some Pennsylvanians (abc27.com)

Wolf, Democrats unveil plan to utilize ARP funds for further recovery | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

‘We should not do nothing.’ Gov. Tom Wolf unveils $1.7B spending plan for federal relief money – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s proposal for $1.7 billion of virus relief includes families, workers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf urges spending of $1.7B in unused Covid-19 relief – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania Democrats call for $3.75B in education spending (broadandliberty.com)

Wolf unveils plan to spend Pennsylvania’s remaining $1.7B in federal COVID relief | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes control of redrawing state’s congressional map | WITF

Pennsylvania high court to decide congressional district map | ABC27

Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes control of redrawing state’s congressional map · Spotlight PA

PA Democrats set budget priorities with ‘historic’ education spending proposal | WSKGWSKG

State Sen. Celebrates Additional Funding For Nurse Relief Program (yahoo.com)

State Announces $4.5 Million for Nonprofit Security Grant Program – Opera News (dailyadvent.com)

Beware of GOP amendments | | republicanherald.com

PA Supreme Court Takes On Congressional Redistricting | PoliticsPA

From hunting big game to barring bingo: Here are 10 old laws still on the books in PA | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

LEACH: End Prohibition on ‘Magic Mushrooms’ – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Recreational marijuana coming to Pa.? Legislature takes first steps toward legalization – pennlive.com

Union heads to Dem lawmakers: Help needed to fix staffing woes in Pa. schools | Local News | ncnewsonline.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

COVID-19 breakthrough cases rise 20% over past 3 months in Pennsylvania | Health | lancasteronline.com

COVID-19 still a ‘serious’ situation, Pa. Health Secretary Klinepeter says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

U.S. Army begins to discharge soldiers who refuse COVID-19 vaccination : NPR

Officials prepare to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to children under 5 | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

January was Allegheny County’s deadliest month since COVID-19 vaccine rollout | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. health officials visit Youngwood pharmacy to boost covid vaccine efforts | TribLIVE.com



Influencer, robotics and the blockchain: Here are the fastest growing jobs in America. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Starbucks is raising prices yet again, due to inflation – pennlive.com

‘Small number’ of unvaccinated employees lose job at Hershey Company – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro suggests signing bonuses to recruit first responders | WITF

Paying care workers fairly | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



For Biden and Adams, a Meeting of Like Minds on Gun Crime – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018: How Pa. is implementing the law (poconorecord.com)



School officials, local lawmakers, county leaders discuss solutions to mental health needs of students – Daily Local

Athletic director joins list of resignations at Pleasant Valley (poconorecord.com)

St. Luke’s CEO: network will no longer provide guidance to Southern Lehigh School District because of school board’s “discourtesy and disrespect” – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Add school superintendents to the list of jobs people are leaving in Pennsylvania and nationally | WITF

With COVID-19 staffing crunch, who’s going to teach the kids? | WITF

Facing staff shortages, rising costs, Pa. schools at ‘critical juncture’ | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania state university system survey seeks to assess campus climate for students of color (inquirer.com)

Some Philly teachers protest CHOP’s PolicyLab guidelines, saying they are not rooted in reality (inquirer.com)



Half-dozen hopefuls to seek Democratic Party nomination in House District 24 special election | 90.5 WESA

Meet six Democratic contenders for Mayor Gainey’s former house seat | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Internal Poll Shows Fetterman in Front | PoliticsPA

Will Anyone Receive Endorsements at This Weekend’s GOP Meeting? | PoliticsPA

GOP Rep. Rice stands by his impeachment vote of Trump. It could cost him his job : NPR

Endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keep stacking up. | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Corman Allies With Cops in Push to Impeach Krasner – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

GOP Rep. Tracy Pennycuick Runs for State Senate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

GOP attacks on voting rights sap the foundation of the U.S. and liberty (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania has some big races in 2022, but political parties are mostly staying silent. Why? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bipartisan coalition discuss accountability in the 2022 political cycle, tracking election deniers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bucks GOP leader signs “alternate” election document | The Bucks County Herald

Pennsylvania’s high-profile race for Senate begins to take shape | TheHill



Combat the climate crisis before there’s nothing left to build back (theintell.com)

Climate change is driving more sharks to waters off Pennsylvanian’s favorite beaches – pennlive.com

Energy Transfer charged with 9 environmental crimes over Revolution pipeline explosion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



New infrastructure law could bring more speed cameras to Pennsylvania roadways (abc27.com)

River Road Reopens After Ida Damage | New Hope, PA Patch

Forrest Remick | Rebuilding our bridges should also mean rebuilding our industrial base | Columns | tribdem.com

Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem, which has same design as Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed, passed 2020 inspection, due for repairs this year – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



How the Biden administration plans to halve cancer death rates by 2047 : NPR

Biden renews call to slash US’ cancer rates in half with ‘moonshot’ program | ABC27

