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Legislature

Pennsylvania’s efforts to halt local plastic bag bans recede – WHYY

Wolf vetoes Pa. GOP-led election overhaul citing voter ID restrictions – WHYY

Redistricting reform in Pa. is dead for now, advocates say. So what’s next? (inquirer.com)

Ranked choice voting is worth exploring in Philadelphia | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Wolf enacts law allowing for three month supply of medical marijuana | WITF

Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘We’re still in the game.’ Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf praises $40.8B budget for education investments | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Thanks to stimulus funding, Pa. has a chance to Grow Greener again. We can’t miss it | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf signs state budget, touts increased funding for education | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Officials report an uptick in unemployment fraud scams, give steps on what to do if someone is targeted | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania Republicans Look To Evade A Veto And Enact Voter ID By Ballot Measure | WXXI News

State Budget OK Pittsburgh Scooter Share Pilot Program | Status – Pennsylvania News Today

Pennsylvania’s stalled to-go cocktails bill also poses a problem for outdoor dining. Here’s why. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The Supreme Court leaves the CDC’s moratorium on evictions in place | WITF

With mask mandates lifted, infection protection now in community’s hands, health experts say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some Pa. nursing homes will still require masks, despite mandate lifting | WITF

Pa. covid hospitalizations drop to levels not seen since early days of pandemic | TribLIVE.com

Business/Jobs

Personal income is up in Pa. and all 50 states. But many still struggle | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘A big opportunity’: EQT, pledging to reach net-zero emissions by 2025, launches carbon storage pilots | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From fat sign-up bonuses to 0% interest, credit card offers getting sweeter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

US jobless claims fall to 364,000, a new pandemic low | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Crime/Punishment

Bill Cosby sex assault conviction overturned by Pa. Supreme Court – WHYY

Bruce Castor’s agreement with Bill Cosby in spotlight after Pa. Supreme Court orders release (inquirer.com)

Criminal charges are expected against the Trump Organization today | WITF

AP sources: Trump Organization, its CFO indicted in tax probe | TribLIVE.com

Pa. coroner resigns after ‘predator catcher’ video surfaces – pennlive.com

Education

Chester Upland receiver rejects charter takeover of public schools – WHYY

Dobbins High celebrates first alumni principal – WHYY

Some worry Pennsylvania’s plan to merge 6 state universities will kill troubled schools – pennlive.com

Elections/Politics

Election-related lawsuits that failed on standing or evidence still left Pa. counties with huge legal bills | WITF

Hempfield resident John Ventre announces bid for Pa. governor | TribLIVE.com

Transportation

Black truckers win court ruling in federal race case against Giant Eagle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Turnpike Expecting To See More Than 6 Million Drivers Over The Holiday – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Health

Doctors share the future of the health care workforce and how to better support women and people of color (inquirer.com)

Please get vaccinated. We owe it the exhausted doctors and nurses who deserve a break. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

‘Severe’ blood shortage prompts donation centers to make a call to arms | TribLIVE.com

Officials Hope To Reverse Trend Of Increasing Overdose-Related Deaths In Washington County – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

State News

Pa. Att’y Gen. Shapiro is putting the focus on ghost guns – but that’s the wrong place to look for a solution to Philly’s violence problem | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Last rites: Pennsylvania’s funeral regulators failing consumers, report finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National News

Pennsylvania emergency team headed to Surfside, Fla., high-rise collapse for search and rescue (inquirer.com)

New Jersey’s second offshore wind project will power more than a million homes (inquirer.com)

N.J. hospitals can now build housing for those experiencing homelessness, connecting need to services (inquirer.com)

Elsa, the 5th named tropical storm this season, forms in Atlantic Ocean – pennlive.com

Illegal fireworks explode as bomb squad tries to destroy them, injuring 17 people – pennlive.com

Local News

Trans activist Salina Brett fundraises with weekly bike rides – WHYY

Mayor is the firecracker behind Midland’s first-rate Fourth of July | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Interim director chosen to lead Montgomery County Department of Public Safety | News | pottsmerc.com

Refugee chefs bring favorite recipes from their homelands in new cookbook | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt

Defeated Dem Pgh mayor hopeful Tony Moreno is now running as a Republican | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New Stormwater Regulations Are Likely To Go Before Council This Summer | 90.5 WESA

Gwen’s Girls CEO Says Ending Disorderly Conduct Code Is First Step In Ending ‘School-To-Prison Pipeline’ | 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County Council Dusts Off Year-Old No-Knock Warrant Bill | 90.5 WESA

Controller: Pittsburgh’s finances took hit in 2020, but population loss is bigger worry | TribLIVE.com

$500,000 grant boosts affordable housing efforts in Hazelwood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nick Offerman returning to Pittsburgh for Amazon’s ‘A League of Their Own’ series | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

Philly neighborhoods react to pool closures — WHYY

Philly pools begin to open, despite challenge hiring lifeguards – WHYY

A suburban Philly family wants the investigation into their Marine son’s death reopened (inquirer.com)

Mayor Kenney should channel the spirit of Ed Rendell and open all pools, despite financial woes | Opinion (inquirer.com)

July 4th weather in Philadelphia could be rainy, flood watch Thursday (inquirer.com)

Joel Freedman throws Hahnemann bankruptcy into chaos (inquirer.com)

Philly’s backyard chickens are surging despite a city law that forbids it (inquirer.com)

Meet Philly’s new Youth Poet Laureate: ‘Everyone has a story to tell’ (inquirer.com)

Washington

Penn’s Amy Gutmann and Comcast’s David Cohen could land plum Biden ambassador jobs (inquirer.com)

Regulating big tech: Should Congress pass the most sweeping antitrust bills in generations? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has died | WITF

The House approves new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot | WITF

At unfinished wall, Trump says Biden ‘destroying’ U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The U.S. Will Add A Third Gender Option On Passports : NPR