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Legislature

Wolf, Pa. Democrats again push for passage of LGBTQ discrimination protections · Spotlight PA

Watch: PA Democrats press for new LGBTQ rights (goerie.com)

Wolf, Democrats want quick passage of Fairness Act for LGBTQ rights (goerie.com)

Voter ID shaping up to be the speed bump to slow election reform in Pa. | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

Education advocates target Pennsylvania’s subsidized horse racing fund | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Voting overhaul package passes Pa. House committee — with only GOP support | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GOP’s major election overhaul advances in Pa. House as Democrats call it a ‘farce’ · Spotlight PA

Black Scranton Project Founder named to state commission | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Wolf touts financial benefits of climate change partnerships; lawmakers move to bar participation without their OK | News | tribdem.com

State lawmaker calling for increase to Pa. dog license fee | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Berks Co. Senator, supporters rally in Harrisburg for dog law enforcement funding | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Legislative Approval Of RGGI Deal – WDAC

Centre County officials, constituents say new governor authority restrictions have become political | State News | collegian.psu.edu

Voter ID Proposal Passes PA Senate Panel – WDAC

Pa. Senate committee amends, expands cocktails-to-go bill – Central Penn Business Journal (cpbj.com)

It’s last call — for now for to-go cocktails, as House and Senate jockey over bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Cocktails to-go on the move again in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants to see cocktails-to-go made permanent – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

To-go cocktails in Pennsylvania are coming to an end; outdoor dining to return to pre-pandemic levels (inquirer.com)

Wolf urges Senate to keep cocktails-to-go, some Pa. bar owners lukewarm | TribLIVE.com

Another round? To-go cocktails will continue in PA if Senate acts (timesonline.com)

Senate approves Laughlin Bill to improve day care safety | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Mandatory minimum bill with uncertain future advances in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Panel approves Pa. House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates | TribLIVE.com

Pa. bill adds to nationwide battle against transgender rights in sports, public spaces: ‘It’s just fear-mongering’ – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania lawmakers mull end to extra federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers begin debate on election reform – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Mastriano letter part of U.S. House investigation into Jan. 6 attack on Capitol | WITF

Elections officials, advocates see some to like — but a lot to raise eyebrows — in Pa. House GOP election bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

This year, we need a Pa. budget for the people – not just the powerful | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Regional climate change pacts in Pa. may require legislative approval (timesonline.com)

Lawmakers begin moving election bills, setting up showdown with Wolf | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

CDC designates delta strain of coronavirus as ‘variant of concern’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Many post-coronavirus patients are experiencing ‘long COVID’ problems, study finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. death toll surpasses 600,000 from coronavirus | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With PPP closed and funds waning for other Covid-19 relief programs, SBA ‘leaning in’ to vaccinations – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

N.Y. lifts more covid rules as it hits vaccination mark | TribLIVE.com

California fully reopens after being 1st to shut during pandemic | TribLIVE.com

Blood sample testing supports theory that COVID-19 was present in U.S. before Christmas 2019 – pennlive.com

State/Local

‘We still can make it’: Pa. on track to reach 70% vaccination goal, state’s top doc declares | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Acting physician general says Pa. could still reach 70% vaccination before the state’s mask order expires | WITF

Nearly all Allegheny County seniors at least partially vaccinated against covid, health official says | TribLIVE.com

13 new cases of COVID-19 reported in three-county area | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

1,544 more Berks County residents finish COVID vaccination process | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Only 1 Pa. county has high COVID-19 spread as state positivity test rate falls below 2% – pennlive.com

Robust summer tourism in Poconos could mean new COVID variants (poconorecord.com)

Pennsylvania seeing fewer COVID cases, Monroe sees slight increase (poconorecord.com)

Chester County safest in the nation in pandemic mitigation | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Lancaster County COVID-19 case and death rates drop to lowest levels since start of pandemic | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

Business/Jobs

OSHA unveils long-awaited guidance for employers on Covid-19 issues – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly biz leaders, advocates call for $20M infusion of stimulus cash help Black businesses, community | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Former Scranton cop pleads guilty to bribery | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Pittsburgh’s ShotSpotter data shows first responders were able to help victims even when 911 wasn’t called | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia business owner accused of using $1M PPP loan to buy Florida home, luxury car – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pa. Attorney General alleges Medicaid fraud in Philly for transit and home care (inquirer.com)

FBI, U.S. Attorney looking into Wilkes-Barre church vandalism | News | citizensvoice.com

Former Old Forge Council President Semenza pleads guilty to taking bribes | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

A Pennsylvania National guardsman and another soldier are accused of smuggling migrants from Mexico | WITF

 

Education

Polls Find Support to Increase Funding for Children’s Services | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

College vaccination mandates against COVID-19 top 500 as schools bank on a back-to-normal fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seneca Valley votes to discontinue use of Native American mascot, imagery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APSCUF President Dr. Jamie Martin: ‘The students have to be heard’ | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Families Fight Schools For The Special Education COVID Shut Down : NPR

For students who never returned to the classroom, an ‘extremely hard’ school year comes to an end (inquirer.com)

Before Stonewall, LGBTQ history was made at Bucks County Community College — and then forgotten. Until now. (inquirer.com)

Rich Askey: Say no to largest transfer of taxpayer dollars out of public schools in Pa. history | TribLIVE.com

Loan debt erased for former ITT Tech students over its exaggerated claims – pennlive.com

 

Elections/Politics

Pa. certifies its 2021 primary election results: Here are the final results – pennlive.com

Madeleine Dean won’t run in 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race, further shaping Democratic primary (inquirer.com)

FACTBOX-Republicans erect voting barriers across a number of politically crucial U.S. states | Politics (devdiscourse.com)

Charlie Gerow, longtime Pennsylvania conservative activist, to run for governor in 2022 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Charlie Gerow, longtime Republican strategist, to run for Pennsylvania governor (inquirer.com)

Trump Targets Corman and Argall Over 2020 Election Review | PoliticsPA

As 2022 Looms, Bill McSwain Is Still Swinging Away – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Luzerne County judge rejects election recount request | Times Leader

NEPA Democrats share frustration as national agenda faces hurdles | Times Leader

Trump wanted U.S. Supreme Court to order new election in Pa., other states | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Environment

Louisiana judge blocks Biden administration’s oil and gas leasing pause | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Environmentalists call for Fitzgerald to withdraw support from fracking, petrochemical industries – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Editorial: Lower impact fees mean real pain for local governments | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania DEP inches closer to setting PFAS limits (theintell.com)

PA families with eligible children receive additional SNAP benefits (theintell.com)

 

Transportation

Tolling bridges in Pennsylvania is not the answer to revenue needs for maintenance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

TRAFFIC: Northbound Route 28 ramp to Highland Park Bridge closing for nearly 3 months starting Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority receives unexpected $19.3 milion federal grant for Bus Rapid Transit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia International Airport investing $90M in hopes of becoming East Coast’s ‘premier cargo airport’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Plan would raise, then replace, the gas tax to fund transportation in Pa. | Local News | readingeagle.com

West Hazleton Council planning bridge replacement on Jaycee Drive | News | standardspeaker.com

Reading will take a few months to study dangerous intersections | Local News | readingeagle.com

‘A lot more people’: Johnstown airport sees busiest May for passengers in decade | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Health

Their view: Pandemic Continues in PA nursing homes | Times Leader

Pa. physician general, local health leaders tour UPMC outpatient facility to tout treatment, continue vaccine push | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania opioid drug disaster declaration to continue; most recent data shows 5,399 dead of overdoses in 12 months – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

70% of LGBTQ youth said their mental health was ‘poor’ during COVID-19, survey finds – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

High prices at UPMC’s flagship hospital don’t tell the whole story | WITF

Spike in opioid overdose deaths during pandemic reinforces need for a holistic approach to public health issues | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What you should know during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month | | delcotimes.com

 

State News

Gas impact fees generate $146M for Pennsylvania counties, municipalities | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

As population ages, Pa. task force recommends strategies to combat financial exploitation of elders | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Report: Biden’s immigration proposal would add over $50M to Pa. tax revenue | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After massive landfill expansion approved, Scranton City Council calls for state audit of DEP’s process | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa. found ‘forever chemicals’ in Berks drinking water. Here’s what you need to know | Environment | readingeagle.com

Pa. utility companies say they can meet summer 2021 energy needs | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gas impact fee revenue declines in state; Beaver County to see $425K (timesonline.com)

 

National News

Their view: Big Tech is broken. But can Congress fix it? | Times Leader

In a defeat for the hard right, Southern Baptists elect Ed Litton as their president | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harvey Weinstein to be extradited to California to stand trial on sexual assault charges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israel Hits Hamas With Air Strikes Overnight After Tense 24 Hours : NPR

Southwest ‘in the process of resuming normal operations’ after another crippling system outage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A New Lawsuit Aims To Stop Indiana From Pulling Unemployment Benefits Early : NPR

May retail sales fell 1.3% as Americans spend less on goods | TribLIVE.com

Stocks dip from records ahead of Fed decision on rates | TribLIVE.com

N Korea’s Kim looks much thinner, causing health speculation | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

Girl Scouts stuck with millions of unsold cookies | Money | readingeagle.com

Millions more in stimulus checks are still being sent out by the IRS – pennlive.com

Things to know about Juneteenth – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

On DACA’s anniversary, a Dreamer dreams of a path to citizenship for all | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Black women have always led the fight for reparations. ‘They’re not getting their due,’ historians say | Across America | phillytrib.com

Alton Sterling’s children settle with city of Baton Rouge for $4.5 million | Across America | phillytrib.com

Deadly attacks on Black trans women are going up. This grieving mom is fighting back | Across America | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Dunmore tables zoning ordinance, waits for Scranton vote | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Keith Valley Challenge highlights the gift of giving | Publicspirit | montgomerynews.com

Volunteers of America officials say they were threatened over flags | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre mayor’s recovery plan: Cut fees, issue stimulus checks | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton officials demand Lackawanna County reduce delinquent tax attorney fees | News | thetimes-tribune.com

HCA gets approval for doubling Lehigh River draw | News | standardspeaker.com

Conyngham council listens to residents | News | standardspeaker.com

Houses sold for an average price of more than $302K in May in Cumberland County – pennlive.com

‘This should be the breaking point’: Community outraged by death of 4-year-old girl at busy intersection – pennlive.com

Plans for Martin Tower site head back to Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley planners – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Beaver County, Pittsburgh celebrate Juneteenth (timesonline.com)

Top Erie taxpayers: Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs, Millcreek Mall (goerie.com)

Delaware County moves to acquire Don Guanella property for a county park | News | delcotimes.com

Kennett students help needy in Chester County through raised-bed garden program | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Montgomery County breaks ground on $415M Justice Center in downtown Norristown | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Lancaster cop sprayed boy, mother with chemical irritant during racial justice protests in 2020, new lawsuit claims | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Developer Walnut Capital eyes run-down rowhouses in latest Oakland property acquisition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh launches Pedestrian Safety Action Plan ahead of meeting Wednesday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh concert venues Thunderbird, Roxian ready to get back to business | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About 900 households still without power in the Pittsburgh area | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area priests group releases statement in support of same-sex unions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Repairs underway at North Side plasma donation center where 3 killed in crash | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County studying feasibility of multi-use trail along the Turtle Creek Valley | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh programs among MacKenzie Scott’s $2.7 billion charity donations | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh officials to phase-in return to in-person operations; meetings to remain virtual | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Philly DA finds ‘horrendous abuses of power’ among cops, prosecutors in special report | WITF

Mayor Kenney says Philadelphia’s racial inequity can’t be solved in a year – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Kenney details racial, police reforms a year after George Floyd protests | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly DA turns to residents for solutions to city’s gun violence epidemic | Local News | phillytrib.com

Bill to let Philly voters recall elected officials gets vote | Local News | phillytrib.com

ATV riding in Philadelphia: The culture, the crackdown and what happens if you’re caught (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia parking tax cut proposal is abandoned amid criticism (inquirer.com)

Anna Verna dead at 90: Was first woman to be Philadelphia City Council president (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s skyrocketing murder rate isn’t because of police reform, Mayor Jim Kenney says (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Face to face: Presidents Biden, Putin meet for long-anticipated summit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden picks retired pilot ‘Sully,’ Morgan Stanley’s Nides as envoys | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Military defends response to Jan. 6 riot | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House seeks $100M to help fight domestic extremism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday after key opponent backs down | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden taps big tech critic Lina Khan to chair the Federal Trade Commission, source says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What You Need To Know About The Biden-Putin Summit : NPR

Two GOP lawmakers say they’re getting hundreds of whistleblower complaints from troops – pennlive.com