Kearney calls for Zabel to step down from legislative duties during investigation – Delco Times

Yaw Proposes PA Energy Office, Opposes ESG Investing – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Personal veterans services expanded in Pike and Wayne counties (poconorecord.com)

Sen. Laughlin knocks RGGI, calls for accessible, affordable energy (goerie.com)

Lawmakers unveil plan to address Pa.’s teacher shortage | WITF

Pa. minimum wage: Josh Shapiro proposes hike to $15 in 2024 (inquirer.com)

Pa. Senate votes to allow vehicles like Jeeps and Broncos without doors to drive on state roads – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Bill that would allow doorless driving passes Pennsylvania Senate (abc27.com)



State lawmakers react to Gov. Shapiro’s budget proposal (abc27.com)

Reactions to Shapiro Budget Proposal (politicspa.com)

Local legislators react to Shapiro’s budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Berks County lawmakers react to Shapiro’s inaugural budget (readingeagle.com)

Josh Shapiro budget brings hope to Democrats, wary Republican optimism (inquirer.com)

Pa. lawmakers react to Shapiro’s $44.4B budget proposal, marking the beginning of negotiations – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

DelVal Pols Applaud Shapiro’s Budget Plan – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

PA Gov. Josh Shapiro gives 1st budget address · Spotlight PA

Shapiro Proposes $44.3B Budget For 2023-24 (politicspa.com)

Price tag for Shapiro’s $44.4B spending plan scrutinized | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Shapiro’s first budget proposal at a glance | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget by the numbers – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Governor Shapiro lays out priorities in first budget address (abc27.com)

Shapiro shoots for the possible in first Pa. budget as GOP sees common ground – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania budget proposal includes $567M increase in education funding (abc27.com)

Shapiro’s first state budget pitch includes $1B boost for education (nextpittsburgh.com)

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget address in PA (poconorecord.com)

Shapiro pitches $44.4 billion budget plan, puts emphasis on education and public services | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro reveals first budget (dailylocal.com)

Josh Shapiro’s Pa. budget pitch includes $1 billion boost for education, no tax increases | WITF

Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget proposal includes Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Budget negotiations will determine fate of shrinking rebate program for older Pennsylvanians | WITF

A ‘commonsense’ budget? In Harrisburg? Just maybe | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Shapiro’s 1st Pa. budget stresses schools | State & Region | phillytrib.com

State university scholarship initiative not included in Shapiro’s budget, nor is aid sought to freeze tuition | TribLIVE.com

Shapiro’s plan would add nearly $25M for Luzerne County districts | Times Leader

Shapiro stresses schools, prudence in budget | Times Leader

Proposed education budget disappoints Wilkes-Barre Area superintendent, legal team | News | citizensvoice.com

Pennsylvania 2023-24 proposed basic education funding for school districts | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first state budget includes a Scranton twist | News | thetimes-tribune.com

State budget proposal met with hope, disappointment by NEPA educators | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

The winners and losers in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Gov. Shapiro calls for a rethinking of Pa.’s higher education system – pennlive.com

What’s in Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $44.4 billion budget plan for you? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Gov. Josh Shapiro calls historic school funding ruling ‘a call to action.’ Here’s what his budget would do for Pa. schools. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Shapiro: State budget focuses on ‘commonsense investments’ | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Shapiro proposes $1.6 billion budget increase – WHYY

Pennsylvania schools get 10.5% hike in core funding in Shapiro budget plan – Chalkbeat Philadelphia



American consumers are in a lot of credit card debt and have almost no savings. : NPR

Philadelphia’s business districts recommend 28 policy measures to mayoral candidates – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Here’s how the FTC’s proposed ban on non-compete clauses would help workers | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Walmart is pulling out of one major U.S. city: reports – pennlive.com

How Philadelphia’s bank branch jobs have changed (inquirer.com)

Temple reports progress in negotiations with striking grad students, meeting again Wednesday. (inquirer.com)



COVID vaccine prices could quadruple : Shots – Health News : NPR

As COVID protections end, patients classified as ‘medically needy’ fear new barriers to care – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



SIMMONS: Tackling Fentanyl Crisis Starts With Giving Law Enforcement the Best Technology Available – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Questions remain about county justice system one year after Gerald Thomas died in jail | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

YouTube star Omi in a Hellcat sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison in large-scale cable piracy case (inquirer.com)



Stacey Whomsley: Why do we need a Parents Bill of Rights? (broadandliberty.com)

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

SDL board unclear on next steps in superintendent search; community support for Matt Przywara continues | Local News | lancasteronline.com

School nurses: What the job is like post-pandemic | WITF

Temple faculty union to consider no-confidence vote next week | Local News | phillytrib.com

Saucon Valley School District tells ACLU it won’t let After School Satan Club meet in district (mcall.com)

The Philadelphia School District knew of damaged asbestos at Building 21 for at least two years (inquirer.com)

Federal lawsuit takes aim at Ivy League’s policy of no athletic scholarships (inquirer.com)



Fox News erupted in civil war after 2020 election : NPR

McConnell slams Fox and Tucker Carlson for Jan. 6 portrayal : NPR

Here’s a list of Republican 2024 presidential candidates : NPR

DeSantis to argue US should be like Fla. ahead of 2024 bid | News | phillytrib.com

Analysis: Josh Shapiro’s first big speech as governor set up a clear contrast with another rising political star | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Doug Mastriano considering U.S. Senate run; report (abc27.com)

Deadline Tuesday to run in Pennsylvania elections (abc27.com)

Mayoral candidate Green says ‘Philadelphians deserve more’ | Local News | phillytrib.com

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

The Democratic primary for sheriff in Philadelphia is off to an expensive start (inquirer.com)



Regulating ‘forever chemicals’: 3 essential reads on PFAS | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



PennDOT could be fixing more of Philadelphia’s potholes sooner than expected (inquirer.com)

Norfolk Southern agrees to pay PA $7M for train crash · Spotlight PA

Railway transport safety is failing. These lawmakers have a plan to help : NPR

Construction on next phase of Mon/Fayette Expressway set to begin next week in Jefferson Hills – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Southwest Pa. municipalities to request inspection reports on rail infrastructure – Pittsburgh Union Progress

NTSB starts Norfolk Southern investigation after derailment (dailylocal.com)

Federal investigators open special investigation into Norfolk Southern | WITF

Interstate 83 widening project to displace residents on North Hills Road (ydr.com)

Pittsburgh and other area cities are looking for ‘critical information’ about local rail infrastructure | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westmoreland airport ‘waiting for everything to shake out’ as feds try to block Spirit, JetBlue merger | TribLIVE.com

U.S. sues to block JetBlue from buying Spirit Airlines | TribLIVE.com



5 women say Texas’ abortion bans put their lives and health at risk. : NPR

Penn State Hershey Medical Center to use new robot to battle lung cancer (abc27.com)

Penn State Cancer Institute introduces tool to detect lung cancer | fox43.com

LVHN: Ransomware gang posts photos of cancer patients on dark web | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Abortion pill ruling in Texas could erode access in Pa.: advocates – pennlive.com

Penn State Health to pay $1.2M penalty over Medicare violations – pennlive.com


State News

Fundraising for well plugging more efficient, foundation says | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania has No. 4 highest tax rates in U.S.: report – pennlive.com

New energy co-op helps make the switch to solar power easier, more affordable | Local News | lancasteronline.com

PLANNING AHEAD: Pennsylvania’s elder law attorneys meet in Bedford [Column] (dailylocal.com)


National News

2 Americans kidnapped in Mexico were found dead, 2 are alive : NPR

The city of Memphis completes investigation into Tyre Nichols’ death : NPR

NYC Mayor Eric Adams: Face masks should be removed in stores to prevent crime : NPR

Ukraine denies involvement in Nord Stream pipeline explosion : NPR

Germany may restrict Huawei, as Europe sours on China : NPR

World marks Women´s Day but abuses, inequality still rampant | News | tribdem.com

Hershey debuts plant-based Reese’s Cups, chocolate bars | WITF

Chick-fil-A confirms data breach: Here’s what customers should do – pennlive.com

Netanyahu’s attack on Israel’s judiciary also impacts the United States (inquirer.com)


Local News

State-of-the-art $21 million Kennett library nears completion – Daily Local

East Coventry revising law to regulate food waste use on farms – Daily Local

Lancaster Conservancy announces new president and CEO (abc27.com)

How downtown San Diego rebounded from the pandemic, even as others struggle – CBS Pittsburgh (cbsnews.com)

Bethlehem brainstorms strategies to address ‘housing crisis’ | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Erie, Crawford county farmers deal with stress, anxiety (goerie.com)

Upper Darby looking to distribute $1.7 million to township nonprofits (delcotimes.com)

New name, new management, same violations at Upper Southampton home (phillyburbs.com)

Downingtown hires new borough manager – Daily Local

Luzerne County Council to vote next week on ARP plans | Times Leader

Garbage fee to double for HCA customers | News | standardspeaker.com

Whitaker Center CEO stepping down in April – pennlive.com

Marijuana dispensaries could replace two defunct Burlington County diners (inquirer.com)



Steel City Squash and partners breaking ground on $10 million sports/education complex in Larimer – Pittsburgh Union Progress

New petition revives Highland Park residents’ 30-year plea to silence police gun range | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Oakmont officials select Parkview EMS as borough’s new ambulance service | TribLIVE.com

Buffing a gem: Heinz Hall to get $3 million in facade work | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fitzgerald: County Police no longer ‘regularly scheduled for rounds’ Downtown as city moves to add more of its own officers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Data shows Philly traffic stops involving Black men are down 54% | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly City Council may move budget hearings to in-person | Local News | phillytrib.com

City celebrates $6.9 million renovation of the Dell Music Center | Entertainment | phillytrib.com

Frazier family, friends and fans celebrate his legacy on March 8 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Parents’ report outlines problems in new Masterman admission process | Local News | phillytrib.com

2023 Philadelphia Flower Show: 14 of the coolest sights from the ‘Garden Electric’ – pennlive.com

A woman went on a racist rant in a Montco pizza shop. TikTok vigilantes went after three innocent accountants. (inquirer.com)

Citizens Bank Park Phillies statue plaques were stolen (inquirer.com)

A zoning demolition permit was issued to Philly’s Sigma Sound building. What does that mean? (inquirer.com)



Rural communities need help figuring out how to navigate federal programs : NPR

Biden Is Set to Detail at Least $2 Trillion in Measures to Reduce Deficits – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

House Republicans Prepare to Slash Spending in Budget Showdown – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden’s pick for one of the seats on the FCC has withdrawn her nomination : NPR

Biden says new taxes on the rich can help save Medicare | News | phillytrib.com