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On 15th Anniversary Of Last Minimum Wage Increase, Gov. Wolf Urges General Assembly To Hike The Wage – CBS Pittsburgh (

Wolf, top Dems push for hourly wage increase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf calls Pa. minimum wage a national embarrassment during rally (

Governor and Democratic Lawmakers Rally for Minimum Wage Increase – PennWatch

Beyond the Byline: Time to raise Pa.’s minimum wage | Times Leader

We Are Lawmakers From 5 States That Ended Child Marriage, Other 45 States Should Follow (

Will Harrisburg Republicans save SEPTA and other transit agencies in time? (

‘We have two options: Do something or do nothing’: New app connects conflict resolution volunteers to those in need | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘This Is Beyond Politics’: Philly Leaders Hold Press Conference to Address Gun Violence | NBC10 – The Chestnut Post

Structural reviews should be a local concern | Opinion |

Pennsylvania’s leaders sided with fracking, despite the health risks | PennLive letters –

Cosby accusers and their supporters hold vigil to denounce court decision overturning his conviction (

Pennsylvania is 36th state to adopt multistate nursing license (

Legislation to regulate 5G wireless infrastructure passes in PA Senate | Around the Web – Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania Department of State Tells Counties Not to Allow Outside Access to Voting Systems (

What you need to know about the GOP-backed audit of Pa.’s elections | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

With audit, Pa. Sen. Mastriano is obscuring his own role in fomenting election chaos | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Editorial | County leaders should reject baseless call for third-party election probe | News |

Why A Funding Boost For The Office That Exposes Pennsylvania Puppy Mills Stalled Again | 90.5 WESA

Four states propose laws to ban ransomware payments | #malware | #ransomware – National Cyber Security News Today

Lawmakers hope work search requirement helps solve restaurant staffing shortage; L&I starting it this week (

New Pennsylvania law aims to protect seniors from abuse | Pennsylvania |

After pushback, a widely criticized mandatory minimum bill is on hold | WITF


Coronavirus – COVID-19

How we’ll know when the COVID-19 crisis is over | WITF

Pfizer to discuss vaccine booster with US officials Monday | National and World |

Chesco, Delco Covid-19 Agreement to End – DV Journal (

COVID-19 wards: Erie hospitals appreciate lack of coronavirus cases, worry about the future (

Pittsburgh region’s young adults hesitant to get vaccinated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Bonus pay for essential workers varied widely across states (

Tori Shriver named political director of EAS carpenters union | City & State PA (

Pilot Freight enhances employee-focused programs, looks to hire 150 employees | Business |

Op-Ed: Northeastern Pa. communities reflect national workforce challenges | Pennsylvania |

SBA preps new PPP loan forgiveness portal for small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund ends in uncertainty following suit (

On-demand pay gains steam amid labor shortage, Covid-19 pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Erie economy shows strength, but workforce is a worry, economist says (

‘Struggling to hire folks’: As travel jumps, many Turnpike restaurants remain closed. The worker shortage is blamed – The Morning Call (

‘This is a real job’: Philly’s restaurant workers dissect the labor shortage, and contemplate a different future (



Pennsylvania State Police overwhelmingly white, and officials offer few remedies for increasing racial diversity | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Erie diversity: City police say women, minorities apply for latest test (

Bradford County DA sex charges: Chad Salsman sentenced to Pa. prison (



As Penn and other Philadelphia colleges search for new presidents, here’s what schools look for in their next leaders – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pennsbury viral video raises question on edits to public meeting recordings (

What is critical race theory, and could it be taught in PA schools? (

All but 3 Lancaster County school districts raise property taxes in 2021-22 | Local News |

Vote on state university consolidation plan set for Wednesday | News |

With merger vote looming: Do we want universities that help us remember and reimagine Pa.? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Should colleges offer Freshman Year 2.0 to make up for COVID? (

2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Education, Higher Ed | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

School bus driver shortage: Pa. districts are having trouble filling openings –

Area schools offer summer programs to combat COVID-19 learning loss | Education |

Philadelphia School District plans gender-neutral bathrooms for ever school (



Philadelphia lawmaker eyes U.S. Senate run | Pennsylvania |

Democratic Rep. and Penn alumnus Conor Lamb considers running for Pennsylvania Senate seat | The Daily Pennsylvanian (

Rudy Giuliani insisted that Trump declare victory in Michigan before the state was called, a new book says (

New Back to School PA PAC For School Board Candidates Statewide – DV Journal (

Senate Republicans Will Air Attack Ad During MLB All-Star Game : NPR

With Pa. in play, nat’l party committees raise $337M through June | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show – The New York Times (

Heat wave blankets US West as fires rage in several states | WITF

Death Valley posts 130-degree heat, potentially matching a record high | WITF



Travel through Harrisburg International Airport lagging behind U.S. (



Don’t fix what’s not broken: Medicaid assessments should stay local (

Geisinger buys land, preparing for new Hill Section expansion | News |


State News

Yes, States Got More Money from Washington than they Needed for Covid Relief | FlaglerLive

Jobless Pennsylvanians, attorneys fear more problems as work-search requirement returns · Spotlight PA

Department of Labor admits it overcharged unemployed Pennsylvanians millions of dollars · Spotlight PA

Poison hemlock is spreading through Pennsylvania: How can you spot it and remove safely? | Home & Garden |

Pennsylvania to receive $225M from Sackler family opioid settlement | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pa. Youth Congress hits Keystone State corporations for lack of LGBTQ support | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Smoking returns to Pennsylvania casinos after 1-year ban –

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission state fish hatcheries reopen to public without restrictions –

Delivering road upgrades: State considers package fee to help fund transportation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State’s instant firearm background check system sees drop in applications for first time in nearly a year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

Haiti Live Updates: U.S. Doctor Held in President’s Assassination – The New York Times (

The U.S. Is Sending A Team Of Investigators To Haiti, But Not Military Assistance : NPR

Prepping for a cyber pandemic: worldwide drill underway (

‘An incredible day’ as Lee statue removed in Charlottesville | News |

Experts say national gas prices could reverse course in the coming weeks (

Supreme Court wraps up high profile docket with several noteworthy rulings | Smart Talk (

Demonstrators In Havana Protest Shortages, Rising Prices : NPR

A Record Number Of Manatee Deaths Are Reported In Florida : NPR

Richard Branson Has Completed A Historic Trip To The Edge Of Space On Virgin Gal : NPR

Italy Defeats England In Emotional Battle For European Soccer Championship : NPR

Djokovic Wins Wimbledon Final, Secures Record-Tying 20th Grand Slam Title : NPR

This is why reparations are always about more than money | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Why Jane Goodall Still Has Hope for Us Humans – The New York Times (

Traveling this summer? Plan to spend more money on just about everything –

After the Florida building collapse, condos struggle to fund big repairs (


Local News

Former Berks extension agent is the first woman named to the national hall of fame | Local News |

‘Saving Our Streets’ event continues conversation to stop gun violence in Harrisburg (

Lancaster nonprofit opens locally sourced farm market; hopes to combat food insecurity (

Even with aid, finding affordable housing difficult in Bucks County (

Erie looks to create new job to oversee $76M from American Rescue Plan (

Four people have drowned in the Upper Delaware in the past two weeks (

PVSD tables furloughs and increases taxes as super submits resignation (

Bucks Knocks Out Hunger provides food pantries with healthy options (

These Lehigh Valley towns look to add open space tax to push back against development – The Morning Call (

Home values have risen by 10% or more in most of Berks County | Local News |

Lackawanna County officials explain why COLTS/LCTA bus agency merger fell apart | Business |

Luzerne County wins civil case brought by ex-H/R director | News |

Council to discuss proposed homestead exemption Tuesday | News |

Streetscape improvements coming to Wilkes-Barre | News |

More public art in the works for Northeast Art Project | News |

Report: NEPA, Pennsylvania face physical, economic or social challenges | Times Leader



City of Pittsburgh launches Move PGH with promise of more accessible and equitable mobility | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scooter share legalized in Pittsburgh, banned in Philadelphia – On top of Philly news (

For Good PGH raising funds to continue food and essential items distribution program | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh’s Chinatown receives historic designation, group seeks funds for a plaque | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh’s Heinz Endowments to dole out $10M to Western Pa.’s Black arts, cultural groups |

Annexing Wilkinsburg would be good for Pittsburgh, city controller says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Biden to deliver major voting rights speech Tuesday in Philadelphia – CNNPolitics

Jul 13 | Press Conference and Rally for Child Tax Credit Checks | Philadelphia, PA Patch

Video shows gunmen firing 100 shots into Fourth of July party, killing 2 in Philadelphia –

Cambodian Philadelphians denounce threatening letter (

EDWARDS: Proposed Gun Sale ‘Blockade’ A Silly Non-Solution to Philly’s Crime Crisis – DV Journal (

How can Philadelphia save its struggling transit system? | City & State PA (

Grief counselors in short supply with gun violence rising | National and World |

Philly Health Department makes changes to HIV testing strategies — and funding (

Coronavirus wanes, vaccinations rise, and Philly-area health officials look to the future (



House considering another voting rights bill as some states toughen laws | ABC27

Biden’s executive order targets tech, mergers, monopolies | ABC27

Police reform negotiations hit gridlock in Congress | ABC27

Biden’s Abortion Actions Are Both Too Little Or Too Much, Depending Who You Ask : Shots – Health News : NPR

With The U.S. Military Gone, The CIA Faces Tough Challenges In Afghanistan : NPR

Imitate China to compete with it? Lawmakers debate science funding bills as a way to seed U.S. industry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kamala Harris slammed for claiming rural Americans can’t photocopy their IDs | Fox News