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Legislature

Pa. senators seek fewer restrictions on nurse practitioners (mcall.com)

Santarsiero Begins Second Term As 10th District State Senator | Doylestown, PA Patch

Lawmaker wants Jan. 6 to be Pa. Democracy Observance Day (audacy.com)

Sen. Comitta announces new expanded outreach hours – Daily Local

NEPA’s state lawmakers discuss priorities amid divided Pennsylvania General Assembly | State | standardspeaker.com

How Pa. House Speaker Mark Rozzi can improve state government (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley’s newest state lawmakers sworn in at Pa. Capitol – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Valley senators receive committee assignments – The Mon Valley Independent

McCarthy elected House speaker; local lawmakers say ‘we can’t continue on like this’ – Daily Local

PA Environment Digest Blog: Sen. Yaw, Sen. Comitta Again Chair Senate Environmental Committee; Other Senate Standing Committee Chairs Named (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pennsylvania House to meet for sex abuse lawsuit legislation in special session (abc27.com)

Gov. Wolf didn’t need to call for a special legislative session to address child sex abuse (mcall.com)

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf moves to speed action on child sex abuse lawsuit window | WITF

Who is Mark Rozzi, new PA speaker of the House? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lancaster lawmakers disagree on what Mark Rozzi’s House Speaker win means for a party majority | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

State lawmakers turn to creative solutions in speaker fights | State | standardspeaker.com

As 2024 election looms, state legislatures consider voting changes | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus changes up leadership – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

United Way of Chester County secures $50,000 in funding – Daily Local

The Pump Act is now law and protects parents nursing children at their workplace (upworthy.com)

Wolf administration commits $5 million to college scholarships for state employees | WITF

Gov. Wolf: PA ends with strong year-to-date revenues; sets stage for 2023 | Times Leader

Who are my legislators in Centre County PA? Find contact info | Centre Daily Times

 

Business/Jobs

Hersheypark holding hiring event for 2023 season (abc27.com)

December jobs report shows economic gains despite rising interest rates (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center pumped nearly $8 billion into local economy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

COVID-19

COVID’s omicron variant XBB.1.5 is spreading fast in the U.S. as flu recedes : Shots – Health News : NPR

How the “tridemic” and medicine shortages are impacting Berks (readingeagle.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Lancaster County officials holding meeting for proposed correctional facility (abc27.com)

Allegheny County jail board members raise concerns about potential constitutional rights violations | WITF

Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Proud Boys trial: Who is Zach Rehl, the right-wing group’s Philly leader charged in sedition case? (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Ex-treasurer of Berks teachers union accused of embezzling over $400,000 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Sculpture of abolitionist Harriet Tubman unveiled at King Elementary School | Local News | lancasteronline.com

North Penn School District launches health center for teachers (inquirer.com)

The fall and rise of the Scranton School District: as recovery exit nears, leaders reflect on progress | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Mahanoy Area establishes school police department, first in Schuylkill County | Education | standardspeaker.com

Pell Grant program gets its biggest funding boost in a decade, helping students with college affordability | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

National

How Republicans normalized George Santos | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Political discussion should never come down to ‘owning the libs’ | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Exhuming McCarthy: How minority rule could implode U.S. democracy in 2023 (inquirer.com)

Statewide

PA county to recount 2020 presidential election by hand · Spotlight PA

Majority of 16,000 canceled Pa. mail-in ballots were from Democrats | WITF

An independent Pa. House speaker? Now let independents vote in primaries | David Thornburgh – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Scott Perry won’t step back from House probe that could involve allegations against him – pennlive.com

Pa. Gov.-elect Shapiro’s inauguration promises to be a hot ticket, if you can get one | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

District/Local

Who’s running for mayor in Philadelphia? – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

New year brings new faces and new politics to Western Pa. | TribLIVE.com

Shapiro transition team includes local members | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Environment

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

EPA moves to toughen standards for deadly soot pollution (inquirer.com)

Fetterman should join others in protecting national parks, refuges (poconorecord.com)

Vanguard’s withdrawal from Net Zero endangers all of us (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

Crashes down 36% on Roosevelt Blvd. due to speed cameras (inquirer.com)

Southwest Airlines says travel disruptions could cost $800 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PHL airport biometric readers will scan all non-U.S. citizens (inquirer.com)

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

What to know about the revamped $7,500 tax credit for electric cars : NPR

 

Gun Safety

Philadelphia Homicide Tracker – a project of Broad + Liberty (broadandliberty.com)

2022 was one of Pittsburgh’s deadliest years. Behind every homicide statistic is someone’s story. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

Flu and RSV decreasing in Lehigh Valley, but patients with respiratory illness still filling many ER beds – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Erie County nears seasonal flu record; COVID-19 cases remain steady (goerie.com)

Bankrupt Pa. drug firm Endo could earn $265M in opioid royalties (inquirer.com)

Meet the Drexel doc committed to protecting the mental health of student-athletes (inquirer.com)

Central Pa. community set to become national leader in lifesaving care that saved Damar Hamlin – pennlive.com

 

Farm Show

PA Farm Show Schedule: January 9, 2023 (abc27.com)

Farm show offers info sessions about mental health (abc27.com)

Redding unveils 2023 Farm Show butter sculpture | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Price increase on wine and spirits coming soon in Pennsylvania (inquirer.com)

Report: ‘Unclear’ whether Pennsylvania’s rural tax credit program creates jobs | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania counties drop in child poverty, jump in elderly poverty | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Susan Wild, entering third term in Congress, will be in the minority party for the first time. Here’s how she’ll legislate. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Joseph Hardy, founder of 84 Lumber, dies on 100th birthday | WITF

Radon is found in 39 percent of Pa. homes. Here’s how to fight it | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

Pa. officials fly high in state plane on taxpayers’ dime – pennlive.com

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

PIHL commissioner John Mucha remembered as tireless worker who ‘did everything for the kids’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

National News

Virginia teacher police say was shot by 6-year-old student identified as Abby Zwerner, 25, and described as dedicated and hard-working – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

California braces for more storms as thousands are still without power : NPR

Seattle’s schools are suing tech giants for harming young people’s mental health : NPR

Hillary Clinton to join Columbia as a professor and fellow in global affairs : NPR

Hundreds arrested after Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil’s Congress : NPR

What New Yorkers need to know as thousands of NYC nurses begin strike – Gothamist

What to know as rapper Young Thug’s RICO trial begins : NPR

Shows of support and signs of unease mark first NFL Sunday since Hamlin’s injury : NPR

Damar Hamlin showing continued progress and expects release from hospital soon, source says – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

A perfect (winter) storm brings lessons for gas producers and the electric grid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

COLUMN: Everyone needs to support digital equity for all in Southern Chester County – Daily Local

Sober living home operator defends South Whitehall plans. ‘People in recovery are the best people I’ve ever met’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Debate over proposed sober living facility continues in South Whitehall | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Family Support Line to move office to Chester Heights in light of spike for services – Delco Times

Mount Joy Township to hear latest proposal for retail center after repeated rejections | Local News | lancasteronline.com

How a Bethlehem power plant helped keep the heat on during a frigid Christmas weekend – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Three Bethlehem-area churches will delay a vote to merge and sell their properties – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Doylestown candlelight “Vigil for Democracy” marks Jan. 6 | The Bucks County Herald

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

Erie pays less for housing and health insurance (goerie.com)

Urban Erie acquaponics would give Curtze Co. needed local food source (goerie.com)

Hazleton City Council approves expanded fee schedule | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Pitt

Report: Pittsburgh neglecting prevailing wage ordinance | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Khari Mosley launches bid for City Council to push for more compassionate political environment | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Iranian Americans speak out against oppression in their homeland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

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

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

Water leak near Philly’s 30th Street Station halts SEPTA subway and trolley service (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia-area housing market expected to normalize in 2023, experts say – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Thom Nickels: City Council’s proposed sprinkler ordinance looks to be costly and ineffective (broadandliberty.com)

Close to 60% of Philly seniors have completed new state graduation requirements. What about the rest? | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly high-schooler receives Medal of Heroism for saving friend’s life | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

Philly’s Iranian community joins global rally over downed flight (inquirer.com)

Faith leaders meet to study how reparations could work in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

McCarthy’s struggles point to troubles for his office, his party and Congress : NPR

Kevin McCarthy wins speaker race after a grueling 4 days and 15 rounds of voting (cbsnews.com)

House Clerk Cheryl Johnson oversees the speaker vote : NPR

Republicans Prepare New Rules, but Fixing Congress Isn’t So Easy – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Officer Brian Sicknick’s death spurs lawsuit against Trump, 2 Capitol rioters : NPR

Biden flies in to López Obrador’s new airport for summit – Daily Local

Biden makes his first visit to the southern border as president : NPR

Biden walks stretch of US-Mexico border, amid GOP criticism | News | phillytrib.com

Democrats praise U.S. Capitol police and pledge to seek accountability on Jan. 6 anniversary – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jerry Shenk: Water is essential to life — and liberty – Mainline Media News