Pennsylvania state senator pushing to bring back universal school lunches (wtae.com)

EDITORIAL: Free breakfasts, lunches should be provided for students | Editorials | observer-reporter.com

Welfare programs worry lawmakers for different reasons | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania inheritance tax for siblings on the chopping block, again (broadandliberty.com)

Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes in-state tuition for undocumented DREAMers (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes raising minimum wage to $18 an hour (abc27.com)

With gig work on the rise, Pennsylvania Democrats look to crack down on ‘worker misclassification’ | WITF

The neighborhood the Pa. Capitol destroyed · Spotlight PA

Lobbyist’s harassment claim shines new light on efforts to hold Pa. lawmakers accountable – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Podcast: Reconciling State and Federal Definitions of Hemp | Hemp Industry News | lancasterfarming.com

Bill to strengthen reporting of jail deaths spurred by PennLive investigation – pennlive.com

Donna Bullock shares PA Legislative Black Caucus priorities for 2023 – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Election-denying lawmakers hold key election oversight roles – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (philasun.com)

PA House should be less partisan, Speaker Rozzi told · Spotlight PA

PA GOP has spent $1 million to impeach Larry Krasner · Spotlight PA

Editorial: Returning state workers to the office is a good call | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democratic Commissioners Rally Supporters With Gov. Shapiro At Levittown Event – LevittownNow.com



U.S. employers added a whopping 517,000 jobs in January : NPR

Clover Farms to be sold to New-Jersey based dairy company (readingeagle.com)

Berks County now has an alliance for businesses committed to being LGBTQ safe spaces | WITF

Temple U graduate students go on strike for a living wage – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Grad students’ strike continues as Temple U. remains steadfast | Local News | phillytrib.com

SBA is revamping its disaster recovery office. Here’s what businesses need to know – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Striking Pittsburgh news workers from all five unions meet at the Steamfitters’ house – Pittsburgh Union Progress

A surprising burst of US hiring in January: 517,000 jobs – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

House Dems, labor leaders meet in Allegheny Co. | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hazle Twp. entrepreneur talks business with Vice President Harris | News | standardspeaker.com



Long COVID diagnosis puts extra strain on family caregivers : Shots – Health News : NPR

Is There Still a COVID Emergency? Local Members of Congress Vote ‘Yes’ – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)



Ben Mannes: Not just Memphis — How we can learn from the death of Tyre Nichols (broadandliberty.com)

Acting Attorney General Henry Warns of Super Bowl LVII Scams – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

How to avoid Super Bowl scams (mcall.com)



New school meal nutrition standards would limit sugar, sodium : NPR

Two eastern Pa. school districts announce delayed openings on Super Bowl Monday – pennlive.com

Community College Forum To Discuss Finding The Political Middle – LevittownNow.com

PHEAA Reminds Students that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month | State | thecourierexpress.com

Teach Black history – don’t ban it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Study finds rural-urban gap in who’s investing in Pa.’s education savings accounts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Report: Rural families see less tax benefits from education savings accounts | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Keep Glen Mills Schools closed | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Central Bucks is an example of how far wrong a school district can go (inquirer.com)




Biden 2024? Most Democrats say no thank you: AP-NORC poll – Daily Local

How did Gen Z vote in the midterms? A new poll breaks it down : NPR

New York voters say Santos is failing at his job : NPR

Democrats have started busing migrants : NPR

N.J. lawmakers pass bill to make ‘sextortion’ a crime – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A brief history of the Black church’s diversity, and its vital role in our politics | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Democrats reshuffle primaries to stress diversity over tradition | News | phillytrib.com


Where is Pennsylvania’s Latino vote headed?3 (phillyburbs.com)

Alexis Sneller: The state should investigate Planned Parenthood, not its protestors. (broadandliberty.com)

Republicans endorse Carluccio for seat on state’s high court – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)


PA House control will be decided by 3 elections · Spotlight PA

Primary Elections to Test Pittsburgh’s Progressive Movement (governing.com)

What to know about the Allegheny County special elections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Empowering the middle: Bucks politicians, political watchers embrace independents (phillyburbs.com)

Ex-congressman, federal prosecutor to run for D.A. in Pa. county – pennlive.com

Meet the Democrats running for Allegheny County Executive (so far) – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gym gets Teamster’s local backing; more backlash from Union League visit | Mayorsrace | phillytrib.com

Advocates call on Philly’s next mayor to commit to zero-waste plan – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

At nearly $14M, fight for 7th Congressional District was Pa.’s priciest House race – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Summer Lee talks about her goals during 1st term in Congress | TribLIVE.com



When climate change hits Senegal, far-right political parties in Europe prosper : NPR

Pennsylvania environment spending Gov. Josh Shapiro can have impact (phillyburbs.com)

A central Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitator urges hunters to use non-lead ammo after another eagle dies from lead poisoning | WITF



Advocates call for tighter regulation after Pa./Ohio train explosion | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Viewpoint: Philadelphia cannot afford to put off Roosevelt Blvd. SEPTA line for another century – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

