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Legislature

Pa. Court won’t block entire election ‘investigation’ subpoena that seeks voter data – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. Court won’t block entire 2020 election investigation subpoena | WITF

Pa. court declines request to quash Senate GOP election investigation subpoena, needs more time for review – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Court Won’t Block, Enforce Pa. Senate Voter Info Demand Yet – Law360

Pa. legislature’s redacted legal bills flout court ruling, leave taxpayers guessing · Spotlight PA

Constitutional amendment to draw Pennsylvania maps with citizen commission advances | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Harrisburg Republicans advance redistricting reform amid map fight | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania House Republicans want to change how elections and redistricting happen | WITF

With veto, Gov. Wolf keeps key climate change initiative breathing. Why should you care? – pennlive.com

Wolf vetoes GOP effort to block carbon fee on Pa. power plants – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Support for letting drug users test for fentanyl has support in Harrisburg – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Heritage trail crossing to receive $120,000-plus in safety improvements in Blakely | News | thetimes-tribune.com

SACA gets $1.075 million state grant for affordable housing project | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Kathy Boockvar, Pa. Speaker Cutler in talks with Jan. 6 committee (ydr.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

At-home COVID tests will be covered by insurance starting Saturday : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Home COVID tests to be covered by insurers starting Saturday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID surge in Philadelphia intensifies, Delaware County hospitals at capacity (inquirer.com)

Pa. hospital staff getting COVID cases as omicron surges (inquirer.com)

Delaware hospitals declare COVID ‘crisis,’ saying they can’t provide ‘normal standards’ of care | Health | phillytrib.com

Berks COVID testing site to remain open two more weeks (readingeagle.com)

Exeter to host COVID booster clinic at school (readingeagle.com)

In the Lehigh Valley, COVID-19 patients are still ending up in the ICU. That’s putting a strain on overworked health care workers. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. reports pandemic’s biggest-ever 7-day case surge; death rate stays milder | Local News | tribdem.com

About 90% of COVID-19 patients in some of PA’s hardest-hit hospitals are unvaccinated | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Skippack Pharmacy boosts 1,600 people at weekend North Penn High School clinic (mainlinemedianews.com)

Chester County long-term care facilities excelling at getting residents, staff fully vaccinated – Daily Local

Poland hits grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Business/Jobs

Commerce Department plans launch of rural business centers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Skills program seeks SEPTA bus driver candidates | Business | phillytrib.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Criminal charges filed against Pennsylvania gas driller head to court | WITF

 

Education

Some Pennsylvania schools go remote despite conflicting guidance | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Beth Ann Rosica: “Two years to flatten the curve” (broadandliberty.com)

Central Dauphin and Harrisburg students, teachers and parents adjust to COVID-19 impact (abc27.com)

Audit reveals overpayment of $363K in state funding for Juniata County School District (abc27.com)

PA Ranks Third in Depression Among Children, And Closing Classrooms Could Make It Worse – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

NASCIMENTO: Dumbing Down Education Hurts Kids and the Country – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pitt ‘disenrolled’ students for failing to get COVID-19 vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

University of Pittsburgh disenrolls unvaccinated students. See what Lehigh Valley colleges are requiring. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

The facts about Philadelphia’s ‘diversity university’ | Business Weekly Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Scranton schools to remain open during COVID surge; board to scale back project at West Intermediate | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Centennial School District union calls for changes during surging pandemic (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Imagine another American Civil War, but this time in every state : NPR

5 takeaways from Doug Mastriano’s gubernatorial campaign launch | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Philly attorney George Bochetto launches U.S. Senate bid | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Three ‘America First’ Challengers May Take on Fitzpatrick in GOP Primary – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Former ‘American Idol’ star Clay Aiken will run for an NC seat in Congress | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The lawyer fighting to keep South Philly’s Columbus statue is running for Senate (inquirer.com)

Special election for 116th state House seat will be April 5 | Election | standardspeaker.com

Can nice win you the GOP nomination? Jeff Coleman is trying to find out | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls in Pa., elsewhere with lawsuits – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Dems pick ward leader Dillon for Senate special election – Northeast Times

 

Environment

Cybersecurity, space add to climate change, pandemic challenges, WEF reports : NPR

U.S. emissions surged in 2021, putting the nation further off track from its climate targets | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Air quality advocates criticize size of fine levied against U.S. Steel for recent violation | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Local officials urge Shapiro to halt pipeline construction – Daily Local

 

Transportation

PennDOT begins revamping busy Bridgeville-South Fayette intersection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

More than 13 million sign up for healthcare coverage, CMS urges more to enroll before Jan. 15 deadline | ABC27

Staff shortages force temporary closure emergency department and other services at Springfield Hospital (delcotimes.com)

 

State News

PSERS’s own consultant finds the fund’s board has been poorly led and suffers from a lack of trust (inquirer.com)

Growing Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Surge of COVID-19 cases prompts suspension of federal grand juries in Pittsburgh, Erie | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It’s Farm Show Week. Here’s a look, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lancaster farm launches nation’s first-ever Hemp-fed cage free egg (ydr.com)

PA Renaissance Faire sues after not getting federal COVID-19 pandemic relief grant | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

 

National News

Buy-versus-rent gap narrowing as home-price escalation continues nationally – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Treasury warns of ‘enormous challenges’ this tax filing season that could delay refunds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chicago union leaders approve a plan to return to in-person classes : NPR

Maya Angelou becomes the first Black woman to appear on the U.S. quarter : NPR

College Football Championship: Georgia defeats Alabama 33-18 : NPR

Yankees set to name Rachel Balkovec as first female manager in the minor leagues : NPR

University of Maryland doctors perform first successful transplant of pig heart into human | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investments in human services industries are an investment in our future | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

From the grave, MLK’s telling white folks ‘Stop it, just stop it’ | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Refugees revitalize Buffalo, Syracuse NY, smaller U.S. cities (goerie.com)

 

Local News

Chester may have to declare bankruptcy as police pension costs rise, says the state-appointed receiver | WITF

Philadelphia weather forecast cold Tuesday, storm possible this weekend (inquirer.com)

Harrisburg defense attorney declines to take cases from Jan. 6 insurrection (abc27.com)

‘Stay low and go’: Harrisburg fire chief offers advice for surviving a potentially lethal fire – pennlive.com

Lackawanna County declares frigid weather alert, shelters available for homeless | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton public works crews used 400 tons of salt during recent storms, administrators say | News | standardspeaker.com

Wyomissing plans to make travel easier with bike share stations (readingeagle.com)

Reading City Council chips in $3 million toward stadium improvements (readingeagle.com)

Erie Insurance earnings were solid in 2021, but the stock price fell (goerie.com)

Delaware County commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service and more – Delco Times

Guest Opinion: Campaign promises already broken in Central Bucks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Pitt

Ed Gainey defends his push for Republican National Convention | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s bid for RNC splits region’s political contingency | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Public Schools updates COVID dashboard, but district faces larger virus problem than what’s shown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools resume in-person classes at 5 schools, 21 schools to be remote Tuesday | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh school board expected to lay groundwork for superintendent search this month | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority to require covid-19 vaccination for all employees by mid-March | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh nonprofit to expand free internet in New Kensington, Wilkinsburg via foundation grants | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey calls for Oakland Crossings project to be put on hold | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Philadelphia teachers union requests COVID safety plan for schools | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia metro cost of living increase one of the lowest in U.S. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Craig Williams: Stop wasting time and resources and stop gun violence (broadandliberty.com)

Multiple families lived in the apartment where 12 died. Philly’s lack of affordable housing points to why. (inquirer.com)

6ABC anchor Jim Gardner delivers is final 11 p.m. ‘Action News’ broadcast (inquirer.com)

From renting out Laundromats to giving away refrigerators, he’s making a difference in the lives of Black Philly moms | We The People (inquirer.com)

Activists welcome law to increase say on Philadelphia zoning – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Krasner: More witnesses need to prosecute cases | Local News | phillytrib.com

Ya Fav Trashman hosts Martin Luther King day of service clean up | News | phillytrib.com

Local reaction to the passing of comedian, actor and Philadelphia Native Bob Saget (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Washington

What to expect from Biden’s voting rights speech in Atlanta : NPR

Biden to push voting rights bill, filibuster reform during GA visit | ABC27

President Biden to back filibuster changes to push voting rights bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette