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Philly holds vigil to remember horror of insurrection – WHYY

Lawmakers offer perspectives on Jan. 6 anniversary – Mon Valley Independent, 1/7/2022 (

State officials unveil legislation that would allow AV companies to operate vehicles without humans – Pittsburgh Business Times (

These 4 Big Political Questions Will Loom Over Philly in 2022 (

Hughes Gets Views on National TV | Philadelphia Public Record (

Lehigh Valley Projects in PA Moving Forward with Federal Funding : CEG (

New bill looks to expand school choice for Pennsylvania military families | Pennsylvania |

Joanna McClinton introduces sweeping election reform bill | City & State PA (

On anniversary of Jan 6, PA Dems call for voting rights expansion | City & State PA (

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

Senator Gene Yaw: What critics get wrong about energy choice (

Elected officials: Why weren’t we included in early talks about Afghanistan immigrants possibly coming to area? | News |

Failing to approve a congressional map could carry unwanted consequence for Pa., lawmaker says –

Pennsylvania redistricting proposals with splits of Allentown criticized as hurting minority election chances – The Morning Call (

Redistricting chair Nordenberg defends proposed state House map against GOP attacks – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Republicans are planning a redistricting redo in time for the 2024 election | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Lawmaker calls for public hearing on Pennsylvania Senate, House legislative maps | State |

Pa. House bill would allow state to join national popular vote compact | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A year after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, election review and reform efforts continue in Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

More than $1.1M to fund recreation, conservation projects | News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Vaccine mandate regulations are under the Supreme Court’s microscope : NPR

Supreme Court weighs vaccine rules affecting more than 80M | Coronavirus |

Is the omicron variant less severe? And what are its symptoms? : Shots – Health News : NPR

White House finalizing details to send free COVID tests to Americans soon, report says (

New Pa. COVID-19 cases remain above 20,000; region has 26 deaths | Coronavirus |

Erie hospitals offer Evusheld to those at-risk of COVID complications (

Acting PA Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter visits Delaware County amid COVID surge (

All Delaware County hospitals at capacity due to COVID cases (

‘It will overwhelm us’: Surge of COVID cases triggers more of the tough phone calls – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive

Kids’ COVID-19 hospitalizations reach all-time high, although overall risk remains low –

Lehigh Valley’s omicron-fueled COVID surge is putting the strain on EMS services, adding to stress on crews – The Morning Call (

When will Omicron peak? A Penn State professor shares national COVID-19 modeling team’s projections | WITF

At Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, latest COVID outbreak seems like deja vu | Coronavirus |



Employers add just 199,000 workers in a slow December : NPR

Supreme Court’s OSHA mandate decision unlikely to end employer uncertainty – Philadelphia Business Journal (

High salary remote jobs are surging, Ladders report says – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Inflation hits record of 5% in 19 countries using the euro | News |



Nighttime pipeline demonstrators charged with disorderly conduct at Marsh Creek – Daily Local

Cooperation, trust and equal justice must guide Erie police reform (

Allegheny County Jail violating solitary confinement ban, oversight board says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge slams US Capitol rioter’s request to take Jamaican vacation – CNNPolitics



Emily Kreps: University of Pennsylvania versus reality (

Universities continue to feel pandemic pain with big declines in 2021 student revenue – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Federal plan aims to help alleviate school bus driver shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly-area colleges differ in COVID-19 protocols for new semester (

Lehigh University will start spring semester with a week of remote learning – The Morning Call (

Former William Penn superintendent testifies in historic school funding trial about lack of resources (

A Bucks County school district told teachers not to discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection with students | WITF

Woodland Hills School District shifts to remote learning the rest of the month due to covid cases, related issues |

NEPA legislators offer additional assistance for Scranton School District’s move to payroll tax | Education |



How false GOP views of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack came to be : NPR

Court ruling throws out more than 250 mail-in votes in Lehigh County (

13 GOP Candidates Pack Stage in First Gubernatorial Debate – DV Journal (

Will Wood: Let’s work together to exorcise the ‘Big Lie’ (

Philadelphia building trades unions back Conor Lamb in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democrats in Northeast Philly face off for a special election, with more to come (

ACLU sues Pa.’s Fulton County over missing records from 2020 election review –

A year after the U.S. Capitol riot, Pa. voters, candidates and policy are still influenced by what happened. | WITF

Jan. 6 succeeded. Here’s what’s next | Quentin Young – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pgh pols remember Jan. 6 as ‘insurrection’ – warn of danger ahead – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Given a minute, Republican candidates debate their case for a shot to be Pa. governor | State |

Pa. GOP debate: The most important question wasn’t asked (

Schnee eyes Toohil’s former state seat | Times Leader



Messaging is critical for weather forecasts to save lives : NPR

Pennsylvania is poised to make progress on climate strategy (

DEP outlines a path for Pa. to hit ‘100 percent’ of Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Snow updates: Central Pa. hit with first real mess of the season (

UPDATE: PennDOT lifts vehicle & speed restrictions for I-83, still in place for I-78 (

PennDOT extends deadline for public feedback on Route 30 reconstruction project (

Pocono weather: Speed restrictions implemented on area roads (



A look back: Pandemic results in greater awareness of health in all forms (

Health department investigating hepatitis outbreak in Montgomery County (

What is ‘flurona’? Why are people talking about it now? | WITF

Delaware County Memorial Hospital to close maternity unit. Just two will remain in the county | Health |


State News

‘A terrible day for our nation’ | Times Leader

Pennsylvania sounds alarm on unemployment fraud schemes | Pennsylvania |

Wolf Administration launches Pa. Homeowner Assistance Fund (

PA Power Grid Up to Cold Weather Challenges, Experts Say – DV Journal (

Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture seeks to bridge rural-urban divide | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

How much snow fell during central Pa.’s first storm of 2022? –

More people are leaving Pennsylvania than moving in, says U-Haul | Today in Pa. –

Big ‘Back to the Future’ move for Pennsylvania fishing regulations in 2022 –

The Pennsylvania connection to the January 6 insurrection (

Capitol riot, reaction involved dozens of Pennsylvanians | Election |


National News

The Western drought is revealing America’s ‘lost national park’ : NPR

Kazakhstan Leader Says Order “Mainly Restored” After Unrest : NPR

Banned from Facebook and Twitter, far right groups are still a presence online. : NPR

Fermo: A year after Capitol riot, character counts more than ever (

What will 2022 bring in the way of misinformation on social media? (

Kazakhstan Protests Lead President to Crack Down: ‘Fire Without Warning’ – The New York Times (

Peter Bogdanovich, 82, Director Whose Career Was a Hollywood Drama, Dies – The New York Times (

How one Capitol police officer’s experience underscores the role of race on Jan. 6 | Solomon Jones (


Local News

Yellow Cab of Lancaster permanently closes, cites COVID-19 pandemic among reasons | Local News |

First snowstorm of winter delivers several inches of snow in region – Daily Local

Nation’s first hydrothermal system at wastewater plant to be installed in Phoenixville (

The We Believe in Erie Fund targets equity and Erie’s economic growth (

Vigil at Fifth and Penn streets marks anniversary of Capitol insurrection (

First snow in Lehigh Valley shuts schools, brings plummeting temperatures; a wintry mix may cause issues Sunday before the arrival of arctic air – The Morning Call (

Wilkes-Barre paramedics get no compensation for COVID-related work loss | coronavirus |

Moira Mulroney elected president of the Radnor Board of Commissioners (

Montgomery County Commissioners react to Jan. 6 anniversary (

Montgomery County poll workers still waiting on Election Day compensation (



Pittsburgh politicians remember Jan. 6 as an “insurrection,” warn of danger ahead | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Allegheny County posts highest one-day COVID-19 case count; Pa. hospitalizations at record level | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Michael Lamb: Annexing Wilkinsburg to Pittsburgh is the right move | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obituary: James Mellon Walton | Executive who shaped Carnegie museums, Carnegie Library and Heinz Endowments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor Ed Gainey: ‘Heartbeat of our country’s democracy was attacked’ on Jan. 6 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council reintroduces legislation on single-use plastic bags |



12 People, Including 8 Kids, Killed in Fire at Philadelphia Apartments – NBC10 Philadelphia (

Philadelphia fire updates: Fairmount rowhouse tragedy may have started with a Christmas tree fire (

Investigators look into whether a 5-year-old might have started the deadly Philadelphia blaze | WITF

Philly Lyft driver uses gun to defend self, passenger from armed carjackers (

Cause undetermined in Philadelphia house fire that killed 12 (

LYNETT: Philadelphia DA’s Office Sheds Prosecutors, Crimes Go Unpunished – DV Journal (

Philly QAnon detective Jennifer Dugger in D.C. last Jan. 6 still on limited duty awaiting a hearing (

Philadelphia is ending its rental assistance program because it’s running out of funds (

How to get free smoke detectors in Philadelphia (

Intervention teams offer unique way to fight Philly’s gun violence – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philly schools shifting to virtual learning Friday due to winter storm | Local News |



On Jan. 6 Anniversary, Biden Goes After Trump and Trumpism – The New York Times (

Biden blasts Trump over Capitol attack, calls him an undemocratic liar (

Trump lashes out after Biden speech: ‘Used my name today to try to further divide America’ (

1 year later, Congress still divided on Capitol riot | ABC27

Dems say voting rights in Pa. are still at risk, a year after Jan. 6 – WHYY