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Democrats urge feds to shut down Berks County immigration facility | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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

PA Environment Digest Blog: Sen. Comitta, Rep. Herrin Discuss RGGI Investments Act, Climate Change During Online Program (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pennsylvania Republican blasts election audit, rebukes fraud claims | Reuters

Pa. DEP to require landfills to test for radium from fracking waste – Farm and Dairy

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

Editorial: Some hopeful signs on fireworks in Pennsylvania | Editorials | readingeagle.com

As eviction moratorium ends, Pittsburgh, DHS officials encourage at-risk Pa. renters to apply for assistance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Poll: Majority of Pa. residents oppose GOP-backed ‘investigation’ of 2020 election | Friday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Laughlin Speaks Out Against 2020 Election Audit | PoliticsPA

It’s time for both sides to get real, and that’s not with an audit (goerie.com)

Pa. GOP senator criticizes Republican attempts to ‘discredit the 2020 election results’ with an audit – pennlive.com

GOP-controlled Tioga County declines election audit request | Times Leader

Member’s Arrest Brings Ethics to the Foreground for PA House – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration expires next week. Will Gov. Tom Wolf renew it? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The Delta Variant Has Changed The War Against The Virus, CDC Documents Reveal : NPR

Health officials to release new covid-19 data | TribLIVE.com

Biden calls for $100 payments to newly vaccinated Americans (abc27.com)

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers | Times Leader

Pa. health officials: Nearly all covid hospitalizations, deaths among unvaccinated | TribLIVE.com

Pa. Health Dept. to talk vaccines after dismissing new mask mandates (abc27.com)

Most of Pa.’s fully vaccinated people won’t have to mask up again indoors — yet | WITF

State to text over 250,000 Pennsylvanians who missed their second dose of the COVID vaccine (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association encouraging COVID vaccinations to avoid surge (abc27.com)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for employees (inquirer.com)

Shake Shack founder says his other restaurants will require COVID vaccine for customers, employees (abc27.com)

Biden Seeks to Revive Vaccine Effort With New Rules and Incentives – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Nurses at Pittsburgh’s West Penn Hospital vote to authorize strike | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Biden’s PA Visit Highlights Debate Over Energy Policy, Jobs – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. L&I expects almost 12 percent decrease of certain factory jobs by 2028 (abc27.com)

Restaurants in Pa. ‘not out of the weeds’ yet, head of state hospitality group says – pennlive.com

Bed Bath & Beyond leases 1M-square-foot distribution center in Lehigh Valley – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Studio BE receives $500,000 investment to expand | Business | citizensvoice.com

Will President Biden’s ‘Buy American’ plan work for Pennsylvania businesses? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Mack Trucks to hire 400 in the Lehigh Valley to meet demand. Now, it just needs the supply chain to cooperate – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Mack Trucks wasn’t the only Lehigh Valley company that Joe Biden praised in speech – lehighvalleylive.com

Feds: Lehigh Valley workers losing due to foreign competition eligible for assistance – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Portal announced; streamlines applications for loans $150K or less | The Bucks County Herald

 

Crime/Punishment

Shootings and murders are down in Chester as new community-driven program takes root (inquirer.com)

Midstate police leaders unite for community walk meant to build trust with law enforcement (abc27.com)

People from an ‘election integrity committee’ are asking York County residents about their votes | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania county calls police over ‘election integrity’ home visitors – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Former Pa. coroner accused of stealing $400K from non-profit he helped run – pennlive.com

NAACP York opposes York police surveillance camera program (ydr.com)

 

Education

Audit of Harrisburg Schools finds district complying with mandate to improve cost controls, oversight | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

La Salle University clears outstanding balances for 111 students from spring semester – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Colleges including Harvard, Stanford, Ohio Wesleyan, Boston University, pay up, wrestle with mandates as Delta variant looms ahead of fall semester – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wilkes-Barre Area planning opening events for new high school | News | citizensvoice.com

Education panel discusses effect of COVID-19 on Black male student engagement | Local News | phillytrib.com

Bob Moses played a critical role in civil rights and math literacy for Black students | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hempfield school board doubles down on controversial Independence Law Center hire | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Sewickley Academy interim head of school says enrollment issues led to administrative changes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Despite CDC guidance, some Philly-area schools aren’t planning to require masks — for now (inquirer.com)

Two people died in a week in Philly jails. Workers say a staffing crisis is partly to blame. (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

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

GOP Senate Candidate Barnette Blasts CRT: Will ‘Make America Racist Again’ – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

A GOP candidate for Congress who opposes the Jan. 6 select committee was up close at the riot (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

Pennsylvania activists protest Biden’s ‘wasteful’ infrastructure plan as he rallies across the street | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change (poconorecord.com)

 

Transportation

Smaller toll increases planned on Pennsylvania Turnpike through 2050 | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Transportation funding panel advancing a $15.6B package | WITF

Dear President Biden: Motor vehicle safety must be an infrastructure priority (poconorecord.com)

 

Health

Was It ‘Reasonable’ To Ship 81 Million Opioid Pills To This Small West Virginia City? : NPR

Aduhelm For Alzheimer’s: Who Should Get It? : Shots – Health News : NPR

Geisinger gets $35,000 grant for mobile dental health, interpreting service | Times Leader

Cumberland County to sell its nursing home; new owner says it wants to ‘save Claremont’ | WITF

 

State News

Thousands of Pa. households still waiting for rental relief as eviction ban nears its end · Spotlight PA

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

First of many new Black Hawk helicopters touch down at Pa. National Guard school (abc27.com)

 

National News

Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday | National and World | dailylocal.com

Burning for Bitcoin – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive

National Apartment Association files lawsuit over evictions moratorium, claiming $26.6B is owed to landlords – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Women’s Gymnastics: Sunisa Lee becomes fifth straight American to win all-around gold | Times Leader

Robinhood clinches $32 billion IPO ahead of Nasdaq debut – The Washington Post

IRS to send out another 1.5 million ‘surprise’ tax refunds this week (abc27.com)

Former Sen. Carl Levin Dies At 87 : NPR

 

Local News

Bucks County tornados: Bensalem auto dealership collapses, 5 hurt – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County tornadoes: NWS to survey damage from 2 storms (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Delco Church Adds Solar Panels – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

New Perry County water filtration plant to increase access to clean water (abc27.com)

HCA seeks $20 million for water distribution system projects | News | standardspeaker.com

Southern Chester County Circuit Trail feasibility study recommends major projects | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Lehigh County commissioners forward 5-year capital spending plan | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

 

Pitt

As eviction moratorium ends, Pittsburgh, DHS officials encourage at-risk Pa. renters to apply for assistance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s air quality in 2021 on pace to have one of worst years in recent history | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Town Hall Calls Attention To Pittsburgh Air Quality Problems | 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh council sets community meetings on federal covid relief cash | TribLIVE.com

In honor of UPMC CEO Romoff’s retirement, a look back at his loathsome legacy | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Technology Council, nonprofit will offer session on local tech apprenticeships | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling could impact settlement over controversial Oakland office project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Should Philadelphia declare a gun violence emergency? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia officials announce recipients in $1 million Illuminate the Arts Covid-19 grant program – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Marian Anderson House and Museum receives $100,000 from the city | Local News | phillytrib.com

Starting this year school year, all Philly public schools to have gender-neutral bathrooms | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly pilot will limit ‘stop-and-frisk’ policing for minor offenses – WHYY

Two people died in a week in Philly jails. Workers say a staffing crisis is partly to blame. (inquirer.com)

Controller finds overpayments, money spent on yoga in Philly’s administration of Medicaid funding (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Senate advances bipartisan infrastructure deal | WITF

President Biden, Democrats in Congress threaten scholarships for low-income DC students | The College Fix

D.C. Council Debates Proposed Tax Increase on the Wealthy – The Washington Informer

How Biden Got the Infrastructure Deal Trump Couldn’t – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

N.Y.’s Transit System Could Receive $10 Billion in Infrastructure Deal – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rep. Bass Downplays Role Of Qualified Immunity In Stalled Police Reform Bill : NPR

Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas | News | tribdem.com

Letters: Pa. readers respond to Parnell column on filibuster (poconorecord.com)

Regardless of whether proceeds fund infrastructure, the IRS needs more funding | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette