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New Pennsylvania law requires notification to emergency contacts if patients leave rehab centers against medical advice | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Enhanced food assistance benefits to continue as Pa. reaches agreement with Biden Administration –

Bucks County Pols on Both Sides Agree: ‘Keep Our County Whole’ – DV Journal (

Election audit plan a ‘disgrace to democracy,’ governor says | WITF

Forensic election audit initiated in Pennsylvania; AG vows to strike back | Pennsylvania |

State Senator Mastriano attempts to launch election investigation | WHP (

Pennsylvania election audit presents Republicans chance to woo Trump (

A key Pa. Republican asks counties to hand over ballots and election equipment for an Arizona-style ‘audit’ | State |

State Senator Wants Election Audit | BOB 94.9 | WHP580 Newsroom (

PA Dems Join GOP In Putting Up Roadblock to Wolf’s RGGI Plans – DV Journal (

Kayden’s Law to Improve Child Custody Rules Moves to House

Pennsylvania senators propose new non-prosecution rules after Cosby conviction overturned | State |

Pennsylvania legislation to change milk dating codes signed by Wolf | Pennsylvania |

Powerful Pa. lawmaker says pre-canvassing is done until Governor Wolf is gone (

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

Pa. budget battle: Is COVID relief money the cure for property tax rates? GOP says no, Dems say yes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State funding for Pa. public broadcasting eliminated in new budget | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Wolf highlights $30M investment in early learning programs in Lancaster | PA Power and Policy |

Lawmakers need to support this important funding increase for Pa.’s court-appointed guardianship program | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Local early education officials welcome increased funding for programming in state budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As child advocates plan for action, top Senate GOP lawmaker Ward considers the ‘best legal path’ to justice | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New app connects conflict resolution volunteers to those in need | Local News |

State senators Yaw, Martin fail to see the urgency of climate crisis (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

CDC And FDA: No Booster Doses Needed Right Now : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

The delta variant isn’t just hyper-contagious. It also grows more rapidly inside you | WITF

Citing the delta variant, Pfizer will pursue booster shots and a new vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden HHS Chief Becerra: ‘Absolutely The Government’s Business’ To Know Who Has Been Vaccinated – The Political Insider

Vaccine clinics continue across the Midstate even as demand falls (

Strawberry Square in Harrisburg to host two-day walk-in COVID vaccination clinic (

Most area counties average fewer than two COVID-19 cases a day | Coronavirus |

Monroe County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (



Pennsylvania’s high vaccination rate could mean boom for businesses (

Pa.’s Amazon workers have almost twice as many serious injuries as other warehouse workers here – The Morning Call (

SBA Targeted EIDL Advance grant program gains steam after expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund ends in uncertainty following suit (

Where life sciences investment — including real estate — is taking off – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Workers from a closed State College restaurant claim they are owed $500,000+ in lost wages –

Air filter maker plans hiring event for new Alle-Kiski Valley facility |

ATI investing millions in expansion of Vandergrift operations |

Fair Acres nurses ratify first contract | News |



Ex-HR director says Salavantis lied | Times Leader

Second member of white Fishtown vigilante group charged with assault | Local News |

Pittsburgh police search for ‘violent offender’ accused of North Side assault |

Local Pennsylvania State Police troop clamps down on holiday offenders | Cops and Courts |

PA dentist and Donald Trump friend charged in assault of patient (



Parents say they’re running for local school boards to fight ‘poisonous’ critical race theory | Fox News

Williamson College breaks ground for new student center | Life |

NCAA panel discusses — but does not decide — future of sports at 6 Pa. state universities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Pa. law allows students to repeat a grade, but the deadline to decide is one week away | WITF

College athletic departments gear up for student endorsement deals | WITF

PHEAA plans to stop servicing federal student loans, expects to lay off employees –

Lake-Lehman increasing property tax rate 3.7% | Education |

Montgomery County Community College freezes tuition and fees for 5th year | Local-news |



Snyder Eyes Post-Trump Lane in GOP Senate Primary | PoliticsPA

Inside Malcolm Kenyatta’s “New Day for American Democracy” | AL DÍA News (

Philly election board targeted in attempt to audit election (

Lancaster County Clerk of Courts Jackie Pfursich appointed to be county solicitor in split vote | PA Power and Policy |

Philly Commissioner Al Schmidt on CNN

CNN Keeps PA Senate Seat As Most Likely To Flip in 2022 Ratings | PoliticsPA

Civil rights groups urge Biden to do more to protect minority voters | ABC27

Fetterman raises $2.5 million for Senate bid in second quarter | City & State PA (

Bill McSwain wants to talk about 2022, but Trump is dragging him back into 2020 (

DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy | National News |

Ryan Dodson replaces Denyse Kling as commissioner candidate in Manheim Township race | PA Power and Policy |



Report: Pa. sees record natural gas production, more compliance violations in 2020 | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Carriers at PHL boost capacity to the tropics as vacationers fuel rebound – Philadelphia Business Journal (



FDA trims use of contentious Alzheimer’s drug amid backlash | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Rep. Houlahan calls for national $15 per hour minimum wage | Local-news |

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan hears about labor shortage in visit to Berks County business | Local News |

Houlahan secures millions for local movie theaters | Local-news |

PSERS pension fund acts to curb travel costs of its investment staff (

Pennsylvania Ranks 26th Best State For Retirement – CBS Pittsburgh (

Pennsylvania among 15 states to drop opposition to Purdue Pharma bankruptcy (

Pennsylvania would get $225M in revamped opioid agreement | WITF

Midstate Pa. home-buying frenzy is slowing (

Increase in unemployment fraud in Pa. linked to identity theft (

Report: 3 ways states can help local governments in Pa. and beyond shore up their bottom lines | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

More than 30 states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Many still lack broadband access in Pennsylvania (

Cartwright sees potential through appropriations role | News |

Too many take energy — and the pipelines that deliver it — for granted (


National News

Zaila Avant-garde breezes to National Spelling Bee win (

The Tokyo Olympics Will Take Place Under A State Of Emergency And Without Spectators : NPR

Tropical Storm Elsa Sparks Tornado Warnings In Trek Up The East Coast : NPR

Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors | WITF

The Supreme Court’s Term Seemed Cautious. The Numbers Tell A Different Story : NPR

Eviction Prevention Programs Are Racing Against A Moratorium Clock : NPR

Two Americans Arrested In Assassination Of Haiti President : NPR

Gov. Newsom asks Californians to cut water use | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

QAnon has receded from social media — but it’s just hiding | National News |

US average mortgage rates continue to fall; 30-year at 2.90% | Business |

Details from IRS about enhanced child tax credits (


Local News

Community Exceeds Donation Goal in Memory of Local Road Rage Victim, Bianca Roberson – DV Journal (

DeLuca named acting chief solicitor | News |

Yes, Allegheny Co. DA Zappala should resign or be impeached. No, he shouldn’t be the target of legal discipline | Bruce Ledewitz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Southmoore Golf Course needs to be saved, residents say – The Morning Call (

Demolition begins on former Valley Crest complex | Times Leader

Mountain Top residents dealing with dirty water | News |

Water company to clean up tiny plastic beads that spilled into Scranton ski resort reservoir | News |

Scranton aims to make new public health coordinator a permanent post | Coronavirus |

Jill Garrett, first Black news anchor in NEPA, dies at 66 | News |

What is 5G and when is it coming to the Lehigh Valley? New Pennsylvania law clears some hurdles – The Morning Call (

Shell cracker plant 80% complete; first electricity exported to grid (

New hazard mitigation plan coming, public input sought (

Work on affordable housing project in West Chester on schedule despite rise in cost of materials | Local-news |

‘Good things’ happening at youth center: Flood City academy offers learning, fun throughout summer | News |

Many residents of Wayne County woke up without power July 8 after a strong thunderstorm blew through the region overnight. (



About 500 still without power in Pittsburgh region after Wednesday’s storms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cleanup continues after storms topple trees, knock out power in Western Pa. |

If Pgh. and a suburb merge, the Steel City’s controller says it should spur more municipal consolidations | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh’s Chinatown receives historic designation, group seeks funds for a plaque | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Moe’s Southwest Grille sponsoring craft brewery tour across Pittsburgh area | Drink | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh restaurants want outdoor seating to stay, even as pandemic restrictions loosen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Husband of former Pittsburgh woman among victims of Miami condo collapse |



Commish: Violent gun offenders need ‘serious consequences’ (

Study shows correlation between jobs and gun violence – WHYY

Stephanie Sena drops lawsuit over Kensington encampment sweeps – WHYY

Hispanic-owned Torado Construction in Philadelphia longs for private sector work – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia ranks as a top office, industrial performer coming out of Covid – Philadelphia Business Journal (

CBD Kratom opens store in Center City Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly’s Victoria’s Kitchen gets grant from national $10 million accelerator program | Business |

School District, SEPTA unveil new fare card for Philly students | Local News |

`Your body starts to break down’: Understaffed Philly sanitation crews struggle as garbage delays worsen | Local News |

Four Seasons Total Landscaping hosting Laura Jane Grace and Brendan Kelly concert (



Biden Forcefully Defends U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan – The New York Times (

‘Overdue’: Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan (

Buying Hearing Aids Or Fixing Your Phone Could Get Easier With New Biden Rules : NPR