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This Pa. state senator will be the first to give birth in office. She’s part of a wave of women who have upped representation in Harrisburg. (

Pa. Senate advances bill to drop school religious garb ban – WHYY

Pa. Senate advances bill to drop school religious garb ban – CBS Pittsburgh (

State Senate Approves Bill That Protects First Amendment Rights For Teachers (

Pennsylvania Senate passes bill allowing teachers to wear religious garb, insignia (

Pennsylvania lawmakers aim to remove provision that bars educators from wearing religious garb in classroom – 1010 WCSI

Pa. Senate unanimously passes bill to allow teachers to wear religious symbols – The Morning Call (

Pa. Senate advances Brooks’ bill | Don’t Miss This |

State Senate bill proposes ban on vaccine mandates in Pennsylvania (

Pa. Senate passes bill to allow farm vehicles to make home deliveries (

Pennsylvania legislative session stalls | Pennsylvania |

Meet Pennsylvania’s first Black Lieutenant Governor, Austin Davis | Al Día News (

Shapiro, citing the importance of public safety, stops by PEMA headquarters for first state agency visit – City & State Pennsylvania (

In his first executive order, Shapiro removes degree requirement for thousands of state jobs – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Josh Shapiro signs first executive order opening jobs without degrees (

Shapiro Reaches Across Aisle With First Executive Order on State Jobs – DV Journal (

Pennsylvania drops college degree mandate for state jobs | Pennsylvania |

Shapiro Eliminates Four-Year Degree Requirement For Thousands Of State Jobs (

Who has Pa.’s Josh Shapiro nominated for his cabinet? · Spotlight PA

Shapiro’s nominees to public safety roles include the first woman to head the state Department of Corrections – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

West Chester University Part of Initiative to Help Combat Student Hunger on Campus – NewsBreak



Pennsylvania’s December 2022 gaming revenue released (

Pennsylvania’s casinos produced more than $5 billion in revenues last year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly, Pgh. among U.S. cities with lowest real minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Microsoft slashes 10,000 jobs in wave of layoffs amid recession fears : NPR

4 reasons to be worried about the economy in 2023, and 4 reasons for optimism – Philadelphia Business Journal (

OSHA cites Amazon for ergonomic hazards and other safety risks in warehouses : NPR

A warehouse near the Allentown airport, FedEx hub just sold for nearly $100 million – The Morning Call (

As prices rise, some states are putting grocery taxes on ice | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Former Chester County Superfund site could become massive data center (



Medicare keep spending more on COVID-19 testing. Find out why. (



Is national exposure on live cops show good for Wilkes-Barre? | News |

Prison board invests to earn more money to benefit inmates | News |



Saint Joseph’s University agrees to another merger, continuing growth strategy – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Crime near St. Joseph’s University main campus worries parents, students (

An Urgency of Normal is still needed for children (

Altoona Area School Board approves AR-15s for school resource officers ‘heaven forbid’ they need them | WITF

We should be sounding the alarm on safety issues for college women | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Superintendents vote Quakertown’s Harner to PASA Board of Governors | The Bucks County Herald

Erie School Board votes to close Erie Rise charter school over poor grades (

Fate of Pitt’s English Language Institute remains uncertain |

We need a functioning democracy. Teaching media literacy can help. | Editorial (



PA SRCC Leadership Team Appointed – DV Journal (

Ultra-conservative candidates seeking power from the ground up in Pennsylvania | WITF

A deep-pocketed donor from Pa. is moving onto the national stage. That’s a problem | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

People for Life attending D.C. march, Erie event next Saturday (

The Shapiro transition team failed the transparency test. Let’s hope the Shapiro administration does better. [editorial] | Our Opinion |

Special elections to fill PA House seats in will be held Feb. 7 (

Allegheny County special election date set, results will determine state House control |

Allegheny County announces deadlines for mail-in, absentee voting in special House elections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Candidates sue Dauphin County over political rules in Fort Hunter Park –

With Lehigh County DA Jim Martin retiring, who’s next in the county’s top law enforcement role? History suggests a Republican – The Morning Call (

Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo to run for reelection (

Voters now must “cure” flawed ballots by visiting county office, election board rules | Election |



Will the EPA investigate benzene levels near U.S. Steel plants? (



Southwest pilots union calls for May vote on potential strike | KERA News

Pothole Pain: Swings in weather causing uptick in potholes this year – CBS Pittsburgh (

PennDOT airs plans for Sidman-area bridge projects | News |


Gun Safety

Eighteen state AGs voice support for New York gun-industry liability law | National |



PACT Act expansion to help 18 million veterans (

Pennsylvania health officials concerned about falling vaccination rates in kids (

Healthgrades ranks 3 Philadelphia-area hospitals among 50 best in U.S. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

For those of us wedded to our digital devices, how about we try a ‘Scroll-Free February?’ | Opinion (


State News

Pennsylvania’s energy debate enters cautiously optimistic era | Pennsylvania |

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan tours Reading projects (

Pa.’s Thompson, U.S. House ag leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

How U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, Freedom Caucus is impacting Congress (

Meuser part of Congressional Listening Session at Pa. Farm Show | News |

State ARPA funds for home repairs, social services, get Lancaster County’s approval | Local News |

Pa. Resource Council asks amateur photographers to turn their ‘Lens On Litter’ |

HCA will look to state to comply with drinking water chemical limits | News |


National News

Jacinda Ardern is stepping down as New Zealand’s prime minister : NPR

Wes Moore sworn in as Maryland’s first Black governor | News |

W.Va. House passes bill to cut personal income tax by half – CBS Pittsburgh (

3 NYC sexual health clinics still shuttered as Adams seeks to expand abortion access – Gothamist

Abortion legal landscape in the U.S. is filled with uncertainty : Shots – Health News : NPR

Anger grows in Virginia city where first-grader shot teacher | News |

Court to hear appeal of ex-officer in murder of George Floyd | Across America |

A new program lets private citizens sponsor refugees in the U.S. : NPR

Nemat Shafik is the first woman to be named president of Columbia University : NPR

U.S. Hate speech surges: Americans have to learn to disagree again (


Local News

Volunteer firefighters and EMS will receive tax credit in Dauphin County –

Harrisburg extends deadline for homeless people to clear encampment –

Bethlehem churches should sell properties to city for public good, mayor says (

Cino named board chairman as Upper Makefield Supervisors reorganize for 2023 | The Bucks County Herald

Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority rates rising | The Bucks County Herald

Rate hikes for Bucks County Water and Sewer customers (

City officials debate how to deal with code violations | News |

Commissioners approve unique financial maneuver to keep budget balanced | News |

Abington Heights tax hike not to exceed 4.8% | News |

Shenandoah appoints new members to municipal authority, civil service commission | News |

Reading’s aging and unreliable fire apparatus should be replaced, fire chief says (

Bethlehem Food Co-Op grocery store hailed as ‘unicorn site’ closer to opening. Here’s when it’s expected. –



Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus announces he will not run for re-election – CBS Pittsburgh (

Amid worrisome attendance trends, Pittsburgh’s ballet hires a new artistic director | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First-time homebuyers in Pittsburgh getting a boost from OwnPGH (

Pittsburgh to issue $68M in bonds to cover capital projects |

Pittsburgh Councilman Bruce Kraus won’t seek reelection, his top staffer Bob Charland looks to replace him |

Ellwood City native Debra Todd was a ‘superstar from the start.’ Now she leads the Pa. Supreme Court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh companies chase pandemic deals to upgrade their space as Downtown loses tenants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Appreciating Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community, and welcoming a new leader | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Construction begins on Novo Asian Food Hall in the Strip District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly schools to notify families of special-admissions decisions by Jan. 31, an official says (

In a male-dominated construction industry, this Philly woman seeks to empower others | Local News |



America Set to Hit Its Borrowing Limit Today, Raising Economic Fears – The New York Times (

Debt ceiling brinkmanship looms on Capitol Hill : NPR

U.S. government likely to reach debt ceiling Thursday – CBS Pittsburgh (

As US nears debt limit, political frictions raising alarms – Daily Local

Trump Allies Win Seats on House Oversight Committee, Reflecting GOP Priorities – The New York Times (

Biden to tour California storm damage, see recovery efforts | News |