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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 (

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

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

Pennsylvania House elects Democrat-turned-independent as speaker (

Shapiro Names Hossain, Vereb to Executive Staff (

Ward Elected First Woman to Lead PA Senate – DV Journal (

What Erie County PA’s state representatives said as they were sworn in (

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 (

Swearing in day for local state politicians (

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



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 (

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

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

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? (



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

Erie School Board member Jay Breneman fights long COVID (

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



Paul Davis: DEA seized 379 million doses of fentanyl in 2022 (

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 (

Central Bucks police turn to virtual realty for de-escalation training (

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



Harrisburg University launches financial literacy competition (

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

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

University of Pennsylvania awards largest one-time increase in doctoral student stipends (



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

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

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

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

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



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

Pa. Turnpike toll hike to take effect |

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

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


Gun Safety

King Day festivities focusing on gun violence prevention | Local News |



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 (

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 (

Allegheny Health Network to begin offering free cancer screenings – CBS Pittsburgh (

Boston cancer researchers create vaccine to kill and prevent brain cancer glioblastoma (

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 (


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 |

Pennsylvania tax revenues 12% above budget estimate | Pennsylvania |

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

New Pennsylvania laws taking effect in 2023: What to know (

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 (

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 |

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

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


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 (

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

N.J. implements new rules targeting power plants – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New Jersey law requires media literacy for K-12 students (

Speak Out Act and #MeToo in 2022 (

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


Local News

Allentown development projects to expect in 2023 (

Allentown City Council appoints Santo Napoli to vacant seat (

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 |

Bucks, Montgomery don’t plan to provide pensioners with COLA increase (

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

Scranton promotes longtime Fire Marshal Martin Monahan to deputy chief of police | News |

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



Pittsburgh Public Schools must address absenteeism, says report (

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

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 (

4 Democrats enter Allegheny County Council races |

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 School District Fund starts search for new CEO – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

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

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

A Broad + Liberty interview with Philadelphia City Commissioner Seth Bluestein on election integrity (

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 (

Philadelphia makes progress on workforce diversity but disparities remain (

Mummers 2023 parade winners announced (

Mummer doctor gives CPR to Philadelphia Eagles fan (



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

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 (

Lacking a Speaker, House Ceases to Function – The New York Times (

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 (

Byron Donalds emerges as GOP alternative for House speaker | News |

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