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Legislature

COMITTA: RGGI means clean air, strong economy for Pennsylvania – Daily Local

Democratic Lawmaker Calls On PA Legislature To Spend Surplus – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Residents and professionals urge PA state legislators to take action against fracking | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Letter: Can Pennsylvania go 100% renewable by 2050? – Daily Local

Gov. Tom Wolf pitches using federal COVID aid to give cash assistance to families in need | 90.5 WESA

Wolf touts $1.75M investment in Berks baby formula plant | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Mastriano Shares Docs, Agrees to Interview with 1/6 Committee – PoliticsPA

Pa. GOP governor candidate Doug Mastriano’s Jan. 6 committee interview may not yield much, analyst says | WITF

Doug Mastriano to speak to Jan. 6 congressional committee, provided some documents (inquirer.com)

Hempfield lawmaker’s bill targets Pitt, Penn State funding | TribLIVE.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

White House: 1st shots for kids under 5 possible by June 21 (inquirer.com)

COVID cases surged in PA and NJ, but hospitalizations and deaths didn’t go up similarly. Is the new normal here? (inquirer.com)

White House: 1st shots for kids younger than 5 possible by June 21 | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Covid cases down, deaths rise in Allegheny County | TribLIVE.com

COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in Allegheny County for 3rd week in a row | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID cases surged in PA and NJ, but hospitalizations and deaths didn’t go up similarly. Is the new normal here? (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

U.S. added 390,000 jobs in May as hiring remained robust (inquirer.com)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce visits Chester County for inside look at semiconductor shortage – Daily Local

TGIF? Insane gas prices reach another record in Pa.: $4.85 a gallon average – pennlive.com

Walmart to open massive 1.5 million-square-foot fulfillment center in central Pa. – pennlive.com

Walmart adding 4 fulfillment centers, more than 4,000 jobs, including in Pa. (inquirer.com)

Warehouse numbers continue to rise in the Lehigh Valley. Where is the funding coming from? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Recession is coming, but it’s a necessary evil, PNC CEO Bill Demchak says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Crime/Punishment

5 ways to reduce school shootings | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia paid $78.5 million in clergy sex abuse reparations (inquirer.com)

 

Education

With no social worker, this rural Pa. school district turned to teaching emotions in class | WITF

Letter: Why should teachers have to take on protecting students? (poconorecord.com)

McDowell students protest gun violence after fatal Texas school shooting (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools cost taxpayers and businesses (goerie.com)

Masks back in Erie schools amid COVID surge could prompt more lawsuits (goerie.com)

West Chester Area School District considers not using cops in schools – Daily Local

Officials discuss report calling for more education funding | Education | citizensvoice.com

Philly police officers led music class after Hartranft Elementary’s teacher quit (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Josh Shapiro and Sharif Street at odds over leadership of Pa. Democratic Party (inquirer.com)

If elected Pa. governor, Mastriano wants everyone to re-register to vote. Can he do that? – pennlive.com

GOP insiders begin to reluctantly support Doug Mastriano, as Democrats tout unity in Pennsylvania | WITF

Mastriano’s crazy scheme to undo 2020 election could be the first item if he’s governor | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Doug Mastriano’s largest donor is Shake Shack’s bread maker | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Doug Mastriano: 5 ways the Republican can win the PA governor race (ydr.com)

Bob Casey weighs in on state’s U.S. Senate race, criticizes GOP – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. court sides with McCormick, orders contested ballots counted in Senate primary | News | tribdem.com

Court orders contested ballots counted in Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary | WITF

Commonwealth Court rules counties must tally undated ballots in Oz-McCormick U.S. Senate race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 3: McCormick Not Gaining Ground in Recount – PoliticsPA

Pa. recount: Mehmet Oz vs. David McCormick Senate race results, John Fetterman still out (inquirer.com)

Court strikes down recount effort in 36th State Senate District | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Dallas teacher wins GOP nomination in 22nd Senatorial District | Times Leader

PAC linked to billionaire Jeffrey Yass donated heavily to Coleman’s 16th Senate campaign – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states, including Pa., get millions from U.S. DOT – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

An outdated parking rule in Pa. law threatens the safest kind of bike lanes (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Monkeypox Philadelphia case is likely first in state (inquirer.com)

