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What to watch for in Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal (

Gov. Wolf wants to release $1.7 billion in federal dollars (

Five things to watch for in Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal – The Morning Call (

Surpluses and electioneering set the stage for Gov. Tom Wolf’s final budget proposal –

Wolf to roll out last budget with public school education on his mind | News |

Final Pa. legislative maps approved by redistricting panel, but legal challenges likely · Spotlight PA

State panel approves new legislative districts with bipartisan vote | City & State PA (

PA House and Senate Maps Approved By Legislative Reapportionment – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Commission Approves Legislative Maps That Could Alter Balance of Power | PoliticsPA

Pennsylvania’s new House and Senate maps get final approval. See which districts you are in – The Morning Call (

Ex-Pa. House leader Reed: Supremes need to do redistricting in public | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Guest Opinion: Pennsylvania GOP leaders are stealing your right to vote (

Wolf sides with local governments in rejecting gun rights bill | Pennsylvania |

Recreational marijuana coming to Pa.? Legislature takes first steps toward legalization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State lawmakers to host hearing to discuss the legalization of recreational marijuana |

Recreational pot in PA: Legislative hearing set for Monday (

Proposed bill would protect farmers when grain brokers fail – Opera News (

Opportunity House Learning Center hosts tour for state legislators | Berks Regional News |

YUDICHAK: NEPA Leads State in Job Growth – DV Journal (

Allentown NIZ tax money to stay hidden after change in law – The Morning Call (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Elena Perri: Maddening and misguided Covid mandates (

COVID-19 stress and disruptions are wreaking havoc on multi-child families, study says (

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection : Goats and Soda : NPR

900,000 Americans have died of COVID in 2 years of the global pandemic | WITF

COVID-19 situation continues to improve in and around Philly; N.J. will reportedly end mask mandate for students (

COVID-19 cases drop in Erie County as omicron surge subsides (

Homeless shelters persevering through COVID (



Biden administration points to new job numbers as proof of economic recovery | ABC27

Biden sees U.S. economy as powering past the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A massive Pa. corporate tax break lacks basic accountability, report finds (

Columbia Economic Development Corp. announces business grant opportunity | Local Business |

Frontier Airlines buying Spirit in nearly $3B deal (

Return-to-work trends: Three factors that could derail the return to the office – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Gamestop, AMC, Novavax see biggest gains during Covid-19 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Black-owned businesses surge back after early pandemic losses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where the Russians are coming, so is Westinghouse with its nuclear ambitions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

IRS wants cut of internet sales topping $600 or more per year |

Hershey Co. raising candy prices, including Kit Kats, Reese’s |

Are more green jobs headed for Pa.? | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Struggling young workers, our economic backbone, need help | Bob Lewis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Resig-Nation: The states with the highest and lowest job resignation rates | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Pennsylvania’s Probation System Keeps Some Locked in a Harmful Cycle (

Questions remain after Allegheny County jail investigation closes | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

‘Absolutely repulsive’: Outlaw slams cops who abuse Philly’s injured-on-duty benefits (

Police arrest Philly teens wanted in carjackings and Wawa robberies (



Editorial: State has the money to boost school funding (

Lancaster colleges seek to meet shortage of registered nurses | Local Business |

University of Pennsylvania taps former provost Wendell Pritchett for interim president – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Addressing the teacher shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday update: Scranton Cyber Academy enrollment surpasses high schools | Education |

Philly’s elite high schools have an equity problem. A controversial new admissions policy makes it worse. | Opinion (

Fair school funding means fair funding for every Pa. student. Not just a few | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA school funding formula does damage to students critics say (



Martell Covington wins District 24 nominating session, favored to finish out state House term |

Dems pick Covington as their champion in special election to complete Gainey’s state House term | 90.5 WESA

Martell Covington chosen as Democratic candidate for District 24 special election | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Montco’s Arkoosh Drops Out of Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate – DV Journal (

Your 2022 Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race campaign finance cheat sheet | City & State PA (

The first fund-raising reports in the Pa. governor’s race show it’s up for grabs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Fetterman raises big money for Pennsylvania Senate race through snail mail (

Jumbled GOP primaries will stay that way: state party won’t endorse in Senate and gubernatorial races | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter to the Editor: The Republican State Committee must remember its purpose (

Four DelVal Republicans in Fight for Shot at Houlahan in November – DV Journal (

Podcast: Conor Lamb, In-Depth | PoliticsPA

Trump tirade on ‘racist’ DAs echoes other racist tropes – Daily Local

Probst, Shukaitis running for 189th District seat (

Dr. Oz focuses on pandemic during campaign stop in York, Pa. (

Summer Lee’s congressional run picks up key endorsements | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Taking the voters out of the equation’: How the maps are killing competition | Election |



McGILLIS: California Has It Wrong on EV Mandate; Pennsylvania Shouldn’t Follow Suit – DV Journal (

