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Pa. Senate hits pause on termination of pandemic emergency; negotiations could lead to a Thursday final vote – lehighvalleylive.com

Pa. Senate considering keeping some waivers in COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration in place | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pa. Senate looks to extend waivers under disaster declaration | State Lawmakers | cumberlink.com

Pennsylvania lawmakers look to extend waivers under disaster declaration | WITF

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 disaster declaration nears termination | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate prepares for vote to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PA GOP backs off wholesale end to Wolf’s pandemic disaster emergency declaration | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Democratic state lawmaker ‘deathly afraid’ GOP will squander $10B in surplus, federal stimulus | Local News | phillytrib.com

Could this public school funding proposal touted by Pa. Democrats and Gov. Wolf lower your property tax? | fox43.com

Education funding front and center as clock ticks on PA budget talks | National News | kpvi.com

Philly State Senator Looking To Recognize Juneteenth In PA | Philadelphia, PA Patch

Snow and ice removal bill in Pennsylvania moves forward – Land Line

House approves veto-bound bill to help block local gun laws | fox43.com

‘Stop taking bribes,’ protesters urge Pennsylvania lawmakers | WITF

State lawmakers should disclose their spending in an easy-to-find online spot | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania House Votes To End Disaster Declaration, Relaunch Unemployment Work Requirements | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Senate Ignores Secretary of State’s Emergency Powers – Compsmag

Pa. Republicans push to limit health secretary’s power to mandate things like masking and business closures (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Attacks Health Secretary’s Emergency Powers | Express – Health Bollyinside

Pennsylvania Senate takes swipe at health secretary’s emergency powers | State | thecourierexpress.com

Senate advances ‘vaccine passport’ bill with new measure to restrict health secretary; Wolf will veto | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Welcoming two new members, Pa. Senate back to full complement | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Flynn sworn in as new state senator | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Speaker announces special election for Flynn’s 113th District seat | Times Leader

O’Neal co-authored ventilator legislation approved by Pennsylvania House | Local News | observer-reporter.com

PA senate passes bill to ban vaccine passports (wgal.com)

Pennsylvania’s Energy Bills Could Rise by $1,150 Annually by Joining RGGI: Expert – WorldNews (wn.com)

Lawmakers renew effort to halt carbon emissions caps in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

This Republican nails why her party can’t just move on from January 6 (theworldnews.net)

Illegal gambling machine drama unfolds from Pennsylvania Senate to small county of Shenandoah – CDC Gaming Reports

Illegal Gambling Machines Plague PA as Lawmakers Search for Solutions (playpennsylvania.com)

With election reforms on GOP’s radar, Wolf and Democrats draw red line on voter ID, other proposals | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Election audits: Wolf, Dems say Pa. already had them — and Biden won (goerie.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf and other leading Democrats bash Republican efforts promoting false narrative about the 2020 election – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf vows to protect Pennsylvanians’ voting rights, says he will veto rollbacks to mail-in and ID rules | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Who’s served by Pa. joining the ‘let’s audit the 2020 presidential election’ club? | John Baer – pennlive.com

Bill Protects Unborn Children In PA – WDAC

Pa. House advances ban on abortions over Down syndrome diagnoses (wtae.com)

Pennsylvania House advances bill on handling fetal remains | WITF

Pennsylvania House passes fetal remains bill Democrats say violates privacy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. House approves legislation to mandate disposal of fetal remains | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania pension system sued over access to documents amid probe | WITF

Pennsylvania bill would create task force to help children of parents with opioid abuse issues | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania governor slams Arizona’s ‘sham’ audit | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Energy production is important to Pennsylvania’s environmental future (ydr.com)

‘Stop taking bribes,’ protesters urge Pennsylvania lawmakers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

CDC issues new COVID-19 travel guidance for more than 120 countries – 6abc Philadelphia

Which Groups Are Still Dying of Covid in the U.S.? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Asia welcomes US vaccine donations amid cold storage worries | Health | lancasteronline.com

Mayor: Seattle 1st major city to fully vaccinate 70% | TribLIVE.com

Joe Biden to announce COVID vaccine donation plan (inquirer.com)

State

Personal data from Pa. contact tracing calls still online despite assurances it had been secured | WITF

Pennsylvania among national leaders in vaccine administration | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

After delays, Bucks, Montgomery county begin COVID vaccines in jails (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Local

Philadelphia’s mask restrictions will end Friday (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia trails its 7 neighboring counties on COVID-19 vaccinations (inquirer.com)

COVID guidelines released as children prepare to attend summer camps | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

As vaccinations continue, a sense of normalcy starts to prevail in Delaware County | Local-news | delcotimes.com

In Chester County, vaccines working, numbers prove it | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Lancaster General Hospital employees pushing back on mandatory COVID-19 vaccine | Health | lancasteronline.com

Beaver County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (timesonline.com)

Long-term COVID-19 trends dip to October levels as regional cases continue decrease | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

9 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in county | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Allegheny, Westmoreland see rapid drops in new covid cases | TribLIVE.com

 

Business/Jobs

How the SBA completely changed PPP with just one decision – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Greek Development buys Philadelphia industrial building for $31.5M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Montgomery County Community College to host Workforce Development Business Roundtable | Business | dailylocal.com

Black-owned banks are booming, and they’re pouring money back into their communities | Business | phillytrib.com

Women are slowly regaining the jobs they lost. But many of their career paths may change for good | Business | phillytrib.com

McDonald’s hiring more than 9,000 employees in Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

911 Crisis Response Teams Offer Alternatives To Policing Mental Health : Shots – Health News : NPR

Fines and payments for former Chester County sheriff Welsh and McKinney | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Former Chester County sheriff ordered to reimburse county in K-9 unit theft case (inquirer.com)

Bensalem police arrest man accused in ‘sextortion’ cases involving children (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania couple’s Capitol riot case may end without a trial (goerie.com)

Erie assaults: City man gets jail time in fireworks attack on other man (goerie.com)

York County Prison Board of Inspectors appoint Adam Ogle as warden (ydr.com)

Haycock and state police go after noisy dirt bikes | The Bucks County Herald

Former Old Forge Borough President to plead guilty to bribery | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Newport Twp. police starts K-9 unit with Scranton man’s dog | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Shooting at Upper Darby bar leaves one dead, several injured (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Commenters at first hearing are overwhelmingly against Pennsylvania state university mergers (inquirer.com)

Sold on the promise of a college education, some former Milton Hershey School students ended up with debt, hardships · Spotlight PA

State court decision reignites debate over Neshaminy School District’s team name | WITF

Neshaminy School District can use Redskins nickname, state rules (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. court says commission erred in ordering Neshaminy School District to stop using imagery stereotyping Native Americans (inquirer.com)

Penn State ex-president Graham Spanier reports to jail | WITF

Colleen Hroncich: Students will suffer under Wolf’s latest charter attack (broadandliberty.com)

Philadelphia real estate: Hopwood School and Camp sells for $2.7M; Milestone for $96M Lower Merion middle school – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Cedar Crest College President Elizabeth Meade on what it takes to address the student-debt crisis – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Scranton teachers take to the streets over contract issues | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Dallas School Board proposes no increase in property tax rate | Education | citizensvoice.com

Hanover Area not increasing property tax | Education | citizensvoice.com

Pittsburgh Public Schools offers 4 drop-off sites for device returns | TribLIVE.com

Make CCP free and fully fund community college in Philadelphia | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Grad student cutting lawns to pay off college debt gives officials a lecture on Pa. state university mergers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Biden’s decision to review student loan repayment options rather than offer forgiveness is reasonable | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt takes the lead as anchor tenant in Bloomfield project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers shows support to LGBTQ students, educators | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

DOMINOES CONTINUE TO FALL: PA Senator Announces 2020 Election Audit Could Be Approved By July | Conservative Angle

Here’s What Critics Say Is Wrong With The Electoral College : NPR

Democrats Wait Too Long To Reach Black Voters, A Report Says : NPR

Republicans Flock To Maricopa County Election Review : NPR

Letter: Voters spoke, so why is Gordon Eck not listening? | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Johnstown voters may get to decide city manager residency debate; council moves question forward | News | tribdem.com

Voting doesn’t need to be a gauntlet. Republicans are doing all they can to make it one anyway | Bob Lewis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Schuylkill County sheriff candidate now weighing options on withdraw | News | standardspeaker.com

Rally held in Pottsville for fair redistricting | News | standardspeaker.com

Council candidate Knapp appeals primary results | Election | citizensvoice.com

Rookie Westmoreland County election director suspended with pay | TribLIVE.com

 

Environment

DEP: PFAS not widespread in Pennsylvania; considers max level standard (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Suburban Philly activist, local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Grant Schmidt: Not even your trash is safe from ‘woke’ activists (broadandliberty.com)

Climate Change Shrinks The West’s Water Supply : NPR

Pennsylvania tornadoes up 83% as some point to global warming (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Some Erie County fruit crops damaged by spring temperature extremes (goerie.com)

Future of industrial Mon Valley should be cleaner, speakers say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shell to accelerate carbon emissions cuts after Dutch court ruling | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

The fate of a Gulf Coast rail line may have a big impact on Amtrak’s future. : NPR

Bridges, buses, bypasses, and more: All the Pa. projects included in U.S. House Dems’ $547B transportation bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Health

Pennsylvania seniors facing serious health risks, according to report comparing states | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Doylestown Health opens Buck County specialty care center – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘Huge honor’: Windber hospital gets 5-star rating – highest awarded – from Medicare ranking service; 4 stars for UPMC-Somerset | Local News | tribdem.com

Beaver, Allegheny counties receives grants for drug treatment, probation services (timesonline.com)

Pandemic shows risk of obesity, and challenge of weight loss | Health | phillytrib.com

Nation’s largest health insurer to stop payments for ‘non-emergency’ care in ERs – pennlive.com

Flu season ends as one of mildest ever in Pennsylvania | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

State News

Capital-Star Q&A: Pa. Ag. Sect’y Russell Redding talks 2022 Farm Show return, COVID recovery, and the Chesapeake Bay | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Solitary confinement ‘torture chambers’ – Workers World

