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Legislature

Interview With Senator Jay Costa – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

‘It’s A Miracle No One Died:’ Pennsylvania Politicians Discuss Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Senator Collett Celebrates Additional Funding for Nurses’ Student Loan Relief – MyChesCo

Pennsylvania allots $225 million for healthcare workforce relief (staffingindustry.com)

$225 million bill to support health care workforce a good first step (abc27.com)

Organizations encouraged to apply for state grants to improve security (readingeagle.com)

Pennsylvania provides funding to support healthcare workers, children impacted by substance abuse | PhillyVoice

$15M Awarded in Violence Prevention Grants for Philly – MyChesCo

Here’s the new fight over cocktails-to-go. How is it like the old one? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sen. Jake Corman: It’s time to impeach Larry Krasner (broadandliberty.com)

Court weighs Pennsylvania congressional map proposals with national implications · Spotlight PA

6 projects in A-K Valley receive total of $600K from Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund | TribLIVE.com

Capitol confusion: COVID-19 policies under the dome are all over the map – pennlive.com

Wolf, lawmakers need to release pandemic relief funds to nursing homes next | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Letters: Credit the LRC, Rte 1 plan divides borough, Biden and borders (theintell.com)

Pocono Record Town Hall: Breaking down redistricting process in Monroe

State Announces $4.5 Million for Nonprofit Security Grant Program – BCTV

$4.5 Million Available for Organizations Targeted by Hate Crimes to Increase Security – PennWatch

State allocates $4.5 million for nonprofit security grants | The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle (timesofisrael.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The coronavirus in Pennsylvania, by the numbers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Spotify will add a COVID-19 advisory to podcasts after the Joe Rogan controversy : NPR

Omicron symptoms can be milder. Here’s why patients are still flooding hospitals : Shots – Health News : NPR

What Happens Next After The Omicron Surge? : Consider This from NPR : NPR

COVID-19 vaccination of Luzerne County children ages 5-9 at 21.2%, below statewide mark | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Holding onto hope inside a covid ICU: ‘It’s like working in a war zone’ | TribLIVE.com

A cross-country truck convoy reaches Canada’s capital to protest COVID restrictions | WITF

The COIVD jab was a no brainer for me, because of who said “Get it.” (theintell.com)

Dedicated professionals work to ensure testing at COVID site; hoping more use the service (delcotimes.com)

Cases and hospitalizations drop in Monroe, but COVID remains (poconorecord.com)

 

Business/Jobs

The Great Resignation: Why workers quit their jobs and may not return to the workforce (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Restaurant workers are quitting in droves. This is how they are being lured back. (inquirer.com)

Playing the pandemic inflation blame-game: Healthcare edition | Ray Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Lt. Gov Candidate’s Brother Latest Victim of Philly Carjacking Plague – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Larry Platt: Who has the guts to say we need cops? (broadandliberty.com)

Philadelphia officials release report on over 2,000 shootings | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Wally Zimolong: The American Federation of Teachers threatens a virtual strike (broadandliberty.com)

Priscilla Lo: Education is an essential service; it is time to shift our focus back to our kids (broadandliberty.com)

Schools adjust to new COVID-19 isolation, quarantine rules | Education | citizensvoice.com

U.S. program seeks high school seniors from Scranton for cultural exchange | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading teachers union outlines staff shortage concerns and offers solutions (readingeagle.com)

Where are all the substitute teachers? What to do about our nationwide shortage | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Temple upgrades campus and neighborhood safety policies | Local News | phillytrib.com

Retiring Lancaster superintendent talks goals: What’s done, what’s left and how COVID hit education | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania Court Says State’s Mail Voting Law Is Unconstitutional – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Commonwealth Court: Act 77 unconstitutional, strikes down expansive mail-in ballot law | WHP (local21news.com)

Pennsylvania court strikes down expansive 2019 mail-in voting law (UPDATE) – lehighvalleylive.com

Court rules Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law unconstitutional | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A court just struck down Pennsylvania’s mail voting law. Here’s what you need to know. · Spotlight PA

What’s Next for Act 77 | PoliticsPA

Lancaster County officials urge speedy decision on Act 77 case, say Commonwealth Court ruling was ‘correct legal ruling’ | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania court strikes down expansive mail-in ballot law | KEYE (cbsaustin.com)

Pennsylvania Democratic Committee opts to sit out of U.S. Senate primary; Lamb doubles Fetterman in vote | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Democrats fail to endorse one of 4 candidates for Senate – WHYY

Democrats Meet in Harrisburg This Week, Senate Endorsements Unlikely – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania Democrats unable to endorse candidate for U.S. Senate (abc27.com)

RNC Honcho Fires Up Volunteers at Bucks Co. Republican Headquarters – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

How Pa. pols are adapting their campaigns in the age of COVID | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

From coast to coast, GOP lawmakers are seeking new powers over state elections | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Guest Opinion: Let’s give Fitzpatrick a 2-year break (theintell.com)

Trump’s Grip on G.O.P. Faces New Strains – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Environment

Environmental justice and opportunity in Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Push continues to make Delaware Water Gap rec area into national park (poconorecord.com)

Environmental justice and opportunity in Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

Biden touts infrastructure funding after Pittsburgh bridge collapse | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pittsburgh bridge collapse shines light on Pennsylvania’s infrastructure | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Going from gas to electric – can PA switch gears in a few years? | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Engineering experts weigh in on why Pittsburgh bridge with history of poor ratings might have collapsed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

Gun violence is killing more children. The pandemic may be part of the blame : NPR

Pa.’s opioid stigma reduction campaign reaches 4M residents | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Brandywine Hospital set to close Monday as efforts to keep it open have been unsuccessful – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Home health care shortages have families struggling (inquirer.com)

Medical debt buries some at UPMC | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. hospital shutting down for good today despite Omicron wave – pennlive.com

 

State News

‘We can’t slow down’: In Pgh, Biden talks infrastructure, manufacturing and supply chain disruptions – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania pension fund says it won’t require board to sign secrecy oaths to hear key report | 90.5 WESA

Majority of Pennsylvania deer hunters support Saturday opener | ABC27

Pennsylvania’s new director of outdoor recreation pledges to bring in more diverse users (inquirer.com)

Winter Olympics 2022: These athletes with Pennsylvania ties will compete in Beijing – pennlive.com

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays owner – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two fake Trump electors in Pennsylvania subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee | WITF

On the job in D.C., ‘You have to do the work’: Pa.’s Rachel Levine says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

UGI wants to boost natural gas rates 9.5% for residential customers | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

National News

U.S. officials say Russia will face pressure at U.N. over Ukraine : NPR

Top Russian and U.S. officials likely to meet next week amid escalating threat to Ukraine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joni Mitchell joining Neil Young in protest over Spotify | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joe Rogan has responded to the Spotify protests over his podcast : NPR

Super Bowl 2022: Rams and Bengals will meet in LA : NPR

Rams rally to Super Bowl with stunning 20-17 win over Niners | WITF

100K+ without power after record blizzard hits the Northeast (abc27.com)

Mass outages and extreme weather mean a boom in generator sales : NPR

After the blizzard, the big chill as East Coast digs out | WITF

Rafael Nadal wins Australian Open over Daniil Medvedev : NPR

2 of the men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have reached a plea deal : NPR

Millville School District goes to half days because of teacher shortage (inquirer.com)

U.S. pushes for better tap water but must win over wary public | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Parents struggle after monthly child tax credit payments end | Business | phillytrib.com

As Waste Rises in Senegal, So Does Plastic Recycling – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Local News

County commissioners push for more money toward mental health services among top 2022 priorities | WITF

After 35 years with the department. Newtown Township police officer retires – thereporteronline

Two Neighboring Townships, Nonprofit Unite to Manage Stormwater in Jenkintown Creek – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Taxes have gone up in 13 Berks municipalities. (readingeagle.com)

‘Taxing’ stretch keeps Nanticoke fire department busy — even outside the city | News | citizensvoice.com

Meet City of Pittston’s new Chief of Police | Times Leader

Freeland borough council fills vacant seats | News | standardspeaker.com

Lancaster County creates ‘capital improvement plan,’ sets aside $13 million for capital projects ― including new prison design | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Hanover Police Department aiming to build relationships with community (ydr.com)

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse: Fern Hollow Bridge Had ‘Poor’ Rating Since 2011 – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

At site of bridge collapse, community ponders what’s next, what could’ve been | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gainey declares disaster in wake of Frick Park bridge collapse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor vows disaster emergency declaration after bridge falls | WITF

Residents near collapsed Forbes Avenue bridge adjusting to traffic, longer commutes | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland commissioners approve $1.3 million plan for 2022 tourism | TribLIVE.com

O’Connor: Rebuilding Forbes Avenue bridge could take 2 years, more than $10M | TribLIVE.com

Airbnb prevented hundreds of ‘unauthorized parties’ in Pittsburgh | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Investigators vow to put collapsed bridge under ‘microscope’ | WITF

PHOTOS: Mayor Gainey joins Coffee Tree employees in union rally | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

17-year-old high school senior shot and killed in Philadelphia | Daily Mail Online

Gordon: Where There’s a Will, There’s Wealth for Philly | Philadelphia Public Record (phillyrecord.com)

Local doctors get their rightful accolades | AL DÍA News (aldianews.com)

Covid-19 sparked a wave of entrepreneurship. Here’s how Philadelphia fared. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

22 Greater Philadelphia development projects to watch in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Water main break on Philadelphia’s Bainbridge Street leaves businesses waiting for help (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia has stopped emergency rental assistance. But that doesn’t mean it has to end. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

How to get your 2021 Philadelphia city wage tax refund (inquirer.com)

Philly’s outgoing school superintendent has a new job – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Durst partners with Black-owned firm on Penn’s Landing project | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

A Year After Keystone, Biden Admin Urges Foreign Energy Producers to Pump More – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Congress in jeopardy of missing shutdown deadline (abc27.com)

Graham: SCOTUS possibility Michelle Childs ‘gifted jurist’ | ABC27

These are the people believed to be frontrunners for Biden’s Supreme Court pick : NPR

Clyburn, architect of Biden’s court pledge, pushes his pick | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette