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Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers aim to stop gas tax hike, but price at the pump expected to fall | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Senate passes package of 3 amendments on to House (audacy.com)

Constitutional amendments bill appears to stall in Pennsylvania House (wgal.com)

How a constitutional amendment gets on the ballot in Pennsylvania | WITF

PA State Senator considers eliminating gas tax hikes as prices increase | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Court splits on legality of move to impeach Philadelphia DA (abc27.com)

Pa. Commonwealth Court opinion calls impeachment articles against DA Larry Krasner legally insufficient – pennlive.com

Pa. Commonwealth Court: The impeachment articles filed against DA Larry Krasner are legally insufficient (inquirer.com)

Why the costs of liquor and gasoline in Pennsylvania are rising (goerie.com)

Bill proposes program to attract teens to volunteer firefighting | Don’t Miss This | dailyitem.com

Rep. Peter Schweyer to be one of 6 lawmakers in workgroup tasked with finding agreement on proposed constitutional amendment | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Pa. House Speaker Rozzi picks Rep. Schweyer for work group (mcall.com)

Ortitay, Cephas, Gaydos, named to Mark Rozzi’s new bipartisan work group – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. House speaker Mark Rozzi is dodging the public (inquirer.com)

Local GOP lawmakers on Rozzi’s House shutdown: ‘We’re not doing our work’ | Election | standardspeaker.com

After a shot of normal, it’s back to chaos as usual in the Pa. House | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State Rep Malcolm Kenyatta picked as PA LGBTQ+ Caucus’ one of two new leaders | Al Día News (aldianews.com)

West Chester University gets $54,000 to fight hunger on campus – Daily Local

Pa. awards $2.25 million to create Boyertown event space (readingeagle.com)

Pennsylvania Department of Education awards MU $30,000 grant to combat sexual assault and violence | Local News | lancasteronline.com

$60K in state grants will help Millersville University, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology combat student hunger | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Adams, Franklin Counties to receive water infrastructure improvements (abc27.com)

Portage gets $8.6M for sewer work as Langerholc joins PENNVEST board | News | tribdem.com

2 Berks projects awarded environmental grants (readingeagle.com)

Berks County Projects Awarded $4.3 Million in Violence Intervention and Prevention Grants – BCTV

Several Pa. organizations get $100 million grant to split (audacy.com)

Philly violence prevention groups get millions – WHYY

Gov. Tom Wolf announce $700,000 in grants to reduce community violence (ydr.com)

The issues that defined Gov. Tom Wolf’s legacy · Spotlight PA

Gov. Wolf granted Pennsylvania record 2,540 pardons with 300+ more announced (abc27.com)

 

Business/Jobs

U.S. applications for jobless benefits lowest in 15 weeks (inquirer.com)

UPMC raising minimum starting wage to $18 by 2025 – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

New York City nurses return to work at Mount Sinai and Montefiore as strike ends : NPR

Major central Pa. employer takes leap into Philadelphia and southeastern counties – pennlive.com

Study: States that limit business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

COVID-19

Battered by COVID years and a staffing crisis, these nurses continue to care for the sick and injured (post-gazette.com)

Omicron changed COVID-19 pandemic in Erie County in 2022 (goerie.com)

Why no Pi? Variants are still stuck on Omicron even as coronavirus continues to mutate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 cases are declining nationally but increasing in Philly, Pa., N.J. (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Prosecutors and defense lawyers open seditious conspiracy trial of Proud Boys : NPR

California moves to dismantle the nation’s largest death row by year’s end : NPR

Springfield Commissioners Ban Thin Blue Line Logo From Township Premises – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Education

Biden has a backup plan for student debt relief. Here’s how it works. – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Khalid Mumin: Educators in Reading celebrate Josh Shapiro’s pick for Education secretary | WITF

COVID has changed the way students behave at school. Here’s how teachers have adjusted (inquirer.com)

Moms in the Middle: A Review of Education Issues from 2022 (broadandliberty.com)

Allentown School District appoints 2 new directors | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

David Osborne: PA’s teachers union cares about lining its pocket (broadandliberty.com)

 

Elections/Politics

National

How many mail ballots states rejected in the 2022 election : NPR

McCarthy says Santos will remain in office as NY Republicans call for his ouster : NPR

Why Ron DeSantis wants to trample the dreams of about 700 college kids on his White House path (inquirer.com)

ADAMS: Americans Support Voter ID Laws. Why Are Democrats Dead Set Against Them? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Statewide

Ready to be No. 48: Pa. Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro talks about his, and his family’s, next chapter – pennlive.com

Josh Shapiro taps ex-lawmakers, university officials for Cabinet | WITF

Pa. Gov.-elect Shaprio nominates former Sen. Pat Browne to be state secretary of revenue (mcall.com)

Shapiro taps Pat Browne for revenue secretary among four more cabinet nominees – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Shapiro to nominate former legislator Mike Carroll as state transportation secretary | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Former Bucks County DA Michelle Henry to take on new top cop role (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wharton administrator Sarah Hammer nominated to be Pennsylvania banking secretary – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Carnegie Mellon University senior adviser among those named to Gov.-Elect Shapiro’s cabinet – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Hazleton Area Marching Cougars prepare for Shapiro’s inauguration | Education | standardspeaker.com