Guest commentary: Support legislation to reauthorize investment in Alzheimer’s research and care (mainlinemedianews.com)

Latrobe-area leaders upbeat about proposed merger of Excela, Butler health systems | TribLIVE.com

Crozer Health to keep mental health services through this summer (inquirer.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania announces expanded food assistance eligibility | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Court could clear way for local gun laws in Pa. · Spotlight PA

Natural gas: ‘Hedging’ and pipeline capacity an issue for Pennsylvania production | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Majority of Pennsylvanians think the state is on the wrong track | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania’s highest court could give cities the go-ahead to craft their own gun laws (ydr.com)

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Working through the COVID-19 pandemic pays off for Pa. government workers with bonuses – pennlive.com

 

National News

Why the war on gun violence is also a battle against systemic inequality | Solomon Jones (inquirer.com)

N.Y. passes a bill that raises the age to buy and own semi-automatic rifles : NPR

N.Y. passes bill raising age to buy, own semi-automatic rifles (inquirer.com)

Chicago archbishop adds his voice to the calls for gun safety legislation : NPR

2 doctors, a receptionist and a visitor were killed in the Tulsa shooting : NPR

2 women killed outside an Iowa church, hours after a shooting in Wisconsin : NPR

Uvalde school staffer takes the first step to possible lawsuit against gunmaker : NPR

The AR-15 is for mass killing — ban it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lawmakers call for investigation into Thomson federal prison : NPR

Queen Elizabeth II will skip Friday events due to discomfort | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Abortion rights might soon be gone. Activists worry same-sex marriage is next | WITF

 

Local News

Former Bethlehem budget director Mark Sivak charged (mcall.com)

Allentown City Council delays vote on giving IronPigs, Da Vinci $1.5 million in federal funds, citing favoritism issues – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

March against violence to be held in Harrisburg Friday morning (abc27.com)

Public shares feedback State Street construction project (abc27.com)

Montgomery County homeless shelter to close June 30 as lease runs out (mainlinemedianews.com)

Poconos celebrate pride as fight for rights continues (poconorecord.com)

Opinion: These heroes paid the ultimate price for our freedom (poconorecord.com)

Upper Darby Council removes Rongione as administrative officer (delcotimes.com)

Delaware County received an extra $10 million for emergency rental assistance for helping more than 10,000 tenants (delcotimes.com)

Here’s how Lancaster County is spending American Rescue Plan Act funding [chart] | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Chester County earns national award for youth partnership with SPCA – Daily Local

Rainbow flag raised on Public Square to kick off Pride Month | News | citizensvoice.com

Wilkes-Barre council OKs $1.3M in ARP cash for parking garage work | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Mayor Gainey and health officials call for Pa. to legalize needle exchanges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Developer tackles the demolition of the brawny New Federal Cold Storage building in the Strip | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After North Side Airbnb shooting, teens struggle with trauma over gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh companies to get $1.6M in Department of Energy grants to improve nuclear, help solve climate challenges | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Federal grant will pay half the cost for Port Authority to study whether bus routes should be changed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocacy group criticizes Port Authority for studying its route network while it doesn’t have enough drivers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly school district reopens registration for select summer programming sites | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia parks, libraries get funding bump in mayor’s budget. Is it enough? (inquirer.com)

North Broad Street project offers a new view of corridor | Local News | phillytrib.com

Councilmember Johnson honors those fighting gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Photos: Give Philly a Raise Rally | Local News | phillytrib.com

William Penn Foundation gives nearly $6 million for trail network around Philly (inquirer.com)

Kenyatta Johnson should stop blocking Washington Avenue safety plan | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden calls for a ban on assault rifles among measures to curb gun violence : NPR

Biden appeals for tougher gun laws: ‘How much more carnage?’ (inquirer.com)

As senators seek common ground on guns, ‘red flag’ laws become a focus | WITF

What gun control proposals will the U.S. House consider? Here’s the list – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Jan. 6 committee promises primetime hearing with previously unseen material : NPR

Pennsylvania’s Dr. Rachel Levine gets expanded role in Biden administration – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

White House interns will begin being paid this fall : NPR

Biden announces Sept conference on hunger, nutrition, health (inquirer.com)