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Pa. Senate committee to conduct 2020, 2021 election audit hearings this spring | Today in Pa. –

Pa. House expected to vote on proposed congressional map as redistricting lawsuit looms · Spotlight PA

Proposed Pennsylvania legislative maps don’t do enough to increase Hispanic representation, residents say · Spotlight PA

New legislative maps can restore representation for Pa.’s growing Latino communities | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Redistricting chair Nordenberg defends proposed state House map against GOP attacks | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pennsylvania Republicans are planning a redistricting redo in time for the 2024 election | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania redistricting: Republicans push for more power to draw maps (

State lawmaker seeks to bolster Pennsylvania parents’ rights | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania redistricting: How new maps would hurt Bethlehem – The Morning Call (

Pa. Bill Would Allow AV Tests With No Human Driver (

A new bill could put fully autonomous vehicles on PA roads. Does it pass the business ethics test? – Pittsburgh

Philly Gains a House Seat in Redistricting Plan | Philadelphia Public Record (

Public weighs in as Pa. House, Senate district proposals split cities |

Pennsylvania redistricting tug-of-war over communities continues – The Morning Call (

Lehigh Valley getting attention, as lawmakers debate fate of state legislative districts | Pennsylvania News |

YAW:  What Critics Get Wrong About Energy Choice – DV Journal (

Guest editorial | Gov. Wolf and the legislature must raise wages now for home workers caring for people with disabilities | Editorials |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

CDC criticized for failing to communicate, promises to do better : Shots – Health News : NPR

Federal agencies prepare to act against unvaccinated employees (

‘It will overwhelm us’: Surge of COVID cases triggers more of the tough phone calls – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive

Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum |

About 90% of COVID-19 patients in some of Pa.’s hardest-hit hospitals are unvacccinated. Result is on grim display, doctors say – The Morning Call (

One year, 350,000 doses later: What Penn Medicine’s vaccine rollout taught it about equity | Health |

Struggling to find COVID testing? You aren’t alone in Central Pa. (

COVID forecast to peak in Pennsylvania, strain hospitals in February (

Montgomery County adds nearly 2,000 more coronavirus cases, 4 deaths in two-day period (



How will the labor market evolve in 2022? Here’s what experts predict. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Unemployment sinks to 3.9% as many more people find jobs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Will 2022 bring another round of small-business relief? Congress is working on a deal – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Amid latest COVID surge, some central Pa. restaurants noticing drop in business –



Pa. state police review actions to end bias-based practices – The Morning Call (

Advocates say Allegheny County Jail violated solitary confinement ban hundreds of times | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

‘My whole body hurts’: Incarcerated woman at Allegheny Co. jail spends recreational time shackled – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Prison violence punishes LBT women, and it can kill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Allegheny County Jail circumventing ban on solitary confinement, non-lethal weapons, critic says |

Man accused of shooting into Democratic Party headquarters in Montgomery County enters pleas | WITF

Delaware County to take over George W. Hill Correctional Facility on April 6 (



Tests and staffing: What it takes to keep schools open during omicron : NPR

Teachers’ union asks for pause to in-person instruction if more mitigation measures aren’t taken (

Harrisburg School District moving to remote learning until Jan. 18 (

Souderton Parents Protest Mask Mandate – DV Journal (

North Hills School District keeping its current mask policy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Here are the schools in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and the suburbs that have gone virtual as COVID surges (

Staffing shortage closing 20 Pittsburgh Public schools, programs Monday |



Janet Diaz joins 50th District race to represent Lancaster city, setting up a hotly contested race between top city Democrats | PA Power and Policy |

Special election slated for Pennsylvania’s 5th Senate District (

Janet Diaz joins 50th District race to represent Lancaster city, setting up a hotly contested race between top city Democrats | PA Power and Policy |

Val Arkoosh Says the U.S. Senate Needs a Doctor | PoliticsPA

Mastriano Joins Crowded GOP Field in Governor’s Race – DV Journal (

Conservative firebrand Doug Mastriano enters Pennsylvania’s governor’s race |

Doug Mastriano announces run for Pennsylvania governor – The Morning Call (

PA Dems file FEC complaints against Dr. Oz, David McCormick | City & State PA (

Pennsylvania politics in 2022: On the brink of political change | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden, Obama among those to eulogize Senate titan Harry Reid at memorial service : NPR

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is running for reelection | WITF

Election experts: Still more to be done on state, federal elections before 2022 midterms – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. ACLU files lawsuit over missing financial information in 2020 Fulton County election review – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

With Trump’s first choice in Pa. Senate race gone, another Republican readies a bid (

Schillinger: Elect regular people who support in-person instruction (



A New Year’s Resolution for Pa.: Go big on reducing methane emissions – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



