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Legislature

Comitta: Important income limits raised for Pa. workers with disabilities | Local-news | dailylocal.com

AG Shapiro debuts strategic effort in McKeesport; agents, local police shut down drug trafficking ring – The Mon Valley Independent

‘We have real work to do.’ Pa. Sen. Laughlin breaks silence, denounces election investigation | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Sen. Laughlin: Forensic probe of 2020 election will ‘further paranoid atmospherics’ | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. GOP lawmaker says Senate committee will meet soon to vote on subpoenas for election review | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Drug, Gun Bust Part of New Crackdown Effort – Tube City Almanac (tubecityonline.com)

OPINION: Chris Kelly Opinion: Still digging for cemetery solutions (yahoo.com)

New Pennsylvania district map: Lawmakers prepare for battle – WHYY

Lancaster business owners ask state Senate how to get past worker shortage | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Pa. business owners meet with lawmakers about worker shortage (wgal.com)

Officials urge President Biden to end Berks County Residential Center contract | Local News | readingeagle.com

PA Concealed Carry Bill Coming This Fall – WDAC

Pa. lawmakers divided on whether to save or spend $10 billion surplus (abc27.com)

A state ethics law probe follows Margo Davidson’s arrest for theft | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

A ‘scheme?’ State House panel denounces Wolf’s carbon emissions plan | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania won’t issue disaster declaration for Bucks County flooding (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wolf announces $520,000 awarded to clean up Ashley Rail Yard | Business | citizensvoice.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

FDA working to give full approval of COVID vaccines (abc27.com)

The FDA Extends The Expiration Date On Johnson & Johnson’s COVID Vaccine To 6 Months : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Google And Facebook Mandate Vaccines For Employees At U.S. Offices : NPR

These 7 Pennsylvania counties should mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, per CDC guidance – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania Health Dept. echoes new CDC mask recommendations as delta variant spreads | WITF

Adams County is mixed over masking up again despite risky COVID transmission status (abc27.com)

Bucks County Biotech Firm FlowMetric Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Test – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Face masks in Crawford County: Stricter guidelines could be coming to NWPA (goerie.com)

COVID deaths prompt lawsuits against Broomall nursing home | News | delcotimes.com

Could the Golden Rule sway some vaccine skeptics? A new poll points to yes | Thursday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Millions of jobs unfilled in Commonwealth; Lancaster’s path to recovery is “getting back to work” (abc27.com)

The Economy Is Surging. 4 Things Will Impact What Happens Next : NPR

Experts say Delta variant Covid-19 surge could create headwinds for small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

JLL, Savills say return-to-commuting may result in more distributed office plans – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

NWPA Innovation Beehive Network benefits Erie entrepreneurs, boosts business (goerie.com)

Leonardo DRS gets $29M contract modification for Navy ship work; CTC, Wheeler Brothers also win contracts | News | tribdem.com

Pennsylvania companies need workers. Two bills to protect immigrant workforce will help. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Feds creating database to aid in Capitol breach case | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

Capitol riot arrest of restaurant owner rattles Pa. hometown | WITF

Police pilot program to cut down on low-level stop offenses in North Philly | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Wolf Administration will not require Pa. students to wear masks in school despite CDC recommendation – pennlive.com

Midstate school districts to decide what to do about masks in the classroom (abc27.com)

Harrisburg University expanding; new location in Panama (abc27.com)

Wharton’s incoming MBA class will be mostly women for the first time in school history – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Equity education addressed in West Chester schools | Local-news | dailylocal.com

WCASD School Board approves new assistant superintendent of schools | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Edinboro University sells Porreco campus in Erie to LECOM for $3.2M (goerie.com)

Manheim Township educator named best history teacher in Pennsylvania | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Central Bucks School District makes face masks option in COVID-19 plan (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wyoming Valley West School Board president criticized, asked to stay down South | Education | citizensvoice.com

Area superintendents meeting Thursday to discuss mask policy options for the upcoming school year | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Scranton School District highlights progress made in recovery | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

This Pa. university won’t require vaccinated— or unvaccinated—students to wear masks indoors this fall | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

 

Elections/Politics

Rep. Conor Lamb preparing to launch Senate campaign, sources say (wtae.com)

Philly Republican makes bid for U.S. Senate on anti-Trump agenda | WITF

Army veteran Parnell slams general’s ‘woke’ Twitter trolling: ‘He’s not focused on the mission’ – Breaking News Time | Live News | Current News | Fast News – US, UK & World

No critical race theory in Pennsylvania schools, for now | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

CDC mask guidance sets off round-robin of insults as leading Republicans react to the change with hostility – pennlive.com

Watchdog groups allege campaign finance violations against ALEC in Pa., 14 other states | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Environment

Sen. Casey proposes a revived Civilian Conservation Corps to combat climate change and create jobs | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Democrats swear to take action on climate change; Republicans worry about negative impact (abc27.com)

