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Legislature

Job training bill for military members, spouses passes in Senate | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. lawmakers continue to debate over ‘meaningful’ charter reform | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Republicans’ election bill sparks fight between Gov. Tom Wolf, State Rep. Seth Grove (inquirer.com)

GOP election bill sponsor takes case to Wolf news conference | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Senate committee OKs added Sunday hunting days | Local News | tribdem.com

NELLIE BLY SCHOLARSHIP BILL RE-INTRODUCED IN STATE SENATE | WCCS AM1160 & 101.1FM (wccsradio.com)

Why cocktails-to-go legislation faces potential veto in Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Veto-bound mixed-drink to-go bill passes Pennsylvania Senate | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (lewistownsentinel.com)

PA cocktails and drinks-to-go rules – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A Cambria County lawmaker has a plan to make Pa.’s liquor license system more competitive. Will it work? | Mark O’Keefe | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lawmakers Continue Push For Increasing Dog License Fees – ButlerRadio.com – Opera News (dailyadvent.com)

Rebuild the economy by unlocking the power of solar energy | News | northcentralpa.com

Celebrate Juneteenth in Philadelphia this weekend | PhillyVoice

Pennsylvania’s conspiracy kiss-up contest – HotAir

Top Pa. Senate Republican says election audit a “very real possibility” after meeting with activists | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Requirement For Deaths From Contagious Diseases Be Reported To Coroners Passes Senate Committee – WDAC

PennDOT Burden On Local Communities – WDAC

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

Sen. Ward: Voter verification Constitutional amendment passes PA Senate Committee | Community News | shipnc.com

The Voting Rights Protection Act eliminates voter rights and voter protection | PennLive letters – pennlive.com

A new bill in Harrisburg would allow for voters to recall a sitting Governor, Attorney General, and other elected officials | News | northcentralpa.com

Pennsylvania Republicans make voter recall legislation apply only to Philadelphia election officials (inquirer.com)

7 ideas to improve Pa. with unprecedented funding in the state budget | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget | Times Leader

Wolf’s climate course targeted | Opinion | citizensvoice.com

Latest F&M poll shows Wolf job rating drop, broad support for controversial voting law changes | WITF

New poll shows broad support for voter ID in Pa. | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Poll: Majority supports voter ID, signature verification in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Letter: Legislation would ensure patients get needed care | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Senate committee unanimously passes property tax relief bill for disabled veterans | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Reducing gun violence requires a COVID-19 pandemic response | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Just in time for your post-lockdown summer, Pa. lawmaker wants to rein in fireworks | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

U.S. pumps $3.2 billion into covid-fighting antiviral effort | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can artificial intelligence predict how sick you’ll get from COVID-19? Scientists think so | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Data show vaccine variance by race | Local News | tribdem.com

State/Local

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

Duquesne University offers employees extra day off if vaccinated; those who decline pay their own COVID-19 bills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn Medicine’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees just got a boost from a Texas court (inquirer.com)

New NEPA COVID-19 cases drop to level of almost a year ago | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

‘More harm than good’: Most Pa. prisoners are vaxxed, but isolating COVID rules remain | WITF

Pa.’s first lady and acting physician general hold COVID-19 panel for youth | WITF

First Lady Wolf, Physician General, Teen Advocates emphasize vaccine safety for teens and young adults | The Bucks County Herald

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

Emotional homecoming for Chester County man who spent 6 months in hospital fighting COVID-19 | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Pitt giving cash, prizes to students, staff receiving COVID-19 vaccine (timesonline.com)

 

Business/Jobs

U.S. jobless claims tick up for first time in months, rising to 412,000 a week after hitting pandemic low | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Houlahan demands release of funds to shuttered venues | Local-news | dailylocal.com

SBA launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ program application | Business | dailylocal.com

As restrictions drop, Pa. businesses face a new challenge: finding employees | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Fayette undersea warfare systems company will expand in North Union, add 36 new jobs | TribLIVE.com

Big Lots, T.J. Maxx, Crate & Barrel and other new businesses now open or coming soon in central Pa. – pennlive.com

Entire staff at Pa. Family Dollar store quits with a handwritten note on the door – pennlive.com

OSHA fines USPS nearly $237K for safety violations at Lehigh Valley hub. Union leader says improvements are on the way – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

What city and state officials can do to prioritize Pennsylvania’s small- and minority-owned businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

IRS backlog makes EIDL grants, other Covid-19 relief programs hard to access – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The labor shortage is driving pay higher. It also means big bonuses. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Permission for many outdoor dining areas revoked as PLCB resumes pre-pandemic rules | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

As deadline looms, LG Health employees could face termination for bucking new vaccine policy | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Bucks, Montco police focus on the pros, cons of body cameras (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania attorney general says West Mifflin towing company ripped off consumers; settlement calls for refunds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aiming for ‘an understanding’: ATF agents give media a look at use-of-force training | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Peck: Pre-K investments can keep kids out of prison | TribLIVE.com

 

Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools faces lingering bus seat shortage issues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools faces lingering bus seat shortage issues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Burrell School Board passes final budget with 3.5% real estate tax increase | TribLIVE.com

Crestwood School Board passes final budget with 3.7% tax increase | Times Leader

Greater Nanticoke Area approves 4.5% increase in property tax rate | Education | citizensvoice.com

Greater Nanticoke School Board asks Landmesser to resign | Times Leader

Colleges and universities experience decline in student enrollments | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Carlisle School Board to change policy that would prohibit employee’s speech on political, social movements (abc27.com)

Op-Ed: Gov. Wolf’s education funding claims are false. Here’s the truth | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Higher ed’s biggest disrupters including SNHU, University of Phoenix and Arizona State stand to receive billions with Pell grant expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Parents sue over Black Lives Matter lessons in Lehigh Valley school district – lehighvalleylive.com

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania’s conspiracy kiss-up contest – HotAir

Democrats waiting for Conor Lamb as Pa.’s 2022 Senate race takes shape | TribLIVE.com

Defeated Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto outspent Gainey more than 3 times in primary race, filings show | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allentown Democratic mayoral candidates spent $330,000 combined on primary race, including $125,000 in final two weeks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pompeo unveils PAC, demurs on possible 2024 presidential bid | TribLIVE.com

Pa. Latino Convention returns to Reading, aims to tackle poverty, health inequities and other issues | WITF

Charlie Gerow running for GOP spot for Pa. governor (abc27.com)

Reader Poll: Who Should Democrats Nominate for U.S. Senate in 2022? | PoliticsPA

Pennsylvania 2022 election: State House candidate announces run | Centre Daily Times

‘Potential crisis for democracy’: Threats to election workers could spur mass retirements – POLITICO

 

Environment

Customized Energy Solutions Ltd. in Philadelphia helps make wind, solar power work (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania speed cameras: 1 in 4 drivers sped through work zones – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Restoration of rail service in West Chester essential | Opinion | dailylocal.com

 

Health

Pa. dentists struggle to see more patients for cleanings, X-rays and more as pandemic wanes (inquirer.com)

Outpatient drug treatment center opens in Hazleton with focus on healing community | News | standardspeaker.com

Howard Lurie: On transgender kids, children’s brains, and perception vs. biology (broadandliberty.com)

Mental Health Worsens For Parents, Other Unpaid Caregivers During COVID-19 : Shots – Health News : NPR

Sale of Erie nursing home Saint Mary’s East is final: $13M (goerie.com)

Expanding access to ‘Ready to Drink’ cocktails will harm public health | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A lawmaker claimed Pa. has seen a ‘large uptick’ in alcohol-related incidents; state police data says otherwise | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Report: Pennsylvania casino revenues top $413 million in May | TribLIVE.com

You can get ticks tested for free | Outdoors | readingeagle.com

An inside look at York County’s new $2 million morgue – pennlive.com

PennDOT’s Riverfront Office will reopen on June 21 for driver licensing and photos – pennlive.com

Money, power, scandal: The PSERS saga, explained | WITF

New study reveals economic benefits of naturalizing Pa.’s undocumented immigrants | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Students and young leaders Dems share pandemic reflections | Local-news | dailylocal.com

West Rockhill can appeal natural gas compressor station, PA court says (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Tom Ridge health update after stroke: What we know (goerie.com)

Pa. preserves 30 farms, more than 2,300 acres, to the tune of $5.1M | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

Arizona gunman kills 1, injures 12 at eight sites across three cities in apparently random rampage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court dismisses third challenge to ‘Obamacare,’ preserving health insurance for millions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court unanimously rejects Philly’s decision to drop religious foster agency over same-sex marriage stance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Philadelphia in Catholic Social Services foster parents case (inquirer.com)

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify | WITF

Iran votes in presidential election that appears tipped in hard-liner’s favor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. DeSantis to send Florida police to Mexico border | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CVS unsecured database accidentally posted; leaked search records (abc27.com)

U.S. Mint to honor notable American women on quarters (abc27.com)

Juneteenth Is Now A U.S. Holiday. Here’s One Woman Behind The Decades-Long Fight : NPR

The War on Drugs turns 50 today. It’s time to make peace. | Across America | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Tarentum’s revitalization kicks into gear with Depot groundbreaking | TribLIVE.com

‘I just hope that everybody drives safely’: Sharpsburg residents split on town becoming Highland Park Bridge detour | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County Council set to vote on outside legal counsel next week | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre council votes to reduce cost of garbage bags and meter parking rate | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton Tax Collector Bill Fox accuses Cognetti of trying to influence labor negotiations with audit request | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton’s creditworthiness improves | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Houses in Perry County sold for about $13K more than in Dauphin County in May – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania company Netizen among fastest growing U.S. firms fighting cyberattacks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lancaster raises the Juneteenth flag for the first time | WITF

Local organic farm found in contempt for repeated violations of food safety laws; penalty under negotiation | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County’s Black cemeteries honor history of those buried there (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Juneteenth: Erie locals express importance of the holiday’s history (goerie.com)

Marvel comic book hero: Erie EMS responder featured in new comic book (goerie.com)

East Parkside residents oppose proposed apartment development | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Pitt

Vice President Harris, labor secretary to visit Pittsburgh on Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Expanding its footprint: Pitt makes two big property buys in Oakland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rivers Casino resumes construction of ‘Landing Hotel Pittsburgh’ | TribLIVE.com

Advocacy groups gather in Pittsburgh to call for divestment in policing, reinvestment in community needs | TribLIVE.com

Critical Mass brings power, fun, and community to riding bikes in Pittsburgh | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh poised for history-making election of its first Black mayor this fall | State & Region | phillytrib.com

 

Philly

Philadelphia City Council strikes budget deal with anti-violence funding, smaller tax cuts (inquirer.com)

More than 25 pools in Philly won’t be able to open this year due to lifeguard shortages (inquirer.com)

World Cup 2026: Philadelphia bid gets boost from Wawa as FIFA gets to know city (inquirer.com)

With a second term in sight, Larry Krasner has a lot of work left to do | Opinion (inquirer.com)

New data signals pandemic recovery for Center City hotels in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia townhouse market booms with record-high prices, pre-sales – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Advocates praise Philly pre-K, explain missed enrollment targets – WHYY

Philly City Council strikes ‘historic’ anti-violence funding deal as budget talks drag on | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

‘How they would rejoice’: Pittsburgh community, politicians react to Juneteenth becoming a national holiday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Putin praises summit result, calls Biden a tough negotiator | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democrats eye $6T plan on infrastructure, Medicare, immigration | TribLIVE.com

Putin revises history of 1/6 | Opinion | citizensvoice.com

US senators unveil legislation to crack down on cybercrimes (abc27.com)

Andrew Abramczyk: Biden’s “Infrastructure” plan shows why we can’t have nice things (broadandliberty.com)

GOP State Leaders Fight Biden Over COVID-19 Relief Funds : NPR

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