PA Turnpike Tolls Could Be Paid Via App Under Proposed Bill | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Local officials seek state, federal funds to support ‘transformational’ growth in autonomous systems like self-driving vehicles | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvanians urged to enroll for health care ahead of Jan. 15 deadline – Daily Local

Deadline to apply for health insurance under Affordable Care Act nears | News |

Pennsylvanians Have until January 15 to Enroll in 2022 Health Care Coverage – BCTV

Pope on COVID vaccines says health care a ‘moral obligation’ – Daily Local

With one hospital closed and another set to close later this month, Chester County Hospital a major player in health care – Daily Local

‘Flurona’ is real, but don’t panic — it’s common to get two viruses at once (

The new mental health hotline is a key step — but it must be properly funded | Opinion (


State News

Pa. unemployment hack: State bought system with multi-factor authentication but didn’t turn it on (

Casey, Senate hopeful Lamb say end the filibuster. Manchin, Sinema want to protect historic rule | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Congressman Burks wants the state to keep the COVID-19 inspection site open in Bern Township. – Pennsylvania News Today

Pennsylvania taps federal funding for homeowner mortgage assistance | Pennsylvania |

2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public (

Pennsylvania Farm Show 2022 opens without the typical crowd and traffic, but ‘we look forward to this anyway’ – The Morning Call (

These humble Pa. county pension plans beat PSERS’ returns by keeping it simple (

I’ll soon be a U.S. citizen living in Pa. This is why our democracy is worth defending | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. says it’s investigating ‘aggressive and sophisticated’ unemployment fraud efforts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Refugees now part of Lancaster’s Pennsylvania Dutch image (

PIAA open-records fight: Organization still fighting Right-to-Know Law (


National News

A space heater caused the deadly fire in a Bronx high-rise apartment building : NPR

Bronx apartment fire kills 19, including 9 children | WITF

Chicago public schools remain in limbo as negotiations with the union continue : NPR

Prospects are dim in upcoming U.S.-Russia talks over Ukraine : NPR

U.S. and Russia Will Discuss European Security, but Without Europeans – The New York Times (

US, Russian diplomats meet amid rising tensions over Ukraine | ABC27

‘Nothing Will Be the Same’: A Prison Town Weighs a Future Without a Prison – The New York Times (

Opinion | Steve Bannon Is Onto Something – The New York Times (

Australian judge reinstates Djokovic’s visa : NPR

Unlike Britney, many still struggle to leave legal guardianship : Shots – Health News : NPR

Comedian Bob Saget dead at 65 (

Without stars or telecast, Golden Globes carry on with social media (


Local News

Delco Press Club hosts tour of Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum – Delco Times

The Mercury’s Sound Off for Saturday, January 8 – The Mercury (

Luzerne County Council to hold first regular meeting of 2022 on Tuesday | Times Leader

McBride promises transparency, oversight as council chairwoman | News |

Young Republican leaders take reins of Luzerne County Council | News |

Trash and recycling collections are slowed by COVID-19 in Berks. (

BARTA cuts back Monday schedule due to driver shortage (

Berks officials apologize to Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (

Major Lehigh Valley project slowed by lawsuit, ‘mistrust’ – The Morning Call (

Letters: Require reporting guns lost, safer crossings in Newtown (



Pittsburgh named as finalist to host 2024 Republican National Convention, says report | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Allegheny County jury trials suspended in January due to Omicron variant | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Some Allegheny County residents say Health Department hasn’t taken enough steps to improve air quality | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gainey tells GOP Pittsburgh ‘would be excited to host’ 2024 presidential convention, but not everyone agrees | WITF

As officials make pitch, Pittsburgh in the running to host 2024 RNC | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Officials Allot Additional Federal Resources in Probe of Deadly Philadelphia Rowhome Fire – NBC10 Philadelphia (

Philadelphians gather in vigil on anniversary of insurrection to push for expanded voting rights | Local News |

‘A matter of life and death’: Fairmount house that caught fire lacked safety fixes found in newer PHA properties | Local News |

Fairmount fire: Where to donate to help those affected (

Fire victims left lasting impression at Philadelphia school | Local News |

First Bank of U.S. museum restoration gets $100,000 crypto donation (

Philly’s vaccine mandate for city employees takes effect Jan. 14. Thousands remain unvaccinated. (

The real cause of Philadelphia’s deadly fire is our unequal society. Let’s make this a turning point | Will Bunch (

Activists welcome law to increase say on Philadelphia zoning | Local News |

Philly principal empowers single moms through her nonprofit | Local News |

CDC opens free site in Southwest Philadelphia to ease the run on COVID tests | Health |



Biden to deliver State of the Union address on March 1 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Invoking Jan. 6, Dems pivot to fight for voting legislation – Daily Local

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan refuses to cooperate with Jan. 6 panel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pelosi opens door to more coronavirus aid in spending plan amid omicron spread –