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Legislature

Brewster takes Pa. Senate seat after GOP sued to undo election
https://www.witf.org/2021/01/13/brewster-takes-pa-senate-seat-after-gop-sued-to-undo-election/

Pa. lawmakers advance proposed constitutional changes to electing judges, limiting governor’s powers
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-lawmakers-advance-proposed-constitutional-changes-to-electing-judges-limiting-governors-powers.html

Businesses cut off cash to D.C. after lawmakers challenged election results. Could Harrisburg be next?
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/businesses-cut-off-cash-to-d-c-after-lawmakers-challenged-election-results-could-harrisburg-be-next/

Sen. Baker wants SCI-Dallas prioritized for COVID vaccine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/sen-baker-wants-sci-dallas-prioritized-for-covid-vaccine/article_ef0ecbb9-508c-5462-82a0-59dcebdaf4e8.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. too slow at vaccinating long-term care residents against COVID-19, industry leaders say
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-too-slow-at-vaccinating-long-term-care-residents-against-covid-19-industry-leaders-say.html

PA’s rapid response program saved lives in long-term care facilities. Now it’s threatened by funding cuts
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/2021/01/14/pennsylvania-rapid-response-nursing-homes-covid-cares-act/6653138002/

Health care workers get vaccine and peace of mind
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/health-care-workers-get-vaccine-and-peace-of-mind/article_c312125e-0e2c-55dc-b2bc-a84f8063ed1e.html

Geisinger debuts community vaccination center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816235/geisinger-debuts-community-vaccination-center

Older adults in Allegheny County will have to wait for covid vaccine, officials say
https://triblive.com/local/older-adults-in-allegheny-county-will-have-to-wait-for-covid-vaccine-officials-say/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 349 deaths and 7,960 additional cases reported Wednesday
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-jan-13-update-20210113-wqb2ejvnxreddgh2bqgl6sx3ze-story.html

Allegheny County adds 74 covid deaths, 670 new cases
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-adds-74-covid-deaths-670-new-cases/

Westmoreland County surpasses 500 covid deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-surpasses-500-covid-deaths/

Luzerne County has 190 new COVID-19 cases
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/luzerne-county-has-190-new-covid-19-cases/article_84710cd8-374c-52d6-9a66-0e1abbad0326.html

New COVID-19 deaths surge regionally and statewide
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/new-covid-19-deaths-surge-regionally-and-statewide/article_bcccee8c-34cf-52c5-a679-91ad639d57b6.html

Volunteers sought to transport the elderly to vaccination sites
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/volunteers-sought-to-transport-the-elderly-to-vaccination-sites/article_10c72390-ad36-5efa-abff-a80e8cca0bab.html

Hazleton mayor tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-mayor-tests-positive-for-covid-19/article_9a1cdd09-3ece-5595-b447-bc0f9bb1555c.html

You have questions about vaccine distribution in the Lehigh Valley. We have answers
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-vaccine-explainer-20210114-nkwtxh6qwvc2jnjbj2uh6zem3y-story.html

Worried about when you’ll get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania? You should be | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/worried-about-getting-the-covid-19-vaccine-in-pennsylvania-you-should-be-john-baer.html

N.J. residents with high-risk conditions and those 65 and older can get COVID-19 shots starting Thursday
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-nj-pa-vaccine-philly-seniors-phases-20210114.html

Washington

Donald Trump becomes the first president in American history to be impeached twice
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-impeachment-capitol-attack-20210113.html

Trump isolated, angry at aides for not defending him
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-aides-rudy-giuliani-legal-fees-20210114.html

Conor Lamb isn’t sure he can work with ‘morally blind’ Republicans who tried to overturn the election
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/conor-lamb-capitol-attack-republicans-trump-impeachment-20210113.html

Western Pa. lawmakers hold party lines in vote to impeach Trump
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-lawmakers-hold-party-lines-in-vote-to-impeach-trump/

Berks County’s delegation divided along party lines on impeachment of President Trump
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-countys-delegation-divided-along-party-lines-on-impeachment-of-president-trump/article_9b703f1c-55ab-11eb-98d0-5f29730d8c8a.html

Pa. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean gets ready to prosecute Trump’s impeachment in the Senate
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/trump-impeachment-trial-managers-madeleine-dean-20210114.html

