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Legislature

Pa. Senate passes bill to help child sex abuse victims, other constitutional changes – pennlive.com

Pa. Senate committee merges proposed constitutional amendments into single bill | Don’t Miss This | sharonherald.com

Pennsylvania’s ‘divisive’ constitutional amendments inch closer to ballot box | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Divided Pa. Senate passes package of constitutional amendments including one on child sex abuse lawsuits; Pa. House remains dormant – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State Senate approves constitutional amendments; future in House uncertain – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Relief for child sex abuse survivors passes Senate as part of constitutional amendment package – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senate GOP Pushes Through Trio Of Constitutional Amendment Proposals (politicspa.com)

Pennsylvania Senate passes voter ID, child sex abuse statute of limitations bill (abc27.com)

Constitutional amendments pose test to incoming Pa. governor (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Senate passes bill to cut state gas tax (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Senate bill aims to undo 2023 gas tax increase | WITF

Pa. lawmakers trying to get rid of outdated law that prohibits teachers from wearing religious emblems (mainlinemedianews.com)

DA Larry Krasner impeachment trial: Pa. Senate indefinitely postpones, future now unclear (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Senate indefinitely delays impeachment of Philly DA Krasner | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate delays Krasner impeachment trial amid court case (abc27.com)

Mr. Speaker? Dennis O’Brien on life in the Big Chair and what’s next for Mark Rozzi – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Progressives have high hopes – and expectations – for a Rozzi speakership | Marc Stier – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania liquor and wine price set to go up by 4%, GOP senator cries foul | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Liquor, wine prices set to increase 4% Sunday in state stores | News | citizensvoice.com

PLBC installs Rep. Bullock as leader and other officers for 2023-24 session | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Rep. Chris Deluzio honors fallen Brackenridge police chief in House floor speech | TribLIVE.com

6 Berks organizations get a total of $4.3 million to reduce violence (readingeagle.com)

Anti-violence programs in Allegheny County receive $21 million from the state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Doylestown Township rec center construction set for June start | The Bucks County Herald

PA Gov. Tom Wolf reflects on governing in divisive times (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Business/Jobs

New York City’s nurses strike reflects nationwide staffing challenges : NPR

CPI Report Updates: Inflation Likely Slowed in December – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Inflation is easing, even if it may not feel that way : NPR

Americans are piling up credit card debt — and it could prove very costly | WITF

Amazon loses bid to overturn union win at Staten Island warehouse : NPR

Erie County, PA earnings rise, but not as fast as inflation (goerie.com)

Nearly 20 printing companies want to hire laid off LSC Communications workers | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

UPMC to boost entry level wage to $18 an hour | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Willow Grove’s TriMED Health to pay $3.8M in back wages for dodging overtime (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

Fewer people hospitalized from COVID; Majority of Lancaster County residents have not received bivalent booster shot | Health | lancasteronline.com

Fast-spreading COVID-19 variant spares Pennsylvanians from severe illness, so far – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

64 police officers fatally shot while on the job in 2022 (abc27.com)

Trial ordered for 4 in ambush shooting outside Roxborough High School | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pa. state police seized $65 million worth of illegal drugs last year | TribLIVE.com

Bryan Kohberger: How video cameras ID’d him in Idaho murders (mcall.com)

Lower Merion Township Police tase a Black woman during traffic stop (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Central Bucks moves forward with policy censoring classroom decor and discussions — despite federal investigation | WITF

Central Bucks bans Pride flags and other staff ‘advocacy’ amid federal investigation into treatment of LGBTQ students (inquirer.com)

Central Bucks restricts teacher advocacy, lowers their Pride flags | The Bucks County Herald

Longtime Allentown School Board Director Charlie Thiel to resign. Here’s what we know – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Penncrest board to vote on book ban that some say targets LGBTQ students (goerie.com)

Lower Merion accepts Mumin’s resignation, will name interim superintendent Jan. 23 – Mainline Media News

Longtime Allentown School Board Director Charlie Thiel to resign. Here’s what we know – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Jay Paterno, other Penn State incumbents announce board of trustees re-election campaigns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Judges weigh GOP bid to delay 2 Pa. House special elections (abc27.com)

Shapiro announces picks to head PA’s top environmental, conservation and farm agencies – pennlive.com

Shapiro taps MontCo’s Arkoosh to lead Pa. Human Services Dept. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Montgomery County Commissioners Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh nominated state Secretary of Human Services (mainlinemedianews.com)

Allegheny County’s Dr. Debra Bogen tapped as new Pa. Secretary of Health | WITF

Dr. Debra Bogen, Allegheny County Health Department head, nominated as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shapiro to nominate Scranton’s Jason Kavulich as state secretary of aging | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Shapiro plans to nominate former Bucks DA Michelle Henry for state Attorney General | The Bucks County Herald

‘His character is impeccable’: Colleagues share Montgomery County native Josh Shapiro’s journey (dailylocal.com)

Can Josh Shapiro govern in the great mess that is Pa. politics? | John Baer – pennlive.com

Shapiro visits Pa. Farm Show before swear-in ceremony (abc27.com)

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

Drop box installed in Hazleton for Jan. 31 special election | Election | standardspeaker.com

The Mysterious Campaign Fund That Raised Big Money for George Santos – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

New York Republicans call on Santos to resign and give up his House seat : NPR

 

Environment

By failing on climate change, we are failing our children | Opinion – pennlive.com

Philly-based American Box & Recycling Co. reduces waste by giving boxes a second life (inquirer.com)

 

