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Legislature

Gov. Wolf announces $15 million for gun violence prevention, calls for community safety (abc27.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf announces $15 million for gun violence prevention to fund community programs | WITF

Philly again clashes with the commonwealth over local gun control | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania Senate moves forward a measure targeting local gun laws | WITF

‘Nothing about us without us’ : Pa. advocates address statewide challenges to recovery – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Flynn wants to allow turnpike bill payment with online apps | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Wolf joins Pittsburgh leaders to tout Pennsylvania’s fiscal improvements | TribLIVE.com

‘Seize the moment’: Gov. Wolf talks about his legacy and sets table for budget speech in Pittsburgh | WITF

In final year, Wolf touts multi-billion surplus; but projections depict gloomy fiscal future – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Measure prohibits Pennsylvania taxpayer money to be used for hacker ransoms | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate tackles data breaches, sends measure to House | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

As deadline looms for new congressional map, Senate works to broker deal with governor | PHL17.com

Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto tally illustrates gridlock with Pa. Republicans (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers make new push to privatize liquor sales (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers make new push to privatize liquor sales | PAhomepage.com

Pa. House of Representatives’ Scholarship accepting applications from graduating seniors (abc27.com)

Proposed Congressional District Maps Multiply as Deadline Looms – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Proposed legislation would pay retention bonuses to long term care facility employees | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa.’s political calendar disrupted by leg. redistricting; Lawsuit asks state court to clean it up – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

A $900 Covid test? Taxpayer-funded Covid testing program failing to get off the ground in PA schools (broadandliberty.com)

Japan is ramping up COVID-19 restrictions as omicron cases surge : NPR

How long does a COVID booster shot offer protection against omicron? : Goats and Soda : NPR

Lower Merion officials asks whether township could have vaccine, mask mandates – Mainline Media News

Town Hall: Readers split on whether to impose new COVID mitigations (poconorecord.com)

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

 

Business/Jobs

Workers are out sick in record numbers, exacerbating labor shortage woes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. jobless claims rise to 286,000, highest since October | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Omicron is hitting nursing homes so hard that some facilities are shutting down : Shots – Health News : NPR

Bucks County offering bonuses to Neshaminy Manor nurses, new hires (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Intel to Invest at Least $20 Billion in New Chip Factories in Ohio – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Sharon Hill’s borough council fires the officers charged with killing Fanta Bility (inquirer.com)

Mychalejko: It’s time to make Guantánamo Bay prison history (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Raid dismantles drug ring responsible for rash of overdoses. (readingeagle.com)

 

Education

Bill automatically increasing funding for Pa.’s school choice advances in Senate – pennlive.com

In full masking deja vu, parents, children file suit against Upper St. Clair School District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden admin unveils changes to attract foreign STEM students (inquirer.com)

Unionville student named one of top 300 student scientists in nation – Daily Local

New research highlights gender gap within research universities’ top ranks – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

How the perception of unaffordable college tuition is deterring enrollment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

It was ‘unacceptable’ for teacher to tape mask to student’s face, Pa. school district says – pennlive.com

Penn pledges to work with NCAA, support transgender swimmer | WITF

NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes | WITF

Pa.’s substitute teacher shortage is now a crisis as pandemic drags on (poconorecord.com)

 

Elections/Politics

SEIU endorses Malcolm Kenyatta’s bid for U.S. Senate (inquirer.com)

Pa. Democrat Party silent on Palihapitiya donations after Uyghurs comments (broadandliberty.com)

Democrats’ issue No. 1 in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race? Kill the filibuster | WITF

Pa. governor’s race: A Republican group with $20 million is backing Bill McSwain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Op-Ed: Can the Pennsylvania GOP ride a Republican wave? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Support requiring voters to show a photo ID (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Republicans Want New Tool in Elusive Search for Voter Fraud: Election Police – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rep. Jamie Raskin could be the Democrats’ best shot in 2024 | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Gubernatorial candidate Corman visits Hanover Area High School | Times Leader

Rep. Jerry Knowles announces he will not run for reelection in 2022 (readingeagle.com)

Longtime Pgh organizer La’Tasha Mayes announces bid for Ed Gainey’s House seat – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Berks will join lawsuit against PennDOT bridge tolling plan (readingeagle.com)

American Airlines cuts more than 800 March flights at PHL – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

Health

Roe v. Wade could be reversed, 49 years later, though Americans views are split : Shots – Health News : NPR

Flu activity high across the state, Pa. Health Department reports (abc27.com)

3 deaths now linked to hepatitis outbreak at West Norriton restaurant (dailylocal.com)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million a year — more than HIV/AIDS : Goats and Soda : NPR

Nearly $12 million in federal funding released to area health care providers | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Medical facilities continue going up across central Pa., including new hospital, EMT center and clinic – pennlive.com

As flu cases increase, state health officials urge Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pike County was among 10 more Pennsylvania counties have signed on to the historic national opioid settlement. (poconorecord.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier on raising minimum wage, protecting tipped workers and more – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

U.S. Senate blocks filibuster change for voting rights bills; Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split on vote – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

AG Shapiro and GOP candidates call for pension plan to disclose investigation results (inquirer.com)

State lawmakers mull pension reforms as PSERS remains under scrutiny (inquirer.com)

DelVal Representatives Tout Money to Fix Area Bridges – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Biden’s Keystone ‘Blunder’ Still Being Felt A Year Later, Critics Say – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. site just recorded highest rate ever of tick-carried virus anywhere in U.S. – pennlive.com

 

National News

Blinken: Russia, U.S. on ‘clearer path’ to understanding on Ukraine conflict | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Meat Loaf had some memorable moments in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘I’m so sorry’: Adele to reschedule Las Vegas shows as COVID delays production | ABC27

Georgia DA requests special grand jury in Trump election inquiry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First month without the expanded child tax credit has left families in distress : NPR

Why won’t Congress just extend the child tax credit? | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What the Joe Rogan podcast controversy says about the online misinformation ecosystem : NPR

U.S. charges Belarus officials with air piracy in reporter’s arrest : NPR

Home prices rose faster than ever in 2021. The typical home gained $50,000 in value : NPR

Red Cross cyberattack compromised sensitive data on over 500,000 people : NPR

 

Local News

Land sale for new Lancaster County prison delayed, pushing back design process | Local News | lancasteronline.com

South tower restoration complete at Scranton City Hall | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Berks County commissioners move forward on prison project (readingeagle.com)

Snow is over for now, but below-freezing temperatures are sticking around central Pa. – pennlive.com

Jon Whaley: Former GOP mayoral candidate tapped as interim county planning director (goerie.com)

Johnstown Redevelopment Authority uses state money for blight demolition | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh school van shooting a call for action | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Self-driving tech companies in Pittsburgh push for looser rules on vehicle testing | WITF

Judge denies motion to suppress statements made by defendant in Tree of Life case | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh officials say 50 trucks still cleaning snow and ice | TribLIVE.com

Coffee Tree workers accuse management of union busting | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Temple trauma surgeon Dr. Amy Goldberg asked ‘where’s the outrage’ over Philadelphia’s gun violence (inquirer.com)

With Henon’s resignation, a chance for Philly’s powerbrokers to move away from business as usual | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Bobby Henon resigns from Philadelphia City Council: What’s next for 6th District (inquirer.com)

Climate change should be a consideration in planning massive Fishtown housing developments | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Thank you, Meek Mill — a phrase I never expected to say | Jenice Armstrong (inquirer.com)

Philly City Council tackles redistricting, fire safety, and gendered language in first 2022 meeting (inquirer.com)

‘Not even close to out of the woods’: Philly Council faces big challenges as they return to work | Local News | phillytrib.com

City Council returns with redistricting, fire safety legislation | Local News | phillytrib.com

Shaped like handcuffs, the future of Philly’s iconic ‘roundhouse’ is in debate | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia Police Department to open non-fatal unit | Local News | phillytrib.com

Barrier-breaking Cobbs Creek Golf Course to reopen with $65M restoration | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Robert Hill: Historically denied voting rights imperiled again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers give progress report on President Biden’s performance after first year in office (abc27.com)

Schumer insists failed votes on elections and filibuster were right thing to do : NPR

‘I Will Not Sit Quietly’: 3 Black Senators in Spotlight on Voting Rights – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

McConnell: Black people vote at similar rates to ‘Americans’ (inquirer.com)

Poll: Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark | Times Leader

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024 | Jim Small – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)