Abortion, gun-rights bills stall in General Assembly. What to know (ydr.com)

Eye on the Capitol: Congressional votes for the week of June 4-10 | Local News | tribdem.com

With new amendment strategy, Pa. GOP could target voter ID, mail-in ballots | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf, Dems rail against GOP election ‘reform’ bill | News | delcotimes.com

Pa. lawmakers must protect and expand our sacred right to vote | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Voter verification constitutional amendment passes Pa. Senate Committee | News | huntingdondailynews.com

Pennsylvania’s fight over voter ID could end up in voters’ hands (abc27.com)

Election reform panel cuts through rhetoric, identifies meaningful solutions | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (lewistownsentinel.com)

PA. Gov. Tom Wolf denounces voting reform bill (wgal.com)

Key Pennsylvania state senator backs Arizona-style election audit · Spotlight PA

Nursing home visit bill headed for Wolf’s desk | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Bill to provide support for caregivers signed in to law | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

With a $3 billion surplus, Harrisburg should cut the word ‘scarcity’ from the vocabulary | Editorial (inquirer.com)

PA budget: Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools (goerie.com)

Save it or spend it? Flush with money, Pa.’s state budgeteers wrestle with this rare dilemma – pennlive.com

Poll: Pa. should use stim funds to help low-income Black, Brown & white households | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. lawmakers threaten university funding over statute of limitations deadlock (yahoo.com)

Pennsylvania senator says worker shortage may make good time to boost minimum wage – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

It’s time to give Pa. a raise: Lawmakers, Wolf should not wait to increase the minimum wage | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Parkway seeks RACP subsidy for 2222 Market St. – WHYY

Sen. Comitta calls on Chester County community to support food drive | Local-news | dailylocal.com

What other newspapers are saying: Expense bill is a no-brainer | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)

Bucks County lawmakers honor Pennsbury High School state champion | Sports | buckslocalnews.com

Why This Pa. State Senator Wants Tighter Clean Water Standards – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Advocates Want To Build Stronger Child Care System In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Pennsylvania small businesses to get more insurance data under proposal | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania public schools: How state Senate bills would hurt them – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Education funding taking center stage at state Capitol | News | tribdem.com

Ciresi introduces bill to achieve fair funding for all school districts | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Freeman’s legislation to addresses homeless in PA, convert blighted properties to housing | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A State Tax Generates Millions For Affordable Housing, But State Law Prevents It From Generating Millions More | WITF

Former Pa. Representative Ron Buxton passes away at 72 (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania last call at 4 a.m.? Lehigh Valley bar owners say ‘It’s stupid’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State Sen. Ryan Aument: Decrease the CNI tax rate to increase economic opportunity in Pennsylvania | Opinion | dailylocal.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Europe Watches With Worry As Delta Variant Spreads Fast In The U.K. And Lisbon : NPR

Dangerous Delta COVID variant has public health leaders intensifying vaccine push (abc27.com)

Don’t count on needing a COVID-19 booster shot, WHO scientist says – pennlive.com

Not all experts are ready to vaccinate children against COVID-19 – pennlive.com

Can the vaccine improve persistent symptoms for COVID long-haulers? | WITF

Models predict U.S. coronavirus infections could surge this fall if vaccination rates lag, former FDA chief says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers can mean hard realities for employers (inquirer.com)


Eagles, City of Philadelphia host mobile vaccination clinic (philadelphiaeagles.com)

COVID-19 cases have plummeted in Philly, but vaccinating the holdouts remains a struggle (inquirer.com)

‘Protected them to death’: Elder-care COVID rules under fire in Pa., N.Y., and Ohio (abc27.com)

Lancaster General Health employees pushing back on COVID vaccine requirement (abc27.com)

Pa. nursing homes still battling COVID, state funding needed (timesonline.com)

Only eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in NEPA | News | thetimes-tribune.com



May unemployment rate in Pennsylvania dips to 6.9% | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bucks County weaves startups, entrepreneurship into economic recovery strategy – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Remote workers are on the rise. Here’s what they want in a home city. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wedding season ‘coming back with a boom’ as vendors scramble to meet demand – pennlive.com

Bucks County residents on ‘Dumpster duty’ as trash haulers work longer hours (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wharton and Franklin Institute embrace bitcoin gifts (inquirer.com)

Surging steel prices impacting construction industry | Business | standardspeaker.com

A sure sign the economy is regaining its footing? More people saying ‘I quit’ | News | thetimes-tribune.com



State police report decrease of DUI arrests in 2020 | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Report details an expansion of criminal punishments over the the past decade | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Dog deaths in Allentown under investigation by police, animal control – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

High-profile domestic violence incidents in Berks draw attention to problem hidden within households, experts say | Local News | readingeagle.com

Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy graduates ready to protect and serve | News | mainlinemedianews.com

More local police departments to use body cameras | News | thetimes-tribune.com



Carlisle School Board members vote against controversial policy revision – pennlive.com

Charter schools are public schools – they have to be held accountable to the taxpayers | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Cristo Rey students advise CVS on workforce development | Local News | phillytrib.com

Local school districts ramping up summer programs after year of learning loss due to the pandemic – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Vaux Big Picture High School builds community beyond education with unique PHA funding (inquirer.com)

Philly’s John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School is closed, but plans for a new school are in the works (inquirer.com)

Crestwood raises school taxes by narrow vote | Education | standardspeaker.com

Grading Our Schools 2021: Lessons learned from the pandemic | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Area school districts trying to deal with pandemic learning loss, except Lake-Lehman | Education | citizensvoice.com



Republican PA Senate Candidate Jeff Bartos Donated To Senate Democrats In The Past | The Daily Caller

Politics: Trump-aligned 2022 candidates embrace the Arizona audit crusade – PressFrom – US

Gina Diorio: The web of Democrats tied to Pa.’s election grants (broadandliberty.com)

Gerow announces 2022 bid for Pennsylvania governor | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Journalists can’t be neutral in the war on American democracy | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Val Arkoosh gets EMILY’s List endorsement for 2022 Pennsylvania Democratic Senate race (inquirer.com)

Guest editorial | Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. | Editorials | tribdem.com

Letter: Area lawmaker has power to reform redistricting law | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

York in ‘dire state’: Activist Shareef Hameed looks to oust Mayor Helfrich in November (yorkdispatch.com)

Elected vs. appointed county manager debate continues | News | citizensvoice.com



Fighting Climate Change Can Also Mean Improving Equity : NPR

Heat Wave Unleashes Record-High Temps From California To Great Plains : NPR

Endangered species to get a reprieve under Biden administration plans | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Environmental activists rally in Point Breeze to ‘keep the pressure’ on county Executive Fitzgerald | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Less than a third of Lancaster County’s bridges in ‘good’ condition; Biden’s proposed plan could boost repair efforts | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Report: Push For Electric Vehicles In American Jobs Plan Would Benefit PA | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Interstate 83 South Bridge inspection to close lanes this summer (ydr.com)

Pa. Turnpike pays $503K for Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in West Mifflin for Mon-Fayette Expressway | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Speed cameras in construction zones are working but stiffer fines needed, state officials say | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Editorial: Westmoreland Transit making right moves to bring back passengers | TribLIVE.com



Penn State Health’s two new hospitals, and 18 other medical facilities planned for central Pa. – pennlive.com

Surge in fentanyl overdoses overwhelms Pittsburgh region: ‘This is the scariest drug in my lifetime’ – pennlive.com

The pandemic increased mental health needs. Some addressed it by building new apps. (inquirer.com)

Pediatricians raise alarms over lead poisoning in Berks County children | Local News | readingeagle.com


State News

Pennsylvania lost $1.7 billion in 2019 due to migration, study finds | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

It’s Juneteenth in Pa. Here’s how and where to mark this historic day near you | Five for the Weekend | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Walt Disney Co. can’t convince judge to throw out Lehigh Valley discrimination lawsuit | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Altoona woman crowned Miss Pennsylvania – pennlive.com

PA 2021-22 doe tag season is just around the corner and it has some new twists | Outdoors | lancasteronline.com

Pa’s Medicaid is so valuable that Aetna, Centene, Gateway sue to run it (inquirer.com)


National News

Christine Flowers: Unanimous SCOTUS tells Philly radicals they can’t discriminate against the religious (broadandliberty.com)

Cargo Is Piling Up Everywhere And It’s Making Inflation Worse : NPR

In A First, Iran’s Sole Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown : NPR

Some Local Fans Can Watch The Tokyo Olympics In Person : NPR

Tokyo Olympics to allow limit of 10,000 local fans in venues (inquirer.com)

A Driver Crashed Into The Crowd At A Pride Parade In Florida, Killing One Man : NPR

11 Mayors From Los Angeles To Asheville Vow To Create Reparations Pilot Programs : NPR

Remains of 10 more Native American kids to be disinterred | WITF

Broadband became unaffordable for some during the pandemic | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Juneteenth commemorated with celebrations across U.S. | News | phillytrib.com

Inflation ahead? Even a top economist says it’s complicated | Business | dailylocal.com

Supply chain issues and chip shortage resulting in price markups for new and used cars | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tight U.S. housing market uncoils with sellers ready to cash out | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Delco celebrates Juneteenth in many places and in many ways | State | wfmz.com

Reading kicks off Juneteenth by raising a flag outside City Hall | Local News | readingeagle.com

Juneteenth Holiday This Weekend – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Harrisburg organization honoring Juneteenth with city-wide celebration (abc27.com)

Harrisburg celebrates first Juneteenth as nationally-recognized holiday | WITF

Lower Bucks celebrates Juneteenth (theintell.com)

Black Scranton Project hosts Juneteenth Jubilee Block Party celebration | News | thetimes-tribune.com

‘It just blessed my soul’: Lehigh Valley celebrates Juneteenth in Bethlehem, Allentown – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

York celebrating Juneteenth with exhibit and rare copy of Emancipation Proclamation (abc27.com)

Montgomery County authorizes $6M in contracts, renews insurance policies | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

‘What happened? What happened to our farms?’: In Lancaster County, a call for massive acceleration of money, effort to preserve farmland – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley lands $1.4 million for bike trails, cycling organizations and pedestrian safety – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Prolific developer’s Allentown company buys another building in downtown Scranton – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

City of Erie considering new fines for excessive false alarms (goerie.com)

Manus Sunoco, in one of Erie’s poorest areas, to get $60,000 grant (goerie.com)

International markets in Bucks share flavors from West Africa to South Asia (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Editorial: Investment in trails is good for region | Opinion | dailylocal.com

CHILD CARE IN CRISIS | ‘No light at the end of the tunnel’: Parents seeking child care struggle with limited access, rising costs | Local News | tribdem.com

Turning the Don Guanella tract in Marple Township into a public park will be a community gift in Delaware County (inquirer.com)

Rodale Institute receives $1.2 million from Giant checkout donations | Money | readingeagle.com

Fightin Phils hope words of support for stadium renovations translate to financial support | Local News | readingeagle.com

New Brighton was ‘hub of the Underground Railroad’ (timesonline.com)

Tamaqua native named to Forbes’ 50 Over 50 list | News | standardspeaker.com

Rude brood: Cicadas mostly absent in Lackawanna County | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna State Park pool closing | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Local veterans honored at Wreaths Across America exhibit | News | citizensvoice.com



Pittsburgh officials warn of road closures ahead of vice president’s visit on Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An oral history of the Squirrel Hill Theater from former patrons, employees, and others who knew it well | Screen | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh’s busiest bus stop is temporarily becoming an art exhibit. What you need to know: | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Port Authority returns to full capacity on buses, light rail vehicles | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s Black leaders see hope if Gainey can gain mayor’s office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Letters to the editor | Commentary | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia restaurants disrupted by supply chain issues despite lifted restrictions – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Sunnyside medical marijuana dispensary opens in Center City Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Development is transforming Philadelphia’s Germantown Avenue, from Mount Airy to Wayne Junction – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘A sad loss for Philadelphians’: LGBTQ advocates react to Supreme Court ruling in Philly foster case | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Einstein’s DadLab support group offers parenting resources for new fathers | Local News | phillytrib.com

More funding for violence prevention, tax cuts stand out in city budget agreement | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

Philly trash delays require an explanation, not more weak excuses | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Lawyers group that helps free immigrants from detention seeks more Philly funding (inquirer.com)

Philly ATV park: Can we stop talking about it and just build one already? (inquirer.com)

Ethics board fines PAC formed by retired Philly cops – WHYY



Bipartisan group of lawmakers push for new infrastructure plan | ABC27

College athletes to Senate: Standardize athlete compensation | ABC27

Sanders and Schumer push to add dental, hearing and vision coverage to Medicare – pennlive.com

Bipartisan infrastructure talks collide with Democrats’ goal to tax the rich | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers rush to help Afghans seeking visas for helping the U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The push for LGBTQ civil rights stalls in the Senate as advocates search for Republican support | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New leaders, new era: U.S.-Israel relations reach crossroads | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden finds himself caught in the politics of the Catholic Church | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette