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Emergency risk protection orders | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania businesses still need a rescue plan, lawmakers must act (poconorecord.com)

Pa. requested $340 million in emergency contracts in 2020 with little oversight · Spotlight PA

State launches police misconduct database | News | meadvilletribune.com

Wolf Administration Announces New Law Enforcement Reform Tool to Enhance Hiring Practices – MyChesCo

Governor Wolf announces new law enforcement tool to enhance hiring practices (abc27.com)

‘We had to start somewhere’: Pa. officials say police misconduct database is a step toward reform | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania counties decline forensic audit inquiry | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Heir to Election Audit Freak Show Throne Has ‘Army’ Behind Him (yahoo.com)

Counties And States Trump Won Are Rejecting Calls To Launch Their Own Arizona-Style Election Audits (forbes.com)

Pennsylvania election audit gets GOP campaign trail embrace | Pennsylvania State News | lancasteronline.com

After 6 months into job, Herrin chronicles struggles, triumphs of getting laws passed | National News | kpvi.com

Pennsylvania Gov. names new Chairwoman for the Gaming Control Board (yogonet.com)

Gov. Wolf to tour areas of Bucks County hit hardest by flooding (fox29.com)

FlowMetric launches test to measure how well a Covid-19 vaccine is working for you – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

PA Republicans Determined to Stop Wolf’s Unilateral RGGI Move – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

State Rep. Wheatley wants Pa. to spend more to help build up Black communities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How to spend $400 billion on home care? Pennsylvania plan to bump pay offers some clues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Worsening pandemic worries surgeon general | Times Leader

Counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

Los Angeles is bringing back masks. Will PA see something similar? (abc27.com)

U.K.’s Boris Johnson Will Self-Isolate as England Prepares for Reopening – WSJ

Vaccine rates still inching up in Cambria County, statewide | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

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

Kids aren’t just littler adults. Here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

COVID numbers tick up from low mark of the pandemic: Berks County plus 14 cases in the Pa. weekly report | Local News | readingeagle.com

 

Business/Jobs

The SBA’s PPP and RRF are done. Here are five other grant programs for small businesses. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Closure of Cheswick Generating Station sparks mixed feelings in community | TribLIVE.com

Former industrial space in Etna to become ‘tech flex’ hub 51 Bridge Street | TribLIVE.com

Area employers see many factors driving the worker shortage issue | News | delcotimes.com

The job market has bounced back from COVID, but the workers haven’t followed | Business | pottsmerc.com

Whether working or not, some still need food assistance to make ends meet | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Cozen O’Connor increases starting salaries, plans new compensation structure – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Hospitality, resort industry picks up, but jobs need filling (poconorecord.com)

Bucks County call center company holding job fair at Oxford Valley Mall (theintell.com)

Along the Carlisle Pike, employers struggle to fill job openings amid debate over true cause – pennlive.com

Some central Pa. restaurants got millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds: Here’s who got the most – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Erie crime: Charges dismissed, refiled against pair in robbery case (goerie.com)

State police seek to strengthen community ties through new program (goerie.com)

 

Education

Lehigh Valley school districts getting more state money, but still raising taxes | Letter – lehighvalleylive.com

Larry Platt: Will the school district squander its $1.1 billion stimulus windfall? (broadandliberty.com)

Erie County Community College will grow and adapt to serve you (goerie.com)

Erie School District pays $85K to settle lawsuit over autistic student (goerie.com)

PASSHE integration plan carries plenty of concerns (ydr.com)

Increasing charter school costs burden taxpayers (ydr.com)

Our teachers are essential workers. We need to treat — and pay them — that way | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Summer school programs addressing learning loss and disruptions caused by the pandemic | News | citizensvoice.com

State System students ponder new opportunities after merger approval | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State approves policy for rescinding university honors and distinctions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Here’s What Key Republican Legislatures Are Plotting Next On State Voter Restrictions (yahoo.com)

Here are the candidates running for PA’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Six seek GOP nomination for 113th state House district special election (yahoo.com)

Who is running to succeed Sen. Pat Toomey? Here’s who is in, so far (goerie.com)

Republicans light on cash and Fetterman’s got lots: What new fund-raising says about the Pa. Senate race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SNYDER: Two First Questions for Every Senate Candidate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

How ‘In God We Trust’ bills are helping advance a Christian nationalist agenda | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Already, a Democratic identity crisis on policing | Josh Kurtz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Trump’s stolen election claim is a litmus test for Pennsylvania Republicans – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Democrats see edge in early Senate map as Trump casts big shadow | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Environment

Mariner East pipeline cases slammed as ‘gamesmanship’ | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Auto Racing Drives Toward An Electric Future In Formula-E : NPR

PFAS report identifies hundreds of Pa. manufacturing sites | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

 

