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How changing names is both more complex and expensive for the transgender community in Pa. (

Legal recognition for transgender, nonbinary Pennsylvanians doesn’t come easy. Here’s why some are calling for change | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Renewed calls for anti-discrimination law during LGBTQ Pride Month | Smart Talk (

It’s far past time for Pa. lawmakers to pass comprehensive non-discrimination legislation | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

GOP Wants To Add Voter ID To The Pennsylvania Constitution : NPR

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

Don’t get numb to gun violence, even as more people are shot in Philly each week | Opinion (

Pa. plans to spend $1 billion in American Rescue Plan money. A few similar-sized states plan to spend more. | WITF

Wolf to sign budget package, celebrate public school funding | WITF

Gov. Tom Wolf says new state budget will ‘move Pennsylvania forward’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schools, nursing homes big winners in state budget | News |

Pennsylvania budget deal sparks partisan fight over proposed election audit bureau (

GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A partisan fight brews over election audit funding in Pa.’s new budget | City & State PA (

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

Pa. governor to enact $40 billion state budget; state overtime rule repealed – Pennsylvania Business Report (

Budget surplus offers golden opportunity | Editorials |

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

New Pa. Level Up program boosts Erie School District; budget vote set (

Slain Chester County teen Bianca Roberson remembered | Local-news |

This Pa.Congressman holds donations from the skills game industry – Illinois News Today

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Home Grow Amendment Fails (

PA Senate Votes To Lift Ban On Student Athlete Earnings | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Support Sénate Bill 607 to allow Game Commission to regulate Sunday hunting – Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

PA Lawmakers Turn Against ‘Skill Games’

Pandemic Gap Year: Montco Students Reluctant to Advance a Grade Gain Legislative Permission to Stay Put

Trust (but verify) local police with speed radar | Editorials |

Cut off: Cocktails to-go saga stalls in Senate | City & State PA (

Pennsylvania bill to legalize cocktails to-go stalls, on hold for summer |

Welcome to Pennsylvania Political Podcast (

Pennsylvania doesn’t need yet another audit of 2020 election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State lawmakers join Pittsburgh restaurant owners in revolt against food delivery apps | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Left out of state budget, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will ‘maintain minimum services’ with Ag funds | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Toohil to resume outreach for area veterans | News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Delta variant prompts some US leaders to call for return of masks indoors (

Jill Biden teams up with NFL great to push vaccinations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Booster may be needed for J&J shot as Delta variant spreads; some experts already taking them (

This Pa. public campus reverses its vaccine requirement even before bill to ban it becomes law | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For second straight week, there are no counties in Pa. with high spread of coronavirus | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The coronavirus Delta variant is in the Philadelphia area, posing a threat to unvaccinated people (

Some Pa. nursing homes will still require masks, despite mandate lifting | WITF

Could promise of cold beer prompt Erie County residents to roll up sleeves? (

Lancaster County mass vaccination site permanently closing its doors today | Health |

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

U.S., Berks officials highlight effort to increase access to COVID services for underserved | Coronavirus |



The Restaurant Revitalization Fund ran out quickly. Is more restaurant relief funding on the way? – Philadelphia Business Journal (

We hate the office. We love the office. Do we want to go back? – The Washington Post

Employers calling people back as businesses reach conclusion that ‘human element cannot be replicated by Zoom’ –

Seniors Can Wait Months For Home Health Care Because Of Worker Shortage : Shots – Health News : NPR

A global chip shortage is leaving car dealership lots empty – The Morning Call (

Editorial | Contracts, arrival of new company great news for local defense sector | News |

Reading raises hourly wage to $15 for 33 part-time employees | Local News |



D.C. Attorney General Plan Could Put Fewer Teens In Adult Prisons : NPR

‘So I raped you’: Facebook message leads to arrest warrant in years-old rape claim in Gettysburg (

33-hour standoff ends after police storm apartment to rescue hostages, take suspect into custody –

