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

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

PA GOP’s legislative priorities in 2023 with temporary majority (

Divided Pennsylvania House elects Democrat Rozzi as speaker (

Pennsylvania House picks Mark Rozzi as new speaker · Spotlight PA

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

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

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

Local state House members surprised by Democrat’s ascension to speaker | News |

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

New Luzerne, Schuylkill lawmakers, humbled, take office | Election |

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

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

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

Pa. enacted 166 new laws in 2022 (

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

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



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

IRS increases business mileage rates for 2023 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

Video game testers approve the first union at Microsoft : NPR



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



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 (



Penn Medicine invests in future nurses with new ASPIRE Program (

PA Military Charter School Proposed at Valley Forge Military Academy & College – DV Journal (

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

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

School District Fund starts search for new CEO | Local News |

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

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

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



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

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

McConnell celebrates milestone as Senate Dems retain power | News |

Will George Santos or reality win in 2023? | Will Bunch Newsletter (

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



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 (



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


Gun Safety

SEPTA to implement gun-detection system; may come to regional rail network (



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 (

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

Temple dermatologist selected for new program working to improve diversity in clinical trials (

Chestnut Hill Hospital is now part of Temple University Health System (

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


State News

Why are flags at half-staff in Pennsylvania? (

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

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

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

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

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


National News

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

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 (

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 (

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 (


Local News

Chester city councilman: Compromise is the best way forward through bankruptcy (

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

Bucks County restitution program reaches $1 million on decades-old cases (

Somerset treasurer claims county unlawfully operating salary board | Local News |

Belusko to lead Wilkes-Barre City Council | Times Leader

Scranton City Council makes King council president | News |

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

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

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



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

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

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 |

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



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 (

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

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



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

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

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

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 (

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 (

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

Prep grad: End Afghan allies’ legal limbo, pass Afghan Adjustment Act (