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. (inquirer.com)

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

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

State Senate Approves Bill That Protects First Amendment Rights For Teachers (politicspa.com)

Pennsylvania Senate passes bill allowing teachers to wear religious garb, insignia (abc27.com)

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 (mcall.com)

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

State Senate bill proposes ban on vaccine mandates in Pennsylvania (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. Senate passes bill to allow farm vehicles to make home deliveries (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania legislative session stalls | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

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

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

Josh Shapiro signs first executive order opening jobs without degrees (ydr.com)

Shapiro Reaches Across Aisle With First Executive Order on State Jobs – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania drops college degree mandate for state jobs | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Shapiro Eliminates Four-Year Degree Requirement For Thousands Of State Jobs (politicspa.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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



Pennsylvania’s December 2022 gaming revenue released (abc27.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 (bizjournals.com)

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 (mcall.com)

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

Former Chester County Superfund site could become massive data center (inquirer.com)



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



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

Prison board invests to earn more money to benefit inmates | News | thetimes-tribune.com



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

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

An Urgency of Normal is still needed for children (broadandliberty.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 (goerie.com)

Fate of Pitt’s English Language Institute remains uncertain | TribLIVE.com

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



PA SRCC Leadership Team Appointed – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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

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

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 – pennlive.com

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 (mcall.com)

Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo to run for reelection (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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



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



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 (cbsnews.com)

PennDOT airs plans for Sidman-area bridge projects | News | tribdem.com


Gun Safety

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



PACT Act expansion to help 18 million veterans (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania health officials concerned about falling vaccination rates in kids (abc27.com)

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

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


State News

Pennsylvania’s energy debate enters cautiously optimistic era | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan tours Reading projects (readingeagle.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 | phillytrib.com

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

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 | phillytrib.com

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

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 (poconorecord.com)


Local News

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

Harrisburg extends deadline for homeless people to clear encampment – pennlive.com

Bethlehem churches should sell properties to city for public good, mayor says (mcall.com)

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 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

City officials debate how to deal with code violations | News | tribdem.com

Commissioners approve unique financial maneuver to keep budget balanced | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Abington Heights tax hike not to exceed 4.8% | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Reading’s aging and unreliable fire apparatus should be replaced, fire chief says (readingeagle.com)

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



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

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 (nextpittsburgh.com)

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

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

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 (inquirer.com)

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



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

Debt ceiling brinkmanship looms on Capitol Hill : NPR

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

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 (nytimes.com)

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