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Rep. Bizzarro: GOP using redistricting amendment to grab full control (

Congressional redistricting map approved by Pennsylvania House | Pennsylvania |

Republican-favored congressional redistricting plan passes Pa. House, but there’s still a long way to go | WITF

Proposed Pa. congressional district map approved by House, moves on to Senate (

House approves congressional map plan despite Democratic opposition | City & State PA (

Republican state House lawmakers shouldn’t be allowed to get away with their latest power grab [editorial] | Our Opinion |

State House approves new redistricting map as court challenges loom | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa.’s bitter, chaotic redistricting cycle likely to reach crescendo in court – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania redistricting puts incumbents, potential challengers in limbo – The Morning Call (

Pa. House approves proposed congressional map as court challenges loom · Spotlight PA

Last chance to comment on new legislative districts looms (

Twitter backlash over Lehigh County controller claim of GOP creating ‘ghetto’ –

Are Venmo and PayPal the future of Pa. Turnpike tolling? A Pa. lawmaker wants to make the switch – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA Lawmakers Renew Plea To Halt Mariner East 2 Pipeline | Lower Providence, PA Patch

3 SEPA Legislators Ask AG Shapiro to Illegally Shut Down ME2 Pipe | Marcellus Drilling News

Inspection Finds DelVal Dems’ Pipeline Complaints Unfounded – DV Journal (

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Pennsylvania Senator and President Pro Tempore, Jake Corman, on Current Investigation into 2020 Election Results in the State (

Taxpayers’ high price for secrecy | Editorial |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (

Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion – Daily Local

Central Bucks officials vote against CDC coronavirus guidelines (

Is Omicron Peaking? – The New York Times (

What employers need to know about new rules for covering at-home Covid-19 testing – Philadelphia Business Journal (

China: Over 20 million in COVID-19 lockdown ahead of 2022 Olympics : NPR

The public is tuning out health messaging about omicron, as cases surge : Shots – Health News : NPR

COVID is raging and Americans are tuning out | WITF

Fauci: Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody’ (

Soaring COVID-19 cases renew US debate over mask mandates | News |

Debates over school mask policies intensify as COVID numbers spike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Berks doctors watching to see if high level of COVID cases will soon peak (

Cannabis compounds may stop COVID-19 infection, study suggests –

Kids’ low COVID-19 vaccination rates called a ‘gut punch’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly-area schools are adopting some CHOP guidelines while ignoring others (

Philadelphia and N.J. might be near COVID omicron peak as hospitals fill and deaths rise (

COVID-19’s omicron sends Erie hospital admisisons soaring (

COVID cases at Cambria prison continue to climb; in-person visits halted | News |

Experts: Omicron tidal wave makes COVID-19 case counts less meaningful | Coronavirus |



Bucks County businesses raise wages, offer bonuses in worker shortage (

Grocery store shortages are back. Here are some of the reasons why : NPR

US shoppers find some groceries scarce due to virus, weather | News |

Unionization efforts spread across US for Amazon, Starbucks (

With U.S. inflation hitting a 39-year high, Federal Reserve knows its next move –

Lehigh Valley businesses face another year of COVID-19 uncertainty amid surge – The Morning Call (

Inflation at 40-year high pressures consumers, Fed and Biden | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Economists Predict Highest Inflation Rate In 40 Years Should Ease Later In 2022 – CBS Pittsburgh (

Amazon is focus of push to curb ‘rank-and-yank’ worker ratings in its home state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Four ways Americans are feeling inflation (

Vanguard CEO, top execs offer stock & bond, inflation forecasts for 2022 and beyond (



Pittsburgh parishes ask state Attorney General Shapiro to get involved in Jim Rogers case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



University of Pennsylvania receives multimillion-dollar gift from private equity billionaire – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Americans choose jobs over college : NPR

Most Scranton schools to go virtual after COVID cases spike | Education |

Hazleton Area schools finished 2020-21 in the black, audit shows | Education |

Staff shortages lead to temporary closure of Gov. Mifflin high and middle schools. (

Pa. school board member wants to stop using CNN as ‘instructional resource’ for students | Today in Pa. –

Pa. school board returns district’s Native American mascot, puts ‘red’ back in its name –

Bellefonte school board returns to Native American logo and ‘Red Raiders’ nickname | WITF

Wilkes-Barre Area could seek new deal to sell Meyers | Education |

Central Bucks officials vote against CDC coronavirus guidelines (



It’s up to Democrats in Pa. and D.C. to defend democracy. So far, that isn’t happening | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Special election to be held to replace State Senator on May 17th | WOLF (

New poll finds abortion rights is a top priority for Democrats : NPR

Pittsburgh-area senate candidates call for Congressional stock trading ban | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Luzerne County parties seek letters of interest for 116th District state House election | Election |

Who are the real ‘Pennsylvanians?’ GOP candidates to replace Pat Toomey in Senate attack rivals as ‘political tourists’ – The Morning Call (

David McCormick makes Senate campaign official after Democrats asks for investigation | WITF

A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters remain divided about the 2020 presidential election more than a year later | WITF

Costa aide, lifelong Homewood resident Martell Covington to run for Gainey’s state House seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trumpworld descends on the Pennsylvania Senate race – NewsBreak

‘Why lie to me?’ Pennsylvania senate race rivals attack carpetbaggery (

West Manchester Township supervisor testifies against preliminary state Senate proposal (



Biden administration will lease a half-million acres off N.J. and N.Y. coasts for wind power (



‘Superload’ hauling huge tank to slow traffic on Interstates 81, 80 in Northeast Pennsylvania | News |



COVID-19 staffing woes hit everywhere in healthcare, causing hospital ERs to overflow with patients (

ALEXANDER: PA Leaders Must Come Together to Access Opioid Treatment Funds and Save Lives – DV Journal (

Pennsylvania faces fentanyl overdose crisis; not enough beds for teens (

Center for Breakthrough Medicines receives $350M investment from SK Inc. of South Korea (

‘The pain never really goes away’: Lehigh County launches coalition to prevent suicides – The Morning Call (

Editorial: Amid a cascade of health crises, one thing we can do (


State News

Pat Toomey: Voting rights bills will undermine the rights Democrats claim to protect | Opinion (

Pennsylvania fair share union case sent to lower court for constitutionality ruling | Pennsylvania |

Investigators probe wreckage of crashed medical helicopter | State & Region |

Pa. Farm Show provides one-stop-shop for politicians as public phase of their campaigns begins –

Popular Pennsylvania spot named among 10 best winter fishing destinations in country –

The state of agriculture in Pennsylvania | Smart Talk (


National News

US lawmakers pay honor to late Sen. Harry Reid | ABC27

Germany’s Syria torture trial results in a guilty verdict : NPR

Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, dies at 85 : NPR

Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78 (

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ‘extremely unwell’ after positive COVID-19 test : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

U.S. Army increases bonuses to $50,000 for some new recruits : NPR

The Taliban Have Staffing Issues. They Are Looking for Help in Pakistan. – The New York Times (

Hochul Unveiled a Sweeping Vision for New York. Now Comes the Hard Part. – The New York Times (

No Ukraine breakthrough, but NATO and Russia eye more talks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP-drawn plan for legislative districts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tax refunds could be delayed this year because of pandemic and budget issues, treasury officials say |


Local News

Lower Makefield welcomes 2022 with swearing in ceremony, new board leadership – thereporteronline

New designation will help improve West Scranton | News |

Luzerne County Council starts process of placing charter amendment before voters | News |

Shenandoah council adopts 2022 budget with no tax increase | News |

Berks weather: Some kind of storm is likely Sunday into Monday (

Coastal storm expected to bring ‘a substantial threat for winter weather’ this weekend – The Morning Call (

Quakertown lifts condemnation for Bush House Hotel. Displaced tenants can return ‘soon’ – The Morning Call (

Martin Luther King Jr. events in Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (

What MLK meant by justice. And how one central Pa. community is commemorating it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Montgomery County town is fighting over last large undeveloped parcel (

Winter storm could bring all snow or a wintry mix to central Pa. (

Warner Theatre in Erie: After $27M makeover iconic theater ready to reopen (

Erie Refocused tackles the ‘really big lifts’ of community development (

Count it again: City of Erie to challenge 2020 U.S. Census (

Receiver intends to go to court over Chester elected officials’ salaries (

Lancaster County commissioners approve new community testing site in East Hempfield to be run by LGH [update] | PA Power and Policy |



Pittsburgh physical therapist and Pitt professor to compete on Jeopardy! | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh to undertake comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act self-evaluation | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Allegheny Co.’s decision to suspend trials didn’t surprise local lawyers | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Six months into the school year, here’s how the Pgh. schools are managing the pandemic | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh Public Schools updates its list of closures | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says 4 schools will need to go remote or extend virtual learning | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority, operators union at odds over vaccination mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yes to Wilkinsburg annexation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health Care Workers Gather Downtown To Demand Changes – CBS Pittsburgh (



President Biden called Philadelphia’s fire union head Monday to discuss last week’s Fairmount blaze (

‘We have work to do’: Councilmember hopes 2022 is a year for Philadelphia to change its business-averse stigma – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Krasner blames gun prosecution failures on stop-and-frisk policing (

Why were so many people living in a Philly apartment before fatal fire? ‘They did what they had to do’ –

Construction starts at South Philly site after Post Bros. takes development lead from longtime landholder Blatstein (

Netflix remaking ‘The Raid,’ but setting it in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood (



Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action – Daily Local

The top House Republican won’t comply with Jan. 6 panel request to voluntarily testify : NPR

Democrats chart path forward on voting rights legislation : NPR

Senate passes bill to honor Emmett Till and his mother | News |

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

McEnany sits down with Jan. 6 investigators (