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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. residents 65 and older eligible for covid vaccine but most providers don’t have supply
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-residents-65-and-older-can-get-covid-vaccine-though-supply-remains-low/

Pa. and Philly expand COVID-19 vaccine groups, but confusion remains for residents
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philly-pa-nj-vaccine-rollout-appointments-seniors-65-75-high-risk-phase-20210120.html

COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania lowers vaccination eligibility age in campaign’s first phase
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/covid-19/2021/01/19/COVID-19-Allegheny-County-coronavirus-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data/stories/202101190089

Pa. expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816846/pa-expands-covid-19-vaccine-eligibility

Seniors, high-risk Pennsylvanians qualify for vaccine. Now, the challenge is getting it in Bucks, Montco.
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/01/19/bucks-county-vaccine-rollout-expanded-eligibility-65-and-older/4213776001/

Pennsylvania updates coronavirus vaccine rollout to give priority to people 65 and older as St. Luke’s announces plan
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-vaccine-plan-update-20210119-hkpe4ygl3rfnnkmb3qt7y7tjty-story.html

Western Pa. teachers struggle to get information on vaccine distribution
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-teachers-struggle-to-get-information-on-vaccine-distribution/

116 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Tuesday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/116-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-on-tuesday/article_97bb47a4-4348-5bc0-9784-c813c1e6ecf1.html

Montgomery County records 1,278 new positive coronavirus cases, no deaths, over 4-day period
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-1-278-new-positive-coronavirus-cases-no-deaths-over-4-day-period/article_6af8ad6e-029d-5022-a889-c20bfeb62389.html

Allegheny County sees lowest covid case average since mid-November
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-sees-lowest-covid-case-average-since-mid-november/

Advaite will challenge Chester County’s $11 million COVID-19 test lawsuit
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/advaite-will-challenge-chester-countys-11-million-covid-19-test-lawsuit/article_87057f92-0342-5bfa-8124-ce4c1498460a.html

Washington

Biden supporters in Pa. will celebrate an unusual Inauguration Day with themed cocktails and sighs of relief
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/inauguration-day-biden-supporters-pennsylvania-20210120.html

In fortified Washington, Biden prepares to take presidential oath before fractured country
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/19/inauguration-Washington-Joe-Biden-Donald-Trump-oath-of-office-National-Guard/stories/202101200003

Local politicians from both parties will attend Biden’s inauguration
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/20/Biden-inauguration-Pittsburgh-area-Guy-Reschenthaler-Mike-Kelly-Casey-Lamb-Fitzgerald/stories/202101190147

Harris vice presidency marks several ‘firsts’
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/harris-vice-presidency-marks-several-firsts/

Biden’s Catholic faith is deep and foundational, friends and supporters say
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/bidens-catholic-faith-is-deep-and-foundational-friends-and-supporters-say/article_14beed14-1735-56bb-a988-41f5b66d8108.html

Biden sends video message to Scranton community
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/biden-sends-video-message-to-scranton-community/article_87865713-c493-59cf-827d-8dda4243ae42.html

Panel outlines expectations for new president
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/panel-outlines-expectations-for-new-president/article_ea2aa645-e38b-594c-ad4e-237fd17b242a.html

On Day One, Biden to overturn Trump policies on climate, virus with 15 executive orders
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/20/Day-One-Biden-executive-orders-trump-policies-climate-virus/stories/202101200110

Biden to extend eviction moratorium through March
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/01/20/Biden-to-extend-eviction-moratorium-through-March/stories/202101200112

For millions of college grads mired in student debt, will Biden offer a bit more breathing room?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/01/19/College-graduates-laden-student-loans-debt-Joe-Biden-executive-action-breathing-room-forgiveness/stories/202101180093

After insults and fraught politics in Pa., Rachel Levine’s nomination to Biden administration is a ‘new day for transgender America’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rachel-levine-pennsylvania-politics-transgender-20210119.html

What to know about Rachel Levine, the history-making Pa. health official tapped for Biden administration
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rachel-levine-joe-biden-assistant-health-secretary-hhs-transgender-pennsylvania-20210119.html

Transgender community in Pennsylvania celebrates Dr. Rachel Levine’s appointment
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/01/20/transgender-community-pa-proud-dr-levine-but-tired-hate/4210638001/

Scranton Joe? Biden gets heat for inaugural celebration with union-busting law firm
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/scranton-joe-biden-gets-heat-for-inaugural-celebration-with-union-busting-law-firm/

President Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, 142 others
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/19/Trump-expected-to-pardon-former-strategist-Steve-Bannon/stories/202101190171

Authorities will ‘never take me alive,’ Harrisburg woman told social media after stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop, FBI says
https://www.inquirer.com/news/riley-williams-nancy-pelosi-laptop-capitol-arrests-pennsyvania-harrisburg-discord-20210120.html

Joe Biden will be inaugurated today, but the damage of Trump’s presidency can’t be easily undone | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/biden-inauguration-trump-covid-patriotism-losses-20210120.html

Administration

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf expects to name Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s successor later this week
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-gov-tom-wolf-expects-to-name-health-secretary-dr-rachel-levines-successor-later-this-week.html

Business

Essential workers exposed to COVID-19 are reporting to work when they can’t get paid to quarantine
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/covid-19-quarantine-paid-leave-essential-workers-20210120.html

Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Hazleton property
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/medical-marijuana-dispensary-eyes-hazleton-property/article_cb102c34-28f0-5849-b729-7f7becc8a1d2.html

Crime/Punishment

Pa. prisons don’t always tell families when inmates are sick. Officials are defending that policy.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/19/pennsylvania-state-doc-prisons-notification-policy-right-to-know-families-inmates-sick-covid-19/stories/202101190122

5 charged, 4 wounded in shootings in Pennsylvania’s Poconos
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/5-charged-4-wounded-in-shootings-in-pennsylvanias-poconos.html

Monroe County’s second shooting incident in two days leaves one dead, one injured
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-stroud-township-double-shooting-20210120-csg2srae5zhw5gapxe4qsoylny-story.html

Update: Further details emerge in Poconos shootings
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/local/2021/01/19/five-suspects-apprehended-connection-coolbaugh-twp-shootings/4211531001/

Education

Reading Olivet Boys & Girls Club reopens remote learning program after COVID shutdown
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-olivet-boys-girls-club-reopens-remote-learning-program-after-covid-shutdown/article_ca79756a-5a8f-11eb-8525-1f955e798d2f.html

Testing, testing, and more testing on college campuses this spring as coronavirus concerns remain
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/penn-state-penn-temple-coronavirus-testing-20210119.html

Elections/Politics

Josh Shapiro sworn into 2nd term as Pa. attorney general
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/josh-shapiro-sworn-into-second-term-as-pa-attorney-general/

Pa. attorney general sworn in, files another lawsuit against Trump Administration
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-attorney-general-sworn-in-files-another-lawsuit-against-trump-administration.html

Auditor General Tim DeFoor vows to deliver on ‘accountability, integrity, and transparency’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/auditor-general-tim-defoor-vows-to-deliver-accountability-integrity-and-transparency-as-pas-fiscal-watchdog.html

Pa. row officers sworn in, bringing diversity, GOP shakeup to Harrisburg
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pa-row-officers-sworn-in-bringing-diversity-gop-shakeup-to-harrisburg/

Gaming

Casino revenue in Pa., NJ. suffered in 2020 from the pandemic. So did taxes, at least in Pa.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/pennsylvania-nj-casino-revenue-covid-2020-taxes-20210120.html

Unlucky numbers: State casino revenues fell 22.2% last year because of pandemic shutdowns
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/01/19/Casinos-Pennsylvania-Rivers-Meadows-gaming-control-board-pandemic-shutdowns/stories/202101190141

