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Legislature

Lehigh Valley’s newest state lawmakers sworn in at Pa. Capitol – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Tuesday marks start of 207th session for Pa. Legislature, as lawmakers take oath of office | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

PA GOP’s legislative priorities in 2023 with temporary majority (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Divided Pennsylvania House elects Democrat Rozzi as speaker (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania House picks Mark Rozzi as new speaker · Spotlight PA

Pa. House speaker selection: Who is Rep. Mark Rozzi? (inquirer.com)

Mark Rozzi is now speaker of the Pa. House after a surprise vote (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania House elects Democrat as speaker, who in turn changes to independent | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Local state House members surprised by Democrat’s ascension to speaker | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Sen. Kim Ward takes over as first female president of the Pennsylvania Senate – pennlive.com

New Luzerne, Schuylkill lawmakers, humbled, take office | Election | standardspeaker.com

Four new members of Luzerne County state House delegation sworn in | News | citizensvoice.com

Who will be Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor between Fetterman, Davis’ swearing-ins? (abc27.com)

Court order complicates Pennsylvania GOP efforts to impeach Philly DA Krasner | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. enacted 166 new laws in 2022 (mcall.com)

Meet the 2023-24 Pa. General Assembly: Diversity, historic firsts and a doc in the House – pennlive.com

Let us now praise Tom Wolf, the political scientist who did good | Fletcher McClellan – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Minimum wage just increased in 23 states and D.C. : NPR

IRS increases business mileage rates for 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia-area tech stocks were hit hard in 2022 — with one big exception – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Video game testers approve the first union at Microsoft : NPR

 

COVID-19

CDC looking into most recent strain of COVID-19, XBB 1.5 – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Police: 5 guns recovered after police chief killed, 2 hurt in Allegheny County | WITF

Bryan Kohberger, suspect in Idaho slayings, waives right to fight extradition from Pennsylvania | WITF

Missouri executes Amber McLaughlin for murdering ex in 2003 | STLPR (stlpublicradio.org)

 

Education

Penn Medicine invests in future nurses with new ASPIRE Program (abc27.com)

PA Military Charter School Proposed at Valley Forge Military Academy & College – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Parkland School Board fills Jarrett Coleman vacancy, but issues raised over lack of transparency, possible Sunshine Act violation – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

West Chester University marching band selected to perform in 2024 Rose Parade – Daily Local

School District Fund starts search for new CEO | Local News | phillytrib.com

Who will pay? Fee question hangs over Millcreek, NE anti-mask cases (goerie.com)

Scranton School Board to consider amended recovery plan with updated academic goals, 4.18% annual tax hikes, long-term facilities plan | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Meet Brandon Copeland, the NFL player and Penn professor teaching the basics when it comes to finance (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

A record number of women won governor offices in 2022. Seven things to know | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Florida Gov. DeSantis begins second term with spotlight on presidential ambitions | News | phillytrib.com

McConnell celebrates milestone as Senate Dems retain power | News | phillytrib.com

Will George Santos or reality win in 2023? | Will Bunch Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Is former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter running again? | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Weather

How to stay safe when using a snow plow and other snow removal equipment : NPR

As another winter storm strains the electric grid, it’s time to fix transmission, experts say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase for 15th consecutive year | WITF

 

Gun Safety

SEPTA to implement gun-detection system; may come to regional rail network (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Health

FDA finalizes rule expanding availability of abortion pills : NPR

Miscarriage care can be hard to come by in the ER : Shots – Health News : NPR

Experts encourage learning CPR, AED after Damar Hamlin injury | ABC27

Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban wants new online pharmacy to be part of legacy – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

LVHN taking part in clinical trial of revolutionary colorectal cancer treatment that saw 100% remission in patients – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Temple dermatologist selected for new program working to improve diversity in clinical trials (inquirer.com)

Chestnut Hill Hospital is now part of Temple University Health System (inquirer.com)

Excela Health, Butler Health System merge, Ken DeFurio named CEO | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

State News

Why are flags at half-staff in Pennsylvania? (abc27.com)

Pa.’s John Fetterman sworn in to U.S. Senate: photos – pennlive.com

John Fetterman sworn in as Pennsylvania’s newest U.S. Senator (abc27.com)

Pa. finished 2022 with $19.7B in tax collections; ahead of projections so far | Wednesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. lets polluter resume drilling in protected zone, outraging Dimock residents in fracking’s ‘ground zero’ (inquirer.com)

BC 1/4 What you need to know if you’re going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show (dailylocal.com)

 

National News

Why Are Energy Prices So High? Some Experts Blame Deregulation. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Southwest Airlines offers vouchers and rewards points to passengers who were stranded by its system meltdown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NFL players, communities rally for Bills safety Damar Hamlin (dailylocal.com)

Fans give millions to Bills’ Damar Hamlin’s toy drive for kids in Pennsylvania community | WITF

NFL Players Prepare to Return to Practice After Hamlin’s Collapse – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Varsity Blues college scandal mastermind Rick Singer to be sentenced : NPR

In 2023, India is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country : Goats and Soda : NPR

The U.S. is reopening visa and consular services at embassy in Cuba : NPR

Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park closed after influx of hundreds of migrants : NPR

U.S. Soccer says USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter : NPR

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $940M after no winner : NPR

Sam Bankman-Fried’s not guilty plea sets up path to FTX fraud trial (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Chester city councilman: Compromise is the best way forward through bankruptcy (inquirer.com)

Developer seeking millions in damages from city of Bethlehem over rejected effort to build psychiatric hospital – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County restitution program reaches $1 million on decades-old cases (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Somerset treasurer claims county unlawfully operating salary board | Local News | tribdem.com

Belusko to lead Wilkes-Barre City Council | Times Leader

Scranton City Council makes King council president | News | thetimes-tribune.com

HCA poised to exit drought contingency plan, lift use restrictions | News | standardspeaker.com

10 people displaced, 2 dogs killed in Harrisburg fire: official – pennlive.com

Here’s when the new Beyond the Battle Museum will open in Gettysburg – pennlive.com

 

Pitt

How Allegheny County’s next executive could reshape the local power structure | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Brackenridge Chief Justin McIntire recalled as ‘humble, hard-working hometown son’ | TribLIVE.com

Brackenridge community left reeling after its police chief is killed in the line of duty | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Photo gallery: Paying tribute to slain Brackenridge police Chief Justin McIntire | TribLIVE.com

Ed Gainey became Pittsburgh mayor with ‘unusually high expectations.’ How’s it going one year later? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Interest high in Churchill Westinghouse site after Amazon pullout | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Tony B. Watlington Sr. tells Inquirer editorial board there’s a ‘crisis of confidence’ in Philadelphia school

Philly LGBTQ activists reflect on Kenney administration, look ahead to the future – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

5 Philly-area homeowners on the roller coaster of buying and selling houses in 2022 (inquirer.com)

University City has been redeveloped again and again. How could the latest effort be more equitable? (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Pa.’s Scott Perry a key voice against Kevin McCarthy for House speaker (inquirer.com)

U.S. House of Representatives to reconvene today to continue votes for speaker – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

House adjourns without electing speaker after McCarthy fails to win in three rounds of voting (cbsnews.com)

McCarthy vows to stay in speaker’s race, with Trump backing – Daily Local

How Far Right Are the 20 Republicans Who Voted Against McCarthy – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

This was supposed to be McCarthy’s moment. What happened? : NPR

The 118th Congress is off to a historic start. See photos of the first day : The Picture Show : NPR

U.S. Senate opens a new session with a record set by McConnell; Pa.’s Fetterman takes office – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden Promotes Bipartisan Victories as Divisions Roil the Republican Party – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Prep grad: End Afghan allies’ legal limbo, pass Afghan Adjustment Act (goerie.com)