PA Environment Digest Blog: EPA Finalizes Stronger Standards For Harmful Soot Pollution, Increasing Health, Clean Air Protections For Families, Workers, Communities (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Shapiro calls school vouchers ‘unfinished business’ – The Record Online (therecord-online.com)

Pa. senators want to know more about how data was lost on state computers – pennlive.com

Newtown Council Renews Search For First Borough Manager | Newtown, PA Patch

Pa. home repairs: funding included in Shapiro budget pitch – WHYY

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro allocates Penn Vet funding for 2024-25 after Dec. withholding over antisemitism | The Daily Pennsylvanian (thedp.com)

Skill games regulated, taxed under Shapiro’s budget plan | News | meadvilletribune.com

Philly Dems say boost for SEPTA just one of highlights for city in Shapiro’s budget proposal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New Hope Police Chief Retiring After 47-Year Career – New Hope Free Press

‘We have a lot of work to do”: A Q&A on education with state Sen. Lindsey Williams – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Democrats urge state lawmakers to put new funding into Whole Home Repairs program – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State zoning reform may come to support ‘gentle density’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


McDonald’s, Costco and Other Companies Crack Down on Child Labor in the U.S. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

TikTok Shop is taking on Amazon — one viral video at a time : NPR

750,000 Honda and Acura vehicles recalled over air bag defect : NPR

Chemical linked to cancer found in groundwater at proposed Wawa site in Pa. city – pennlive.com

Rite Aid to close 27 more stores, including 3 in Pa. – pennlive.com

ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery plan to launch a sports streaming platform : NPR


Pa. man charged with flying drone over AFC championship game | WITF

Woman ID’d after fatal wrong-way crash on central Pa. road – pennlive.com

Man killed in central Pa. overnight crash identified – pennlive.com


Harvard Is Accused of Obstructing House Antisemitism Inquiry – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Education top of the list in Shapiro’s budget proposal | News | republicanherald.com

Pa. budget proposal: What does Philly get? – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)


Supreme Court to Hear Case on Trump’s Eligibility for Colorado Ballot – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Are Americans really committed to democracy in the 2024 election? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Biden’s natural gas export pause fought over by U.S. House panel – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State lawmakers want to peel back the curtain at the nation’s biggest electrical grid operator – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State energy policies exacerbating reliability, blackout concerns | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Carbon tax repeal effort reignited | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


Poll show 7 states oppose electric vehicle mandates | Arizona | thecentersquare.com

Transit, education expected to headline Shapiro’s 2024 Pa. budget address | Spotlight Pa | northcentralpa.com

Gun Safety

Gun control measures advance out of Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania House committee | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)


Oregon pioneered a radical drug policy. Now it’s reconsidering. : NPR

Pennsylvania is trying to improve quality of maternal healthcare | WITF

U.S. Makes Initial Offers in Medicare Drug Price Negotiations – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Central Pennsylvania cardiologist talks heart health (abc27.com)

Pa. syphilis rates nearly doubled: ‘One case leads to another’ | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

State News

Governor Highlights PA Agriculture in Lancaster County Stop (politicspa.com)

Pa. gov. visits Lancaster, highlights proposed agricultural investment | WITF

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro aims to boost funding for mass transit, public education in 2024 budget – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

What you need to know about Pa. Gov. Josh Shaprio’s proposed budget | WITF

Pa. budget proposal: What does Philly get? – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Pennsylvania Governor calls for legalization of marijuana | PHL17.com

Low-income earners feeling hopeful as Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro repeats commitment to $15 minimum wage – CBS Philadelphia (cbsnews.com)

In his first year as governor, Josh Shapiro forged alliances with the natural gas industry, angering environmentalists who once supported him – WHYY

Pa. governor seeks billons for school and development; and legal weed | WITF

Shapiro’s budget plan: Stop losing to ‘friggin’ Ohio’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Shapiro discusses transit funding during Tuesday address – WHYY

Pa. Governor Josh Shapiro pushes for $15 an hour minimum wage – WHYY

Pennsylvania should legalize marijuana, Gov. Shapiro says (billypenn.com)

Legalizing marijuana could generate $255M in revenue for Pa., Gov. Shapiro says | TribLIVE.com

Governor Talks Tuition, Transit and Raising Minimum Wage in His Budget Address – PennWatch

Skill games regulated, taxed under Shapiro’s budget plan | Don’t Miss This | itemonline.com

PPL customers have until Feb. 28 to comment on proposed $17M billing f | WITF

Protest at Pa. Capitol ends with arrests | WITF

Someone mailed a jar of fetuses to a Pennsylvania museum – pennlive.com

National News

What Happens if U.S. Support for Ukraine Collapses? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

At Least 6 Missing After Fire at Pennsylvania Home Where 2 Police Officers Were Shot – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Gabby Douglas announces return to gymnastics, focused on the Olympics : NPR

5 Marines Confirmed Dead in Helicopter Crash in California – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Local News

Rural Pa. township disbanded police department after chief left | WITF

Allentown NIZ approves additional funding for Center Square project (mcall.com)

Allentown police building without heat, fix coming soon (mcall.com)

Plan to convert church into affordable housing could cause problems, neighbors say | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com


More Downtown Pittsburgh properties get property assessment reductions for 2022 and 2023 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mom sues Pittsburgh Public Schools, Starbucks over daughter’s alleged rape during school hours | TribLIVE.com

Gov. Shapiro’s budget plan for higher education in Pa. may leave a ‘lasting legacy,’ but questions remain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Animal welfare groups warn pausing city spay/neuter program will lead to more homeless cats | TribLIVE.com

Salary schedule request at UPMC prompts NLRB complaint, ruling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Major law enforcement sting stirs fear among residents over intensified policing in Kensington | Local News | phillytrib.com

In a united front, state reps highlight new Pennsylvania budget priorities | Local News | phillytrib.com

Want speed cushions on your street? Philly is making it easier to request them | Local News | phillytrib.com

Frontier Airlines increases summer schedule at PHL by 47% with 10 new routes – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia jumps 130 spots on ranking of best-performing large U.S. cities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)


Casey introducing bills to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote, run for office – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Eye on the Capitol: How Casey, Fetterman, Kelly voted last week | Local News | ncnewsonline.com