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Amy Wax controversy: Calls continue for action against Penn professor who made anti-Asian comments – 6abc Philadelphia

Calls for Penn professor’s removal after anti-Asian comments (audacy.com)Calls for Penn professor’s removal after anti-Asian comments (audacy.com)

Sen. Street’s Statement on President Biden’s Call to Defend US Democracy – MyChesCo

Pa. State Senator Wants Payment Apps To Be Option On Turnpike – YouTube

Lawmaker returns home for first time since October car wreck | News | tribdem.com

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

Redistricting: Transparent process or same old story with maps tied up in the courts? (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania’s new House map can fix decades of gerrymandering | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans score court victory in elections investigation (broadandliberty.com)

AFP-Pennsylvania Launches 2021 Midsession Legislative Scorecard – Americans for Prosperity

Senator Dan Laughlin opposes natural gas ban proposed by New York governor | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Sen. Judy Schwank calls for public investment in child care (readingeagle.com)

Lawmakers call Scranton School District busing contract a ‘slap in the face’ | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

PA lawmakers near deadline for new congressional map. Here’s what’s next | WSKGWSKG

Proposal uses federal money to fund school choice for Pennsylvania families during pandemic | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Re: Jake Corman and John Krill comments on Pa.’s school funding | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies : NPR

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses (inquirer.com)

Pa. health secretary got COVID-19 booster while pregnant, hopes to set example – pennlive.com

Flooded with omicron patients, ERs struggle to treat other urgent problems : Shots – Health News : NPR

Gina Diorio: The Covid context the Wolf administration isn’t giving (broadandliberty.com)

Omicron, unvaccinated dominate cases at LGH (abc27.com)

High-volume COVID testing site to open in Berks and Delaware counties (readingeagle.com)

Local hospitals prepare to comply with Biden vaccine mandate for health care workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

USPS to deliver COVID test kits, Philadelphia part of pilot program (inquirer.com)

PA hospitals could move to crisis standard, emergency room diversions (theintell.com)

Opinion: Pocono hospitals are under strain. Here’s how you can help. (poconorecord.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Letter: Unions protect working Americans (readingeagle.com)

Health Care Workers Gather Downtown To Demand Changes – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Supreme Court’s OSHA ruling puts many employers back on the spot – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

This new USDA loan program aims to boost the supply chain – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Shortages reported at grocery stores nationwide, and blame goes beyond the pandemic – pennlive.com

Retail sales drop 1.9% in December as omicron, product shortages and inflation crimp spending – Reading Eagle

 

Crime/Punishment

Oath Keepers leader arrested, charged with seditious conspiracy for Jan. 6 riot : NPR

Over $72 million in illegal drugs seized in 2021 by Pa. State Police (abc27.com)

AG’s office will investigate insurance fraud allegations at Snyder County businesses: DA – pennlive.com

Delaware County DA criticized for handling of police shooting of 8-year-old | WITF

 

Education

Pa. borrowers to see relief after $1.85B settlement with Navient for ‘predatory’ practices – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Navient settlement: Indebted student borrowers to benefit | WITF

Pa. borrowers to see relief after $1.85B settlement with Navient for ‘predatory’ practices – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health retain Egon Zehnder for CEO search – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

University of Pennsylvania names M. Elizabeth Magill as next president to succeed Amy Gutmann – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Campus mental health crisis adds to burdens on community colleges – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Parents sue North Allegheny School District over lifting mask mandate | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Carlisle to move 4 elementary schools to online classes for Friday, citing high COVID cases – pennlive.com

School can’t ‘cure every societal ill’ GOP lawyers argue in cross-examination of Philly school superintendent | WITF

Masks in schools: Erie County Executive Brenton Davis defends lifting mandate (goerie.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Rep. Sonney announces retirement | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Dillsburg independent announces run for 10th Congressional District seat | Politics | cumberlink.com

Martell Covington launches bid for Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s former state House seat | TribLIVE.com

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

Martell Covington enters race to fill Gainey’s state House seat | 90.5 WESA

Here are the candidates running for PA’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Josh Shapiro for governor | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Republicans threaten to skip traditional general election debates : NPR

PODCAST: PA GOP’s Charlie Gerow Says It’s Time for a ‘Happy Warrior’ – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

DelVal Republicans Hope to Catch the ‘Red Wave’ in 2022 – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Former Treasury Department official enters race for Pa. Senate seat | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Philly Lawyer George Bochetto Joins GOP Race for U.S. Senate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Four GOP Senate Candidates Debate in Western PA – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Fox News, others seek access to ‘attorneys’ eyes only’ report on voting machines – pennlive.com

About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights | John L. Micek – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Thomas announces GOP bid in 119th | Times Leader

Op-Ed: Preserve our democracy by voting (theintell.com)

Letter to the editor | Excellent voting system in Pa. | Readers Forum | tribdem.com

 

Environment

Chesapeake Bay Foundation gets grant to help disadvantaged farmers | WITF

Philly hits a ‘crossroads’ of environmental justice at ex-PES oil refinery | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Transportation

If the I-83/South Bridge is tolled, ‘growth would be stalled’: Dauphin County officials – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls: Lawmaker suggests use of PayPal, Venmo as payment methods – WPXI

Winter holiday passenger volume at Philadelphia International Airport hit 80% of 2019 pre-pandemic level – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania will receive an extra $1.63 billion in federal infrastructure funds to fix bridges, 3rd most in U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

DelVal Counties–Except Philadelphia–Sign on to Opioid Settlement – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Surprise medical bills: protections from unexpected emergency room costs – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New federal law will help protect Pa. residents against surprise medical bills, Wolf admin says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Blood donors needed in worst shortage in more than a decade | News | citizensvoice.com

 

State News

Houlahan introduces bill would ‘strengthen our national security’ – Daily Local

Houlahan urges passage of voting, election bills, as Biden all but concedes defeat – Daily Local

Guest Opinion: Fitzpatrick fails the acid test of his own independence (theintell.com)

‘We can get there’: Casey says he’s still hopeful on Democrats’ massive social spending investments | 90.5 WESA

Where hackers are stashing Pa. unemployment money (abc27.com)

Pa. organizations urge residents to transition from 3G to 5G service (abc27.com)

Pennsylvanians React to Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Ruling – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Republican candidates warn of immigrant ‘ghost flights,’ but lack facts and context | WITF

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is back in person, but attendance is down | WITF

Poll: Disability service industry cut services in face of staffing shortage | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

We’re the Pa. moms of disabled kids. We have some questions for Gov. Wolf | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

DEP offering free radon testing in Chester County – Daily Local

 

National News

King family to lead march for voting rights | Across America | phillytrib.com

U.S. is ‘fully prepared’ if Russia invades Ukraine, secretary of state says : NPR

National blood crisis forcing doctors and patients to make tough choices : NPR

Cryptocurrency starts to make a splash in luxury housing. Will it trickle to larger residential and commercial markets? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Djokovic Faces Deportation As Australia Revokes Visa Again : NPR

A Wisconsin judge rules absentee ballot drop boxes are not allowed under state law : NPR

Prince Andrew is stripped of his royal patronages and military titles : NPR

Your tax refund could be delayed unless you take these steps (readingeagle.com)

 

Local News

Scranton to extend pandemic-prompted fee reductions, permit procedures to support businesses | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lehigh County Controller faces criticism after using word ‘ghetto’ when talking about redistricting | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Manheim Township disbands police advisory committee 18 months after it was formed [update] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Nor’easter to bring a period of plowable snow Sunday night to the Midstate (abc27.com)

Berks weather: 3 to 6 inches of snow Sunday-Monday (readingeagle.com)

Nearly all-new Mohnton Borough Council gets down to business (readingeagle.com)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022: Here are central Pa. events honoring the civil rights leader – pennlive.com

A sloppy mix of snow, sleet and rain expected in Lehigh Valley area Sunday. What would it take to bump snow totals? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Historic Allentown church that housed Liberty Bell during Revolutionary War to be sold. Museum’s future is unknown. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Stimulus checks and slippery sidewalks on Wilkes-Barre residents’ minds | Times Leader

Upper Bucks Tech top administrator faces slew of charges that could lead to his firing (theintell.com)

Receiver seeks to gain more revenue from Covanta for Chester (delcotimes.com)

There’s an empty seat on Lancaster city council. Here’s how to apply to fill it. | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Hearing officer blocks Allegheny County’s new coke oven regulations for US Steel | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Restoring Pittsburgh’s vacant land to use just got a little bit easier | 90.5 WESA

For Pittsburgh Public Schools redistricting effort, a long road ends with a familiar map | 90.5 WESA

Numerous Pittsburgh-area schools closed because of COVID-related issues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Significant winter storm expected to arrive Sunday, weather service warns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly Council has until Feb. 12 to approve new district map (audacy.com)

Neighbors — and a city councilmember — clash over latest push to revive a Germantown landmark (inquirer.com)

Statue celebrating Harriet Tubman displayed at City Hall (audacy.com)

‘Tenants have no choice’: Racism in urban planning fuels high rate of Black fire deaths (nbcnews.com)

Philadelphia Managing Director Tumar Alexander taking medical leave of absence – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker sees tightened conditions and slower growth in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Area vaccination events held to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Local News | phillytrib.com

Germantown residents say their City Council person abused her power to help a political backer win a development contract | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly has few affordable homes for multigenerational families. There are no plans to change that | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia schools that remain open struggle with staff shortages and quarantines (inquirer.com)

PHA knew for years about overcrowding in home of Fairmount fire victims but didn’t move them (inquirer.com)

At Philadelphia’s homeless shelters, COVID and cold are making for impossible dilemmas (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden says he doesn’t know if voting rights legislation can pass : NPR

Federal voting right bills stalled in US Senate | ABC27

Biden to announce three more Federal Reserve nominees : NPR

Analysis: Biden overshoots on what’s possible in divided D.C. | News | tribdem.com

President announces deployment of six additional medical teams to states in need (abc27.com)