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Should Pa. lawmakers implement voter ID requirements? | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Poll shows support for early voting and more funding for Pa. elections | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

malcolm kenyatta voting rights protection act pennsylvania (inquirer.com)

Majority of Pennsylvanians support major changes to election law, F&M poll shows | Local News | readingeagle.com

Poll shows COVID-19 concerns sharply decline, government and politicians top concern | News | standardspeaker.com

Republicans continue push against tolling nine state bridges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Wolf designating $5 million to combat gun violence (poconorecord.com)

Our Readers Say: Sheriff opposes House Bill 659 regarding concealed weapons | Opinion | mainlinemedianews.com

As more college students go hungry, Pa. lawmakers look at funding campus food banks, more – pennlive.com

Wolf again vows to deny legislation restricting access to abortion in Pennsylvania.Featured Articles – Pennsylvania News Today

Reintroduced bills would limit amount of chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water – Opera News (dailyadvent.com)

Letter: State senator is right to oppose emergency bill | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Senator Muth Requests Access to Information on PSERS Case | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

Sen. Muth demands access to information in PSERS case | Local-news | dailylocal.com

State Democrats want to fix Pennsylvania’s ‘toxic schools’ (abc27.com)

Rally outside state capitol calls for investing in urban communities (abc27.com)

‘A once in a lifetime opportunity’: House, Senate Dems want to use stimulus cash to address lead, asbestos in Pa. schools | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Senate approves drinks-to-go measure to help restaurants and bars – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. Senate passes to-go cocktail bill, but amendment could doom it (goerie.com)

Veto-bound mixed-drink to-go bill passes Pennsylvania Senate – 6abc Philadelphia

‘We are running out of time.’ Senate advances legislation to make to-go cocktails permanent | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf, lawmakers spar over controversial amendments to Pennsylvania’s cocktails to-go bill – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Central Pa. restaurant and bar owners: Ceasing cocktails to-go is ‘heartless’ to industry – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania drinks to go: Takeout cocktails controversy persists – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

Sunday hunting bill among 3 sent to full Pa. Senate (ydr.com)

Solar and wind projects get the go-ahead in Pa. Senate environmental committee | News | northcentralpa.com

House approves Roae bill to save school districts money | News | meadvilletribune.com

Our opinion: Senate’s decision is shortsighted | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Martin bill adds cyber charter discount for districts, cuts proposed commission to circumvent school boards | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Advocates support most of Pa. medical marijuana update bill, but have concerns about pesticides, remediation | ABC27

State senator proposes alternative to PennDOT’s bridge tolling plan (abc27.com)

Judiciary backs Estrella nomination as victim advocate | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Guest editorial | Open window for abuse survivors | Editorials | tribdem.com

Billboard asks PA Senate GOP to give abuse victims ‘chance at justice’ (poconorecord.com)

Gov. Wolf weighs in on joining the RGGI, how to prevent an energy crisis, lifting mask mandates earlier than June 28 and more.

Democrat lawmakers bring back push for statewide LGBTQ anti-discrimination law | WITF

Longtime gaming opponent Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler returns campaign contributions from ‘games of skill’ PAC | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

@WHYYUnion: This week, the Philly + SE delegations of the Pa. Senate wrote a letter to

@WHYY management, urging a deal that honors fair pay + affordable health care.

“These are the kind of baseline employment benefits we fight for on behalf of our constituents every day.”#WeMakeWHYY IMAGE

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

Would you get your COVID-19 vaccine at McDonald’s? (abc27.com)

EU Members Agree To Lift Travel Restrictions On U.S. Tourists : NPR

COVID-19 vaccine not as effective for transplant patients (goerie.com)

Regeneron drug reduces COVID-19 patient deaths in large study | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccine effort turns into slog as infectious variant spreads across U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State/Local

Pennsylvania unlikely to hit scheduled target for vaccinations | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

CDC: Nearly 100% of Pennsylvania’s 65+ residents have at least 1 covid shot | TribLIVE.com

Fired Pa. contractor seeks to secure contact tracing data after learning personal info still online · Spotlight PA

Concern for COVID-19 plunges in Pennsylvania, new poll finds | Health | lancasteronline.com

Is your Lancaster County health care provider vaccinated against COVID-19? Local health systems keep info guarded | Health | lancasteronline.com

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to drop | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

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

COVID-19 vaccine: 25% of Erie County teens have been vaccinated (goerie.com)

Doylestown Health invites visitors to dine, shop and get vaccinated (theintell.com)

Montgomery County COVID-19 data hub and dashboards recognized for excellence | News | mainlinemedianews.com

In Allegheny County, 420 ‘breakthrough’ covid cases out of more than 600K fully vaccinated residents | TribLIVE.com

More than 700 residents added to county’s fully vaccinated list | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

 

Business/Jobs

SBA significantly expands access to Targeted EIDL Advance grants. Here’s who is eligible. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA-Targeted-EIDL-Advance-grant-RRF-covid-relief-loan – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

2 warehouses in West Donegal Township’s Conewago Industrial Park sold for $21M | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Struggling to find workers, Dorney Park lightens operating schedule – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lumber prices falling, businesses still concerned | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Report: More people dipped out of labor pool in southwestern Pennsylvania compared to national average | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Latinas have left the workforce at the highest rate during the pandemic, report shows (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Norristown PD takes action on use of illegal ATVs, dirt bikes | Local News | timesherald.com

Charles Roca named Allentown’s interim police chief; first Latino officer to lead department – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Tredyffrin Township makes history by putting four female police officers on streets | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Central Bucks police departments deliver help on front lines of addiction (theintell.com)

York City Council approves $280K purchase of body and in-car cameras (yorkdispatch.com)

 

Education

Conversation, compromise needed to craft effective charter school reform [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Solanco plans fall return with full-time instruction, optional masks and vaccines | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Columbus Day Rift: N.J. School District Scraps Holiday Names : NPR

New $2.5M fund aims to inspire colleges to pursue mergers, partnerships – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The pandemic hit these Pa. students hard. They’re looking to a better tomorrow | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Black professors push Penn State to diversify and confront racism | State & Region | phillytrib.com

After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound | News | phillytrib.com

Lessons on racism, BLM, are anti-Christian discrimination, Pennsylvania lawsuit alleges – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Parents sue over Black Lives Matter lessons in Pa. school district – pennlive.com

Pa. school district accused of failing to address repeated bullying of 14-year-old boy – pennlive.com

Reading School District holds the line on taxes in 2021-22 budget | Local News | readingeagle.com

Reading High principal selected to lead Harrisburg School District | Local News | readingeagle.com

Central Bucks School District accused of giving male teachers preferential treatment in hiring | The Bucks County Herald

Facing staffing shortage, Pittsburgh Public Schools may ‘significantly’ cut summer program enrollment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

LIU: Converted Army Reserve building should open to students this fall | Times Leader

Monday meeting is about relocating Dodson Elementary students to Mackin in Wilkes-Barre | Education | citizensvoice.com

 

Elections/Politics

Utah GOP lawmaker who travelled to Arizona vote recount wants similar election audit in his state (theworldnews.net)

Which ‘Friend of Donald’ Will Trump Back in Pennsylvania Senate Primary? | Newsmax.com

Dean won’t run for Senate: Gerow to run for governor – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Philadelphia-area congresswoman says she won’t run for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2022 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Republicans have a path to winning in 2022, and it doesn’t involve touting Trump – pennlive.com

Podcast: AG Shapiro on GOP voter suppression and The Big Lie (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

2022 GOP Hopefuls Shred Wolf and Election Laws at PLC | PoliticsPA

How a Trump ally rode Trump’s election fraud lie to political prominence – POLITICO

(162) Zama – A New Kind of Leadership – YouTube

Editorial: No excuse for silence about change at county elections office | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County drops 17,420 voters | Times Leader

Election board certifies results of May 18 primary; complaints continue about election problems | Election | citizensvoice.com

 

Environment

Brookhaven clean-up could take months | Local-news | delcotimes.com

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Op-Ed: Environmental protection needs more funding in PA (ydr.com)

The dreaded spotted lanternfly is back in force | The Bucks County Herald

Pennsylvania pests: Deadly poison hemlock re-emerging; officials on lookout for spotted lanternfly compliance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

To protect public safety and preserve infrastructure, Pa. should not allow heavier trucks on its highways | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Billions of dollars for transportation diverted away from construction projects | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Passenger numbers at Lehigh Valley airport continue to soar but haven’t yet reached pre-COVID heights – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

SEPTA Bristol station to get a $30 million, ADA upgrade (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Mahanoy crosswalk project almost ready to seek bids | News | standardspeaker.com

Tarentum Bridge closing spurs more foot traffic across the span | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak, Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis is an ongoing pandemic | Today in Pa. – pennlive.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)

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

Former York Memorial Hospital sells for $1.5 million (abc27.com)

New $125M Belmont Behavioral Hospital set to open in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Braeburn resubmits new drug application for experimental opioid use disorder treatment Brixadi – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Editorial | Windber hospital leads way as local medical centers shine | News | tribdem.com

Mychalejko: Conversion therapy is a barbaric abuse of LGBTQ youth (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

State News

Tom Ridge: Ex-Pennsylvania governor hospitalized after stroke – CNNPolitics

Friends wish former Gov. Tom Ridge well after he suffers stroke (goerie.com)

Aide says former Homeland Security head, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge had stroke | TribLIVE.com

Former Pa. Gov. Ridge hospitalized after stroke, in critical but stable condition | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

L&I celebrates new unemployment system wins, but advocates say problems remain | WITF

What is PSERS? A look inside the Pa. pension fund being investigated by the FBI | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lead Free Promise Project to launch campaign to combating lead poisoning in Pa. (abc27.com)

United Way reports positive outlook and goals for new year during annual report | Local News | tribdem.com

Online forum on autism and the courts set for western, NW PA (goerie.com)

Our View: Give blood, save a life | Times Leader

Wawa vs. Sheetz: Let’s look at some stats leading up to the big debate | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

 

National News

Airlines, Banks And Other Companies Across The World Hit In Latest Web Outage : NPR

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From : NPR

Tech Bytes: Facebook researchers can identify source of deepfakes, Spotify launches live audio app, Google opens first retail store | ABC27

After 50 Years Of The War On Drugs, ‘What Good Is It Doing For Us?’ : NPR

A New Peloton Problem: Hackers Can Access Personal Data : NPR

Former Ohio House Speaker Is Expelled After His Indictment : NPR

Why the Second Amendment protects a ‘ well-regulated’ militia but not a private citizen militia | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

More than 4 million fear eviction as housing crisis worsens with federal moratorium set to expire – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Casinos’ online win still growing despite return of gamblers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Fed sees earlier time frame for rate hikes with inflation up | National and World | dailylocal.com

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Japan easing Tokyo’s coronavirus state of emergency about month before Summer Olympics (inquirer.com)

Chinese crewed spaceship docks with new space station | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas Gov. Abbott to mix $250M state ‘down payment’ with crowdsourcing to build border wall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dahleen Glanton: What we’re getting wrong about Juneteenth | Times Leader

 

Local News

Farmland Trust calls for massive acceleration of money, effort to preserve farmland | Local News | lancasteronline.com

6 community centers getting free Wi-Fi from Comcast as digital programming continues | Local News | lancasteronline.com

In a first, Lancaster County recognizes Juneteenth with proclamation | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pa. lawmakers condemn Ocean City, Md. police for arrest of Harrisburg teens – pennlive.com

Maryland NAACP addresses Ocean City police incident involving Harrisburg teens (abc27.com)

Community saddened by loss of Manchester Park Program over funding issues (abc27.com)

Bimbo Bakeries opens new sales center in Montgomery County | Business | delcotimes.com

Richland Community Days canceled for 2021, festival organizers announce | Local News | tribdem.com

Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week returns with delicious deals at 13 popular spots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Camp Hill holds a grand opening for its newest park – pennlive.com

Celebrate Juneteenth in the Poconos this weekend (poconorecord.com)

US citizenship: 15 become new citizens at Erie Federal Courthouse ceremony (goerie.com)

Bucks County pools faces lifeguard shortages after pandemic summer (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks to host hazardous waste recycling event at Central Bucks South (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Solebury sees environmental hazard in deer | The Bucks County Herald

Reading learns about the $61 million it will receive from the American Rescue Plan | Local News | readingeagle.com

Lawrence County officials submit proposals for funding for projects (timesonline.com)

Schuylkill County preserves farm by buying conservation easement | News | standardspeaker.com

Majority Lackawanna County commissioners vote to solicit proposals for countywide property reassessment | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Railroad’s old retaining wall crumbles in Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Developer buying former Lackawanna County Visitors Center for $1.25 million | News | thetimes-tribune.com

New Kensington community to celebrate Juneteenth | TribLIVE.com

Forty Fort mayor cited after dispute over WVW executive session | Times Leader

Vote will pave way to release of $2 million for Irem Temple project | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Saturday Night Market to return to Downtown Pittsburgh and run through October | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘A very vibrant neighborhood’: Downtown developer targets East Liberty for more apartments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council discusses bill to increase pay for lifeguards at Pittsburgh pools | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is Trump still president? Are aliens in cahoots with NASA? New Pitt lab to fight disinformation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh city employees will begin returning to their offices next week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wanted in Pittsburgh: Lifeguards willing to ‘get a free tan’ for $11-$15 per hour | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Former law firm leader David Antzis seeks to raise $1M from his peers to combat food insecurity – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Luxury townhomes coming to former Snyderman’s Gulf site in Old City – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

West Philly vies to host the nation’s official Juneteenth celebration | WITF

City Council bill aims to protect neighbors from construction accidents (inquirer.com)

Free Library of Philadelphia struggles to return to pre-coronavirus normal as city reopens (inquirer.com)

Consuewella Dotson Africa, longtime MOVE member, dies at 67 (inquirer.com)

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

 

Washington

Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday (abc27.com)

House Passes Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday : NPR

Biden Admin Extends Protections To Transgender Students : NPR

Title IX protects transgender students, Biden’s Education Department says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Survivors Of Violence Can Seek Asylum In U.S. After Justice Department Ruling : NPR

Bipartisan infrastructure pitch gains steam on Capitol Hill as Biden weighs in from Europe | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Housing is not infrastructure. Housing is housing,’ Pa.’s Toomey says as mayors plead for help to alleviate housing crisis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden and Putin say their summit was constructive as the world waits for results | WITF

Rep. Scott Perry votes against gold medal for police in Capitol riot (poconorecord.com)

Commissioner Josh Parsons warns against new infrastructure spending in senate testimony | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Senate committee approves bipartisan $78 billion rail and transportation safety bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manchin outlines demands on voting legislation, creating opening for potential Democratic compromise | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette