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Legislature

Lessons learned from COVID pandemic examined to make changes in PA nursing homes – WPXI

New bills look to end unemployment benefits, push people back to work | WHP (local21news.com)

Lawmaker Pushing Bill To Let Teens Decide On COVID-19 Vaccine | WHP 580 (iheart.com)

Senator Pushes Bill For Coroners Investigate New COVID Related Deaths | BOB 94.9 | WHP580 Newsroom (iheart.com)

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

GOP fight over 2020 election audit brews in Pennsylvania | WITF

Doug Mastriano, Pa. state senator, says Arizona vote audit ought to be ‘mannequin’ for his state – NEWPAPER24 – Newpaper24 – Global online News around the World

After colleagues visit Arizona, top Pa. Senate Republican weighs election audit; House GOP says no | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Republicans Call for Arizona-Style Election Audit (breitbart.com)

Lawmakers mum on who’s paying for their trip to witness Arizona election audit | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Clinger leaves lasting impact on region | News | bradfordera.com

Five takeaways from a year-long investigation on lawmaker spending · Spotlight PA

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

Central Pa. students plan protest at Capitol against sexual violence – pennlive.com

Legislation aims to give Pennsylvania municipalities more leeway in managing open spaces | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Trifecta of anti-abortion bills threatens choice and women’s health | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Aument proposes to suspend no-excuse mail voting, to encourage lawmakers to make changes to PA’s voting law | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

‘Choose Wisely’: Cong’l Dems warn Pa. lawmakers against misusing $7B in stim cash | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Blight hurts communities, and Pa. legislators say they want to help | WITF

Heffley’s bill would ban vaccine passports in Pennsylvania | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

Colleges Say Students Must Get a Covid Vaccine. But No, Not That One. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

New York City Schools Will Offer Covid Vaccines – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. Sending 1 Million Coronavirus Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities, Resort Spots : NPR

As Contact Tracing Programs Shrink, Health Agencies Plan For Future Pandemics : Shots – Health News : NPR

Gianficaro: COVID vaccinations not enough safeguard for some to drop masks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Heart reaction probed as possible rare vaccine link in teens | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

State

Vaccine rates lagging among state prison staff, data show; numbers questioned | Local News | tribdem.com

Local

COVID-19: Daily update on coronavirus cases in Erie County (goerie.com)

St. Luke’s first in Lehigh Valley region to offer texting capability for vaccine appointments | The Bucks County Herald

COVID vaccines for teens: Allentown School Districts holds two clinics this week with LVHN and Allentown Health Bureau – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

COVID vaccine boosters still a possibility, says Berks doctor | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Penn State Health updates visitor policy and COVID vaccination site hours | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

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

Lackawanna tops among large counties in adult COVID-19 vaccinations | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Business/Jobs

U.S. adds modest 559,000 jobs in May, better than April but still a sign of hiring struggles | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

May 2021 Jobs Report Could Signal Whether Workers Are Staying on Sidelines – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

SBA launches Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst with millions on the line. Here’s what businesses need to know. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Covid-19 was one more challenge Philadelphia’s LGBTQ workers didn’t need – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Cities like Tulsa offering cash to lure remote workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Erie dining: More restaurants welcome customers as restrictions ease (goerie.com)

Erie Insurance ranks as 347th largest company in the nation, Fortune says (goerie.com)

Steel can have a strong, responsible future in Pa. (poconorecord.com)

Together, we can choose a different future for Appalachian communities | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Need a job? Hersheypark is still hiring and is offering perks – pennlive.com

Giant Eagle worker supports state push to raise minimum wage to $12 an hour | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Black people stood up to racist policing and got results. Where is that story? | Solomon Jones (inquirer.com)

Montgomery County police officers will help those with substance use disorder get treatment | News | thereporteronline.com

New owner of Conestoga View pleads no contest to role in Delaware County nursing home deaths | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Interim chief of police: Don’t allow permitless concealed carry in Pennsylvania [column] | Local Voices | lancasteronline.com

PA Department of Corrections provides prison tour, discusses “new normal” operations as COVID-19 mitigation measures loosen | The Bucks County Herald

Beaver County native works to solve cold cases across the country, including Surratt killings (timesonline.com)

New Williamsport police chief does not meet requirements of a job description few knew existed – pennlive.com

Katie’s Kandy owner accused of $6.8 million embezzlement scheme against Hillandale Farms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No action taken on Vandergrift police officer’s employment following lengthy closed-door meeting | TribLIVE.com

 

Education

Analysis: Pa. schools have received most COVID-19 aid, so far | Local News | thereporteronline.com

Drexel to keep labs in Center City after Iron Stone buys New College building – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

David R. Osborne: Teachers’ unions don’t speak for all teachers (broadandliberty.com)

Delaware Valley University names Benjamin Rusiloski interim president (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bensalem School District looks at racial inequities, ways to improve (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

With days left of school, Central Bucks board votes for optional masks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Charter school reform needed to better align costs, ensure parents have quality education choices [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Upper Darby School board gives final OK to new high school schedule | Local-news | delcotimes.com

2 Penncrest school directors accused of ‘homophobia’ during Pride Month (goerie.com)

Philly’s charter schools chief is leaving for a schools job in D.C. (inquirer.com)

School mask requirements are coming under fire as parents ramp up pressure on districts (inquirer.com)

Your view: Don’t let Wolf run charter schools out of business | Times Leader

Scranton teachers opt not to vote on district’s ‘best and final’ contract offer | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

Malcolm Kenyatta earns Victory Fund endorsement in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race – Metro Weekly

Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end Senate practice | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

NRCC Targets Cartwright in Radio Ad | PoliticsPA

SD34: Corman Draws Challenge from Millheim Borough Council Prez | PoliticsPA

Pence Calls Systemic Racism A ‘Left-Wing Myth’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Louis DeJoy Investigated Over Possible Campaign Finance Violations – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Troopers search Cambria County election office; nominating petitions from primary race sought, solicitor says | News | tribdem.com

Trump’s grip on GOP raises fears about democratic process | WITF

Pence: I’ll likely never see eye to eye with Trump on Jan. 6 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Unofficial but complete Luzerne County ballot count released ahead of Friday’s certification | Times Leader

Lackawanna County certifies results of May 18 election | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Environment

Farmers Are Feeling The Pain As Drought Spreads In The Northwest : NPR

Op-Ed: Renewable Fuel Standard makes us more reliant on foreign oil (poconorecord.com)

Toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ found in drinking water across Pennsylvania: Search the database – pennlive.com

Local leaders press EPA on lead water needs and fixes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DEP approves massive Keystone Sanitary Landfill expansion | | citizensvoice.com

 

Transportation

Trenton-Mercer Airport Expansion Could Bring More Flights Over Area – LevittownNow.com

Passenger numbers soar at Arnold Palmer airport; air show proceeds likely to disappoint | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

Pennsylvania hospitals take hit during Covid-19 pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

$2.5M Clark family donation pushes Doylestown Health campaign past original goal (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lancaster County hospitals’ revenue take a hit in COVID-19 pandemic, state report shows | Health | lancasteronline.com

Flu season in Erie County: COVID-19 curtails 2020-21 cases (goerie.com)

Free developmental, autism screenings for children available June 15 (timesonline.com)

Drug and Alcohol Services to get new name, home (timesonline.com)

Coping with reopening anxiety | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Pennsylvania hospitals took a financial hit from the pandemic, but Lehigh Valley hospitals fared better than most – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley health officials to Sen. Pat Toomey: Addiction in region needs to be addressed – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Letter: Public health in Berks needs county support | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Colon cancer screening age guidelines lowered | News | standardspeaker.com

 

State News

Casey touts White House spending plans at town hall | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Casey: It’s time to ‘chart a new course’ with proposed infrastructure bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Ready-to-drink cocktail expansion could net Pennsylvania $184 million, analysis says | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Demonstrators rally at Houlahan’s office | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Wild promotes child tax credit at Pocono YMCA in Stroudsburg stop (poconorecord.com)
Go green on new housing (poconorecord.com)

Connecting low-income families to high-speed internet: Let’s learn from past failures and build on what works | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Game Commission could decide Sunday hunting schedule itself with newly introduced bill | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pa. forest gets additional 2 miles of riverfront – pennlive.com

Our View: On this day, please give, NEPA | Times Leader

 

National News

White House Warns Companies to Act Now on Ransomware Defenses – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

High School Valedictorian Takes Aim at Texas Abortion Law – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Supreme Court Gives A Pass To An Officer Who Sold Police Data : NPR

