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Senator Santarsiero Highlights 2021 Service to District, Local and Legislative Achievements – MyChesCo

The PA Politics Podcast: S2, E2: The PA Politics Podcast: Senator Jay Costa on Apple Podcasts

Philly ends 2021 with record murders. Some leaders have hope for 2022 – WHYY

Proposed Legislative Map Draws GOP Ire – DV Journal (

5 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s new state House and Senate maps – The Morning Call (

Stop accusations of retaliation and partisanship over the new Pa. legislative maps | Opinion (

Letter: Give credit to people too often overlooked (

These Lehigh Valley park projects just got a combined $1.5M in state grants –

LVHN receives $4.5 million in state funding for LVH-Muhlenberg, Reilly – Lehigh Valley Press (

Community College of Philadelphia receives $3 million Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (

Delaware County receives $4.6M to improve its aging 911 system – WHYY

Hellertown, L. Saucon Awarded $300K+ in Grants for Park Upgrades (

Several parks in Berks to benefit from state grants | Berks Regional News |

Nathan Benefield: How officials use tax dollars in lobbying efforts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Coronavirus – COVID-19

CDC could add a negative test to its new isolation guidelines, Fauci says : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

CDC considers COVID-19 test requirement for asymptomatic: Fauci –

Is 5-day COVID quarantine good guidance? | Smart Talk (

What is the endgame for COVID? Omicron clouds forecasts (

Cases remain high in region, dip slightly in state | Coronavirus |

Penn State to start upcoming Spring semester in-person | ABC27

Pa. nurses after 22 months of COVID-19 and a new surge: ‘It is so defeating’ (



Omicron dashes Pittsburgh companies’ plans to bring workers back to the office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly face office reckoning but labs and apartment conversions may help (

A tale of two raw pet-food companies, locked in a legal battle in rural Pennsylvania. (

N.J.’s minimum wage rises to $13 an hour on its way to $15 (

A generous unemployment package can help workers on the job, too | Opinion (

Beer, turnpike tolls, groceries and more: 10 things that will be more expensive in 2022 –



We can’t take a Soros-supported ‘progressive’ approach to crime, bail (

Police Ask Your Help Identifying Theft, Credit Card Fraud Suspect – MyChesCo

Western Pennsylvanians accused in Capitol riot face judgment day | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol rioters’ tears, remorse don’t spare them from jail | WITF

Hate crimes are soaring. White supremacists have a new recruitment tool: Video games. (

Report: regional police force would provide better service at less cost for some | News |

Report: Unaffordable cash bail is ‘a statewide crisis’ in Pa. | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Pushing back on former Temple professor’s alien abduction claims (

Some schools around the region announce school closings (

School District of Lancaster closed Jan. 3 due to holiday COVID-19 surge (

PPS moves 12 schools to online learning hours after announcing all would return to in-person classes Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Staffing shortages at Pittsburgh Public Schools require remote learning |

Central Bucks School District cancels school citing COVID-related teacher absences (

Hanover Area shifts to virtual learning because of “alarming rate” of COVID-19 | coronavirus |

Exeter School Board reinstates mask requirement (

Some Delaware County schools going virtual as COVID numbers increase (

Delaware Valley short of bus drivers | News |



Pa. governor’s race: Here’s who is running in 2022 (

Candidates fighting 2020 misinformation run to administer local elections – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘It can happen again’: Disinformation splits nation as anniversary of Capitol siege approaches | News |

ROSICA: Will Parents Tip the Elections in 2022? – DV Journal (

Poll: A majority of Americans believe U.S. democracy is in crisis : NPR

6 questions for politics in 2022 : NPR

Pennsylvania’s wide open elections | Morning Newsletter (

‘A hell of a year’: GOP eyes big 2022, but weaknesses remain (

Hispanics are the majority in Hazleton. When will they win at the ballot? | News |



Pa. Turnpike officials say they have plans to reduce unpaid tolls, which hit $105M last year –

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls increase for 2022, again (

Schuylkill Avenue bridge in Reading to be replaced (

These Lehigh Valley road projects are moving along thanks to infrastructure bill. Others, including Route 22 widening, will have to wait. – The Morning Call (

Editorial: Turnpike toll troubles continue (



Andrew Abramczyk: Medicaid, the federal program that ate Pennsylvania (

Main Line Health temporarily stops elective surgeries due surge in Covid-19 cases – Philadelphia Business Journal (

