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Legislature

Free fishing licenses as part of mental health recovery among bills that should pass
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/sports/outdoors/2021/03/17/pennsylvania-fishing-boating-registration-license-fish-boat-james-brewster-wounded-warrior-project/4715297001/

Tolling I-83 South Bridge could wind up saving people time and money: PennDOT official
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/tolling-i-83-south-bridge-could-wind-up-saving-people-time-and-money-penndot-official.html

Local lawmakers say Wolf grant program not enough to deal with losses of SCI-Retreat, White Haven Center
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-lawmakers-say-wolf-grant-program-not-enough-to-deal-with-losses-of-sci-retreat/article_6dc4c6a4-c3e9-5d9e-8565-dbe59a8dca73.html

Berks lawmaker’s bill to bring back vehicle registration stickers passes state committee
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-lawmakers-bill-to-bring-back-vehicle-registration-stickers-passes-state-committee/article_271d7f0e-867e-11eb-b7c7-032419834dea.html

GOP state Rep. Jeff Pyle, citing health reasons, retires
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/03/16/GOP-pennsylvania-state-Rep-jeff-Pyle-health-reasons-cancer-retirement-Tuesday/stories/202103160127

State Rep. Jeff Pyle retires for health reasons, says hardest part is ‘I didn’t think I was done yet’
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/state-rep-jeff-pyle-retires-for-health-reasons-says-hardest-part-is-i-didnt-think-i-was-done-yet/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The Philly suburbs will get a regional vaccine clinic, the Wolf administration says, but it’s unclear how many people it can vaccinate
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-pennsylvania-philadelphia-suburbs-coronavirus-tom-wolf-joe-biden-20210316.html

Pa. health official says all Phase 1A appointments should be scheduled by March 31
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-health-official-says-all-phase-1a-appointments-should-be-scheduled-by-march-31/

Pa. health officials to streamline COVID vaccine distribution to meet March 31 appointment deadline
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/03/16/pennsylvania-more-vaccines-going-fewer-providers/4721064001/

Two Pa. prisons have vaccinated more than 70% of inmates. An incentive program may be making a difference.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pa-coronavirus-covid-vaccine-prison-incentive-inmates-corrections-20210317.html

Nearly 75% of LGBTQ people say COVID-19 has harmed their mental health, poll finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/lgbtq-covid-pandemic-mental-health-20210317.html

Mass vaccination site coming to Pocono Raceway
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/mass-vaccination-site-coming-to-pocono-raceway/article_d90d796a-1022-5aa5-9d53-17192a1a6003.html

Completed COVID vaccinations pass 35,000 in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/completed-covid-vaccinations-pass-35-000-in-berks-county/article_6f1cb2c6-8646-11eb-aefb-df2f87adaadc.html

State reports 3,000 new cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/16/covid-19-coronavirus-pittsburgh-allegheny-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-pandemic-vaccines-hospitalizations/stories/202103160146

53 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Tuesday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/53-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-on-tuesday/article_b6eb8fa0-d428-525b-8adf-d326ca12ab48.html

Montgomery County records 148 coronavirus cases, two deaths in daily report
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-148-coronavirus-cases-two-deaths-in-daily-report/article_7df0f0dc-e377-5d33-876f-fb2e171d967f.html

Here’s how I got my COVID-19 vaccination: I drove to Cleveland
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/03/17/found-answer-vaccination-went-ohio/4705233001/

While docs treat COVID, he helps keep Lower Bucks Hospital safe. Ike Irby is a ‘hidden’ hero of the pandemic
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/03/17/lower-bucks-hospital-worker-honored-service-during-covid-pandemic/4707848001/

Ohio lowers age limit for vaccine to 16 years old and up
https://triblive.com/local/regional/ohio-lowers-age-limit-for-vaccine-to-16-years-old-and-up/

Administration

Wolf nominates veteran attorney Suzanne Estrella to run Office of Victim Advocate
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/wolf-nominates-veteran-attorney-suzanne-estrella-to-run-office-of-victim-advocate/

Business

Federal, state agencies probing Shell’s Falcon ethane pipeline after whistleblowers’ allegations
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2021/03/17/Falcon-Shell-ethane-pipeline-Pennsylvania-federal-investigation-whistleblowers/stories/202103160171

Another delivery: Amazon to open sortation center in Findlay business park
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/03/17/Amazon-Findlay-sortation-center-Westport-Woods-Lawrenceville-North-Versailles-Churchill-SouthSide-Works/stories/202103170075

Holding out for justice
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/03/17/Holding-out-for-justice-Equifax-Data-Breach/stories/202102180096

On verge of strike, United Steelworkers rally outside ATI’s Brackenridge facility
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/on-verge-of-strike-united-steelworkers-rally-outside-atis-brackenridge-facility/

Many Pa. indoor venue owners say Wolf’s easing of restrictions isn’t enough
https://triblive.com/local/regional/many-pa-indoor-venue-owners-say-wolfs-easing-of-restrictions-arent-enough/

New Dollar General to open in Freeport
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-dollar-general-to-open-in-freeport/

Instagram will ban adults from messaging children that don’t follow them
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2021/03/instagram-will-ban-adults-from-messaging-children-that-dont-follow-them.html

As St. Patrick’s Day arrives, Lehigh Valley pubs and restaurants reflect on challenging COVID year
https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/food-drink/restaurants/mc-ent-lehigh-valley-restaurant-owners-reflect-on-year-of-restrictions-20210316-y67xec6w5rhxbosb6n2c6wfh7e-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Deadly force investigation continues in fatal shooting by police in Berks home

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/deadly-force-investigation-continues-in-fatal-shooting-by-police-in-berks-home/article_42eb2012-867c-11eb-9a31-c7cdfdd119c9.html

74-year-old man shot neighbor, self over water pipe dispute in Moore Township, police say
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-moore-township-homicide-20210316-eu7ffhttsvbfjd6vtrarla2aye-story.html

Inmate Mental Health: The other public  health crisis in Pa.’s prisons and jails | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/mental-health-the-other-public-health-crisis-in-pa-s-prisons-and-jails-opinion/

Education

Schools weigh whether to seat students closer together
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2021/03/16/Schools-weigh-whether-to-seat-students-closer-together/stories/202103160177

Charter schools are public schools. Why doesn’t Wolf’s budget treat them that way? | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/charter-schools-are-public-schools-why-doesnt-wolfs-budget-treat-them-that-way-opinion/

More than 30 COVID cases stem from Wilkes U student gatherings
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/more-than-30-covid-cases-stem-from-wilkes-u-student-gatherings/article_e44e17ed-802d-5c4f-a0fc-cfd0b09dfefa.html

Allied Services establishes Lackawanna College nursing scholarship
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/allied-services-establishes-lackawanna-college-nursing-scholarship/article_8672d082-bf63-5e72-938c-06b396c59284.html

Elections/Politics

Retired veterinarian wins Democrats’ blessing to seek open Senate seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/retired-veterinarian-wins-democrats-blessing-to-seek-open-senate-seat.html

Health Care

Tyler Memorial Hospital workers picket over treatment
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/tyler-memorial-hospital-workers-picket-over-treatment/article_2c0b275c-0a24-5e88-9a9d-56fc05f51f2b.html

Local News

Lackawanna County sues Scranton to recoup $208,000 in fees paid for government center renovation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-sues-scranton-to-recoup-208-000-in-fees-paid-for-government-center-renovation/article_ac694fb9-5771-540b-8ff7-34d74fb8cdbe.html

Scranton poised to replace legacy IT systems with modern digital platform
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-poised-to-replace-legacy-it-systems-with-modern-digital-platform/article_e989504c-1c25-59fc-b32f-c436ba6b8747.html

Kutztown Folk Festival goes virtual for 2nd year due to COVID pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/kutztown-folk-festival-goes-virtual-for-2nd-year-due-to-covid-pandemic/article_9d5bccf0-8694-11eb-b61c-836c94b73517.html

Reading Area Water Authority expands lead pipe abatement program
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/reading-area-water-authority-expands-lead-pipe-abatement-program/article_0385a948-869e-11eb-8691-b31187748a09.html

Reading looks to update its land development ordinance
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-looks-to-update-its-land-development-ordinance/article_b7341a0a-8604-11eb-8990-2fb41ce17730.html

Legal action looms over DA vacancy
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1077911/legal-action-looms-over-da-vacancy

Flood authority, Duryea might work together on levee upgrades
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/flood-authority-duryea-might-work-together-on-levee-upgrades/article_4917db8c-c6e4-5dcc-8937-566dacde731f.html

Commissioners to declare Westmoreland a ‘Second Amendment County’ in favor of gun rights
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/commissioners-to-declare-westmoreland-a-second-amendment-county-in-favor-of-gun-rights/

National News

Atlanta-area shootings leave 8 dead, many of them women of Asian descent; suspect captured
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/georgia-massage-parlor-shooting-8-dead-20210317.html

White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, Anti-Defamation League report says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/03/17/White-supremacist-propaganda-surged-in-2020-report-says/stories/202103170101

Child tax credit changes could get tricky for some divorced parents
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2021/03/17/child-tax-credit-parents-divorce-dependents-head-of-household-COVID-19-stimulus-American-Rescue-Plan/stories/202103170036

Firearm deaths among U.S. children have increased. Preventing gun violence must start at home. | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/health/expert-opinions/prevent-gun-violenece-kids-home-20210317.html

2 dead after ‘commercial grade’ fireworks explode in California house, sparking massive fire
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/03/2-dead-after-commercial-grade-fireworks-explode-in-california-house-sparking-massive-fire.html

Philly

As vaccine distribution ramps up, so do efforts to care for Philly’s vulnerable immigrants
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-distribution-philadelphia-immigrants-20210317.html

Developer in N. Philly eviction case has a history of complaints and a controversial project in the works
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/gagandeep-lakhmna-philadelphia-landlord-developer-greenpointe-construction-20210317.html

Some Philly jail locks can be easily disabled, staff warn, as violence continues
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-prisons-cfcf-picc-coronavirus-violence-assaults-locks-20210317.html

In Philadelphia, nearly a third of customers are past due on their water bills
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-water-rate-increase-covid-collections-zip-code-map-20210317.html

Federal stimulus package could bring $1.4B to city coffers
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/federal-stimulus-package-could-bring-1-4b-to-city-coffers/article_b0cc1258-7767-55e4-a742-9f05e23d91d5.html

The Philadelphia Water Department’s proposed rate hike is bad for consumers | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-water-rate-increase-public-hearings-coronavirus-20210317.html

City offers $87K settlement to West Philly family teargassed by police during last year’s civil unrest
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-protests-lawsuits-settlement-nina-bryant-paul-hetznecker-20210316.html

Emma Chappell, founder of United Bank of Philadelphia, dies at 80
https://www.phillytrib.com/obituaries/emma-chappell-founder-of-united-bank-of-philadelphia-dies-at-80/article_7a923fb8-1c5c-5f51-b29e-07e9f9b32dda.html

Philly says ‘desperately needed’ stimulus funding will help avert painful budget cuts
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-budget-deficit-coronavirus-stimulus-package-20210316.html

Daughter of a paralyzed gunshot survivor pens a children’s book to help families through trauma | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/sabrina-wiggins-childrens-book-paralyzed-gunshot-philadelphia-helen-ubinas-20210316.html

Pitt

Within Black community, trust in public health was needed to overcome vaccination apprehension
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/16/covid-19-vaccine-vaccination-Black-community-apprehension-hesitant-reluctance-suspicious-health-care-equity-de-neice-welch/stories/202103160155

Pitt’s carbon-neutral plan is at the right speed
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/03/17/Pitt-s-carbon-neutral-plan-is-at-the-right-speed/stories/202102270014

McKees Rocks sues Alcosan to stop construction near public housing, shopping center
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2021/03/16/mckees-rocks-alcosan-lawsuit-dumping-site-public-housing-allegheny-county-pittsburgh/stories/202103160119

UPMC, Penguins holding drive-up vaccination clinic in Cranberry today
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/16/UPMC-Penguins-holding-drive-up-vaccination-clinic-in-Cranberry/stories/202103160176

Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald vetoes paid sick leave bill passed by council
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2021/03/16/Allegheny-County-Executive-Fitzgerald-vetoes-paid-sick-leave-bill-passed-by-council/stories/202103160126

Fitzgerald vetoes Allegheny County paid sick leave bill
https://triblive.com/local/fitzgerald-vetoes-allegheny-county-paid-sick-leave-bill/

Pittsburgh represented at international forum against anti-Semitism
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2021/03/16/Mayors-Summit-Against-Anti-Semitism-Pittsburgh-Mayor-Bill-Peduto-Tree-of-Life-shooting/stories/202103160174

Allegheny County’s covid hospitalization number drops to October level
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/allegheny-countys-covid-hospitalization-number-drops-to-october-level/

Allegheny County Health Department adds new vaccination sites
https://triblive.com/local/north-hills/allegheny-county-health-department-adds-new-vaccination-sites/

State News

Pa. Capitol building will reopen to the public next week
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-capitol-reopening-public-harrisburg-20210316.html

Pension ‘error’: What’s $25 mil among friends?
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/pension-error-whats-25-mil-among-friends/article_25a8cad6-b3ad-5a6f-a178-e0b51dacf42c.html

Pennsylvania guidelines for legal foot-hold and other trap usage
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/environment/pennsylvania-guidelines-for-legal-foot-hold-and-other-trap-usage/article_08e75c38-8374-11eb-a4d1-c76babc84f6f.html

Transportation

Bedford County bridge demolition to close turnpike section this weekend
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/bedford-county-bridge-demolition-to-close-turnpike-section-this-weekend/

Washington

Biden says ‘help is on the way’ as he kicks off campaign to sell the $1.9 trillion stimulus outside Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/joe-biden-delaware-county-pennsylvania-visit-20210316.html

Joe Biden came to Chester, and Chester came to see Uncle Joe | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/joe-biden-chester-pa-philadelphia-visit-20210316.html

President Joe Biden rolls out ‘Help Is Here’ campaign at stop in Chester
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/president-joe-biden-rolls-out-help-is-here-campaign-at-stop-in-chester/article_76616df4-867f-11eb-874f-c38b037ea3d9.html

President Biden highlights Black-owned businesses during first official trip to Philly area as president
https://www.witf.org/2021/03/17/president-biden-highlights-black-owned-businesses-during-first-official-trip-to-philly-area-as-president/

At hearing on housing, Toomey and Democrats spar over reforms to boost affordability
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/03/16/Pat-Toomey-Sherrod-Brown-housing-reforms-Fannie-Mae-Freddie-Mac/stories/202103160163

FBI says Wilkes-Barre woman filmed inside Capitol on Jan. 6
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/03/16/FBI-Pennsylvania-woman-filmed-inside-US-Capitol-riot-arrest-Jan-6-Annie-Howell/stories/202103160143

Swoyersville woman charged in connection with Capitol insurrection
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1074363/swoyersville-woman-charged-in-connection-with-capitol-insurrection

Dr. Rachel Levine will have a positive impact as Assistant Secretary for Health | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/03/dr-rachel-levine-will-have-a-positive-impact-as-assistant-secretary-for-health-opinion.html