PA State Senator speaks about losing family member to gun violence | PHL17.com

Berks will not allow third-party access to voting machines | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Berks Elections Board says it won’t turn over voting machines for an audit if asked | Local News | readingeagle.com

York County raises objections to Sen. Mastriano’s election audit demands (ydr.com)

Another county raises objection to lawmaker’s election audit | WITF

State Sen. Doug Mastriano says Republicans need to stick together | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania debate over minimum wage for tipped workers grows – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Abington Sen Haywood Calls For Making Child Tax Credit Permanent | Patch

Government partners with community organizations to improve Burholme monument – Northeast Times

Wolf admin sat on 2017 probe of unemployment error but denies ‘cover-up’ · Spotlight PA

Why a PA climate change vote is drawing complaints from GOP senators (goerie.com)

LTE: House must reject PA Senate Bill 119 (ydr.com)

Fracking legislation critical to protecting Pennsylvanians | The Bucks County Herald

New law looks to shore up protections for Pennsylvania banking industry | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Op-Ed: Taxpayers deserve accountability, transparency | Opinion | thecentersquare.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. lawmaker shares her struggles with infertility, aims to help others – pennlive.com

Tarah Toohil: Where are the 217 children of Luzerne County now? | Times Leader


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Yankees’ shutdown emphasizes staying power of the coronavirus | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WHO’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: It was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID-19 lab leak (inquirer.com)

‘Quite scary’: UK’s top medic in warning over COVID outlook | Business | dailylocal.com

LA County Will Require People To Wear Masks Indoors : NPR

Misinformation about vaccine door-knocking is spreading. But neighborhood outreach has worked around Philly (inquirer.com)

Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority mandates coronavirus vaccines (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



SBA Administrator weighs in on possible Restaurant Revitalization Fund replenishment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Latest from SBA boss on plans to simplify PPP forgiveness, launch new application portal – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Business owners say worker shortage hampering recovery in southwest Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

As prices rise at rapid pace, Fed chief seeks patience | Business | dailylocal.com

U.S. unemployment claims fell last week to a new pandemic low (inquirer.com)

Experts explain rising consumer prices (inquirer.com)

Herman Miller buying Knoll for $1.8B – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

COVID grants available for small business in Carbon County | News | standardspeaker.com



Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies now allowed to better coordinate probes of child abuse allegations | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

One-on-one interview with Antwon Rose’s mother on anniversary of police misconduct database (wtae.com)

Officers petition US Homeland Security contractor in Bucks for upgrades (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Erie police relations: Repairing ties starts with ownership, honesty (goerie.com)

Police officers speak to Black drivers with less respect than white drivers, study finds | Across America | phillytrib.com



Researchers exploring education in Beaver County look outside community for ideas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State raises tuition 2.5% for in-state students after three-year freeze | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State Board of Trustees approves increased salaries, tuition rates | WITF

The Pa. State System of Higher Ed. has $75M in one-time funds. Here’s the preliminary spending plan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Our public school infrastructure is set up to continue to fail | Opinion (inquirer.com)

While An Allegheny County Councilwoman Wants Critical Race Theory Taught In Schools, A State Lawmaker Moves To Prohibit That – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Guest Opinion: Schools must teach about racism (goerie.com)

GNA approves school safety plan, seeks Landmesser resignation again | Times Leader

Scranton School District budget plan calls for no property tax increase for 2022 | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton School District offers bonus to teachers if contract ratified within week | Education | thetimes-tribune.com



Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race: What we know so far · Spotlight PA

Gov. Tom Wolf Says He Won’t Endorse Any Candidate In Pennsylvania’s Senate Primary – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

John Fetterman builds fund-raising advantage in 2022 Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary (inquirer.com)

American Airlines, other companies resume donations to Republicans who objected to election results | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill McSwain won’t say if Donald Trump pressured him to launch voter fraud probe (inquirer.com)

Scaringi Considers Run for Lt. Governor | PoliticsPA

One nation under who? Inside the trust gap that’s splitting the nation | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



The U.S. Climate Envoy Went To Moscow And Talked About More Than Climate : NPR

Reductionist argument on climate change distorts (ydr.com)

Get to know RGGI: The cap-and-trade program clears a major hurdle | WITF



Salisbury reviews Seidersville Road traffic concerns – Times News Online (tnonline.com)



Pennsylvania’s overdose deaths rose in 2020, CDC says | WITF


State News

Pa. may see the strongest post-pandemic sales tax boost in the nation | WITF

PUC approves $1 million settlement over Revolution Pipeline explosion in Beaver County in 2018 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania main line estate qualified for land protection and huge tax breaks (inquirer.com)

Esports advocates press to allow betting in N.J. and Pa. on video game contests (inquirer.com)

PUC hears PECO’s Marple Reliability Station appeal | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Egg laying of Brood X cicadas is killing tree branches | News | delcotimes.com

Amid nationwide blood shortage, area hospitals face reduced supply | WITF

Explainer: Will PA evictions spike despite rental help? | WITF

U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation impacting Pa., other states, backers say | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Harrisburg is best place to live in Pa., says US News – pennlive.com


National News

Child Tax Credit: Janet Yellen Calls For Payments To Be Permanent : NPR

U.S. sues Amazon for selling dangerous products | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Germany, Belgium flooding: More than 50 are dead (inquirer.com)

Trump Lawyers Defend False Election Claims In Court : NPR

Michelle Fiscus Firing: Tennessee Records How State Justified Her Dismissal : NPR

Cuomo to be questioned in sexual harassment investigation | News | tribdem.com

$3 million in grants going to Black history sites, groups | Across America | phillytrib.com

Jury rejects Capital Gazette gunman’s mental illness plea | WITF

What is child care insecurity? 2 social scientists explain | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Local News

Larger events to return to Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PPE to relocate (abc27.com)

Carlisle restaurants excited about new expanded alcohol rules (abc27.com)

Bucks County declares disaster in Lower Bucks flooding (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

West Chester’s plan to spray for mosquitos draws controversy | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Amazon fulfillment center in Millcreek: Here is what we know (goerie.com)

Delco to fork out $50G to cut grass in Chester parks | News | delcotimes.com

Beaver County nonprofits receive Duquesne Light Company grants (timesonline.com)

‘This is huge for me’: For many families, the expanded child tax credit payments are a big deal – pennlive.com

Wilkes-Barre City Council vote holds up appointment | Times Leader

County hires law firm to conduct internal review of Children & Youth Services | News | standardspeaker.com



Pittsburgh’s Cuban community watches protests with ‘cautious optimism’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City should post warning signs in safety ‘hot spots’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Redevelopment project to turn former Etna steel mill into tech hub begins | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community leaders urge allocation of COVID relief funds for Pittsburgh region’s Black residents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority floats idea of aerial cable car to link Hill, Strip districts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to get its first drive-through medical marijuana dispensary | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Greater Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work for 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly NAACP to hold election Saturday, ending rocky tenure of Rodney Muhammad | Local News | phillytrib.com



Top Senate Dem sets infrastructure vote, pressures lawmakers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joyce and Kelly Appointed to GOP Healthy Future Task Force | PoliticsPA

Democrats’ Budget Deal Would Push A Shift Toward Clean Energy : NPR

Inflation worries rise in Congress as economy continues to bounce back | ABC27

White House convenes mayors to discuss strategies on crime (abc27.com)

Biden bids Merkel farewell: Friends — with disagreements | National and World | dailylocal.com