State senators propose Officer John Wilding’s Law | wnep.com

State politicians let the rhetoric fly following Biden speech | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf’s carbon-cutting plan for power plants gets key approval | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Board approves RGGI rule, moving Pa. a step closer to joining carbon emissions program | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Over Republican objections, key panel endorses Pennsylvania’s entry into carbon reduction program | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘Human error,’ lack of oversight led to multimillion-dollar unemployment mistake, Wolf admin discloses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wolf admin refuses to release details on multi-million dollar unemployment mistake | WITF

Late census numbers compress Pa. redistricting panel’s schedule | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. redistricting is poised to be transparent. Will it be fair? Advocates think yes. | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State senators appeal dismissal of Penn. fracking ban lawsuit | Reuters

Contractors breaking rules harms honest competitors, state revenue, Pennsylvania lawmakers told | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Tax fraud, worker misclassification, unsafe working conditions: Task force wants to crack down on unfair labor practices in construction | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Toomey, Yudichak to honor Korean War veterans with medals | News | citizensvoice.com

Argall, Toomey push back on Biden | News | standardspeaker.com

State rep, Biden elector to speak at NAACP annual banquet | News | citizensvoice.com

State awards grant for traffic signal improvement project in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Wolf administration to counties: Don’t cooperate with Mastriano audit (timesonline.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. virus cases are rising again, doubling over three weeks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Olivia Rodrigo meeting with Biden and Fauci to help get young people vaccinated (abc27.com)

Tennessee’s Top Vaccine Boss Is Fired After She Addresses Parental Consent : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

More than 1 million in PA have missed their second COVID shot – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County Biotech Firm Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Test | Doylestown, PA Patch

Johnson & Johnson vaccine is linked to neurological disorder in extremely rare cases | WITF

Beaver County reports 24 new COVID-19 cases; Pennsylvania cases holding steady (timesonline.com)



US consumer prices jump most since 2008, topping all estimates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program still has billions of dollars left. Here’s what to know about the SVOG process. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Unemployment problems persist: woman says she has not been paid thousands that she’s owed (abc27.com)

Unemployment and workforce shortage create crisis in Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

USW ratifies contract with ATI | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Labor shortage woes means small businesses lose out on sales – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Miami, Phoenix, Birmingham see strong gains in tech job postings – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)



Rash of scam calls prompts warning from Latrobe police, victims duped out of thousands of dollars | TribLIVE.com

Wilkes-Barre expected to get $2.1 million for new police equipment | News | citizensvoice.com

Cosby DA: Chief judge’s TV interview ‘fuels’ misinformation | WITF

Montgomery County detectives crush multi-county gun trafficking network | News | timesherald.com



Should state universities consolidate? Here’s what Pa. government officials think – pennlive.com

Motion urging inclusion of critical race theory sent to Allegheny County Council’s education committee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Keystone, LCCC announce dual admissions agreement | Times Leader

West Shore School District to bring students, staff back with or without masks, vaccinations – pennlive.com

Taxes, social equity roil Haverford school board meeting | Local-news | delcotimes.com

A belated thank you to Tom Murt for coming to students’ aid (theintell.com)



Joe Biden’s Philadelphia speech makes case for voting rights (inquirer.com)

GOP state voting restrictions ‘un-American,’ Biden declares | WITF

In Philly, Joe Biden pushes back against ‘21st century Jim Crow’ | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

In Philly, Biden threw down the gauntlet in the battle over voting rights. It’s a fight we can’t shirk | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘The Big lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Redistricting Is Around The Corner And Youth Are Getting Involved : NPR

William Barr clashes with former Trump appointee from Pennsylvania over handling of election-fraud claims (sfgate.com)

Candidate for North Braddock mayor charged with assault | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ex-federal prosecutor seeks Trump backing in governor’s race | Election | standardspeaker.com

McSwain Seeks Trump Support in Guv Race | PoliticsPA

West Chester businessman launches bid for Houlahan’s seat in 6th Congressional Dist. | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Small Businessman Launches GOP Campaign for PA6 | PoliticsPA



Europe Plans Aggressive New Laws to Phase Out Fossil Fuels – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

With wind and solar potential, Pennsylvania should lead toward renewable future | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Congressional plan would reconnect neighborhoods like Philly’s Chinatown, fractured by highways (inquirer.com)

Race Street bridge will be closed for six months while it’s replaced; public can see plans now for the Whitehall Township, Catasauqua project – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

I-83 Widening project continues in Dauphin County; more home and business owners impacted (abc27.com)

Township, borough clash on $451K grant for access road at the Ridge | Local News | tribdem.com

Somerset commissioners ‘hopeful’ about bipartisan highway bill | Local News | tribdem.com



Opioid Addiction Treatment: How Many ERs Fail Patients : Shots – Health News : NPR


State News

Casey makes the ask for public transportation | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Songbird death reports from mystery illness piling up in Pa. as feeders come down in Berks | Local News | readingeagle.com

Lost dog’s owner investigates Pa. kennel, which gets shut down by the state – pennlive.com

State governments are flush with stimulus cash. Is that a blessing — or a curse? | Fletcher McClellan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

U.S. News ranks best places to live in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania corrections officer sues former union, alleges discrimination | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pressure Pat Toomey to support improved crime victims act (theintell.com)


National News

Gun laws barring sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional, appeals court rules | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Feds charge 4 in Iran plot to kidnap U.S. resident, 4 others | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Search ends in Chinese hotel collapse that killed 17 people | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pope Francis arrives at Vatican 10 days after surgery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Redfin economist: ‘We’re at a turning point’ in housing market – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)


Local News

Schember among Pennsylvania mayors urging Congress to pass infra – Erie News Now | WICU and WSEE in Erie, PA

Flooding in Pa., N.J. leaves big rain amounts, damage (inquirer.com)

It poured in central Pa. on Monday, but nothing like the ‘100-year-flood’ event that hit parts of the Philly area – pennlive.com

Bensalem condo complex left uninhabitable after flash floods in Bucks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Westmoreland commissioners blast airport authority over vote on Arnold Palmer restaurant lease | TribLIVE.com

Inclusionary zoning could be expanded to Bloomfield, Polish Hill, under proposed legislation | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County tax rebate plan advances | Times Leader

Appointments, paving and streetscape projects on Wilkes-Barre City Council’s agenda | Times Leader

WVW passes final budget with 4.3% tax hike | Times Leader

County council takes first step toward homestead exemption | News | citizensvoice.com

Proposal to rename Central Scranton Expressway, Spruce Street after Biden draws pushback | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Money to combat gangs in Lackawanna County among appropriations pending in House | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

County council reduces funding match for Hazleton Public Transit | News | standardspeaker.com

Hazleton City Council to consider borrowing for street paving project | News | standardspeaker.com

Fishing limit to be removed at Raccoon State Park’s Upper Pond (timesonline.com)



Ready to ride? Port Authority begins $230,000 campaign to lure riders back to transit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala continues to avoid scrutiny | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Whole Foods donates refrigerated van to food rescue group in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Livy’s Library provides free books to young Pittsburghers | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Inclusionary zoning proposed for Bloomfield and Polish Hill to create more affordable housing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Allegheny County Jail releases information on solitary confinement rates of June | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Philly D.A. Krasner Blames State Republicans for City Crime – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Human remains from old cemetery found amid Northern Liberties construction (inquirer.com)

MOVE bombing victim remains from Penn have been returned, family says | WITF

Philly Navy Yard redevelopment: Black-owned firm, partner pledge $1B toward diversity, equity, inclusion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘Pass the Love’: Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight food insecurity coming to Philly | Health | phillytrib.com

Down North Pizza in Philadelphia wins World’s 50 Best Champions of Change award – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)



Democrats agree to $3.5 trillion budget to advance with infrastructure deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden picks former West Virginia health official as nation’s drug czar | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House appoints new director to steer key climate change report | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies (inquirer.com)

Vice President Harris hints that she has discussed filibuster changes with senators | WITF

Democrats go big with up to $6T proposed for families plan | ABC27