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Legislature

Sen. Muth hires expert to ensure accountability at PSERS | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Boscola announces $1.9M in state grants – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

State Legislators Seem Eager To Finish The Mon-Fayette Expressway | 90.5 WESA

Millions in PA lawmaker expenses would be posted online under proposed bipartisan bill | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Bill would force Pa. to post online how lawmakers spend millions in tax dollars each year | WITF

Legislation in Pennsylvania would expand provisions of family leave for ailing relatives | State | bradfordera.com

Pennsylvania lawmaker sponsors bill that would allow teenagers to get vaccines without parents’ consent – ABC17NEWS

State Senator pushing bill to let Pa. teens get vaccines without parental consent (abc27.com)

Governor stands firm behind revamp of Pennsylvania’s charter school law | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Wolf wants to ‘level the playing field’ with charter reform, but not everyone is on board | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Legislation in Pennsylvania would expand provisions of family leave for ailing relatives | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Study reveals Pennsylvania’s pandemic-induced tax revenue rebound is lagging, but state official optimistic | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

5 measures LGBTQ advocates want to see advance in Pennsylvania | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania revenues up $3B at start of budget sprint | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The pandemic changed a lot. But not the partisan debate over paid leave | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

More Sunday hunting opportunities being considered across state (ydr.com)

Langerholc proposes ‘another way’ to fund transportation as alternative to bridge tolls | News | tribdem.com

Bill Clinger, former congressman, Warren native, dies at 92 | News | bradfordera.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National/State

Analysis: The pandemic is getting worse across the globe, even as it’s getting better in the U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

White House launches free beer, other new incentives for Biden’s ‘vaccine sprint’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden to launch initiative to recruit 1,000 Black-owned barbershops, salons to accelerate vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccine status: Where your privacy and their need to know intersect | Smart Talk (witf.org)

And you get a shot! And you get a shot! After COVID, what next for state lotteries? | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Western Pa. barbers split over helping President Biden promote covid vaccines | TribLIVE.com

Local

Allegheny County officials see brighter light at the end of the covid tunnel | TribLIVE.com

Geisinger continues walk-in vaccine events | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

12 new COVID cases reported in Luzerne County | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Long-term COVID-19 case count drops below 1,000 mark locally | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Transplant gives Berks County man a second chance at life after COVID destroyed his lungs | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Vaccination numbers increase in Berks County after weekend slowdown | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Erie County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (goerie.com)

When are COVID restrictions being lifted across the Delaware Valley? | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Bucks County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (theintell.com)

Monroe County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (poconorecord.com)

 

Business/Jobs

SBA’s PPP portal is closed. Here are other Covid-19 relief funding options for businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA IG saw massive increase in complaints during Covid – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

ISO: Workers dreading or excited to return to the office post-pandemic – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

The $10 billion bright spot in the battered world of office real estate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly Shipyard brings in a new generation of apprentices (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh region adds 15,200 jobs in April, but 80K short of pre-pandemic level | TribLIVE.com

Guy Ciarrocchi: It’s time for PA government to get our state back to work (broadandliberty.com)

Gerrity’s announces bonuses for employees and new hires | Business | standardspeaker.com

There’s now a $5 billion private company in central Pa. – pennlive.com

Central Pa.’s largest private company is hiring 130 people at its headquarters and new distribution center – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania restaurants struggle and lawmakers back unemployment work-search requirements – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Amazon won’t test jobseekers for cannabis – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

The untold story of how 1,000 acres of former Bethlehem Steel land became an economic powerhouse – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

2021 Fortune 500: Where Philadelphia-area companies rank – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

CodeBoxx tech training company plans Philadelphia expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

As Philadelphia’s industrial real estate market grows so does demand for trucking terminals – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Fast-growing LinkBank seeks to enhance local presence by relocating West Chester site – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Most Chester County restaurants now fully open | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. State Police provide glimpse into use-of-force training with demonstration for community members | TribLIVE.com

Records show force used against Kim Stringer in Bucks County Jail (theintell.com)

Philadelphia Police Officer Fired Over Facebook Posts Reinstated, Given Back Pay – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Data: Blacks in Pennsylvania are more than five times more likely to be killed by police than whites.State and region – Pennsylvania News Today

Changes prompted by COVID-19 are ‘new normal’ at Somerset prison | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three indicted in Pittsburgh in bogus $2 million ‘green’ energy plant investment scheme | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Public defender says Philly jails are ‘cruel and callous,’ and violate clients’ rights (inquirer.com)

Ross Park Mall beefing up security with cameras, K9 unit after gunfire erupts | TribLIVE.com

South Side’s Boom Boom Room raided by state police, shut down by health department | TribLIVE.com

Former manager at Pa. nursing home pleads no contest in case where three residents died – pennlive.com

Former nursing home director pleads to endangering 3 residents | News | delcotimes.com

Lehigh County Jail to welcome back visitors next week – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Investigative report details how Bucks COunty Jail guards used force against mentally ill inmate – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Florida inmate says he killed 6 in Pennsylvania in 1970s | WITF

Four cold cases solved as serial killer Edward Surratt confesses to killing six in Pa. (timesonline.com)

Allegheny County DA faces outrage after report he lashed out at lawyer who called his office ‘systematically racist’ | WITF

Prosecutors secure second guilty plea in Capitol insurrection investigation | WITF

Feds want Pennsylvania man to stay in jail after insurrection arrest (goerie.com)

Former Aliquippa police chief Couch settles lawsuit with city (timesonline.com)

New crime victim specialist unit seeing success in Central Bucks (theintell.com)

York police emotional support dog addresses an ugly period in city history (ydr.com)

 

Education

America’s schools are falling into disrepair with no solution in sight, experts say (nbcnews.com)

I saw a tale of two worlds going from a Bryn Mawr school to a Delco one | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Hearings on state university mergers double to eight; the first is Thursday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Have snow days melted off Pennsylvania school calendars? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy teacher fired after anti-Zionist, pro-Palestine tweets (inquirer.com)

Survey seeks to determine level of home internet access for Pa. students | TribLIVE.com

PA Senator Mike Regan: “Woke” Penn State has gone too far (broadandliberty.com)

Biden administration must support Global Partnership for Education | Times Leader

Editorial: More information needed before school budget votes | Times Leader

Scranton school directors question Bancroft future, larger plan for school closures | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Letter: School board can’t ignore city’s serious problems | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

A college insider on why free tuition and taxing the wealthy can save higher ed in the United States – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Owners move forward with bond for Midland innovation school (timesonline.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Controversial Sen. Mastriano and other Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Arizona election audit attracts Pennsylvania GOP legislators hopeful for their own review (msn.com)

Arizona GOP election audit draws more Republican politicians, including 3 Pa. lawmakers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Plum mayoral candidate Shawn Marcellino, 40, dies after collapsing during softball game | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump ends blog after 29 days, infuriated by measly readership | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schuylkill County commissioner encourages pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots | Election | standardspeaker.com

Mail voting is as easy as boiling water. Yet Pennsylvania voters still make mistakes, threatening the system. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Experts call it a ‘clown show’ but Arizona ‘audit’ is a disinformation blueprint | WITF

Pa. county commissioners want legislators to make election changes (goerie.com)

‘Flag Police’ acting at GOP’s urging, took down Pride Month flags, Fetterman tells donors | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater community power | Across America | phillytrib.com

Bucks Voices delivers petition for more drop boxes with parade in Doylestown (theintell.com)

Talk of Trump 2024 run builds as legal pressure intensifies | National and World | delcotimes.com

 

Environment

America Is Building Mountains of Radioactive Fracking Waste & the One in Joe Biden’s Hometown Is Under Criminal Investigation – PUBLIC HERALD

RIGGI will protect the public’s health | The Bucks County Herald

Covestro ‘think tank’ to address how recycled food waste, fashion and mattresses make up circular economy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DEP fines Olympus Energy $175,000 for Marcellus Shale site violation | TribLIVE.com

Solar installation will save taxpayer money | The Bucks County Herald

Endangered birds: Are egrets, herons leaving Kiwanis Lake for good? (ydr.com)

 

Transportation

U.S. sees 2 busiest days for air travel over Memorial Day weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turnpike engineer: Next leg of Mon Fayette Expressway likely to start construction next year | TribLIVE.com

PennDOT awaits state and federal permits to start bridge construction | The Bucks County Herald

Future of transportation: How technology is helping to manage traffic. (theintell.com)

 

Health

CMU professor makes the case for a healthy mental immune system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County sees 22% increase in drug overdose deaths | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PCOS raises the risk of getting COVID-19. Women with the complex disorder are pushing for research. (inquirer.com)

UPMC reports $6B in 2021 revenue as hospital volumes rebound from covid slowdown | TribLIVE.com

Profits for Pa. hospitals plunged during first COVID-19 wave – pennlive.com

Hospital finances: Erie’s big ones thrive, smaller ones struggle (goerie.com)

Study shows childhood lead poisoning is common in Lehigh Valley, officials held meeting to address the problem – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Doylestown Hospital center renamed in honor of Clark family | The Bucks County Herald

 

State News

Allegheny National Forest grows over 500 acres with land transfer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Without enough child care, workers can’t get back to work (inquirer.com)

JBS Souderton in Montgomery County among those shut by cyberattack (inquirer.com)

JBS meat processing plant in Montgomery County reopening after closing due to cyberattack | Business | readingeagle.com

U.S. labor secretary tours Hanover Twp. manufacturing facility | News | citizensvoice.com

Making it in America | Times Leader

U.S. labor secretary pushes Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan in Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

These Pa. cities are among the safest in the US, study shows. One even ranks as No. 3 – pennlive.com

How to celebrate African American history in central PA on Juneteenth (ydr.com)

PECO’s proposed electric rate increase is up for a hearing next week (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

National News

Netanyahu opponents reach coalition deal to oust Israeli PM | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas bill to ban teaching of critical race theory puts teachers on front lines of culture war over how history is taught | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas push to close shelters for migrant kids alarms groups | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chauvin attorney argues for probation instead of prison time for George Floyd murder; prosecutors ask for 30 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

MTA releases outline of breach as cyberattacks surge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yellow Whistles sound the alarm on anti-Asian violence (inquirer.com)

NASA chief announces 2 new Venus missions after agency’s $25 billion budget request | TribLIVE.com

Stimulus checks for parents: Here’s when the child tax credit starts and how you can decide payment options – pennlive.com

NY taxpayers to foot mounting legal bills over Cuomo probes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

NFL pledges to halt ‘race-norming,’ review Black claims | WITF

Sackler family empire poised to win immunity from opioid lawsuits | WITF

 

Local News

State Sen. Judy Schwank on Reading Fightin Phils | | readingeagle.com

Major League Baseball wants upgrades made to keep Fightin Phils in Reading | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Fightin Phils and stadium officials dedicated to do what it takes to keep team in Reading | Local News | readingeagle.com

PA JCI Senate completes year with Awards Banquet | The Bucks County Herald

Report: Geisinger Wyoming Valley outperforms region and state financially | Times Leader

Complaint filed with state Human Relations Commission over racist statement at golf course | Times Leader

Resource day at Kirby Park will help those in need | News | citizensvoice.com

McDade Park swimming pool won’t open this year | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna County commissioners add $141,000 to hospitality grant program | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Fees, size, noise being tackled in new Hazleton public gatherings ordinance | News | standardspeaker.com

Schuylkill commissioners support 9/11 trail | News | standardspeaker.com

United Way of Berks County announces more grants funded by philanthropist’s $10 million gift | Local News | readingeagle.com

LGBT Center of Greater Reading to celebrate Pride Month with opening of technology center | Local News | readingeagle.com

Bethlehem overrules Historic Conservation Commission to approve 8-story flatiron-style building with 90 apartments – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Allentown buys more time on proposed campaign finance regulations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh County officials promote legal advice, food drive for Community Outreach Day this Saturday – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bethlehem City Council again postpones vote on Martin Tower zoning changes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Erie animal cruelty case: 46 dogs & cats seized ‘on the mend’; adoptable soon (goerie.com)

Remembering Rev. James McGrory; founding pastor of Mother of Divine Providence parish | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Comcast adds high-speed internet options in Beaver County (timesonline.com)

Morrisville Municipal Authority buys land for wastewater facility on U.S. Steel site | The Bucks County Herald

Downtown Inc brings back First Friday to York (ydr.com)

Delco council holds its first in-person meeting in 14 months | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

Memorial for renowned educator Iris MacRae to be held Saturday; here’s how to watch | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County weddings: Couples ready to tie knot after pandemic pause (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Pitt

Local Pittsburgh artist studio opens on Forbes Avenue – The Pitt News

New home and condo sales in Pittsburgh increased 25% during the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Addition by subtraction? URA may divide former Shop ’n Save space in Hill in bid to attract another grocer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County sheriff sale postponed until July | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Opera announces its 2021-22 season | TribLIVE.com

State police in region investigate 106 crashes, write 1,500 speeding tickets over holiday | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh Pride events June 5-6 celebrate LGBTQ and QTPOC communities (timesonline.com)

Pittsburgh politicians call on DA Stephen Zappala to be removed or resign from office | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Essay: Philly’s historic Great Beech tree is dying – WHYY

Sixers advance in NBA playoffs, beating Wizards without Joel Embiid; face Hawks in second round (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia’s summer programs for kids are reopening for 2021. Here’s what you need to know. (inquirer.com)

2021 Philadelphia Pride calendar (inquirer.com)

Free Library supporters demand $15M budget boost | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Biden pushes for U.S. voting rights law as restrictions mount | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden says he will ramp up push to expand voting rights, and puts Harris in charge | WITF

White House science chief wants to reimagine medicine, climate approaches | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden to lower barriers to housing discrimination cases and boost Black-owned home values | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden, GOP senator to talk again on infrastructure deadline | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pressure mounts on Manchin as ‘panic’ sets in among Democrats over voting rights | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cartwright’s abandoned mineland reclamation bills advance to House floor | News | standardspeaker.com