First State of Black Pennsylvania report finds life is improving, but challenges remain (mcall.com)

PA Democrats push support for COLA increase for retirees | WHP (local21news.com)

Pa. Senate Democrat proposes series of bills to increase housing accessibility – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Two DelVal Dems Want Mandatory Background Check to Buy Ammo – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Philabundance, Senator Sharif Street kick off 30 day food giveaway initiative in North Philadelphia for Ramadan – 6abc Philadelphia

Pa. lawmakers want defibrillators in schools ready in case of cardiac emergencies – pennlive.com

State Senator Propose Making Election Day State, Municipal Holiday | BOB 94.9 | WHP580 Newsroom (iheart.com)

Pennsylvania’s permitting delays, carbon taxes still vexing lawmakers | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gun violence to bring hearing, rally to Pennsylvania Capitol (abc27.com)

In-car subscriptions might soon be illegal in Pa. (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania bill would make Hershey’s Kisses the state’s official candy (abc27.com)

How many women serve in the PA legislature? · Spotlight PA

Sen. Mastriano announces new legislation on ‘curriculum transparency’ (abc27.com)

State Lawmakers Still Have Questions After Hearing From Norfolk – WENY News

Norfolk Southern CEO testifies before PA Senate Committee on East Palestine derailment | WHP (local21news.com)

Permitting reform, carbon compact take center stage at DEP’s budget hearing – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Senate set sights on DEP spending, permits, RGGI in budget hearing | News | meadvilletribune.com

Rainy Day Fund Use Cautioned by Republicans in Budget Meetings | WHP 580 (iheart.com)

Early Pa. state budget talks reveal a potential sticking point: how much to give colleges and universities | WITF

The chancellor of Pa.’s state universities says tuition freeze will continue, but funding increase needed – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PASSHE head tells lawmakers state universities need greater funding to compete – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New resolution reintroduced on Halcovage impeachment by Schuylkill County lawmakers | | standardspeaker.com

Lawmaker to hold women’s resource fair in Reading. (readingeagle.com)

State Sen. Jarrett Coleman files bill to open up Allentown NIZ finances. (mcall.com)

Could Pa’s liquor tax make up for nonprofits’ tax-exempt status? (mcall.com)



Fulton Financial joins call for more federal backing of bank deposits | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Patent pilot program aims to speed up process for small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The debt limit: What is it and what happens if Congress fails to act? : NPR

Federal Reserve rate increase may harm small lenders and credit unions (inquirer.com)

Silicon Valley Bank’s demise is not symptomatic of a broken U.S. banking system (inquirer.com)



‘Tripledemic’ leaves Pa. largely unscathed, as COVID rates fall to near lowest level – pennlive.com

COVID-19 rates still dropping across the state | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

At hearing, U.S. Senators condemn Moderna’s plan to boost COVID jab to $130 a dose – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Even before COVID-19 vaccine revenue surge, Penn ranked #1 for licensing dollars (inquirer.com)



At least 15 companies in the mix to design new Lancaster County Prison | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Delco inmate’s death ruled a ‘delayed’ homicide (broadandliberty.com)

Lower Merion Commissioners Extend Punishment of Cop, Sparking Protests – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lehigh County man charged in New Jersey fentanyl trafficking ring (mcall.com)

Editorial: County Jail shows suicides and other deaths are preventable | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Calvin saved my life and lost his,’ witness testifies in trial for man accused of killing off-duty Pittsburgh officer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



University of Pittsburgh criticized for events focused on transgender issues | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pitt students are the latest to try blocking anti-transgender speakers from campus. Experts say that violates free speech. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westampton schools closed for second day because of brush fire (inquirer.com)

Audit prompts changes at Bucks County Community College | The Bucks County Herald

Cyber charter schools support socialization & lifelong relationships (ydr.com)

Christy tapped as new West Chester school board member – Daily Local

What to know about teacher shortages and what schools can do about them : NPR

School book bans spur a growing counteroffensive : NPR

Reports: Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry leaving for Notre Dame | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Slippery Rock’s new president wants university to be ‘the best’ in Pa. state system | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly teachers and parents plan to protest ahead of staff cuts (inquirer.com)

Some of Temple University’s grad students have not returned to the classroom (inquirer.com)



DeSantis to expand ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law to all grades | News | phillytrib.com

Voters hate bank bailouts. But for Biden, the alternative could be worse : NPR

What if Trump and Mastriano top Pa.’s 2024 ballot? | John Baer – pennlive.com

Eight Philly mayoral candidates made their cases for education reform (inquirer.com)

Mayoral candidate Cherelle Parker gets endorsement from regional carpenters union | Mayorsrace | phillytrib.com



What’s it take to get ‘forever chemicals’ out of drinking water? Big new systems that you might have to help pay for. (inquirer.com)



Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A bipartisan consensus to toughen regulations on railroads is emerging in the U.S. Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SEPTA made the right decision to stop its suburban plans. Here’s how it can best serve riders going forward. | Editorial (inquirer.com)



Suffering from ‘alarm fatigue,’ LVH-Pocono staff ignored alerts. A patient died four days later, state report says (mcall.com)

Somerset, UPMC merger paying off, hospital leader says | News | tribdem.com

Why drugs like Adderall, antibiotics and flu medications are in short supply : NPR

TowerDIRECT ambulance expansion in Berks (readingeagle.com)

What to do about the problem that is Medicare Advantage? | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

UPMC waves off agreement that would bring 5 years of federal tracking | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Sen. Bob Casey pushes bill requiring safety barriers on all domestic commercial passenger planes – pennlive.com

Pa.’s Deluzio teams with N.Y. lawmaker on railroad safety bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Report: The arts contributed $28.6B to Pa.’s economy in 2021 | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Antisemitism reports rising in Pa., N.J., including Port Richmond white supremacist stickers (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania trout season to begin soon (abc27.com)

In Pennsylvania, we put families first | Opinion – pennlive.com

‘What are Peeps?’ – ‘Jeopardy’ contestants make quick work of ‘Made in Pa.’ category – pennlive.com

Hummingbirds migrating back to Pa.: When to spot them, set up feeders – pennlive.com

Pollen counts in Philadelphia hit ‘extreme’ levels as season starts (inquirer.com)

SNAP benefits scam, delivered through text messages, targets Pennsylvanians (inquirer.com)


National News

Police: 2 school administrators shot at Denver high school | News | phillytrib.com

Sources: Manhattan DA postpones Trump grand jury session | News | phillytrib.com

Here are the criminal investigations Donald Trump faces : NPR

Murdaugh case is bringing attention to another possible murder : NPR

The Women Behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott : Code Switch : NPR


Local News

Market houses full, have waiting list for first time in two decades (ydr.com)

Prospect Homes residents: Key questions unanswered after meeting with JHA | News | tribdem.com

North Plum Street lots will have grass planted, be returned to property owners: Lancaster city officials | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Doylestown Saree Run aims to break down barriers, celebrate diversity (phillyburbs.com)

Rainbow crosswalk in Doylestown first of its kind in Bucks County (phillyburbs.com)

Millions in paving projects planned in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

Proposed East Union gun range has events scheduled while zoning appeal process continues | | standardspeaker.com

Here’s how the Allentown Parking Authority could address resident complaints (mcall.com)



Pittsburgh City Council gives preliminary approval for contract to repair Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

City Council green-lit funding that could help reopen the Charles Anderson Bridge sooner than planned | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two major apartment buildings in the Strip District are going up for sale | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A key artery from Pittsburgh’s South Side is closed after a fire broke out under a bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Ramadan Begins: Muslim Community Practices Fasting and Service Through Food Distribution – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Philabundance marks the beginning of Ramadan – CBS Philadelphia (cbsnews.com)

Which Philly neighborhood offers the best quality of life? New online tool takes measure (inquirer.com)

New plan on Spring Garden Street: Apartments instead of self-storage units (inquirer.com)

Society Hill residents hiring private security guard for summer 2023 (inquirer.com)

Sixers’ proposal would negatively affect SEPTA’s Jefferson Station (inquirer.com)

$9 million settlement for 2020 protesters is ‘a win,’ but more change is needed | Opinion (inquirer.com)



The U.S. is threatening to ban TikTok? Good luck : NPR

TikTok CEO faces off with Congress over security fears | News | tribdem.com

Biden visits Canada with concerns about Haiti : NPR

Bruce Springsteen gets National Medal of Arts from Joe Biden (inquirer.com)