Sen. Schwank: ‘I will… do everything in my power…’ | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

2 dead and 5 unaccounted for after explosion rocks Pennsylvania chocolate factory (yahoo.com)

Gov. Shapiro at the scene of Reading explosion for “an update” | WHP (local21news.com)

New state law could create long-time owner occupant tax exemption program in Pittsburgh | 90.5 WESA

Longtime Pittsburgh homeowners hit by rising taxes in gentrifying neighborhoods could get relief | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill would make Pa. Turnpike tolls equal for E-ZPass, Toll By Plate (wgal.com)

Pennsylvania Joins 22-State Coalition Aiming To Protect Reproductive Rights of Women (politicspa.com)

Pa. Lt. Gov. Davis joins multi-state abortion alliance – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s permitting delays, carbon taxes still vexing lawmakers (broadandliberty.com)

It’s past time for Pa. policymakers to ease the strain of medical debt | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bucks County Politicians Announce Over $1M in State Funds to Benefit Local Townships

Senator Santarsiero and Representative Brennan Announce More Than $1,000,000 in State Funds for Doylestown and Solebury Townships – MyChesCo

Bucks County Technical High gets $1 million through Pennsylvania fund (phillyburbs.com)

Improved Traffic Flow In The Works For Two Doylestown Roads | Doylestown, PA Patch

Lawrence, Comitta announce significant state funding for infrastructure projects across southern Chester County | Chester County Press

$306K In Grants Awarded In Spring-Ford Area | Limerick, PA Patch

Investment in disability services needed to address backlogs in Pa. | 90.5 WESA

City secures more than $1 million in grants | News | standardspeaker.com



Tinkering With ChatGPT, Workers Wonder: Will This Take My Job? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

With so much activity and attention, why aren’t unions booming? : NPR

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage debate revisited | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Local business owners rally to lawmakers for minimum wage hike (abc27.com)

Push in states for $20 minimum wage as inflation persists | Associated Press | wfmz.com

In states with legal pot: How to protect cannabis workers? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Troubled Silicon Valley Bank acquired by First Citizens | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More student workers are forming unions — and striking — at universities in Philly and beyond (inquirer.com)

How Philly-area businesses and startups can tap into $584M in new federal funding (inquirer.com)

Record number of Pa. jobs after slow pandemic recovery, but employment challenges remain (inquirer.com)

Regional unemployment rate holds at 4.8% | Business | thetimes-tribune.com



Pennsylvania State Police emphasize diversity recruiting efforts | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Ben Mannes: City leaders condemn police officer over false accusation (broadandliberty.com)



Philly mayor’s race: School safety is parents’ top concern, and other takeaways from a new report for the next mayor (inquirer.com)

Here are three fixes for Pa.’s school funding dilemma | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Infrastructure improvements approved by Richland school board | News | tribdem.com

With gown costs high, Bucks County prom-goers find ways to save (phillyburbs.com)

Philadelphia schools approve paying $18M for outside legal counsel over 3 years | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Tear-filled and angry, parents in Dauphin County school district detail racial intimidation – pennlive.com

Real Pa. educators, officials react to ‘Abbott Elementary’ portrayal of charter schools – pennlive.com

Pitt students plan to protest what they call transphobic events organized by other student groups | WITF

Here are three fixes for Pa.’s school funding dilemma | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Scranton School Board approves electric bus program | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna College program helps entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities | Business | thetimes-tribune.com




Inside Dems’ $60M plan to win in the states – POLITICO

Idaho becomes the latest state to permit execution by firing squad : NPR

Idaho Senate passes ban on gender-affirming care for minors | Boise State Public Radio

Poll: Donald Trump has Republican support but independent voters aren’t sold : NPR

Georgia bill is latest GOP effort targeting prosecutors | National | bakersfield.com


How Spotlight PA’s covering PA’s 2023 primary election · Spotlight PA


Luzerne County residents to testify at Tuesday US House hearing into election problems | News | standardspeaker.com

Witness list released for hearing on Luzerne County election paper shortage | Times Leader

Delco GOP Picks Ford As Candidate For HD-163 (politicspa.com)

Amen Brown’s mayoral petition challenge remains unresolved | Local News | phillytrib.com

From fine dining to rental cars, John Weinstein spends big campaign cash — even with no opponent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Weinstein is winning the airwaves in the race for Allegheny County executive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly mayor’s race: Candidates say they’d handle drinking water situation better than Jim Kenney (inquirer.com)



Aqua PA says Bucks County water safe despite chemical spill (phillyburbs.com)

The EPA waited weeks to test for dioxins after East Palestine derailment. Residents and advocates now demand more transparency. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bristol plant that spilled chemicals into Philly’s water supply had other mishaps over the last decade (inquirer.com)



Survey to help identify Lehigh Valley’s biggest transportation needs (mcall.com)

Plan for Reading-Philadelphia passenger train route could get federal money | WITF

PennDOT files application with feds for Scranton to NYC passenger train | News | thetimes-tribune.com