Local News

Proposed ordinance would set new deadline to pay 2020 Scranton trash fees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/proposed-ordinance-would-set-new-deadline-to-pay-2020-scranton-trash-fees/article_d81df5a0-b8ef-5cae-8e84-5e9139b0904a.html

Oakmont Commons flooding solutions dependent upon grant approval
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/oakmont-commons-flooding-solutions-dependent-upon-grant-approval/

Donations pour in for memorial ice rink restoration
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816861/donations-pour-in-for-memorial-ice-rink-restoration

Swoyersville solicitor: Mayor told me to draft controversial dog ordinance
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/swoyersville-solicitor-mayor-told-me-to-draft-controversial-dog-ordinance/article_95719d14-b93e-54c9-9ffe-2b952a5c9479.html

Market Street Bridge closure cost $45K, flood authority says
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/market-street-bridge-closure-cost-45k-flood-authority-says/article_49f0b941-3ee2-5695-9c2b-c6c0b5febf21.html

Philly

A man died after assault in Philly jail, where violence has surged under pandemic lockdown
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homicide-philadelphia-jails-violence-covid-pandemic-lockdowns-20210120.html

Prosecutor says ‘balls were dropped’ in release of accused gunman before Brewerytown murder
https://www.inquirer.com/news/milan-loncar-murder-dogwalker-brewerytown-robbery-philadelphia-police-larry-krasner-20210119.html

Teen gunned down in North Philadelphia Monday is the city’s latest homicide victim
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homicide-teen-fatal-shooting-police-philadelphia-20210119.html

Mark Gleason, head of the influential Philadelphia School Partnership, is leaving
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-school-partnership-mark-gleason-20210119.html

Ted Kirsch, longtime Philadelphia teachers’ union chief, dies at 81
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ted-kirsch-pft-labor-leader-philadelphia-obituary-obituaries-20210119.html

Philadelphia 76ers announce initiative to support Black businesses
https://www.phillytrib.com/sports/philadelphia-76ers-announce-initiative-to-support-black-businesses/article_92abd8ee-863c-5343-900c-ad4a6add3dda.html

Pitt

State Rep. Gainey to challenge Peduto in Democratic primary
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2021/01/19/Ed-Gainey-campaign-Pittsburgh-mayor-PA-state-representative-challenge-Peduto-Democrat/stories/202101190079

State Rep. Ed Gainey to challenge incumbent Bill Peduto in race for Pittsburgh mayor
https://triblive.com/local/rep-ed-gainey-to-challenge-incumbent-peduto-in-race-for-pittsburgh-mayor/

City Council introduces ban on ‘no-knock’ warrants; Pittsburgh police say no need
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/19/Pittsburgh-City-Council-no-knock-warrant-ban-bill-introduced-police/stories/202101190128

Ban on no-knock warrants introduced by Pittsburgh City Council
https://triblive.com/local/ban-on-no-knock-warrants-introduced-by-pittsburgh-city-council/

U.S. District Court rules Port Authority workers can wear masks with Black lives matter slogans
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/19/Port-Authority-masks-Black-lives-matter-preliminary-injunction-bus-drivers-free-speech/stories/202101190145

Annual Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit opens virtually on Friday
https://triblive.com/local/annual-pittsburgh-racial-justice-summit-opens-virtually-on-friday/

Court rules in favor of city in Darlene Harris campaign finance suit
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2021/01/19/Pittsburgh-campaign-finance-Darlene-Harris-city-council-lawsuit/stories/202101190134

Comcast to provide internet access at safe spaces across Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2021/01/19/Comcast-provide-internet-access-Pittsburgh-safe-spaces-lift-zones-learning-low-income-education/stories/202101190086

Pittsburgh Council approves extension of program to require affordable housing in Lawrenceville
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-council-approves-extension-of-program-to-require-affordable-housing-in-lawrenceville/

State News

Sign language skills needed
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/01/20/Sign-language-skills-needed/stories/202101190012