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Legislature

Bipartisan effort addresses Pennsylvania’s antonymous vehicle industry | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. transportation secretary, senator unveil bill to allow self-driving cars to be tested without someone behind the wheel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hellertown Council Opposes ‘Gerrymandered’ Redistricting Plan (sauconsource.com)

Pennsylvania Gov tells lawmakers to stop stalling legalization, but will it help? – Leafly

Stephen Wahrhaftig: Highlighting yet another threat to personal data (broadandliberty.com)

Public hearings to begin on proposed Pa. redistricting maps | The Bucks County Herald

A chance for Pennsylvanians to speak up for fair redistricting maps | Editorials | heraldstandard.com

Let population, not politics guide Pennsylvania House redistricting (theintell.com)

The attack on our democracy continues in Pa., we must protect the vote (theintell.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 28,000 additional cases break another record as childhood hospitalizations triple in a month – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Are you still fully vaccinated? CDC director explains definition (abc27.com)

Wolf on latest Covid wave in Pennsylvania: ‘The concern right now is with the hospitals’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Grammys are postponed and Sundance is moved online because of omicron surge : NPR

COVID pills are rolling out — slowly — at local pharmacies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Across nation, hospitals seeing different kind of COVID surge this time | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID testing in Philadelphia: Few appointments, rapid tests available (inquirer.com)

The CDC endorses Pfizer COVID-19 booster for 12 and older (inquirer.com)

Omicron surge vexes parents of children too young for shots | TribLIVE.com

U.S. urges covid boosters starting at age 12 to fight omicron | TribLIVE.com

Lehigh Valley Health Network expands testing hours in Hazleton as case numbers hit highs | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Lehigh Valley school districts and health networks grapple with more children testing positive for COVID – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

COVID spreading at high rate in Chester County – Daily Local

As COVID-19 cases surge, at-home test kits in Lancaster County fly off store shelves | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County orders 300,000 at-home COVID test kits for residents (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID-19 testing sites overloaded as local infections surge | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

 

Business/Jobs

Viewpoint: With ongoing remote work, the Great Resignation was inevitable – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amazon-leased warehouse in North Philadelphia sells for nearly $28M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Great Resignation continues with record quit rates – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Local banks raise minimum wage as battle for talent intensifies – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Unionized Starbucks workers walk out in Buffalo : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Labor leaders rally for Coffee Tree unionization; call for fired worker to be rehired | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pgh labor leaders, pols rally in support of unionization efforts at local coffee chain – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Low-interest loan program to help pandemic-impacted businesses | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Crime/Punishment

17 from Western Pa. charged so far in connection with Capitol riot | TribLIVE.com

A year after the Capitol insurrection, Lehigh Valley participants are accepting consequences – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Fleetwood officer is named Berks police officer of the year (readingeagle.com)

Worcester man pleads guilty in connection with shooting of Democratic headquarters (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Education

PA school funding trial could be a watershed moment for teachers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Philadelphia-area colleges delay in-person learning in response to omicron surge – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

How teachers are talking about the Jan. 6 insurrection in schools : NPR

Temple University’s Black student enrollment has dropped. Critics say that never should have happened. (inquirer.com)

Solar panels at schools provide electricity and classroom ideas | Education | standardspeaker.com

Attendance plummets in region’s schools as COVID cases soar | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

Meet the Black Man Who Could Be PA’s Second-Highest Elected Official (theroot.com)

Austin Davis announces bid for lieutenant governor, backed by Josh Shapiro | 90.5 WESA

Court ruling throws out more than 250 mail-in votes in Lehigh County | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Thirteen candidates take the stage for first GOP gubernatorial debate | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Big GOP gubernatorial field crowds onto stage together | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ambler’s Clarice Schillinger Launches Lt. Governor Bid – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Dems’ Narrative on Rich Not Paying Their Fair Share Collapses (Again) – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

One year after Jan. 6, signs of a nation deeper in peril : NPR

They believe in Trump’s ‘Big Lie.’ Here’s why it’s been so hard to dispel : NPR

Donald Trump maintains grip on Republican Party despite violent insurrection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What we need to do to keep the birthplace of our democracy from becoming its graveyard | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. voters decided. But Republicans continue to mislead on the 2020 election | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Scott Perry, the governor’s race and other big questions facing Pa. politics in the next 6 months | John Baer – pennlive.com

Melissa Hart says economy’s key in governor’s race, with abortion and election integrity less urgent | WITF

 

Environment

You can’t stop a well pad, they were told. Turns out, you can | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

Rebecca Oyler: Plan for bridge tolling a gift Pennsylvanians don’t want (broadandliberty.com)

Autonomous car developers lobby to defang safety data regulations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Interstate 83 Mount Rose Avenue interchange is nearly done after six years, and it’s easier to navigate (ydr.com)

 

Health

Northampton County signs on to get part of $26 billion opioid settlement – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

LGH considering federal strike team amid latest COVID-19 surge | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

State News

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot: A complete guide to what we know about Pennsylvania’s role · Spotlight PA

Pa. Rep. Boyle: I’m worried most ‘by the Jan. 6 that could still happen’ | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sen. Bob Casey recalls ‘horrific’ day for U.S., urges passage of voting standards bill | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick recounts, reflects on Jan. 6 Capitol riots (theintell.com)

Pennsylvania’s U.S. lawmakers recall Jan. 6 as ‘tragic’ day | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. admits ‘sophisticated’ unemployment hack. Cyber expert: scheme not ‘sophisticated at all.’ (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania treasure hunters sue the DOJ in Civil War gold case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Treasure hunters sue for records on FBI’s Civil War gold dig in Pennsylvania | WITF

Pennsylvania DEP awards $575K for Delaware River projects including Chester trail, floating Schuylkill lab (inquirer.com)

Guide to the 2022 Pa. Farm Show: Parking, food court hours, COVID protocols and what’s new – pennlive.com

First significant snowfall of season expected to start Thursday | News | tribdem.com

 

National News

U.S., Germany say Russia poses ‘urgent’ challenge to stability | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Child tax credit update: Some parents may owe back money when filing 2021 taxes – pennlive.com

Survey: Parents increased quality time at pandemic’s start | WITF

Oldest US veteran of WWII, Lawrence N. Brooks, dies at 112 | Obituaries | phillytrib.com

Pope marks Epiphany by decrying consumerism | News | tribdem.com

 

Local News

Will a Hot DelVal Housing Market Last in 2022? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

150 acres of farmland in Oxford, Cochranville permanently preserved – Daily Local

Reading reinstates disaster emergency declaration amid COVID surge. (readingeagle.com)

Farewell to 2021—a year of many challenges | The Bucks County Herald

York credible messenger Tiffany Lowe helps police reduce violence (ydr.com)

ARPA funds should be used to help York (ydr.com)

Eagle’s Nest athletic center gets $675K COVID funds grant (goerie.com)

Vision Together 2025 explores logistics of bringing ‘skilled’ Afghanistan war refugees to region to boost population, economy | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Pitt

Judge approves Wilkinsburg annexation petition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council must vote whether Wilkinsburg annexation will appear on borough’s ballot | TribLIVE.com

In a contentious rally, regional leaders advocate for Wilkinsburg-Pittsburgh merger | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Fenway Sports Group chairman Tom Werner feels ‘privileged’ to be involved with Penguins | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

13 more PPS schools closed until Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Covid positivity rate in Allegheny skyrockets to 26% as omicron spreads | TribLIVE.com

Hospitals across Pittsburgh region brace as covid surge delivers more patients | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny, Westmoreland counties preparing for region’s 1st snowfall of year | TribLIVE.com

Facing staff shortages due to COVID, Port Authority adapts and asks for patience | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

At least 12 people, including 8 children, killed in Philadelphia rowhouse fire, officials say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

8 children among 12 dead in Philadelphia fire | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘Only babies’: After Fairmount fire, Philadelphia mourns an unthinkable loss (inquirer.com)

Eagles organization donates to gun violence prevention | Sports | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia’s ban on pre-hire marijuana testing: What you need to know (inquirer.com)

Philly officials warn against pop-up COVID-19 testing sites making false claims | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Expect more snow in the Philadelphia region starting tonight (inquirer.com)

Philly needs more affordable housing. Is a new bill a solution? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s City Controller discusses 2022 projects | Local News | phillytrib.com

Intervention teams offer unique way to fight Philly’s gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia has a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Biden to mark one year since Capitol insurrection (abc27.com)

Jan. 6 updates: Watch Biden’s speech on the insurrection anniversary : NPR

Republicans remain ambivalent — and silent — about Jan. 6 – pennlive.com

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

On eve of Jan. 6 anniversary, voting rights tops the U.S. Senate’s agenda – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)