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Legislature

It’s time to help women get back to work | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Delaware County receives $4.6 million in grant funding to rehabilitate its 911 system | PhillyVoice

Sen. Muth Announces Nearly $1.9 Million in Grants for Local Recreational and Conservation Projects – MyChesCo

How to weigh in on Pennsylvania’s next legislative maps · Spotlight PA

How do Pa.’s proposed redistricting maps affect your neighborhood? See our interactive map – pennlive.com

5 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s new state House and Senate maps | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

The three things the Pa. Legislature did in 2021 to help older Pennsylvanians | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bill to extend legal window for child sex abuse survivors unlikely to see a Pa. Senate vote – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf admin used state grant funding as leverage during debate on carbon fee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Bank of America encourages remote work amid omicron surge – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

COVID cases are skyrocketing at the U.S. Capitol : NPR

Starbucks says employees must get vaccine or test weekly (abc27.com)

Four municipalities approve Luzerne County’s first regional police department | | thetimes-tribune.com

Will an omicron infection protect against delta and other strains? (inquirer.com)

Crunch time for workplace vaccine mandates: U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in (inquirer.com)

Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers in 24 states – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Omicron upends return to U.S. schools and workplaces | Across America | phillytrib.com

In-person visits at the county jail have been suspended this week (delcotimes.com)

Bucks County pharmacies overwhelmed as omicron drives vaccines, tests (theintell.com)

Montgomery County Commissioners’ Arkoosh tests positive for COVID-19 (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Business/Jobs

In latest effort to combat rising prices, White House to offer $1 billion in aid for smaller meat-industry producers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Crime/Punishment

New York Times says trooper was involved in 4 police-related shootings, including 2 in Lebanon County – LebTown

Pa. State Police release New Year’s holiday crash and enforcement results (abc27.com)

Plans for Wyoming Area Regional Police Department move forward | Times Leader

Philly correctional officers who quit describe panic attacks, 20-hour days (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Teachers are on the front lines in Jan. 6 culture war : NPR

Despite omicron, most schools are staying open after the holidays : NPR

Omicron variant impacts school districts, as students return to classes in 2022 (abc27.com)

Bucks County school district cancels school citing ‘unprecedented’ COVID-related teacher absences – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

CHOP PolicyLab supports return to in-person learning for kids | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

School District of Lancaster board hears consultant’s plans that would move 588 students to different schools in district | Community News | lancasteronline.com

 

Elections/Politics

New Hampshire’s longtime guardian of its early presidential primary is stepping down : NPR

Bartos campaign takes aim at ‘carpetbaggers’ in new policy memo | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Terry Tracy: Why the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial primary debate matters (broadandliberty.com)

Josh Shapiro wants Austin Davis, a 32-year-old Western Pa. lawmaker, to be his lieutenant governor (inquirer.com)

Western Pennsylvania Republican Melissa Hart joins governor’s race | WITF

Off to the races! 2022 set to be big election year in Pa. (abc27.com)

David McCormick, expected to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, resigns as hedge fund CEO – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two-time candidate Dana Hamp Gulick to challenge Rep. Sturla in proposed Lancaster city, Manheim Township House district | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster city Councilwoman, former state Senate candidate Janet Diaz to announce she’s running for new 50th House District seat | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

POLL: 4 in 10 Republicans say Jan. 6 was very violent (abc27.com)

Less than half of GOP say 1/6 was very violent: AP-NORC poll (readingeagle.com)

Candidates Speak Out on ‘Ghost Flights’ of Illegals into PA – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Appeals court rules against counting flawed Lehigh County mail-in ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New poll: 6 in 10 Americans say U.S. democracy is in crisis as ‘The Big Lie’ takes root | WITF

Skippack Supervisor Plans Run for PA Senate Seat – The Post (sanatogapost.com)

Former White House Official and U.S. Army Vet Jumps Into Crucial Pennsylvania Race | CauseACTION Clarion

Op-Ed: Gerrymandering won’t save unpopular candidates (theintell.com)

GOP midterm red flag, Biden’s leadership challenge: USAT/Suffolk poll (poconorecord.com)

 

Environment

Banned: Callery Pear tree phased ban to begin next month – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania Turnpike, world’s most expensive tollway system, increases tolls 5% | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Turnpike is testing the limits with its tolls | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Flight cancellations: What to do if you’re stranded : NPR

 

Health

Suburban EMS squads face staff shortages and financial issues – WHYY

Philly hospitals react to COVID-19 surge by canceling procedures, tightening visitor policies (inquirer.com)

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania names Sydney Etheredge next CEO | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. award to social worker validates achievements in 2021 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Villanova resident recognized for work in addiction recovery – Mainline Media News

 

State News

What are Pennsylvania municipalities’ priorities in 2022? | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Jan. 6 Capitol riot: Congress members reveal details of escape (theintell.com)

‘Hopelessly unprepared’: Rep. Susan Wild recounts Jan. 6 riot (poconorecord.com)

Pennsylvania, New Jersey losing residents at some of the highest rates in the country, studies show – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Marijuana smell alone not justification for warrantless search | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘It prevents 99.9% of attacks.’ So why isn’t Pa. using it to stop unemployment hackers? (abc27.com)

Farm Show 2022 to happen as planned, including vaccination clinic and safety measures (abc27.com)

Water assistance program launches for low-income residents | News | thetimes-tribune.com

New water assistance program could help 1,000 Lancaster city customers in need | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Scrutiny over state’s roadside historical markers prompts review, rewrites | State | standardspeaker.com

Visiting the Pa. Farm Show? Consider COVID risk, Pa. Ag. Sect’y says | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Revenue Dept.: Pa. collected $3.8B in tax revenue in December – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania loses population in first half of 2021, says census estimates | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

National News

Housing market ends 2021 with new all-time home-price high – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

First Cambodian American mayor in U.S. takes office : NPR

Elizabeth Holmes is found guilty of defrauding Theranos’ investors : NPR

Texas officials put the final death toll from last year’s winter storm at 246 : NPR

Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr subpoenaed by NY attorney general | News | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Breaking barriers: First African American and woman sworn in as Mayor of Gettysburg (abc27.com)

Delaware County Swears in Most Diverse and First Majority Female-Led Council in History – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Matt Tuerk, the grandson of a Cuban immigrant, sworn in as Allentown mayor. He says his administration wants to hear ‘all of the voices.’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

LANTA cancels bus routes again Tuesday, experiences driver shortage 2nd day in a row due to COVID-19 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Youngest Reading councilman takes office (readingeagle.com)

Shamokin City Council welcomes controversial member – pennlive.com

Renewable natural gas facility opens at Keystone Landfill | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Cognetti sworn in for full four-year term as Scranton mayor | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Walsh Dempsey sworn in as Lackawanna County judge | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Clarks Green council passes budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

McBride named chair and Belusko vice chair of Wilkes-Barre City Council | Times Leader

Radle named chair of Luzerne County Council; Lombardo will be vice chair | News | citizensvoice.com

After split votes, Scranton School Board appoints new director; awards transportation contracts | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Richard Womack sworn in to most diverse Delaware County Council in history (delcotimes.com)

DeBaptiste takes over as new West Chester mayor – Daily Local

York County oath of office ceremony: 13 elected officials are sworn in (ydr.com)

First women take office to serve as DAs in Erie, Crawford counties (goerie.com)

14 people died by homicide in Lancaster County in 2021; here’s a rundown of the cases | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Montgomery County judge takes oath of office (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Pitt

Ed Gainey inaugurated as 61st mayor — and first Black mayor — of Pittsburgh | 90.5 WESA

Ed Gainey is sworn in as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Taking the reins, new Pgh Mayor Ed Gainey addresses questions of police-community relations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘A Pittsburgh for all’: Ed Gainey sworn in as city’s first Black mayor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Norman: Ed Gainey offers a promising beginning to a new era in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh community leaders react to inauguration of Mayor Ed Gainey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pat Catena re-elected Allegheny County Council’s president as members sworn in | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh council members sworn in, promise collaboration with new mayor | TribLIVE.com

Staffing shortages prompt Pittsburgh Public Schools to move to remote instruction | TribLIVE.com

Meteor explosion near Pittsburgh had the energy of 30 tons of TNT: NASA – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

NASA estimates metrics of exploding meteor that shook ground in Pittsburgh area | WITF

Port Authority services impacted by covid cases as 7th transit driver dies from virus | TribLIVE.com

Jim Rogers death ruled accidental by Allegheny County medical examiner | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

17 PPS schools close due to staff shortages caused by COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lingering effects: Pittsburgh office market struggles to overcome the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly DA Larry Krasner says gun violence needs prevention, not just punishment (inquirer.com)

Snow and COVID-19 snarl school opening plans in the Philadelphia region (inquirer.com)

Philly City Councilmembers discuss 2022 goals | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s indoor dining vaccine mandate is officially in effect | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Schumer vows Senate rules change if voting rights bill is blocked again : NPR