Shapiro’s top cop nominees sail through Senate committees | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

State lawmakers introduce bills to address teacher shortage (abc27.com)

Public school advocates warn lawmakers: ‘Don’t stall;’ fix the broken system now – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Minimum pay raise for teachers would boost interest in education careers, Pa. House lawmakers say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. state reps. to offer bills raising teacher salaries, offering scholarships, loan forgiveness | News | tribdem.com

No easy fixes for Pennsylvania’s teacher shortage | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces open primaries bill (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania bill to ban TikTok on state owned devices advances in Senate (abc27.com)

Chester County Dumps TikTok, State Senate Committee Approves Ban – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. Senate panel advances bill banning TikTok from state devices, networks – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. legislators say it’s time to require insurers pay for virtual health care (mcall.com)

Pa. lawmakers draft bill to increase penalties for people who vandalize sacred spaces | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

Pennsylvania House speaker Joanna McClinton responds to harassment allegations against fellow Democrat Mike Zabel | WITF

Female GOP Reps Send Letter to Speaker Calling For Zabel’s Resignation (politicspa.com)

Sexual harassment allegation is straining Pa. House Democrats’ majority (inquirer.com)

Faith group asks legislators to take up gun reform measures – pennlive.com

Donald Snyder, former Lehigh Carbon Community College president, dies at 71 (mcall.com)

What one of Harrisburg’s top Republicans is looking for in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Fix to rent and tax rebate program in legislative limbo · Spotlight PA

It’s #PaBudget Day. What are you listening for today? | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s what we’re watching for in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget proposal (inquirer.com)

What to expect from PA Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget · Spotlight PA

What to Watch for as Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro pitches first budget as governor | WITF

What We’re Watching For In Gov. Shapiro’s Budget Address (politicspa.com)

Shapiro’s 1st Pa. budget to focus on schools, business taxes (abc27.com)

Watch live: Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget address (ydr.com)

Gov. Josh Shapiro is delivering his first state budget address today | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Debt Default Would Cripple U.S. Economy, New Analysis Warns – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

How Barnes & Noble turned a page, expanding for the first time in years : NPR

Gas prices trending upward as annual change to summer blends is underway | TribLIVE.com

Temple to resume negotiations with striking graduate student union Tuesday (inquirer.com)

Small businesses may face higher taxes in 2023 (inquirer.com)

Pa.’s myPATH online business tax filing system gets mixed reviews (inquirer.com)





Anyone can be a victim of tax fraud and scams (dailylocal.com)

Coroner: Fentanyl a key contributor to January Bucks prison death | The Bucks County Herald

Lackawanna County Prison may ask state for drug-sniffing dogs now and then | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Suicides down at jail, but report calls for increased health screening of inmates | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




Pa.’s schools are falling apart. This is one thing we can do about it | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Penn receives $2M gift for nation’s first LGBTQ+ residency at a university – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

WATCH: Business Matters – A Conversation with Dr. Carol Birks, Allentown School District | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Some layoffs ‘impossible to avoid’ as Penn State budget cuts take hold | WITF

‘Parental rights’ advocates don’t really trust parents | Kathie Obradovich – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Construction underway on state-of-the-art office and lab space in Radnor opposite high school (delcotimes.com)

Ricardo (Rocky) Torres withdraws name for School District of Lancaster superintendent job | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design gets $400K grant to help with renovation of former Chameleon Club | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Upper Bucks Technical School OK in dismissal of ex-director John J. Sweda (phillyburbs.com)

Scranton school directors consider electric buses, honor West staff and students for saving child | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

New report shows biggest challenges for Pennsylvania schools include mental health, staffing and finances (readingeagle.com)

Easton Area School District superintendent to retire (mcall.com)

Cancelling student debt would help level the educational playing field. That’s why some people hate it. | Opinion (inquirer.com)




Florida, Missouri, West Virginia pull out of ERIC voter group : NPR

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis readies for a run for president : NPR

The anti-drag bill passed in Tennessee is straight from history’s playbooks : NPR


Democracy only persists if we work to maintain it (inquirer.com)

Black women’s political gains due to experience, knowledge and skill, observers say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Here’s how Philly’s mayoral hopefuls would support city’s creative and cultural economy – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

It’s Petition Day, when Philadelphia candidates submit voter signatures to get on the May 16 primary ballot (inquirer.com)

Allegheny Co. Dems split the difference on 2023 primary endorsements – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Rep. Summer Lee is ready to take on tough fights in Congress | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Luzerne County Election Bureau busy with primary election candidate filers | Times Leader

Luzerne County election board approves use of paper ballots for May primary | Election | citizensvoice.com



U.N. treaty: Countries agree on historic treaty to protect international waters : NPR




Shapiro, Norfolk Southern broker $7.4M aid deal | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Norfolk Southern to pay millions for derailment, PA governor says (ketv.com)

Shapiro Secures Financial Commitment From Norfolk Southern (politicspa.com)

Norfolk Southern announces safety upgrades amid train derailments (dailylocal.com)

Norfolk Southern agrees to pay for East Palestine residents to relocate during cleanup | WITF

Researchers find high levels of hazardous chemical weeks after East Palestine derailment | WITF

Another Norfolk Southern train derails in Ohio | WITF

Turnpike officials to talk Mon-Fayette construction this week – Pittsburgh Union Progress


Gun Safety

There is no hiding from Philly’s gun violence | Editorial (inquirer.com)



Penn Medicine expansion plans battling ‘huge macro headwinds,’ CEO says – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Patient advocates push for aggressive crackdown on medical debt : Shots – Health News : NPR

Pennsylvania hospital wants to send woman in coma to Dominican Republic, against her family’s wishes | WITF

Can LVHN hospital ‘deport’ Allentown woman in coma? (mcall.com)

Colorectal cancer rates up for those under 45 | News | standardspeaker.com


State News

Pennsylvania faces $17.8B shortfall due to lack of retirement savings, Pew finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania municipalities warned to fully fund pension obligations (broadandliberty.com)

Pennsylvania celebrates 342nd birthday with rare display (abc27.com)

New images released of John Fetterman at Walter Reed Medical Center (abc27.com)

With the boss away, running Fetterman’s office takes a village of coordinated staff – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Changes proposed to Pennsylvania deer hunting rules (abc27.com)

Pa. Game Commission promotes wardens to sergeant group supervisors (ydr.com)

AARP Foundation Tax-Aides Are Ready to Help Seniors With Their Taxes – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Editorial: Keystone Saves retirement plan should be back on the table in Harrisburg | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

Extra SNAP benefits are ending. Here’s what to know : NPR

Recipients, advocates brace for end of pandemic-era safety net expansion | WITF

Ex-Fox News journalists say defamation suit reveals behind-the-scenes truths : NPR

Disney World’s special tax district is now overseen by these 5 DeSantis allies : NPR

Federal marijuana pardon certificate of proof applications available, Biden Justice Dept. says (inquirer.com)

What to know about the conflict over Atlanta’s proposed police training center : NPR

Matamoros kidnapping: 4 Americans taken at gunpoint in Mexico are still missing : NPR

China accuses U.S. of containment and warns of potential conflict : NPR

Canada announces a probe to examine possible Chinese election interference : NPR

Our 25 favorite photos from the 2023 Iditarod ceremonial start – Alaska Public Media


Local News

For transgender people, getting a haircut is a challenging experience (phillyburbs.com)

North Coventry OKs $150,000 in federal COVID aid – Daily Local

Berks County dog in Cadbury Bunny Tryouts contest final seeking votes [Video] – Daily Local

The Villa Crest closes nursing home, to reopen as personal care home | News | tribdem.com

Buckingham: Froehlich Farm mulching violates preservation deal (phillyburbs.com)

County council still debating options on Rescue Plan grant awards; work session scheduled Tuesday | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton seeks OECD marketing services to bolster city’s brand, boost growth | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Site work for 450,000-square-foot Reitnouer Trailers manufacturing plant underway in central Berks – Reading Eagle

Reading mayor names his pick for city public works director (readingeagle.com)

Harrisburg city council approves plan for LeSean McCoy’s new $8M apartment building – pennlive.com

Swarthmore divided over luxury condos planned in the leafy college town (inquirer.com)



Exclusive: Municipal bridges in southwest Pa. to receive sliver of federal funding over next 12 years – Pittsburgh Union Progress

Springdale power plant property could be rezoned residential | TribLIVE.com

Mayor: Pittsburgh’s police officers ratify contract with raises, new disciplinary structure | TribLIVE.com

Mayor Ed Gainey: Pittsburgh Police union ratifies new contract | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fewer than 500 homes still without power from weekend storms | TribLIVE.com

‘It will all be leaving’: North Point Breeze tech firm to move outside the city after losing Homewood Coliseum bid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Tourism leaders headline upcoming Philadelphia Business Journal event – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Alterra eyes Center City apartments for property management expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Darrell Clarke, Philadelphia City Council president, shaped development in Philly (inquirer.com)

Home buyer and seller tips for navigating the spring 2023 housing market (inquirer.com)

Did ‘Abbott Elementary’ ding Pennsylvania’s richest man for charter school support? (inquirer.com)



Biden to buck tradition and unveil budget in Pennsylvania | fox43.com

Biden will seek Medicare changes, up tax rate in new budget | ABC27

Pres. Joe Biden’s budget and political messages blending for 2024 | WITF

Senate will grill Powell over Fed efforts to tame inflation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. defense secretary makes unannounced visit to Baghdad | News | tribdem.com