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing in Philadelphia: How to apply for voucher program (inquirer.com)

Lehigh County homeowners could receive grants up to $50K for home repairs | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Transportation

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

Pittsburgh International Airport passengers dealing with flood of flight cancellations, delays | TribLIVE.com

Flights in Pa., other states ‘gradually’ resume after thousands of delays | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

PennDOT reminds students of Innovations Challenge deadline (abc27.com)

Philly roads are the 4th most congested in the nation — worse than Los Angeles (inquirer.com)

What is NOTAM? The latest on the outage that led to a nationwide ground stop : NPR

Philly must get serious to prevent traffic deaths | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

Gun Safety

Pritzker signs assault weapons ban, lawmakers shore up abortion rights | WBEZ Chicago

Shooting fallout: Metal detectors in elementary schools? – Daily Local

Editorial: Community, foundations should take lead on reducing violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

Jill Biden’s lesion: what is basal cell carcinoma, Mohs surgery? (inquirer.com)

Pew Charitable Trusts gives Kensington’s Esperanza Health Center $4 million grant (inquirer.com)

FDA no longer requires all drugs to be tested on animals before human trials : NPR

Pennsylvania End of Life Option Act raises questions (theintell.com)

UPMC Lititz creates orthopedic unit at hospital | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

State News

Western Pa. lawmaker’s federal bill would ban abortions after fetal heartbeat is detected – pennlive.com

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Casey announces $92K workforce grant in IBEW visit | Times Leader

Casey visits Nanticoke electrician training facility to tout federal grant | News | citizensvoice.com

Pa. Rep. Thompson among U.S. House GOP’s new committee chairs; will help steer agenda – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Fitzpatrick wants to forge ‘bipartisan coalition to get things done’ (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will assist rural broadband in Pennsylvania and 11 other states | WITF

PGW says its gas lines did not cause the Port Richmond explosion. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t gas | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘It didn’t come easy’: Micah Parsons, a kid from uptown Harrisburg, has become a star in the NFL – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania metro area among U.S.’s best for retirement: study – pennlive.com

 

National News

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing quest for freedom (goerie.com)

Five things Morehouse records teach us about Martin Luther King Jr. (goerie.com)

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs executive orders on first day of term (ualrpublicradio.org)

‘Abbott Elementary’ is coming back for a third season (inquirer.com)

No ban of gas stoves is planned, head of U.S. safety agency says (inquirer.com)

AI’s Best Trick Yet Is Showering Us With Attention – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

How dynamically managing California’s reservoirs could save more water : NPR

NASA’s Webb telescope has discovered its first exoplanet : NPR

Mega Millions lottery: Where does lottery money go in different states? : NPR

Peru antigovernment protests spread, with clashes in Cusco : NPR

University of Idaho stabbings suspect, Bryan Kohberger of Pennsylvania, to appear in court | WITF

Cambridge Dictionary updated its definition of ‘woman.’ Conservative media didn’t like it. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Sheryl Lee Ralph to younger self: “Some people called the Kardashians” would pay $10k for your lips (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at one of these central Pa. events – pennlive.com

City Center signs deal to buy Allentown State Hospital property (mcall.com)

EXCLUSIVE: Chester County courts seeking to outsource courthouse security, transportation amid low pay, low morale in sheriff’s office – Daily Local

Commonwealth Court judge says Chester’s case will be the test for Act 47 – Delco Times

Former Sacred Heart Hospital building in Norristown sells for $22.5M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Richland supervisors side with preservation board on plan update | The Bucks County Herald

Doylestown Borough’s single-use plastic bag ban takes effect this spring | The Bucks County Herald

Newtown supervisors recap ’22, prep for ’23 | The Bucks County Herald

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

Savocchio Park community garden loses project funding (goerie.com)

Erie Co. must connect every corner with elevated broadband service (goerie.com)

Johnstown City Council looking to regulate mechanical amusement devices | News | tribdem.com

West Earl Twp. fills board vacancy, picks new chair and vice chair | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Luzerne County Council nearing approval of American Rescue Plan awards | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre council chairman, mayor say homes should be razed | News | citizensvoice.com

Geisinger purchases former Ice Box complex for $23 million | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna County controller’s office uncovers $60,000+ in unclaimed taxpayer money | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Harrisburg set to evict homeless people living under Mulberry Street Bridge – pennlive.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh schools’ overpayments to vendors skyrocket | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Justin McIntire funeral: Thousands turn out to pay respects to slain Brackenridge police chief | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thousands honor Brackenridge police chief | TribLIVE.com

As time runs out, Pittsburgh-area counties file thousands of challenges to FCC broadband maps | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

8 major development projects to watch in 2023 (nextpittsburgh.com)

Attempt to censure Allegheny County councilmember Bethany Hallam over jail board spat falls short | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Federal fire officials came to Philly to honor the anniversary of the deadly Fairmount fire and unveil a new national strategy (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney vows his administration is ‘still dedicated’ (inquirer.com)

How to get involved in Philly’s 2023 MLK Day of Service | Local News | phillytrib.com

Victims of ‘courtesy tows’ have filed another class-action suit against Philly (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney vows his administration is ‘still dedicated’ (inquirer.com)

Meet Dom DiSandro, the Eagles head of security and mystery man with a heart of gold (inquirer.com)

Best Philadelphians of 2022: Celebrity, mascot, athlete picks from Inquirer readers

 

Washington

U.S.-Saudi ties are in flux as tensions over oil and security persist : NPR

DOJ probes Biden document handling. What is classified information, anyway? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)