Pennsylvania redistricting panel enters final stretch to complete House, Senate maps · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania Senate committee passes congressional map, changes likely forthcoming | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bill to increase caps on school-choice tax credit programs clears Pennsylvania Senate committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Senate panel advances bill to expand tax credit caps for scholarships | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Lawmaker proposes school choice for Pennsylvania students in poor-performing districts (broadandliberty.com)

Local Lawmaker Concerned Over Proposed Legislative Redistricting – LevittownNow.com

York County lawmaker to lead state delegation to Chesapeake Bay cleanup board | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Kevin Mooney: Paycheck protection needed to prevent government payroll from funding partisan political activism (broadandliberty.com)

WAHRHAFTIG: Yet Another Threat to Personal Data – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. Democrats want to get rid of sex on birth certificates (poconorecord.com)

Bill requiring missing persons reporting to national database heading to the governor’s desk | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State Rep. Eric Nelson wants ‘natural immunity’ exemption for employer vaccine mandates | TribLIVE.com

Pa. Senate passes bills aimed at ransomware, data breaches | Politics | cumberlink.com

Pa. Senate committee advances local firearm ordinance preemption bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senator Dan Laughlin reaches out to Nation Fuel Gas Company asking for headquarters to be moved to Erie, Pennsylvania (wkbn.com)

Republican Pa. Sen. Jake Corman, a candidate for governor, calls for Philly D.A. Larry Krasner to be impeached | PhillyVoice


Coronavirus – COVID-19

New Zealand will not impose lockdown when omicron hits : NPR

Carhartt blowback shows tightrope companies face over vaccine mandates : NPR

Pa. Health Dept. adds new free COVID-19 testing sites | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

COVID Tests in High Demand as Omicron Surges – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Gov. Wolf, it’s time to declare an emergency on Omicron in PA (poconorecord.com)

Delaware County continues its battle with COVID as large-scale testing site opens today (delcotimes.com)

‘In a cup-half-full analysis,’ officials say daily COVID-19 cases stabilizing in Allegheny County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 surging again at Luzerne County nursing homes | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

At least a quarter COVID-19 positive at Lackawanna County testing site | News | thetimes-tribune.com

‘We have encountered a dramatic rise’: Montgomery County hospitals see increases amid coronavirus surge (readingeagle.com)

Starbucks among highest-profile companies to nix vaccine mandate – pennlive.com

Doylestown Health asks Central Bucks School District to help curb virus | The Bucks County Herald



Bowery Farming’s Bethlehem `vertical farm’ to start growing crops indoors in March on old Steel property | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

6 things you need to know about the evolution of the office in 2022 (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Four-day workweek gaining traction during Great Resignation – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

PA OKs Parx plan to open mini casino in Shippensburg in 2022 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Mini-casino approved for Shippensburg, casinos major economic driver for state (abc27.com)

Grocery shopping in central Pa: Trying to keep the shelves full (ydr.com)

A ray of hope: Local hotels could bounce back to near pre-pandemic levels in 2022, forecaster predicts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Jan. 6 Capitol riot Patriot Freedom Fund raises red flags for charity experts : NPR

Man who threatened lynchings in emails to Police Commissioner Outlaw gets four years in federal prison (inquirer.com)

Police: Teen dead after being shot outside school on Pittsburgh’s North Side | TribLIVE.com

Student dies after 2 shoot into school van at dismissal time in Pittsburgh | WITF

PPD arrested three juvenile offenders for carjackings | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia police arrest about a dozen homicide suspects (audacy.com)



A Philly Council member wants the city to follow NYC’s model for fixing crumbling schools | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pocono schools are aiming to get kids back in the classroom (poconorecord.com)

North Penn board, parents sound off on mask-taping photo (delcotimes.com)

Pennsylvania teacher caught taping mask to student’s face in viral image | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Central Bucks president Dana Hunter shoots down COVID-19 changes (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Spring-Ford schools to add Muslim, Hindu holidays to calendar (dailylocal.com)

Angry that school is closed? Don’t blame teachers or unions. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Superintendent’s resignation on agenda for Thursday school board meeting | Education | standardspeaker.com

HACC faculty prepare for union vote | WITF

Lebanon Co. students tapped to build hardware for NASA and International Space Station – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Commonwealth Partners set to endorse Bill McSwain in governor’s race (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. candidate for governor Bill McSwain lands endorsement of big GOP campaign donor | WITF

A Pennsylvania county’s voting machine review has its roots in 2020 election fraud lies | WITF

History lesson? Oz blasts Biden policies, points to Bethlehem Steel plant closed 27 years ago – WLVR FM

Gregory to seek third House term | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Here are the candidates running for PA’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Mike Turzai opts against run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2022 (abc27.com)

Republicans Distrust Everyone When it Comes to Elections; All Voters Distrust Gov. Wolf – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Longtime local organizer La’Tasha Mayes announces bid for Gainey’s House seat | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

From food trucks to tech startup, Bhavini Patel ready to step into big-time politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. candidate withdraws from state House race over proposed changes to legislative districts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Candidate withdraws from race for Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey’s former Pa. House seat | TribLIVE.com

TV personality and Senate candidate Mehmet Oz visits Old Forge | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa. U.S. Senate race: Kenyatta gets key union endorsement – WHYY

Biden’s approval has declined across the board — from independents to the base (nbcnews.com)



Letter: Politicians bear much of blame for climate crisis (readingeagle.com)

PA Pans NY Ban on Natural Gas Hookups – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Nearly 2,400 more miles of Pennsylvania’s streams are impaired now compared to just two years ago; Philly has the highest percentage (inquirer.com)

DEP: Number of polluted waterways in Pa. up | Smart Talk (witf.org)



Roughly $858M headed to fix aging Ohio River lock-and-dam in Beaver County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Hospitals at the max, Crozer medical chief says (delcotimes.com)

Planned Parenthood CEO Sydney Etheredge focuses on abortion rights amid legislative mood swing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hospitals get COVID surge help from Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh anti-abortion advocate Mary Winter keeping close eye on Supreme Court case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigation finds Pitt’s use of fetal tissue in research is above board | WITF

Marvin and Dee Ann Woodall endow first health system chair | The Bucks County Herald


State News

Pa. city ranks among top 10 pet-friendly places in U.S.: study – pennlive.com

Human trafficking in Pa. spotlighted by state courts (poconorecord.com)

Rep. Houlahan: My father survived the Holocaust by a miracle. It shouldn’t take a miracle to be Jewish and alive. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

New Pa. academy accepting applications for first-ever cadet class – pennlive.com

For ‘largest turkey project we’ve ever conducted,’ Pennsylvania Game Commission seeks public reports – pennlive.com

USDA appoints Heidi Secord as Pa.’s Farm Service Agency exec – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Unemployment fraud problems continue for state, laid-off claimants in Pennsylvania | 90.5 WESA


National News

Russia calls to ‘end the hysteria’ over talk it will invade Ukraine : NPR

Mayors from across US focus on local recovery efforts during annual DC meeting (abc27.com)

Archaeologists dig into human behavior on the International Space Station : NPR

New Mexico is pushing to be a ‘model’ for how race is taught in U.S. schools : NPR

U.K. Conservatives may oust Boris Johnson — here’s how they can do that : NPR

Winter Olympics: NBC won’t send sports announcers to Beijing due to COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

BLOOMQUIST: Atlantic Broadband Dumps Newsmax: Business as Usual, or Corporate Censorship? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

EXPLAINER: Microsoft’s Activision buy could shake up gaming – Delco Times

North Korea slams US, hints at resuming nuclear, ICBM tests | News | tribdem.com

Rising mortgage rates cool the refinancing market | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch mask dispute provides a lesson in enabling | Helen Ubiñas (inquirer.com)

CIA finds no ‘worldwide campaign’ by any foreign power behind mysterious Havana syndrome | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case | WITF


Local News

Thomas chosen as Forty Fort’s next mayor | Times Leader

ROSICA: West Chester Reign of Error – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Zoning Board continues vote for Dover Solar Project (ydr.com)

Effort to raise on-street parking rates in downtown Lancaster moves ahead | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster Bar Association seeking candidates for judicial vacancies on Common Pleas bench | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Consumer confidence in Lancaster County bucks national trend | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Coatesville community working toward revitalization – Daily Local

PECO to restrict Market Street next week for utility improvement in West Chester Borough – Daily Local

No action on former Luzerne County Children and Youth director’s pension | Times Leader

Lackawanna County sues Marketplace at Steamtown mall for pedestrian access through Crunch Fitness bridge | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Abington Heights board amends district’s health and safety plan | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton seeks participation in survey to help inform economic development plan | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Project proposals could bring 60 apartment units to Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Reading School Board to form museum committee (readingeagle.com)

Contractors working on city projects may be held to new standards (readingeagle.com)

Allentown’s firetrucks, police cars and ambulances are in bad shape. But city officials can’t agree on how to fix them. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bethlehem City Council postpones vote on controversial 9-story South Side building – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



‘Tragedy for the entire PPS family’: 15-year-old student identified as victim shot dead outside Oliver Citywide Academy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CMU safety expert, city of Pittsburgh have concerns about proposed state bill for self-driving vehicles | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Patience, due diligence key in Wilkinsburg annexation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council to consider bill involving warrantless stop of residents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Covid hospitalizations high among young children in Allegheny County | TribLIVE.com



City Council to unveil redistricting plan after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations (inquirer.com)

The Editors: Krasner and city must list forensic technologies he claims will curb homicide crisis (broadandliberty.com)

Philly stresses need to file taxes to get full child tax credits – WHYY

Firefighters seek cash to reopen ladder near Fairmount fire (audacy.com)

Philadelphia’s Joseph Fox Bookshop closing after 70 years – On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

With Philly’s indoor dining vaccine mandate in full effect, restaurants report smooth rollout | Local News | phillytrib.com

Shuttered Cobbs Creek Golf Course to receive $65M restoration, new community center – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Biden nominates first woman of color to serve on Third Circuit Court of Appeals – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia health commissioner says launch of vaccine mandate for restaurants has been ‘smooth’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Convicted Councilmember Bobby Henon resigns from City Council a month before federal sentencing (inquirer.com)

Black-owned Philly developer Mosaic gets $10M from Sixers’ Josh Harris to expand (inquirer.com)

Delco group welcomes charges in shooting of Fanta Bility | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Philly councilmember, local unions seek to increase participation in skilled trade apprenticeship programs | PhillyVoice



Five moments that mattered in Biden’s 1st year in the White House : NPR

President Joe Biden to hold first news conference of 2022 (abc27.com)

Biden says nation weary from COVID but rising with him in WH – Delco Times

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to overcome GOP opposition on voting rights : NPR

Senate sinks voting rights legislation as Democrats fail at filibuster reform | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Supreme Court denies Trump’s bid to block release of records to Jan. 6 panel : NPR

Biden nominates the 1st Muslim woman to serve as a federal judge : NPR

Power struggle among Biden appointees gets personal over race | Across America | phillytrib.com

New year, new push for Build Back Better plan (abc27.com)

Sen. Ted Cruz asks Supreme Court to void anti-corruption campaign rule | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette