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Legislature

Fed up with incessant fireworks, eastern Pa. lawmakers want to repeal law
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2021/03/fed-up-with-incessant-fireworks-eastern-pa-lawmakers-want-to-repeal-pa-law.html

Abortion rights: Pa. Legislature prepares to take on another fight to dismantle
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/abortion-rights-pa-legislature-prepares-to-take-on-another-fight-to-dismantle.html

‘We’ll be there, masks and all’: Closed out of the Capitol for months, sex abuse survivors reluctantly return to push for emergency reform
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/well-be-there-masks-and-all-closed-out-of-the-capitol-for-months-sex-abuse-survivors-reluctantly-return-to-push-for-emergency-reform/

Rivals take aim at Pa. state Sen. Doug Mastriano’s WWI research
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/rivals-take-aim-at-pa-state-sen-doug-mastrianos-wwi-research/

One question resolved, one remains in DA controversy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/one-question-resolved-one-remains-in-da-controversy/article_573e3b49-002c-5673-87a4-016e383754eb.html

Tolling bridges isn’t the answer
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/03/22/Tolling-bridges-isn-t-the-answer/stories/202103090060

Registration stickers drive debate
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/registration-stickers-drive-debate/article_4933adba-0ab4-5fa8-8caf-9fcc52d5d0a7.html

Pennsylvania should join nursing compact
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/pennsylvania-should-join-nursing-compact/article_2fa8b907-83ca-5b03-b0aa-ffc705373495.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania touts COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but exaggerates senior success
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/21/Pennsylvania-health-department-vaccine-rollout-senior-elderly-covid-19-vaccinations-pandemic/stories/202103200048

A huge spike in Medicaid enrollment in Pa. shows how devastating the coronavirus has been
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pa-coronavirus-medicaid-enrollment-increase-map-20210322.html

A Delco vaccine site deserves praise but highlights the strange scramble under Pa.’s baffling suburban plan | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/covid-19-vaccine-site-radnor-penn-delaware-county-20210320.html

66 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/66-new-cases-of-covid-19-reported-in-luzerne-county-on-sunday/article_4f1515eb-4523-5361-b315-b36ddf204194.html

AstraZeneca says U.S. trial data shows vaccine 79% effective
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/covid-19-meds/2021/03/22/AstraZeneca-US-trial-data-shows-vaccine-79-percent-effective-covid-19/stories/202103220052

Fake COVID-19 vaccines: Pennsylvania State Police issue warning
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/crime/2021/03/21/fake-covid-19-vaccines-pennsylvania-state-police-issue-warning/4789600001/

Business

Developers look to build 1.2 million square feet of warehouses in Covington Twp.
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/developers-look-to-build-1-2-million-square-feet-of-warehouses-in-covington-twp/article_2798e4e4-d90f-5986-bde4-473eadcdc8e6.html

Crime/Punishment

Lackawanna County Prison exploring purchase of mail-scanning device to detect contraband
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-prison-exploring-purchase-of-mail-scanning-device-to-detect-contraband/article_3bc049f2-60e4-569f-8695-c4f2c10df03c.html

Pa. arrests more than 20K for marijuana possession during 2020; up slightly even during pandemic
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pa-arrests-more-than-20k-for-marijuana-possession-during-2020-up-slightly-even-during-pandemic/Content?oid=19121134

Education

Safe2Say app, meant to let students report threats and bullying, has been ‘weaponized,’ superintendent says
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-safe2say-weaponized-school-safety-20210322-wawe2ppksfdfbctjjniwu4vsmy-story.html

Alle-Kiski CareerLink GED program flourishing
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/alle-kiski-careerlink-ged-program-flourishing/

Delco schools moving to full in-person classes
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-schools-moving-to-full-in-person-classes/article_11f39c26-88f9-11eb-a6b0-436155410dba.html

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania still struggling to get mail-in voting deadlines under control
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/03/21/Pennsylvania-still-struggling-to-get-mail-in-voting-deadlines-under-control/stories/202103210082

Local News

Lackawanna County municipalities due millions in relief funding under American Rescue Plan
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-municipalities-due-millions-in-relief-funding-under-american-rescue-plan/article_ea698c72-fbfb-56af-9f03-85b1b1e03f36.html

Countryside Conservancy to construct trail near state park
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/countryside-conservancy-to-construct-trail-near-state-park/article_0716d6b7-19ce-532e-b8a0-e9c6b3fa2dcf.html

It was spring clean up time on Reading’s south side
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/it-was-spring-clean-up-time-on-readings-south-side/article_42ff4750-89a0-11eb-b16f-5b50f259a6d5.html

61 kids and counting: Bucks family opens home, hearts to foster kids and siblings in need
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/03/22/bucks-county-bensalem-foster-family-61-kids/4729947001/

Upper Burrell supervisors consider proposed Marcellus shale well
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/proposed-new-marcellus-shale-well-in-upper-burrell/

Local AmeriCorps members help land conservation, education
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/local-americorps-members-help-land-conservation-education/

Luzerne County Council to discuss lease relocating tourism and visitors’ center inside historic train station
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1111709/luzerne-county-council-to-discuss-lease-relocating-tourism-and-visitors-center-inside-historic-train-station

Two framers assess county charter nearly a decade after it took effect
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/two-framers-assess-county-charter-nearly-a-decade-after-it-took-effect/article_9ce6ff15-f3dd-56e1-a514-296bdb9f0c5a.html

Greater Hazleton economics: Too early to tell toll from COVID-19
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/coronavirus/greater-hazleton-economics-too-early-to-tell-toll-from-covid-19/article_55342a07-418e-5f8b-b066-0a3e6a937cc4.html

Stronger relationships: Schuylkill County hospitals, schools government communicate better because of pandemic
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/coronavirus/stronger-relationships-schuylkill-county-hospitals-schools-government-communicate-better-because-of-pandemic/article_f1b256bc-c0a0-5174-8599-28d2d6941bfe.html

Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton have never had a female mayor; here’s what it will take to change that
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-prem-nws-womens-history-month-lehigh-valley-city-mayors-20210321-cklvpdfwgneoja5dl6oeub5o7y-story.html

National News

Cutting through a bonkers tax season: Here are the biggest new changes
https://www.inquirer.com/business/taxes-2020-irs-changes-stimulus-bill-deductions-20210321.html

QAnon’s ‘collateral damage’: Families struggle to pull loved ones back from the brink
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/03/21/QAnon-collateral-damage-conspiracy-families-struggle-pull-loved-ones-back-from-brink/stories/202103210198

Philly

Workers have been fighting for stronger protections for years. COVID-19 made their struggles more dire.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/jobs-benefits-covid-20210321.html

With Biden cash, execs sees a rare chance to cut Philly’s job-crushing business taxes
https://www.inquirer.com/business/taxes-philadelphia-wage-council-biden-stimulus-20210322.html

Philly started allowing walk-ins at FEMA vaccine site to improve equity. It might be working.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fema-vaccine-racial-equity-walk-ins-appointment-20210320.html

Rent has increased the most in the least expensive areas, Zillow report finds
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/rent-increase-philadelphia-pandemic-affordable-zillow-20210321.html

Inside Jamie Gauthier’s tumultuous first year on Philly City Council — and what comes next
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/jamie-gauthier-philadelphia-city-council-20210321.html

Pitt

Hundreds gather Downtown to honor those killed in Atlanta-area shooting spree
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2021/03/21/Atlanta-shootings-Pittsburgh-Asian-American-community-vigil-Downtown-shooting-hate-Asians/stories/202103210232

Speakers discuss discrimination, violence and stereotypes at vigil for Atlanta victims
https://triblive.com/local/speakers-discuss-discrimination-violence-and-stereotypes-at-vigil-for-atlanta-victims/

Several hundred, including actress Sandra Oh, rally in Oakland to ‘Stop Asian Hate’
https://triblive.com/local/several-hundred-people-including-actress-sandra-oh-rally-in-pittsburghs-oakland-section-to-stop-asian-hate/

Gender pay gap is closing as women’s wages rise at Pittsburgh region’s nonprofits
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2021/03/22/gender-pay-gap-women-wages-nonprofits-Bayer-Center-Pittsburgh-area/stories/202103210025

Ahead of infrastructure bill, Congress brings back earmarks. But what does that mean for Pittsburgh?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/03/22/Infrastructure-bill-Congress-earmarks-Mike-Doyle-Alcosan-spending/stories/202103110008

Port Authority considers formal policy to use public art in transit projects
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/03/22/Port-Authority-Pittsburgh-Office-of-Public-Art-formal-policy-light-rail-tunnels/stories/202103210135

As lease with city becomes an issue, Pittsburgh zoo rejoining AZA for new accreditation
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2021/03/22/pittsburgh-zoo-ppg-aquarium-association-AZA-accreditation-lease-city/stories/202103200067

Pittsburgh mayor’s race launches with $400,000 hitting candidates’ coffers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2021/03/21/Pittsburgh-mayor-s-race-launches-with-400-000-hitting-candidates-coffers/stories/202103210170

SPECIAL REPORT | Ravages of COVID challenge Downtown Pittsburgh’s rebound
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/03/21/Downtown-pittsburgh-businesses-COVID-19-Richard-Florida-Heinz-Healey-Joseph-Orlando-S-W-Randall-Bobby-Best-Vallozzi/stories/202103190137

Conservative rally in Downtown Pittsburgh targets masks, election results
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2021/03/20/pittsburgh-rally-downtown-point-state-park-americans-for-freedom/stories/202103200034

University of Pittsburgh sees spike in covid cases
https://triblive.com/local/university-of-pittsburgh-sees-spike-in-covid-cases/

State News

New streams in Pennsylvania to be tagged as High Quality for extra protections
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2021/03/21/high-quality-cold-water-fisheries-pa-streams-IRRC-review/stories/202103140231

Carbon stored in Elizabeth Township forest will help pay for its preservation
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2021/03/21/Carbon-credits-Elizabeth-Township-forest-preservation-Allegheny-Land-Trust-development/stories/202103210046

This family almost — almost — threw away money from the Treasury Department for their baby’s college education
https://www.inquirer.com/life/keystone-scholars-100-baby-college-fund-20210317.html

Child abuse reports have dropped sharply in Pa. and experts are worried
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/child-abuse-reports-have-dropped-sharply-in-pa-and-experts-are-worried.html

MAP: Women STEM degrees by county | The Numbers Racket
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/map-women-stem-degrees-by-county-the-numbers-racket/

Transportation

Highland Park Bridge interchange to include PennDOT’s first use of public art in the area
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/03/21/Highland-Park-Bridge-Route-28-sound-barriers-relief-art-Golden-Triangle-Construction/stories/202103210030

Washington

Gun safety: Try, try again
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/03/21/Gun-safety-Try-try-again/stories/202103160053