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Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes Pennsylvania congressional map sent to him by Republicans · Spotlight PA

Maps. So Many Maps. | PoliticsPA

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

Gov. Wolf vetoes congressional map | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania court has a dozen congressional maps to review; Wolf vetoes “unfair” map | ABC27

Pennsylvania redistricting: Congressional maps submitted to Commonwealth Court (inquirer.com)

Op-Ed: Redistricting is the ultimate political football (theintell.com)

Editorial: PA House of Representatives district map needs to be redone (theintell.com)

New legislation introduced to protect Pa. grain farmers | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Measure directs $225M to recruit, retain Pennsylvania health care workers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania fast-tracks $225M in pandemic aid to hospitals | TribLIVE.com

$225M in federal COVID-19 relief slated for Pa. health care workers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. hospitals to get millions in federal relief to help hire, keep nurses | WITF

Governor to sign fast-tracked $225M for health care workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How much Pa. hospitals will get to ease staffing shortages – The Morning Call (mcall.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)

Bill to allow self-driving vehicles to test without emergency driver moves to full Pennsylvania Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Langerholc autonomous vehicle bill clears Transportation committee | Local News | tribdem.com

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

Republican-penned amendment declaring no constitutional right to abortion advances to full Senate | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Governor Tom Wolf accelerates minimum wage increase for Pennsylvania state employees – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania Land Title Association recognized for 100 years | News | The Title Report

Republicans Introduce Constitutional Amendment on Abortion | PoliticsPA

Lawmakers look to head off all-electric building codes | ABC27

DelVal Rep. Williams Calls Out Shapiro over Philly Gun Violence, Wants More State Action on Crime – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

CCAC awarded $800K grant for programming aimed at ending gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bills propose $1B in relief to Pennsylvania small businesses | News | tribdem.com

State Senate passes Yaw’s bill for natural gas royalty transparency | Local/Regional | thedailyreview.com

Republican budget chiefs want Pennsylvania’s plethora of pandemic-era cash used ‘judiciously’ | WITF

IFO Report Raises Serious Concerns About Education Tax Credit Programs – BCTV

State legislators ask support for agenda in Congress | The Bucks County Herald

Pennsylvania must fully fund environmental protection in 2022-23 budget (theintell.com)

Pa. Republicans closer to stopping abortions in state (poconorecord.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Heart transplant denied to patient who refused COVID vaccine : NPR

COVID-19 booster shots stop omicron, yet many in Philly region don’t want one (inquirer.com)

Penn doc: COVID is here to stay. Here’s how to find a “new normal” without causing excess deaths (inquirer.com)

COVID-19 vaccine mandate to kick in for first wave of health workers | WITF

Yes, Omicron Is Loosening Its Hold. But the Pandemic Has Not Ended. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

State COVID-19 average continues drop | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Omicron has a new variant cousin, BA.2. But don’t panic, experts say. (poconorecord.com)

 

Business/Jobs

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

Biden meets with business leaders amid new push for Build Back Better | ABC27

UPMC hosting regional job fair to combat staffing shortages (abc27.com)

The Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as early as March : NPR

Workers Care More About Flexible Hours Than Remote Work – WSJ

Suburban office market ended 2021 on a high note, but Center City continues to struggle – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA launches small business cybersecurity grant program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amazon faces another union vote, this one in New York : NPR

Why a mailbox continues to loom over Amazon union vote at Alabama warehouse : NPR

Report: Smaller companies sidelined in Pennsylvania’s legal pot market | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. restaurants hope for financial aid as they struggle ‘more than they did in 2020′ – pennlive.com

Cleanroom manufacturer AES adding a second Pa. location (delcotimes.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

An Open Letter to Meek Mill: Pa. needs real probation reform | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Education

Over 80 lawmakers call on Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in debt per student (abc27.com)

Penn alumni donate $5M to establish professorship honoring outgoing President Amy Gutmann – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Navient shares decline as student loan processor swings to quarterly loss – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pell Grant increases should benefit those attending career and technical institutions (inquirer.com)

Gregory Anderson announced that he will step down as Temple education dean (inquirer.com)

Officer fired stun gun at Middletown student who broke free from his grip in lunchroom: Video – pennlive.com

‘I don’t work for you’: Pennsylvania school board member receives backlash for op-ed | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Former Pa. professor claims he was victim of ‘cancel culture’ after losing jobs over tweets – pennlive.com

With Scranton no longer ‘financially distressed,’ school district outlines steps to do the same | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

Will State Dems Endorse a U.S. Senate Candidate at This Weekend’s Meeting? | PoliticsPA

How PA pols are adapting their campaigns in the age of COVID | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Dr. Mehmet Oz stumps in Westmoreland County in quest for U.S. Senate | TribLIVE.com

Senate race in PA: Bartos counts on grassroots campaign to win (wgal.com)

Lackawanna County DA finds no voter fraud in drop box case | Election | standardspeaker.com

Pennsylvania DA finds no voter fraud in ballot drop box case – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

Report: Justice Dept. to investigate Republicans who sent fake Trump electors to Congress – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania voter rolls not as irregular as senate committee claims (theintell.com)

PA voter registration: More Democrats than Republicans switching party (theintell.com)

 

Environment

EPA acts to curb air, water pollution in poor communities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is EPA committed to restoring Chesapeake Bay? | Smart Talk (witf.org)

‘A critical moment’: Pa. enviro group boss Molly Parzen looks to big year | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

DCNR outlines 2022 priorities, banks on the future of outdoor recreation in Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation unveils traffic safety program to reduce road deaths | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Buttigieg vows help as U.S. car fatalities keep spiking higher | News | tribdem.com

 

Health

Alexis Sneller: Lawsuit attempts to circumvent abortion debate and force you to pay for unrestricted abortions (broadandliberty.com)

UPMC offering free health seminars to help people stay informed (abc27.com)

Child abuse report: Deaths of Black children up in pandemic | Health | phillytrib.com

Syphilis cases spike in Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

State News

Pa. pension fund says it won’t require board to sign secrecy oaths to hear key report · Spotlight PA

Emergency rental assistance? Not if your income didn’t decline, even if it’s low (abc27.com)

Tax Time: How child tax credits, stimulus checks could impact Pennsylvanians’ returns (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania is the nation’s ‘cyber charter capital,’ with funding and oversight consequences, report says (inquirer.com)

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

 

National News

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022: We need to remember now more than ever | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Tensions follow plan to consolidate polls in Lincoln County : NPR

Snowstorm could bring blizzard conditions to parts of the Northeast this weekend : NPR

The U.S. says it will stand firm against major Russian demands as tension rises : NPR

U.S. response on Ukraine offers little optimism, Russia says (inquirer.com)

IRS is bracing for a frustrating tax season, says deputy treasury secretary : NPR

Colliers-Basalt Infrastructure Partners deal underscores real estate, infrastructure cross-investment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

All NIH chimps currently eligible to go to a sanctuary have moved there : NPR

The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty : NPR

China is demanding the U.S. end its ‘interference’ in Beijing Olympics : NPR

Neil Young’s music removed by Spotify after his ultimatum over Joe Rogan podcast : NPR

Neil Young, Kid Rock and Meat Loaf are at the center of this week’s COVID culture war | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The final clue that ended Amy Schneider’s 40-game winning streak on Jeopardy! : NPR

San Jose is first U.S. city to mandate gun owners carry insurance and pay a fee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Dozens of people voice opposition to proposed Lebanon County solar farm (abc27.com)

Breyer Retires, DelVal Reacts – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Tax rates rise in 13 Luzerne County municipalities for 2022 | | standardspeaker.com

Berks splitting the cost of a strategic plan for Reading Regional Airport (readingeagle.com)

Allentown state of the city: Matt Tuerk delivers honest assessment – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Hellertown Area Library rejects Lower Saucon’s $50,000 donation. Council president says borough, library don’t need township – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New Delaware County Health Department director visits vaccine clinic in Chester (delcotimes.com)

Youth violence: Shootings cause collateral damage in communities (ydr.com)

Joe Schember’s State of the City: What you’ll hear from Erie mayor’s address (goerie.com)

Matthew Rink: Greene Township supervisors slow to share records on bonuses (goerie.com)

World’s largest indoor vertical farm coming to Hanover Twp. | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh-Wilkinsburg match-up likely a break-up, but they’ll still be talking | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh school officials offer few solutions to ongoing turmoil | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘A coveted market’: Shadyside gets a surge of residential development amid concerns from some residents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor should or­der re­lease of Jim Rogers investigation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CCAC awarded $800K grant for programming aimed at ending gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Councilman Burgess: Stats show decade of warrantless stops by police vastly conducted on Black Pittsburghers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

East Liberty development put on hold amid opposition from Kelly Strayhorn Theater | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Philadelphia has joined a $1 billion opioid settlement with every county in Pa., AG says (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s health department releases data on how many are vaccinated | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

Congress members join forces for plan to get shooters off Philly’s streets | Local News | phillytrib.com

Advocates demand transparency, different counting of prisoners at Philly redistricting hearing | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

 

Washington

Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, giving Biden a Supreme Court pick : NPR

Democrats eye Supreme Court pick to revive 2022 prospects (abc27.com)

Democrats Plan to Move Quickly on Justice Breyer’s Successor – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Colliers-Basalt Infrastructure Partners deal underscores real estate, infrastructure cross-investment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Vice President Harris looks for a fresh start on migration issues in Honduras : NPR

Biden team promises new approach to extremism, but critics see old patterns : NPR