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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennsylvania’s fight over voter ID could end up in voters’ hands (

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

PA. Gov. Tom Wolf denounces voting reform bill (

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 |

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

PA budget: Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools (

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

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

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

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

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

Parkway seeks RACP subsidy for 2222 Market St. – WHYY

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

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

Bucks County lawmakers honor Pennsbury High School state champion | Sports |

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

Advocates Want To Build Stronger Child Care System In Pennsylvania – CBS Pittsburgh (

Pennsylvania small businesses to get more insurance data under proposal | Pennsylvania |

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

Education funding taking center stage at state Capitol | News |

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

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

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 (

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

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


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 (

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

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

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 (


Eagles, City of Philadelphia host mobile vaccination clinic (

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

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

Lancaster General Health employees pushing back on COVID vaccine requirement (

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

Only eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in NEPA | News |



May unemployment rate in Pennsylvania dips to 6.9% | Pennsylvania |

Bucks County weaves startups, entrepreneurship into economic recovery strategy – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

Bucks County residents on ‘Dumpster duty’ as trash haulers work longer hours (

Wharton and Franklin Institute embrace bitcoin gifts (

Surging steel prices impacting construction industry | Business |

A sure sign the economy is regaining its footing? More people saying ‘I quit’ | News |



State police report decrease of DUI arrests in 2020 | Pennsylvania |

Report details an expansion of criminal punishments over the the past decade | Smart Talk (

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

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

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

More local police departments to use body cameras | News |



Carlisle School Board members vote against controversial policy revision –

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

Cristo Rey students advise CVS on workforce development | Local News |

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

Vaux Big Picture High School builds community beyond education with unique PHA funding (

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

Crestwood raises school taxes by narrow vote | Education |

Grading Our Schools 2021: Lessons learned from the pandemic | Education |

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



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 (

Gerow announces 2022 bid for Pennsylvania governor | Pennsylvania |

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

Val Arkoosh gets EMILY’s List endorsement for 2022 Pennsylvania Democratic Senate race (

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

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

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

Elected vs. appointed county manager debate continues | News |



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 (

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 |

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 (

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 |

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



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

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

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

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


State News

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

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 (

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

Altoona woman crowned Miss Pennsylvania –

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

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


National News

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

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 (

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 (

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

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

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 |

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

Juneteenth Holiday This Weekend – – Butler, PA

Harrisburg organization honoring Juneteenth with city-wide celebration (

Harrisburg celebrates first Juneteenth as nationally-recognized holiday | WITF

Lower Bucks celebrates Juneteenth (

Black Scranton Project hosts Juneteenth Jubilee Block Party celebration | News |

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

York celebrating Juneteenth with exhibit and rare copy of Emancipation Proclamation (

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

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

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

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

City of Erie considering new fines for excessive false alarms (

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

International markets in Bucks share flavors from West Africa to South Asia (

Editorial: Investment in trails is good for region | Opinion |

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

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

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

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

New Brighton was ‘hub of the Underground Railroad’ (

Tamaqua native named to Forbes’ 50 Over 50 list | News |

Rude brood: Cicadas mostly absent in Lackawanna County | News |

Lackawanna State Park pool closing | News |

Local veterans honored at Wreaths Across America exhibit | News |



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 (

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

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 |

Philadelphia restaurants disrupted by supply chain issues despite lifted restrictions – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Sunnyside medical marijuana dispensary opens in Center City Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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

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

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

Philly trash delays require an explanation, not more weak excuses | Opinion (

Lawyers group that helps free immigrants from detention seeks more Philly funding (

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

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 –

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