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Legislature

Senator Nikil Saval, Lehigh Valley Stands Up, and Advocates Raise Alarm on State of Housing, Call for Whole-Home Repairs with Week of Action | The Valley Ledger | Its All About The Lehigh Valley

Homeowners could get up to $50,000 to make repairs under proposed bill | fox43.com

Rally in Lancaster raises awareness of Home Repairs Act (abc27.com)

Dems, Republicans team up for bipartisan home improvement bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senate bill would help Pennsylvanians pay for home repairs (wgal.com)

In Focus Full Show 03/19/2022 | PHL17.com

Schwank Hosts Second Session of Model Senate – BCTV

Pennsylvania Senator Pushing For Hemp In Animal Feed – Hemp Gazette

New legislative districts in Berks finalized (readingeagle.com)

Grants will help prevent community violence – South Pittsburgh Reporter (sopghreporter.com)

The tax holiday is a bait-and-switch as a fiscal crisis looms | Opinion – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania redistricting changes legislators for third of Bucks County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Wolf ranks near bottom in governor scorecard report | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Millions in Pennsylvania House lawmakers’ expenses would be accessible online under new bill | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Comitta’s office now offering SEPTA key card renewals – Daily Local

Some experts want Pennsylvania lawmakers to rethink temporary gas tax cuts | WITF

State provides more than $200 million for hospital staffing | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate Pa. Liquor Store Monopoly Is on the Rocks – NewsBreak

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Vaccines show promise in reducing long COVID : Shots – Health News : NPR

Omicron infections could stave off a COVID-19 wave from new variant | Health | lancasteronline.com

Still haven’t gotten vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19? Don’t be lulled into complacency. [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com

Is the latest COVID-19 surge in Europe coming to the U.S.? Here’s what to know about BA.2, the subvariant of omicron – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shots work for kids under 6 | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

 

Business/Jobs

Pennsylvania to raise tip threshold for tipped minimum wage | WITF

Gov. Wolf Welcomes Commission’s Unanimous Approval of Updates to Minimum Wage Act Regulations – MyChesCo

Moe’s Southwest Grill teams up with CCAC to offer free tuition to employees | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Fed officials discuss more aggressive rate hikes to control inflation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Food pantries feel pinch of more demand, higher costs, lagging donations | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. State Police union warns of scam calls about troopers killed on I-95 in Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Kutztown University Social Work to Host 18th Annual Community Forum March 25 – BCTV

New standards approved for PA Charter Schools | WHP (local21news.com)

Ferndale school board approves tax increase | News | tribdem.com

RTMSD moves ahead with plans to build Edgmont Elementary School – Delco Times

 

Elections/Politics

A Q&A with U.S. Senate hopeful Carla Sands | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Frustrated Chester County Residents Demand Election Integrity – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

The Coming Storm in the PA Democratic Senate Primary – PoliticsPA

Guest Opinion: Freedom Convoy was a study in form over substance (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Longtime Berks Republican state legislator calling it quits after 16 years. (readingeagle.com)

Berks Republican lawmaker doesn’t seek another term in redrawn district | WITF

Pennsylvania’s GOP primary for governor is the incredible shrinking race | John Baer – pennlive.com

GOP governor candidates take magic wand approach to fix one thing in Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How Pa. teachers’ pensions fit into the feud between Oz, McCormick – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘Trump caucus’ to be held in Pa. before GOP primary — if the ex-president picks a favorite | Election | standardspeaker.com

Pennsylvania is home to most expensive Senate race in nation | Fox Business

 

Environment

Over 1,000 acres along Codorus Creek and Susquehanna River to be protected (abc27.com)

Lancaster Conservancy on track to make largest-ever acquisition for expansion of York County preserve | Local News | lancasteronline.com

September 11 National Memorial Trail becomes active memorial across PA (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Transportation

Guest Opinion: PennDOT plan imperils Langhorne’s historic district (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Planners: passenger rail’s return is 5 to 10 years away (readingeagle.com)

County-owned pedestrian bridge on Schuylkill River Trail in need of repair (readingeagle.com)

 

Health

MacKenzie Scott donates $275 million to Planned Parenthood : NPR

Idaho gov. signs abortion ban modeled on Texas law (abc27.com)

Geisinger opens $80 million cancer center expansion | News | citizensvoice.com

 

State News

Conor Lamb pushes White House to extend pause in student loan repayments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania liquor board reverses decision on CBD edibles (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania police agencies sending body armor to Ukraine | WITF

Pennsylvania Fish Boat Commission has trout ready for opening day (goerie.com)

Cartwright calls for legislation to reduce prescription drug costs | News | citizensvoice.com

 

National News

Biden meets with NATO about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine : NPR

Biden, Western allies open 1st of 3 summits on Russian war – Daily Local

Russian invasion of Ukraine changes Europe’s political, military landscape : NPR

Russia’s war in Ukraine hits 1 month mark with no end in sight (abc27.com)

US finds Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine | News | phillytrib.com

Fed Up With Deadly Propaganda, Some Russian Journalists Quit – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ex-prosecutor says Donald Trump is ‘guilty of numerous felony violations’ : NPR

North Korea fires suspected long-range missile toward sea : NPR

Cities Lost Population in 2021, Leading to the Slowest Year of Growth in U.S. History – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Should we stop changing clocks twice a year? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Board to vote on amendment to help York skating rink rebuild (abc27.com)

Funeral for PA State Trooper Martin Mack of Bristol to be held next week (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Plan for 219 apartments in West Chester gets preliminary OK – Daily Local

Controversial zoning change that allows turning Southern Berks airfield into housing development approved (readingeagle.com)

Once an eyesore, Harrisburg 5G pole is first in nation transformed into work of art – pennlive.com

Allentown tackling issue of dirt bikes, ATVs on city streets – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lebanon woman receives a phone call from Vice President Kamala Harris | WITF

Montgomery County explores plans to acquire homes damaged by Ida for open space land (mainlinemedianews.com)

Lessons from Meadville as Erie examines a possible stormwater fee (goerie.com)

New Kensington preparing to tackle cost of replacing fire department’s aging aerial ladder truck | TribLIVE.com

Yudichak says he did not try to influence Luzerne County manager vote | News | citizensvoice.com

Community crime forum set for Saturday in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Pitt

Five Pittsburgh officers fired, three remain employed after internal probe into death of Jim Rogers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City to fire five police officers involved in Jim Rogers’ death; three remain | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Allegheny County Council members vote to deny 3 appointments recommended by Executive Fitzgerald | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh school board taps firm to lead search for superintendent, updates mask policy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools drop mask requirement for performing students only | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Philly school district launches plan to address aging school buildings – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Residents gather at Ukrainian Catholic Church for “Walk In Solidarity” | PHL17.com

Ellison + Gleason: Honor this, City Council (broadandliberty.com)

Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health to launch with help from $5M NIH grant – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly school district launches plan to address aging school buildings | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly orgs celebrate Trans Day of Visibility with in-person and virtual events – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Council President Clarke sets date for special election for Henon’s seat | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia Democratic Party committeepeople: Some don’t vote. Some don’t even live in the city. (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson bribery trial: Live updates (inquirer.com)

City Council issues too many honorifics, not enough change-making legislation | Opinion (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings: 4 takeaways : NPR

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson seems headed for Supreme Court confirmation, despite GOP darts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

QAnon Cheers Republican Attacks on Jackson. Democrats See a Signal. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Cory Booker gets emotional at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination : NPR

White House moves to oust Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker from presidential advisory panel (msn.com)