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Legislature

Democratic state senators are pushing for stricter standards for the natural gas industry – WLVR FM

A push to increase oversight and transparency of Pa. fracking industry | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Pa highways, bridges: Tolls, taxes, mileage-based fees mulled (goerie.com)

Lawmakers updated on local Expressway project – The Mon Valley Independent

Did PA Government Policies Cost State Steelworker Jobs? | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

PA Turnpike Commission gives update on Mon-Fayette Expressway (wtae.com)

Pa highways, bridges: Tolls, taxes, mileage-based fees mulled (ydr.com)

Highways, bridges: PennDOT eyes tolling with $8.1 billion shortfall. (ydr.com)

Pittsburgh-area leaders press for federal funds to finally build northern section of Mon-Fayette Expressway | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Lawmakers Sponsors Bill That Would Allow Teenagers To Get Vaccines Without Parents’ Consent – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Proposal would boost tax credits to $125 million to attract more film, TV production to Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania legislation would ensure in-state tuition for military families | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania’s budget battle takes shape | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A Q&A with Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. lawmakers look to begin chipping away at Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster order | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Lt. Gov. Fetterman defies law to mark start of Pride Month – pennlive.com

Arizona’s partisan GOP election audit draws Pennsylvania lawmakers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

As part of continuing efforts to discredit 2020 election, Arizona GOP election audit draws Pa. GOP lawmakers | WITF

Don’t count undated mail ballots, Wolf administration tells Pennsylvania counties in siding with GOP – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

In last-minute reversal, Philly commissioners won’t count undated ballots | WITF

Philadelphia elections officials reject undated mail ballots amid Wolf warning, impeachment threat (inquirer.com)

Pa. County Commissioners say they want lawmakers to finish key pieces of election reform before summer recess | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why Pa. needs a ‘Red Flag’ law: 72 hours could save your life | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘These folks are not Hannibal Lecter’: Push to reform Pa. second-degree murder statute continues | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Schuylkill County receives $980,000 in blight remediation grants | News | standardspeaker.com

It’s official: Part of Route 981 to be renamed for late state Rep. Mike Reese | TribLIVE.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

A COVID-19 Vaccine Could Get West Virginians Cash, Guns Or Trips : NPR

West Virginia to give away guns and trucks in coronavirus vaccine lottery – pennlive.com

Why Scientists Worry About The CDC’s Approach To COVID Breakthrough Infections : Shots – Health News : NPR

Latin American Countries Struggle To Contain COVID-19 : NPR

Vaccine Data On Race Varies Widely Among States, Making Outreach Difficult : Shots – Health News : NPR

Grocery worker: Please keep wearing your mask in stores, for my safety | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Chris Kelly Opinion: ‘New normal’ feels like the ‘old weird’ | Chris-kelly | thetimes-tribune.com

Moderna seeks full FDA approval for its covid-19 vaccine | TribLIVE.com

State

Editorial: Government shouldn’t be able to require vaccine passports | Opinion | mdjonline.com

Did PA Government Policies Cost State Steelworker Jobs? | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Pennsylvania has lifted nearly all COVID-19 restrictions. What happens next – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

MAP: Where coronavirus is in Pennsylvania – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Coronavirus positivity rate continues to drop in SE Pa. | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Local

Philadelphia lifts Covid-19 business restrictions and capacity limits – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Only 1 Pa. county has high spread of COVID-19, as statewide positive test rate drops to 3.8% – pennlive.com

Berks County’s Do Your Part initiative to combat COVID earns national achievement award | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Berks County adds 68 new COVID cases over 3-day period | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Erie’s Tinseltown, Movies at Meadville ease COVID-19 restrictions (goerie.com)

COVID-19 in Erie County: Current number of hospitalized patients is ‘manageable.’ (goerie.com)

Coronavirus positivity rate continues to drop in SE Pa. | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Luzerne County nears halfway mark for full vaccinations | Times Leader

Chester County survey reveals pandemic confidence level returning | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Weekend drop in COVID-19 cases brings average below 1,000 cases a day | Local News | tribdem.com

COVID-19 cases continue to point down as NEPA records 24 new cases | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

9 more COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Allegheny County covid case average hits lowest mark since last June | TribLIVE.com

 

Business/Jobs

TD Bank launching $105M equity fund to help minority-owned businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. starts June as nation’s fifth-biggest bank on completion of $11.6B deal for BBVA USA – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Community, law enforcement job fairs to take place in Harrisburg – pennlive.com

Pittsburgh region gained 150,000 jobs from April 2020 to April 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gerrity’s announces new bonus for employees | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Western Pa. restaurants struggle to open at full capacity as most covid restrictions end | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Vatican changes law to criminalize sexual abuse of adults by priests, ‘grooming’ of children – pennlive.com

Hazleton police will be required to remove language barriers in settlement with Justice Department – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Congress can’t do much about fixing local police. But it can tie strings to federal grants | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Reading approves a new contract with its police officers but not without some opposition | Local News | readingeagle.com