Gun Safety

Child shootings doubled in Philly during the pandemic. Black children bore the brunt | Across America | phillytrib.com

Since Columbine, 175 have been killed in mass shootings at schools | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania ranks among best states in health preparedness (abc27.com)

In Mississippi, a Choice to Forgo Medicaid Funds Is Killing Hospitals – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Patients seeking out-of-state abortions sometimes catch rides on private planes : Shots – Health News : NPR

Sources: Washington Health System in merger, partnership talks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elwyn-Merakey merger would create $1 billion Philadelphia-area nonprofit providing autism and disability services (inquirer.com)

CDC report: Tick-borne illness babesiosis on rise in Northeast | TribLIVE.com


State News

States begin to limit Pennsylvania poultry following Avian Flu (abc27.com)

Shapiro orders Pa. flags to half-staff for victims of West Reading candy factory explosion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania flags ordered to half-staff to honor 7 dead in chocolate plant blast | WITF

OUTDOORS: Streams stocked, trout season opens Saturday | Sports | tribdem.com

West Reading chocolate factory explosion: Vigil to be held for victims (dailylocal.com)

West Reading chocolate factory explosion: Investigation begins (dailylocal.com)

Pa.’s Wild, Fitzpatrick press for full funding for mental health services | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Rep. Deluzio meets with nursing home workers who say they’re fighting a staffing crisis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Records Show Aqua PA Regularly Buys Water From Philly System Impacted by Chemical Spill – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania sees surge in antisemitic incidents: ADL | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania is the epicenter for nation’s worst avian flu epidemic | WITF

Pennsylvania considers boosting its forests’ biodiversity — and cuteness — with reintroduction of the American marten | WITF


National News

3 children and 3 adults are dead in a shooting at a Christian school in Nashville : NPR

Shooter who killed 6 at Nashville school had carefully planned attack: police – pennlive.com

Police: Nashville school shooting suspect was former student | News | phillytrib.com

Here’s why Netanyahu’s court overhaul had Israel teetering on the brink : NPR

Netanyahu Attempts Another Juggling Act, Maybe His Toughest Yet – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

China’s Cities Are Buried in Debt, but They Keep Shoveling It On – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Final Four Is New Ground for South Carolina’s Challengers – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

3 children and 3 adults are dead in a shooting at a Christian school in Nashville : NPR

Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sparks debate about parental rights in Florida : NPR

Here’s why Netanyahu’s court overhaul had Israel teetering on the brink : NPR

Study says warming-fueled supercells to hit South more often : NPR

‘Father of cannabis research’ who discovered THC has died : NPR

Loyola University names first Black president in school’s 111-year history | Across America | phillytrib.com

39 dead, 29 injured in fire at Mexico migrant center near U.S. border | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

County Council set to award Rescue Plan funding grants Tuesday; settlement of prison suicide lawsuit also on agenda | News | citizensvoice.com

Women’s Help Center expands housing options | Local News | tribdem.com

Housing Rehab Program helps Chambersburg families (abc27.com)

Delco DA, Court, County Council Announce More Help for Child Victims – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Bethlehem Area School District plans to hire Jack Silva as new superintendent (mcall.com)

Middletown zoning board approves variances for 72 more apartments near Neshaminy High School | The Bucks County Herald



Pittsburgh tech investments grew in 2022 (nextpittsburgh.com)

Acrisure CEO talks about his connection to the Steelers and how he got stadium naming rights | TribLIVE.com

Making a transfer: Federal Home Loan Bank moving and downsizing in Downtown Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An abandoned boat on the North Shore is creating an eyesore, but removing it is complicated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Several treated, released after apartment floor collapse near IUP; video shows packed party | TribLIVE.com



Officials: No sign of contamination in Philadelphia water (abc27.com)

Philadelphia drinking water unaffected by chemical spill (dailylocal.com)

Philadelphia’s tap water is ‘safe to drink’ through Tuesday after chemical spill : NPR

Philly water updates: bottled water sells out even in unaffected areas (inquirer.com)

City officials say tap water safe until Tuesday afternoon after chemical spill | Health | phillytrib.com

MLK Bridge closes Monday for $20.1 million repair and rehabilitation | Local News | phillytrib.com

Housing affordability, homelessness are top priorities for Black, Latino, poor Philadelphians (inquirer.com)

City’s Department of Behavioral Health hosts inaugural Trauma, Equity and Community Conference | Local News | phillytrib.com

Critics say creating public safety director not a good idea | Local News | phillytrib.com

Big Brothers Big Sisters said ‘no thanks’ to Union League scholarship offer. So Philly’s Black community stepped up. | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Hoping to save a long-neglected Black burial ground in Northeast Philly – even without a deed (inquirer.com)

A Philadelphia industrialist in the 1800s wanted the city to get water from N.J. N.J. said no. (inquirer.com)



At the Supreme Court, when is immigration advice a crime? : NPR

Vice President Harris pledges aid to Ghana amid security and economic concerns : NPR

In its haste to ban TikTok, Congress is embarrassing itself – again | Heather MacDonald – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)