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A complete guide and amendment tracker for proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Constitution · Spotlight PA

With abortion amendment, Pa. GOP has given up on legislating | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Abortion Rights | Eyewitness News (pahomepage.com)

Pa. Senate to consider bills limiting abortion | News, Sports, Jobs – The Express (lockhaven.com)

Sen. Schwank, Sen. Vogel Unveil Legislation to Protect PA Grain Farmers – BCTV

Lawmakers need to focus on what is democratic and fair | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

Getting student debt relief to PA’s nurses | AL DÍA News (aldianews.com)

Pennsylvania raises minimum wage for commonwealth employees (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf accelerates minimum wage increase for state employees (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

A massive Pa. corporate tax break lacks basic accountability, report finds · Spotlight PA

Congressional Redistricting. What’s Next? | PoliticsPA

House Bill Would Let Voters Decide On Privatizing Pa. Liquor System | PoliticsPA

General Assembly sends Pennsylvania congressional map to Wolf | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Slew of union, collective bargaining bills pass Pennsylvania House committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pro-choice advocates in Pa. see Senate bill as latest threat to abortion rights (abc27.com)

Pa. nurses rally at the Capitol to call for action over staffing concerns (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Senate approves spending more than $200 million in federal money to recruit, retain nurses and other ‘bedside’ hospital workers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PA Senate Fast-Tracks Pandemic Aid To Hospitals – WDAC

Pennsylvania lawmakers OK veto-bound bill aimed at killing local gun laws | WITF

Senate OKs bill strengthening veto-bound firearm ordinance preemption – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Senate OKs Bill That Would Kill Local Gun Laws Despite Gov. Wolf’s Veto Threat – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

A move to privatize all of Pennsylvania’s liquor sales draws familiar opponents | WITF

‘Shameful’ and ‘dangerous’: Pa.’s LGBTQ+ Caucus calls for swift action on anti-discrimination bill following Chambersburg vote – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Patient limits for nurses has majority support, but won’t advance in Harrisburg. Why? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Senate Committee Approves Bill to Report Newborn Opioid Addiction | WHP 580 (iheart.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

We Need to Talk About Covid, Part 1 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pennsylvania fast-tracks $225M in pandemic aid to hospitals | WITF

New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID-19 booster drive is faltering in the U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID risk can mean something very different for people with disabilities : Shots – Health News : NPR

Richard Koenig: Planning for the next pandemic — begone with Boomers? (broadandliberty.com)

New free COVID testing site in Juniata County helps those who live in rural areas (abc27.com)

COVID-19 deaths reaching new milestones in region, state | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa. ranks 5th state for most federal COVID-19 worker safety violations (abc27.com)

New COVID-19 cases drop by nearly half in Allegheny County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pharmacies turning away immunocompromised patients seeking 4th COVID-19 shot (inquirer.com)

Biden administration to withdraw Covid-19 vaccination and testing regulation aimed at large businesses | News | phillytrib.com

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Montco to hold vaccine fact session online Wednesday (mainlinemedianews.com)

Erie County may have passed COVID-19 omicron peak in cases, hospitalizations (goerie.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Boeing posts $4.16 billion loss on problems with its 787 jet – Daily Local

Women-owned businesses caught between Omicron, labor shortage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Manufacturers have less than 5 days’ supply of some computer chips, Commerce Department says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GM’s $6.5 billion electric truck blitz wins Michigan incentives (inquirer.com)

Stocks end lower on Wall Street after another volatile day (inquirer.com)

Smart Talk Road Trip to focus on restaurant recovery | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Justice algorithm is flawed by racial disparities : NPR

Opinion | Oregon Decriminalized Drug Possession and Is Helping People With Addiction – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID-related staff shortages force state prisons to suspend visits (theintell.com)

 

Education

Four highlights from the landmark Pa. school funding trial, as plaintiffs rest their case this week (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania school board member to parents: ‘I don’t work for you’ (broadandliberty.com)

Harrisburg University receives grant to educate next generation of pilots (abc27.com)

School District of Lancaster’s superintendent leaving in July (abc27.com)

Duquesne University marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with a scholar’s powerful exhibit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wilkinsburg School District appoints new superintendent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SAT going digital in shifting college admissions landscape (inquirer.com)

Penn’s investments in Lea Elementary School won’t solve Philadelphia’s education problems (inquirer.com)

Hazleton Area, Crestwood scramble to fill vacancies as substitute teacher shortage becoming a crisis | Education | standardspeaker.com

Guest Opinion: A quality education…with a side of fries (theintell.com)

‘Now’s a really good time’: Ryan Axe takes on first superintendent role at Manheim Central School District | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Elections/Politics

Annual mail-in voting list: What steps Pennsylvanians need to take (abc27.com)

Study of Election Trends Bodes Well for Political Rookies Like McCormick and Oz | PoliticsPA

Nancy Pelosi says she is running for another term : NPR

Federal judges say Alabama needs 2 majority Black districts : NPR

Ted Cruz joins David McCormick as he kicks off U.S. Senate campaign | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Senator Ted Cruz, stumping in the Lehigh Valley for candidate Dave McCormick, calls Pa. a ‘battleground’ | WITF

No Trump endorsement? Pennsylvania U.S. Senate hopeful enlists other GOP stars | WITF

A Republican heads to West Philly (broadandliberty.com)

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

John Fetterman accused of dodging scrutiny in 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race (inquirer.com)

Prosecutors in multiple states are investigating false Electoral College submissions | WITF

Get real, Republicans. Americans elected you to work, not obstruct | Lloyd E. Sheaffer – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Environment

Climate lawsuit claiming disinformation by oil companies can move ahead : NPR

5 fears Dover solar project foes shared at a hearing – with expert responses (ydr.com)

French Creek voted Pennsylvania 2022 River of the Year (goerie.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania gets $85.4 million in federal funds for Appalachian highway system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

CHOP opens new hospital in Montgomery County featuring 52 private rooms, 24/7 pediatric ER (dailylocal.com)

Pennsylvania ‘strike team’ arrives to help short-staffed Grand View Hospital – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Chester County Hospital expanding bed capacity following closure of Jennersville, Brandywine medical centers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Abortion is a federally protected right. There is no ‘middle ground.’ (inquirer.com)

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

 

State News

Houlahan heads to Ukraine as tensions there continue to percolate (dailylocal.com)

Houlahan Leaves for Ukraine with Bipartisan Congressional Delegation – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

PA to receive more than $3 billion to clean up abandoned coal mines (poconorecord.com)

MOONEY: Free Speech Suit against Teacher’s Union Could Boost Labor Reform – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania gets failing grades on tobacco control | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. horse racing officials release a new plan for reducing fatalities at tracks (inquirer.com)

Who does animal research in Pa.? See our interactive map – pennlive.com

Winter dens filling up as Pa. bear population nears its 2022 peak – pennlive.com

Former Pa. Treasurer Barbara Hafer’s PAC collected $2.3 million from investments, paid daughter $500K since she left office | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

 

National News

Where Is Germany in the Ukraine Standoff? Its Allies Wonder. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. plans ban on tech exports if Russia invades Ukraine : NPR

Biden says no one knows what Putin will do after White House called Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘imminent’ | News | phillytrib.com

AmerisourceBergen, J&J part of $112M in opioid settlements with Rhode Island – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.K.’s Boris Johnson braces for ‘partygate’ investigation report : NPR

Michigan settlement lets faith agencies deny LGBT adoptions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Russia adds Alexei Navalny and his top allies to list of terrorists amid pro-democracy crackdown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

School district in N.J. to dismiss students early for a month because of staffing shortage – pennlive.com

Fed releases report on potential for fully digital U.S. dollar (goerie.com)

RFK Jr. apologizes after condemnation for comparing virus rules to Anne Frank, Holocaust | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Local News

After 30 years, Scranton successfully sheds state Act 47 designation as financially distressed | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton leaves program for distressed cities after 30 years | WITF

Dr. Gooyong Kim appointed to FCC’s Communications Equity and Diversity Council (dailylocal.com)

Chester County energy leaders to provide insider’s overview of top trends at energy briefing – Daily Local

Midstate trauma surgeon wants to help lower violent crime in Harrisburg (abc27.com)

Luzerne County Council OKs $4M for prison, IT | Times Leader

1 dead, over 100 others evacuated due to Wilkes-Barre apartment fire | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County Council approves Rescue Plan funding for IT projects | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Exeter Township: Budget revisions done with no tax increase (readingeagle.com)

Greater Reading Chamber announces partnership with Alvernia (readingeagle.com)

Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams’ team: A who’s who for the new administration – pennlive.com

Bucks County district court restructuring plan faces backlash from judges (theintell.com)

South Butler Closer To Next Step To Change District Name – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Nearly 50K vehicle crashes have happened in Monroe County since 2001 (poconorecord.com)

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

Redistricting plan: Thousands of Erie County residents could switch districts (goerie.com)

Sparks erupt between Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Receiver over Covanta contract (delcotimes.com)

Lancaster County GOP should not align itself with the disinformation-spreading FreePA [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Biden to visit Pittsburgh as president plans more travel (abc27.com)

Obituary: Alma Speed Fox | Civil and human rights leader in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Election deadlines set for voters in Ed Gainey’s former state House district | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council considers measure to explore annexing, merging with other municipalities | TribLIVE.com

‘Every single day I worry’: Pittsburgh schools staff voice concerns over rise in student violence | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Planning Commission votes for continuance on controversial East Liberty development | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Police: Hyram Hill, a Philly officer’s son, was killed Monday and his legally registered gun was stolen (inquirer.com)

Philly fire commissioner after Fairmount blaze: ‘Root cause’ is lack of access to safe, affordable housing (inquirer.com)

APM breaks ground on affordable housing for seniors | | phillytrib.com

Pa.’s opioid settlement is bad for Philly, DA Krasner says, as he waits for another deal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Washington

Biden task force promises to crack down on human trafficking | ABC27

Biden’s big test: Proving he can rally allies against Putin | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Joe Biden dodges question about student loans, while advocates continue the push for forgiveness – pennlive.com

Democrats’ Bid to Keep the Senate Will Involve Plans to Fight Inflation and Promises for a Renewed Agenda – NBC 7 San Diego (nbcsandiego.com)