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Justice Department Proposal Making It Harder To Buy Parts To Make Ghost Guns Brings Hope To Fighting Philly’s Epidemic – CBS Philly (

State House GOP outlines ideas for sweeping changes to voting laws | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania Lawmaker and the Resurgence of Christian Nationalism | The New Yorker

New Yorker profile positions Pa.’s Mastriano as icon of Christian nationalism | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The Pa. Senate 48th District race: Candidates clash on minimum wage, election reform, abortion and more | Associated Press |

Work search requirements, digital hearings advance as lawmakers tinker with Pa. unemployment | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania and other states push jobless from virus recession to return to work | WITF

PA Bill Allows Doctor Informed Consent Delegation (

Pa. Senate gets bill that would allow parents to decide if a child should repeat grade | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill to give special education students the chance to repeat a grade level, moves toward Senate | WTAJ –

Pa. Senate committee approves bill allowing parents to opt for children to repeat a grade | Around the Web – Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania senators endorse grade repeating after pandemic learning loss | Pennsylvania |

State Sen. Mike Regan returns to Capitol after motorcycle crash | ABC27

Readers’ Views: Pa. Senate should reject bill making spitting on police a felony | Opinion |

Multi-billion-dollar tax increase still a priority for Pennsylvania governor | Pennsylvania |

Rep. Herrin meets with constituents | Local News |

PFAS discharge permit appeal needs to end, PA lawmakers say (

Abuse survivors press for action on window bill | Local News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19


FAQ About Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine And Kids : Shots – Health News : NPR

COVID Vaccination Choices Split Families And Communities In Rural Montana : Shots – Health News : NPR

FDA OKs Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 age group | WITF

Pfizer covid-19 shot expanded to U.S. children as young as 12 |

What you need to know about covid vaccine for kids 12-15 |

‘A weight off my shoulders’: FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Indian Americans are distraught over the catastrophe COVID-19 has brought to their native land | Opinion –

To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches – The New York Times (


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

Pa. families seek ways to help as coronavirus surges in India | Smart Talk (

State posts lowest number of new covid cases in 7 months |

COVID-19 Latest: Pa.’s new cases nearly half as last Monday; AHN reacts to FDA’s Pfizer announcement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Desire to get COVID vaccine very high among PA LGBTQ population, but so are barriers, statewide study finds – The Morning Call (


Philadelphia officials to announce timeline for lifting restrictions on Tuesday – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia to ease COVID-19 restrictions, cases dropping in Pa. and N.J. (

Flyers let fans take their shot and score COVID-19 immunity | WITF

Flyers giving out free tickets to fans who get vaccinated | WITF

Coronavirus positivity rate continues decline in Montgomery County and SE Pa. | News |

Vaccine hesitancy in Beaver County: why locals aren’t getting the vaccine. (

Heritage Valley and UPMC team up for treatment of COVID-19 (

Pfizer vaccine available at RMU vaccine clinics this week (

Rate of new covid cases in North Huntingdon, Irwin areas falls below 1%, as of May 10 |

32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday | Times Leader

Geisinger starts COVID-19 survivors support group | News |

Wilkes-Barre Area planning COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children 12 and older | coronavirus |

Chester County Health Department partners with EMS agencies to offer at-home COVID vaccines | Coronavirus |

Erie County: No COVID-19 deaths reported in 11 days and counting (

Coronavirus positivity rate continues decline in Montgomery County and SE Pa. | Local News |

LVHN to hold no-appointment vaccine clinics at Dorney Park, other locations – The Morning Call (

Berks adds 53 new COVID cases as longer-term trends show a decline and rate of vaccinations rises | Coronavirus |

Anti-mask rally in Chester County: ‘Let them breathe’ | Coronavirus |



Pennsylvania small businesses’ need for workers ‘a huge issue,’ industry representative says | Pennsylvania |

PPP loan forgiveness process could drag out for ‘six to eight years’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Why Soaring Stocks Could Be Bad News For The Economy : Planet Money : NPR

Philadelphia ranks among top metros for small business employment in April – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Community Briefs: Zabel hosts job fair Thursday | Lifestyle |

Need help getting workers? Use this tax credit to pay a hiring bonus. (

Chipotle Will Raise Average Wage to $15 an Hour – The New York Times (

Sheetz announces wage increases | Business |

Sheetz, Wawa offering incentives for new, current workers – The Morning Call (

Contract pharmaceutical manufacturing facility coming to York County (

Always Best is hosting a job fair at OIC | Business |

Restaurants reduce hours to counter hiring crisis: ‘We don’t have people to work’ –



Sen. Casey calls for mental health supports in police encounters with people with disabilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Old Law’ Prisoners Seek Release But Fall Through The Cracks : NPR

Rochester, N.Y., Wants To Reimagine Police. What Do People Imagine That Means? : NPR

25 people shot, 7 killed in Philly over the weekend. Police say lack of trust in law enforcement fueling the surge | WITF

Yeadon police unveil first in nation police-community garden project | News |



US schools fight to keep students amid fear of dropout surge | National News |

Some Pennsylvania student debt will no longer be turned over to debt collectors | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia School Partnership names Stacy Holland new leader (

W-B Area agrees to sell Meyers for $2M to assisted living developer | News |

Bear Creek Community Charter gets $1.5 million for ‘high quality’ education | Times Leader

NAACP pushes for community college to be located downtown (

Erie County Communtiy Collegek: NAACP, others push for it to be downtown (

Northampton Community College settles lawsuit with former employee who claimed he was denied a promotion because he is Black – The Morning Call (

Elizabethtown Area school board member says staff cuts should be weighed in future | Community News |

Penn Manor discusses increase in students with disabilities | Community News |

Bucks County school leaders join push for more state education funding (



Today is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the May 18 primary | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday is last day for mail-in ballot requests, in-person voting | Election |

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

Fire funding: Ballot question could aid Erie, others in funding needs (

Jerry Shenk: The 2022 midterm election has already begun | Opinion |

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

Independents can vote on ballot questions, and more things to know about the May 18 primary · Spotlight PA

Biden and Democrats face party divisions in critical Senate races – The Washington Post

Ballot Measure Seeks To Curb Solitary Confinement At Allegheny County Jail | 90.5 WESA

Berks Stands Up endorses candidates in May primary | Elections |

States, including Pa., pick judges very differently from U.S. Supreme Court appointments | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

This political power couple wants Latino candidates to win. Can they make it happen in Allentown? | WITF

Former CEO Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia GOP governor nod after last challenger concedes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

My red state is still ar­gu­ing over masks, but it’s not about COVID any­more | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ahead of Northampton County executive race, Lamont McClure stockpiles $180,000 war chest – The Morning Call (



Biden Wants A Civilian Climate Corps. Here’s How It Might Work : NPR

A Louisiana Climate Plan Aims To Zero Out Oil And Gas Emissions : NPR

New Study: Electric vehicle expansion could help Pa.’s meet its climate goals | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Cyclists can ride COLTS buses free next week | News |

Interstate 83 Mount Rose Avenue: Watch for traffic restrictions as two new ramps open (

Ridge Pike Improvement Project gets funds, moves forward with construction | News |

Ridge Pike Improvement Project gets funds, moves forward with construction | Local-news |

Administrators in Hazleton evaluating alternative options to pay for paving projects | News |



Tower Health to close, consolidate some physician practice sites in latest cost-cutting move – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Tower Health consolidating physician practices, impacting nearly 200 doctors and staff | Local News |

An investment in homecare is an investment in healthy families & communities | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Beaver County to host naloxone distribution event in Ambridge (

For introverts and people with social anxiety, pandemic lockdown brought relief and more autonomy (


State News

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

F.B.I. Asking Questions After a Pension Fund Aimed High and Fell Short – The New York Times (

Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman pleads guilty, resigns amid allegations (

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

The tax filing deadline is one week away. Here’s how Pa. residents can file for free online | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Cicada year: Brood X set to make noise as they emerge in spring 2021 (

‘She’s in the wooder’: Saturday Night Live goes full Delco in parody of ‘Mare of Eastown’ | Local-news |

First responders remind motorists to slow down and move over | News |

Medical marijuana in PA: State OK’s Calypso’s expanded grow facility in Erie (

Pike County tick study sheds crucial information on diseases – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania’s unemployment system will be modernized, go offline for a few days – The Morning Call (


National News

Why Support For Refugees Is Higher Than You Might Think In Parts Of ‘Trump Country’ : NPR

Section 230: How Ken Zeran’s Fight With AOL Sealed The Tech Industry’s Power : NPR

What We Know About The Ransomware Attack On A Critical U.S. Pipeline : NPR

FBI names pipeline cyberattackers as company promises return | Business |

Colonial Pipeline officials hope most service will be restored by this weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pipeline shutdown pushes up East Coast fuel prices, but don’t worry about gas lines yet (

Government Housing Vouchers Are Hard To Get, And Hard To Use : NPR

Mass Shootings In 2021: 194 Shootings In 18 Weeks : NPR

Homebuying as a single Black woman is hard. No one told me it’d be terrifying. | Commentary |

Judge strikes down moratorium on evictions; Biden’s DOJ appeals (

Gaza militants, children among 24 dead as Israel hits Hamas | National and World |

1.4B but no more? China’s population growth closer to zero |

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

Federal trial begins in case of ex-New Castle cop charged in beating | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Facebook insists a kids version of Instagram will be safe, but state AGs aren’t buying it | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

America’s bridges need greater investment in order to survive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NASA Wallops rocket launch scrubbed again, moved to Tuesday (

FCC to lower internet bills for eligible households (

Actions show why net neutrality is needed | Editorials and Columns |

Shooting at Russian school leaves at least 7 students, 1 teacher dead –

$2,000 monthly stimulus checks? Restaurant owner starts a petition with over 2 million signatures –


Local News

Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville starting annual heroism award (

Flight 93 families hope heroism award helps keep story alive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Casey Pitches Biden’s Infrastructure, Families Plan At Monaca Town Hall | 90.5 WESA

Casey touts Biden jobs plan at Beaver County town hall (

Yard waste permits available in Beaver (

Slight tax increase likely for Fox Chapel Area residents |

Reading & Northern looking at passenger excursions from W-B to Jim Thorpe | Times Leader

Metz thanks foodservice ‘heroes’ | Times Leader

Luzerne County Council to discuss tax break request | Times Leader

NEPA counties, metro cities can now get fiscal relief totaling $330 million | coronavirus |

Property owners say expert report proves Lackawanna County assessments are unfair | News |

Attorneys for landfill, waste/recycling firm threaten Dunmore with litigation | News |

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

Bucks County coroner alleged county violated Sunshine law with budget cut (

Bucks County coroner: Commissioners’ $1 million cut to office violated Sunshine law – The Morning Call (

Doylestown Borough, Bristol put Memorial Day events back on calendar (

Entire Lehigh Valley now classified as abnormally dry, but a new tool from NASA could help area farmers – The Morning Call (

Underground tunnel work to partially close Lancaster County trash facility for two months | Local News |

Self-guided tour honors veterans buried in Longswamp Township | Berks and Beyond |

Democrats tour Reading to promote the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan | Local News |

Gas prices going up in Schjuylkill County as more think about summer travel | News |

Hazle Twp. Supervisors grant tax exemption for warehouse campus | News |

Luzerne County council to discuss 2nd Amendment sanctuary proposal | News |



White House launches fund to distribute $335M for Pittsburgh, $381M for Allegheny County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

URA opens free legal help to renters, homeowners facing eviction or foreclosure | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wendy Bell is off the Pittsburgh airwaves … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Health department shuts down Club Elegance in Braddock due to ‘several inches of raw sewage’ on floor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Downtown’s elegant Granite Building just sold for $1.8 million. But to whom? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh motorists shouldn’t panic-buy gasoline after Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, experts say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reimagining the Tree of Life synagogue as a place of education and community deserves support | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney | Endorsement (

The DA race is testing progressives | Morning Newsletter (

Fact-checking Krasner, Vega in the Philadelphia DA debate (

Krasner, others rally in Burholme – Northeast Times

Toll Brothers to restart Jewelers’ Row project in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Which banks approved the most PPP loans in 2021? The top lender might surprise you – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Giant to open four new stores in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Wanamaker building put up for sale as pending vacancies loom – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Will Philly NAACP boss who shared anti-Semitic meme run for another term at the top? He’s not saying | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia School District’s longest-serving teacher to retire after 47 years | Local News |

Philadelphia 76ers and Firstrust Bank highlight local Black-owned businesses | Business |

City Councilmember raises concerns over Kenney administration’s pledge to shift resources from police department | Local News |

Philly still weeks away from completing evaluation of new anti-violence program | Local News |

The Brothers’ Network continues to showcase Black birders and artists | Local News |

Philadelphia’s Awbury Arboretum wants to build a welcome center on a meadow. Neighbors are fighting the plan. (



U.S. reverses Trump change, restores transgender civil rights protections in health care | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump | News |

President Biden is hosting 4 crucial meetings this week to convince Republicans and skeptical Democrats to support his infrastructure plans | National and World |

Toomey To Talk Infrastructure With Biden in Thursday Meeting | PoliticsPA

Reschenthaler, Casey see bipartisan momentum for ‘clean slate’ bill in Congress | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Bob Casey To Introduce Two Police Reform Bills – CBS Pittsburgh (

Biden: Americans Will Lose Unemployment Benefits If They Turn Down Jobs : NPR

Et Tu, Elise? Cheney set to lose leadership job to congresswoman who nominated her for it | WITF

McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Watchdog: Capitol Police need to boost counterintelligence to address rising treats | WITF

Biden Defends Unemployment Benefits, Provided Workers Accept Job Offers – The New York Times (