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Legislature

Senator Boscola announces over $1.8M grant for criminal justice initiatives | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Pa. Sen. Jim Brewster urges officials to pause vote on state university consolidations | TribLIVE.com

Development On The Lower Hill Will Begin This Year | 90.5 WESA

Editorial by Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice: Expense bill is a no-brainer | Editorials | ncnewsonline.com

Republicans rebel against a powerful anti-opioid tool – POLITICO

Dush’s bill to modernize township code passes committee | News | bradfordera.com

Comitta Calls For Continuing Remote Council Meetings, Code Change | West Chester, PA Patch

Legislature votes to immediately end Pa.’s coronavirus disaster declaration while keeping waivers in place (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Republicans vote to end Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Senate Votes To End Pandemic Disaster Emergency Declaration – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Resolution to end emergency order races through Legislature (audacy.com)

Pa. Senate votes to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration (goerie.com)

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

Pa. Senate votes to terminate emergency declaration | Video | wfmz.com

Pa. lawmakers vote to end Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania Legislature votes to terminate Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 disaster declaration nears termination (broadandliberty.com)

Lisa Baker (via Public) / Senator Baker Issues Statement on the Termination of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration (publicnow.com)

Bartolotta leads effort to end noncompete clauses for Pennsylvania broadcasters | Local News | observer-reporter.com

Activists target top Republican in Pa. Senate as they push for gift ban · Spotlight PA

Senate votes to ban vaccine passports | The Bucks County Herald

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill To Ban Vaccine Passports – CBS Cleveland (cbslocal.com)

Pa. GOP proposes major election overhaul, including stricter voter ID and in-person early voting · Spotlight PA

Voter identification cards part of Pa. House GOP election reform bill (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

House GOP unveils ambitious proposal to revamp election law | Pennsylvania State News | lancasteronline.com

Pa. House GOP releases election reform plan which includes voter ID, early voting | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

With attacks on voting, abortion access, GOP looks to post-Wolf era. Are Dems ready? | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania election reform bill revealed | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gebhard Sworn Into PA Senate – WDAC

Pa. Sen. Chris Gebhard nervous but ready to take on challenge of his new job – pennlive.com

Emerging Technologies Caucus aims to help Pennsylvania lawmakers keep up with technological growth | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Chris Comisac: When will PA Democrats get real about the state’s education spending? (broadandliberty.com)

8 Lancaster County groups that got $45M in affordable housing funding | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pa. Senate passes bill requiring government agencies to publicize their agendas – pennlive.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

G-7 Pledge 1 Billion Vaccines To Countries Struggling To Contain COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Here’s why you should care about the Chinese coronavirus lab leak theory – pennlive.com

U.S. officials extend expiration dates on J&J covid vaccine doses | TribLIVE.com

State

The COVID-19 disaster is ending in Pa. What does that mean for us? – pennlive.com

Despite ‘A Little Bit Of Anxiety,’ PA Officials Say Most Activities Are Safe For Young, Unvaccinated Kids | WSKGWSKG

The state health department’s decision to drop legal action against restaurants that violated rules is OK | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

COVID-19 vaccine rates are dropping – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Berks County pharmacy winding down COVID vaccination clinics | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

 

Business/Jobs

US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth straight drop | Business | dailylocal.com

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania declined last week (timesonline.com)

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia prioritizing jobs, inclusion amid reopening – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia music, performing arts venues press Small Business Administration to fund Shuttered Venue Operators Grants after missed deadline – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly music venues still waiting for COVID-19 relief grants they desperately need (inquirer.com)

PPG chairman: Paints producer will continue buying up companies after closing $1.8 billion Tikkurila deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

York Hiring Fair wants to help residents find their next job (ydr.com)

Hollywood Casino York opening set for summer 2021 (ydr.com)

Koppel steel plant resumes production (timesonline.com)

Jobs that might not exist in 50 years – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Boscov’s to close on Thanksgiving 2021 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lawsuit: Sanofi reneged on hazard pay promise during pandemic | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

ATI, Steelworkers unable to find agreement on health care as strike drags on | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Law enforcement struggles to recruit since killing of Floyd | National and World | dailylocal.com

‘An empire of lies’: Former Butler Health COO and her ex-detective husband sentenced for embezzlement scheme | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seven years in prison for chief mate of cargo vessel where Philly feds found record 20 tons of cocaine (inquirer.com)

Erie auto thefts: Grant to fund full-time detective, task force (goerie.com)

Details emerge as charges held in Northampton crash that injured 4 (theintell.com)

Ex-police chief and 5 others charged in Capitol riot conspiracy | WITF

Central Pa. police have new lasso-like device to stop suspects – pennlive.com

 

Education

Philadelphia School District does not track failing students (broadandliberty.com)

Hopewell student attends graduation despite COVID diagnosis (timesonline.com)

School District of Philadelphia expands its summer programming | Local News | phillytrib.com

Say no to largest transfer of taxpayer dollars out of public schools in Pa. history | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

3 ways schools can improve STEM learning for Black students | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Paying faculty to retire saves money at Hazleton Area schools | Education | standardspeaker.com

Hazleton Area to offer summer school for all grades | Education | standardspeaker.com

 

Elections/Politics

The controversial Arizona GOP-led election review is drawing Republicans from Pa., and other states | WITF

Politics: Pro-Trump Republicans are flocking to site of partisan Arizona ballot audit – PressFrom – US

GOP state lawmaker: I’ve seen better elections in Afghanistan – CNN Video

HD113: Special Election Set For November 2 | PoliticsPA

Party officials ponder replacing Flynn as state rep | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Independent Marlin Woods to announce bid for Pittsburgh mayor | TribLIVE.com

 

Environment

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

Coal plant in Pennsylvania to shut down – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Transportation

A Pittsburgher met with transit secretary Buttigieg to discuss region’s public transit needs | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Buses may stop at 5 p.m., but her Mom’s care is 7 days a week, Pgh. woman tells USDot Secretary Buttigieg | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Interstate 90 eastbound reopened in eastern Erie County (goerie.com)

 

Health

Op-Ed: PA illustrates the extent of America’s opioid crisis | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer’s drug could reach $11,500 | Business | dailylocal.com

NEPA offers up plenty of blood donation sites during low supply (poconorecord.com)

Report: Philly’s Black maternal morbidity rates ‘among the highest in the nation’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Six of 15 board members of embattled Pa. pension fund officially call for removal of its top command · Spotlight PA

PSERS staff push hedge fund investments as board dissidents seek their ouster (inquirer.com)

Does Pa.’s new unemployment system work? It depends who you ask. | WITF

L&I attempting to address new UC system issues, concerns | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

As Biden’s plan struggles, Rep. Lamb pushes for more moderate infrastructure bill | WITF

With doe license dates less than a month away, Pa. hunting licenses go on sale Monday – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania reports 17% drop in DUI arrests amid pandemic year | TribLIVE.com

 

National News

Fiscal woes intensify after data shows inflation continued climb in May, prices rose 5% over last year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas Says It Will Build Border Wall With Mexico – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

3 Dead in Florida Supermarket Shooting – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Are Turning Up On California’s Beaches : NPR

New Report Details Firsthand Accounts Of Torture From Uyghur Muslims In China : NPR

Americans begin to travel abroad again | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Florida bans ‘critical race theory’ from its classrooms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Virginia governor signs probation overhaul bill with support of rapper and activist Meek Mill | Across America | phillytrib.com

Cyber empire strikes back | Editorials and Columns | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Local News

Jun 12 | FREE Shred Event! | Radnor, PA Patch

Pa. borough council president charged with bribery after investigation by joint FBI task force – pennlive.com

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

Solebury farm donates fresh produce to Bucks County families in need (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Volunteers needed to help Delaware Valley Vietnam vets set up flags in Falls (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bensalem opens new affordable housing residences for veterans (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Crews battle overnight fire at Kreider Farms in Penn Township Friday | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Wreaths Across America mobile exhibit makes stop in Lancaster | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Former Ridley Township treasurer pleads guilty to preparing false tax returns, pocketing $100K (inquirer.com)

Solicitor: Investigation targets Cambria County sheriff’s office | News | tribdem.com

‘Here to help’: Women’s Help Center mission unchanged by funding loss | News | tribdem.com

Racial justice in Erie: Scholar Camille Busette working on inclusion ‘action plan.’ (goerie.com)

Erie lifeguards: Will local pools and beaches be fully staffed this summer? (goerie.com)

Controversial Berks warehouse plan approved over pleas of numerous residents | Local News | readingeagle.com

When it rains, it leaks: Rear corner of historic Scranton City Hall to get roof repairs | Local History | thetimes-tribune.com

Independent Marlin Woods to announce bid for Pittsburgh mayor | TribLIVE.com

Public attendance among changes for Wilkes-Barre City Council meetings | Times Leader

Justice for Nova: SPCA seeks answers in animal neglect case | Times Leader

 

Pitt

Stonewall Sports provides LGBTQ recreation outside of typical avenues | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Cheswick coal-fired power plant, the last in Allegheny County, will close in September | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As North Side shootings increase, officials and anti-violence advocates stress greater collaboration | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

StarKist to drop anchor in Reston, Va. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh animal control officer charged with felony animal cruelty | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Honeysuckle by Philadelphia chef Omar Tate recognized on world stage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau launching $600K Meet the Moment campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

State court will decide future of Philly’s fight to pass gun laws – WHYY

Philly Council bill limiting landlord use of eviction records advances – WHYY

Vote on Philadelphia parking tax cut delayed as budget negotiations drag on (inquirer.com)

Two people were shot at a Federal Donuts shop in Philly, police say (inquirer.com)

Philly City Council is considering mandatory funding to boost affordable and accessible housing (inquirer.com)

City Council moves to further check short-term rental industry, sending bill to Kenney | Local News | phillytrib.com

Stephanie Sena plans to file a lawsuit to stop the clear-out of homeless people in Kensington (inquirer.com)

Boris Johnson’s bike from Joe Biden was made in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Proposal on Infrastructure – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

10 Senators Say They Agree On Infrastructure ‘Framework’ — But There Are Few Details : NPR

Ten Senate Democrats and Republicans say they reached five-year, nearly $1 trillion infrastructure deal (inquirer.com)

Smaller transportation bill passes U.S. House committee as talks stall on larger infrastructure package | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Policing Reform Negotiations Sputter in Congress Amid Partisan Bickering – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

That time Rachel Levine made Rand Paul look like a complete fool / Queerty

Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Seized Records of Democrats – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. Lifts Some Sanctions on Iranians Before Nuclear Talks – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Moderates Democrats Hold Power In Divided Senate, Splitting Party : NPR

Senator Wants Answers From Corporate Landlord About Pandemic Evictions : NPR

Zahid Quraishi Confirmed As First Muslim American Federal Judge In U.S. History : NPR

Federal agencies can lift caps on number of employees working on-site, Biden administration announces | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why is Joe Manchin? What the Dems really need to do about their W.Va problem | John L. Micek | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rep. Omar says she wasn’t equating U.S., Israel and terrorists | TribLIVE.com