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Philly suburbs, voted against impeaching Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/brian-fitzpatrick-trump-impeachment-vote-20210113.html

Cartwright votes to impeach; Meuser votes no, plans to attend inauguration
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-votes-to-impeach-meuser-votes-no-plans-to-attend-inauguration/article_1ed8433c-bce4-5837-adee-bcf272658f24.html

Democrats seek investigation of possible GOP ‘accomplices’ in Capitol insurrection
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/capitol-insurrections-republican-accomplices-democrats-seek-investigation-20210114.html

Pa.’s Reschenthaler among pro-Trump lawmakers who could lose support as companies flee the GOP
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-s-reschenthaler-among-pro-trump-lawmakers-who-could-lose-support-as-companies-flee-the-gop/

Toomey and Casey should prioritize this legislation now that Dems control the Senate | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/for-the-people-act-senate-gerrymandering-voting-rights-20210113.html

Restore Voting Rights Act
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/restore-voting-rights-act/article_8bd81637-8df7-5e57-8974-22351cb53bf6.html

Business

Burrell schools fight Arconic assessment appeal that would result in $500K hit
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/burrell-schools-fight-arconic-assessment-appeal-that-would-result-in-500k-hit/

New Pennsylvania dashboard lists restaurants that violated coronavirus measures
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-coronavirus-pennsylvania-restaurant-websites-20210113-mcdat4wkj5f4pfyyptyozb27y4-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Prosecutors ask judge to order Graham Spanier report to jail
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/penn-state-graham-spanier-jerry-sandusky-20210114.html

Ex-youth sports coach charged
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/crime-emergencies/ex-youth-sports-coach-charged/article_490170fc-0314-5366-8ed6-c79fd0a622b5.html

Who should respond to 911 calls related to mental illness? Allentown discusses police alternatives, though path forward remains hazy
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-council-alternatives-to-policing-debate-20210114-xee7wq5ftrdb3mt6rj4psvcyky-story.html

Education

COVID impact on school districts varies across Pennsylvania, new report shows
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/covid-impact-on-school-districts-varies-across-pennsylvania-new-report-shows/article_c0112234-55bd-11eb-8562-bbcb3d739174.html

Federal aid is keeping Pa. schools afloat, but state will need to step up with funding, report says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-school-budgets-pandemic-coronavirus-federal-funding-20210113.html

COVID-19 outbreaks linked with in-person instruction at large colleges, CDC finds. Here’s what that means for Philly-area campuses.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-coronavirus-college-pennsylvania-philadelphia-spike-20210114.html

Head of Pa.’s public university system to examine historic roots of racism in state schools
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/passhe-coronavirus-chancellor-daniel-greenstein-racism-higher-education-college-campus-integration-20210114.html

Elections/Politics

Counting of lost ballots underway in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/counting-of-lost-ballots-underway-in-westmoreland-county/

Local News

Lackawanna County Central Court now housed in criminal justice center
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-central-court-now-housed-in-criminal-justice-center/article_a9c5e6c3-9164-5959-9cb8-86e001dccdea.html

Gaughan won’t run for third council term or for mayor of Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/gaughan-wont-run-for-third-council-term-or-for-mayor-of-scranton/article_34d26dd6-a3c5-5e69-8e6d-9035ffb193fd.html

Judges panel recommends that Pa. nix $276 million sale of Delco sewer system to Aqua
https://www.inquirer.com/business/delaware-county-delcora-sale-aqua-pennsylvania-puc-recommend-rejection-20210113.html

Delco judge rips GOP’s ’emergency’ election petition
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-judge-rips-gops-emergency-election-petition/article_b78182b6-5604-11eb-a01f-ab483f81965f.html

Monessen passes LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, becomes first town in Westmoreland County to offer such civil rights protections
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/monessen-passes-lgbtq-nondiscrimination-ordinance-becomes-first-town-in-westmoreland-county-to-offer-such-civil-rights-protections/Content?oid=18732362

Was Scavo inside Capitol? And what was Dartoe doing?
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816232/was-scavo-inside-capitol-and-what-was-dartoe-doing

