Pa. lawmaker wants to help pay for home repairs – WHYY

A New Bill Seeks To Ban Smoking at Pennsylvania Casinos (playpennsylvania.com)

Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Smoking at Casinos | halfwheel

Schwank hosts second session of model Senate (berksweekly.com)

Podcast: Pa. Hemp Feed Bill, Federally-legal THC Hemp, & Cedar Meadow Farm | Podcasts & Audio | lancasterfarming.com

Pennsylvania Senator to Introduce Legislation to Allow Hemp in Animal Feed – Hemp Grower

Ribbon-cutting ceremony heralds opening of Brandywine LaunchBox | Penn State University (psu.edu)

Snow and ice removal from atop vehicles a hot topic at statehouses (landline.media)

Sen. Steve Santarsiero to host College Financial Planning event | The Bucks County Herald

Bill to name Hershey Kiss official state candy introduced | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Pennsylvania House of Representatives lags on expenses transparency | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Legislation suggests a new way to support Pa. Children’s Trust Fund | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Westmoreland’s clout in Harrisburg cut through redistricting | TribLIVE.com

Pa. Senate panel exploring recreational cannabis legalization criticized for not hearing both sides | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Four years after losing her daughter, a mom’s fight for justice is just beginning | Jenice Armstrong (inquirer.com)

Senators Baker, Santarsiero resume work on Kayden’s Law (yahoo.com)

$1 Million Awarded to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia – MyChesCo

Pennsylvania Offers $500K Grant for FDR Park Improvements in Philadelphia – PennWatch


Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. covid infections likely to rise again, Dr. Anthony Fauci says | TribLIVE.com

COVID anniversary: 2 years since Pennsylvania shut down – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Editorial: Looking past two years of COVID to road forward (delcotimes.com)

Hong Kong to lift COVID-related flight bans, cut quarantine for arrivals – pennlive.com



Midstate avg. gas prices sees drop in last week (abc27.com)

PA Pols Respond to Pain at the Pump – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Here are 3 reasons why Big Oil can’t just drill more to ease the pain at the gas pump | WITF

As usual, Republicans are wrong about gas prices | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

As the Great Resignation rolls on, companies are investing more in training – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Fed can’t stop prices from rising right now, but could over the long haul | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Central Pa. grocery chain’s homegrown beef could ‘position Pa. as leading cattle state’ – pennlive.com



2 Pennsylvania state troopers, civilian killed in crash (ydr.com)



PA Teachers pension delays vote on Oak HC/FT fund amid board talk of conflict | Buyouts (buyoutsinsider.com)

School meal programs to lose flexibility, funding, if Congress doesn’t act : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pa.’s youngest students need quality teachers invest in workforce now (goerie.com)

Editorial: Fair funding push moves from courtroom to streets (delcotimes.com)

Pennsylvania student testing, scores down in 2021 after year hiatus – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Staffing shortage, COVID-19, politics take toll on Pennsylvania teachers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Staffing shortages, pandemic, politics take toll on Pennsylvania teachers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Understaffing leaves after-school programs with unmet demand | News | phillytrib.com

Teen Takes: Schools must address student mental health after threats (theintell.com)

NEPA schools look to engage families, welcome parents back | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Drexel new life sciences labs planned Philadelphia (inquirer.com)



Challenge to maps tightens county election timelines | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Suburban parents are fighting book bans because of the threat of censorship : NPR

Two Republican State Representatives Run for Lt. Governor – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Dallastown Libertarian Dave Womack ends bid for council, eyes congress (ydr.com)

Guest Opinion: Candidates should reject PACs that use negative ads (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Richey Ends Campaign for Governor; Endorses McSwain – PoliticsPA

Democrats spar over climate crisis, Supreme Court at U.S. Senate debate in Pittsburgh | WITF

Democratic contenders for Senate split on key issues during forum at CMU | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Democratic gains in legislative maps, including in Pennsylvania, might not last long | WITF

I didn’t see any concerned lawmakers at women’s sports events | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Super PAC signals Pennsylvania primary could get rough | Flipboard



The SEC is set to announce historic climate disclosure rules : NPR



New local taxes for public transit may be on the way for some Pennsylvania counties | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com



Crozer Health to implement additional temporary service cuts at Delaware County Memorial Hospital – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The pandemic uprooted health care. Lehigh Valley health care experts say these changes will likely stay – The Morning Call (mcall.com)


State News

Gov. Wolf announces ‘1-4-3 day’, encouraging Pa. residents to show kindness (abc27.com)

Judge admonishes Pa. State Police for response to request seeking email, phone records · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania casinos post first sports wagering revenue loss in February due to Super Bowl LVI outcome – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New inductions into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall-of-Fame | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Americans support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws. What’s Pa.’s excuse? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


National News

Ukraine rejects Russian demand for surrender in Mariupol (inquirer.com)

Ukraine-Russia updates: Civilian death toll climbs past 900 : NPR

Ukraine War Threatens to Cause a Global Food Crisis – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ukraine Live Updates: Mariupol Refuses to Yield; Russia Strikes Kyiv Mall – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Child Care: New York’s Next Big-Ticket Budget Priority – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Time to retool census? Some think so after minorities missed | News | phillytrib.com

An Appalachian town was told a Bitcoin mine would bring an economic boom. It got noise pollution and an eyesore. (inquirer.com)


Local News

Officials break ground on Drexeline Town Center – Delco Times

Harrisburg city, community leaders on addressing gun violence after week of shootings (abc27.com)

Global woman’s rights event held in Harrisburg (abc27.com)

Delaware County police departments, FOP send vests to Ukraine (delcotimes.com)

Controversial Bucks judge stepping down as child dependency judge (theintell.com)

Luzerne County Council to vote on proposed tax break for manufacturing project | News | citizensvoice.com

Three area counties return nearly $3 million in rental assistance funds | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Editorial: Resurgence of violence in Reading demands strong reaction (readingeagle.com)

US attorney running January 6 insurrection investigation grew up in Allentown – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Community gardens planned near Citizens Hose in Harrison’s Birdville neighborhood | TribLIVE.com

Amazon cancels plans for Churchill warehouse (publicsource.org)

Port Authority extends free fares in response to staffing shortages | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Allegheny County Jail to reopen for in-person visits | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

New transportation center is the latest positive sign for McKeesport, Mayor Michael Cherepko says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority to spend $4.5 million to upgrade light rail trains it wants to replace | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Tom Hogan: City of Philadelphia hobbles police with dangerous new ordinance (broadandliberty.com)

‘Our goal is to break down barriers:’ Philly hospital offers trans kids gender-affirming care – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Villanova back to Sweet 16 after 71-61 win over Ohio State | Basketball | phillytrib.com

City in settlement talks with disabled Philadelphians in suit over dangerous sidewalks | Local News | phillytrib.com

PHA seeks more landlords for voucher program | Local News | phillytrib.com

$36 million federal grant to help reduce homelessness in Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

Kenyatta Johnson corruption case heads to trial after pandemic delays | Local News | phillytrib.com

Kenyatta Johnson’s bribery trial starts today — the second for a city councilmember in a year (inquirer.com)

Archdiocese of Phila. announces updated COVID mitigation efforts – Mainline Media News

Six months after a tornado, Upper Dublin shouldn’t look this bad | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Ketanji Brown Jackson’s long judicial record is likely to be scrutinized at hearings : NPR

Justice Thomas hospitalized with infection, high court says (abc27.com)

Ketanji Brown Jackson Fought Injustices While at Harvard – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s long judicial record is likely to be scrutinized at hearings | WITF

First but not last: Black girls see themselves in court pick | News | phillytrib.com

McConnell on Republicans supporting Putin: ‘There’s some lonely voices out there’ (abc27.com)

U.S. Interior Dept. research into the history of abusive Native American boarding schools should be released in the coming weeks – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden to issue 2023 government spending plan on March 28 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette