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Kayden’s Law: Pennsylvania State Senate passes child custody reform bill (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 | phillytrib.com

Voter ID Inches Closer to Constitutional Amendment in PA | (wkok.com)

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

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

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

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 (goerie.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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 (wgal.com)

VGT Operators Plead with Senate to Stop Illegal Gambling Devices (playpennsylvania.com)

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

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 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

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

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

PA Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Protecting Kids’ Lemonade Stands – CBS Cleveland (cbslocal.com)

Area mayors ask legislators to repeal fireworks sales law | News | citizensvoice.com

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

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

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

 

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 (abc27.com)

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 221 new cases, 1,211,041 total as of June 24, 2021 (abc27.com)

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

COVID-19 deaths slowly disappearing in NEPA | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Business/Jobs

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

Readers React: Why rush to end unemployment benefit? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Mack Trucks again making dump trucks in Allentown – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New statewide nonprofit offers support to Black entrepreneurs | WITF

 

Crime/Punishment

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

A painted slur at counseling center being investigated as hate crime (ydr.com)

 

Education

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

Philadelphia schools set to do more to protect immigrant students from ICE (inquirer.com)

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

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

Erie County Community College has formal authority to grant degrees (goerie.com)

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

 

Elections/Politics

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 (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Environment

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 (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

SEPTA passes a budget intended to draw back riders (inquirer.com)

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

 

Health

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

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

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

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

 

State News

Southwest Pennsylvania family urges governor to broaden pending methane rule | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

Allegheny County’s child welfare algorithm is hoped to save children (poconorecord.com)

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

Vulnerable Pennsylvanians still in need as pandemic winds down | Smart Talk (witf.org)

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

 

National News

Condo Collapse Near Miami Prompts Frantic Search for Survivors – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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 (nytimes.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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 | citizensvoice.com

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

 

Local News

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

Erie County residents express need for ‘Rescue’ funding after pandemic (goerie.com)

Erie earns spot on Reader’s Digest list of affordable beach vacations (goerie.com)

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

New life being breathed into former west Bethlehem soda plant – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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 | citizensvoice.com

Chamber hires new economic development director | Business | citizensvoice.com

Scranton eyes citywide strategic economic development plan | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton, DEP officials tell flood victims no easy answers, no quick fixes to stormwater problems | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

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

Shafer pool to remain closed (theintell.com)

Settlement near in $142 million UPMC Altoona lawsuit | News | tribdem.com

Yardley has transformed from a quiet town to a diverse business hub (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Pitt

‘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

 

Philly

Philadelphia City Council summer 2021 priorities | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Expired Philadelphia Parking Authority terms have Republicans fighting to keep PPA control (inquirer.com)

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

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

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

 

Washington

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

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

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 (bizjournals.com)

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 (mcall.com)

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