Who Is Naftali Bennett, The Right-Wing Israeli Who Could Oust Netanyahu : NPR

Canadian Indigenous Chief: ‘Nobody Can Deny Residential Schools Were The Genocide Of Our People’ | Here & Now (wbur.org)

F. Lee Bailey, Lawyer for Patty Hearst and O.J. Simpson, Dies at 87 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ex-Trump Aide Don McGahn Will Testify On Russia Investigation : NPR

Nonprofit EmbraceRace helps parents explain race to children | Across America | phillytrib.com

JBS plant in Montgomery County fully operational after weekend cyberattack | WITF

GM to increase vehicle deliveries to dealers: ‘Help is on the way’ | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Local News

Are Fightin Phillies leaving Reading, Pennsylvania? Not so fast. (inquirer.com)

Editorial: Leaders in Reading and beyond must fight to keep Fightins | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Reading raises flag to celebrate Pride Month | Local News | readingeagle.com

Chamber expands its ‘Bringing PA Back’ initiative to drive economic recovery | Business | thereporteronline.com

Juneteenth event in park voted ahead by Lansdale committee | News | thereporteronline.com

Free online programs offered by Phoenixville Public Library | Lifestyle | dailylocal.com

Juneteenth Festival nears with events slated across Chester County from Lower Oxford to Kennett Square | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Concerts, events returning in August to Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center in Reading | Things-to-do | dailylocal.com

Bucks County commissioner criticizes county judiciary in child welfare cases (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

12 events to celebrate LGBT pride in Lancaster County this June | Entertainment | lancasteronline.com

Union Community Care to host COVID-19 memorial event | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Memorial park planned to honor seven fallen Johnstown firefighters | News | tribdem.com

Delaware County Medical Examiner retiring after 19 years | News | delcotimes.com

Pocono Pride: LGBTQ+ Festival this weekend in Stroudsburg (poconorecord.com)

Tech grant brings free upgrades to Ben Wilson Senior Center in Warminster (theintell.com)

Historic preservation funds awarded in Beaver, Lawrence counties (timesonline.com)

Allentown NIZ authority approves financing for $6.5 million riverfront project – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Fifty-eight homes planned for second phase of Cumberland County housing development – pennlive.com

Concerts, events returning in August to Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center in Reading | Local News | readingeagle.com

Cartwright announces $848,440 grant for WVSA for stormwater improvements | Times Leader

Pride flag flies over Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square | Times Leader

Resource day at Wilkes-Barre park will help those in need | News | standardspeaker.com

Wilkes-Barre announces Old-Fashioned Fourth of July will feature fireworks | Entertainment | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Pittsburgh’s “monumental” 48 Hour Film Project is back, and in person | Screen | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Allegheny County DA defends ending deals with lawyer who called office racist | WITF

DA Stephen Zappala responds to criticism of stopping plea deals with Black attorney over race comments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Norman: Systemic bullying by DA Stephen Zappala | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A tool to create affordable housing in Pittsburgh is about to expire | WITF

‘The opportunity is here, but the threats are real’: Officials push for state support of Hazelwood Green to keep tech innovations in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Black Restaurant Week campaign focuses on help for industry hit hard by the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Liquor control cites 6 restaurants, bars in Pittsburgh region for breaking pandemic rules in May | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

$100M University City development breaks ground; 54 acres sell in Bucks County – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia nightclubs gear up for potential return as lingering restrictions frustrate operators – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

76ers series clincher is highest-rated telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia since 2002 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

City Council hearing looks at new ways to tackle gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

How the Philly Medical Examiner’s Office desecrated MOVE victims’ remains for 36 years | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s parking tax proposed cut could have stipulations | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly Free Library supporters demand $15M budget boost | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia drug deaths soared again in 2020, hitting Black residents hardest: ‘It’s a racial justice issue’ (inquirer.com)

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

Philly judge gets 6-month suspension for ‘blatant and inexcusable’ misconduct on the bench (inquirer.com)

Indicted Philly councilmembers Bobby Henon and Kenyatta Johnson raise courtroom cash (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia arts groups need more public-sector funding to rebound, advocates say (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

House Dems unveil $547B infrastructure bill amid Biden talks | Business | thereporteronline.com

Biden widens list of Chinese firms off-limits for investment | Business | thereporteronline.com

(122) FOX BUSINESS | Rep. Meuser joins Maria to discuss infrastructure and the COVID-19 origins – YouTube

Biden offers tax deal to Republicans in infrastructure talks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette