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Pa.’s budget is officially late. Here’s the latest. · Spotlight PA

Lawmakers send bill reforming fireworks law to Gov. Wolf – City & State Pennsylvania (

GOP should leverage election reform in budget stalemate, Trump says (

What does a late budget mean for Pennsylvania? | State |

Pa. budget talks bog down (

From fireworks restrictions to abortion access, here’s the week in review | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Senate approves bill restricting fireworks | Pittsburgh City Paper (

House passes bill blocking DEP from issuing some wind project permits without feds’ approval – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Legislature passes bills giving health care providers, insurance companies access to mental health records (

After mass shootings, state lawmakers nationwide weigh body armor bans – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

2 bills to alter Pa.’s Right-to-Know Law face a summer of negotiation in Legislature | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. House approves bill proposing forfeiture of illegally driven dirt bikes, ATVs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reps set to battle over Pa. abortions | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

More than 300 turn out to honor memory of late state Rep. Mike Reese |

Doylestown Rec gets $1 million from state – Lower Bucks Times


Coronavirus – COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine for infants, toddlers, won’t be a many pharmacies (

COVID-19 vaccine for infants, toddlers, won’t be at many pharmacies (

Ala Stanford visits María de los Santos Health Center in Fairhill as roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 continues (

Should you get a COVID-19 booster shot now or wait until fall? Two immunologists help weigh the options (



Inflation reaches a record 8.6% for countries using the euro –

Inflation is making homelessness worse (

Surging fuel costs are causing demand destruction, oil trader says (

Hard Rock deal ends casino strike threat in Atlantic City (

In Beaver County, the cracker plant’s opening is finally near, bringing clouds of hope and fear | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Local group seeks to reform use of solitary confinement at Lackawanna County Prison | News |



Lehigh Valley property taxes, needy schools on minds of Pa. lawmakers (

F. Christopher Goins starts tenure as Girard College president | Local News |

Central Bucks unequal pay likely to be collective action (



Fetterman and Oz tout support as abortion debate ramps up – City & State Pennsylvania (

We’ve turned power over to a tyrannical minority. There’s a fix if we want it | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

While Pa.’s U.S. Senate race is a toss-up, Shapiro is favored to win governor’s race: polling website –

Pa. Senate race between Fetterman and Oz may break advertising spending records | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh lawyer Jason Richey’s campaign for governor shows how big money shapes Pa. politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania energy lawsuits expected to have limited impact | Pennsylvania |

Have you seen something eat a spotted lanternfly? Penn State wants to know – The Morning Call (

Climate change is putting food safety at risk more often, and not just at picnics and parties (

Pitt researchers create new technology to curb infections spread by mosquitoes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The U.S. is ditching coal. The Supreme Court ruling won’t change that. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



New Stonewall Bridge in Cumberland County opens to traffic –

Lehigh Valley airport seeing rebound after COVID (

Congressman calls for PennDOT Secretary to resign over toll bridge plans (

Amtrak waiting to hear from Lehigh Valley about bringing back passenger rail –


Reproductive Rights

Biden discusses abortion access options with Dem governors (

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Little-used health insurance benefit gets more attention after Roe v. Wade decision – The Morning Call (

Texas clinics halt abortions after state high court ruling | WITF

Supreme Court’s abortion decision puts doctors in legal limbo : Shots – Health News : NPR

Post-Roe, states struggle with conflicting abortion bans | News |

Pro-Roe v. Wade March attracts 400 demonstrators to Downingtown – Daily Local

Veterans worry about the erosion of their constitutional rights : NPR

Guest Opinion: Protect life after birth, too (

Guest Opinion: Pregnancy makes women responsible for two lives (

Guest Opinion: War declared on women’s rights (

How vaccine foes co-opted the slogan ‘my body, my choice’ : Shots – Health News : NPR

The end of Roe v. Wade raises fear of more prosecutions for pregnancy loss : NPR

Ireland is more progressive than America about abortion | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Why overturning Roe v. Wade strengthens American democracy | Opinion (

After two ectopic pregnancies, I fear what might happen without Roe v. Wade (



Revamped Lancaster DA program aims to get treatment for people who commit drug, alcohol-related crimes | Local News |

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges (


State News

With state climate action in the spotlight, Wolf’s carbon rule takes effect | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE: Background checks double in Pa., but expansion of scope unlikely | Local News |

For a rural Pennsylvania area, a cryptocurrency mine brought noise pollution | WITF


National News

Akron police release bodycam video of Jayland Walker shooting | WKSU

WATCH: ‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’ By Frederick Douglass : NPR

What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘Join us in California’: Newsom targets GOP in Florida ad (

Danish police say deadly shooting was apparently a random attack : NPR

A gunman killed 2 people and wounded 3 police officers in Texas : NPR

USPS stamp prices are about to go up (

Racism is still a big problem in the US, but this trend offers some hope | News |

Ukraine’s farmers face Russia’s blockade and ordinance in their farms this harvest | WITF

The bullet that killed Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh has been sent to U.S. officials | WITF

The U.S. Supreme Court is an obstacle to the future the vast majority want to achieve | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient to lie in honor at U.S. Capitol –


Local News

Lancaster city residents ‘overwhelmed’ with unexpected sidewalk repair bills [Lancaster Watchdog] | Local News |

Berks commissioners give conditional approval to $18 million in grant distributions (

From ‘Sex and the City’ to COO of a plastics recycling plant in York (

Harrisburg Area YMCA names new CEO –

Efforts to fill prominent vacant Wilkes-Barre storefronts continue | News |

Wilkes-Barre spent $6.1M in Rescue Plan funds to aid financial recovery | News |

Armor vests donated to Ukraine’s people by Schuylkill police departments (



Pittsburgh Mayor Gainey proposes $2.1 million for Downtown affordable housing plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gainey announces funding plan for Downtown Conversion Pilot Program – Pittsburgh Business Times (

Local groups launch campaign to encourage pay equity in Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pgh City Councilmember proposes three bills to protect abortion access, providers in city – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Juul ban and reversal draw shrugs in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



After being closed for over 40 years, Franklin Square PATCO station ramps up construction | Local News |

Owner of the Melrose Diner and Broad Street Diner has obtained demolition permits (



Biden to award Medal of Freedom to late John McCain, Denzel Washington, Simone Biles, more –

Lower insulin co-pays, list prices targeted in new bipartisan U.S. Senate bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

From one July Fourth to the next, a steep slide for Biden – Daily Local

‘Stay tuned’ for new evidence against Trump in July hearings | Times Leader

Pressure builds on Biden to turn to executive action despite its limits and risks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette