State Sen. Costa holds City Hall on Pittsburgh tax exemption – Pennsylvania News (localtoday.news)

Sen. Art Haywood and Sen. Judy Schwank discuss State of Black PA Report in community roundtable (berksweekly.com)

AED in schools and CPR training to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest would be required under proposed bills (inquirer.com)

Plan would refund 50% of road tolls for Pennsylvanians – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Shapiro plan tackles Pa. teacher shortage | Local News | phillytrib.com

Shapiro visits police academy, touts incentive to help fill 1,200 open spots | News | thetimes-tribune.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)

Veterans, advocates discuss military suicides with state Senate panel | News | tribdem.com

Crozer Health to eliminate 215 positions amid restructuring – 6abc Philadelphia

Crozer Health lays off 215 people as part of ‘restructuring plan’- WHYY

State Senators Introduce Bill to Modernize Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law – MyChesCo

Pennsylvania joins several other states in pushing for universal free breakfasts for kids – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. lawmakers seek to issue child DNA identification kits through schools – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Sunshine Week: Tips to win a Pa. open records fight · Spotlight PA

Saturday hunting opener was a ‘big picture’ mistake | Letters To Editor | indianagazette.com

Schwank Announces $4.62 Million in Grant Funding for 11th Precinct Projects | Berk’s Regional News – Pennsylvania News (localtoday.news)

Area legislators announce more than $4M in state grants (dailylocal.com)

Three Pennsylvania airports receive $39 million for upgrades | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Millions of dollars in state grants awarded in 2 Delaware County House districts (delcotimes.com)

More than $14M in state grants to fund community projects in Lackawanna County | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Grants awarded to communities in 45th District – The Mon Valley Independent

$1.19M Grant To Fund Improvement Projects In Doylestown And Solebury | Doylestown, PA Patch

Reading City Council approves $300,000 grant for restoration of former Elks Club (readingeagle.com)

Berks lawmakers announce millions in grant funding to support local projects | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Millions in state grants awarded to Luzerne County communities | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Park upgrades, new equipment on list of Commonwealth Financing Authority grants | News | tribdem.com

Inflation drag may undermine Shapiro’s budget savings | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

House Speaker Joanna McClinton has ‘the weight of the world’ on her shoulders. We chat about her first weeks on the job. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

House ethics panel prepares to take complaints as lawmaker accused of harassment officially resigns – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s how to end the stalemate over the civil justice window for abuse survivors | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Volunteer firefighters deserve an income tax credit too. This is why | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Unemployment rates remain mostly steady across the region – Daily Local

Audacy will need to cut costs ‘into the bone’ to survive, analyst says – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Meet the spinout guru behind Penn’s $1B tech transfer business – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Silicon Valley Bank fallout spells additional trouble for commercial real estate industry – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

11 banks sweep in with a $30 billion rescue of First Republic Bank : NPR

In wake of bank failures, Lancaster County-based banks reassure customers they are solid | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Pittsburgh area’s jobless rate holds at 4% in January | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Court OKs Bayada taking PTO from underproductive employees (inquirer.com)



New Data Links Pandemic’s Origins to Raccoon Dogs at Wuhan Market – The New York Times (nytimes.com)



State College Police killed Osaze Osagie four years ago. Here’s what has and hasn’t happened since. | WITF

Pennsylvania prisons’ union pushes for increased staffing, as incidents go up | WITF



Penn State president says cuts will be deeper than anticipated as leaders finalize layoff plans | WITF

Penn State braces for budget cuts, layoffs amid deficit · Spotlight PA

New York Times Takes Deep Dive Into Penn’s Amy Wax Problem (phillymag.com)

Tony Fels: Compromise is possible in Central Bucks Pride flag conflict (broadandliberty.com)

Allentown’s new superintendent Carol Birks lays out district plans, calls in community, staff (mcall.com)

Lebanon County school district won’t allow Addams Family on stage, saying it promotes bad values | WITF

Philadelphia School District parents and community groups want to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the district against the city (inquirer.com)

CBSD school board made people wait outside during presentation. (phillyburbs.com)

Racial slurs unnerve Black students, families in Dauphin County school district – pennlive.com




Michigan works to pass LGBTQ protections, repeal abortion, right-to-work : NPR

Georgia House passes partial ban on transgender health care for minors – WABE

Biden’s right turns on oil, crime, border ‘a slap’ to young voters. Will he pay in ‘24? (inquirer.com)


Bucks Investor Opens New Sports Bar, Vows to Improve PA GOP – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

AARP poll reveals concerns of voters over 50 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pennsylvania Republican Party suburban strategy (phillyburbs.com)

Rep Brian Fitzpatrick PA protecting democracy (phillyburbs.com)


Hoping to Improve Education for All Kids, Aarti Martino Runs for Central Bucks School Board – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Mayoral candidate Derek Green calls for Ethics Board transparency | Mayorsrace | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia mayor race: Jeff Brown rivals slam him over ethics probe (inquirer.com)

Philly mayoral candidate John Wood was registered to vote in Chester County less than a year ago. (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia mayor race: Stop-and-frisk part of Cherelle Parker’s crime plan (inquirer.com)

Aston Township commissioners vote to not host voting drop box, citing unsafe conditions at the site (delcotimes.com)



KUOW – Pizza-sized predators to get federal protection



Green or Weathering Steel? PennDOT wants you to pick the new Commercial Street Bridge color – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

U.S. Senate Leader Schumer calls for safety audit into all major railroads after Ohio derailment – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

BNSF trains derail in Washington and Arizona with no injuries reported : NPR

East Palestine was ‘H.G. Wells War of the Worlds stuff’ – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

In East Palestine, Norfolk Southern CEO pledges again to help reeling residents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Norfolk Southern CEO: ‘I understand my responsibility’ in Ohio derailment cleanup | TribLIVE.com

SEPTA expands employer-provided transit pass program, Key Advantage (inquirer.com)

SEPTA unwisely pushes for suburban investment while improvement plans in the city languish | Editorial (inquirer.com)


Gun Safety

A Reading mother tells a panel she has seen the outcome of violence from both sides (readingeagle.com)



Temple Health CEO Michael Young focused on expansion plans amid ‘really challenging’ conditions – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

CHOP CEO Madeline Bell ‘exploring lots of different opportunities’ for expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Franklin County organization aims to end veteran suicide (abc27.com)

As the number of Pennsylvanians with Alzheimer’s grows, so will the burden on caregivers | WITF

Match Day: emergency medicine residency spots empty as unmatched students, programs scramble through SOAP (inquirer.com)

Overdose deaths dropped significantly in Westmoreland in 2022 | TribLIVE.com

Excela-Butler combined health system lays off 13 managers | TribLIVE.com


State News

Pa. says it will extend popular program for job-seekers | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. delegation pushes to end opioid treatment co-pays, saying many people thwarted by cost – pennlive.com

Arkoosh warns of potential SNAP scam for Pa. residents – Daily Local

Meet the 2023 Central PA Spelling Bee Spellers! | WITF

Pa. among top states for white supremacist propaganda in 2022 | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Penn State roars into second round of NCAA tournament with win against Texas A&M | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Maddy Siegrist, Villanova women’s basketball’s top scorer, lives a life of faith and fierce competition (inquirer.com)

Pitt students gear up for March Madness game against Iowa State with cautious optimism | TribLIVE.com


National News

‘Back to one meal a day’: SNAP benefits drop as food prices climb : NPR

A Very Wet Winter Has Eased California’s Drought, but Water Woes Remain – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

South Carolina state comptroller faces ouster over $3.5B accounting error : NPR

Xi Jinping to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week : NPR

New Zealand lawmakers banned from TikTok amid data use fears : NPR

From hospitals to the classroom: St. Louis teen receives $2 million in scholarships, 70+ colleges offers | Across America | phillytrib.com

The Russian attack on a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone underlines why we must help Ukraine win | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Protests erupt in France over Macron’s push to raise retirement age – pennlive.com


Local News

Maxatawny Twp. tables warehouse discussion amid packed room | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Northampton, Lehigh county executives disagree over LVPC move | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Reading fireworks cut short after causing brush fires near Pagoda | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Harrisburg pays off multi-million dollar bond insurance debt | WITF

Harrisburg burns mortgage on incinerator debt ahead of schedule – pennlive.com

Bucks taking on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat | The Bucks County Herald

Montgomery County launches task force to tackle homelessness (mainlinemedianews.com)

Radnor to apply for half-million dollar grant to improve West Wayne Preserve – Mainline Media News

Camelbeach season passes on sale for June 16 opening in Poconos (poconorecord.com)

Shared or designated bike lane on Greengarden? City taking comments. (goerie.com)

What you should know about the city of Erie’s new stormwater fee (goerie.com)

Lititz Moravian church officials want time before responding to park Pride fest vote | Local News | lancasteronline.com

County council to hold special meeting on Rescue Plan grant approvals next week | News | citizensvoice.com

Tomato Festival gets big pink boost | Times Leader

Scranton accepting applications for federal block grants | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Truck traffic, location tops concerns for transfer station proposed in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Lack of Reading food safety inspections on Pa. website due to staff shortage, city says (readingeagle.com)



Mayor: Let’s ‘dramatically expedite’ fixing the Charles Anderson Bridge – Pittsburgh Union Progress

County retirement board tables ethics reform motion – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Allegheny County levees $307K in fines on U.S. Steel for Clairton air pollution violations | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Advocates tout air monitoring investments as vital step in region’s greener future | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

W.Pa pols tout federal investment in pollution monitoring – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium unveils latest addition: a baby gorilla | WITF

A secret offer Bethany Hallam made to get John Weinstein back on the Alcosan board raised legal concerns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Game time: Pitt to seek city approval for $240 million athletic complex | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

PNC employees will get free parking — if they return to their Downtown Pittsburgh offices | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Pitt, Duquesne involved in talks to play football game at Acrisure Stadium | TribLIVE.com

Tree of Life healing group to extend operations | TribLIVE.com



Philadelphia targeted by Freddie Mac to increase Black, Latino homeownership – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

More than 100 years after opening, Philly’s Kingsessing Library is getting a $7 million makeover | Local News | phillytrib.com

Boathouse Row going dark for eight months for lighting system overhaul | Local News | phillytrib.com

High rise residents protest bill to add sprinklers to old Philly buildings (inquirer.com)

Major Chinatown business and community group announces its opposition to planned Sixers arena (inquirer.com)

What does Philly’s City Council do? Here’s their job duties, salary, term length and more. (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia small business grant: Quality Job Program provides $5,000 for each new full-time hire (inquirer.com)



The government has a new plan to fix child care. It involves semiconductors : NPR

GOP congressmen: Halt offshore wind, probe whale deaths (mcall.com)

American Innovation and Choice Online Act is deceptive (ydr.com)

Biden hosting Irish prime minister on St. Patrick’s Day | News | tribdem.com

As cleanup costs mount, Pentagon to stop use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)