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Legislature

Vincent Hughes: ‘We’re running a $3B budget surplus in Pennsylvania’ | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania got $7B in federal stimulus money. How it might spend it (goerie.com)

Wolf Administration Improves Access to Senior Food Box Program | Life – Pennsylvania News Today

Bipartisan bill would protect pregnant workers | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Lawmakers join Mayor Peduto and others in Pittsburgh to push for more local control over gun laws | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peduto, Frankel want local communities to be able to enact gun laws | TribLIVE.com

After a year of Zoom and telework, Capitol staff make steady return to Harrisburg | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Election audit proposal draws criticism from Chester County Democratic lawmakers | News | pottsmerc.com

Some Republicans want Arizona-style audit of Pa.’s election. Will it happen? (tricountyindependent.com)

Pennsylvania Republicans Split Over Proposed 2020 Election Audit (theepochtimes.com)

Top Pennsylvania Senator Says He Supports Audit of 2020 Election (theepochtimes.com)

Lawmakers split over 2020 election audit in Pennsylvania | Local/Regional | thedailyreview.com

PA State Senator Championing Election Integrity Voted for No-Excuse Absentee Voting in the State (breitbart.com)

In letter, state representatives demand Zappala rescind policy prohibiting plea offers to Black attorney | TribLIVE.com

Nearly a dozen Pittsburgh state reps condemn DA Zappala’s actions against Black attorney who criticized the DA’s office | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

State Rep. Davis Supports Legislation Limiting Solitary Confinement – LevittownNow.com

PA Senate Bill Seeks To Legalize E-Scooters (yahoo.com)

Pittsburgh Priming To Operate PA’s First E-Scooter Program | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

PA Senate Bill Seeks To Legalize E-Scooters – CBS Cleveland (cbslocal.com)

Senate leader proposes series of state transportation funding reforms | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(130) PA Senate Bill Seeks To Legalize E-Scooters – YouTube

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

Lawmakers’ expense records must be public | Opinion | dailyitem.com

Letter to the Editor: Why won’t all Delco lawmakers support redistricting reform? | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Letter to the Editor: Why we need to support redistricting reform | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Letter: Let’s bring transparency to redistricting process | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

Advocates push for citizen input and transparency in new congressional and legislative maps | TribLIVE.com

DCNR announces $8.7 million to conserve structures at Washington Crossing Historic Park – Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc.

PA Environment Digest Blog: PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Legislators Sprint To Budget Deadline Awash In Money; Never Ending Election; Ending Emergency? (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Senate bill would allow Pennsylvania Game Commission to decide future of Sunday hunting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ni­cole Mo­linaro: Con­cealed-carry bill en­ables do­mes­tic abus­ers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill to create grant program to revitalize hospitality and tourism industry | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gun rights rally planned at Pennsylvania capitol building | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.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

Could stalled PA ‘red flag’ bill prevent first responders, veterans suicides? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

‘Walk as free people’: Conservatives rally at the Pa. Capitol to celebrate referenda wins | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hazardous death notice bill reintroduced by Ward | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

CDC director urges parents to vaccinate teens, noting increased hospitalization rates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID Vaccines From Novavax And Medicago Could Debut Soon : Shots – Health News : NPR

U.S. Senators Promise COVID-19 Vaccines For Taiwan Amid China Row : NPR

A new type of COVID-19 vaccine could debut soon | WITF

U.S. administers 300 millionth covid-19 vaccine shot | TribLIVE.com

State

After delays, Bucks, Montgomery county begin COVID vaccines in jails (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID-19 killed their brother. Misinformation about the virus divided their family. | WITF

Local

Pittsburgh Barbershop Signs Up To Be Part Of President Joe Biden’s Vaccine Outreach Program – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Amish reaction to COVID vaccine in Pa. mirrors that of rural neighbors | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Second shots at Lancaster mass vaccination site after June 9 still to be worked out | Health | lancasteronline.com

Second day with fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases in state | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Bucks County parents divided over schools ditching mask mandate | WITF

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

WellSpan Chambersburg patient goes home after long battle with COVID (ydr.com)

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 488 new cases; Lehigh Valley sees no new deaths – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New COVID-19 cases drop for second day in region, state | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

8 more cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

 

Business/Jobs

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania increased last week (timesonline.com)

Nearly 300,000 Workers Age 40+ Would Get Pay Boost From Minimum Wage Increase – MyChesCo

Covid-19 fallout means many small businesses might not survive the summer – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

For Philadelphia to prosper, we need to focus on jobs (thephiladelphiacitizen.org)

‘We operate on the honor system’: Pittsburgh businesses adapting to eased mask guidelines | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s like I’m starting over’: Arts fest vendors happy to be back on the road | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As others see it: Clairton is dead, long live Clairton | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Lifeline For The Unemployed Is About To End In Half Of U.S. : NPR

Philadelphia staffing pro says enhanced UI keeping workers at home – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Rivers Casino Philadelphia boosts employee pay to $15 an hour to attract more workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Montgomery County-based Unisys to acquire Unify Square for $152.5M | Business | dailylocal.com

Marijuana grower adding 200 jobs, buying former mill | News | tribdem.com

‘In the pipeline’: Microloans available as an option for area’s entrepreneurs | Local News | tribdem.com

The 300K Pennsylvanians awaiting unemployment deserve payment now | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Beaver County chemical workers rally against ‘risky’ contract proposals (timesonline.com)

Some Berks students preparing for a surge in high-paying green jobs | Local News | readingeagle.com

Central Pa. companies are ‘desperately looking’ for help as hiring crisis continues – pennlive.com

U.S. economy: Plenty of growth, not enough workers or supplies | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Crime/Punishment

As a fired Philly homicide detective awaits trial on rape charges, more of his cases are getting overturned (inquirer.com)

Manheim Twp. man charged in Capitol riots was there to advance pro-life cause; doesn’t believe election was stolen: attorney | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Donut shop manager slain in robbery, 1 of 4 Philly homicides | Local News | phillytrib.com

Police experimenting with less ‘stop and frisk’ policing in Northwest Philly | News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Charter school reform would save $6.4 million for Erie-area schools (goerie.com)

North Hills school board approves budget with tax hike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another COVID-19 side effect: Many kids head to summer school | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools previews report on student-police interactions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt says masks no longer required outdoors for those vaccinated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

St. Basil Academy alum say a final goodbye to the closing private school (inquirer.com)

Christian college outside Philly ends social work program, citing gender and sexuality guidelines (inquirer.com)

For-Profit Medical School Proposed In Montana Sparks Concerns : Shots – Health News : NPR

Five Lancaster schools to release early Monday | News | lancasteronline.com

Lehigh Valley public school budgets for 2021-22 grapple with COVID federal relief money – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

90-year era of 3 high schools in Wilkes-Barre coming to an end | Education | citizensvoice.com

 

Elections/Politics

How the national push by Trump allies to audit 2020 ballots started quietly in Pennsylvania – The Boston Globe

The Big Lie persists and continues to shape our politics in Pennsylvania and across US, imperiling our democracy [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Trump Calls For PA Election Audit | PoliticsPA

Former President Donald Trump returns to campaign trail with election lies and dark warnings | WITF

As Trump plans raucous summer comeback tour, allies fret he’ll sound exactly as delusional as he is (theworldnews.net)

Democratic report raises 2022 alarms on messaging and voter outreach | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brandon Evans, Larry Krasner campaign manager, talks DA’s race, Jim Kenney, Stacey Abrams (inquirer.com)

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

Pennsylvania State Police serve search warrant on Cambria County election office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why states are limiting governors’ emergency powers as COVID wanes (goerie.com)

Barletta, in his second try for state office, seeks to run Pennsylvania | News | standardspeaker.com

Write-in tallies will not impact Hazleton City Council race | News | standardspeaker.com

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

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

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

 

Environment

LTE: Support Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (theintell.com)

As others see it: RGGI provides opportunities for Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania tornadoes up 83% as some point to global warming (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Montage Mountain Resorts files second lawsuit against Pennsylvania American Water over plastic pellets in reservoir | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Transportation

Trenton-Mercer Airport neighbors call for pause on terminal expansion (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Tarentum Bridge closes Wednesday as rehabilitation continues | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lane restrictions scheduled this week on Route 283 in Lancaster County: PennDOT – pennlive.com

Around-the-clock closure of NJ Route 175/Upper River Road near Scudder Falls Bridge next week | The Bucks County Herald

 

Health

Dr. Virtual calling: AHN turned to remote monitoring to ease COVID-19 crush | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC needs new message to rebuild public trust and acceptance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

During the pandemic, parks were good for the body, great for the mind | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Returning to the office stirs anxiety among workers (inquirer.com)

How managers can prioritize mental health for construction workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

As the pandemic raged, so did drug overdose deaths | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania Pension Trustee Turns Up Heat Over Access to Documents (wsj.com)

With a $40 million limit, Pa.’s biggest pension fund is lawyering up to confront FBI probe (inquirer.com)

Where are the cicadas? Millions were expected in the Lehigh Valley. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pesticide spraying in Pennsylvania aims to slow spread of invasive spotted lanternfly | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Nat’l parks struggling with maintenance, including Pa., would get a boost under Biden budget request | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Looking back at transgender progress one year after the murder of Rem’mie Fells | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gun violence stopped my mom’s music. It won’t silence my voice | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Enough is Enough: Pa. needs to protect seniors, respect caregivers | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

EXPLAINER: Why ransomware is so dangerous and hard to stop – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (philasun.com)

Guest column: Hacking is just one threat to Colonial Pipeline | Opinion | dailylocal.com

Cyberattacks on U.S. targets are ‘here to stay,’ says commerce secretary | TribLIVE.com

States rebound from bleak forecasts to pass record budgets | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Simone Biles claims 7th U.S. title | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

California’s assault weapons ban overturned; ruling judge compares them to Swiss Army knife | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pet ownership surged during COVID-19. Veterinarians are exhausted. (inquirer.com)

N.J. landlords soon won’t be able to automatically deny potential renters with criminal records (inquirer.com)

G-7 countries reach agreement on 15% minimum global tax rate (inquirer.com)

A New Nevada Law Bans Racial Mascots In Schools : NPR

The Pentagon Is Keeping Its Ban On The Pride Flag And Other Flags At Installations : NPR

KNOWLEDGE CENTER: How inflation affects us, and how we can prepare for it [Column] | Business | dailylocal.com

Census data reveal shift in population from small communities to suburbs and cities | Local News | tribdem.com

Is it sex discrimination to require only men to register for the draft? Supreme Court needs to decide (ydr.com)

Childcare, immigration, schools and more: 6 ways the Biden Budget helps American children | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Nearly two out of every three millennials have new homebuyer regrets, according to survey – pennlive.com

No mass protests after Honolulu police shoot, kill Black man | News | phillytrib.com

Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years | TribLIVE.com

 

Local News

Virtual All Abilities Expo set June 10 in West Chester | Local-news | dailylocal.com

With vaccines here and restrictions gone, local tourism to rebound this summer, Lancaster County destinations say [photos, video] | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster Watchdog: Residents complain of missed trash pick-ups by Eagle Disposal | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Slow return of bus tours could hamper Lancaster County tourism industry | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Christiana council approves purchase of 7 acres in borough for future water wells | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Bart residents collect $9,000 to help township repair bridge | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Pandemic causes higher food prices and longer lines at Bucks pantries (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bank of America donates $15K for anti-poverty work in Bucks County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Populations ups and down in Chester County reported in new census numbers | Local-news | dailylocal.com

Gun violence plagues York City and police deal with dozens of shootings | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Montgomery County CFO gives financial update as coronavirus pandemic continues | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Erie City Hall security upgrades: What’s new and different for the public? (goerie.com)

Blue Zones Project: Trying to expand to Erie, again (goerie.com)

Kevin Cuneo: Summer events set to return as Erie County pandemic restrictions ease (goerie.com)

YMCA offers free meals and snacks for Erie County kids this summer (goerie.com)

Erie County OCY to hire 29 people to meet new state mandate (goerie.com)

Griswold Park development: ice rink, pickle ball, swings coming soon to Erie (goerie.com)

Erie County waterways: Dog swimming banned one location due to algal blooms (goerie.com)

Over 400 animals rescued from Central Pa. farm; police found multiple bodies ‘decaying’ on property (ydr.com)

Collin Holder named chief of staff for city of York, Pa. (ydr.com)

Lehigh Valley home prices: How much are investors driving them up? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

D&L Trail bike ride supports families of Down syndrome, honors advocate for inclusion – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Need for food in Berks lessens, but still much higher than pre-COVID level | Local News | readingeagle.com

Landowner wants Perry County township to abandon part of road to help his business – pennlive.com

BLIGHT FIGHT: Mahanoy City to track delinquent properties through new app | News | standardspeaker.com

Keystone Mission says they still will oppose zoning appeal on proposed Scranton shelter | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Wilkes-Barre Area sold Coughlin and Meyers for redevelopment projects | Business | citizensvoice.com

Families continue effort to keep open White Haven Center | News | citizensvoice.com

Only two projects proposed as Luzerne County capital fund dwindles | Times Leader

Developers try to address Churchill residents’ questions, continued opposition of potential Amazon site | TribLIVE.com

Sen. Toomey meets with Lehigh County DA, health officials on how to reduce overdose deaths | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Rep. Wild visits Stroudsburg to discuss American Rescue Plan, Child Care Tax Credit benefits | Poconos and Coal Region | wfmz.com

 

Pitt

A ‘space race’ level attack on future public health crises will involve Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lacelike climbing space Gymlacium to finally open along with MuseumLab | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No floats but a river of people flooded Downtown for Pride | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 40 displaced residents move back into Tarentum building after Wednesday fire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area pools succeed in alleviating lifeguard shortages with higher wages, free perks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PHOTOS: Pittsburgh Pride Revolution march and festival | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Opera returns to large venues with diverse new works and audience favorites | Theater | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh native Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, dead at 84 | News | tribdem.com

Nearly 10 percent of youth in Pgh school district identify as gender-diverse, new study finds | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hot housing market a boon for sellers in Westmoreland, Pittsburgh region | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Philly progressives, urbanists blast $130M cut to parking tax – WHYY

Lower Merion suddenly has a walkable riverfront, thanks to Pencoyd Landing development | Inga Saffron (inquirer.com)

Ala Stanford should be Philly’s next health commissioner (inquirer.com)

Philadelphians feel hope, and look to socialize, as the city reopens (inquirer.com)

‘Do this every year’: The first-ever outdoor Philly Flower Show debuts under a hot sun to rave reviews (inquirer.com)

How George Floyd protests changed Philadelphia politics (inquirer.com)

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

Philadelphia contractors say business is ‘hot’ and only getting stronger – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wawa Welcome America adds week of Juneteenth programming as festival returns to in-person programming – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Reading Terminal Market launches $250K SummerGiving fundraising campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Arts and Culture Recovery Week coming to Philadelphia as officials press for increased funding – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Free Library of Philadelphia’s board gets some leadership in Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

 

Washington

President Biden delivers remarks on the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. – The Washington Post

Joe Manchin will not support Dems’ voting rights bill or ending filibuster, he says in op-ed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FBI inquiry of USPS chief DeJoy threatens bipartisan overhaul bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The $65 billion broadband debate: technology, affordability, and the urban-rural divide are roadblocks in talks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GOP aims to revive Fauci attacks after email trove released | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justice Dept. says it’ll no longer seize reporters’ records | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Putin criticizes U.S. response to Capitol attack | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. government finds no evidence that UFOs were alien spacecraft but still can’t explain phenomena, report says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden rejects Senate Republicans’ latest infrastruture spending offer (inquirer.com)

What Will VP Harris Do On 1st Trip To Guatemala And Mexico : NPR

Brooks served with Swalwell lawsuit. He claims act was trespassing | National and World | dailylocal.com

Senate sergeant-at-arms: We need a vaccine for disinformation | National and World | dailylocal.com

Keller introduces bill to reimpose sanctions on Russian pipelines | News | northcentralpa.com