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Legislature

‘Harrisburg is broken’ says House speaker; asks residents to fix it | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Rozzi announces that Pittsburgh is first stop on listening tour (abc27.com)

Looking to break a logjam in HBG, Pa. House speaker takes show on the road | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

While state House remains stalled, state Senate is keeping busy | Local News | indianagazette.com

Pa. state Sen. Amanda Cappelletti to make history when she gives birth – NewsBreak

State Sen. Cappelletti to Juggle Complex Docket this Spring (montco.today)

Shapiro Announces “Ethics Package” For 3,500 Commonwealth Employees (politicspa.com)

Gov. Shapiro loosens gift ban for top Pa. officials · Spotlight PA

Senator seeks green light on radar legislation in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bill White: Survivors of child sex abuse deserve better than Republicans’ playing politics – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Franklin County park adding accessible equipment (abc27.com)

New funding will improve local watersheds in West Chester area – Daily Local

Shapiro, Davis inauguration recap | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lawmakers seek to bar insurrectionists from holding office | AP News

Doug Mastriano: So long, Governor Wolf (broadandliberty.com)

 

50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

VP Harris calls for federal abortion protections on Roe v. Wade 50th anniversary : NPR

‘Here again’: Abortion activists rally 50 years after Roe – Daily Local

Post-Roe, abortion providers are shifting their strategies : NPR

Rally held in Harrisburg for 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (abc27.com)

Johnstown rally backs abortion rights, 50 years after Roe ruling | News | tribdem.com

Editorial: Making birth free: A bipartisan way to reduce abortions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Business/Jobs

Unemployment rate in Pa. hits record low – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate drops to 3.9% in December – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

State Unemployment Rate Falls To Record Low (politicspa.com)

Neshaminy, Oxford Valley malls drop in property value on Bucks County tax rolls (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Experts examine ‘unprecedented’ post-COVID economy (dailylocal.com)

‘It doesn’t look good for motorists’: Gas prices may continue to climb – pennlive.com

Gas prices do a 180 in the Philadelphia market and begin to rise (delcotimes.com)

Spotify is the latest tech name to cut jobs, axing 6% of its workforce (inquirer.com)

Mild winter weather affects businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania | Weather | citizensvoice.com

 

COVID-19

COVID vaccine strategy to get an overhaul by FDA : Shots – Health News : NPR

 

Crime/Punishment

George W. Hill prison population down by hundreds in a year (delcotimes.com)

Swift firing of police is rare, but could become more common | News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Pennsylvania city a top 10 spot for STEM professionals: study – pennlive.com

Central Bucks book challenge rules reviewed by outside conservative group (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Florida rejects AP African American studies course : NPR

Pa.’s landmark school funding lawsuit has been going on for 8 years. Here’s where it stands. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

School lockdowns hurt students. Some on the left haven’t learned the lesson. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Monday update: Scranton School District, city form diversity committee | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

National

Potential impact of ‘independent state legislature theory’ explained : NPR

George Santos is accused of taking $3,000 meant for veteran’s dying dog : NPR

If the GOP is looking for someone to blame on debt ceiling, look in the mirror | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Statewide

Pundits, Politicos Offer Autopsy of PA GOP’s 2022 Election Losses – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Donald Trump posed for picture with former Philly mob boss Joey Merlino (inquirer.com)

State GOP targeted 2 state rep races in Luzerne County with $548,752 | Election | citizensvoice.com

District/Local

Pa. Democrats rally around local special election candidates – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Andy Warren announces election bid to return to Bucks County Board of Commissioners (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Race to pick likely next Allegheny County executive could see increased turnout – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Jim Winarski: Erie County councilman censured by Democratic Party (goerie.com)

ACLU urges reversal of new Luzerne County Election Board policy | Times Leader

 

Environment

Jerry Shenk: Relax, there is no ‘climate emergency’ – Daily Local

Wind Power Isn’t A Threat to Whales, Experts Say, but Protests Continue – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Environmental groups, residents battle light pollution in effort to save night sky in Pa. Wilds | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Flaring emissions dominate pollution from Beaver County’s Shell plant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

Airport authority CEO gets $240,300 bonus for her work last year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Gun Safety

Monterey Park Lunar New Year shooting: Police search for suspect’s motive : NPR

Gunman in Lunar New Year massacre found dead; motive unclear – Daily Local

12 people are injured in a shooting at a Louisiana nightclub : NPR

 

Health

‘Fuel poverty’ stresses Pennsylvania’s hospitals | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Closing at UPMC hospital in central Pa. surprises, worries mayor of rural town – pennlive.com

Blood supply in the Lehigh Valley rebounds from critical shortage, but worries remain – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Warning of a health care ‘company town,’ officials and advocates urge efforts to rein in UPMC | WITF

Philly health officials warn about a powerful new opioid 40X stronger than fentanyl in the city’s drug markets (inquirer.com)

 

State News

History Made: Todd Installed As First Female Chief Justice of PA Supreme Court – PoliticsPA

Justice Debra Todd is first female chief justice in PA history (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Thousands in PA in limbo as mortgage relief stumbles · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania population exodus 2023 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania auditor digs up $20,000 pension underpayment after miscalculations | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania launches Frontier Communications probe after deluge of complaints | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

The senator’s spouse: Pa.’s Gisele Fetterman finds new role and larger platform for change – pennlive.com

Gisele Fetterman meant the Free Store to be a five-year project. It’s now 10 years old – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

How communities in north-central Pa. are attempting to preserve a scarce resource: darkness | WITF

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: Report compares utility performance  – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. emergency workers deployed to California disaster for flood and landslide assistance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Boy Scouts selling off storied camps under pressure from sex-abuse claims, bankruptcy — and locals are worried (inquirer.com)

PSERS trustees balk at putting another teacher in line for the chairman’s job (inquirer.com)

 

National News

A Plumstead family celebrates Chinese heritage through Lunar New Year (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Your tax refund will likely be smaller this year. Here are more things to know : NPR

Fox News’ defense in $1.6 billion lawsuit invokes debunked election fraud claims : NPR

Fans and celebrities gather at Graceland to mourn Lisa Marie Presley : NPR

Damar Hamlin attends first game since collapse – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Pros prepare to help clients deal with lower refunds as pandemic tax breaks expire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State lawmakers propose power grid protections after attacks | TribLIVE.com

 

Local News

Upcoming Programs at Wyomissing Public Library – BCTV

Berks lawmakers to hold town halls Monday night | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Change Coming To Montgomery County Leadership (politicspa.com)

Affordable housing project in Lebanon County breaking ground (abc27.com)

Harrisburg reverses course, won’t stop homeless people from returning to cleaned-up area – pennlive.com

Chester County judges ponder, ‘Is the courthouse safe?’ (dailylocal.com)

Hankin Group set to open first phase of $80M River Station mixed use development in Downingtown – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bethlehem churches now appear ready to move ahead with merger, sale of properties | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Reading City Council defers decision on making Cotton Street one way (readingeagle.com)

Berks officials question EPA safety standards surrounding former Exide site (readingeagle.com)

Up to 5 inches of snow could fall in central Pa. this week: forecasters – pennlive.com

National Tattoo Supply to close after more than 30 years in Allentown (mcall.com)

Pottstown neighbors scared by gas odors near explosion site (mcall.com)

Unpaid parking tickets in Allentown can land you in jail. Why at least one City Council member wants to change that – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lancaster County residents get notice of suspended license from old convictions | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Poconos housing market still seeing higher prices despite inflation (poconorecord.com)

Erie’s new planning director brings experience, perspective to job (goerie.com)

Erie Playhouse to conduct national search for new leaders (goerie.com)

Fire at Hershey Farm squeezes other tourist-friendly Lancaster County restaurants; ‘Where are all the buses going to go?’ | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Apartment projects to address housing needs in city, suburbs, but rising costs create construction obstacles | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

United Way, University of Scranton offer free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in filing returns for eligible residents | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Residents question spending on wellness center for Lackawanna Trail | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Public hearing set for government study commission proposal; council discussing charter amendments | Luzerne County | standardspeaker.com

 

Pitt

Patrick Dowd named acting director of Allegheny County Health Department | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kevin McMahon prepares to leave Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (nextpittsburgh.com)

Wabash Bridge pier is for sale; its story is one of sacrifice and loss – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Pittsburgh historian Virginia Montanez maps out artifacts of the city’s past – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Experts and research cast doubt about Pittsburgh leaders’ efforts to quell recent surge in violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

District Attorney challenger Matt Dugan calls for more collaborative, preventative approach to public safety | Politics | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Area couples wait longer to adopt from pandemic-curtailed pool of newborns | TribLIVE.com

FOREVER CHANGED | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Renting more affordable than buying a home in Philly, U.S. even as rents rise (inquirer.com)

Kimmel kicks out Philly Pops (inquirer.com)

The City of Philadelphia has started to recruit summer lifeguards early | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly superintendent sees attendance and graduation rates as keys to success | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia Housing Authority moves closer to starting construction at Westpark complex | Local News | phillytrib.com

Despite Monterey Park shooting, annual Main Line Lunar New Year celebration was biggest yet (inquirer.com)

SEPTA bus hearing at City Council: How to watch and testify (inquirer.com)

Philly health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole seeks community connections in 2023 (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden’s new chief of staff will be Jeff Zients as Ron Klain steps aside : NPR

Explainer: Why we have a debt limit, and why this fight over it may be different : NPR

The FBI searched Biden’s home and found more classified documents : NPR

The December omnibus bill’s little secret: It was also a giant health bill | | standardspeaker.com