Transportation

U.S. 1 lane closures next week for construction on two widening, improvement projects in Bucks County | The Bucks County Herald

Another Philadelphia International Airport long-term parking lot is closing, limiting traveler options (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Opioid deaths accelerated during the pandemic, fueling an unintended outcome | Smart Talk (witf.org)

As U.S. overdose deaths soar, Rhode Island legalizes supervised injection sites. Philly’s effort remains in limbo. (inquirer.com)

PG INVESTIGATION | Troubled Transparency: Most Pennsylvania hospitals fail to reveal their prices to the public — as required by federal mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

State News

Editorial: Time to rein in PSERS (ydr.com)

Unemployment compensation fraud continues to rise in Midstate (abc27.com)

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

Tribe claims remains of kids who died at assimilation school | National News | lancasteronline.com

Pa. Game Commission remove protected species’ nests upsetting Western Pennsylvania birders | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Falcon whistleblowers ‘fired for reporting’ hazards, complaint says (timesonline.com)

 

National News

New child tax credit starts now for 90% of families (theintell.com)

How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build A Business Empire : NPR

Coco Gauff Tests Positive For Coronavirus And Will Miss Tokyo Olympics : NPR

OPEC And Allied Nations Have Agreed To End A Dispute That Has Roiled Energy Prices : NPR

Top Olympic sponsor Toyota pulls Games-related TV ads | Business | dailylocal.com

4 wounded in shooting outside D.C. stadium during Nationals-Padres game | WITF

Haiti’s interim Prime Minister says he is optimistic on forming a unity government | WITF

A week before the Opening Ceremony, coronavirus turns up at Tokyo’s Olympic Village | WITF

Sky-high feed prices are pushing dairy farmers over the edge (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Protesters rally in Lancaster, calling for help for family and friends in Cuba (abc27.com)

Even with aid, finding affordable housing difficult in Bucks County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Composting bin attracts criticism, support after placement in Lancaster city’s Musser Park [Lancaster Watchdog] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Coatesville City Council members seek advice for homelessness problems in community | Community News | lancasteronline.com

DNA test results awaited for human remains found in Somerset Township | News | tribdem.com

Unique greenhouse planned for west Erie’s Little Italy neighborhood (goerie.com)

Former Erie police chief expands lawsuit against mayor over demotion (goerie.com)

PIAA referees needed to staff high school sports (poconorecord.com)

Black artists in the Poconos open up about mental health (poconorecord.com)

A Woman’s Place founders push to end domestic violence (theintell.com)

Gettysburg seeks grant to revitalize its historic corridor – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Harrisburg homeless encampment abruptly pushed off Third Street by court order – pennlive.com

Millions of COVID stimulus dollars now in coffers of local municipalities | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton plans to offer additional relief grants with American Rescue Plan funding | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Zoning hearings on cell tower and monastery pending in Sugarloaf Twp. | News | standardspeaker.com

Development plans pending in Berks include 339 single family homes in Amity Township | Environment | readingeagle.com

Affordable housing plan approved in Mt. Lebanon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

McKeesport residents advised it may be over a week before water service safety ensured | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Pitt

Report: Pittsburgh’s economic recovery trails other cities | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A new medical marijuana dispensary opens in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pgh is getting its first drive-thru medical marijuana dispensary | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pittsburgh-area school districts setting health policies — including whether to wear masks — for next school year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority’s mobile payment app will be ready for bus riders ‘very soon,’ but not for light rail | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hill District congregation celebrates 130 years as a pillar of the community and social justice | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Ben Franklin Technology Partners uses funding increase to focus on ‘surviving and thriving’ firms – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Decrying pandemic ‘profiteering,’ protesters call for a Pa. public health care advocate | WITF

Despite a city law, backyard chickens are blossoming in Philadelphia – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Philly NAACP elects new leadership | News | phillytrib.com

After a shooting, a grandmother reopens her SW Philly block as a ‘safe zone’ for play | Local News | phillytrib.com

I was responsible for building safety in Philly. We don’t need more codes to prevent another collapse. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Long-awaited safety overhaul of South Philly’s Washington Avenue is now delayed at least another year (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

White House pushes to protect voting rights | ABC27

Biden, Harris urge Congress to protect voting rights to honor late Rep. John Lewis (inquirer.com)

Census Race And Ethnicity Questions May Change For 2030 Forms : NPR

Senator: Bipartisan infrastructure bill loses IRS provision (abc27.com)

US lawmakers worry about weapons of mass destruction | ABC27

Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee From Guantánamo Bay – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. Census Directors were all white until James F. Holmes stepped in | WITF

Some question if Biden is doing enough to pass federal voting rights standards | Local News | phillytrib.com

In energy bill, Manchin seeks to strike compromise in crucial chunk of Biden infrastructure deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette