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Legislature

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

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

PA Bill Allows Doctor Informed Consent Delegation (natlawreview.com)

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 – www.wearecentralpa.com

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

Pennsylvania senators endorse grade repeating after pandemic learning loss | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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 | pottsmerc.com

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

Rep. Herrin meets with constituents | Local News | dailylocal.com

PFAS discharge permit appeal needs to end, PA lawmakers say (theintell.com)

Abuse survivors press for action on window bill | Local News | tribdem.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

‘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 – pennlive.com

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

State

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

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

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

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 (mcall.com)

Local

Philadelphia officials to announce timeline for lifting restrictions on Tuesday – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

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 | mainlinemedianews.com

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

Heritage Valley and UPMC team up for treatment of COVID-19 (timesonline.com)

Pfizer vaccine available at RMU vaccine clinics this week (timesonline.com)

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

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

Geisinger starts COVID-19 survivors support group | News | citizensvoice.com

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

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

Erie County: No COVID-19 deaths reported in 11 days and counting (goerie.com)

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

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

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

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

 

Business

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

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

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 (bizjournals.com)

Community Briefs: Zabel hosts job fair Thursday | Lifestyle | delcotimes.com

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

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

Sheetz announces wage increases | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Sheetz, Wawa offering incentives for new, current workers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Contract pharmaceutical manufacturing facility coming to York County (ydr.com)

Always Best is hosting a job fair at OIC | Business | timesherald.com

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

 

Crime/Punishment

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 | delcotimes.com

 

Education

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

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

Philadelphia School Partnership names Stacy Holland new leader (inquirer.com)

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

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

NAACP pushes for community college to be located downtown (goerie.com)

Erie County Communtiy Collegek: NAACP, others push for it to be downtown (goerie.com)

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

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

Penn Manor discusses increase in students with disabilities | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County school leaders join push for more state education funding (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Elections/Politics

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 | citizensvoice.com

Primary voters will be asked to decide three amendments to state constitution, and fire referendum | Local News | observer-reporter.com

Fire funding: Ballot question could aid Erie, others in funding needs (goerie.com)

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

Primary voters will be asked to decide three amendments to state constitution, and fire referendum | Local News | observer-reporter.com

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 | readingeagle.com

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

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 (mcall.com)

 

Environment

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 (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

Cyclists can ride COLTS buses free next week | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

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

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

 

Health

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

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

An investment in homecare is an investment in healthy families & communities | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Beaver County to host naloxone distribution event in Ambridge (timesonline.com)

For introverts and people with social anxiety, pandemic lockdown brought relief and more autonomy (inquirer.com)

 

State News

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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

Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman pleads guilty, resigns amid allegations (abc27.com)

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

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

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

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

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

Medical marijuana in PA: State OK’s Calypso’s expanded grow facility in Erie (goerie.com)

Pike County tick study sheds crucial information on diseases – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

 

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 | delcotimes.com

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 (inquirer.com)

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 | phillytrib.com

Judge strikes down moratorium on evictions; Biden’s DOJ appeals (timesonline.com)

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

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

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

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 (ydr.com)

FCC to lower internet bills for eligible households (goerie.com)

Actions show why net neutrality is needed | Editorials and Columns | standardspeaker.com

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

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

 

Local News

Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville starting annual heroism award (abc27.com)

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 (timesonline.com)

Yard waste permits available in Beaver (timesonline.com)

Slight tax increase likely for Fox Chapel Area residents | TribLIVE.com

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 | citizensvoice.com

Property owners say expert report proves Lackawanna County assessments are unfair | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Attorneys for landfill, waste/recycling firm threaten Dunmore with litigation | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Bucks County coroner alleged county violated Sunshine law with budget cut (theintell.com)

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

Doylestown Borough, Bristol put Memorial Day events back on calendar (theintell.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pitt

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 (pghcitypaper.com)

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

 

Philly

Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney | Endorsement (inquirer.com)

The DA race is testing progressives | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Fact-checking Krasner, Vega in the Philadelphia DA debate (audacy.com)

Krasner, others rally in Burholme – Northeast Times

Toll Brothers to restart Jewelers’ Row project in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Giant to open four new stores in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wanamaker building put up for sale as pending vacancies loom – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Washington

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 | citizensvoice.com

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

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 (cbslocal.com)

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 (nytimes.com)