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Legislature

Trio of New Lehigh Valley Legislators Take Office in Harrisburg | WDIY Local News

Penn State graduate Nick Miller sworn in as Pennsylvania’s youngest senator in 123 years – cvandmore.com

Who is PA House Speaker Mark Rozzi? · Spotlight PA

What Mark Rozzi’s record can tell us about what kind of Pennsylvania House speaker he’ll be | WITF

The Pa. House speaker election is upending Harrisburg. ‘All hell broke loose.’ (inquirer.com)

Drama in the Pennsylvania State House, Rozzi an Indipendent? (abc27.com)

Pa. House Democrat’s flip to end leadership limbo stemmed from a GOP leader’s quip – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New DelVal State Senators, Representatives Take the Oath of Office – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Munroe Begins Tenure As State Representative of 144th District | Warminster, PA Patch

Pa. lawmaker proposes countywide school board (mcall.com)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton files with court to have Republican lawsuit tossed | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Pennsylvania spends $15M on traffic safety projects in 20 counties | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Court order complicates Pennsylvania GOP efforts to impeach Philly DA Krasner (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. Rep. Bryan Cutler’s Jan. 6 testimony details death threats, doxxing (goerie.com)

$4.67M In Funding Allocated For Chester County Parks | West Chester, PA Patch

Two Parks in Chester County Awarded $4.67 Million in Grants (vista.today)

Fort Washington Elementary chorus performs at State Capitol (timesherald.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Jobs Report Updates: US Adds 223,000 Jobs in December – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

December jobs report: U.S. hiring stays brisk as employers add 223,000 jobs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Millions of workers signed noncompete agreements. The FTC has moved to ban them : NPR

FTC proposes rule that would ban noncompete clauses (inquirer.com)

Wynnewood nursing home workers issue Jan. 16 strike notice – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

More than 600 people will be laid off in central Pa. plant closures, company says – pennlive.com

Hundreds of food service workers at LVHN facing layoffs as hospitals change food service providers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Amazon layoffs to hit 18,000 people (inquirer.com)

 

COVID-19

As COVID surges in China, US begins testing more travelers | Health | phillytrib.com

COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 11-month high in Lancaster County | Health | lancasteronline.com

Negative COVID test isn’t a pass to socialize if you have flu-like symptoms | Expert Opinion (inquirer.com)

COVID military vaccine mandate should stay | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Coming home from prison can be a risk. Look at Christopher Williams | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Education

PODCAST: Bucks County Moms Battle Pols For Facts on School COVID Policy – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Conestoga Valley school board returns to discussion on athletics and gender identity in the new year | Local News | lancasteronline.com

More work ahead as Scranton School District prepares to leave recovery | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Fleetwood School District addresses reports about dentist who treated students (readingeagle.com)

 

Elections/Politics

On 2nd anniversary of Jan. 6, Trump’s disciples succeed in shutting down the Capitol (inquirer.com)

January 6 proved America is no Superman | Opinion (inquirer.com)

‘Gut-wrenching’: Rising star state lawmaker killed in crash : NPR

Michigan’s U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow won’t seek re-election in 2024 (michiganradio.org)

Disorder is all Republicans have to offer | Quentin Young – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A third Michael Nutter term as Philly mayor? No thanks. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

The Chesapeake Bay earns a D+ in latest report. | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Chesapeake Bay still in poor health, blue crabs suffering, new State of the Bay report concludes – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Pa. Turnpike tolls increasing by 5% on Sunday (dailylocal.com)

Annual Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hike set to take effect — along with a new law targeting drivers with unpaid tolls | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Want to end air travel chaos? Enforce passenger rights. | Editorial (inquirer.com)

On track: Rail line plans improvements at Greensburg, Latrobe stations | TribLIVE.com

 

Gun Safety

Triple shooting in Kensington leaves a 7-year-old girl injured and a tight-knit block shaken up (inquirer.com)

The number of killings in Harrisburg last year was the highest in at least 36 years – pennlive.com

In Philadelphia, MLK Day of Service activities focusing on gun violence prevention – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