Scavo, rebel without clue, should meet FBI
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/scavo-rebel-without-clue-should-meet-fbi/article_e2aa50c2-2884-52b8-97fc-27993e815148.html

Luzerne County should hit collection target when $5 vehicle fee expires Dec. 31
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816237/luzerne-county-should-hit-collection-target-when-5-vehicle-fee-expires-dec-31

Confusion continues over countywide vehicle registration fee
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/confusion-continues-over-countywide-vehicle-registration-fee/article_85bfd797-cb41-5d60-b910-d209b33ab41f.html

Police got a search warrant for a Facebook page that criticizes York County family court
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/watchdog/2021/01/14/york-family-court-corruption-facebook-page-draws-attention-of-law-enforcement/4093371001/

York County declines extra paid leave for prison employees
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2021/01/13/york-county-declines-extra-paid-leave-prison-employees/4147952001/

National News

Ex.-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder charged in Flint water crisis
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/flint-michigan-former-governor-rick-snyder-charged-20210114.html

Philly

‘Stubborn inequity’: 6 in 10 Philly kids still attend low-performing schools, report says
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-school-district-enrollment-access-choice-20210113.html

The public should weigh in on South Philly refinery cleanup plan | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/south-philly-refinery-cleanup-contamination-pennsylvania-dep-20210113.html

‘We been knew’: Many Black Philadelphians don’t see how white people didn’t see insurrection coming
https://www.witf.org/2021/01/14/we-been-knew-many-black-philadelphians-dont-see-how-white-people-didnt-see-insurrection-coming/

As PPP loan program reboots, see what Black groups received funding in the 1st round
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/as-ppp-loan-program-reboots-see-what-black-groups-received-funding-in-the-1st-round/article_4816420f-dd15-5bc6-909a-5a856d252eac.html

Philly parents deeply divided over virtual school, data shows ahead of district decision
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philly-parents-deeply-divided-over-virtual-school-data-shows-ahead-of-district-decision/article_add00358-55b1-11eb-87eb-fb3f35c99d47.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh council gives initial approval to $55 million in bonds for capital projects
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-council-gives-initial-approval-to-55-million-in-bonds-for-capital-projects/

Target gains approval for Downtown Pittsburgh store, plans to preserve Kaufmann’s legacy
https://triblive.com/local/target-gains-approval-for-downtown-location-plans-to-preserve-kaufmanns-legacy/

Post-Gazette reducing print edition to 2 days a week, cites plan to go all-digital
https://triblive.com/local/post-gazette-reducing-print-edition-to-2-days-a-week-cites-plan-to-go-all-digital/

Pittsburgh officials approve new 5-year deal with crossing guards
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-officials-approve-new-5-year-deal-with-crossing-guards/

PWSA enters plea for pumping sludge into Allegheny River
https://triblive.com/local/pwsa-enters-plea-for-pumping-sludge-into-allegheny-river/

Bianca Smith, with Sewickley roots, makes history as 1st Black woman to coach pro-level baseball
https://triblive.com/sports/bianca-smith-with-sewickley-roots-makes-history-as-first-black-woman-to-coach-pro-level-baseball/

Allegheny County promotes Erin Dalton to replace Cherna as Human Services director
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-promotes-erin-dalton-to-replace-marc-cherna/

State News

Pennsylvania firearms background checks shatter record in fourth quarter 2020
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-firearms-background-checks-shatter-record-in-fourth-quarter-2020/

State grants $1.8 million for Western Pa. rail projects
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-grants-1-8-million-for-area-rail-projects/

2 rail projects in Berks County get a total of $1.18 million in state grants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/transportation/2-rail-projects-in-berks-county-get-a-total-of-1-18-million-in-state/article_6bb119b6-55c6-11eb-82b2-d7cd49578a18.html

Autism advocates are troubled by new policy expanding in-home treatment at expense of treatment at centers
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/autism-advocates-are-troubled-by-new-policy-expanding-in-home-treatment-at-expense-of-treatment/article_6760d6a4-54fd-11eb-b3e6-43a7e535b73e.html

Lehigh Valley portion of the PennEast pipeline draws three hours of testimony during DEP hearing
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-penneast-pipeline-forum-20210114-wed5yps2enae7k2jtisvzyuugm-story.html