Heroin epidemic: York County man to serve up to 15 years in overdose (ydr.com)

Police reform cannot be fully realized until we eliminate qualified immunity | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Life sentence handed down in 2018 Old Conemaugh Borough homicide | News | tribdem.com

Zappala: No plea deals to Black attorney who called his office ‘systematically racist’ | TribLIVE.com

 

Education

West Chester University looks to build more student housing amid growing enrollment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Have snow days melted off Pa. school calendars? – pennlive.com

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium set for full capacity for 2021 football season | WITF

Penn State to repeal most COVID masking requirements starting June 28 | WITF

Penn mandates vaccine for all staff, faculty and doctoral trainees | WITF

Hey, Penn State students and employees: Need an extra $1,000? Get vaccinated against COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Six Pa. State System universities could be consolidated. What to know ahead of four public meetings | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

College athletes should be compensated for use of their names, images | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: More information needed before school budget votes | Times Leader

Penn State’s COVID-19-related financial losses in athletics during pandemic not as bad as first feared (inquirer.com)

They Kept Schools Running as Covid Raged: ‘We Had to Be Here’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Spring-Ford School District moving carefully in navigating issues of race, inclusivity | News | dailylocal.com

West Rockhill Elementary School garden offers hands-on STEM education (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Hazleton Public Transit holds groundbreaking for bus facility in Hazle Twp. | News | standardspeaker.com

North Schuylkill board hears need to expand Trap Club opportunities | News | standardspeaker.com

Change in collection of student debt will benefit students, AG’s office says | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

School of the Week: Northeast High EOP program helps adults obtain high school diplomas | The Learning Key | phillytrib.com

 

Elections/Politics

New Deep Canvassing Campaign for 2022 Aims to Bolster Progressive Power in Congress | Common Dreams News

The Brewing Political Battle Over Critical Race Theory : NPR

Trump Alums’ Landing Spots Show The GOP Divide Trump Created : NPR

CNN: PA Senate Seat Stays as Most Likely To Flip In Latest 2022 Ratings | PoliticsPA

Winner emerges in Reading district judge race that was too close to call | Elections | readingeagle.com

District Court 19-1-01: York County to recount Democratic primary (ydr.com)

Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law spurring new tensions over elections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

County leaders press for more time to deal with mail-in ballots | Local News | tribdem.com

Write-in vote tabulation could finish Wednesday | Election | standardspeaker.com

 

Environment

Here Are America’s Top Methane Emitters. Some Will Surprise You. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Mariner East 2 pipeline in West Goshen develops small leak; evacuations not ordered | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Transportation

Pa. cities could see 15 new round trips as part of Amtrak proposal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Scudder-Falls Toll Bridge reduced to single lane Friday (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

One-lane-only travel NJ-bound at Scudder Fall Bridge Thursday and Friday mornings this week | The Bucks County Herald

Callowhill Road to close next week for pipe replacement in Hilltown Township | The Bucks County Herald

Looming closure of Tarentum Bridge prompts planning by police, drivers | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Eleven generic versions of an HIV drug were rushed to market. And list prices went up. Why? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Blood donations needed as cancer patients resume care after challenging year | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

Now proven against coronavirus, mRNA can do so much more | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

 

State News

How Wilkes-Barre’s Hobbled Main Street Survived the Pandemic ‘Asteroid’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Editorial: Stormy seas at PSERS (goerie.com)

Report: Teacher pension error traced to single miscalculation in April 2015 | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Internal PSERS documents show how Pa’s biggest pension fund got key financial calculation wrong · Spotlight PA

PSERS bet big on this scrubs brand whose IPO boosted a Steelers owner’s billions (inquirer.com)

Three Pa. dogs are semifinalists for 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania tax collections continue rebound from pandemic | WITF

Pa. Haitian community hails temporary protected status, questions immigration future | WITF

These are the best and worst places in the U.S. to raise a family. How’d Pa. do? | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system goes offline Thursday (ydr.com)

PA laws give counties discretion over unclaimed dead notifications (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

National News

No Meat Price Hike If JBS Rebounds Fast After Ransomware Attack : NPR

After cyberattack, meat producer JBS expects most plants to reopen Wednesday – pennlive.com

Meat producer JBS says most plants working after cyberattack; White House assessing any potential impact on the nation’s meat supply – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Hacking outfit linked to Russia is behind JBS cyberattack, sources say | TribLIVE.com

A Guide to Understanding Gender Identity and Pronouns : NPR

Instagram Youth Won’t Help Preteens On Social Media, Parents Say : NPR

Here Are The Texas GOP’s Reasons For Voting Restrictions — And Why Critics Disagree : NPR

Texas Power Grid Changes May Not Be Enough To Prevent Blackouts : NPR

Johnson & Johnson: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of $2 Billion Talc Verdict : NPR

Bottled water manufacturer ordered to cease production after reports of liver failure, hepatitis – pennlive.com

School district suspends teacher after he opposes using students’ preferred pronouns – pennlive.com

Mass layoff by former Shop-Vac owners violated WARN Act, ex-employee claims in lawsuit – pennlive.com

Pallet makers hit by supply shortages as demand takes off: ‘Unfortunately it’s gonna affect everything’ – pennlive.com

N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Tightens Ahead of Crucial In-Person Debate – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Veteran politician Herzog elected president of Israel | News | tribdem.com

Chauvin faces hearing on federal charges in Floyd’s death | Across America | phillytrib.com

‘Still on the farm’: NY State Police struggles to diversify | News | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

50th National Memorial Day returns a sense of ‘normalcy’ | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Pa. lawmakers discuss plan to keep R-Phils in Baseballtown | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Elected officials pledge to find funding for Fightin Phils stadium in Reading | Local News | readingeagle.com

Retiring Lower Salford police officers Brian Kriebel, Kim Kratz represent ‘firsts’ in Montgomery County | News | montgomerynews.com

Delco Council pays 41% over advertised price for new office space (broadandliberty.com)

3-day Bigfoot festival coming soon to a remote area of Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

Rep. Susan Wild addresses rise of warehouses, Jan. 6 commission in her first in-person event since the pandemic – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Keith Groller: When it comes to youth sports, kids had no bigger friend than Jay Radio – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Berks County District Attorney John Adams joins call to prevent lead poisoning in Berks County and Reading | Environment | readingeagle.com

With volunteer ranks dwindling, Berks fire companies exploring financial incentives | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Reading raises flag to celebrate Pride Month | Local News | readingeagle.com

Berks County commissioners consider more ways to engage with the community | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Erie Pride Month: Virtual festival, vehicle parade, art exhibit planned (goerie.com)

Kingston restaurant rings in the end of Pa. restrictions | Times Leader

Family of Jason Kutt, killed in Bucks County, Pa., by hunter, fights for change (inquirer.com)

Juneteenth weekly celebration coming to Phoenixville | Local News | dailylocal.com

With gun sales at record levels, and mass shootings on the rise, a local group is promoting common sense | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Veterans Court graduate: ‘I got the help I needed’ | News | tribdem.com

Somerset County secures DCED grant to preserve historic Shaffer Covered Bridge | News | tribdem.com

Meet Tony Caltury: Beaver County’s new recreation & tourism director (timesonline.com)

Denise Tapp honored in Beaver Falls area food drive on June 5 (timesonline.com)

Scranton seeks to save by borrowing at lower interest rate | News | thetimes-tribune.com

NEPA Bluegrass Festival returns to Tunkhannock | Lifestyles | thetimes-tribune.com

District attorney chides Ross Park Mall for lack of security cameras after gunfire erupts over weekend | TribLIVE.com

 

Pitt

More red meat: Sullivan’s Steakhouse to open in U.S. Steel Tower | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘He’s guiding us’: Pittsburgh family restores Tree of Life’s stained-glass windows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National Archives grant will fund Pittsburgh records digitization, a ‘boon’ for genealogy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A deal and a beer? Pub is helping attract businesses to revive New Kensington’s deteriorated downtown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why are so many Black women talking about leaving Pittsburgh? | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh arts leader Casey Droege talks life after Small Mall | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Venture Outdoors celebrates 20 years in Pittsburgh with Big Day Aht festival | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

National group highlights Black-owned Pittsburgh businesses as part of Black Restaurant Week | Food | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Headliners announced for Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America concert on July 4 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Chris Freind: Philadelphians are content with mediocrity, murder and malaise | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Protesters Philadelphia police teargassed on 676 in 2020 reflect a year later (inquirer.com)

Councilmembers to Kenney administration: Proposed gun-violence budget isn’t enough (inquirer.com)

City councilmembers unveil anti-violence plan targeted to young people | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly mayor Jim Kenney cites ‘vibe’ of city comeback at celebration of new station, as train and bus capacity increase (inquirer.com)

‘We’re ready when you’re ready’: SEPTA invites riders to return as Philly reopens | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly trans pro wrestler Edith Surreal believes wrestling is ‘the greatest form of art’ (inquirer.com)

Oasis of fresh fruit, veggies sprouts in northeast Wilmington ‘food desert’ | State & Region | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Democrat Stansbury Keeps New Mexico U.S. House Seat In Party’s Hands : NPR

Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins U.S. House race in New Mexico | TribLIVE.com

Biden administration to cancel oil and gas leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration puts Arctic refuge leases on ice as it asks for new environmental reviews – Alaska Public Media

Biden prioritizes US voting rights law as restrictions mount | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Biden marks Tulsa race massacre in emotional, graphic speech | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pelosi rules out having Biden create Jan. 6 commission | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Harris taking point on voting rights, issue may involve her role as Senate president | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What is infrastructure? Ahead of summer slog, lawmakers advance competing definitions to sell a deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opinion | Barack Obama Interview: Joe Biden Is ‘Finishing the Job’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary – The New York Times (nytimes.com)