This Philadelphia Military Academy student has earned the U.S. Army’s Medal of Heroism (inquirer.com)

 

Health

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

HIV prevention program in Philly uses telehealth to prescribe PrEP (inquirer.com)

Aidan’s Heart Foundation to provide CPR training to Downingtown students – Daily Local

 

State News

Josh Shapiro picks Al Schmidt as secretary of state – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Governor-elect Josh Shapiro nominates Secretary of State (abc27.com)

Lowman S. Henry: Pennsylvania’s supremely activist justices – Daily Local

How Pa. Rep. Scott Perry’s tweets explain the chaos in the U.S. House | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Midstate Congressman Scott Perry aiding fight against McCarthy’s Speaker bid (abc27.com)

Rep. Susan Wild discusses House speaker vote (mcall.com)

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon worries Speaker vote is a harbinger of things to come in Congress – Delco Times

Senator Bob Casey diagnosed with prostate cancer (abc27.com)

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he has prostate cancer but has an ‘excellent prognosis’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Farm Show: What you need to know if you go (mcall.com)

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman names staffers, including communications director and advisers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

National News

A biotech firm says the U.S. has approved its vaccine for honeybees : NPR

As Damar Hamlin shows ‘substantial improvement,’ Buffalo Bills will play Sunday | WITF

DNA, eyewitness evidence link Bryan Kohberger to Idaho killings, authorities say : NPR

Tesla’s shares are sinking. Elon Musk’s Twitter deal isn’t helping : NPR

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts again, summit crater glows : NPR

Violence hits a Mexico cartel stronghold as the son of ‘El Chapo’ is captured : NPR

Putin orders a 36-hour Ukraine cease-fire : NPR

Bills-Bengals NFL game won’t resume, AFC playoffs impacted (inquirer.com)

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inch up to 6.48% (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Coatesville gets a huge boost toward revitalization – Daily Local

Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority Launches $155 Million Capital Improvement Campaign to Upgrade Aging Sewer System – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Matt Ross resigns from Yardley Borough Council | The Bucks County Herald

Erie County has 100% coverage in new FCC Broadband Map (goerie.com)

Western Erie County group taps Cranesville VFD for fire, EMS service (goerie.com)

$55K High Foundation grant helps Power Packs Project get new truck to deliver nutritious meals in Lancaster, Lebanon counties | Local News | lancasteronline.com

City zoners reject Madison Street hotel plans | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Garbage hauler transition draws hundreds of complaints for Hazle Twp. officials | News | standardspeaker.com

City Council on countdown to appoint a new president for the second time in less than six month (readingeagle.com)

 

Pitt

As Pittsburgh’s transit ridership plummets, workers get 13% raise | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pittsburgh honors retired cobbler with “Gabriel Fontana Day” in the city | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Hundreds honor fallen Brackenridge police chief during solemn vigil | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Plans for Lawrenceville 300-unit residential development and firehouse rehab move forward | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Viewpoint: Philadelphia’s current mayor has a full year — and an important budget — remaining – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Memorial unveiled in honor of Fairmount fire victims | Local News | phillytrib.com

City of Philadelphia announces plan to invest $200 million in opioid settlement funds | Local News | phillytrib.com

What Philly and its suburbs stand to get from opioid lawsuit settlements (inquirer.com)

Mobile methadone clinics are among the initiatives Philly will fund with opioid settlement funds (inquirer.com)

Opioid settlement money to fund Philly community programs (audacy.com)

Fishtown grocers is named one of America’s best (inquirer.com)

Charity album “A Philly Special Christmas” has Eagles Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata topping charts (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Jake Sullivan: War over Taiwan can be avoided : NPR

D.C. nears Jan. 6 anniversary with warnings about extremism, awards for courage – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

McCarthy offers deal to end standoff in House speaker fight – Daily Local

House Republicans seek a deal with a 12th speaker vote on the horizon | NPR

The House last struggled to elect a speaker 100 years ago. Here’s what happened : NPR

Biden announces new border control measures and lgal pathways to some migrants : NPR

Joe Biden to award Citizens Medal to 12 on Jan. 6 anniversary | WITF