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Legislature

Women’s Health Caucus: Choice is crucial, and we will keep fighting anti-choice legislation (goerie.com)

Abortion bill moves toward Wolf’s desk | News | dailyitem.com

Bipartisan task force recommends dozens of changes to Pa. juvenile justice system (abc27.com)

‘Serious racial disparities’ in Pennsylvania juvenile court | WITF

Use report, reform juvenile justice system | Opinion | thetimes-tribune.com

‘We carry each other, we help each other’: These Pa. moms lost sons to gun violence. They want Harrisburg to help | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Key Pennsylvania senator endorses Arizona-style election audit | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Argall amendment removes map bill reforms | Election | standardspeaker.com

Pennsylvania House approves election reform bill as veto threat looms | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Senate confirms Education, L&I heads | News | meadvilletribune.com

Panel agrees to put guardrails on how Pa. lawmakers draw congressional maps, but not their own · Spotlight PA

As Pa. House advances doomed election overhaul, Senate GOP charts different course to voter ID, other changes · Spotlight PA

GOP voting law bill clears state House amid Wolf veto threat | WITF

Pa. Senate confirms Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to lead education, labor departments – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board nears revival after deal between Gov. Tom Wolf, Republicans (inquirer.com)

GOP committees are at odds over skill game contributions | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. Senate passes bill to let local police use radar for speed enforcement – pennlive.com

State Senate OKs local police using radar for speed enforcement | WITF

Pa. Senate passes radar for local police | News | sharonherald.com

Pa. Senate approves plan to expand senior access to prescription drugs (abc27.com)

Blight Bill Advances To PA House – WDAC

The End of a Disaster: Pennsylvania Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Have Expired | Fisher Phillips – JDSupra

Why This Pa. State Senator Wants Tighter Clean Water Standards | NBC10 – The Chestnut Post

Legislators attend cannabis store opening, push for legalized marijuana – Metro Philadelphia

Sen. Bob Mensch: Redistricting advocates’ priorities remain unclear | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Rally goers fight to end gerrymandering | Poconos and Coal Region | wfmz.com

Proposed Legislation Would Impose New Requirements on Meetings Held by Pennsylvania Local Governments | LexBlog

Ready to drink spirits causing a roadblock for cocktails to-go in Pa. (abc27.com)

Those to-go cocktail slushies? Lifting of pandemic measures means goodbye to a restaurant lifeline | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Burns named co-leader of House Steel Caucus | Local News | tribdem.com

Pa. Senate sends ‘lemonade stands’ bill to Gov. Wolf | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Legislation requiring Pa. public schools to adopt multi-year strategies passes House committee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

@TheSundayShow: @BrianSimsPA joins @CapehartJ to discuss a bill he helped introduce that would provide sweeping anti-discrimination protections for queer Pennsylvanians #SundayShow VIDEO

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak : Goats and Soda : NPR

Fauci Calls The Delta COVID Variant A Great Threat : Shots – Health News : NPR

Biden urges shots for young adults amid variant concerns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House concedes it will fall short of Biden’s July 4 vaccination goal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Houston Hospital Workers Lose Their Jobs After Not Getting The COVID Vaccine : NPR

Walgreens offering $25 incentive to people who get COVID-19 vaccine (abc27.com)

Stats of the Pa. pandemic: One week until mask order is lifted (abc27.com)

New COVID-19 cases trending even lower | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Protecting unvaccinated children still concern for families – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Erie County vaccinations slow: ‘Like the valve has been shut off’ (goerie.com)

Montgomery County reports 34 new coronavirus cases over 7 days | News | timesherald.com

 

Business/Jobs

Treasury Department launches $2B CERTS grant program. Here’s who is eligible. – The Business Journals (bizjournals.com)

Many small businesses having trouble paying rent – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Jobless benefits and child care access aren’t the only factors driving the labor shortage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Decrease the CNI Tax Rate to Increase Economic Opportunity in PA (broadandliberty.com)

In ‘last resort,’ workers at 12 Pa. nursing homes authorize strikes (ydr.com)

Two central Pa. nursing homes among 12 in the state with workers set to go on strike (abc27.com)

Amidst contract negotiations, workers at a dozen Pennsylvania nursing homes move closer to strike | WITF

NBC10, Telemundo 62 employees vote to authorize strike – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly’s airport workers need higher wages and health benefits | Opinion (inquirer.com)

SEPTA to hold career fair targeting women for skilled trades jobs | Local News | phillytrib.com

Officials work toward courting businesses with tax incentives at airport | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

‘The candidate to meet this critical moment’: City of Lancaster has a new police chief | WITF

Philadelphia business owner accused of pocketing $1 million in PPP loans (inquirer.com)

Impeachment resolution filed to investigate central Pa. township supervisor accused of fraud – pennlive.com

Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power | News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

After all the talk of fully reopening, IUP expects to require masks in classes this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friends of Hallahan dealt legal setback in drive to reopen Philadelphia Catholic girls’ high school (inquirer.com)

Exeter School Board approves budget with 1.75% increase in taxes | Local News | readingeagle.com

Schuylkill Valley School District superintendent resigns | Local News | readingeagle.com

Parkland sanctions girls wrestling program at Tuesday’s board meeting. Head coach Jon Trenge has been at the forefront of the sport’s movement. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Drexel University names Maisha Kelly new Director of Athletics, first Black woman in role | Sports | phillytrib.com

School District of Lancaster to freeze dual language enrollment, explore alternative program | Local News | lancasteronline.com

The cost of change in Radnor: $158,000 to rid school of Raiders | Local-news | delcotimes.com

 

Elections/Politics

Penn State Mood of the Nation poll finds party split in voter policy beliefs | WITF

Ryan Grim: EMILY’s List endorsing Arkoosh could ‘rebound’ to Fetterman’s benefit in Pennsylvania Senate race | TheHill

8 of 9 GOP Congressmen Back Scheller | PoliticsPA

GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bartos donated to and praised Democrats in past, challenger Sean Parnell responds | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Environment

Poll shows Pennsylvanians support climate action amid pandemic – WHYY

New Adams County solar project is first of its kind facility in Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

Two large air pollution sources will soon be offline. Will Allegheny County’s air quality future be as clean as it can be? | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pa. needs to act now to close its ‘low producing well’ loophole to fight methane emissions | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

American Airlines Passengers Could Be In For A Summer Of Delays And Cancellations : NPR

‘An unacceptable imbalance’: Report finds racial disparities in nation’s traffic deaths | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NJDOT rockfall project audit sought after price, completion time soars (poconorecord.com)

 

Health

Highmark, four other Blue plans take aim at specialty drug costs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Independence Health Group among Blue Cross investors in Evio Pharmacy Solutions – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

About 100 workers at Taylor and Delaware County Memorial hospitals join PASNAP – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Chucking insurance: Why some pharmacists are cutting out the middlemen for generic drugs | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly launches campaign to help lower high blood pressure rates among Black men | Health | phillytrib.com

WellSpan START: Clinic aims to help with mental health, substance use (ydr.com)

Lancaster County doctor sounds the alarm for childhood lead poisoning amid COVID-19 testing slump | Health | lancasteronline.com

 

State News

Pennsylvania gun carry permits soared in 2020, except in Philadelphia (broadandliberty.com)

Study: Pa. in the middle of the pack on well-being of its children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Poll: Majority of Pennsylvanians think slot revenue should be reallocated from horse racing industry | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Franklin & Marshall statewide poll points to dissatisfaction with current election laws | Smart Talk (witf.org)

After first federal Juneteenth holiday, reformers say harder racial justice work remains | WITF

Defender of big pension fund fires back against critics (inquirer.com)

Red Cross makes plea for blood donations amid shortage | News | citizensvoice.com

 

National News

Adams Leads in N.Y.C. Mayoral Primary, but Ranked-Choice Awaits – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

India Walton, Socialist Challenger, Stuns Buffalo’s Incumbent Mayor – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Connecticut Has Become The Latest State To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use : NPR

Connecticut Becomes 1st State to Make All Prison Phone Calls Free – NBC Connecticut

Stockton University, New Jersey officials aim to establish Atlantic City as esports hub – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily To Shut Down This Weekend After Having Its Assets Frozen : NPR

Philadelphia-founded Warby Parker files for confidential IPO – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Florida to require university students, staff to take survey that measures ‘intellectual diversity’ – pennlive.com

Planes, trains, but not automobiles—why GM is developing fuel cells | Ars Technica

Capital Gazette Murder Trial Gets Underway In Maryland : NPR

The Teamsters Seek To Unionize Amazon Workers Nationwide : NPR

Social media reacts to Carl Nassib’s announcement that he’s gay | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Plan for affordable senior housing in Harrisburg hits funding roadblock caused by pandemic (abc27.com)

New businesses bolstering shopping, dining options in downtown Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Editorial: The dual good causes of local fire departments | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County Chief Solicitor Romilda Crocamo named acting manager | Times Leader

Exeter residents protest new FEMA flood zone maps | News | citizensvoice.com

Cognetti appoints privately funded Scranton public health coordinator | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton Housing Authority sets policy for items, opens waiting list | News | standardspeaker.com

Letter: Berks libraries need aid from county government | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Berks County’s population growth slowed in 2020, and 5 other facts from newest census data [Charts] | Local News | readingeagle.com

Communion and abortion: Erie’s Persico votes for drafting of document (goerie.com)

Erie restaurants: Extended hours, choices await patrons (goerie.com)

NASCAR Doubleheader is about racing, philanthropic endeavors (poconorecord.com)

National Park Service seeks funds to buy Ten Mile River boat access (poconorecord.com)

Cornerstone of Beaver County provides cooling center for those in need (timesonline.com)

Pessimism grows among Lancaster County consumers as prices rise, new survey finds | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

It doesn’t have to be the basement: Bargains abound in Downtown office towers because of high vacancies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Recent antisemitic attacks spur warning from Pittsburgh Jewish organization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We are all Jews now. To fight anti-semitism, it’s time to don a Kippah | Bruce Ledewitz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ordinances on Picklesburgh, hourly pay and more head to Allegheny County Council committees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County president judge acknowledges systemic racism in the courts | TribLIVE.com

Mutual aid groups face challenges to continue supporting local workers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Philly Councilwoman KGR is leading the charge on workforce development | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Philadelphia budget negotiations between Mayor Jim Kenney, City Council changed little (inquirer.com)

Trash pickup delays spread throughout Philly region, leaving one South Jersey town scrambling to collect its own (inquirer.com)

1,000-game winner Magee not finished in Philly at 80 | WITF

 

Washington

President Biden Will Outline Plan On Reducing Gun Violence : NPR

Senate Republicans Successfully Stall For The People Voting Rights Bill : NPR

Republicans condemn election reform bill as an ‘extreme power grab’ | TribLIVE.com

GOP filibuster halts Democrats’ signature voting bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Defense Secretary Says He’ll Support Removing Sexual Offense Cases From Commanders : NPR

VP Harris casts tiebreaking vote for Biden’s pick to lead federal personnel agency | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Retiring Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey criticizes U.S. spending on transit, could derail transportation bill – pennlive.com

Biden White House launches public push for child tax credit | News | phillytrib.com