Pandemic puts focus on challenges facing Pennsylvania’s nursing care community | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Comcast invests $10M in Inclusiv fund to help minority-serving credit unions – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Having problems with Pa. new unemployment system? Follow these tips (goerie.com)

Editorial: Protect PA’s children (ydr.com)

In a revolt, dissidents on PSERS board lobby colleagues to fire the fund’s leaders and set a new investment strategy – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘It’s a huge deal’: Pennsylvania girls wrestling champs recognized at the Capitol with high hopes of pushing the sport forward – pennlive.com

$20M in local projects pitched by Cartwright | News | standardspeaker.com

Four Luzerne County projects included in federal funding bill | News | citizensvoice.com

 

National News

Cybersecurity should be a huge priority after events of last few weeks | Smart Talk (witf.org)

No one is immune to ransomware attacks, Berks cybersecurity experts say | Local News | readingeagle.com

Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Is Halted : NPR

JBS Paid An $11 Million Ransom To Cyberattackers : NPR

People Are Dying In Tribal Jails — 17 Years After Officials First Pledged Reform : NPR

How The Price Of A Toyota Truck Helps Explain Surging Inflation : NPR

Olympic Athletes Face A Huge Number Of Rules For Tokyo 2020 Games : NPR

IG Report: Police Did Not Clear Lafayette Park For Trump : NPR

Child Labor Surges For The First Time In 20 Years. The Pandemic May Make That Worse. : NPR

Hot inflation may have become scorching in May and is expected to hit a 28-year high (cnbc.com)

ProPublica Report Has Congress Rethinking How to Tax Superrich – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Letter: All of us must do more to prevent domestic violence | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

 

Local News

Sen. Comitta to host free shredding event June 12 | Local-news | dailylocal.com

National disability and inclusion leaders honored at Doylestown ceremony (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Allentown hiring lifeguards for city pools, pay going up this year | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Centre County Community Conferencing to act as alternative to courts, in family and neighbor disputes | WITF

Kennett Square ponders parking, creates ad hoc committee to review library’s request to move forward sans additional fees | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Grammy winner Pink brought ‘to tears’ by tribute from CB West choir (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lancaster City Council tables proposal to end seniority points | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Cambria NAACP chief questions Bedford court decision; BLM group returns to area for first time since 2020 shooting | News | tribdem.com

Sheriff’s sale for Galleria mall in Johnstown pushed back again, this time to September | Local News | tribdem.com

Waterford zoning case: Will council settle suit against its president? (goerie.com)

Pleasant Ridge Manor East: Council approves funding to demolish building (goerie.com)

Gannett Foundation ‘A Community Thrives’ is looking for good causes (ydr.com)

United Fiber & Data hit with $5.93 million judgment in Lehigh County (ydr.com)

Monroe County’s cicada brood mismarked on national forest maps (poconorecord.com)

‘Financing the American Dream’ host highlights Bucks real estate market (theintell.com)

Beaver County’s Communicycle revives old bikes and gives them away (timesonline.com)

Reading firefighters rescue several people from burning apartment building | Local News | readingeagle.com

RACC honors Berks County businessman for his decades of involvement and helping the school to grow | Local News | readingeagle.com

McAdoo Fire Company’s tradition of service endures 100 years | News | standardspeaker.com

County council accepts Pedri’s resignation, plans new manager search | News | citizensvoice.com

Hanover Area not increasing property tax | Education | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County in state’s top 20 for tax refunds | Times Leader

Paint is source of high lead levels in Wilkinsburg homes, report finds | TribLIVE.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh struggles to staff its pools, can’t open all of them | TribLIVE.com

Peduto says Juneteenth bill sent without his knowledge; organizers alarmed at $130K price tag | TribLIVE.com

Black-led Community Spotlight: Bekezela Mguni of The Black Unicorn Library | Community Profile | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

South Pittsburgh neighborhoods hold vigil to ‘stop the violence’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The final frontier: NASA executive visits Pittsburgh to unveil initiative to get students interested in space | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Steel fined for more than $200K for health violations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philadelphia police say they’ve seized more ghost guns in 6 months than in all of last year | WITF

Until all 54 libraries reopen, Philly can’t recover from COVID-19 | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Zoning board denies Parx Casino plan to move Turf Club betting parlor inside a Chickie’s & Pete’s restaurant (inquirer.com)

Will the closing of Philadelphia’s only rec center for people with disabilities lead to lasting inclusion? | Helen Ubiñas (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

President Biden revokes Trump’s attempted TikTok ban – CBS News

The U.S. Capitol Police Are Adding An Emotional Support Dog To The Force : NPR

The new guy? Biden debuts at democracy’s most exclusive club | National and World | dailylocal.com

Christine Flowers: Kamala Harris deserves respect for stance on the border | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Florida’s Val Demings launches bid to oust Rubio from Senate | Elections | phillytrib.com

With surface transportation bill, Dems make 1st move to advance Biden infrastructure plan as talks falter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers push back on White House change to alter what defines ‘city’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette