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Legislature

The new state budget brings changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Nikil Saval leads bipartisan effort, secures $125 million for Whole-Home Repairs Act | Al Día News (aldianews.com)

New Pa. budget includes $140M boost to state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

With nearly $1B being invested in education with the new budget, how will money be spent? | WHP (local21news.com)

State boosting basic education funding to Luzerne County districts by 18.4% | Education | citizensvoice.com

State budget means increased funding for Delaware County school districts (delcotimes.com)

Pennsylvania election officials applaud new funding, question missed opportunity (abc27.com)

New Pa. legislative maps offer opportunities for BIPOC communities (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. lawmakers’ late-night moves on abortion amendment sure look familiar | John Baer – pennlive.com

New Pennsylvania law requires drivers to remove snow, ice from cars | WIVT – NewsChannel 34 (binghamtonhomepage.com)

Opinion: ‘Christine’s Law’ aims to compel motorists to remove snow, ice – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

Pa. allows alcohol-serving restaurants to use loudspeakers for entertainment (mcall.com)

Lancaster city to receive more than $850,000 from state to upgrade traffic signals at 4 intersections | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Committee to investigate DA Larry Krasner’s office has been selected, and work will now begin (inquirer.com)

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive order protecting abortion rights for out-of-state travelers | PhillyVoice

Gun Safety Advocates Pushing For Pennsylvania To Become 20th State With Red Flag Laws – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Lancaster COVID-19 cases see uptick as BA.5 becomes dominant subvariant in U.S. | Health | lancasteronline.com

Berks COVID update: Second omicron surge still going strong (readingeagle.com)

COVID-19 update: BA.5 variant likely has arrived in Erie County (goerie.com)

Nursing homes respond to COVID-19 outbreaks with tighter visitation guidelines; Cambria adds 205 cases, 4 deaths in weekly report | Local News | tribdem.com

COVID variant BA.5 is most contagious yet. What happens next is up to us. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

US regulators OK new COVID-19 shot option from Novavax – Daily Local

Experts rue simple steps not taken before latest COVID surge (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

US inflation surges again in June, raising risks for economy – Daily Local

Op-Ed: Standing up when my union let me down | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

AHF Products CEO Brian Carson seeks growth with Armstrong Flooring purchase; ‘It’s the profitability that enables the growth’ [Q&A] | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

PPP program was awash in fraud. One lender might finally face a legal reckoning – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

More opioid treatment programs sought in Pennsylvania’s county jails | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Town broke law by hiring cop involved in shooting, Josh Shapiro says (mcall.com)

Area officers trained through police chiefs association on forensics | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Education

Hempfield school board passes long-debated athletics policy on transgender athletes | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Judge urges settlement in Central Bucks unequal pay lawsuit (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

College grads buried with debt wait for Biden’s decision on student loan forgiveness | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Fetterman says return to U.S. manufacturing, energy to fight inflation (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Republican accountability PAC focuses attack on Doug Mastriano (abc27.com)

In Wake of Dobbs Decision, Abortion Politics Heats Up in Harrisburg – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Doug Mastriano movie ‘blockbuster’ runs into snags (mcall.com)

GOP candidate for governor Doug Mastriano paid $5,000 to website used by the far right and the Tree of Life shooter | WITF

Seeing Pa. as battlefield, Never Trumpers unite against Doug Mastriano | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia firefighters endorse Josh Shapiro for Pa. governor | WITF

Want to save our democracy? Talk — and listen — to someone you don’t agree with | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

Pennsylvania, longtime pariah of Chesapeake Bay watershed, gets a rare ‘attaboy’ for new environmental investments – pennlive.com

Spotted lanternfly reports now cover 12 Eastern, Midwestern states – pennlive.com

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling: Crippling, but not yet decapitating | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Trenton-Mercer air traffic soars as COVID wanes and mask mandates end (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Speed cameras in Pa. work zones have racked up more than 800,000 tickets in 2 years. Are they making roads safer? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Health

ChristianaCare completes purchase of former Jennersville Hospital – Daily Local

Drugmaker seeks FDA approval of over-the-counter birth control pill : Shots – Health News : NPR

