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Sen. Lindsey Williams and Josh McNeil: Harrisburg and Washington must step up to save Pittsburgh transit options |

Readers React: Boscola deserves credit for shredding event – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter ID for All Ballots (

Pennsylvania Republicans’ election bill is more complicated than either party admits (

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers are pushing election changes based on lies | Editorials |

Capitol Report | The Legal Intelligencer (

Kayden’s Law passes Pennsylvania State Senate; now goes to House (

Gianficaro: Bucks judge’s ruling on Kayden Mancuso mandates his removal (

Sen. Schwank christens Friend Inc.’s new food pantry truck funded by DEP grant | Local News |

GOP Senator Overseeing PA Redistricting “Optimistic” About Outcome | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

New Pa. budget lessens nursing home concerns, but doesn’t immediately quell possible strikes –

Pa. received $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 rescue aid. The new state budget spends $1 billion of that money. –

PA House and Senate pass $39 billion spending plan | WHP (

Pennsylvania devotes $8.2 million for education, job training for those with partly completed degrees | Pennsylvania |

Industry-specific tax breaks included in state’s 2021-22 budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Your silence is deafening’: Here’s who came away empty-handed in this year’s Pa. budget vote | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Lawmakers opt for saving over spending in Pennsylvania budget | Pennsylvania |

Allentown and Bethlehm school districts to get big boost in state education funding – The Morning Call (

Lawmakers Pass 2021-2022 PA Budget | NewsTalk 93.9 & 910 WSBA (

Other Voices: Harrisburg must invest in safer communities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Student-athletes will soon be allowed to profit off name, image, likeness (

Name/image compensation for student-athletes proposed | WITF

Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to bank pandemic funds, boost schools funding – The Morning Call (

Advocates call on governor to strengthen proposed methane rule before final consideration | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Law Cleanup Building — Homes Don’t Grow — Heading to Wolf – Pennsylvania News Today

Pennsylvania Senate Blocks Medical Marijuana Home Cultivation Amendment | Marijuana Moment

Changes to medical marijuana law approved by Legislature | WITF

Lawmakers step up when governor wouldn’t (

Pa. Senate scuttles home grow amendment, but passes other provisions cleaning up state’s medical cannabis law | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Four states propose laws to ban ransomware payments | CSO Online

Who needs Legislature? | Opinion |

Senate OKs extra protection for crime victims – The Mon Valley Independent

Eye on the Capitol: Congressional votes for the week of June 21-27 | Local News |

A new bill will allow drivers the option to donate to Pa Breast Cancer Coalition | News |

We found out how much lawmakers have spent on food, travel, lodging and others perks since 2017. Hint: It’s a lot. | PA Power and Policy |

House Dems Is Getting Into A Pension Crisis – For Now | Knews

Senate Republicans refuse to consider campaign finance amendments to HB1300 – US Politics Today – EIN Presswire (

Guy Ciarrocchi: PA unemployment remains unacceptably high — where’s the urgency in Harrisburg? (

The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

To the Pennsylvania General Assembly: Public spaces never more important | The Bucks County Herald

Multi-state program has already reduced carbon emissions | The Bucks County Herald

A later last call? Legislation proposes extending bar hours to help businesses recover from pandemic | Business |

State police fee proposal would increase local spending by nearly $2 million | News |

Skepticism remains high over state police funding model | Investigative |

How Lehigh Valley-area legislators voted in U.S. House, Senate last week – The Morning Call (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

As variant rises, vaccine plan targets ‘movable middle’ | National and World |

WHO urges continued mask-wearing, even for vaccinated individuals, as delta variant spreads (

Why Young Adults Are Among the Biggest Barriers to Mass Immunity – The New York Times (

States hesitant to adopt digital COVID-19 vaccine verification | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. mask mandate lifts Monday, but Health Dept. reminds businesses can still require them (

Pennsylvania officially lifts indoor face mask mandate | WITF

Chester County’s COVID fight pays dividends; no more masks or public updates | Local-news |

Local COVID-19 case rate continues slide; deaths reported in Westmoreland, Clearfield counties | Coronavirus |

Monroe Emergency Management offices to close COVID vaccine clinics (

Locals share range of opinions on end of state’s mask mandate | Coronavirus |

The vaccination debate on college campuses: A mandate or not? And for whom? (



‘Amenities arms race is over’ in multifamily and other observations from Bernardon – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Montgomery County cybersecurity startup Myota expects rapid growth – Philadelphia Business Journal (

As Manayunk’s arts festival drew crowds, some fumed about Pa.’s stalled cocktails-to-go bill (

Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors works to fill former GM space, roll out its first pickup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s more than our mortgage’: Pandemic highlights cost of child care, other challenges moms and employees face | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area restaurants struggle with short staffs as diners return | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



As Amish woman slaying case proceeds, heavy hearts remain | WITF

Pa. law intended to punish drug dealers in overdose cases could be backfiring: experts –

‘It’s been a great experience’: Mark Talbot reflects on service as Norristown’s police chief | Local-news |

Experts: Impact of Chauvin case on policing yet to be seen | News |

20 people shot — including four teens — and three stabbed this weekend in Philadelphia (



Donegal school board passes budget, holds line on taxes | Community News |

Cornwall-Lebanon school board approves budget with tax hike | Community News |

Op-Ed: We don’t need state and national orders on how to teach race (

Op-Ed: Schools must hire more Black teachers (

HASB mulls creating special education center | Education |

Amid climate change crisis, Pa.’s science curriculum falls short | Opinion (

Hallahan high school founder’s family furious at Archdiocese of Philadelphia over closing (

Fair funding greatest obstacle for new teachers contract in Carbondale | Education |

Pennsylvania’s plan to merge six state universities brings slow-death worries – The Morning Call (



Only one Democrat applies for Flynn’s House seat (

Voter Registration Update: Pa. Dems bounce back from 2020 lull | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

As Trump Looms, DeSantis, Haley, Pence And Pompeo Make Rounds : NPR

How do we stop a slide into autocracy? By always remembering that facts matter | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

20 questions with Giselle Fetterman, who’s a lot more than Pa.’s second lady –

Inspector General investigates Dept. of State ballot blunder (

Ensuring election integrity should not come at the cost of compromising voter access (

The real crisis for American democracy is our cowardly inability to tax the rich | Will Bunch (



Survey: Young Americans want more action on addressing climate change | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Can we grow greener again in Pennsylvania? [opinion] | Environment |

Study links more asthma cases to 2018 Clairton Coke Works fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Speed cameras in construction zones are working but stiffer fines needed, state officials say | News |

Tarentum Bridge reopens to traffic in both directions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Delaware County Memorial Hospital offers gender affirmation surgery | News |

Failure by Pa. officials to clarify rules around medical marijuana, addiction treatment had serious consequences (


State News

Eviction moratorium extension grants more time to get help in Bucks (

Child welfare solutions are few, and children are still dying (

The top 25 counties to live in Pennsylvania | ABC27

Jackson, Dallas and Kingston townships among safest communities in Pa. | Times Leader

For beleaguered pension fund, mixed messages from a $400,000 consultant (

A day of lending a hand: Luzerne County Cares Commission holds Resource Day | Times Leader


National News

Surfside Condo Collapse: What We Know About Recovery Efforts As The Week Begins : Live Updates: Miami-Area Condo Collapse : NPR

A New Era Dawns In College Sports, As The NCAA Scrambles To Keep Up : NPR

‘Not fun’: Northwest heat wave builds, all-time records fall | WITF

J & J agrees to pay $230M in New York opioid settlement | WITF

U.S. Airstrikes Target Iran-Backed Militia Sites In Iraq And Syria : NPR

SpaceX’s New Rocket Factory Is Making Its Texas Neighbors Mad : NPR

With debate over communion: Yet another reason for the Catholic church to lose members | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The Supreme Court’s free speech verdict in Pa. cheerleader case won’t help declining civil discourse | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Minnesota lawmakers reach deal on policing measures | Across America |

Black cops seek $8M in University of Washington racism claim | Across America |

Transgender rights, religion among cases Supreme Court justices could add this week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rev. Ketlen Solak elected first female, Black Episcopal Diocese bishop | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump Organization could face criminal charges in New York as soon as next week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Impeachment proceedings against central Pa. township supervisor pass first hurdle –

Bucks County foreclosure: Credit Counseling Center can help homeowners (

The legacy of Libre’s Law: Animal cruelty cases skyrocketed in courts, dwindled in animal shelters | Local News |

Lancaster-based hemp podcast host takes show across country to educate about hemp agriculture | Local News |

Visitors returning to convention center and Marriott on Penn Square, boosting downtown | Local Business |

Erie County fund helped businesses, nonprofits weather COVID-19 (

Park ranger from the Poconos gears up for retirement (

Experts meet to discuss hazards that pose greatest risks in Monroe (

Community Matters: Beaver County Commissioners deserve praise for taking action (

Eight decades of history gone in Narberth as July Fourth Committee disbands | Mainlinetimes |



Pittsburgh celebrates the Jubilee of Freemen Parade with vaccines and voters rights forum | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Downtown Pittsburgh bus stop reopens with “Respect the Space” art installation by Janel Young | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh’s Billy Porter film looks for local student extras (

Port Authority to study bus routes through Downtown Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Despite mask mandate ending in Pa., Port Authority riders still required to wear one | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania gun carry permits soared in 2020, except in Philadelphia (

David Bowie and The Kinks gave her the courage to come out. How a Philly community program helped this transgender woman finish the journey | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Laborers’ District Council opens new training center in North Philadelphia | Local News |



House Dems head off retirement crisis — for now (

Biden Walks Back Threat To Block Infrastructure Deal Over Democratic Priorities : NPR

President Joe Biden appoints Jessica Stern special envoy for LGBTQ rights | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette