State Sen. Costa holds town hall on Pittsburgh tax-exempt review (wtae.com)

Senate Dems host hearing on engaging youth to prevent gun violence (berksweekly.com)

State lawmakers host hearing in Berks on preventing youth violence (dailylocal.com)

Officials gather in Reading to discuss youth violence prevention | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Malvern Public Library awarded funding for facility improvements  – Daily Local

Comitta announces funding for law enforcement upgrades – Daily Local

York County Rep. weighs in on Shapiro budget proposal (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers propose making Eid al-Fitr a state holiday (abc27.com)

Pa. legislatures and treasury officials announce Money Match | wnep.com

Pa. Democrat proposes salary transparency requirements – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

REINAUER: ‘Right to Repair’ Bills Aim to Fix Repair Market but Would More Likely Break It – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Gov. Shapiro visits Philadelphia, speaks on teacher shortage (abc27.com)

Pa. House GOP leader warns Gov. Shapiro’s budget proposal will lead to massive deficit – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Josh Shapiro’s plan to eliminate 2 of Pa.’s cell phone taxes, what does it mean? | WITF

Shapiro’s budget proposal would nix $124M in cellphone taxes | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Shapiro touts proposed K-12 spending as ‘a real downpayment on the future of education’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gov. Shapiro says Republicans won’t appeal Pa.’s landmark school-funding ruling (inquirer.com)

Pa. advocates push for new Level Up funds ahead of 2023-24 budget negotiations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania must fulfill the constitutional guarantee of adequate representation | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The crisis of sexual harassment in Pa.’s political circles must end | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Crozer Health lays off 215 people as part of ‘operational restructuring plan’ | Health | phillytrib.com

Crozer Health cutting 215 positions, 4% of workforce, across whole system (delcotimes.com)

Crozer Health lay-offs affect 215 workers, 4% of its workforce (inquirer.com)

How the recent bank failures could impact Pennsylvanians (abc27.com)

Opinion | I Was an S.V.B. Client. I Blame the Venture Capitalists. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

What local bankers are telling worried clients after SVB’s collapse – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

U.S. stocks drop on worries about Credit Suisse, global banking : NPR

Loud layoffs are sending mixed messages to employers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bradley Vasoli: Right-to-work is still right (broadandliberty.com)

U.S. Steel closing 3 coke batteries at its Clairton Plant. Move is expected to lower emissions | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Airport taxi drivers protest over pickup zone compromise (inquirer.com)



Covid Worsened a Health Crisis Among Pregnant Women – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Maternal mortality rose during the pandemic, hitting Black women especially hard : Shots – Health News : NPR

Latest booster availability expands, COVID-19 cases down. | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

COVID-19 3 years later: What we’ve learned, and how prepared we are for the future | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



After raking in millions, Dauphin County moves to reduce cost of jail phone calls – pennlive.com

Judge declares mistrial in case of man accused of killing Pittsburgh Police officer in 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Authorities seize popular crypto platform ChipMixer, accuse owner of laundering $3 billion in illicit funds (inquirer.com)

Lower Merion officers are planning to protest the township board’s discipline in a viral traffic stop (inquirer.com)

In wake of cyber attacks, law enforcement urges online security | News | thetimes-tribune.com



Were Central Bucks officials transparent about library policy? (phillyburbs.com)

Penn State leaders plan layoffs amid budget deficit · Spotlight PA State College

Proposed $15M tax credit targets career and technical programs | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

English Language Learner program gives extra support to students (goerie.com)

Suit claims CCCS violated Title IX by allowing sexual harassment, assault of kindergartener by classmate (delcotimes.com)

Teacher contract the main topic at Marple Newtown schools committee meeting (delcotimes.com)

Hempfield superintendent address locker room closures at middle schools | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Renowned Pa. attorney Thomas Kline to speak at Duquesne law commencement, months after historic $50 million gift | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Deputy Superintendent ShaVon Savage is leaving the Philadelphia School District (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh Public Schools nixes proposal to delay school start time on Wednesdays | TribLIVE.com




U.S. judge in Texas hears case that could force major abortion pill off market : NPR

Why there’s little the government can do to police the truth on cable TV : NPR

For senators’ health updates, full transparency is case by case – The Washington Post


Doug Mastriano poll for U.S. Senate gives him lead in 2024 primary (phillyburbs.com)

Pennsylvania Republican Party suburban strategy (phillyburbs.com)

Counties hold drawing for Pennsylvania Primary Election ballot order (abc27.com)

Kathy Barnette not running for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat: Report (abc27.com)

An appreciation of Pa.’s odd, quirky, sometimes stunning politics | John Baer – pennlive.com


Gym, Rhynhart Pick Up Philly Mayoral Endorsements; Ballot Positions Drawn (politicspa.com)

Former Mayor Michael Nutter endorses Rebecca Rhynhart | Mayorsrace | phillytrib.com

Mayoral candidates weigh in on soda tax, Center City crime, and more – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

At Kensington forum, elementary school students ask mayoral candidates for solutions | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia primary election: Mayoral and City Council candidates draw ballot positions from old Horn & Hardart coffee tin (inquirer.com)

Philly mayoral candidates are distancing themselves from ‘defund’ and say police staffing is a key priority (inquirer.com)

10 candidates challenged over paperwork to get on May primary ballot | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Westmoreland candidates face lawsuits that could boot them from primary ballot | TribLIVE.com



EPA proposes first limits on toxic ‘forever chemicals’ for public drinking water | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Pennsylvania quarantines 200 farms for avian influenza testing | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks Froehlich Farm preserved by gov’t in Buckingham raises concerns (phillyburbs.com)



Lancaster County introduces train derailment training (abc27.com)

Freight train with hazardous materials derails in Arizona – pennlive.com

Ohio sues Norfolk Southern over toxic train derailment | WITF

An update on Lehigh Valley passenger train service is planned for May (mcall.com)

Lehigh Valley’s transportation plan will be updated in a revised plan (mcall.com)


Gun Safety

Gang violence in Pittsburgh has given way to a new, less organized form of crime (post-gazette.com)

Biden gun background checks executive order: Pennsylvania and New Jersey implications (inquirer.com)

A shooting sent my school into lockdown. I walked home with the memory of bullets ringing in my ears. | Opinion (inquirer.com)



The paradox of East Palestine: safe test results come back, while residents report health problems | WITF

CRISPR gene-editing success for sickle cell raises new questions : Shots – Health News : NPR

Citing worsening teenage mental health, Bucks County officials file lawsuit against major social media companies – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A syringe services program changed my life. It could help others if it’s expanded in Pa. | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Friendship House to expand mental health, substance abuse and medical care to Carbondale | News | thetimes-tribune.com


State News

Pa’s Casey, Dean back bill that would cut cost of opioid addiction treatment – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rep. Fitzpatrick says no to cancelling all students loans, yes to border security (phillyburbs.com)

Rep Brian Fitzpatrick PA protecting democracy (phillyburbs.com)

Sen. Bob Casey has faith Sen. John Fetterman can keep serving Pennsylvania | WITF

Audit: State due $15,000 refund from Reading’s pension fund | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

‘Impact the taxpayer’: Dozens of governments put on watch list after late filings | Missouri | thecentersquare.com

Switch to Saturday opening day for Pa. rifle deer season was a mistake (goerie.com)

Pa. Treasury might have your money, and now there’s a plan to return it – pennlive.com


National News

In nursing homes, the impoverished live final days on pennies | WITF

Not magic: Opaque AI tool may flag parents with disabilities | WITF

Seaweed blob headed for Florida (dailylocal.com)

U.S., Russia ratchet up their rhetoric over downing of drone (inquirer.com)

U.S. Releases Video of Drone Incident: Russia-Ukraine War Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Orange County Homes On Precipice Of Disaster As Record-Setting Rain Hits Southern California Hard | LAist

Aaron Rodgers intends to play for the New York Jets next season | Wisconsin Public Radio (wpr.org)


Local News

AT&T support helps Reading YMCA tackle digital divide (berksweekly.com)

Allentown City Council commits $20K for parking authority study | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Allentown mayor considers overhaul parking authority (mcall.com)

Slate Belt, Northampton County officials urge tax break for River Pointe | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Reading’s only female firefighter, Rebecca Zentmyer, shares her story with 69 News | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Montgomery County to solicit public input on Green Lane Park master plan (mainlinemedianews.com)

Ten years after culling began Radnor’s deer population has decreased dramatically – Mainline Media News

Task force draws high-level attention to housing | News | tribdem.com

Liberty Bell Museum’s future in doubt in Allentown (mcall.com)

Former Luzerne County HR director challenges council comments about hiring process | Times Leader

Luzerne County Council approves Rescue Plan funding for internal projects, sets funding caps for others | News | citizensvoice.com

Salvation Army Boyertown seeks donations to support new Canteen truck (readingeagle.com)



Ambitious Oakland Plan revamps zoning to drive change (nextpittsburgh.com)

Allegheny County Police are again patrolling Downtown Pittsburgh a week after leaving | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Washington County town was rocked by a house explosion. Years later, residents are waiting for closure. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Mayor’s failure to recruit officers has crippled Pittsburgh police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



William C. Sproule: Philadelphia Carpenters support 76ers’ proposed Center City arena (broadandliberty.com)

‘Game-changing’ loan fund in Philly celebrates first affordable housing project | Local News | phillytrib.com

Darius Slay stunner: Eagles CB says he is returning to Philly, Howie Roseman deserves banana pudding – pennlive.com

Lawsuit filed over a Christmas tree fire that killed 12 family members in Philadelphia in 2022 | WITF

Carson Briere, son of Flyers GM, admits pushing woman’s wheelchair down bar stairs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Home repairs needed in Philly area total $3.7 billion, Philadelphia Fed says (inquirer.com)

Some Market Street bus lanes will be painted red (inquirer.com)



TikTok needs to be sold or risk nationwide ban, Biden administration says : NPR

TikTok dismisses calls for Chinese owners to sell stakes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette