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Legislature

Senator Nikil Saval and Berks Stands Up call for passage of Whole-Home Repairs Act (berksweekly.com)

Senator Nikil Saval has a bill to pay for home repairs across PA | Al Día News (aldianews.com)

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

The Whole-Home Repairs Act would establish a ‘one-stop shop’ for home repairs | PhillyVoice

Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal Assembles an Urgent Press Conference With Members of City Council, State Legislators, Philadelphia District Attorney, Business Leaders, Cultural Leaders, and Others (yahoo.com)

State Sen. Maria Collett Recognized For Going ‘Above & Beyond’ | Upper Moreland, PA Patch

Coatesville nonprofit that helps low-income residents with home repair gets $50,000 state grant – Daily Local

Schwank and Rozzi Promote Bias Training Bills at Kutztown Community Forum – BCTV

Republicans in Harrisburg are using Ukraine to promote a climate-denialist agenda | Editorial (inquirer.com)

America deserves high court that reflects the diversity of our people (ydr.com)

Amid scrutiny, lawmakers move to disclose expenses · Spotlight PA

Pa. is the only state where local cops can’t use radar for speed enforcement. These bills want to change that | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania’s Wolf near bottom on ‘economic’ scorecard – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Carbon credit opponents play cynical games with dangerous costs | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s bank accounts are flush with cash. Will it last? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Most parts of Shanghai are under COVID lockdowns : NPR

Much of Shanghai locked down as mass testing for COVID-19 starts – pennlive.com

The FDA plans to offer additional COVID vaccine boosters for people 50 and older : Shots – Health News : NPR

The Road Ahead: Medical professionals see more challenges from the pandemic in the future (dailylocal.com)

Opinion | We Study Virus Evolution. Here’s Where We Think the Coronavirus Is Going. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Reasons for hope as pandemic goes on (opinion) (readingeagle.com)

Home testing, new variant add uncertainty to latest round of covid infections | TribLIVE.com

 

Business/Jobs

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in February – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania employers may be required to offer mandatory paid sick leave | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

A ‘meaningless’ change: Restaurant workers say Pennsylvania.’s new threshold for tipped wages won’t make much difference | WITF

Here’s the gender pay gap by state. Where did Pa. fall? | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Interest rates are rising. Time is of the essence for small-business owners to refinance. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

California grocery workers vote to authorize strike : NPR

New Supply Chain Risk: 22,000 Dockworkers Who May Soon Strike – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Here are 12 new massive warehouses that call central Pa. home (or soon will) – pennlive.com

Avian flu is infecting U.S. poultry flocks. It could affect the price of chicken, too | WITF

States scramble to address health worker shortage | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly workers returning to offices could see pay bumps, free lunch, SEPTA passes (inquirer.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Defense: Maybe Pennsylvania AG’s office shouldn’t handle case against Somerset County DA | WITF

 

Education

Report: New teachers are earning 11% less than 30 years ago | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

With a little more than a month to apply, Pa. officials remind students, families to submit FAFSA – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Fewer applications for college financial aid could signal continued dip in higher ed enrollments | TribLIVE.com

There has been a steep decline in Pennsylvania students submitting applications for federal student aid. (readingeagle.com)

FAFSA applications down in Pennsylvania | Local News | observer-reporter.com

Applications for free aid to pay for college down 10% in Pa. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two-year construction trades programs see spike in enrollment : NPR

Demographer: Lower Merion School District could lose hundreds of students over the next decade (delcotimes.com)

Pennridge School District halts new DEI committee after bitter meetings (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

What changes are here to stay in schools, two years after the pandemic began? (inquirer.com)

Richard Perlman donates $10 million to Wharton, his alma mater, for entrepreneurship programs (inquirer.com)

First woman to lead CTC shares vision, passion for North Scranton school | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton Area School Board buys $1 million weapons scanner for high schools | Education | standardspeaker.com

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania Senate primaries get personal | TheHill

Podcast: GOP Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette – PoliticsPA

Candidates for Representative in the PA General Assembly – PoliticsPA

Republicans outraise Democrats by 29% in Pennsylvania Senate races | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Battle for Hispanic voters comes to key Pennsylvania city | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

5 women to watch during the midterms: Susan Wild, Carla Sands, Summer Lee and more | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

New Polls Put Houlahan’s District in GOP Crosshairs – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

GRAHAM: KBJ’s Confirmation Hearings Were a Disaster for Democrats. They Just Don’t Know It Yet. – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off at Cairn University Forum – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Abortion to elections: Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor on the issues | WITF

GOP push for state election reviews in Pennsylvania and other states mixed, but sows distrust | WITF

 

Environment

DEP encourages Pennsylvanians to join local litter cleanup efforts | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Solar companies carve out their piece of Pennsylvania’s farmland, dividing the farmers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

Local PennDOT patrol aims to keep highways safe (readingeagle.com)

Pa.’s most traveled ‘structurally deficient’ bridge? Report reveals answer, where Keystone State ranks in bridges needing repair – pennlive.com

Wilkes-Barre mayor has concerns over rail project – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Amtrak’s switch to natural gas at 30th Street Station generates climate opposition (inquirer.com)

 

Health

Philadelphia doctor keeps fighting for health equity (ydr.com)

Guest Opinion: No one should have to risk death due to cost of insulin (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

The Road Ahead: Public health departments becoming more important (dailylocal.com)

 

State News

The Enterprise Center gets $1 million to revitalize 52nd Street in West Philly – On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

The Enterprise Center Gets $1 Million To Help Revitalize 52nd Street In West Philadelphia – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

Lackluster population decline for Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

All but 5 Pennsylvania counties had more deaths than births last year. See how else the state’s population changed [Maps] – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

How much does it take to be a ‘one-percenter’ in Pennsylvania? (abc27.com)

2022 PA trout season kicks off statewide April 2 | Outdoors | lancasteronline.com

Hate group propaganda is surging in Pennsylvania, study finds | WITF

11 more counties added to Spotted Lanternfly quarantine – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

How PSERS pension plan fell out of love with Bridgewater, the world’s biggest hedge fund (inquirer.com)

 

National News

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vows to develop more powerful means of attack : NPR

‘CODA’ wins Oscar for best picture : NPR

March Madness: Duke, NC, Kansas and Villanova make it to the Final Four : NPR

CALLAHAN: Unleash American Energy’s Strength & Security – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Shift to permanent Daylight Savings Time will keep us in the dark (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Ukraine pleads for help, says Russia wants to split nation – Daily Local

Ukraine could offer neutrality guarantee to secure peace: Zelensky – pennlive.com

Warhol-mania: Why the Famed Pop Artist Is Everywhere Again – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Chris Rock has declined to file charges against Will Smith after Oscars slap, police say – pennlive.com

 

Local News

Erie County Council hires former Democrat office seeker as county clerk (goerie.com)

Lights are going out for the birds in Harrisburg (abc27.com)

Ceremony for Vietnam War veterans held in Hampden Twp. (abc27.com)

Councilman dies of injuries from May fire that killed wife (abc27.com)

Chance of snow and chilly temps: Hazardous weather outlook issued for Lancaster County Monday | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Heavy snow, squalls possible Monday in part of central Pa. – pennlive.com

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown and Councilman Barrett to meet with Sherman Hills residents | Times Leader

Deutsch Institute ready to take root at Robinson Park in Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Violent crime solutions discussed at public forum in Hazleton | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Pitt

Highland Park Bridge ramp closes in first of four big disruptions at key interchange | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Spring snow, near-record cold blast Pittsburgh region but shouldn’t last long | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Riverlife to push $246.9 million plan for new parks, trails to complete 15-mile loop around Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19, overdoses push Westmoreland Co. coroner’s office to record caseload in 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh metro area loses population, leads nation in natural population decline | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Bill establishing affordable housing overlay in University City enacted into law, decried as illegal – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia hospitality industry anticipates much-needed boost from March Madness tourism – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

City Council members sound off on gun violence efforts in Philadelphia – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

North Philly program employs returning citizens for an environmental purpose | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly photographer offering workshops as alternative to street life | Local News | phillytrib.com

Principals, district officials clash over new Philly schools budget | Local News | phillytrib.com

Can big ships and little kayaks both use the Delaware in Philly? A battle brews. (inquirer.com)

Philly’s new police oversight board, first proposed in 2020, is inching toward reality (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden Aims to Boost Military and Social Spending in 2023 Budget – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

President Biden to unveil new minimum tax on billionaires in budget (inquirer.com)

Jan. 6 panel files contempt cases against 2 former Trump allies | TribLIVE.com