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Kayden’s Law: Pennsylvania State Senate passes child custody reform bill (

Kayden’s Law passes Pennsylvania State Senate; legislation now moves to State House for consideration | State |

Child Custody Bill Kayden’s Law Approved By PA Senate –

Senator Santarsiero announces $131,900 in funding for Newtown Police Department | The Bucks County Herald

Nellie Bly push loses steam, funding source as budget negotiations continue | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania legislators hashing out education funding, use of coronavirus money as budget talks continue | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As deadline looms, progressives push their budget agenda | State & Region |

Voter ID Inches Closer to Constitutional Amendment in PA | (

Pennsylvania voter I.D. constitutional amendment advances through Senate | Pennsylvania |

Why voters may decide if an ID is needed at the Pa. polls. The latest (

Task force reports racial, economic inequalities permeate juvenile justice system | News |

Pennsylvania Legislature passes vaccine passport ban, limits on secretary of health; Gov. Wolf plans veto | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Vaccine Passport Ban Bill Goes To Governor – WDAC

Lawmakers OK Letting Students Repeat Year Due To Pandemic – WDAC

Pa. Senate sends bill letting parents hold students back to Gov. Wolf (

Pa. lawmakers OK letting students repeat year because of COVID | WITF

Pennsylvania’s takeout cocktails caught in legislative tug-of-war | Pennsylvania |

Fight over to-go cocktails spills back into Pa. Senate | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Renewed hope on the horizon for permanent cocktails to-go in Pa. (

House revives bill allowing bars to sell cocktails-to-go | News |

Stalemate breaks on mixed drinks to go for Pennsylvania bars and restaurants | WITF

Local police in Pa. closer to being able to use radar to enforce speed limits (

VGT Operators Plead with Senate to Stop Illegal Gambling Devices (

This Pa. lawmaker is keeping donations from the skills game industry (

Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, budget secretary to leave office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No Bucks County rep on Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (

A state senator got cited for violating this Pa. traffic law. Now he wants to repeal it | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Senator Mensch Senate Resolution looks for EPA to stabilize RIN market | Pennsylvania News |

Readers React: Legislators can support democracy by passing redistricting act – The Morning Call (

PA Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Protecting Kids’ Lemonade Stands – CBS Cleveland (

Area mayors ask legislators to repeal fireworks sales law | News |

Readers’ Views: Fair Districts PA seeks to end partisan gerrymandering | Opinion |

Pa. lawmakers should say ‘yes’ to RGGI and clean air for our kids (

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

New COVID-19 Outbreaks Are Driving Some Places Back Under Lockdown And Behind Masks : NPR

Pa. Health Secretary optimistic about hitting 70% vaccinated despite being about to miss June 28 goal (

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 221 new cases, 1,211,041 total as of June 24, 2021 (

Pa. isn’t tracking COVID cases in vaccinated people. Yet tracing could help track variants and persuade the hesitant. (

COVID-19 deaths slowly disappearing in NEPA | Coronavirus |



U.S. initial jobless claims are higher than estimates at 411,000 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. economy grows 6.4% in first quarter, with stronger future gains expected | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was closed to nonprofits – Philadelphia Business Journal (

After losing 80% of its business during the pandemic, AEC Partners turns the corner – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Readers React: Why rush to end unemployment benefit? – The Morning Call (

Mack Trucks again making dump trucks in Allentown – The Morning Call (

New statewide nonprofit offers support to Black entrepreneurs | WITF



Brothers behind 2018 Old City fire sentenced to 9 years in prison, ordered to pay $22M – Philadelphia Business Journal (

A painted slur at counseling center being investigated as hate crime (



The University of All of Them: PASSHE merger mania is on the fast track | Fletcher McClellan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia schools set to do more to protect immigrant students from ICE (

Guest column: Pa.’s charter school law is overdue for updating | Opinion |

ON THE MONEY: Student loan payments to restart; here’s how to get help | Business |

Erie County Community College has formal authority to grant degrees (

Staff shortages force Pittsburgh Public Schools to cut 1,000 students from summer programs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. maximum state grant for college students to rise to a historic high of $5,000 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Giuliani Suspended From Practicing Law By New York Court : NPR

Rudy Giuliani’s Pa. election lies are at the center of New York’s decision to suspend his law license (

Pence, Diverging From Trump, Says He Was ‘Proud’ to Certify Election – The New York Times (

Inside Elections Keeps PA Governor Race As A ‘Battleground’ In Latest Ratings | PoliticsPA



Buses And Trains Help The Climate And Equity, Too : NPR

Two large air pollution sources will soon be offline. Will Allegheny County’s air quality future be as clean as it can be? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



SEPTA passes a budget intended to draw back riders (

Time for takeoff: Airlines clear the way for $1.4 billion Pittsburgh International Airport modernization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Passenger activity taking off at W-B/Scranton International Airport | Times Leader



Why Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Philadelphia hospital failed to survive – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Military Suicides Outpace Deaths In Operations Since 9/11 : NPR

Readers’ Views: Ask Rep. Dean to support Alzheimer’s legislation | Opinion |

In pandemic, drug overdose deaths soar among Black Americans | Health |


State News

Southwest Pennsylvania family urges governor to broaden pending methane rule | Pennsylvania |

Op-Ed: The importance of Pennsylvania’s natural gas | Pennsylvania |

Allegheny County’s child welfare algorithm is hoped to save children (

FBI’s hunt for Civil War gold revealed in Pa. court documents; Feds believed state would seize fabled cache – The Morning Call (

Vulnerable Pennsylvanians still in need as pandemic winds down | Smart Talk (

These are the best and worst-run cities in the country. How did Pgh. and Philly stack up? | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

Condo Collapse Near Miami Prompts Frantic Search for Survivors – The New York Times (

At Least 1 Dead After A 12-Story Building Partially Collapses Near Miami : NPR

Derek Chauvin will be sentences today over George Floyd’s murder | WITF

The Dynamics of College Sports Are Changing. So Are the Business Prospects. – The New York Times (

Hundreds Of Unmarked Graves Found At Another Former School For Indigenous Children : NPR

‘We don’t just stop at Juneteenth’: Civil rights leader, lawmakers call for more action on social justice reform | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Tony Norman: When ‘woke’ generals and silly congressmen collide | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

High lumber prices are easing. Here’s what that means for homeowners and homebuyers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. to evacuate thousands of Afghans who aided troops | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Father: Ruling in free speech case a victory for all kids, parents | News |

CDC extends eviction moratorium a month, says it’s last time | News |


Local News

As violence in York, Pa., grows, Mayor Helfrich says he has a plan (

Erie County residents express need for ‘Rescue’ funding after pandemic (

Erie earns spot on Reader’s Digest list of affordable beach vacations (

A $35 million apartment community opens in Wind Gap. ‘The market itself is showing its demand for this area,’ developer says – The Morning Call (

New life being breathed into former west Bethlehem soda plant – The Morning Call (

LGBTQ community and allies join forces to show that ‘Lebanon’s Got Pride’ | WITF

The pandemic was not kind to renters in our area, report says | Times Leader

Visitors, vendors welcome reopening of Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market | News |

Chamber hires new economic development director | Business |

Scranton eyes citywide strategic economic development plan | News |

Scranton, DEP officials tell flood victims no easy answers, no quick fixes to stormwater problems | News |

Olivet Boys & Girls Club to add to the Berks safety net for children and families in need | Local News |

Reading company to donate $17,000 for greenspace work in the 18th Ward | Environment |

Berks commissioners approve $15 million grant program to help vulnerable populations | Local News |

Shafer pool to remain closed (

Settlement near in $142 million UPMC Altoona lawsuit | News |

Yardley has transformed from a quiet town to a diverse business hub (



‘This is our town’: Pittsburgh officials plead for end to violence, plan gun tracking unit as crime rises | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s leaders should combat a shrinking labor pool with incentives | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Pittsburgh likes winners’: Gilded Girl owner takes down James Holzhauer on ABC’s ‘The Chase’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority reopens bus stop at Smithfield Street and Sixth Avenue after art installation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Barbara Baker stepping down as president, CEO of Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia City Council summer 2021 priorities | Editorial (

Expired Philadelphia Parking Authority terms have Republicans fighting to keep PPA control (

The Philadelphia Register of Wills is using movies and TV shows to make estate planning approachable (

City Council approves historic investment in gun violence prevention funding | Local News |

City Council approves demolition moratorium for Black Doctors Row | Local News |



Here’s What’s In The Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal : NPR

Joe Biden’s sweeping policy agenda runs into filibuster, divided Senate, Democratic split (

Biden approves federal emergency declaration after Surfside building collapse – Washington News Post

Lawmakers Reach A Bipartisan Agreement On Police Reform : NPR

Department of Labor targets tip credit with new proposed rule – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rally calls on Dems to break filibuster, push through agenda | ABC27

Harris Visits U.S.-Mexico Border After Trying To Divert Attention : NPR

Rethinking Congressional security after Jan. 6 – The Morning Call (

Pa. immigrants hopeful, but skeptical that Dem control in D.C. will finally create a path to citizenship | WITF

Casey’s new bill looks to invest in better care for seniors, people with disabilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette