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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 (

Pa highways, bridges: Tolls, taxes, mileage-based fees mulled (

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 (

Pa highways, bridges: Tolls, taxes, mileage-based fees mulled (

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

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 (

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

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

Pennsylvania’s budget battle takes shape | Pennsylvania |

A Q&A with Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler | City & State PA (

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

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

Arizona’s partisan GOP election audit draws Pennsylvania lawmakers – The Morning Call (

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 (

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

Philadelphia elections officials reject undated mail ballots amid Wolf warning, impeachment threat (

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

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

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

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

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19


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 –

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 (

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

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


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

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 (

MAP: Where coronavirus is in Pennsylvania – The Morning Call (

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


Philadelphia lifts Covid-19 business restrictions and capacity limits – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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

Erie’s Tinseltown, Movies at Meadville ease COVID-19 restrictions (

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

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

Luzerne County nears halfway mark for full vaccinations | Times Leader

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

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

COVID-19 cases continue to point down as NEPA records 24 new cases | Coronavirus |

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

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



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

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 (

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

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

Gerrity’s announces new bonus for employees | Business |

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



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

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

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

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

Heroin epidemic: York County man to serve up to 15 years in overdose (

Police reform cannot be fully realized until we eliminate qualified immunity | Opinion (

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

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



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

Have snow days melted off Pa. school calendars? –

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 (

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 (

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

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

West Rockhill Elementary School garden offers hands-on STEM education (

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

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

Change in collection of student debt will benefit students, AG’s office says | Education |

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



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 |

District Court 19-1-01: York County to recount Democratic primary (

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 |

Write-in vote tabulation could finish Wednesday | Election |



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

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



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

Scudder-Falls Toll Bridge reduced to single lane Friday (

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 |



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

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

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


State News

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

Editorial: Stormy seas at PSERS (

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

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 (

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

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 (

Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system goes offline Thursday (

PA laws give counties discretion over unclaimed dead notifications (


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 –

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

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

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 –

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

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

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

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

Veteran politician Herzog elected president of Israel | News |

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

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


Local News

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

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

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

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

Delco Council pays 41% over advertised price for new office space (

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

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

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

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

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

Reading raises flag to celebrate Pride Month | Local News |

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

Erie Pride Month: Virtual festival, vehicle parade, art exhibit planned (

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 (

Juneteenth weekly celebration coming to Phoenixville | Local News |

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

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

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

Meet Tony Caltury: Beaver County’s new recreation & tourism director (

Denise Tapp honored in Beaver Falls area food drive on June 5 (

Scranton seeks to save by borrowing at lower interest rate | News |

NEPA Bluegrass Festival returns to Tunkhannock | Lifestyles |

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



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 (

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

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

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



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

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

Protesters Philadelphia police teargassed on 676 in 2020 reflect a year later (

Councilmembers to Kenney administration: Proposed gun-violence budget isn’t enough (

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

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

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

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

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



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 |

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 |

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 (

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