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Legislature

State lawmakers renew effort to move up Pa.’s presidential primary date – pennlive.com

Pa. Senate adopts resolutions honoring firefighters who died after fighting house fire in West Penn | Poconos and Coal Region | wfmz.com

Pa. Senate honors Lehigh County firefighters killed in house fire – lehighvalleylive.com

Senate Bill 1 continues through Pa. State House (abc27.com)

Pa. Senate committee advances proposed constitutional amendments in single bill | News | tribdem.com

Pa. Senate adds controversy to effort to help childhood sex abuse survivors – pennlive.com

Report: Taxpayers could shoulder $32B cost in childhood sexual abuse cases | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Midstate think tank highlights possible cost of sexual abuse amendment | ABC27

Pa. senators seek fewer restrictions on nurse practitioners (mcall.com)

Pa. lawmakers push for specially-trained nurses to function more like doctors | News | bradfordera.com

Deadline nears for PA abuse relief amendment · Spotlight PA

Pa. lawmakers want to get rid of religious emblems law (mcall.com)

Bipartisan Bill Protects First Amendment Rights Of Teachers | WDAC

Mark Rozzi forms work group as special session stalls in Harrisburg – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. State House stands still; parties can’t agree on rules need to advance legislation | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pa. State House in limbo amid speaker of the house drama (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mark Rozzi elected in ‘stunning’ bipartisanship. 3 ways to keep it going | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Editorial: Don’t let bipartisan experiment in Pa. House unravel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Is this ever going to end?’ Abuse survivors still waiting for statutory window – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Harrisburg Republicans are leveraging abuse victims for political gain | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Capitol Complex, area roads closing for Shapiro inauguration (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Republican says state House speaker ‘betrayed’ him | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Meet The Freshmen In The General Assembly (politicspa.com)

Allegheny County lawmaker Jessica Benham named as co-chair to state LGBTQ caucus | TribLIVE.com

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center grants buys nearly $100,000 of new equipment | Local News | lancasteronline.com

State funding to boost urban agriculture in Berks | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Business/Jobs

A critical shortage: amid burnout, fatigue, exhaustion, nurses leave their jobs – pennlive.com

Report: ID/A worker shortage fueled by low wages, high turnover | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Coinbase lays off around 20% of its workforce amid crypto downturn : NPR

Americans are piling up credit card debt – and that can be costly : NPR

Disney CEO Bob Iger says employees must work in office at least 4 days a week : NPR

Sheetz reduces diesel prices for January (abc27.com)

Central Pa.’s newest casino sets opening date – pennlive.com

Motley marijuana laws are driving consumers — and revenue — across state lines | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

COVID-19

Pa. county will be national test site for home-based approach to testing and treatment of COVID-19 – pennlive.com

Berks picked to be pilot site of national COVID home test and treatment program (readingeagle.com)

With new COVID-19 variant XBB.1.5 in Allegheny County, here’s what to know | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Karikó and Weissman mRNA research got them in the National Inventors Hall of Fame (inquirer.com)

Japan, South Korea protest China visa stoppage amid COVID spat (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Five Philly corrections officers involved in attack on naked inmate, feds say (inquirer.com)

Jury chosen to hear Proud Boys Jan. 6 sedition trial | News | phillytrib.com

Roxborough High shooting: Four alleged shooters are held on murder charges (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Feds propose ‘student loan safety net’ alongside forgiveness (inquirer.com)

New policy on challenging books at Central Bucks schools in place (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

READ FOR YOURSELF: Central Bucks School Board Ordinance on Political Speech in Classrooms – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Central Bucks school board adopts controversial policy prohibiting ‘advocacy’ | Southeastern Pennsylvania | wfmz.com

PHL Inno – Drexel ‘doubling down’ on innovation with new fund for university-affiliated startups (bizjournals.com)

Scranton School District moves out of recovery | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Abington Heights school board hears options for upcoming budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Parents voice concerns about Hopewell Elementary rodents, odor and illnesses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Shapiro Announces Three More Cabinet Appointments (politicspa.com)

Josh Shapiro picks Rich Negrin to lead Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (inquirer.com)

How WITF plans to cover elections | WITF

Pittston will not allow ballot drop box at library in future elections | Election | citizensvoice.com

Questions surround group tied to Councilmember Cindy Bass as its former head is sentenced in closed court hearing (inquirer.com)

The first fund-raising information for Philly mayoral candidates is out. Here’s what we know. (inquirer.com)

Faith in choice: Pa. Clergy talk about the intersection of abortion rights and faith | Amanda Berg – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

FAA NOTAM system outage leads to nationwide flight pause and delays : NPR

FAA system outage causing flight delays nationwide – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

FAA outage: All departing U.S. flights grounded as agency recovers from computer issue | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT gets $171M in grants to expand electric vehicle network | TribLIVE.com

SEPTA signs agreement to make it easier for minority-owned businesses to work with the transit system – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

‘It’s huge:’ Westmoreland manufacturer wins Amtrak-related contracts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Traffic congestion got much worse in 2022 but is still below pre-pandemic levels : NPR

 

Gun Safety

Philly docuseries ‘Weight of Death’ reminds us of 3-year-old Tynirah Borum and the specter of gun violence | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Sena Health lands investment to advance hospital-at-home care – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

State News

Final Pennie open enrollment deadline approaching (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania home construction down 60% from 2004 peak | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Federal Government to Invest $7.27 Million in Circuit Trails in PA and N.J. – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Matt Cartwright talks Amtrak in northeast PA as Congress begins term (poconorecord.com)

How a Penn think tank is connected to DOJ review of Biden’s classified documents (inquirer.com)

 

National News

A child or youth died every 4.4 seconds in 2021. That number could get worse : Goats and Soda : NPR

Bill Gates considers West Virginia to expand nuclear energy efforts – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Romanian court rejects Andrew Tate’s appeal of 30-day arrest : NPR

3 takeaways on the Seattle schools lawsuit against big tech : NPR

Tips for reducing food waste : NPR

Golden Globes 2023: The full list of winners : NPR

The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1.35B after no big winner : NPR

Storm-struck California scrambles to clean up ahead of rain (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Water lines break, forcing several temporary moves for Somerset County offices | News | tribdem.com

Lancaster city updates smoke detector program after hearing resident concerns [Lancaster Watchdog] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Fermentation to sustainable farming: Pasa’s annual conference comes to Lancaster this winter | Home & Garden | lancasteronline.com

West Chester parking director fired after being charged with theft – Daily Local

Scranton announces first five business startup, expansion grants from ARPA funds | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Council supports ordinance to raise Scranton controller’s salary in 2024 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Luzerne County Council takes first step toward government study commission | News | standardspeaker.com

Schuylkill County commissioners schedule vote on settling their part of Halcovage lawsuit | News | standardspeaker.com

The late Frank Denbowski remembered as a dedicated public servant (readingeagle.com)

Christmas movie to be filmed in Gettysburg this month – pennlive.com

Whitehall commissioners vote “no confidence” in mayor (mcall.com)

Springfield supervisors defend tax increase | The Bucks County Herald

Plans call for investment in this neglected York neighborhood (ydr.com)

2023 construction in Erie include coffee shops, apartments, and gyms (goerie.com)

Chester receiver in the city’s bankruptcy case says the mayor threatened him and used a racial slur (inquirer.com)

 

Pitt

Plan to reduce flooding in Greenfield has gotten a lot less green (nextpittsburgh.com)

LGBTQ outlet spars with Allegheny County Council contender over tweets and political record – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Remembering Justin McIntire: Fallen Brackenridge Police Chief to be laid to rest after funeral service (cbsnews.com)

Allegheny Co. Councilwoman Bethany Hallam faces censure vote following ‘vulgar’ language at meeting | TribLIVE.com

Archive of Tree of Life attack and aftermath goes public | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Longtime Hilltop Alliance director leaving for Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly Human Relations Commission hosts anti-hate panel – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Real estate development in Philly to slow in 2023 over financial uncertainty (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosts anti-hate panel | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia mayor’s race: How gun violence crisis is defining campaigns (inquirer.com)

A Philly landlord who discriminated against tenants reached a settlement with a fair housing agency (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

A bill that would have impacted racial disparity in cocaine crimes died in the Senate : NPR

US to max out on debt soon, setting up political fight | Associated Press | wfmz.com

Opinion | ‘The Most Extreme Elements of Both Sides Can’t Be in Control’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

House Approves GOP Inquiry Into ‘Weaponization’ of Government – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Joe Biden, Andrés Manuel López Obrado, Justin Trudeau meet in Mexico City (inquirer.com)