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Biotech firm FlowMetric receives state grant for COVID vaccine efficacy testing | Southeastern Pennsylvania | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania Biotech Center launches test for COVID antibodies | The Bucks County Herald

COVID vaccine efficacy test launces at Biotech center (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Stop talking about November 2020 election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why it could be a bumpy road for Pennsylvania RGGI in the next several months – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

PA Senators Appeal Dismissed DRBC Frack Ban Lawsuit | Marcellus Drilling News

Contractors breaking rules harms honest competitors, state revenue, Pennsylvania lawmakers told | Washington Examiner | denvergazette.com

Wolf visits PSU, lauds NIL legislation | Sports | meadvilletribune.com

Penn State Berks LaunchBox announces grant money for new tech upgrades | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

People gather at Pa. State Capitol saying no to Critical Race Theory in Pa. schools (abc27.com)

Bill to fund small, local start-up businesses sent to governor’s desk | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Limiting taxation, expense increases can lead to economic growth, study says | National | thecentersquare.com

GOP leaders must put an end to the fight over auditing Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election | John Baer – pennlive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The U.S. Surgeon General Is Asking You To Help Fight COVID-19 Misinformation : Shots – Health News : NPR

As delta variant spreads in U.S., Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccinations stall | WITF

Get you COVID-19 tests and vaccines the Pocono Mountain Carnival (poconorecord.com)

Penn State Health St. Joseph closing mass vaccination site, transitioning to doctors offices | Local News | readingeagle.com

Officials: 60% of eligible Allegheny County residents fully vaccinated | TribLIVE.com

Philly region’s COVID-19 case counts tick up slightly. Officials fear worse to come. (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Bucks County biotech firm Evrys Bio awarded $34M Department of Defense contract – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Guest Editorial: Standing up for small entrepreneurs | Editorials | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. attorney general and Antwon Rose’s mother announce launch of police misconduct database | WITF

Shapiro celebrates launch of police misconduct database | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Demonstrators decry Montco D.A. decision to pursue charges against North Penn student | | phoenixvillenews.com

Lancaster marketing exec denies role in $100M Ponzi scheme at Income Store | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Lehighton man sentenced to federal prison for antisemitic threats, social media posts promoting genocide of racial, religious groups – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rush Twp. seeks new police chief | News | standardspeaker.com

Two Pa. constables were cleared of bribery charges, convicted of a lesser count in Mariner pipeline case (inquirer.com)

 

Education

PASSHE unanimously votes for integration of 6 Pa. institutions (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania state university system merges six schools into two | WITF

Pa. State System unanimously moves to consolidate six schools into regional campuses | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PASSHE unanimously approves plan to integrate six schools into two | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

PASSHE merger: Board approves Edinboro, Clarion, California universities plan (goerie.com)

Pa. State System approves move to consolidate 6 schools into regional campuses | Education | readingeagle.com

School bus driver and substitute teacher shortage ahead of 2021-22 school year (abc27.com)

Report: Pennsylvania civics, U.S. history standards ‘in need of dire revision’ | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

New agreement between ESU, NCC includes scholarships, transfer liaison (poconorecord.com)

Hempfield school board enlists Independence Law Center to help develop athletics policy | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bans on critical race theory could have a chilling effect on how educators teach students about racism | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Critical race theory: What it is, what it isn’t, and what it means for education in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

High humidity causes mold at Scranton elementary school | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

An unimaginable choice for college students: food or textbooks | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

William McSwain letter to Trump prompts rebuke from Bill Barr – The Washington Post

Tioga County won’t offer up voting machines to election audit | WITF

County won’t offer up voting machines to election audit | National and World | dailylocal.com

Rural Pa. county says it will not willingly hand over election materials for 2020 audit | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Scaringi Considers Run for Lt. Governor | PoliticsPA

Bill Barr says he never blocked Pennsylvania election fraud probe (poconorecord.com)

Smucker will attend a local conservative group’s ‘town hall-style’ meeting tonight, yet he still hasn’t hosted his own | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Luzerne County Election Board exploring heftier mail ballot drop boxes | Times Leader

 

Environment

Letter: RGGI- It’s not too late | The Unionville Times

Pa. Environmental Quality Board votes to join initiative to limit state’s CO2 emissions | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

York County doesn’t own the Susquehanna River, Lancaster County does (ydr.com)

DEP: Bacteria in the Schuylkill River likely cause of bad tasting tap water | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Judge dismisses constable charges in Mariner East Pipeline project case | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Joining RGGI will strengthen Pennsylvania’s recovery | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Tax on packages may soon be a part of Pennsylvanian’s deliveries; funds to help repair highways (abc27.com)

Pittsburgh International Airport’s $1 billion modernization project back on track | TribLIVE.com

Pa. commission proposes adding and increasing fees, axing gas tax to fund transportation needs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

U.S. Sees Record Number Of Drug Overdoses, Driven By Opioids : NPR

Pandemic fueled resurgence of overdose deaths, CDC data show | Local News | tribdem.com

Lehigh Valley Health Network and StoneBridge reconsider, make bid for Tower Health – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Delco to review Medical Examiner practices, ready to invest $10M in upgrades | News | delcotimes.com

Johnson & Johnson recalling sunscreens due to traces of cancer-causing chemical – pennlive.com

 

State News

With child tax credits on the way, Pa. Dems call out Republicans who voted against American Rescue Plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Toomey shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Western Pa. birders question state Game Commission over removal of protected species’ nests | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. updated its unemployment compensation system. Then cyber fraud spiked | WITF

Fraudulent unemployment claims growing locally, statewide | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lead paint still poisons thousands of children, advocacy group urges action plan | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Black bears on the move: Breeding season can mean more sightings – pennlive.com

Pa. Game Commission addressing lag in new hunting license system | TribLIVE.com

 

National News

Child Tax Credits: First payments have been sent, mostly $2,000 per child | Here’s what you need to know – 6abc Philadelphia

Pennsylvania families start receiving monthly child tax cut money | Times Leader

IRS sending out 4 million ‘surprise’ tax refunds this week (abc27.com)

Prepping for a cyber pandemic: worldwide drill underway (abc27.com)

Suspects in Haitian President’s Killing Met to Plan a Future Without Him – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Inflation? Not in Japan. And That Could Hold a Warning for the U.S. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

George Hofmann: What my suicide attempt taught me about gun rights (broadandliberty.com)

Rents Are Out Of Reach For Most Americans Earning Minimum Wage, A Study Says : NPR

IG finds FBI failed to “mitigate the threat” Larry Nassar posed, mishandled investigation | Michigan Radio

Cities Are Hotter For Low-Income, Nonwhite Neighborhoods, Study Says : NPR

U.S. Courthouses’ Backlog On Criminal Cases Could Take Years To Get Through : NPR

Indigenous children’s remains turned over from Carlisle Army cemetery | WITF

 

Local News

Bucks County to declare disaster declaration as flood damage is assessed (theintell.com)

The Delaware Valley Reacts to Protests in Cuba – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

York, PA at the Olympics: Meet the athletes, coaches with county ties (ydr.com)

American Rescue Plan: Erie County Council to discuss spending $26M (goerie.com)

Audit: Johnstown in better financial shape | News | tribdem.com

Allentown Council member Ce-Ce Gerlach seeking $100,000 in GoFundMe campaign for legal defense – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Mahoning Drive-In faces possible closure amid plans for solar farm – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Safe Berks responds to domestic violence tragedy in Muhlenberg Township | Local News | readingeagle.com

Hazleton Mayor sounds off on Luzerne County Council transit funding reduction | News | standardspeaker.com

Awareness event set Saturday as overdose numbers rise in Luzerne, Schuylkill counties | News | standardspeaker.com

City council takes first step to approving borrowing for paving projects | News | standardspeaker.com

County mulls uses of pandemic relief funds; stormwater fee reduction one option | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

High school students investigate cybercrimes in University of Scranton camp | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Tina Fey and Monica Horan are pitching in to a $500,000 fund to keep Upper Darby Summer Stage going (inquirer.com)

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh City Council moves forward on spending $335 million COVID-19 funds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

R.K. Mellon Foundation to invest $1M in companies’ best ‘social-impact’ ideas | TribLIVE.com

Despite protests, Churchill planning commission approves redevelopment of former Westinghouse site | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County health board approves sick leave pay, air pollution rules | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amid calls for a mandate, no Pittsburgh-area hospital requires COVID-19 shots for employees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

 

Philly

Philadelphia250 launching semiquincentennial task force, looks to fund community projects – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Report: Philadelphia lost more residents than the suburbs gained during the pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Demolition of Downey’s Irish Pub for new development aims to ‘breathe new life’ into South Street – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Father of 10-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself fatally pushes gun buyback programs | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘The community is tired’: No Gun Zone founder, residents react to rash of gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Black and Brown LGBTQ organizers start to formulate a new Philly Pride | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Proposed Marian Anderson sculpture advances with task force and grants (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Senate Democrats unveil federal marijuana legalization bill (abc27.com)

Census Bureau Director Nominee Robert Santos Testifies At Confirmation Hearing : NPR

Biden pitches huge budget, says Dems will ‘get a lot done’ | News | tribdem.com

Democrats Call for a Tax on Imports From Polluting Countries – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Meet the Sheriff and Police Chief Tapped to Lead ICE and Border Patrol – The New York Times (nytimes.com)