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Legislature

Pa. Republicans send doomed congressional map to Gov. Tom Wolf, likely handing the choice to state courts · Spotlight PA

PA legislature approves congressional map amid court deadline (abc27.com)

Pa. primary 2022: What delayed redistricting maps could mean for the May election · Spotlight PA

Pa. Senate approves congressional district map, but process may be far from over | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

PA Senate Bill forming new Congressional Boundaries passes along party lines | WHP (local21news.com)

Lawmakers stalemated on Pennsylvania congressional map, top senator says | WITF

Senator Haywood Demands Immediate Action from Mayor Kenney to Stop Gun Violence in Philadelphia – MyChesCo

Hughes, Wolf Announce New Funding for Gun Violence Prevention – NewsBreak

Bill to increase caps on school-choice tax credit programs clears Pennsylvania Senate committee – Gettysburg Connection

Heated hearing focuses on Pennsylvania’s liquor monopoly | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Latest liquor privatization proposal would ask for voter input | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Booze by the ballot: Pa. Republicans look toward referendum to privatize wine, liquor sales | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New effort to eliminate the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board via constitutional amendment (inquirer.com)

School districts to receive safety grants | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Schwank Applauds $176,000 in Safe Schools Target Grants – BCTV

Pa. Senate panel to consider bills limiting abortion access, courts’ ability to respond – pennlive.com

Gift ban advocates target Pa. GOP leaders, urging an end to ‘Groundhog Day’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Truck weigh system authorization clears Pennsylvania Senate panel (landline.media)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. records most COVID deaths in 11 months, but peak may be near | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania sending nurses to hospitals ‘exhausted’ by COVID (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pfizer opens study of COVID shots updated to match omicron – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State prison visitation halted, COVID-19 numbers trending lower | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Business/Jobs

In a record-breaking 2021 for Pennsylvania gaming, these casinos brought in the most revenue – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Great Resignation? More like The Great Renegotiation : Planet Money : NPR

Business travel’s comeback was gaining steam. Then Omicron hit. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Four Seasons Philadelphia general manager sees ‘very promising’ 2022 ahead (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Government finalizing rule on tracking small business lending, but there is some pushback – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

DelVal Shoppers Face Empty Shelves as Supply Chain Woes Continue – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Bars and gyms are bustling as Americans learn to live with COVID | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Stocks climb back after steep slide on Fed, Ukraine jitters | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Crime/Punishment

ACLU finds Allegheny County students are arrested more often than anywhere else in Pennsylvania | WITF

 

Education

U.S. News ranks 7 Philadelphia-area online MBA programs among nation’s best – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania school board member to parents: ‘I don’t work for you’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Former St. Joe’s prof. sues university and former student over free speech fight (broadandliberty.com)

Carnegie Mellon plans return to mostly in-person classes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Decision looms on new voting regions for Boyertown School District (readingeagle.com)

School District of Lancaster apologizes after students at McCaskey East left unattended during lockdown | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County Community College presents voting rights virtual forum | The Bucks County Herald

 

Elections/Politics

Prosecutors in multiple states are investigating false Electoral College submissions : NPR

Shapiro Starts 2022 with $13.5M On Hand, a Record | PoliticsPA

Austin Davis scores endorsement from SEIU PA State Council | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Here are the endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Tommy Hicks Jr.: National Republicans playing to win in PA ahead of midterms (broadandliberty.com)

McSwain Criticizes ‘Partisan’ Appointed by Gov. Wolf to Oversee Elections – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Republicans Make In-Roads Among Hispanic Voters – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

UPDATE: Bartos Wins Two GOP Caucuses Saturday, Governor’s Vote Divided – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

The real Pa. voting fight | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania voting laws are at stake in 2022 governor’s race (inquirer.com)

Sen. Ted Cruz to visit Lehigh Valley to endorse Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate | WITF

 

Environment

Emmaus water prompts EPA advisory over ‘forever chemicals’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Cancer-causing substance in New Jersey drinking water traced to Lehigh County Authority waste treatment plant – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Guest Opinion: It’s time to put a price on carbon (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Health

Anti-abortion groups are raking in fundraising as Supreme Court decision looms : NPR

Abortion opponents eye priorities as high court ruling looms – Reading Eagle

Pa. sends first ‘strike team’ to overloaded hospital | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elder Law Guys: Are you eligible for Pennsylvania’s prescription drug programs? That might have changed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania nursing home staff vaccination rates lag (inquirer.com)

As many hospitals struggle, CHOP opens a $289-million facility in King of Prussia (inquirer.com)

Prescription heroin, drug vending machines? ‘Harm reduction’ focuses on keeping addicts alive – pennlive.com

Nurses to strike at Pa. hospital, saying they’re ‘pushed to the brink’ – pennlive.com

Patients still waiting many, many hours in the ER — but also getting good care, central Pa. hospitals say – pennlive.com

Mark Cuban’s online pharmacy wants to slash generic drug prices : NPR

Report Card: Pa. gets a ‘C’ for efforts to fight, eliminate hepatitis | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Uncapping Pennsylvania’s ‘frustratingly underfunded’ $70M film incentive program would help tourism recover, industry leader says (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Cartwright, Casey, Haaland cite funding to clean up abandoned mine lands | Times Leader

Officials: Federal Infrastructure funds will reclaim mine-scarred land | News | standardspeaker.com

These 25 Pa. communities have grown the most since 2010 – pennlive.com

How one Pa. TV station’s coverage provided a teachable moment on transgender issues – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Volunteer permits improve area fisheries in Pennsylvania (poconorecord.com)

Red Tag deer hunting program starts soon; regulations may soon change (poconorecord.com)

 

National News

Pentagon placing 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe : NPR

Build-to-rent on track to see 14K units deliver this year. What happens next? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

James Webb telescope reaches its final destination, one million miles away : NPR

Appeals court reinstates drop boxes for Wisconsin’s February primary : NPR

Does the NFL need to change its overtime rules? : NPR

Two IRS letters to watch for this tax season (abc27.com)

Tax season 2022 begins with major IRS backlogs | Business | citizensvoice.com

Child tax credit’s end means many families will struggle to put food on the table | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

From critical race theory to voting rights, America’s just as racist as ever | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Local News

Chambersburg Borough council votes to repeal LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance (abc27.com)

GOP-led Chambersburg becomes first Pa. town to revoke LGBTQ inclusive law – pennlive.com

Finally shedding distressed status after 30 years, Scranton leaders look to the future | News | thetimes-tribune.com

EDITORIAL: Taking the exit off the Act 47 highway | Opinion | thetimes-tribune.com

Cumberland County asking for residents input on ARPA fund spending (abc27.com)

Parks and streets are among Brown’s priorities in 2022 | News | citizensvoice.com

Report suggests Luzerne County needs IT security improvements | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks weather: Sideswipe by the big storm more likely (readingeagle.com)

Bethlehem has never had an African American city council member. The Bethlehem NAACP is hoping that changes. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Proposed redistricting would see Monroe County fully join District 8 (poconorecord.com)

Montgomery County OK’s $337K in Ida bridge contracts (mainlinemedianews.com)

American Rescue Plan: York County to use $1M to bolster CYF staffing (ydr.com)

Upper Darby is one of three Delaware County municipalities that received direct funds distributed by the federal treasury (delcotimes.com)

 

Pitt

President Joe Biden returns to Pittsburgh Friday | WITF

President Joe Biden to talk infrastructure in Pittsburgh on Friday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools staff members worried about safety after recent violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Activists call for officer to be placed on desk duty at heated Penn Hills council meeting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Disciplinary meetings for Pittsburgh officers involved in Jim Rogers tasing case underway | TribLIVE.com

Gainey to hold ‘community listening session’ over controversial Oakland redevelopment proposal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

DA seeks better opioid case settlement for Philly | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia City Council redistricting map comes up short | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia fire union chief seeks Biden’s help to reopen firehouses – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PHA chooses firms to redevelop West Philly site | Local News | phillytrib.com

Mayor Kenney to undergo treatment for irregular heartbeat | Local News | phillytrib.com

Clay Studio nearing its $14.5 million move to Kensington | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Supreme Court agrees to hear cases on college admissions and race : NPR

Democrats push to pass climate change policy | ABC27

Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time | TheHill