Reducing Climate Pollution Saves Lives, Study Finds : NPR

What can Pa. learn from a Washington State community’s transition away from fossil fuels? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Final PA Turnpike Commission $450M payment made to PennDOT; hopes to start bigger projects (abc27.com)

Rapps Dam Road covered bridge remains closed in Chester County due to structural damage caused by vehicular crash | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Union Station: Amtrak office to be renovated as daytime trains planned for Erie (goerie.com)

PA Transportation Revenue Options Commission issues recommendations (goerie.com)

Panel to recommend Pa. move to mileage-based user fee as gas tax replacement to fund transportation needs – pennlive.com

Pa. Turnpike’s annual toll increases to decline in coming years – pennlive.com

Economy and racial equity in Pa. would benefit from increased public transit funds in federal infrastructure bill, says report | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Health

Higher care requires more funding | Editorials and Columns | standardspeaker.com

PA nurses fight for patient limits to ensure quality care (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Cumberland County commissioners vote 2-1 to sell Claremont Nursing home (abc27.com)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, American Heart Association get $1M gift to expand heart care partnership – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Geisinger will convert former Walmart into $80 million outpatient facility | News | citizensvoice.com

 

State News

4 takeaways from Joe Biden’s first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Why Biden picked Lower Macungie, Pa., to push infrastructure plan (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

President Joe Biden tours Lehigh Valley business, promotes U.S. manufacturing | News | thetimes-tribune.com

At Lehigh County plant, Biden woos working class with new ‘buy American’ efforts | WITF

Lehigh Valley’s population of young people has grown and is expected to keep growing – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission proposes change to trout season (abc27.com)

Spring Grove’s Hali Flickinger wins bronze in the 200 Fly, her second medal of the Tokyo Olympics (abc27.com)

Photos: Friends and relatives watch Central Pa. native Hali Flickinger get Bronze medal in Olympics – pennlive.com

Increase in fraudulent unemployment claims in Pa. since launch of new website (abc27.com)

Ronna McDaniel: Pennsylvanians can’t afford Biden’s economic crisis (broadandliberty.com)

Worker dies following incident at Pa. cement plant, representative says – pennlive.com

Another bird headed to endangered species status in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

Casinos rebound and bettors return after being shuttered due to COVID (poconorecord.com)

Utilities disconnect 116,000 Pa. households after state lifts moratorium on pandemic shutoffs (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Stimulus checks for renters: National ban on evictions is expected to end on July 31, but renters can apply for emergency rental assistance – pennlive.com

Gun-Maker Offers Sandy Hook Families $33 Million In Settlement Proposal : NPR

Waiting For U.S. Visas, Afghan Interpreters Fear The Taliban : NPR

New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Include Iranian Railroad, Ancient Chinese City : NPR

Former President Obama acquires stake in NBA Africa | Sports | dailylocal.com

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as virus cases hit record highs | Health | lancasteronline.com

Americans are deserting the pews. How one simple step could reverse it | John A. Tures | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Local News

Sight & Sound, American Music Theatre, Fulton, 19 other entertainment venues hurt by pandemic get $23M in grants | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

County Council postpones vote on homestead exemption tax rebates | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh economy adds 9,300 jobs in June; jobless rate drops slightly | TribLIVE.com

Merging Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh is a move worthy of mulling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retiring CEO Jeffrey Romoff’s focus on UPMC’s growth created critics and admirers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County seeks ideas for overhaul of jail | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly residents urged to apply for rental assistance before moratorium expires Saturday – WHYY

Eviction moratorium ends this week; Counties offer rent help (audacy.com)

SVP Philadelphia invests $600K in BIPOC-led nonprofits working to reduce poverty – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

James Beard Foundation to hold celebration of restaurant industry in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Weeks after SEPTA extends private security contract, a guard beat a man at a turnstile | Local News | phillytrib.com

Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to offer free physical exams, COVID-19 shots, tests | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly moving forward with grants program to fund community groups in anti-violence fight | Local News | phillytrib.com

Ya Fav Trashman and partners protest to highlight city’s trash failures | Local News | phillytrib.com

For some Black men and teens in Philly, relying on guns has become commonplace (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Moves Forward In The Senate : NPR

$1 Trillion Infrastructure Deal Scales Senate Hurdle With Bipartisan Vote – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Key details of the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure plan | Business | dailylocal.com

Biden Vows to Spend Big, Control Inflation. Can He Do Both? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Biden discusses buying American-made products (centralcharts.com)

MURRAY: A Proposed Law Would Break the Internet – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Biden Proposal Aims To Stem Migration From Central America : NPR

Biden wants to raise the threshold for products considered ‘made in America’ | WITF

Justice Dept. warns states on voting laws and election audits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette