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Chester County lawmakers pledge support for redistricting transparency bills | State |

Interview with Pennsylvania State Senator Carolyn Comitta

Pa Senate Democrats To Hold Hearing On Raising The Minimum – Cute766

Pennsylvania’s collective fight against gun violence and crime – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (

Pa. Senate bill will remove ‘homosexuality’ from state’s crimes code | News |

Pennsylvania Can’t Fine Addiction Treatment Facilities That Break Rules. Some Lawmakers Want To Change That. | 90.5 WESA

Pa. can’t fine addiction treatment facilities that break rules. Some lawmakers want to change that. (

Pa. senators ask Gov. Wolf to lift COVID-19 restrictions at start of Memorial Day weekend –

Lawmakers push Pennsylvania governor to move up reopening date ahead of holiday | Pennsylvania |

Editorial: Nordenberg, the right person as reapportionment referee |

With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Backlogged Claims, Advocates Say Pennsylvania Unemployment System Upgrade Could Cause Problems | 90.5 WESA

Jobless want state to end backlog, pay benefits now (

New bills to possibly change kids’ vaccines | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Stop this Pro-Polluter Bill from Passing in PA | NRDC Action Fund

PA Environment Digest Blog: Senators Santarsiero, Collett To Reintroduce Bills To Give Attorney General Direct Jurisdiction Over Prosecuting Environmental Crimes (

Pa. politicians walk fine line on vaccine endorsements to hesitant constituents |

PA Senate to have emergency hearing following data breach at state health department, exposed by Target 11 – WPXI

Pennsylvania Senate Introduces Franchise Law Reform Bill | Brewbound

Abuse survivors plan rally to press Pa. Senate to act on lawsuit bill | News |

(62) Pa. State Senator Working On Legislation To Make It A Requirement To Test For Legionella In Building – YouTube

To-go alcoholic drinks may become permanent in Pa. |

Pennsylvania House majority leader says minimum wage ‘taking care of itself’ as unemployment persists | Pennsylvania |

Quick hits: Pennsylvania news in brief for Friday, May 7 | Pennsylvania |

State Rep. Briggs introduces legislation to create paid family leave in PA | Local News |

Schuylkill legislators open joint office | News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19


See Reopening Plans and Mask Mandates for All 50 States – The New York Times (

Fauci Says Indoor Mask Guidance Should Ease With Vaccinations – The New York Times (

Masks could become seasonal after pandemic, Dr. Fauci says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs | Times Leader

Their view: India’s COVID-19 tragedy has lessons for global vaccinations | Times Leader

‘Vax Live’ Benefit Concert Promotes Preview Of Post-Pandemic World : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Biden Administration Launches Vaccine Hotline : NPR

Covid-19: Hopes for ‘Herd Immunity’ Fade as Virus Hurtles Toward Becoming Endemic – The New York Times (

U.S. states are turning down hundreds of thousands of doses as demand plummets. – The New York Times (

Some people are skipping their second COVID vaccine doses, and experts say that’s a bad idea | Coronavirus |

India sees deadliest day of pandemic with COVID-19 deaths topping 4,000 | WITF


Will Pa. allow minors to get a COVID vaccine without parental consent? (

PA embraces VaccineFinder as COVID-19 vaccine locator (

Pa. vaccine pioneer working to understand protection against COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some Western Pa. counties in the area still have hospitality relief money to give out | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. now uses a more efficient map to help you find COVID-19 vaccines | Today in Pa. –

PA embraces VaccineFinder as COVID-19 vaccine locator (


Pa. community leaders need special tactics to combat coronavirus vaccine hesitancy (

As COVID-19 vaccination uptake slows, Philly Counts prepares for an outreach surge (

Esperanza has been a success at vaccinating Latinos, but Black Philadelphians still lag behind (

Flyers and Penn Medicine offering COVID-19 shots at Monday’s game (

Allegheny County’s average of new covid cases hits low not seen since November |

Montgomery County authorizes $2.15M in coronavirus-related contracts | News |

Giant Eagle accepting COVID-19 vaccine walk-ins starting Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA region | Coronavirus |

Luzerne County 7-year-old among latest to die of COVID-19 | News |

Vaccines for school children to be offered in Hazle Twp. | Education |

Berks County leaders share their experience getting the COVID vaccine | Berks and Beyond |

Monoclonal antibodies for COVID keep Millcreek couple out of the hospital (

Cambria, Somerset add COVID-19 deaths over weekend | Coronavirus |



Michael A. MacDowell: Addressing Monopolies: A Bipartisan Issue | Times Leader

Fore Biotherapeutics picks Philadelphia for global HQ – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Amazon on hiring spree for Amazon Fresh grocery store in Bucks County – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pandemic deals a blow to the dry cleaning industry | Business |

Pandemic alters CEO pay at Fulton, Armstrong World, others | Local Business |



Teens among Sunday shooting fatalities in Philly (

Philly police and feds team up to identify guns used in shootings (

After receiving police report, Pa. prosecutor waited months to charge a man who shot at protesters (

Begansky plans few changes at probation office. | News |

Former King of Prussia teacher charged in child sex operation | News |

Ambridge police to receive body-worn cameras in coming weeks (



Alle-Kiski Valley superintendents earn combined $1.85M |

Philadelphia-area colleges and universities return to in-person instruction for fall 2021 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Schools Are Open, but Many Families Remain Hesitant to Return – The New York Times (

Editorial: Community colleges offer hope for now and the future | Opinion |

District, NAACP react to reported fight at North Penn High School | News |

NAACP student group puts the spotlight on racial disparities in school discipline | News |

Bucks County schools tout extension of free school meal program (

An abnormal school year leads to lessons of resiliency and gratitude for area seniors | Education |

High school graduations: With COVID-19 restrictions set to end, some schools are changing plans –

Chester Upland School District confronts the prospect of charter takeover | WITF

Charters pitch to Chester Upland falls short | News |

School board races: Online forums set for Erie, Millcreek hopefuls (

Ephrata Area School District poised to raise property taxes 3.7% | Community News |



Primary ballot offers choices for Pennsylvania | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Voters to decide how the state will respond to future emergencies | Smart Talk (

Philly and Pittsburgh primaries are referendums on progressive politics | Opinion (

Primary voters will be asked to decide three amendments to state constitution, and fire referendum | Local News |

Nearly 120K OK’ed to vote by mail, absentee in Allegheny County; Tuesday marks deadline to apply |

Beyond the Byline: Deadline nears to apply for a mail ballot | Times Leader

DeSantis To Headline Allegheny County GOP Dinner | PoliticsPA

Berks Co. GOP boss takes heat for comparing Dems to Hitler, Tojo | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Chester County voters overwhelmingly choosing mail-in ballot option | News |

Our endorsement: Vote yes on expansion of firefighting loan program | Opinion |

This year’s court races are seriously important. Make your voice heard | Michael Coard | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Taste won’t persuade Americans to swap out beef for plant-based burgers | Opinion (

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper files legal action against Harrisburg, water company, citing sewage | WITF

Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself. So why aren’t more companies doing it? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New study shows electric vehicle expansion could significantly reduce Pa.’s climate pollution | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Tom Ridge Environmental Center marks 15-year anniversary as Presque Isle info hub (



Traffic disruptions next week for bridge inspections along Pittsburgh-Ross border |

Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year | Times Leader

Airline quality report: Customer complaints skyrocketed in 2020 during Covid-19 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Bucks County to study connecting Upper Bucks to public transportation (

Pittsburgh International Airport and its Airmall ramp up as state COVID-19 restrictions ease | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COLTS ridership still slumping a year after COVID-19 hit | News |

Bucks County to study connecting Upper Bucks to public transportation (

Rail trail bridge destroyed in arson closer to repairs after new funding, search for builders [Lancaster Watchdog] | Outdoors |



Opioid Crisis: Filmmaker Details The Medical System’s ‘Crime Of The Century’ : NPR

Heart failure can occur during pregnancy, and Black women fare worse than others. Penn doctors are starting to find out why. (

Experiment Uses CRISPR To Edit Genes While They Are Still Inside A Person’s Body : Shots – Health News : NPR

How MDMA and Psilocybin Became Hot Investments – The New York Times (

Nursing educators, students believe experiences learning during pandemic will help future nurses | |

Montgomery County nursing programs spotlighted amid coronavirus pandemic | News |

Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Pa. again extends REAL ID enforcement date | State |

What are cicadas and why do they bug some people? |

Treasurer Garrity highlights work done by Pennsylvania’s manufacturers | Times Leader

This is the Least Expensive Zip Code in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

This Is How Many People Live With Their Parents In Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

‘This Is Politics’: Dr. Rachel Levine’s Rise as Transgender Issues Gain Prominence. – The New York Times (

Little League World Series to return/no International pool – – Butler, PA

The politicians who tried to overturn an election — and the local news team that won’t let anyone forget it – The Washington Post

Pennsylvania’s child welfare system closed to public, until a child dies (

State Treasury returns $97K in unclaimed property to Bucks (

Pike County tick study sheds crucial information on diseases | News |

Low-income Pennsylvanians can get tax forgiveness | State |

Editorial: Pennsylvania schedules a weekend of kindness | Opinion |

‘Lying now, or lying then?’ Under Pa. rules, many defendants are convicted on recanted statements – The Morning Call (

States saw a revenue rebound through February. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania declined last week (


National News

Pollen counts in Philadelphia hard to measure, making allergy symptoms tough to forecast (

7 dead including gunman in Colorado birthday party shooting |

California man used $5 million in coronavirus relief loans to buy luxury cars, federal authorities say |

Cyberattack on U.S. pipeline is linked to criminal gang |

Will cyberattack on US pipeline cause a gas shortage and price spikes? – The Morning Call (

An Extended Pipeline Shutdown Could Impact Gas Prices In Southeast U.S. : NPR

Medina Spirit could lose Ky. Derby win; track bans Baffert | Times Leader

Megan Rohrer Elected As 1st Openly Transgender Bishop In U.S. Lutheran Church : NPR

Black Americans And The Racist Architecture Of Homeownership : Code Switch : NPR

After Times Square Shooting, Adams and Yang Stress Support for N.Y.P.D. – The New York Times (

Farmers asked to participate in USDA survey (

More than 300 Palestinians hurt in Jerusalem holy site clash | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inside Arizona’s election audit, GOP fraud claims live on | Election |

US job growth slows sharply in sign of hiring struggles | Coronavirus |

Global shares mixed as U.S. jobs data ease inflation worries | News |

Look up, Lehigh Valley! NASA’s KiNet-X rocket launch from Virginia should be visible Monday night – The Morning Call (

What the housing market looks like in every state – The Morning Call (

China says most rocket debris burned up during reentry | WITF

The Great Labor Divide: How Dems and the GOP view the decline of union workers | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Local News

Ownership of Pucketa Creek bridge split between 2 counties; repair plans underway |

Churchill residents debate potential Amazon site during planning commission meeting |

Wyoming Monument ceremony returns July 3 | Times Leader

Area churches mark Mother’s Day with in-person celebrations | Times Leader

With easing of restrictions, Restore of Chester County seeks feedback | Local News |

Agreement reached on regional fire service in Kennett Square, Kennett Township | Local News |

‘I’m honored to be selected’: Lawrence joins national NewDEAL organization | News |

Norristown’s Black Lives Matter street mural installation starts May 9 | News |

Bucks County tourism: Officials see early promise for spring season (

Bucks County govt, towns and schools to receive nearly $300M under American Rescue Plan (

Fine Arts Fiesta about to return to downtown Wilkes-Barre | News |

LRCA announces new RiverFest date, upcoming events | News |

Search for rare earth elements expands from Hazleton | News |

Scores of volunteers participate in Beautify Birdsboro | Local News |

High school softball in Lehigh Valley suffers from declining participation – The Morning Call (

Doylestown Memorial Day Parade is back on (

Protection-from-abuse: Cases rose by almost 37% in York County in 2020 (

FCC to lower internet bills for eligible households (

‘Hitler people’: Erie restaurant owner frustrated with COVID health codes. (

H.A.N.D.S housing: Erie nonprofit brings new rental units to east Erie (

Scaled down Make-A-Wish truck convoy raises nearly $300,000 by Sunday afternoon | Local News |



Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side to reopen after 15 months |

With eye on more fans in stands, the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates urge people to get covid vaccine |

Pittsburgh Parking Authority adds apps for payment convenience in the city |

Fitzgerald’s lack of attendance at Allegheny County Jail board meetings stirs debate |

$96 million Pine-Richland budget holds line on taxes; no program, staff cuts |

‘I moved into systemic racism’: Pittsburghers speak out on displacement of Black residents | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

White Whale allegations only part of ongoing issues with The Terminal development project | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



As Philly reckons with MOVE remains tragedy, anthropologists must confront our role | Opinion (

A resurgent Philly job training group aims to serve Rev. Leon Sullivan’s legacy in new-tech times (

A cash gimmick to help voter turnout in Philly | Opinion (

Philly-area Latinas share their inspiring stories of love and empowerment for Mother’s Day (

Supply of homes for sale around Philly is predicted to stay low for a while (

Germantown Farmers Market returns, with goal of increasing sustainable agriculture in people of color communities (

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner sees crime victims, families fight against his reelection (

Inside the reopening of Xfinity Live! – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly’s Valley Youth House soups up LGBTQ youth resources; plans to revive Host Homes | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

DA candidates clash at virtual forum | Local News |

Philly Sheriff’s top lawyer resigns after illegal contract revelation | Local News |



Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ imperils Republicans who don’t embrace it | Times Leader

A Look At The GOP From Inside A Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene Rally : NPR

Getting women back to work is key to a strong recovery, Labor Secretary says | WITF

Biden Plans Order to Strengthen U.S. Cyberattack Defenses – The New York Times (

‘We May Not Have a Full Two Years’: Democrats’ Plans Hinge on Good Health – The New York Times (

McCarthy Officially Backs Stefanik to Replace Cheney in House Leadership – The New York Times (

Ohio G.O.P. Censure Representative Who Voted to Impeach Trump – The New York Times (

McCarthy backs ousting Cheney from GOP leadership, paving way for removal vote as early as this week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House GOP leader says he backs ousting Cheney from No. 3 job | News |

Toomey touts reintroduction of Thin Blue Line Act | Crime-Emergency |

Readers React: Toomey’s votes show disregard for environment – The Morning Call (

U.S. Capitol rioters make questionable claims about police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New White House task force aims to separate science, politics | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter: Remark by Biden raises interesting question | Letters to the Editor |

Casey touts Biden jobs plan at Beaver County town hall (