District/Local

Hand recount of 2020 election completed in Pa. county but conservatives say issues remain | WITF

Luzerne County ordered to release election video | Election | citizensvoice.com

A Philly church now devotes its Saturday prayer sessions to chats with mayoral candidates | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia mayoral candidates Brown, DeLeon, and Gym offer their public safety plans (inquirer.com)

 

Housing

DOJ reaches $31M settlement with Los Angeles bank in largest redlining case in U.S. history (inquirer.com)

Attom: Foreclosure filings expected to reach pre-pandemic levels later this year – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rental application fees are a barrier for many in a tight market : NPR

KDKA Investigates: Real estate corporations buying single-family homes to turn into rentals – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

 

Environment

Study: Exxon Mobil accurately predicted global warming since 1970s, while denying science (inquirer.com)

Cities spend billions to prepare for extreme rain. Most lack climate data : NPR

 

Transportation

Lower public transit use in Pennsylvania poses long-term budget problems | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

 

Health

Highmark names first southeastern Pennsylvania segment president | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obamacare hits a record number of signups : Shots – Health News : NPR

Sitting all day can be deadly. 5-minute exercise breaks can reduce health risks : Shots – Health News : NPR

Kindergarten routine vaccination rates fell for second straight year, CDC warns – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Transgender youth health care bans have a new target: adults | The Hill

Jefferson Health reorganizes, axes hospital leaders at TJUH and Abington (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Joe Hardy, 84 Lumber and Nemacolin founder, laid to rest: ‘He was extraordinary’ – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

How Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry gained the potential power to influence a federal investigation involving himself | WITF

Coming Sunday: Higher prices for wine, liquor at Pa.’s state stores – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Human Services Secretary warns of EBT card text message scam – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

State employees’ day off for Shapiro inauguration to cost $440,000, much less than before – pennlive.com

 

National News

Lisa Marie Presley dies after being hospitalized, her mother says : NPR

A giant storm system killed at least 6 in Alabama and another in Georgia : NPR

Netanyahu’s government is a ‘threat to Israeli democracy,’ Anshel Pfeffer says : NPR

Democrats push for Bolsonaro to be booted from U.S. as Brazil investigates riots : NPR

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier was seriously injured in an NFL game. He has advice for Damar Hamlin | WITF

High cost of legal cannabis in New Jersey irks customers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Navy veteran held in Russia is released, U.S. officials say (inquirer.com)

Russia claims it now controls Soledar but Ukrainians say they’re still fighting : NPR

$1.35 billion up for grabs in Mega Millions jackpot drawing – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Trump Organization to be sentenced for tax fraud, faces fine – pennlive.com

America’s biggest museums fail to return Native American human remains (inquirer.com)

The forces that power antisemitism and racism are the same. We must stand against them | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Local News

Bucks County Judge was on frontline of Civil Rights movement (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Veterans Appreciation Day at the Pa Farm Show | ABC27

Chester County Commissioners Appoint New Solicitor – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Chester County officials declare January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month – Daily Local

‘Gut-wrenching’: Rats blamed for Harrisburg’s decision to clear homeless encampment with no formal plans for people – pennlive.com

New Harrisburg nonprofit provides low-cost car maintenance, repairs to those in need – pennlive.com

Plans moving forward for LeSean McCoy’s $8M central Pa. apartment building – pennlive.com

Wilkes-Barre residents question delays in hotel, bridge projects | News | citizensvoice.com

A Lehigh Valley municipality decided to stop fluoridating its water. Here’s why advocates say that’s a bad idea – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Costs rising for North Fork Dam improvements as state OK still pending | News | tribdem.com

 

Pitt

Judge puts temporary hold on evicting Roosevelt Building residents a month after fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein announces run for county executive | TribLIVE.com

Land bank seeks buyer for blighted former restaurant site in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Community reacts to swastika-branded billboard appearing in Butler County | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pirates to spend $11 million to expand retail store, upgrade concession stands at PNC Park | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge puts temporary hold on evicting Roosevelt Building residents a month after fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Kevin Hart, Meek Mill and Michael Rubin donate $7 million to help low-income students | Local News | phillytrib.com

Northern Liberties grows up as high rises for families come to Philly’s most gentrified neighborhood (inquirer.com)

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Cultural Campus announce new partnership with the United Negro College Fund Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia ranks among the top 10 most congested traffic cities in the world | Local News | phillytrib.com

MLK Drive bridge in Philly will be closed to public until 2025 (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

AG Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden docs (inquirer.com)

Special Counsel Inquiry Leaves Biden and Garland in Awkward Spots – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

McCarthy looks to past bipartisan deal as a model on debt ceiling talks : NPR

Speaker McCarthy’s tidy 1st week disguises trouble ahead – Daily Local

Biden, Kishida to discuss Japan ‘stepping up’ security – Daily Local