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Pa. GOP answered Wolf’s pandemic vetoes with constitution changes. The strategy is here to stay. · Spotlight PA

Unable to win the battle of ideas, Pa. Republicans are damaging the state Constitution | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Gov. Wolf responds to redistricting maps by releasing his own (

Where to draw the lines in Black, Latino communities at center of Pa. legislative map fight – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Letter: Redistricting measure intended to preserve GOP power (

Philly pols call for Penn to revoke tenure over racist remarks – WHYY

Amy Wax’s tenure at Penn Law should be revoked, lawmakers say (

Penn under pressure to fire law professor over anti-Asian comments – Axios Philadelphia

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

UPenn law professor accused of making hateful remarks about Asian immigrants (

Pa. State Senator Plans To Introduce Bill That Would Allow Payment Apps To Be Used On Turnpike – CBS Pittsburgh (

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants Venmo, PayPal to become turnpike toll payment methods | PhillyVoice

Republican-flavored congressional redistricting plan passes PA House, but there’s still a long way to go | WSKGWSKG

Deadline approaching for Pa. lawmakers to finalize the state’s redistricting maps | State |

Knife Rights’ PA Switchblade Ban Repeal & Knife Law Preemption Bill Introduced –

Pa. legislature’s redacted legal bills flout court ruling, leave taxpayers guessing |

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Expansion of Senior Prescription Assistance Programs – MyChesCo

Pa. Republicans’ hedged language may have saved them from prosecution over electoral vote scheme | PA Power and Policy |

Howard: MLK Jr. would want lawmakers to pass voting rights bill – Daily Local

State senator seeks Wolf administration testimony on rising cost of greenhouse initiative | Pennsylvania |

Gene Yaw: What critics get wrong about energy choice (

Dave Reed: Don’t let courts decide congressional maps (

End prison gerrymandering: Count people in Philly-run jails in their home districts | Opinion (

Prison Gerrymandering: Who counts in Pennsylvania? That depends on who’s counting | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Megan’s Law for nursing homes gaining traction in Harrisburg |

What Gov. Tom Wolf’s 54 vetoes mean for his last year in office | News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

CDC assists FDA by reducing time between initial and booster doses of Pfizer vaccine – CBS Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania News Today

The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science – The New York Times (

You’ll be able to order free at-home COVID test kits starting on Jan. 19 : NPR

COVID deaths and cases in nursing homes climbing again (

Employers are on their own after court guts Biden vaccine-or-testing mandate (

Extra covid tests from feds unlikely to make much difference in Western Pa. schools |

New COVID-19 cases hit quadruple digits Sunday in Luzerne County | coronavirus |

Bucks County orders 300,000 COVID-19 rapid tests | The Bucks County Herald

Essential workers face a tough choice: Find a test or miss work | WITF

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

In light of Omicron in the Poconos, is it time for COVID restrictions? (

Businesses react to ruling against Biden vaccine mandate – Delco Times



Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes Covid Lockdowns – The New York Times (

Restaurants without RRF grants are in desperate straits — and Omicron has made it worse. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rising costs add to pandemic pain for small businesses | ABC27

Guest column: Inflation, rising energy prices could squeeze U.S. families (

Here’s why spending $2T won’t make inflation worse than it already is | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Worker shortages create job opportunities in U.S. | Local News |

Central Pa.’s labor market still ailing from pandemic’s ‘Great Disruption’ (



Community-based violence prevention works, but it needs sustained support | Opinion (

For Oath Keepers and founder, Jan. 6 was weeks in the making | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allentown Police in line to undergo active bystander training. We found out what it’s all about – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Tackling student loan debt during the pandemic – WHYY

Guest editorial | To help Pennsylvanians, Biden must alleviate student loan debt | Editorials |

Penn to invest nearly $5M over 5 years in another West Philly school (

State-of-the-art esports facility coming to Albright College (

School can’t ‘cure every societal ill’ GOP lawyers argue in cross-examination of Hite | Local News |

Editorial: Fair funding trial shows the tale of haves and have-nots (



Voters could be flooded with proposed changes to the Pa. Constitution in 2023 · Spotlight PA

City-wide voter outreach rally begins on King Day | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

Two US Senate Candidates in Pennsylvania Weigh In on Voting Legislation (

Corman, top Republican in Pa. Senate, says he has $3 million for governor’s race | PA Power and Policy |

Who Is King of Florida? Tensions Rise Between Trump and Ron DeSantis – The New York Times (

Mehmet Oz is spending millions on TV to boost his Senate campaign in Pa. He’s not alone in an ultra-wealthy GOP field | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump is front and center in Pennsylvania’s race for governor. Will it stay that way? (

Lou Barletta warns of ‘ghost flights’ for immigrants. Critics call that a political ‘stunt.’ (

Philly’s largest city worker union is backing Malcolm Kenyatta for U.S. Senate (

Government watchdog latest to sue Fulton County over missing 2020 election review documents – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

To honor MLK’s legacy, pass voting rights.  Democrats and Republicans will benefit | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai is running for governor … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



2021 was 6th hottest year ever recorded, NASA report says (



Pennsylvania to receive $1.6B for bridge repairs | Pennsylvania |

Buttigieg touts $1.6B from infrastructure bill to fix PA’s bridges | City & State PA (

Traffic will be using new, nearly mile-long bridge over the Susquehanna River by late summer: PennDOT –

Allentown weather: Roads remain icy after snow and ice turn to rain – The Morning Call (



BAUMLIN: Healthcare Remains Unequal 56 Years After MLK Called for Change – DV Journal (

New rule to stop insurance brokers from fraudulently enrolling people in plans : Shots – Health News : NPR

American Lung Association reminds Pa. residents to check homes for radon (

Staff at a Montco addiction and behavioral hospital say they’re understaffed and unprotected from COVID-19 (

There is life after addiction. Most people recover | WITF

Poll: Mental health of LGBTQ youth takes a hit from anti-transgender bills – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Biden returns to Philadelphia to visit food bank | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bidens pack carrots, apples into boxes during food bank stop – Daily Local

Pa. Supreme Court delays Fulton County election review – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Eye on the Capitol: Congressional votes for Jan. 7-13 | Local News |

With snowstorm on the way, here’s a winter roadway safety and Title 75 reminder (

Transition to 5G Cellular Service Will Cause Older 3G Phones to Stop Operating in 2022 – PennWatch

State officials say to watch for 1099 forms coming to your mailbox soon | Local Business |


National News

Voting rights, racial justice: Under challenge, Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is being reinvigorated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MLK Day 2022: Volunteering in the U.S., by the numbers | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Voting rights, racial justice: Under challenge, Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is being reinvigorated –

GIORDANO: Examining the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy – DV Journal (

Coretta Scott King, ‘thought partner’ in building the dream | Mlk |

Let the challenges begin! Time for contesting census is here | WITF

China’s economy grows 8.1% in 2021, slows in second half | News |

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation | News |

Two Views: Learn the history before we do something dumb in Ukraine (

Viewpoint: Why cities should embrace life sciences as an economic driver – Philadelphia Business Journal (

FBI identifies the British man it says took hostages at a Texas synagogue : NPR

Iowa town translates its diverse population into a majority Latino city council | Iowa Public Radio

Netanyahu in talks to reach plea bargain in corruption trial : NPR

University of Michigan fires president Mark Schlissel : NPR

DirecTV says it will sever ties with far-right network One America News | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NPR showed us the best way to interview a totalitarian liar | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

Central PA MLK Day of Service | ABC27

Newtown Township starts making safety improvements along Sycamoare St. (

White Clay Creek sees land preservation – Daily Local

Many in county not applying for COVID-19 funeral benefits | coronavirus |

Carbon County welcomes ARP funds guidance | News |

Code Blue warning extended in Reading (

Winter storm causing problems on local roads (

Young baker from York County is a contestant on Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’ –

Pennsylvania PUC approves sale of Lower Makefield sewer system to Aqua Pennsylvania (

Winter storm blankets Central Pa. with snow, ice, rain and heavy winds | WITF

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

Lower Merion officials, community groups report signs promoting racism and white supremacy found in Ardmore – Mainline Media News

Committee greenlights latest Suburban Square expansion – Mainline Media News petition seeks removal of Stroudsburg board member (

Delaware County Health Department Director to start Tuesday amid COVID and syphillis surge (



Staffing issues stress Pittsburgh region’s 911 centers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Unchecked flood’ of guns driving wave of shootings, deaths in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This time, get the new Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent right | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new Pittsburgh well-plugging company and a leak detection firm tackle landscape of abandoned gas and oil wells | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In Pittsburgh, news of synagogue incident sparks worry and calls for resilience | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh native Bartley Griffith is behind breakthrough pig heart transplant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh shelters ‘bursting at the seams’ with surrendered pets adopted during pandemic | Today in Pa. –



Dr. King spoke truth at Villanova field house nearly 57 years ago | Opinion (

In honor of their ‘Fallen Angel,’ parents of slain Philly entrepreneur reopen his clothing store in a new location (

How to give back in Philly: Ways to volunteer, donate, and support local groups (

Philadelphia housing market: Expert forecasts what 2022 will bring for residential real estate – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly-area homeowners are building wealth quickly, thanks to rising prices (

Step Up to the Plate ends services after almost two years of helping Philadelphians (

Be a climate city or own a natural gas utility? Philly can’t do both. | Editorial (

How are Trump appointees are shaping Philly’s 3rd Circuit Court? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Senate Democrats pointed to MLK Day for hope, but new push on voting rights still falling flat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Joe Biden prods Senate, but Sen. Kyrsten Sinema blunts voting bill’s chances (

After Biden’s first year, the virus and disunity rage on – Daily Local

Census interference by Trump administration detailed in email : NPR

Senate weighs options as Russia poses threat to Ukraine | ABC27

MURPHY: Fugitive Methane Emissions: Deployed Technologies vs. New Taxes – DV Journal (