Road salt hazardous to the environment? | Smart Talk (



Fontones: PennDOT currently has an unmet need of $8.1 billion annually (

Regional planners will review process that left badly needed repairs on Fern Hollow Bridge unfunded | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT selects team to replace Fern Hollow Bridge, says some demolition could start this weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wilks-Barre/Scranton International Airport’s departures improve, but return to records not on horizon | News |

Hazleton receives more than $330,000 in federal transit funds | News |

Penn State’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Studies combats pollution from unpaved roads (



Changes coming to Pa. Medical Marijuana Program (

Pennsylvania recalls hundreds of medical marijuana vape products with little explanation | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Op-Ed: We must protect abortion access in Pennsylvania (

Millions in tax dollars flow to anti-abortion centers around the country (

Why dentists in Western Pa. and across the U.S. are prescribing fewer opioids | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study shows rise in telemedicine during the pandemic eliminated a historic racial health gap | WITF

Want to get paid to go to school? Here’s how some Lehigh Valley health care providers are offering incentives to students to fill positions – The Morning Call (


State News

$25M for abandoned well cleanup just the start of work in PA | News |

Houlahan legislation included in massive supply chain package – Daily Local

Pa. bans sales of Ravenna grass and 2 species of buckthorn trees |

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


National News

Top Biden aide says Ukraine invasion could come ‘any day’ |

U.S. says Russia has amassed about 75% of the troops it would need to invade Ukraine | WITF

France’s Macron flies to Moscow as a new round of talks over Ukraine begins | NPR

Virginia district suspends 29 students for not wearing masks (

School Mask Mandate to Be Lifted in New Jersey – The New York Times (

Canceling Joe Rogan not ‘the answer’ Spotify CEO tells employees (

United States wins first Olympic medal in women’s slopestyle competition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Canada’s capital declares state of emergency over COVID protests –

States prepare as fraudsters get set to pounce on infrastructure law windfalls | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Amir Locke, killed by Minneapolis cop, wanted music career | News |

The U.S. is debating whether to adopt a digital dollar : NPR

Beijing and Moscow unite in efforts to redefine democracy itself : NPR

What the Washington Commanders’ new name means for Native Americans : NPR


Local News

Upper Darby mayor calls for emergency meeting to avoid government shutdown (

Route 32 reopens after bridge repair | The Bucks County Herald

Berks library supporters awarded (

Great American Outdoor Show returns to Harrisburg after 2 years (

‘Shoulder to shoulder’ crowds are back for Great American Outdoor Show –

Lancaster County Workforce Development Board awarded $150,000 grant targeted at youth | Local Business |

Judge panel chooses Lancaster Twp. engineer, executive to be the next Democratic county commissioner | PA Power and Policy |

Falls’ King Farms once made Bucks County a leader in vegetable farms (

Bucks County needs affordable housing, health care, good-paying jobs (

Guest Opinion: Reject normalization of hate-fueled violence (

Chester County’s share of opioid settlement ‘pot’ grows to $19 million – Daily Local

As inflation rages, many lower income residents struggle with skyrocketing rents in Chester County (

New startup will help Erie households recycle plastics, not landfill them (

George Floyd’s brother explains why Erie must confront racism not deny it (

Sober living facility for women progressing in Olyphant | News |

Montgomery County celebrates start of Black History Month with ‘Holistic Black Wellness’ panel (



No can of soup: Carnegie Museums pays $1 million to acquire lot near the Warhol | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor, state leaders call for more access to syringe exchanges during Prevention Point Pittsburgh visit | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh out as potential host for 2024 Republican National Convention | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Family, friends hold vigil for Pittsburgh man killed in Venango shooting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Love locks’ from $34 million Clemente Bridge rehab will be donated for public art project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh council members grant themselves 6.3% raise |

Port Authority bridge in Mt. Washington to remain closed for repairs |

This Pa. city is among the top 20 best spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day: study –



Philadelphia’s port is getting a $246 million investment from the state, Gov. Wolf says (

Port of Philadelphia gets second infusion of money for modernization | Pennsylvania |

Gov. Wolf invests $246M into Port of Philadelphia | Pennsylvania News |

Port of Philadelphia to receive $246MM state investment – Produce Blue Book

A Pa. court dismissed Philadelphia DA’s lawsuit against state attorney general over a national opioid settlement (

Made by North Philly residents, monuments to local heroes put Black history on display | Local News |

City Controller seeking help in review of Philadelphia Police Department | Local News |

Rosa Parks honored with red roses and a seat on SEPTA | Local News |



Manchin: Overhaul of Electoral Count Act ‘absolutely’ will pass | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House Democrats push through massive manufacturing, tech bill aimed at competing with China | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tech advocates call on Congress to increase high-skilled immigration to the US | ABC27

Biden Will Press German Chancellor on Russia Sanctions and Pipeline – The New York Times (

German leader’s stance on Russia looms over 1st visit to US | WITF

Jackson, in high court mix, traces law interest to preschool | News |

What Shalanda Young’s ascension means to Black staffers on Capitol Hill | News |