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

Pennsylvania Senate committee passes congressional map, changes likely forthcoming | Pennsylvania |

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

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

Lawmaker proposes school choice for Pennsylvania students in poor-performing districts (

Local Lawmaker Concerned Over Proposed Legislative Redistricting –

York County lawmaker to lead state delegation to Chesapeake Bay cleanup board | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

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

WAHRHAFTIG: Yet Another Threat to Personal Data – DV Journal (

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

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 |

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

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

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

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 (

COVID Tests in High Demand as Omicron Surges – DV Journal (

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

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

‘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 |

At least a quarter COVID-19 positive at Lackawanna County testing site | News |

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

Starbucks among highest-profile companies to nix vaccine mandate –

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 |

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

Four-day workweek gaining traction during Great Resignation – Philadelphia Business Journal (

PA OKs Parx plan to open mini casino in Shippensburg in 2022 (

Mini-casino approved for Shippensburg, casinos major economic driver for state (

Grocery shopping in central Pa: Trying to keep the shelves full (

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 (

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

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

PPD arrested three juvenile offenders for carjackings | Local News |

Philadelphia police arrest about a dozen homicide suspects (



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

Pocono schools are aiming to get kids back in the classroom (

North Penn board, parents sound off on mask-taping photo (

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

Central Bucks president Dana Hunter shoots down COVID-19 changes (

Spring-Ford schools to add Muslim, Hindu holidays to calendar (

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

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

HACC faculty prepare for union vote | WITF

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



Commonwealth Partners set to endorse Bill McSwain in governor’s race (

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 (

Mike Turzai opts against run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2022 (

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

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

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 |

TV personality and Senate candidate Mehmet Oz visits Old Forge | News |

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

Biden’s approval has declined across the board — from independents to the base (



Letter: Politicians bear much of blame for climate crisis (

PA Pans NY Ban on Natural Gas Hookups – DV Journal (

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

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



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 (

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 (

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 –

Human trafficking in Pa. spotlighted by state courts (

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

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

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

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

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 (

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 (

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

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

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

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch mask dispute provides a lesson in enabling | Helen Ubiñas (

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 (

Zoning Board continues vote for Dover Solar Project (

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

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

Consumer confidence in Lancaster County bucks national trend | Local Business |

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 |

Abington Heights board amends district’s health and safety plan | Education |

Scranton seeks participation in survey to help inform economic development plan | News |

Project proposals could bring 60 apartment units to Hazleton | News |

Reading School Board to form museum committee (

Contractors working on city projects may be held to new standards (

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 (

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



‘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 |



City Council to unveil redistricting plan after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations (

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

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

Firefighters seek cash to reopen ladder near Fairmount fire (

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

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

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

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

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

Convicted Councilmember Bobby Henon resigns from City Council a month before federal sentencing (

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

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

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 (

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 |

New year, new push for Build Back Better plan (

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