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 – pennlive.com

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

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

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

State Senator Mastriano attempts to launch election investigation | WHP (local21news.com)

Pennsylvania election audit presents Republicans chance to woo Trump (msn.com)

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

State Senator Wants Election Audit | BOB 94.9 | WHP580 Newsroom (iheart.com)

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

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

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

Pennsylvania legislation to change milk dating codes signed by Wolf | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Powerful Pa. lawmaker says pre-canvassing is done until Governor Wolf is gone (abc27.com)

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

State senators Yaw, Martin fail to see the urgency of climate crisis (goerie.com)


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 (abc27.com)

Strawberry Square in Harrisburg to host two-day walk-in COVID vaccination clinic (abc27.com)

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

Monroe County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (poconorecord.com)



Pennsylvania’s high vaccination rate could mean boom for businesses (abc27.com)

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

SBA Targeted EIDL Advance grant program gains steam after expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund ends in uncertainty following suit (timesonline.com)

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

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

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

ATI investing millions in expansion of Vandergrift operations | TribLIVE.com

Fair Acres nurses ratify first contract | News | delcotimes.com



Ex-HR director says Salavantis lied | Times Leader

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

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

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

PA dentist and Donald Trump friend charged in assault of patient (poconorecord.com)



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 | delcotimes.com

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 – pennlive.com

Lake-Lehman increasing property tax rate 3.7% | Education | citizensvoice.com

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



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

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

Philly election board targeted in attempt to audit election (audacy.com)

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

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 (cityandstatepa.com)

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

DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

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



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



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



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 | dailylocal.com

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

Houlahan secures millions for local movie theaters | Local-news | dailylocal.com

PSERS pension fund acts to curb travel costs of its investment staff (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Ranks 26th Best State For Retirement – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Pennsylvania among 15 states to drop opposition to Purdue Pharma bankruptcy (abc27.com)

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

Midstate Pa. home-buying frenzy is slowing (abc27.com)

Increase in unemployment fraud in Pa. linked to identity theft (abc27.com)

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

More than 30 states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Many still lack broadband access in Pennsylvania (timesonline.com)

Cartwright sees potential through appropriations role | News | standardspeaker.com

Too many take energy — and the pipelines that deliver it — for granted (timesonline.com)


National News

Zaila Avant-garde breezes to National Spelling Bee win (abc27.com)

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 | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Details from IRS about enhanced child tax credits (goerie.com)


Local News

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

DeLuca named acting chief solicitor | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Southmoore Golf Course needs to be saved, residents say – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Demolition begins on former Valley Crest complex | Times Leader

Mountain Top residents dealing with dirty water | News | citizensvoice.com

Water company to clean up tiny plastic beads that spilled into Scranton ski resort reservoir | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton aims to make new public health coordinator a permanent post | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

Shell cracker plant 80% complete; first electricity exported to grid (timesonline.com)

New hazard mitigation plan coming, public input sought (timesonline.com)

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

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

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



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. | TribLIVE.com

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

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

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

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 | TribLIVE.com



Commish: Violent gun offenders need ‘serious consequences’ (audacy.com)

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

CBD Kratom opens store in Center City Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

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

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

Four Seasons Total Landscaping hosting Laura Jane Grace and Brendan Kelly concert (inquirer.com)



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

‘Overdue’: Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan (abc27.com)

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