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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 ( for Penn professor’s removal after anti-Asian comments (

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 |

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

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

Pennsylvania’s new House map can fix decades of gerrymandering | Opinion (

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans score court victory in elections investigation (

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

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

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

Lawmakers call Scranton School District busing contract a ‘slap in the face’ | Education |

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 |

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

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


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 (

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

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 (

Omicron, unvaccinated dominate cases at LGH (

High-volume COVID testing site to open in Berks and Delaware counties (

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 (

PA hospitals could move to crisis standard, emergency room diversions (

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



Letter: Unions protect working Americans (

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

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

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

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

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



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 (

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

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



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

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 (

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

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

Campus mental health crisis adds to burdens on community colleges – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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 (



Rep. Sonney announces retirement | WJET/WFXP/

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

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

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 (

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Josh Shapiro for governor | City & State PA (

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 (

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

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

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

Four GOP Senate Candidates Debate in Western PA – DV Journal (

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

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

Thomas announces GOP bid in 119th | Times Leader

Op-Ed: Preserve our democracy by voting (

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



Chesapeake Bay Foundation gets grant to help disadvantaged farmers | WITF

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



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

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 (

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



DelVal Counties–Except Philadelphia–Sign on to Opioid Settlement – DV Journal (

Surprise medical bills: protections from unexpected emergency room costs – The Morning Call (

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

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


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 (

‘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 (

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

Pennsylvanians React to Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Ruling – DV Journal (

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 (

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

DEP offering free radon testing in Chester County – Daily Local


National News

King family to lead march for voting rights | Across America |

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 (

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 (


Local News

Scranton to extend pandemic-prompted fee reductions, permit procedures to support businesses | News |

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

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

Nor’easter to bring a period of plowable snow Sunday night to the Midstate (

Berks weather: 3 to 6 inches of snow Sunday-Monday (

Nearly all-new Mohnton Borough Council gets down to business (

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

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 (

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

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 (

Receiver seeks to gain more revenue from Covanta for Chester (

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



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

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 Council has until Feb. 12 to approve new district map (

Neighbors — and a city councilmember — clash over latest push to revive a Germantown landmark (

Statue celebrating Harriet Tubman displayed at City Hall (

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

Philadelphia Managing Director Tumar Alexander taking medical leave of absence – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia schools that remain open struggle with staff shortages and quarantines (

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

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



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 |

President announces deployment of six additional medical teams to states in need (