Pennsylvania Department of Health deploys Healthcare Strike Team to Crozer Health (delcotimes.com)

Jefferson Health’s $762M Specialty Care Pavilion reaches construction milestone – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penn patients treated with CAR-T cancer therapy cancer-free 10 years later (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania gets more than $100M in federal funding to cap orphaned wells | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Editorial: PA must stop the collapse of its disability system (theintell.com)

Letters: Don’t punish the rich with taxes, Jan. 6 justice, Terris Todd (goerie.com)

Saturday opener and Sunday hunting for deer important to hunters returning to the sport, survey says – pennlive.com

Bear population sees another big drop in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

Pa. state parks see need to accommodate increased number of visitors | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Should Pennsylvania privatize the liquor control board? Pro/Con (inquirer.com)


National News

U.S. Kills ISIS Leader in Syria Raid: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Leader of Islamic State killed by U.S. special forces in Syria raid, President Biden says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. conducts counterterrorism operation in Syria : NPR

Biden shifts some 3,000 U.S. troops closer to Ukraine : NPR

U.S. deploying 3K troops to Europe to deter a Russian invasion | ABC27

Winter storm packing snow and freezing rain is moving across the U.S. : NPR

Mississippi is 37th state to legalize medical marijuana : NPR

Cosby asks Supreme Court not to revive sexual assault case – WHYY

As the Olympics open, China seeks the limelight, but warns against criticism : NPR

Facebook’s transition to Metaverse has eaten into the social media giant’s profi : NPR

CNN president Jeff Zucker resigns over relationship with network executive : NPR

Crosby, Stills and Nash are withdrawing music from Spotify over misinformation : NPR

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees include Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie : NPR

Conditions continue to be unsafe near Weaver Fertilizer fire even as rain helps suppress flames (abc27.com)

Philly, Bronx fires mirror higher deaths among Black, poor Americans (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

USA Swimming follows NCAA policy updates sparked by trans Penn swimmer | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

HBCU bomb threat caller described elaborate plot: police | Across America | phillytrib.com


Local News

Chester County DA Deb Ryan hit with discrimination suit (broadandliberty.com)

York City Council proposes ARPA funding for infrastructure with tax breaks (ydr.com)

Erie ARP funds: More than 120 applicants, including Eagle’s Nest (goerie.com)

Joel Natalie moves radio shown to downtown (goerie.com)

Lancaster County is expected to have its new commissioner chosen Friday, following interviews with 13 applicants | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

‘The Rising of Coatesville’ – Daily Local

Chester County Commissioners award $249,000 grant to Phoenixville Area Community Services – Daily Local

Winter weather advisory issued for Lehigh Valley as sprawling storm arrives, but models remain split on the outcome – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Northampton County proposes district court realignment – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County to regulate massage parlors; prevent human trafficking | The Bucks County Herald

Wilkes-Barre distributing KN95 masks to seniors, low-income residents | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Lackawanna County Commissioners authorize county’s participation in multistate opioid settlement | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton planners grant approval for warehouse, oncology center | News | standardspeaker.com



Roberto Clemente Bridge to close down for repairs through 2023 | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Caitlyn Callahan joins Pittsburgh Pirates as first-ever female coach in uniform | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Winter storm bringing hazardous ice, up to 6 inches of snow for some areas of Western Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council will say ‘no’ to Pittsburgh annexation of Wilkinsburg — for now | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gainey hears opposition, support for controversial Oakland redevelopment proposal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

12 infrastructure fails in the Pittsburgh region, including Fern Hollow Bridge | TribLIVE.com

As Pittsburgh considers studying mergers, neighboring communities say they’re not interested | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh City Council defends proposed 15% pay raise | TribLIVE.com



COVID cases drop but Philadelphia mask mandate months away from ending (inquirer.com)

Philly names its first victims’ advocate: Adara Combs’ family was touched by gun violence – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Meet the 17 Philadelphians on the city’s new Environmental Justice Advisory Commission | Local News | phillytrib.com

Wanna audit the PPD’s $727 million budget? Join this new community advisory committee (inquirer.com)

SEPTA faces delays and workarounds as supply chain issues disrupt repair projects | Local News | phillytrib.com

PHA’s Westpark Apartments are being redeveloped. Residents are being relocated, and most will never return. (inquirer.com)

Sheryl Lee Ralph on ‘Abbott Elementary,’ her marriage to State Sen. Vincent Hughes, and the show’s Philly cred (inquirer.com)

Jeff Brown, Philadelphia Shop-Rite owner, jolts 2023 mayor’s race with outside PAC’s fund-raising (inquirer.com)

West Philly pool closure is a disservice to a community in need | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Sarah Bloom Raskin Faces a Contentious Senate Hearing – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Bipartisanship failed on voting rights. Kyrsten Sinema and her backers ignore that | Jim Small – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sen. Luján to be out at least 4 weeks; Biden agenda at risk | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette