Pennsylvania mulls potential $3 billion a year industry – legalized marijuana | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Senate committee considers oversight, economic growth with legalized adult-use cannabis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Weed legalization in Pennsylvania gets another senate hearing in Harrisburg (inquirer.com)

Republicans appeal the Pennsylvania voter redistricting map approved last week (dailylocal.com)

Pennsylvania legislators urge action in Harrisburg on Russia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania moves to divest holdings in Russian assets | TribLIVE.com

Argall proposes resolution urging further action against Russia | News | standardspeaker.com

Letters: Bizzarro says divest from Russia, Erie bayfront bridge (goerie.com)

Schuylkill County sees little change with new congressional map (readingeagle.com)

Legislative redistricting in Pennsylvania is done. But its local impacts are still unfolding | WITF

Supreme Court asked to intervene in Pennsylvania congressional map case | WITF

GOP appeals to SCOTUS to overturn new Pa. congressional map – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers start negotiations over the new state budget | WITF

Protesters disrupt Pa. House leader’s speech, demand lawmakers pass a gift ban – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

March on Harrisburg crashed a speech. It was a civics class in real time | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

New omicron COVID-19 variant starting to spread into Pennsylvania | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania counties where masks still recommended – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

COVID-19 mask mandates end at Erie, Millcreek schools (goerie.com)

Delaware County’s high-volume COVID-testing sites closing as rates drop dramatically (delcotimes.com)



Western energy companies cut ties with Russia : NPR

Grants available for York County businesses | ABC27

The pandemic has changed the way we work in central Pa. – pennlive.com

Target boosts its minimum starting wage to up to $24 an hour in some markets – pennlive.com

Struggling online retailer to close its facility in south Bethlehem – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National Urban League partners with Small Business Administration to support minority businesses | Business | phillytrib.com



Former pardons secretary starts consulting firm for reentry services | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)



When colleges defraud student loan borrowers, executives could be forced to pay : NPR

We cannot delay addressing the student loan crisis; it’s time to act | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Scranton School Board to forgo payroll tax this year | Education | thetimes-tribune.com



Endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race keep stacking up. | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

DePasquale to Sit Out 10th District House Race | PoliticsPA

U.S. Rep. Keller announces he won’t challenge Meuser for congressional seat | News | standardspeaker.com

Senate Candidates – and Dave White – Seize Opportunities at CPAC | PoliticsPA

State Sen. Jake Corman touts Trumpian bona fides, conservative record during Bethel Park town hall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Proposed Republican agenda for 2022, as submitted by a Democrat (theintell.com)

Philadelphia crime plays big role in 2022 Pa. Republican race for governor (inquirer.com)



Bridge tolls, package fees considered to replace lost Pennsylvania gas tax revenue (broadandliberty.com)

PennDOT to repair potholes on more than 70 state highways in the Philadelphia region | The Bucks County Herald



Texas abortion law after 6 months : NPR

Who makes public health decisions for your community? In Pennsylvania, it depends on when you live. · Spotlight PA

UPMC ‘profit’ jumps 36% during COVID-challenged year in 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania isn’t likely to see more local health departments anytime soon. We found out why. | WITF


State News

A fight at the heart of PSERS: Who is in charge at the big pension fund? The board or its executives? (inquirer.com)

Problem Gambling Awareness Month kicks off March 1 (abc27.com)

Pa.’s U.S. lawmakers watching for Ukraine response, domestic action in Biden’s State of the Union | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, prayers for Ukraine. From Ukraine, a plea for support | WITF

Pennsylvania and other states adding to financial pressure on Russia over war | WITF

PA opens public comment period on setting PFAS drinking water limits (theintell.com)


National News

Russia invades Ukraine live updates: Russia steps up its assault on Kharkiv and Kyiv | NPR

Russia is using controversial ‘cluster munitions’ in Ukraine, humanitarian groups say | WITF

Facebook and TikTok block Russian state media in Europe : NPR

Russian cyber attacks could target U.S. networks after Ukraine invasion | Smart Talk (witf.org)

US states adding to financial pressure on Russia over war – Daily Local

As Texas moves to treat gender-affirming care for trans kids as ‘child abuse,’ families and advocates worry about the future – Houston Public Media

Thousands evacuate worst Australian floods in decades : NPR

MLB says any chance to save baseball’s opening day, full season ends Monday as union talks continue – pennlive.com


Local News

Montgomery County’s Ukrainian community continues standing for nation amid Russian invasion (dailylocal.com)

“Responsible Contractor” ordinance in Allentown is irresponsible to taxpayers. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Wrong, hurtful, dangerous’: LGBTQ advocates want Chambersburg’s anti-discrimination ordinance reinstated – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lower Merion tables discussion on massive Bala Plaza projects (mainlinemedianews.com)

Dozens gather for Doylestown rally for human rights, peace in Ukraine (theintell.com)

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Diane Gibbons to step down from bench (theintell.com)

Cambria County Together With Veterans formed to combat suicides | News | tribdem.com

Ebensburg authorizes $300,000 grant application for pool repairs | News | tribdem.com

Here’s why fasnacht prices jumped in Lancaster County | Local Business | lancasteronline.com



Allegheny County, Pittsburgh announce end of Emergency Rental Assistance Program | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh schools’ interim superintendent says district is exploring options to curb unrest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pennsylvania tax firm franchisee pleads guilty to preparing false returns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey announces 3 appointments to administration | TribLIVE.com

How an app is helping Pgh residents avoid dodgy infrastructure – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Over 70 organizations demand Colcom Foundation stop funding anti-immigrant groups | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Hundreds rally in Downtown Pittsburgh to support Ukraine | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



It’s decision day for Washington Avenue | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Affordable housing pilot project at 13th and Bainbridge lot faces delays and opposition (inquirer.com)

Pa., NJ natural gas bills are soaring and customers are unhappy (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia transplants have 28% higher homebuying budgets than locals, Redfin says – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia takes leading role in Urban League’s new partnership with SBA – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)



State of the Union: the 3 issues Biden will likely discuss : NPR

What you need to know ahead of Biden’s first State of the Union address | WITF

Biden steps to State of the Union lectern at fraught moment – Daily Local

Ketanji Brown Jackson to meet with top Democratic and Republican senators Wednesday | News | phillytrib.com