Ghost guns seized from Northampton County home – The Morning Call (

Catholic priest faces charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a child in 1998 |



FCC opens up $7.2 billion tech fund for schools, libraries to close ‘homework divide’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opinion | Americans Finally Appreciate Schools. Now What? – The New York Times (

Dent Named As Inaugural Penn State McCourtney Institute Visiting Fellow | PoliticsPA

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

Point Park University says students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hempfield School District should foster education, not discrimination [opinion] | Local Voices |

Wyoming Area approves 2% increase in property tax rate | Education |

Hanover Area budget allocates $36.4M, doesn’t raise property tax | News |



Christine Flowers: What I saw at Charlie Gerow’s gubernatorial campaign launch (

A GOP Donor Is Funding South Dakota National Guard Troops In Texas : NPR

Opinion | Eric Adams Says He’s the ‘Face of the New Democratic Party.’ Is He Right? – The New York Times (

Tony Moreno accepts Republican nomination for Pittsburgh mayor, will challenge Ed Gainey in November | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Moreno, who lost Pittsburgh mayor race as a Democrat, now running as a GOP | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

State Sen. Mastriano, eyeing governor run, appears at Star Barn campaign event | PA Power and Policy |

Letter: Young people will overturn movement by Republicans | Letters to the Editor |

Letter: Eisenhower wouldn’t recognize today’s GOP | Letters to the Editor |

Scranton Dems recommend Welby for state House seat | News |



Americans expected to celebrate pandemic freedom with July 4th road trips | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

High-speed rail plans should appeal even to staunch critics | Opinion (

Officials: United Airlines’ new jets, added flights ‘great news’ for Johnstown airport | Local News |

I-83 widening project in York: Rutter’s, other businesses in limbo (

Interstate 83 businesses worry about eminent domain along Toronita Street (



Walmart launches lower-priced private label analog insulin to ease costs for diabetes care –

8-Year-Olds in Despair: The Mental Health Crisis Is Getting Younger – The New York Times (

Report: Number of Americans who need long-term care will double by 2065 | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Ben Mannes: Opposition to PA pipelines hurts us and helps Putin (

Problems continue with Pennsylvania’s revamped unemployment system (

Fourth of July travel plans? Here are mitigation orders for Pa’s neighboring states (

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh move ahead with plastic bag bans as Pennsylvania’s preemption nears its end · Spotlight PA

‘Stand up for us and fight back’: Billy Porter, Sen. Casey get emotional reaction at session on LGBTQ+ rights | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Statewide initiative promotes fireworks safety after dramatic rise in injuries | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn president to become next U.S. ambassador to Germany, report says (

Pa. is leading the way on pardon reform | Opinion (

When will the heat wave break? Thunderstorms may be on the way to help –

Cold front headed our way: A break – and perhaps rain – expected to halt western Pennsylvania heat wave | Local News |

Pennsylvania water named to 100 Best Bass Lakes list –

PennEast pipeline plans won’t be stopped by Supreme Court – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania blood banks concerned by shrinking supplies, asking donors to step forward | WITF

Google launches new ‘Find Food Support’ interactive site |

How Biden’s expanded endangered species protections help Pa. birds | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A puppy named Libre inspired a law that’s helped to curb animal cruelty in Pennsylvania. Those of us who want dogs in our lives have to do our part, too. [editorial] | Our Opinion |


National News

Champlain Towers Residents Sue Condo Association, Alleging Negligence : Live Updates: Miami-Area Condo Collapse : NPR

Florida condo rescuers keep an eye on tropical forecast as search effort enters 7th day | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FEMA Assistance Is Unfair To Poorer Disaster Survivors : NPR

The Supreme Court Leaves The CDC’s Moratorium On Evictions In Place : NPR

Court Rules In Alabama’s Census Case Over Redistricting Data, Privacy : NPR

The West Coast Heat Wave Kills Dozens, Hospitalizes More In Canada And U.S : NPR

Opinion | What the U.S. military can teach us about critical race facts – The Washington Post

How the next Manhattan DA could impact the Trump investigation – NEWS ON THE GO

Board of Elections error mars vote count in NYC mayoral primary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CFPB says mortgage servicers can soon start foreclosure proceedings. But there are limitations. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Target Store Closings Show Limits of Pledge to Black Communities – The New York Times (

NSA says it never targeted Tucker Carlson | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rental assistance fell victim to politics, bureaucracy | WITF

Why the murder rate is rising — and what we can do about it | John A. Tures | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

Home for children with disabilities opens in Penn Hills | New Pittsburgh Courier

Editorial: Fireworks safety is explosive issue as July 4th approaches | Opinion |

Mechanicsburg under mandatory water conservation order (

Pa. councilwoman charged, loses job after leaving runaway boy at homeless camp: authorities –

No clowning around: Hellertown pool suspends daily admission, citing ‘general unruliness and inappropriate behavior’ – The Morning Call (

Easton fire hydrants open to help public cool down from heat – The Morning Call (

Preservation Erie lists Erie County’s 9 ‘Most Endangered Properties’ (

PHS Harvest program aims to provide fresh produce to area food pantries | News |

Learning Lamp recipient of $230K grant from Appalachian Regional Commission | Local News |

Main Line Chamber Foundation receives $40,000 grant to support initiatives tied to COVID-19 recovery | Business |

Luzerne County tenants receive $3.6M in rent assistance | News |

HCA preparing for distribution system improvements in 2022 | News |

Reading officials say the Pa. law that allows the sale of amateur fireworks is putting people in danger | Local News |

Berks lawmaker reports increase in unemployment compensation scams | Local News |

Neshaminy, Oxford Valley malls struggle as luxury shopping flourishes (

Many factors impacted Pocono LGBTQ+ community during pandemic (

York Revolution add Anthony Moore, Fred Walker and others to ownership (

Indoor smoking returns at Mohegan Sun Pocono | Business |

Neighborhood revitalization program comes to Carbondale | News |

Pop-up city halls resume in Scranton | News |

Lackawanna County commissioners to hold special meeting Wednesday | News |



State budget OKs Pittsburgh’s scooter share pilot program | Pennsylvania |

Boomtown: Strip District population may double in next few years after $1.5 billion in investment, report predicts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Eds, meds and bots: Pittsburgh Robotics Network aims to put the city at the forefront of automation, robotics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council to begin public process on spending $335 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Irish Centre of Pittsburgh on sale for a reduced price of … $1.5 million | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Barrel and Flow announces new initiative to foster collaborations between artists and small businesses | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



PhilaPort lands $49M grant to help fund first deepwater berth in nearly 5 decades – Philadelphia Business Journal (

These are the healthiest communities in the Philadelphia area, per U.S. News & World Report – Philadelphia Business Journal (

As industrial real estate market sizzles, even old scrap metal yards are sparking bidding wars – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Marc Zumoff retires as 76ers play-by-play broadcaster – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia pool openings summer 2021 are inequitable, residents say (

Philly races to distribute rental assistance before the national eviction ban ends (

Philly Controller calls for urgent action on ‘unsafe’ jails (

Black Clergy, Krasner call on Philly’s largest companies, nonprofits to fund violence prevention efforts | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Infrastructure bill uncertain in Congress as Biden turns focus to public (

In Wisconsin jaunt, Biden pitches bipartisan infrastructure deal | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Progressives Hope Justice Stephen Breyer Steps Down : NPR

The House Votes To Remove Confederate Statues In The U.S. Capitol : NPR

Pa.’s U.S. House Republicans split on vote to remove statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Keller and Thompson Join Conservative Climate Caucus | PoliticsPA

Toomey Rips Biden Agenda, While Expressing Optimism Over Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal at PA Press Club | PoliticsPA

Roads, bridges, jobs: Biden selling big infrastructure deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

McConnell says federal standard may be needed to protect college sports |