Pittsburgh’s Jewish community calls out Mastriano’s activity on prominent ‘hate speech’ platform | Politics | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Local lawmakers condemn Doug Mastriano for paying controversial Gab website for advertising campaign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Voting rights lawyers say latest GOP mail-voting challenge in Pennsylvania is ‘fueling the big lie’ | WITF

$8.3M in state funds key to plans for business park at former McGinness Airport in Columbia | Local News | lancasteronline.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

White House tries to make Biden’s COVID a ‘teachable moment’ (inquirer.com)

COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday at Yellow Creek State Park | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Pa. officials stress safety, necessity of COVID jab for youngest kids | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

COVID-related hospitalizations in Allegheny County triple in one week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pa.’s unemployment trust fund is broke. The Wolf admin says a long-term fix will save taxpayers millions. · Spotlight PA

New DOT rule aims to get more small businesses a cut of the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The minimum wage just isn’t cutting it anymore | Opinion – pennlive.com

Customers Bank to close 2 branches in Berks, 5 total in SE Pa. (dailylocal.com)

Starbucks workers go on strike at one Philadelphia location (inquirer.com)

Ben Franklin Technology Partners to invest $252,500 in the regional economy (readingeagle.com)



Exclusive: Philadelphia Police Department to lose its accreditation (broadandliberty.com)

‘We don’t want anarchy, we want to live’: DA, police chiefs talk gun issues at Wallingford Synagogue – Delco Times



PASSHE plan: With new funding, grow enrollments by 20% | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania universities receive new funding, how will it be spent? (abc27.com)

Lehigh Valley education leaders are largely optimistic about state’s plan to recruit and retain teachers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Erie School District: Huge funding boost, but still a 4.45% tax hike (goerie.com)

Pittsburgh Public Schools appoints Wayne Walters as permanent superintendent | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Penn State set to increase tuition for most students, with a freeze for families who make under $75,000 | WITF

Penn State’s planning a 2.5% salary increase for employees | WITF

Temple increases tuition rates for 2022–2023 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Proposed Scranton school budget calls for tax increase, security officers districtwide | Education | thetimes-tribune.com



The 5 Pa. Senate races to watch in 2022 | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Congressional Vulnerability: July 2022 Rating (politicspa.com)

Only five governors less popular than Pennsylvania Democrat Tom Wolf | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Mehmet Oz campaigns at Allentown Farmers Market (mcall.com)

Pa. Senate race: John Fetterman attends first fund-raisers since stroke (inquirer.com)



Monarch butterflies move a step closer to extinction : NPR

Leaders must act in wake of Supreme Court’s climate ruling (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Increase of lanternflies across the Midstate (abc27.com)

A $220M commitment from Pa. could be a ‘game-changer’ for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What Philadelphia can learn from Harrisburg on funding environmental protections | Opinion (inquirer.com)



What’s proposed, what’s needed to expand Erie passenger train service (goerie.com)



Polio case in New York is the first in the U.S. since 2013 : NPR

A birthing center coming to Southwest Philly aims to tackle Black maternal mortality rates | Health | phillytrib.com

Mistrust lingers in Black communities amid 988 launch | Across America | phillytrib.com


State News

Rep. Wild’s ‘Deplorables’ Moment: Carbon County Voters Need to be ‘Schooled’ Over Support for Trump – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Susquehanna Waterkeeper organization settles pollution claims against Pa. plant – pennlive.com


National News

Newsom Wants Democrats to Fight Fire With Fire, Starting With a Gun Bill – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. heat wave: Utilities and the power grid are keeping up for now : NPR

Three common myths about the abortion debate : Shots – Health News : NPR

In Some States, Voters Will Get to Decide the Future of Abortion Rights – Delco Times

GOP NY governor candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked at an event but not injured : NPR

OAN officially dropped by Verizon, its last major carrier (abc27.com)

The U.S. child welfare system is falling short because of persistent child poverty | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Amazon gets ‘Whole Foods of primary care’ with One Medical deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly half of working adults say they’re open to relocating to abortion-friendly states | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Guest Opinion: Central Bucks library policy rooted in care for students (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Guest Opinion: Yes, Central Bucks, your library proposal is a book ban (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County authority to hold forums on potential sewer sale to Aqua (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Aqua begins $1.1 million main replacement project in Chester County – Daily Local

Conoy supervisors proceeds with hearing to discuss formation of joint emergency management services authority | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Erie County Council forms committee to readdress American Rescue Plan funds (goerie.com)

What to know as Pride Fest returns to Harrisburg – pennlive.com

Chester County officials pledge more funding for affordable housing in wealthy neighborhoods (inquirer.com)

From Walmart to medical clinic: Geisinger shows off new Pittston Township Healthplex | Times Leader

After canceled visit, Biden calls Wilkes-Barre mayor | News | citizensvoice.com

Keystone Mission opens transformation center | News | citizensvoice.com

Debate over McBride appointment continues at election board meeting | Election | citizensvoice.com



Gainey looks to increase diversity in Pittsburgh boards, commissions | TribLIVE.com

East Liberty Giant Eagle closing to make way for new grocery store (nextpittsburgh.com)

Giant Heinz ketchup bottles carted away as Steelers’ home undergoes its Acrisure makeover: watch – pennlive.com



3 Philadelphia developers ‘ready to make a big leap’ chosen for grants promoting affordable housing – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Sixers unveil plans for new Center City arena to mixed reactions from fans and local officials – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

In the Sixers arena plan, hopes for a revitalized Market East — and concerns about poor urban design | Opinion (inquirer.com)

How Philadelphia’s outdoor workers find relief in the heat wave (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia, Pa. weather brings heat emergency declaration (inquirer.com)

Should part of Washington Avenue remain five lanes? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)



Trump didn’t act and didn’t want to, plus 4 other takeaways from Jan. 6 hearing : NPR

Jan. 6 panel sheds light on the 187 minutes Trump went dark during Capitol siege | WITF

Jan. 6 probe: Irate Trump demanded to join, not call off mob | News | phillytrib.com

Five takeaways from Thursday’s Jan. 6 hearing (abc27.com)

Senate Democrats roll out long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana (abc27.com)

U.S. House panel advances assault weapons ban on party-line vote – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)