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Legislature

Local lawmaker reaching across the aisle to revive bill that aims to give more freedom to nurse practitioners | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pa. lawmakers once again propose moving up the presidential primary (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers hopeful in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s complex legacy | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA State Senate to Join House in Closing – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Some lawmakers are trying to sneak through legislation to advance their hardline agenda | Opinion – pennlive.com

Commonwealth Court upholds Feb. 7 for Pennsylvania special elections | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Commonwealth Court opinions on Krasner impeachment ‘create more questions than answers’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. House groups seeks to end standstill (mcall.com)

Philly violence prevention groups get millions – WHYY

Community groups to receive $100 million to support violence intervention efforts across Pa. – CBS Philadelphia (cbsnews.com)

Ground News – Senator Tartaglione Announces $29 Million in Violence Prevention Grants

Senator Schwank Applauds Violence Intervention Program Grant Funding – MyChesCo

Growing Greener Plus Grants Awwarded for Two Chester County Projects – MyChesCo

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

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

State funding approved for Chester County watersheds, parks and open space – Daily Local

$6 million loan will greatly improve West Chester area water infrastructure – Daily Local

State Funding Announced for Local Watersheds, Parks and Open Space – MyChesCo

Coatesville’s Youth Mentoring Partnership Receives State Grant – MyChesCo

Pennsylvania Could Move Up Its 2024 Presidential Primary Election Date – MyChesCo

State Rep. Warren Visits Exhibits, Makes Rounds At PA Farm Show | Yardley, PA Patch

Wolf admin completes ‘first step’ in OSHA study | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

As Pennsylvania lags on marijuana legalization, New York brags | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Secrecy has dominated Josh Shapiro’s transition to Pa. governor. It may be a sign of what’s to come. | WITF

What to know about this week’s inauguration and what’s ahead for the Shapiro-Davis administration – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Day 1 for Pa.’s new governor features new traditions, history and rap music – pennlive.com

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Biden: Americans should ‘pay attention’ to MLK’s legacy – Daily Local

Biden delivers Sunday sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta : NPR

Midstate participates in MLK Day of Service (abc27.com)

Allegheny Co. Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast returns – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

MLK Day: How one Pittsburgh-area school is teaching about the civil rights leader, Black American history and the Founding Fathers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Long-time civil rights activist speaks at King’s College | News | citizensvoice.com

Ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

MLK Day celebrations, volunteer opportunities in our area | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

‘We can’t forget’: A lesser-known MLK speech inspires art, observers at Allentown museum – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” leads to passage of civil rights legislation | Mlk | phillytrib.com

Delaware County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service, events (delcotimes.com)

Speaker at Johnstown’s MLK event: ‘Each of us has a part to play’ | News | tribdem.com

NAACP Lancaster’s MLK commemoration service highlights King’s lifelong fight for justice | Local News | lancasteronline.com

1968 Freedom Train march in Memphis shown in color photos (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Delaware County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service, events (delcotimes.com)

Lehigh Valley to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events and memorials across region – lehighvalleylive.com

 

Business/Jobs

Majority of Paycheck Protection Program loans have been forgiven, SBA data shows : NPR

Pennsylvania casinos spend $250 million on renovations, expansions | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gasoline prices dip again in the Philadelphia market (delcotimes.com)

Pittston sees a surge in new businesses | News | citizensvoice.com

Minimum wage to remain the same in Pennsylvaina | Business | citizensvoice.com

 

COVID-19

National Geographic’s ‘Inside the Curve’ offers an overview of Covid’s impact : NPR

 

Education

Temple University kept its commitment to open a center on anti-racism. Penn State didn’t. (inquirer.com)

Faculty fighting for delay in closing of Pitt’s English Language Institute | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

National

GOP action on mail ballot timelines angers military families – Daily Local

The eight Senate seats most likely to flip in 2024 (abc27.com)

Counterpoint: Education and Crime Drive Black Voters to the GOP – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Jerry Shenk: Assessing the ‘dysfunctional’ 118th House of Representatives – Delco Times

Statewide

Why are Democrats doing everything in their power to stop voter ID laws? | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Voter ID proposal by Pa. GOP lawmakers is an insidious way to dilute Black political power | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Advocates: Pa. recount law needs update; about 150 petitions filed in November across state with no change in outcomes | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

District/Local

Republican David Oh ‘leaning towards’ joining crowded contest of Democrats for Philly mayor | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Housing

A two-story house raises the bar for 3D-printed homes : NPR

 

Environment

A new year, a new governor, a new chance to clean up the Chesapeake Bay | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Gun Safety

The solution to Philly’s gun violence is ‘1% Rambo and 99% Mr. Rogers’ says Black former state trooper (inquirer.com)

 

Health

988 suicide lifeline sees big boost in calls its first months : Shots – Health News : NPR

In-hospital mortality rates are up while readmissions decline, shows latest Pennsylvania performance report | WITF

More states are doing what they can to cap insulin costs | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Violence in health care: Medical workers increasingly must contend with threats, assaults | TribLIVE.com

 

State News

Johnstown native named as PUC liaison to Legislature | Local News | indianagazette.com

First Woman Thoroughbred Announcer Calls Races at Parx Racing – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

IRS says most Pennsylvanians will get a tax refund this year – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Readers weigh in on when to open Pa. firearm season [column] | Outdoors | lancasteronline.com

 

National News

Mudslides in California: What makes the state so vulnerable : NPR

U. of Georgia football player, staffer die in car crash after victory parade : NPR

Russia readies long war in Ukraine as 37 die in apartment strike (inquirer.com)

Expanded US training for Ukrainian forces begins in Germany : NPR

What Putin’s shake-up of top commanders could mean for the war in Ukraine : NPR

Thousands of Israelis have attended a protest against the Netanyahu government : NPR

 

Local News

Hatfield borough’s 2023 budget now on the books (thereporteronline.com)

Hundreds attend open house regarding Don Guanella property – Delco Times

Treasurer: Somerset County lodging tax revenue jumped to $1.8M after crackdown | News | tribdem.com

New location found for people living under Mulberry Street bridge: Harrisburg officials – pennlive.com

 

Pitt

Examining the cost and the payoff of Pittsburgh’s quest to woo British Airways | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westmoreland County struggles with public defender staffing shortage | TribLIVE.com

Citizens Bank donates former branch building to Wilkinsburg development group | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Convicted Philadelphia lawmaker has a new gig with the Register of Wills | Al Día News (aldianews.com)

Local home sales hit lowest level in 8 years, and experts say it’ll get worse before it gets better – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Anti-Defamation League bolsters efforts to address anti-LGBTQ hate – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sick leave: Some Philadelphia workers must ‘fight for every hour’ (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

More classified documents found at Biden’s home, White House says : NPR

Three things to know about the looming debt ceiling crisis : NPR

House Oversight chair requests information related to Biden classified documents in letter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette