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Legislature

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

Pennsylvania redistricting and gerrymandering: How to reduce hyperpartisanship – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Expansion of Pa.’s film incentive program not included in new state budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf Set To Veto Elections Bill – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Pennsylvania Republicans Look To Evade A Veto And Enact Voter ID By Ballot Measure | 91.9 KVCR (kvcrnews.org)

Pennsylvania GOP proposes creating election audit bureau | TheHill

Pa. GOP wants to pass voter ID via ballot measure – WHYY

Pandemic Gap Year: Students Reluctant to Advance a Grade Gain Legislative Permission to Stay Put (delco.today)

Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin calls on Pennsylvania Senate to reconvene to pass to-go cocktail bill – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pa. senator takes a shot at bringing back cocktails to-go – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania State Grange statement on vote on Dairy | Dairy Business News

Pennsylvania bill putting 45-day window on DEP permits split across party lines | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bills Approved Supporting Physician Assistants – WDAC

Senate approves Pittman’s bills supporting physician assistants | Leader Times

Will Lawmakers Finally Stop Letting Teachers’ Unions Control Them? (thefederalist.com)

Feds talk cannabis with state regulators (Newsletter: June 28, 2021) | Marijuana Moment

Grassroots activists demand filibuster reform in the fight for voting rights (msnbc.com)

Pennsylvania school tax credit program gets $40 million boost in state budget | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

UPDATE: Wolf to sign $39.8 billion budget approved by lawmakers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa.’s poorest school districts will get more money next year. Public education advocates say the budget still falls short. (inquirer.com)

Aid for schools, overtime rule were key trade in state budget deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local legislators like the look of 2021-22 state budget | Times Leader

State budget adds funding for schools | Education | standardspeaker.com

Lawmakers opt for saving over spending in Pennsylvania budget (broadandliberty.com)

Lawmakers who represent Berks share perspectives on Pa. budget | Local News | readingeagle.com

Behind the scenes of the state budget process: How the $40 billion deal came together | WITF

School funding winners and losers in Pa.’s new $40B budget | WITF

Pa. lawmakers passed a budget on time, but here’s what they didn’t do (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. legislators urge organizations to apply for gun violence prevention grants | Local News | phillytrib.com

Will Pa. have an Arizona-style audit? What we know (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. Sen. Majority Leader Kim Ward undergoes breast cancer surgery (abc27.com)

Sweeping reform needed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Norman: America without tears | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocates for changes to reapportionment and the statute of limitations vow to fight on | TribLIVE.com

Letter: Requiring ID at polls is not voter suppression | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Universal mask mandate lifts in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. statewide mask mandate lifted unless you’re on public transportation (abc27.com)

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines likely to produce long-lasting immunity, study suggests | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Thaddeus Stevens College reverses COVID-19 vaccine requirement | Local News | lancasteronline.com

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in COVID-19 vaccine booster clinical trial (abc27.com)

More than half of eligible Luzerne County residents vaccinated | Times Leader

Range of opinions on end of state’s mask mandate | News | citizensvoice.com

NEPA records four new COVID-19 cases Monday | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

LVHN to offer COVID vaccinations Tuesday at Weatherly Area Middle School | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Meet the Pa. pediatrician who’s debunking COVID-19 rumors on TikTok | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Amish put faith in God’s will and herd immunity over COVID-19 vaccine – pennlive.com

Vaccine requirements: NJ, PA colleges and universities have different rules for campus return (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

As mask mandates end, Delco continues offering vaccine | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Monroe Emergency Management offices to close COVID vaccine clinics (poconorecord.com)

 

Business/Jobs

This grant program aims to create jobs in rural communities. Here’s how to apply. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bucks County biotech center’s Shark Tank-style event highlighting life sciences startups is staying online – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gardening is having a moment, but plants and workers are in short supply at Pittsburgh-area nurseries | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Help wanted: School bus company offers double wages in response to regionwide driver shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Without mixed drinks to-go rule, restaurants and bars prepare for slower summer recovery | WITF

