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Legislature

Will the PA House be less partisan under Mark Rozzi? · Spotlight PA

What to know about Mark Rozzi, Pennsylvania’s new House speaker – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

How did Rozzi get elected speaker? Surprise move sends Berks County Independent to lead divided Legislature | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Imagine what this ‘independent’ House speaker could mean for Pennsylvania | John Baer – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania House elects Democrat-turned-independent as speaker (broadandliberty.com)

Shapiro Names Hossain, Vereb to Executive Staff (politicspa.com)

Ward Elected First Woman to Lead PA Senate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

What Erie County PA’s state representatives said as they were sworn in (goerie.com)

Kazeem sworn in as lawmaker for state’s 159th district – Daily Local

New look Northeast Delegation legislators take office | Times Leader

As new legislative session begins, Berks sends fresh faces to Harrisburg (readingeagle.com)

Swearing in day for local state politicians (dailylocal.com)

Pa. House bill would hit electric, plug-in hybrid drivers with mileage fees | Thursday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Amazon CEO says company will lay off more than 18,000 workers : NPR

The skilled trades haven’t caught as a career choice with Gen Z. : NPR

Penn Medicine, ChristianaCare get funding for programs to address health care worker shortages – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pittsburgh City Paper is sold to the company that owns the Post-Gazette | WITF

Post-Gazette owner to buy City Paper from Butler Eagle | TribLIVE.com

Minimum wage just increased in 23 states and D.C. Here’s how much | WITF

Investors are bracing themselves. Will 2023 be another rough year? (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

As new and fast-spreading COVID-19 subvariant dominates the U.S., what are we seeing in Pa.? – pennlive.com

Erie School Board member Jay Breneman fights long COVID (goerie.com)

New COVID-19 strain may be more resistant; state’s case count rises | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Paul Davis: DEA seized 379 million doses of fentanyl in 2022 (broadandliberty.com)

Man accused of helping immigrants in Pennsylvania on driver’s license tests | WITF

Virginia abolished biased, botched executions; more states should follow suit | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Central Bucks police turn to virtual realty for de-escalation training (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Nearing Jan. 6 Capitol attack anniversary, FBI raises reward for pipe bomb information – pennlive.com

 

Education

Harrisburg University launches financial literacy competition (abc27.com)

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

Biggest boost in a decade brings maximum Pell Grant award to nearly $7,400 for college students | TribLIVE.com

University of Pennsylvania awards largest one-time increase in doctoral student stipends (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

In 2024, serious presidential candidates need only apply | Jonathan C. Rothermel – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Trump’s fixation on Wisconsin, Ginni Thomas’ text regrets and more from the Jan. 6 panel – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Finally, something state lawmakers can (mostly) agree on: State symbols – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Luzerne County election board approves ballot for Jan. 31 special election | Election | standardspeaker.com

Mayoral candidate Allan Domb has triggered the ‘millionaire’s amendment’ for campaign fund-raising (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls will increase 5% starting Jan. 8 (inquirer.com)

Pa. Turnpike toll hike to take effect | TribLIVE.com

SEPTA bus riders want faster service, but many hate how their routes could change (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia International Airport lands among world’s top airports for on-time flights in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

Gun Safety

King Day festivities focusing on gun violence prevention | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Health

Regional disparities in anti-addiction drug distribution across Pa., study finds | WITF

Penn Medicine has been awarded a nearly $10 million grant to educate genetic counselors (inquirer.com)

Abortion pills should be easier to get. That doesn’t mean that they will be : NPR

Food service, hospitality industries try to break the grip of addiction (abc27.com)

Allegheny Health Network to begin offering free cancer screenings – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Boston cancer researchers create vaccine to kill and prevent brain cancer glioblastoma (mainlinemedianews.com)

As UPMC takes drugstore network trend to Obamacare plans, small-town Pa. pharmacists worry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alzheimer’s drug FDA approval may be this week, placing new focus on blood tests to screen patients (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Al Schmidt tapped to be Pa.’s top election official · Spotlight PA

Al Schmidt, Republican ex-Philadelphia official, is Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro’s nominee for Pa. secretary of state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fines totaling $1.3M for the industry, environmental costs of $1.8B for taxpayers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania tax revenues 12% above budget estimate | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PSERS investment officer will earn top salary in Pa. government (inquirer.com)

New Pennsylvania laws taking effect in 2023: What to know (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Perry to abc27: Not backing down in Speaker vote

With Pa.’s Perry at the fore, U.S. House paralyzed as GOP’s speaker fight drags into its second day – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.’s Rep. Scott Perry holds big stick in U.S. House Speaker’s vote | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rep. Lloyd Smucker: House Speaker impasse is stopping GOP from acting on agenda that voters backed at the polls in November | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania among ‘most moved out of’ states: report – pennlive.com

Damar Hamlin’s western Pa. hometown holds out hope for injured NFL player: ‘He’s one of us’ – pennlive.com

 

National News

Gregg Berhalter’s domestic violence incident was reported by Gio Reyna’s parents : NPR

Louisiana now requires an ID or other proof of age to access porn websites : NPR

Powerful storm slams into California, bringing power outages and flooding fears : NPR

Damar Hamlin shows ‘signs of improvement,’ Buffalo Bills say : NPR

Military members will now get 12 weeks of parental leave : NPR

Bryan Kohberger arrives in Idaho to face murder charges – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

W. Va. Governor Jim Justice once again floats income tax cut idea – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

N.J. implements new rules targeting power plants – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New Jersey law requires media literacy for K-12 students (inquirer.com)

Speak Out Act and #MeToo in 2022 (ydr.com)

Thousands mourn former Pope Benedict XVI at funeral celebrated by Pope Francis | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Allentown development projects to expect in 2023 (mcall.com)

Allentown City Council appoints Santo Napoli to vacant seat (mcall.com)

Durham Supervisors express concern over work on Landmark property | The Bucks County Herald

Bucks eyes $10M “stabilization unit” on Doylestown Health campus | The Bucks County Herald

Chadds Ford property owner looks for support for completion of road and age-restricted multi-family development – Delco Times

Lancaster County refinances 20-year-old bond debt ahead of new prison project | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks, Montgomery don’t plan to provide pensioners with COLA increase (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Massive warehouse at Hanover Twp., Nanticoke border gets initial approval | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton promotes longtime Fire Marshal Martin Monahan to deputy chief of police | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Making Cotton Street one-way could add 180 street parking spaces to east Reading neighborhood (readingeagle.com)

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh Public Schools must address absenteeism, says report (nextpittsburgh.com)

‘He had your back:’ Brackenridge community prepares for vigil for Police Chief Justin McIntire – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Funeral arrangements set for slain Brackenridge police chief | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

4 Democrats enter Allegheny County Council races | TribLIVE.com

At-large County Councilwoman Hallam draws primary challenger in Joanna Doven | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Uncertainty over Allegheny County property assessment appeals carries over into the new year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly School District Fund starts search for new CEO – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

Philly Pops looks to remain afloat with $2M fundraising goal – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

A Broad + Liberty interview with Philadelphia City Commissioner Seth Bluestein on election integrity (broadandliberty.com)

2 Philadelphia elementary schools tagged with anti-mask graffiti as students return to school | WITF

Port Richmond explosion site had no gas leaks, according to PGW’s initial survey (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia makes progress on workforce diversity but disparities remain (inquirer.com)

Mummers 2023 parade winners announced (inquirer.com)

Mummer doctor gives CPR to Philadelphia Eagles fan (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Noon vote set for new Speaker of the House after GOP’s McCarthy voted down time after time – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

GOP’s McCarthy rejected for House speaker — again and again – Daily Local

What Kevin McCarthy’s opponents in the House want : NPR

Republican Party Stumbles Through the Wilderness With No Clear Leaders – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Lacking a Speaker, House Ceases to Function – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

US House has no members, no rules as speaker race drags on – Daily Local

How Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation voted for a new House speaker – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Byron Donalds emerges as GOP alternative for House speaker | News | phillytrib.com

Hakeem Jeffries to make history as the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress | News | phillytrib.com