Pa. House committee advances bill excluding transgender athletes from women’s sports teams – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

GOP lawmakers push bill targeting transgender girl athletes (abc27.com)

House panel advances bill to ban trans women from women’s school sports teams | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

As Pennsylvania Republican bill targeting trans girls moves forward, a simple question goes unanswered | WITF

Pa. Republicans move bill to ban transgender athletes in girls’ sports (ydr.com)

Independent office’s report confirms woes in Pennsylvania joining RGGI | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. GOP senators file for injunction to block Gov. Wolf’s carbon-cutting plan for power plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

RGGI carbon tax could increase PA electricity rates 3.8x, State Senators respond | WOLF (fox56.com)

A mom’s request to PA Legislators and Gov. Wolf: Please do the right thing for my son. | The Valley Ledger | Its All About The Lehigh Valley

Adaptive sports nonprofits receive $70,000 in grants | Southeastern Pennsylvania | wfmz.com

Harrisburg officials address uptick in violence in city after violent weekend | WHP (local21news.com)

Students rally in support of state help for campus hunger – pennlive.com

The public could gain easy access to info about how Pa. lawmakers spend taxpayer money on perks · Spotlight PA

Concerns of voter fraud drives hearing on Pennsylvania election rules bill | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Push to serve whole milk in schools, support Pa. farmers (abc27.com)

State senate committee to vote on Hershey Kiss bill (abc27.com)

Pa. GOP eye greater control over redistricting in response to new maps (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania congressional district map lawsuit ends quietly | WITF

Governor Wolf, U.S. Labor Secretary Walsh Highlight Value of Apprenticeships – MyChesCo

PA Center for Adaptive Sports, IM ABLE Foundation Receive $70,000 Grant – BCTV


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Covid.gov: New website offers a single stop for COVID info, tests and treatment : NPR

Biden administration launches COVID-19 website for one-stop info (inquirer.com)

2nd booster for over 50? Here’s how to decide if you need one : Shots – Health News : NPR

21 states sue the Biden administration to end the federal travel mask mandate : NPR

FDA OKs another Pfizer, Moderna COVID booster for 50 and up | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

WHO: COVID deaths jump by 40%, but cases falling globally – Daily Local

Even after lockdowns eased, pandemic depression persisted, study finds (inquirer.com)

BA.2 subvariant dominant in U.S. as COVID cases in New Jersey rise (inquirer.com)



Pennsylvania payrolls up, jobless rate down in February | WITF

AFL-CIO’s Elizabeth Shuler says fed-up employees are leaving the workforce | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The next must-do item for the Philly budget? Promoting business growth | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Yellow Corporation’s new truck-driving apprenticeship program – pennlive.com

Cavco Will Expand Operations in Shippenville and Emlenton, Creating 55 New Jobs :: exploreClarion.com

The pay gap is real and evident in Lancaster County. Lawmakers who are truly pro-family should want to fix it. [editorial] | Our Opinion | lancasteronline.com



Broken ‘compassionate release’ rules strand Pa.’s sickest prisoners as costs to taxpayers soar · Spotlight PA

Report: PA’s, Nation’s Incarcerated Youths Undercounted – Beaver County Radio

What other newspapers are saying: End wait for juvenile justice reform | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)

Lynching is now a federal hate crime after a century of blocked efforts : NPR

Biden signs bill making lynching a federal hate crime | News | phillytrib.com

Aggressive Driving Enforcement begins Wednesday, runs through April 24 (abc27.com)

The Road Ahead: Police find new partnerships through pandemic need (dailylocal.com)

7 killings in 5 weeks in Reading raising concern, frustration – Reading Eagle



“The purest form of activism is teaching Black children well” (thephiladelphiacitizen.org)

Teachers fear chilling effect of Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law : NPR

Phoenixville School Board votes to sell property to developer (dailylocal.com)

West Chester school directors vote against book banning; will keep ‘Gender Queer’ – Daily Local



Poll: Trump leads Biden, Harris in 2024 match-ups (abc27.com)

Harrisburg is set for a makeover amid retirement wave and a busy primary season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Who’s running for state Senate in Bucks County in 2022? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Readers Poll: Democrats Should Nominate Lamb for Senate – PoliticsPA

Williams makes it official — he’s a Republican candidate in 119th District | Times Leader

State representative is running for 24th Senatorial District (readingeagle.com)

Six different contested primary races for House, Senate seats under way in Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Crypto executive, green groups launch effort to slash bitcoin’s energy use | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Energy agency: ‘Radical action’ needed to hit climate goals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Update: Portion of Interstate 81 reopens, days after deadly pileup | WITF

I-81 crash training pays off after recent pile-up (abc27.com)

In wake of pileup, transportation officials urge motorists to exercise caution in poor conditions | News | citizensvoice.com

Tow truck operator describes ‘war zone’ of I-81 wreck | News | standardspeaker.com

Opposition grows to I-83 bridge toll plan | Smart Talk (witf.org)



100 years of dehumanizing opioid users must end | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Capital Health now expects to open Bucks County ‘micro-hospital’ in early 2024 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Republican state lawmakers are working to restrict access to abortion pills. : NPR

Newly created Lancaster County health advisory council to meet Friday | Health | lancasteronline.com


State News

5,000 police expected for trooper’s funeral in Lower Bucks County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Deadly bird flu found in Pa. bald eagle – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Searching for historic African American sites in Pennsylvania, a new project uses crowdsourcing | WITF

Biden’s budget is a ‘gesture to the radical left,’ Pa.’s Toomey says | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pat Toomey should vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Big water companies are gobbling up public water systems | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Ripchinski appointed to Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine | Health | lancasteronline.com


National News

War in Ukraine live updates: Mariupol officials say more than 20,000 have been forcibly deported to Russia | NPR

4 million refugees have now fled Ukraine, UN agency says (abc27.com)

Russia hits near Kyiv, other city despite vows to scale back – Daily Local

Poland to cut all Russian oil imports while Germany warns on gas supplies : NPR

DHS officials brace for a new surge at the border if pandemic restrictions are lifted : NPR

FTC accuses Intuit of deceptively advertising TurboTax as free : NPR

March for voting rights and equality to mark 54 years since MLK assassination | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Israel Bolsters Security Amid Deadliest Wave of Terrorist Attacks in Years – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and they’re ill-prepared | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei ends record-long spaceflight in Russian capsule (inquirer.com)


Local News

Lower Makefield outlines its plans for $53 million received in sale of sewer authority (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Public hearing to be held on Valley Forge Casino license renewal (dailylocal.com)

Lancaster County commissioners to seek manager of new jail project | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Tec Centro aims at closing achievement gap through free, high-speed internet access | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster County emergency rental program finds fraud, few choices for families needing housing | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Berks County to receive $16.3 million from national opioid settlement (readingeagle.com)

Allentown contractor ordinance: Sponsors split on changes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Long-awaited repairs for Emsworth Locks and Dams to get $77M boost in federal infrastructure funds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority union files unfair labor practice charge over employees fired for not getting COVID vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County Council proposals would let council exert more control over budgets | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alcosan’s $2 billion stormwater management plan, facing pushback, topic of Wednesday meeting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westmoreland coroner hires first full-time female deputy | TribLIVE.com

Region under winter weather advisory for morning commute | TribLIVE.com



Viewpoint: Wealth Tax would make Philadelphia’s population decline even worse – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Eagles to bring back kelly greens as alternative uniforms in 2023 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Philly Mayor Kenney, City Council announce violence prevention hotline – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Kenyatta Johnson and Dawn Chavous bribery trial: Live updates (inquirer.com)



Clarence Thomas must recuse in Jan. 6 cases, experts argue : NPR

Trump White House phone records show 7-hour gap on Jan. 6 : NPR

Collins to Back Jackson for Supreme Court, Giving Her a G.O.P. Vote – The New York Times (nytimes.com)