‘Delete your period-tracking apps,’ reproductive rights experts say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Monkeypox vaccine: Philadelphia receives doses from feds (inquirer.com)

Demand for monkeypox vaccine overwhelms NYC system | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

State News

Susan Wild, Commerce Secretary Raimondo call for boosting American manufacturing of semiconductors – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf attends White House ARPA Summit (abc27.com)

Wolf visits White House, says American Rescue Plan funds ‘greatly benefited’ Pennsylvania’s workforce, COVID-19 economic recovery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Federal money for broadband gives Pennsylvania an opportunity (broadandliberty.com)

Pennsylvania Game Commission announces 2022 Sunday hunting dates (abc27.com)

Crypto plunge is cautionary tale for public pension funds in Pennsylvania and other states | WITF

 

National News

Poll: Americans disapprove of end of Roe; want to see Supreme Court reformed | Thursday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Housing shortages are making homeownership unaffordable across the U.S. : NPR

Has the housing market cooled? ‘There’s still a lot of demand’ – pennlive.com

Brittney Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea (abc27.com)

Jayland Walker’s funeral takes place after weeks of protests in Akron over police shooting | Across America | phillytrib.com

Emmett Till’s family says ‘white pedestal’ theory has denied them justice : NPR

Scientists have picked up radio signals in a galaxy billions of light-years away : NPR

The Delaware Court of Chancery is Twitter’s chosen venue for suing Elon Musk : NPR

Black gun owners have mixed feelings about the Supreme Court’s concealed-carry ruling | WITF

The fight for reparations has stalled in Congress. Here’s what they look like in state and local governments | Across America | phillytrib.com

The Supreme Court’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ ruling gives voters a say on immigration | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Video games spur violence. How can we keep ignoring their impact on gun culture? (ydr.com)

School shootings, mental health illness, and the new gun safety law | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Aqua PA offers $1.1 billion for Bucks County authority sewer system (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Harrisburg cyclist: Real reason few folks bike on State Street is ‘there’s nowhere safe to do it’ (abc27.com)

Lower Merion begins eminent domain process for new sidewalks near new middle school – Mainline Media News

Luzerne County Council approves infrastructure loan guarantee | Times Leader

Former Luzerne County DA Robert Gillespie Jr. dies; remembered for helping others | News | standardspeaker.com

Hazleton City Council ratifies cooperative agreement for proposed warehouse complex | News | standardspeaker.com

City Council directs $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to capital improvements (readingeagle.com)

Ukrainian Folk Festival to return to Horsham amid war in Ukraine (readingeagle.com)

Pro-Choice Rally Held Outside Township Building – LevittownNow.com

Berks County Fair provides youth with agricultural competition opportunity | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Pitt

How one Pittsburgh developer wants to fix Oakland’s dead zone (nextpittsburgh.com)

Fitzgerald vetoes bills on fracking, executive hires; council president moves to override | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Redistricting efforts in Pittsburgh draw nearer to a finish | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council tweaks redistricted maps as finalization nears | TribLIVE.com

Out-of-state patients surge at Allegheny County abortion clinics as bans enacted elsewhere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Starbucks closes stores in Philly, other cities (mcall.com)

Rite Aid opens a new style of company HQ in Philly after leaving Central Pennsylvania | WITF

Philly LOOP program to ease property taxes amid reassessments leaves homeowners with raw deal (inquirer.com)

Is a 10 p.m. curfew a good idea in Philadelphia? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Fear of gun violence causes cancelation of Philly summer events (inquirer.com)

Spanish-speaking families struggled to sign up for Parks and Rec summer camps. They organized to demand change. (inquirer.com)

SEPTA’s all-access Key Advantage employer-funded transit program is expanding (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Democrats race to reach deal to prevent spike in health premiums (inquirer.com)

Jan. 6 witness that Trump allegedly dialed was White House support staffer: reports (abc27.com)

4 key takeaways from the latest Jan. 6 hearing | WITF

IRS head to be questioned by lawmakers after former FBI officials were audited : NPR