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

Watch: PA Democrats press for new LGBTQ rights (

Wolf, Democrats want quick passage of Fairness Act for LGBTQ rights (

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

Education advocates target Pennsylvania’s subsidized horse racing fund | Smart Talk (

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 |

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

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

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

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Legislative Approval Of RGGI Deal – WDAC

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

Voter ID Proposal Passes PA Senate Panel – WDAC

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

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

Cocktails to-go on the move again in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

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

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

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

Another round? To-go cocktails will continue in PA if Senate acts (

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

Mandatory minimum bill with uncertain future advances in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

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

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

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

Pennsylvania lawmakers begin debate on election reform – The Morning Call (

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 (

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

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

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19


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 (

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

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

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


‘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 |

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

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

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

Robust summer tourism in Poconos could mean new COVID variants (

Pennsylvania seeing fewer COVID cases, Monroe sees slight increase (

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

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



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

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



Former Scranton cop pleads guilty to bribery | Crime-Emergency |

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 (

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

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

Former Old Forge Council President Semenza pleads guilty to taking bribes | Crime-Emergency |

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



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 (

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 (

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

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

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



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

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

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

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 (

Trump Targets Corman and Argall Over 2020 Election Review | PoliticsPA

As 2022 Looms, Bill McSwain Is Still Swinging Away – DV Journal (

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 (



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 (

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

Pennsylvania DEP inches closer to setting PFAS limits (

PA families with eligible children receive additional SNAP benefits (



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 (

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

West Hazleton Council planning bridge replacement on Jaycee Drive | News |

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

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



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 |

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

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

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 (

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


State News

Gas impact fees generate $146M for Pennsylvania counties, municipalities | Business |

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 |

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

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

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


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 |

Stocks dip from records ahead of Fed decision on rates |

N Korea’s Kim looks much thinner, causing health speculation | National News |

Girl Scouts stuck with millions of unsold cookies | Money |

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

Things to know about Juneteenth – The Morning Call (

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

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

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

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


Local News

Dunmore tables zoning ordinance, waits for Scranton vote | News |

Keith Valley Challenge highlights the gift of giving | Publicspirit |

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

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

Scranton officials demand Lackawanna County reduce delinquent tax attorney fees | News |

HCA gets approval for doubling Lehigh River draw | News |

Conyngham council listens to residents | News |

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

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

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

Beaver County, Pittsburgh celebrate Juneteenth (

Top Erie taxpayers: Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs, Millcreek Mall (

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

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

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

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



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 (

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

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



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 (

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia parking tax cut proposal is abandoned amid criticism (

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

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



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 –