“We Quit”: Several Pittsburgh workplaces have faced dramatic worker shortages | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

GUEST COLUMN: SBA is helping Pennsylvania get back in business [Column] | Business | dailylocal.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Troubling trend: Applicants for police officers down substantially in Schuylkill County | Cops and Courts | standardspeaker.com

Glenn Granitz Jr. sworn in as West Reading police chief | Local News | readingeagle.com

Mechanicsburg woman arrested for alleged role in Capitol attack | WITF

 

Education

Cal U trustees seek delay in Pa. state university mergers now set for mid-July | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

W-B Area gets some extra state funding, adopts budget with no tax hike | News | citizensvoice.com

North Schuylkill approves 2021-22 budget with tax increase | Education | standardspeaker.com

Letter: Enduring solution needed to school funding issues | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

On-campus statue of Franklin & Marshall College namesake vandalized | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Richland school directors approve internet, infrastructure upgrades | Local News | tribdem.com

United Way of Erie County launches newest community school in Union City (goerie.com)

School District, city kick off summer learning program | Local News | phillytrib.com

Closures of Black K-12 schools across the nation threaten neighborhood stability | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Video: Army vet Sean Parnell: Critical race theory is ‘way to destroy US military from inside out’ | American Military News

Video Shows GOP Rep. Comparing Democrats to Nazis: ‘They Want to Destroy the Country’ (vice.com)

Pa. Rep. Perry faces heat for comparing Dems to Nazis during speech | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PODCAST: From Warminster to Harrisburg? Charlie Gerow Talks About His Race For Governor – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Trump lashes out at ‘spineless’ former AG Barr for calling out election lies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Environment

Temporary parking acceptable use of former Apollo nuke site, DEP says | TribLIVE.com

 

Transportation

American Airlines flights out of Harrisburg may get canceled (abc27.com)

PennDOT opens diverging diamond interchange in York County (abc27.com)

Long-planned River Road extension in Reading finally begins | Local News | readingeagle.com

Erie County road work: Summit Township roundabout project begins (goerie.com)

 

Health

Biden administration looks to expand methadone vans to fight rise in overdose deaths | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. seniors long have faced higher risks of dying in falls. The pandemic may have made it worse. (inquirer.com)

Excela Health posts $72 million net income for 1st 9 months of fiscal year | TribLIVE.com

Lehigh Valley blood supply not drying up – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

State News

Problems continue with Pennsylvania’s revamped unemployment system (abc27.com)

Strengthening the state’s data breach act is the right move | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Farmers Market Nutrition Program returns amid rising food insecurity | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Gov. Tom Ridge discharged from hospital, begins rehab therapy | TribLIVE.com

U.S. Department of Labor sues Plains factory for alleged labor violation | Times Leader

2 critical but stable after small plane crash into field | WITF

Guest Editorial | Pennsylvania’s Game Commission should call the shots on Sunday hunting | Editorials | tribdem.com

We can do more to help children impacted by gun violence (poconorecord.com)

Using hashtags, gun violence survivors living with disabilities want to share their stories | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

National News

U.S. troops in Syria attacked after airstrikes on militias | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Before Florida condo building collapse, over $9 million in repairs needed – pennlive.com

‘Waiting and waiting and waiting’: Search for survivors in Florida collapse stretches to Day 6 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Supreme Court rulings and state laws send college sports into new era of ‘chaos’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Florida building collapse leaves many asking questions about structure durability and safety | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Star athletes at University of Alabama, University of Texas, University of Kentucky, University of Miami and University of Florida stand to reap millions as state laws kick into gear this week – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Covid-19-fueled housing market has home flippers feeling the squeeze – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Abhi Samuel: Another middle-class family says goodbye to New Jersey (broadandliberty.com)

Delaware approves $19M in tax incentives for WuXi division’s manufacturing project – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

California bans government travel to states with laws deemed discriminatory to LGBTQ people | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fireworks injuries hit 20-year high during pandemic (inquirer.com)

The Capital Gazette gunman’s trial begins today. Here’s what you need to know | WITF

Juul to pay $40M in N. Carolina teen vaping suit settlement | News | tribdem.com

Government reports big drop in migrant kids at largest emergency shelter on Mexico border | News | tribdem.com

With food insecurity still on the rise, N.J. may create cabinet role dedicated to fighting hunger | State & Region | phillytrib.com

 

Local News

Keller to hold town hall | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)

Mechanicsburg under mandatory water conservation order (abc27.com)

Thousands on West Side lose power, AC on sweltering day | News | citizensvoice.com

County audit shows $3.7 million surplus for 2020 | News | citizensvoice.com

Some Democrats say bank overdraft fees should be scrapped | News | citizensvoice.com

Developer John Basalyga to convert former Parodi Cigar building in North Scranton into apartments | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Officials in Hazleton seek court approval for EIT rates | News | standardspeaker.com

After 5+ years, crews begin to remove tons of debris at Harrisburg wall collapse site – pennlive.com

Allentown officials ‘not sure’ what was dumped in Buck Boyle Spray Park drains, forcing it to close for days; it will reopen once water tests clean – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

To stream or not to stream? With pandemic restrictions lifted, municipalities consider a new era of public meetings – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Waste Management apologizes to customers for service delays, schedules hiring event at company’s Gilbertsville location | Business | dailylocal.com

Slain teen Bianca Roberson remembered | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Northampton neighbors pushback again over Wawa plans in Holland neighborhood (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

‘Someone’s going to die at this thing’: Cocalico Creek crossing has decades worth of safety concerns | Outdoors | lancasteronline.com

Train derails in northern York County; some 30 cars overturned (ydr.com)

Wild: Pocono YMCA to receive $1 million for expansion, renovation (poconorecord.com)

 

Pitt

An effort to merge Wilkinsburg with Pittsburgh is brewing – PublicSource | News for a better Pittsburgh Wilkinsburg could become part of Pittsburgh in November if petition clears council and ballot hurdles

Port Authority of Allegheny County sees climbing budget, declining ridership, according to analysis | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

According to Mayor Bill Peduto’s plan, here’s where the city’s American Rescue Plan dollars would go | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A taxing equation? Lawsuit accuses county of manipulating property-sales data for its benefit in assessment appeals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mac Miller Fund to provide $1,000 grants for artists of color | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawsuit filed against Allegheny County hotel for allegedly discriminating against trans worker | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Pirates face backlash for booking homophobic, anti-vax country singer | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Philly anti-gun violence efforts: Elected officials, clergy applaud funding – WHYY

With thousands eligible, Philly Mayor Kenney, schools chief Hite urge city parents to claim child tax credit – News Break

City Council bill streamlines youth curfew, removes punitive fines for violations | PhillyVoice

McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Checkers and Burger King close to make way for housing in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Overdose death is not a priority for City Council | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Legal battle over Joel Freedman’s Hahnemann hospital real estate heating up (inquirer.com)

Fare card still has problems, but SEPTA is already working on Key 2.0 (inquirer.com)

The push for affordable development in West Philly is not creating real affordability | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Black Clergy, Krasner call on Philly’s largest companies, nonprofits to fund violence prevention efforts | Local News | phillytrib.com

With thousands eligible, Philly Mayor Kenney, schools chief Hite urge city parents to claim child tax credit | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Washington

U.S. military becomes target of leading conservatives over race studies (msnbc.com)

GOP struggles with diversity test on powerful finance panel (politico.com)

Toomey blasts Biden and Democratic efforts to end the filibuster | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Senator Pat Toomey visits Lancaster; speaks on infrastructure plan (abc27.com)

Pa.’s Toomey: Tax hikes are off the table to pay for bipartisan infrastructure deal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon is taking on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (inquirer.com)

Federal infrastructure deal remains shaky | ABC27