UPMC opens faith-based OB-GYN practice –


State News

Rep. Dwight Evans: Attacks on our democracy didn’t end Jan. 6. We must protect the vote | Opinion (

Right-to-Know: York County won’t provide all messages about ICE contract (

PA permanently ditches dual trout season openers; shifts to one early date, which could make for cold fishing | News |

Fifty of 67 Pennsylvania counties have signed onto opioid settlement | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania casinos not ready to cut smoking from gambling experience |

State supports veteran businesses with record-setting $856M contract | Times Leader


National News

New laws take effect across U.S. on abortion, policing, taxes (

Here’s what the new ban on surprise medical billing means for you | WITF

Overnight storms bring damage to parts of US South | News |

Child Tax Credit’s Extra Help Ends, Just as Covid Surges Anew – The New York Times (

Twitter bans Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating COVID-19 misinformation policy : NPR

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media – The New York Times (

Why Eric Adams and Kathy Hochul ‘Need Each Other’ – The New York Times (

When the answers are not in books, some libraries hire social workers to help : Shots – Health News : NPR

Remembering Betty White : NPR

What is the Fed taper? How the Federal Reserve withdraws stimulus from the economy | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Americans say New Year’s Resolutions will be harder to keep in 2022 | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

Chester County volunteers grateful to help tornado victims – Daily Local

Rovito, Verwey sworn in as new Chester County Common Pleas Court judges – Daily Local

Chester County man is nation’s first lottery millionaire of 2022 – Daily Local

Year in Review: Chester County gave ‘Mare’ its look, feel – Daily Local

Council split as Plymouth’s 2022 budget raises taxes amid rising expenses | Times Leader

United Way of Wyoming Valley puts emphasis on reading in fight against childhood poverty | Times Leader

Tuzinski will not serve third term as Forty Fort mayor | News |

New year to bring changes to Lackawanna County Court | News |

2022 looking ahead: Pandemic remains an influencer (

Wanda Williams to take oath as Harrisburg’s 39th mayor –

LANTA cancels bus routes Monday due to COVID absences; Allentown School District also facing transportation woes – The Morning Call (

Bethlehem development: Projects in 2022 include Boyd Theater, Wind Creek expansion – The Morning Call (

Increased costs for the new Black Rock Middle School as board approves change orders – Mainline Media News

YDR editor Randy Parker shares diversity engagement plans for 2022

People, places, things around Erie to watch for in 2022 (

Erie County Emerge 2040 plan offers blueprint for historic investments (

Delaware County sees progress on some goals, conflict on others (

Chester City responds to Receiver regarding parking manager situation (



Looking back at the tenure of Mayor Peduto – Pittsburgh: In Focus (

Ed Gainey’s virtual inauguration on Monday will be a day of firsts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Year’s Day boom remains a mystery, but it was heard (and felt) far and wide | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National Weather Service says meteors are likely to blame for New Year’s Day boom in Pittsburgh |

Meteor blamed for causing Pittsburgh-area boom that shook the ground –

Ed Gainey has plans to work toward a safer, more affordable, more diverse Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Here are some good reasons to feel hopeful as we head into 2022 (

De facto charter school ban in Philly leads to growing waitlist (

GIORDANO: Only One Person Can Turn Philly Around in 2022 – DV Journal (

Philadelphia vaccine mandate: How to prove vaccination status at restaurants, sports venues, movie theaters, and more (

Mummers strut down Broad Street in Philadelphia for the first time in 2 years, take out ire on politicians, vaccine mandates – The Morning Call (

Amid COVID-19 pandemic and rain delays, Mummers strut in Philly | WITF

PHA looks at its accomplishments from 2021 | Local News |

2 killed, 12 wounded in shootings in Philadelphia | Local News |

Over 65 shots fired on busy Philadelphia street; 6 wounded | Local News |

Maxine McNair, last parent of a child killed in 1963 church bombing, dies at 93 | Obituaries |



Biden to meet with farmers as he seeks to cut meat prices | News |

Biden’s words on voting rights meet call to action after 1/6 | News |

Jan. 6 Panel Faces Difficult Questions as Anniversary of Capitol Riot Approaches – The New York Times (

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger says agency is ‘much better prepared’ : NPR

Is the ‘smoking gun’ in Trump’s Jan. 6 attempted coup hiding in plain sight? | Will Bunch (

Biden talks sanctions, Putin warns of rupture over Ukraine | WITF

Pentagon chief Austin says he has tested positive for COVID | News |