State wants nursing homes to provide over an hour more direct care to patients | ABC27

Nursing homes would provide more direct care to residents under proposed Pa. rule · Spotlight PA

Wolf admin. announces its first round of fixes to Pa.’s nursing home regs | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Nursing homes to provide more direct care for residents under proposed Pa. rule | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania nursing homes would provide more direct care to residents under proposed rule – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa.-owned universities will invest $2.5 million on diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives | Local News | readingeagle.com

Gov. Wolf softens stance on voter ID in Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

Key Pennsylvania lawmaker reconsiders election reform after Wolf softens on voter ID | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Republicans are bringing their election bill back after Gov. Tom Wolf said he’s open to voter ID changes · Spotlight PA

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania | National News | lancasteronline.com

Clergy abuse: PA Supreme Court sets back victims, spares Erie diocese (goerie.com)

State’s top court tosses out sex abuse lawsuit against diocese, citing statute of limitations | News | tribdem.com

Pennsylvania defends new, no-bid deal for contact tracing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. senators dig into details of plans to consolidate state universities – pennlive.com

Pa. State Representative elected as reformer charged with deed fraud, tax evasion | The Daily Pennsylvanian (thedp.com)

Lawmaker proposes changes to Pa. fireworks law after tumultuous July 4 (ydr.com)

Kayden’s Law passes PA Senate | The River Reporter

Garrity, Shapiro Back Anti-BDS Action Against Ben & Jerry’s – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania state department decertifies Fulton County voting machines after third-party audit | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Here’s what we know about Doug Mastriano’s ambitious election audit | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

York asked to do Mastriano’s “forensic investigation” of 2020 election (ydr.com)

PA State Rep. Kenyatta: If we fail on voting rights, ‘we won’t get another chance’ (yahoo.com)

PA Senate Panels Examine Procurement Of Contact Tracing Vendors – WDAC

How are Pa. Health officials planning to increase accountability, privacy with new contact tracer? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Election reform in PA.: Where it stands and what it means for 2022 (poconorecord.com)

GOP redistricting plan a good step in PA, but questions remain (poconorecord.com)

Amid PSERS troubles, Pennsylvania lawmakers may be ready for pension reform – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Rural Pennsylvanians would get $500M broadband boost under Rep. Pam Snyder’s new bill | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County communities awarded more than $23 million in casino revenue grants | News | citizensvoice.com

Rigby named Republican chairman of Blue Lives Matter Caucus | News | tribdem.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

What Is A Breakthrough COVID Case, And How Big Is The Risk? : Shots – Health News : NPR

Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’ | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

COVID-19 testing: No signs of Delta variant in Erie County, yet (goerie.com)

To protect kids under 12 this summer, ‘get vaccinated’ state Physician General says | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.’s COVID-19 cases nearly double over past week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Medical experts not alarmed by recent rise in Pa. covid cases | TribLIVE.com



Pennsylvania manufacturer Morgan Truck Body tests new strategies to fill 300 job openings – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

One Lehigh Valley company promises get hired, get free education – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Frito-Lay Workers Strike For End To ‘Suicide Shifts’ : NPR



Big tobacco wants PA police to crack down on counterfeit cigarettes (poconorecord.com)

Aliquippa’s Sheldon Jeter sentenced to life in prison (timesonline.com)

Man to plead guilty in kidnapping, killing of Amish woman: report – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

“Common sense” earns Solebury police officers commendations | The Bucks County Herald

American Rescue funds provide bonus for Bedminster police | The Bucks County Herald

Moosic could receive $3 million for new fire, police station | News | thetimes-tribune.com



Pa. Educator Diversity Consortium looking to attract more diverse group of teachers (abc27.com)

Elizabethtown College enrollment up, other area colleges see similar trend (abc27.com)

Central Bucks School District: “COVID is something we need to learn to live with” | The Bucks County Herald

PASSHE chancellor floats $75 million plan for one-time money at state Senate panel | WITF



Gina Diorio: The many unanswered questions surrounding AG Josh Shapiro (broadandliberty.com)

PODCAST: Bartos Talks Senate Race, Update on Ben & Jerry’s Boycott – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Fetterman surpasses 250,000 individual contributions in US Senate race | TheHill

PA10: Perry Raises Nearly $320K in Q2 | PoliticsPA

PA17: Lamb Raises Nearly $980K in Q2 | PoliticsPA

PA18: Dickinson Outraises Doyle in Q2 | PoliticsPA

One-on-one with Democratic candidate for US Senate Val Arkoosh (wtae.com)

U.S. Senate Candidate Jeff Bartos Visits Penn State’s Creamery | Onward State

Texas Democrats Remain In Washington Amid Coronavirus Cases And Congressional Hurdles : NPR

Rising Violent Crime Is Likely To Present A Political Challenge For Democrats In 2022 : NPR

Which party will be sane enough to win the Philly suburbs? (poconorecord.com)



PG&E Will Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines So They Don’t Spark Wildfires : NPR

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Reps form caucus as Amtrak moves to assess Scranton-NYC rail (poconorecord.com)

PennDOT outlines innovative plan to replace Parkway East bridge near Squirrel Hill Tunnel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania website shows incorrect data for drug abuse treatment center violations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

What’s Going Around: Respiratory illnesses, uptick in COVID-19, strep throat | ABC27

Philadelphia’s University City Science Center launches early-stage VC initiative to address health inequities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Time to raise the monthly PA Medical Assistance reimbursement (buckscountycouriertimes.com)


State News

Pa. Attorney General announces $26 billion nationwide agreement with major opioid companies (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania would get up to $1 billion in opioid settlement, AG says – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

AG Shapiro back in court to ‘keep the pressure’ on DeJoy, USPS for mail delays | WITF

Pa. Sen. Toomey dismisses sweeping federal investment into infrastructure to guard against extreme weather events | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State owes refunds to jobless for overcharges. What really happened and why was it covered up? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

As buying a home in frenzied market remains challenging, renters see big surges in rates – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rising Rents Threaten to Prop Up Inflation – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

IRS Warning On Child Tax Credit Scams : NPR

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Doctor discusses link between gun violence and food insecurity | Local News | phillytrib.com

A fee that added $1,000 to the average cost of refinancing is being rescinded (inquirer.com)


Local News

Record-Breaking Food Drive In Warminster: 3,188 Pounds Donated | Warminster, PA Patch

Chambersburg leaders advocate for non-discrimination ordinance (abc27.com)

Business owners react to renaming Spruce Street for President Joe Biden | News | thetimes-tribune.com

York City gets $35.3M in COVID-19 recovery funds; residents get say in how it’s spent (yorkdispatch.com)

Judicial panel rules Toothman committed ‘serious misconduct’ while judge | Local News | observer-reporter.com

Rental assistance workshop this weekend at Clipper Stadium as eviction moratorium comes to an end | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Norristown OKs contract to consult on coronavirus recovery dollars | News | timesherald.com

Residents outline pipeline concerns to Chester County officials | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Presque Isle Downs & Casino revenue up from previous year (goerie.com)

Delaware County Council looking into waste disposal options | News | delcotimes.com

Lower Merion approves ‘massive’ project for Ardmore | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Bridge commission awards $56.5 million contract maintenance facilities in three locations to be updated | The Bucks County Herald

More than 1,800 in Berks lose power in wake of thunderstorms | Local News | readingeagle.com

Home explosion and fire in eastern Pa. injures 6, most of them children – pennlive.com

Allentown cracks down on problematic Amazon trucking terminal near Buck Boyle Park – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lackawanna County to terminate tax collection agreement with Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com



Hall of Famer Josh Gibson’s record-breaking home run to be memorialized in Monessen | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Light-rail up the Allegheny, aerial trams over the Hill District, and other public transit proposals seeking public input | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Coming down? Pitt moves to demolish former Croatian Fraternal Union headquarters in Oakland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peduto honors ‘the Joes from Pittsburgh’ for their search and rescue efforts in Surfside, Fla. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



New multimillion-dollar initiative looks to ease barriers faced by Philadelphia’s entrepreneurs of color – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly activist, city councilmembers react to Mayor Kenney’s refusal to declare gun violence a public emergency | PhillyVoice

Police reform, worker safety, and city finances are at stake in Philly’s first union negotiations since the pandemic (inquirer.com)

Kenney doubles down, refuses to declare state of emergency over gun violence | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hire! Philly seeks to help marginalized communities re-enter the workforce | Business | phillytrib.com

Groundbreaking on Penn’s Landing park over I-95 highway trench pushed back two years | Local News | phillytrib.com

Shooting at Pat’s Steaks in South Philly leaves one man dead (inquirer.com)



Republicans block vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill; Senate to try again (abc27.com)

Republican senators slam $3.5T spending plan from Democrats | ABC27

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe, GOP may boycott (abc27.com)

Democrats call for path to citizenship for immigrant farm workers | ABC27

Comcast executive David L. Cohen is Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Canada – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)