It’s not too late to save the earth [Judy Schwank’s Report to the People] – Reading Eagle – Pennsylvania News Today

Comitta secures $50,000 in funding for CVIM’s physical therapy program – Daily Local

MEDIC 94 gets $50,000 for equipment upgrades – Daily Local

Lawmaker seeks to divert illegal immigrants released in Pennsylvania to Delaware | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Act 77 That Opened the Floodgates for Mail-In Ballots Remains Controversial – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Editorial: Pa. Senate shouldn’t be childish with open records | TribLIVE.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Staffing shortages due to omicron have left employers scrambling to fill gaps : NPR

These 5 things could help stabilize the pandemic in Europe, WHO expert says : NPR

Greece imposed vaccine mandate for people 60 and up : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Experts back CDC guidance recommending N95, KN95 masks | TribLIVE.com

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are finally available. Here’s how to get them. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State researchers find a way to predict COVID surges | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Kids who lost parents to COVID deserve help, advocates say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

On MLK Day of Service, Cheyney students reminded ‘Getting vaccinated is about love for others’ (delcotimes.com)



Philadelphia Fed president on region’s emerging industries, issues affecting local labor force – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Ohio has more job openings than workers to fill them | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grocery stores continue to feel effects of supply chain issues | Business | citizensvoice.com

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



Pa. state police seize $72 million in illegal drugs in 2021 | TribLIVE.com



Pennsylvania borrowers to receive $70 million in settlement with Navient | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Judge orders North Allegheny School District to reinstate universal masking | TribLIVE.com

Crestwood will have different distances for masked and unmasked in elementary schools | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton School District details issues with busing bid from Dunmore company | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Bucks County schools: Substitute teachers need to keep buildings running in pandemic, beyond (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennridge School Board takes its cues from the radical right (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Efforts to ban books at Lancaster County school districts part of national trend | Local News | lancasteronline.com



The seven states to watch, including Pa., in the fight over voting rights | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Opinion | The Democratic Party’s Latino Voter Problem – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

DelVal Candidates Dominate Straw Poll – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Businessman, Veteran Dave McCormick Enters Race for GOP Senate Nomination – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

The U.S. Senate is broken. Missouri’s talking filibuster could fix it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Advocates for the poor slam Senate filibuster meltdown; call for action on voting rights – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The fierce urgency of the battle for voting rights demands that we join it [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com



U.S. split over increasing nuclear power to cut carbon emissions : NPR



No roadway deaths, and PennDOT ‘making do’ with short staff (abc27.com)

State lawmakers must seize on an opportunity to upgrade public transit in Pa. | Editorial (inquirer.com)



Philadelphia children appear to be gaining weight which could make their COVID symptoms worse (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania has the highest gas prices east of the Rockies, AAA says (inquirer.com)


National News

The Hostages Escaped. But Synagogues Ask, How Can They Be More Secure? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

In ‘Fight,’ John Della Volpe looks at what shapes Gen Z politics : NPR

Tonga photos before and after volcano eruption, tsunami : NPR

Winter storm hits parts of northeast U.S. with foot of snow : NPR

Cold case team shines new light on betrayal of Anne Frank : NPR

China will no longer sell tickets to the Beijing Winter Olympics due to COVID-19 : NPR

Thom Nickels: The new censorship (broadandliberty.com)

After COVID-19 delay, ‘Tipping Point’ is set to deliver a ‘wake-up call’ about refugee community | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill Gates bets big on nuclear power in small town – pennlive.com

MLK Day 2022: The role of the Black church in today’s social justice movements – ABC7 Chicago


Local News

Kennett Square Borough Council evolves with New Year as four new residents join local leadership helm – Daily Local

Crebilly Farm on market for $34 million; Natural Lands hoping to buy and prevent development – Daily Local

Report: In region, 6.4% of those over 25 live with parents, below average | Times Leader

Central Pa. could see snow again on Wednesday night – pennlive.com

Central Pa. roller skating rink damaged extensively in Sunday night fire – pennlive.com

Allentown police community liaison officer Detective James Stanko dies – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

An active weather pattern brings multiple chances for snow to Lehigh Valley this week – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Martin Luther King Day: Lehigh Valley celebrates civil rights leader – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Despite the weather, we’re out here’: Dozens participate in inaugural MLK Freedom Run (mainlinemedianews.com)

Clarks Green invited into Abingtons regional police study | News | thetimes-tribune.com

MLK Day: Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, speaks at Behrend (goerie.com)

Erie County Executive Brenton Davis, Democrats clash over pay hike requests (goerie.com)

Reading officials honor Martin Luther King Junior with day of service | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Speakers at NAACP Lancaster Martin Luther King Jr. worship service urge using discontent to strive for equity | Local News | lancasteronline.com

‘We’re in good hands’: New interim chief takes the reins at Lancaster City Bureau of Fire | Local News | lancasteronline.com



Cold, ice will linger around Pittsburgh after winter storm dumps up to 8 inches of snow | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Give young people voice on gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter from interim Pittsburgh schools chief provides insight into COVID closure process | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh could make $200 million from the GOP convention, but there’s no guarantee | WITF

Calls for further investigation after Allegheny County Jail officials deny allegations of abuse | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Voter registration prominent on Philly MLK Day of Service (audacy.com)

Bell-ringing ceremony in Philadelphia honors King’s legacy | Local News | phillytrib.com

Photos: 27th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service | Local News | phillytrib.com

Funeral services held for 12 killed in Philadelphia fire (abc27.com)

Funeral services held for 12 killed in Philadelphia fire | Local News | phillytrib.com

Funding to boost Philly police’s forensics capabilities | Local News | phillytrib.com

In MLK’s honor, 15 little libraries will pop up in the spring, thanks to carpentry apprentices | Local News | phillytrib.com



Vice president, lawmakers, activists call for voting rights action on MLK Day | ABC27

King family, Democratic leaders mark MLK Day by calling on Manchin, Sinema to budge on filibuster for voting rights legislation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marchers Honor King and Call on Senate to Pass Voting Rights Legislation – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

On MLK Day, King III implores Senate to act on voting rights | Times Leader

Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Fissures at the Supreme Court suggest justices are like a dysfunctional family : NPR

The Movement To Stick Inflation Blame On Biden : Planet Money : NPR

What is the filibuster, explained in simple terms : NPR

Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit Ukraine as U.S.-Russia tensions escalate (inquirer.com)