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Legislature

Pashinski co-introduces bill to help save money on medications
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/1024038/pashinski-co-introduces-bill-to-help-save-money-on-medications

Capital-Star Q+A: Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler talks misinformation, amendments and marijuana
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/capital-star-qa-pa-house-speaker-bryan-cutler-talks-misinformation-amendments-and-marijuana/

Pennsylvania lawmakers — and many others — are still fighting over daylight saving time
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-lawmakers-others-fighting-over-daylight-saving-time-20210309-jkddcvyj35bi7henqqngenjxgm-story.html

Lawmakers, Wolf need to clarify Pa.’s mail-in voting law before 2022 | Bruce Ledewitz
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/lawmakers-wolf-need-to-clarify-pa-s-mail-in-voting-law-before-2022-bruce-ledewitz/

Pa. needs to fix its unfair special education funding for charter schools | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/03/pa-needs-to-fix-its-unfair-special-education-funding-for-charter-schools-opinion.html

Pa.’s tragic and shameful failure to fix unemployment benefits system | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/unemployment-compensation-pennsylvania-labor-and-industry-pandemic-food-stamps-20210308.html

Arrests show need to ban ‘ghost guns’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/arrests-show-need-to-ban-ghost-guns/article_da6648ee-d624-5b60-b5d2-9baf6f67b91d.html

Editorial: Deana’s Law must be passed in 2021; it will save lives
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-deanas-law-must-be-passed-in-2021-it-will-save-lives/article_e3ba3d41-a57f-55d0-843b-7c9779b0bce5.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

‘What is the plan?’: Suburban Pa. officials blast Dept. of Health over region’s vaccine supply as dispute intensifies
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-vaccine-supply-pa-suburbs-doh-share-20210309.html

Region leaders seek transparency from state officials as frustration over vaccine allocation mounts
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/region-leaders-seek-transparency-from-state-officials-as-frustration-over-vaccine-allocation-mounts/article_baddcd66-3064-5e95-9077-0e36dbcc971f.html

Bucks, Montgomery county lawmakers demand action on mismanaged vaccines
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/03/08/bucks-montgomery-county-southeastern-pennsylvania-covid-vaccine/4627414001/

Berks lags behind in COVID vaccine distribution; county officials are at a loss to understand why
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-lags-behind-in-covid-vaccine-distribution-county-officials-are-at-a-loss-to-understand/article_825666cc-7dc0-11eb-9898-6f51314c7fd6.html

Region leaders seek transparency from state officials as frustration over vaccine allocation mounts
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/region-leaders-seek-transparency-from-state-officials-as-frustration-over-vaccine-allocation-mounts/article_20d78801-b0a4-5781-97d8-558ef6ce17a4.html

Philly hospitals care for thousands of suburban patients but can’t give them COVID-19 vaccines.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-philadelphia-suburbs-penn-medicine-temple-health-20210308.html

Westmoreland officials press state to improve vaccine distribution
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/westmoreland-officials-press-state-to-improve-vaccine-distribution/

From tests to vaccines, Pa. health officials still missing crucial race data for COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pa-coronavirus-covid-vaccine-race-data-missing-one-year-later-20210309.html

COVID-19, one year later: Coronavirus exposed racial inequalities in Pa. What comes next
https://www.ydr.com/in-depth/news/2021/03/09/pa-coronavirus-covid-19-racial-inequalities/6783543002/

Walmart scheduled vaccinations before even announcing clinics, readers say
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/walmart-scheduled-vaccinations-before-even-announcing-clinics-readers-say/article_0eb58381-3f65-5991-a1d6-6e57059ebeb4.html

Lancaster mass vaccination center is registering people to get COVID-19 vaccines
https://www.witf.org/2021/03/08/lancaster-mass-vaccination-center-is-registering-people-to-get-covid-19-vaccines/

Northampton County will help senior citizens book COVID-19 vaccinations
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-vaccine-scheduling-northampton-county-20210308-p753ubsfqvecfkvkgkao7joleu-story.html

Vaccination data shows nearly 14% of Lackawanna County residents inoculated
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/vaccination-data-shows-nearly-14-of-lackawanna-county-residents-inoculated/article_db959245-2e9d-5e10-9468-ab742a00e351.html

Nurse reflects on being at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/nurse-reflects-on-being-at-the-front-line-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/article_91266cf5-5048-57ba-b7bd-a4aac0e3b2d0.html

COVID-19: Our Heroes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-our-heroes/article_fbd62c2d-e304-5e1d-a48c-ec524338313a.html

Pa. reports 3,176 new cases; Allegheny surpasses 1,700 deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/08/covid-19-coronavirus-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-cases-deaths-vaccine-hospitalizations-pandemic/stories/202103080089

20 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Monday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/20-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-on-monday/article_d2f0a83a-c690-590d-8a18-61c81267e4df.html

Western Pa. health experts cautious about CDC’s mask-shedding guidance
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-health-experts-cautious-about-cdcs-mask-shedding-guidance/

Administration

Gov. Wolf nominates Meadville OB-GYN to serve as Pa. physician general
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-nominates-meadville-ob-gyn-to-serve-as-pa-physician-general/

Wolf taps OB-GYN to serve as new Pa. Physician General
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/wolfs-taps-ob-gyn-to-serve-as-new-pa-physician-general/

Business

Medical marijuana dispensary could be up and running by early summer in Ross
https://triblive.com/local/north-hills/medical-marijuana-dispensary-could-be-up-and-running-by-early-summer-ross/

Nearly $5 million in COVID aid available for Berks County hospitality businesses
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/nearly-5-million-in-covid-aid-available-for-berks-county-hospitality-businesses/article_a5274b16-8032-11eb-b2e1-7387ddc0444f.html

Pa., Lehigh Valley schools and others partner to help ‘near completers’ unemployed due to the pandemic
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-job-completers-program-20210308-7kyha5kmxbaczdr2ctz252ecrq-story.html

COVID-19, one year later: These PA companies did well during the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/03/09/pa-companies-business-covid-19-pandemic-hiring-workers/6884009002/

Crime/Punishment

Attorneys debate whether fatal East Norriton bowling alley shooting was self-defense or murder
https://www.inquirer.com/news/east-norriton-bowling-alley-shooting-jamel-barnwell-20210308.html

Education

Biden order could change how colleges handle sexual misconduct
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/joe-biden-title-ix-sex-discrimination-education-department-20210308.html

DeSales University mourns 3 young people killed in crash as another fights for survival. Here are their stories.
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-desales-students-killed-in-upper-saucon-crash-remembered-20210308-4mdkduexwba3fl5jpzx7pyuoe4-story.html

Elections/Politics

Former Pa. House member to run for open Senate seat as independent
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/03/former-pa-house-member-to-run-for-open-senate-seat-as-independent.html

Local News

Code prompts council’s concern over Scranton police chief’s appointment
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/code-prompts-councils-concern-over-scranton-police-chiefs-appointment/article_eca2ff89-f20d-5e81-947e-ce230402a9d6.html

Vote to disband Northern Berks Regional Police Department reversed
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/vote-to-disband-northern-berks-regional-police-department-reversed/article_301c7a66-8074-11eb-b6e3-9b39aa48a43d.html

United Way of Berks County offering summer reading program grants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/united-way-of-berks-county-offering-summer-reading-program-grants/article_c70c254e-8064-11eb-a501-7f1b666bf646.html

Aspinwall council to consider more than $2 million in traffic upgrades
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/aspinwall-council-to-consider-more-than-2-million-in-traffic-upgrades/

Eighteen respond to Luzerne County’s plea for election board applicants
https://www.timesleader.com/news/1022325/eighteen-respond-to-luzerne-countys-plea-for-election-board-applicants

National News

Cuomo inquiry to be led by 2 lawyers, including ex-U.S. attorney
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/03/08/Gov-Andrew-Cuomo-sexual-harassment-allegations-investigation-New-York-attorney-general/stories/202103080147

Natural Gas

Chesapeake agrees to settle natural gas royalty dispute in Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2021/03/08/Chesapeake-Energy-Pennsylvania-royalty-deductions-attorney-general-settlement/stories/202103080121

Pennsylvania agrees to settle gas drilling royalties lawsuit
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-agrees-to-settle-gas-drilling-royalties-lawsuit/

Philly

Philly L&I approves demolition of Chestnut Street properties that preservationists had tried to protect
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/chestnut-st-demolition-jewelers-row-philadelphia-20210309.html

The temporary expansion of the Child Tax Credit should become permanent to help Philly’s families | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/child-tax-credit-senate-stimulus-poverty-20210309.html

On first day back in classrooms for Philly students, a mix of excitement and fear
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/on-first-day-back-in-classrooms-for-philly-students-a-mix-of-excitement-and-fear/article_c7a3d403-5916-5f95-aed6-5cafb954e034.html

Health department ignored ‘red flags’ in Philly Fighting COVID partnership, inspector general says
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid19-coronavirus-philly-fighting-covid-vaccine-philadelphia-health-department-desantis-20210308.html

Report faults Kenney administration for not vetting Philly Fighting COVID, missing red flags
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/report-faults-kenney-administration-for-not-vetting-philly-fighting-covid-missing-red-flags/article_4b540338-94c9-5655-8dc7-fb4a1bfa46e7.html

The Secret Apartment’ is the story of a Vietnam vet who claims to have lived in Veterans Stadium for years
https://www.inquirer.com/news/the-secret-apartment-vet-stadium-20210309.html

For the first time in a year, some Philly schools reopen to student, parent cheers
https://www.inquirer.com/education/philadelphia-school-district-reopen-20210308.html

Someone stole Philly City Councilmember Bobby Henon’s car over the weekend
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/bobby-henon-car-stolen-20210308.html

Philly’s traffic jams cost truckers time — and consumers money
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/transportaton-philadelphia-worst-truck-bottlenecks-schuylkill-vine-camden-motor-fuel-taxes-20210308.html

I’m teaching from my North Philly classroom with no students in the room | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-school-district-return-to-classroom-teacher-20210308.html

New Hahnemann landlord aims to keep Drexel labs in Philly, as school eyes move to former GSK site in Montgomery County
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/drexel-hahnemann-iron-stone-gsk-oneill-discovery-labs-penn-life-science-labs-20210309.html

Danielle Outlaw put in an untenable position by Kenney administration | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/danielle-outlaw-police-commissioner-philadelphia-emergency-management-20210308.html

Pitt

Peduto takes shots at town hall from opponents over property tax hike for Pittsburgh parks
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2021/03/09/Pittsburgh-mayoral-race-candidates-forum-Brookline-Together-Peduto-Gainey-Moreno-Parker-parks-tax/stories/202103080144

PNC Park naming rights deal likely worth ‘multiple millions’ a year, expert says
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/03/09/PNC-Park-naming-rights-Pittsburgh-Pirates-Steelers-Heinz-Field/stories/202103090077

Federal judge in Pa. tosses lawsuit brought by 2 former Steelers over ‘race-norming’ in NFL dementia tests
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2021/03/08/Judge-dismisses-pennsylvania-lawsuit-race-norming-NFL-dementia-concussion-settlement-steelers-davenport-henry/stories/202103080094

For business owners, here’s what you need to know when applying for CHIRP money
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2021/03/08/chirp-program-covid-19-relief-economic-impact-business-owners-grant-money-application-process-apply/stories/202103080124

Pittsburgh creates dashboard to help monitor city opioid overdoses
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/03/08/Pittsburgh-creates-opioid-overdose-dashboard-health-drugs-epidemic/stories/202103080095

Beltzhoover community group requests proposals to redevelop former elementary school
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/03/08/Beltzhoover-Elementary-consensus-group-URA-request-for-proposals-Pittsburgh-Cedarhurst-Street/stories/202103080136

City to consider $55K settlement for man who claimed civil rights violations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/03/08/pittsburgh-consider-55K-settlement-brothers-who-claimed-civil-rights-violations-Homewood-arrest/stories/202103080113

Pittsburgh officials update IT infrastructure with Google Cloud
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2021/03/08/Google-Cloud-city-of-Pittsburgh-IT-infrastructure-partnership/stories/202103080013

Another phony commission?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/03/09/Another-phony-commission-LGBTQ-Equality-Pittsburgh/stories/202102110066

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s campaign GoodEat$ offers discounts to city diners
https://triblive.com/lifestyles/food-drink/pittsburgh-downtown-partnerships-campaign-goodeat-offers-discounts-to-city-diners/

Pitt campuses to loosen coronavirus restrictions
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pitt-campuses-to-loosen-restrictions/

Allegheny County Dems endorse Ed Gainey in Pittsburgh mayoral race
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-dems-endorse-ed-gainey-in-pittsburgh-mayoral-race/

Lawrenceville display shines light on domestic partner violence
https://triblive.com/lifestyles/more-lifestyles/lawrenceville-display-shines-light-on-domestic-partner-violence/

TSA catches 8th gun this year at Pittsburgh International
https://triblive.com/local/tsa-catches-8th-gun-this-year-at-pittsburgh-international/

State News

Emails: FBI was looking for gold at Elk County dig site
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2021/03/08/FBI-looking-for-gold-Pennsylvania-dig-site-Dents-Run-Civil-War-Parada/stories/202103080129

Conservation groups to sue over failure to protect Pa.’s state amphibian, the hellbender
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/03/08/Conservation-groups-to-sue-over-failure-to-protect-Pennsylvania-s-state-amphibian-the-snot-otter/stories/202103080097

Microplastics found in Tulpehocken Creek and Blue Marsh Lake
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/environment/microplastics-found-in-tulpehocken-creek-and-blue-marsh-lake/article_b318dcce-7d14-11eb-8ef5-53a2d8534340.html

New plan for Berks County Residential Center disappoints activists
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/new-plan-for-berks-county-residential-center-disappoints-activists/article_5a3827fe-801b-11eb-9bab-43be12a0cb60.html

Transportation

PennDOT plans to analyze how tolling Berks bridge will impact the community
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/penndot-plans-to-analyze-how-tolling-berks-bridge-will-impact-the-community/article_c4cc39e8-8039-11eb-b8ae-47ee472c76a6.html

Washington

Congress bails out troubled pension plans for teamsters, Acme, carpenters, electricians, and others in Philly area
https://www.inquirer.com/business/bailout-pensions-jobs-retirement-richard-neal-wendell-young-guild-20210308.html

Stimulus bill boosts health coverage by expanding Obamacare tax credits and subsidizing COBRA
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-stimulus-bill-aca-obamacare-tax-credits-cobra-20210308.html

Biden nominates 2 female generals to 4-star commands
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/biden-female-four-star-generals-20210309.html