NY speed limit could be raised to 70 mph in some areas. Here’s where. (goerie.com)


Gun Safety

AR-15 lapel pin is a perfect symbol for a GOP that’s become a death cult (inquirer.com)

After the death of a teen, prayer and persistent love hold a community together (inquirer.com)



Cancer risk in western Pennsylvania lowered after EPA warning | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Twenty Pennsylvania hospitals among America’s best, new study shows (abc27.com)

Cancer risk in western Pennsylvania lowered after EPA warning | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

With Pennsylvania in its sights, WVU Medicine kickstarts health insurer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Pa’s first avian influenza cases in 2023 detected in central Pa. poultry flocks – pennlive.com

SEPTA bus driver who stopped carjacking is invited to Biden’s State of the Union address (inquirer.com)

Fitzpatrick asks Neshaminy cancer survivor as guest at State of Union (phillyburbs.com)

Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick appointed to Ways and Means Committee | The Bucks County Herald

Rep. Cartwright invites PMVB’s Chris Barrett to State of the Union (poconorecord.com)

Agricultural experts urge farmers to capitalize on grants to stop manure’s impact on pollution | Local News | lancasteronline.com

USA Today Network names state investigative team for Pennsylvania (phillyburbs.com)

Susquehanna River islands sold to state, conservationists praise move – pennlive.com

As more utility customers struggle to pay their bills, more are also being shut off for nonpayment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tax season 2023: Pennsylvania deadlines, refunds, tax tips (inquirer.com)

Pa. agency explains why it enacted no force-on-force rule for Bushy Run, other sites | TribLIVE.com


National News

LIVE: A major earthquake hammers Turkey and Syria, killing at least 1,300 | NPR

Google invests almost $400 million in ChatGPT rival Anthropic (inquirer.com)

Officials urge evacuation near the Ohio train derailment, fearing an explosion : NPR

Evacuations urged in Ohio town as train wreck smolders (abc27.com)

Russian forces keep up pressure as Ukraine anniversary nears | News | tribdem.com

China accuses U.S. of indiscriminate use of force over balloon : NPR

What’s next in the saga of the suspected Chinese spy balloon : NPR

Beyoncé sets a new Grammy record, while Harry Styles wins album of the year : NPR

Viola Davis achieves EGOT with Grammy win for her audiobook | Entertainment | phillytrib.com


Local News

African American Museum of Bucks County plans Black History Month programs | The Bucks County Herald

Black History Month | Remembering Rosedale: Groups, schools spotlight 1923 incident, Johnstown’s ‘neglected’ race struggles | Local News | tribdem.com

PFAS Testing Extended For Montco, Bucks Residents Who Were Exposed | Hatboro, PA Patch

Blood drive coming to Oscar Lasko YMCA in West Chester – Daily Local

Historic bank building in Coatesville sold; plans underway for upscale restaurant – Daily Local

District Attorney’s Office honors Chester County ‘heroes’ – Daily Local

BARTA manager asks for public input on the future of local transit (readingeagle.com)

Tax rates for Berks County municipalities for 2023. (readingeagle.com)

This Pa. city may soon be launching cruise ships from its docks – pennlive.com

Bethlehem churches finalize plan to merge, agree to sell their former properties on the South Side – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County wants “fresh, new ideas” at Almshouse Road site | The Bucks County Herald

‘It’s going to be my priority’: Lawrence takes up homelessness in Montgomery County (mainlinemedianews.com)

Brown delivers ‘State of the City’ address | Times Leader

Taxes to increase in 16 municipalities in Luzerne County | News | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County Council awaits final list of approved Rescue Plan applications | News | citizensvoice.com

Domenick disappointed investigation failed to pinpoint prison record deletion | News | thetimes-tribune.com



With Pittsburgh’s plan to saturate Downtown with police, some ponder the parallels to ‘hotspot’ policing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PG INVESTIGATION: The city of Pittsburgh’s wasteland of unsafe, abandoned homes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Regional Transit opens applications for bulk pass pilot program – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Two candidates compete to replace Bruce Kraus in District 3 | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

East Palestine and its residents are reeling after train derailment fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Opportunity to redefine’: 7 Westmoreland County communities envision a future free of blight | TribLIVE.com



Eagles, Chiefs touch down in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl – Daily Local

23 Greater Philadelphia projects to watch in 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Northern Liberties business district highlights Black roots | Local News | phillytrib.com

Veteran prosecutor returns to Philly DA’s homicide unit following ‘road rage’ incident | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s Driving Equality Act inspires similar policy in Memphis after Tyre Nichols killing | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly classical musicians win big at the Grammys: The Crossing choir, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra (inquirer.com)

Where to file taxes for free in Philadelphia for 2022 returns (inquirer.com)



Why the debt ceiling fight is the GOP’s Groundhog Day | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State of the Union 2023 to spotlight Biden-McCarthy relationship : NPR

State of the Union: Biden sees economic glow, GOP sees gloom | News | citizensvoice.com