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

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

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 |

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

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

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

Pennsylvania Republicans Split Over Proposed 2020 Election Audit (

Top Pennsylvania Senator Says He Supports Audit of 2020 Election (

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

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

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

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 (

State Rep. Davis Supports Legislation Limiting Solitary Confinement –

PA Senate Bill Seeks To Legalize E-Scooters (

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

PA Senate Bill Seeks To Legalize E-Scooters – CBS Cleveland (

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 |

Lawmakers’ expense records must be public | Opinion |

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

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

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

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

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? (

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 |

Gun rights rally planned at Pennsylvania capitol building | Pennsylvania |

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

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

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

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19


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 |


After delays, Bucks, Montgomery county begin COVID vaccines in jails (

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


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

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 |

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

Bucks County parents divided over schools ditching mask mandate | WITF

COVID-19: Daily update on coronavirus cases in Erie County (

WellSpan Chambersburg patient goes home after long battle with COVID (

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

New COVID-19 cases drop for second day in region, state | Coronavirus |

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



Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania increased last week (

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 (

For Philadelphia to prosper, we need to focus on jobs (

‘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 (

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

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

Marijuana grower adding 200 jobs, buying former mill | News |

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

The 300K Pennsylvanians awaiting unemployment deserve payment now | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Beaver County chemical workers rally against ‘risky’ contract proposals (

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Charter school reform would save $6.4 million for Erie-area schools (

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 (

Christian college outside Philly ends social work program, citing gender and sexuality guidelines (

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

Five Lancaster schools to release early Monday | News |

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

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



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 |

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 (

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 (

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

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

Why states are limiting governors’ emergency powers as COVID wanes (

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

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

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 (



LTE: Support Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (

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

Pennsylvania tornadoes up 83% as some point to global warming (

Montage Mountain Resorts files second lawsuit against Pennsylvania American Water over plastic pellets in reservoir | News |



Trenton-Mercer Airport neighbors call for pause on terminal expansion (

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

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

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



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 (

How managers can prioritize mental health for construction workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (

As the pandemic raged, so did drug overdose deaths | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Pennsylvania Pension Trustee Turns Up Heat Over Access to Documents (

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

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 |

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

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

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

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


National News

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

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

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

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. (

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

G-7 countries reach agreement on 15% minimum global tax rate (

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 |

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years |


Local News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pandemic causes higher food prices and longer lines at Bucks pantries (

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Zones Project: Trying to expand to Erie, again (

Kevin Cuneo: Summer events set to return as Erie County pandemic restrictions ease (

YMCA offers free meals and snacks for Erie County kids this summer (

Erie County OCY to hire 29 people to meet new state mandate (

Griswold Park development: ice rink, pickle ball, swings coming soon to Erie (

Erie County waterways: Dog swimming banned one location due to algal blooms (

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keystone Mission says they still will oppose zoning appeal on proposed Scranton shelter | News |

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

Families continue effort to keep open White Haven Center | News |

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 |

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

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



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 (

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

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

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

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



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

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

Ala Stanford should be Philly’s next health commissioner (

Philadelphians feel hope, and look to socialize, as the city reopens (

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

How George Floyd protests changed Philadelphia politics (

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

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

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

Reading Terminal Market launches $250K SummerGiving fundraising campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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



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 (

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 |

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

Keller introduces bill to reimpose sanctions on Russian pipelines | News |