Maternal mortality crisis among top concerns for state lawmakers, Shapiro admin – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sen. Collett Calls on Colleagues to Get Tougher on PFAS Polluters – MyChesCo

Harrisburg needs to end reliance on school taxes | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Your View by Sen. Lisa Boscola: Harrisburg needs to end reliance on school property taxes (mcall.com)

Women’s History Month: How the past inspires the present [Report to the People] – Reading Eagle

Energy-efficient appliances can help the environment and save Pennsylvanians money | Opinion – pennlive.com

Carbon monoxide detectors available for free to child care providers – pennlive.com

Return start of hunting season to traditional date | Staff/Guest Columns | gettysburgtimes.com

Local lawmaker addressing train concerns around the area | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Pashinski, O’Mara seek reform of hospital closure process (yahoo.com)

Editorial: Sunshine Week shines light on the right to know – Daily Local

State and local officials press to increase rail safety regulations after Norfolk Southern derailments – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

To stop overdose deaths, Pennsylvania needs better data, expanded treatment | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Bill would ban bias response teams from Pennsylvania public colleges | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Legislators: Support there for marijuana legalization, but dispute remains over handling of sales | | standardspeaker.com

Temple University receives $1.7 million state grant for police technology upgrades in wake of police officer death | PhillyVoice

Sen. Hughes Announces $1.7M Grant for Temple University Police Department – MyChesCo

New Britain Township Police Get $80,000 to Add Cameras to Squad Cars | Doylestown, PA News TAPinto

Key senator’s record on election policy has Democrats, voting advocates worried passing reform will be difficult – BCTV

Former Bucks D.A. Confirmed As Pennsylvania Attorney General | Doylestown, PA Patch

Bucks County Politician to Officially Fill Governor’s Attorney General Position

Shapiro wants $4.8M boost to Pennsylvania agriculture spending | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Price tag for Shapiro’s $44.4B spending plan scrutinized (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro makes pubic education a priority in his budget plan (readingeagle.com)

Shapiro Names Michaelann Andrusiak as Director of Office of Homeland Security (politicspa.com)

Michaelann Andrusiak to lead Pa. Office of Homeland Security (readingeagle.com)

Governor Shapiro celebrates ‘Charter Day’ in Harrisburg (abc27.com)

Shapiro’s support for Cheyney Univ. is welcome – and badly needed | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Shapiro paid homage to conservative ideas in his budget address (inquirer.com)

New Pa. lieutenant governor fires 2 employees touted as ‘success stories’ – pennlive.com

Pa. Rep. Zabel’s resignation highlights need for systemic change in Harrisburg | Marc Stier – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Mike Zabel sexual harassment allegations known by Pa. Democrats for years (inquirer.com)



Pa.’s unemployment rate at 4.3% in January – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The job market is slowing, but not enough to ease inflation fears : NPR

California created nearly 19 percent of new US jobs in January | The Hill

President Biden to address banking crisis following collapse of Silicon Valley Bank – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

The U.S. says all Silicon Valley Bank depositors will be protected : NPR

Silicon Valley Bank collapse creates ‘serious situation’ for some Philadelphia life sciences companies – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.S., U.K. try to stem fallout, potential crisis from bank collapses (delcotimes.com)

Another big bank fails and is being seized as U.S. government moves to stop a financial crisis – Delco Times

Bonds are back in style. But are they worth it? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Can modular building solve construction industry’s labor problem? (inquirer.com)



New ‘sextortion’ documentary includes disputed and overhyped claims : NPR

Police and prosecutors are divided on Predator Catcher’s tactics | News | citizensvoice.com

Lehigh Valley Summit to Combat Antisemitism draws a crowd (mcall.com)



Pointing to ‘lived expertise,’ Pa. Rep. Lee speaks out on the need for student loan forgiveness – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

In Philly, city and schools leaders respond to Shapiro’s first budget – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

CBSD alumni call out board’s “discriminatory and dangerous” policies. (phillyburbs.com)

BARNHART: For Central Bucks, Age Appropriate Standards Are Not a Book Ban – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Cheryl A. McConnell becomes St. Joe’s first female president (inquirer.com)

West Shore School District files to dismiss lawsuit over ‘kind’ social skills program – pennlive.com

Sexual assault reports in military academies increased, Pentagon finds : NPR

Central Pa. school district needs to release controversial bus video: ex-board member – pennlive.com

Strawberry Mansion High students say their school is an oasis, and that people shouldn’t judge it based on the past (inquirer.com)




Arkansas Gov. Sanders signs a law that makes it easier to employ kids : NPR

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ about Jan. 6 and history will hold him accountable : NPR

Democratic leaders want the party to stop its Kamala Harris pile-on ahead of 2024 | News | phillytrib.com

From the classroom to the clinic, ‘DeSantisism’ is our new fear-drenched McCarthyism (inquirer.com)


Chester County attorneys ask Pa. Supreme Court to decide recounts cases – Daily Local

Pa.’s Barletta dumps Trump; calls on DeSantis to run for prez in ’24 | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

McCormick Talks About Book, Leadership, America and Another Possible Run For Senate (politicspa.com)

Mastriano Reportedly Eyes Run for U.S. Senate – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Cartwright, Wild, Deluzio on DCCC Frontline List (politicspa.com)


Where do Philly’s mayoral candidates stand on LGBTQ issues? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly mayor’s race: This pastor did can’t-miss interviews with the candidates on his Facebook page (inquirer.com)

Mayoral candidates need real plans to fix the city’s troubled schools | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Do political endorsement fees in Allegheny County deter candidate diversity? | Politics | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Dale Borough Historical Society collecting stories about the Johnstown Expressway’s impact | Local News | tribdem.com

Will Norfolk Southern board hold CEO Alan Shaw accountable for avoiding derailments? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amtrak seeks to study Mississippi-to-Texas I-20 train route – pennlive.com


Gun Safety

Pandemic stress, gangs, and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s how we can deploy literacy as an anti-violence strategy | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Brandon Chastang fights against gun violence. Recently, someone tried to kill him. (inquirer.com)



‘We’re afraid to drink our water’: Beaver County families want assurances after the train derailment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

LVHN won’t ‘deport’ comatose mother, activists say (mcall.com)


State News

PA nonprofit hospitals could face new scrutiny · Spotlight PA

FDA has new mammogram guidelines for dense breast disclosure. What do the rules mean for Pennsylvania residents? (inquirer.com)

Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurant is coming to Pa. – pennlive.com

Pa. Health Dept. extends health resource center near derailment site – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The Red Cross reminds community to check their smoke alarms (abc27.com)

Dean, Houlahan Part of New Bipartisan Fentanyl Prevention Caucus – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

New pictures of Sen. John Fetterman released as he continues clinical depression treatment – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Going dancing: Pitt, Penn State, WVU all earn trips to NCAA tournament | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Here are the five key moments that punched Villanova’s NCAA Tournament ticket for the second-straight season (inquirer.com)

Dioxin concerns in East Palestine persist as people wait on results of testing now under way | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Don’t let PGW charge customers for warmer winters, residents tell utility regulators | Local News | phillytrib.com


National News

To limit racial bias, home appraisers are pushing changes : NPR

Harriet Tubman monument unveiled, replacing Columbus statue in Newark | News | phillytrib.com

Sister grieves for American killed in Mexico kidnapping | News | phillytrib.com

After 10 years as pope, Francis continues to reshape the Catholic Church : NPR

Michelle Yeoh makes Oscar history with best actress win : NPR

Oscars 2023: 5 takeaways from an ‘Everything Everywhere’ night : NPR

Women in Iran are refusing to wear headscarves, in open defiance of the regime : The Picture Show : NPR


Local News

Berks and Chester counties receive more than $5 million for housing programs (readingeagle.com)

Cuts to food stamp benefits will hurt thousands in Berks, advocates say (readingeagle.com)

Food co-op seeks to set roots in West Chester, re-open a market – Daily Local

Lancaster County businesswoman aims to donate $1 million to local non-profits (abc27.com)

Henderson Group Hosts ‘Coffee Chat’ to Garner Support for Chadds Ford Project – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

New recreation facilities to open in Wilkes-Barre this summer, fall | News | citizensvoice.com

Half empty, behind on its bills and an ‘eyesore,’ Dauphin County mall needs to change, officials say – pennlive.com

Nine candidates seek Republican nomination for Cumberland County commissioner – pennlive.com

Whitehall woman forms Lehigh Valley Women of Adventure (mcall.com)

Lehigh County approves nearly $1 million in COVID relief funding. Here’s who received grants (mcall.com)

Opinion: Pocono readers are concerned with government at every level (poconorecord.com)

Connellsville trades coal for bicycles in bid for economic rebirth | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



City’s long delays leave rotting homes in Pittsburgh’s most distressed neighborhoods | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Weinstein was removed from a key Allegheny County board after the FBI started asking questions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is getting new CEO after long-time leader moves on | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: URA owes community an explanation for scuttled Homewood development | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

South Hills 7th grader to represent W.Pa. in national spelling bee | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia may reinstate discount for early payment of property taxes | Local News | phillytrib.com

As Philadelphians face shrinking SNAP benefits, a Mount Airy community fridge is helping fill the gap | Local News | phillytrib.com

In South Philly, Gopuff neighbors seek relief on safety, sanitation, and quality-of-life issues (inquirer.com)



Biden limits oil drilling in 16 million acres in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean : NPR

West Virginia asks Supreme Court to allow enforcement of school transgender sports ban | The Hill

U.S. government ponders the meaning of race and ethnicity | News | tribdem.com

U.S. House votes to roll back Biden’s WOTUS rule – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Will the White House have the courage to propel a Ukrainian victory this year? (inquirer.com)