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Legislature

Pa. Dept. of Health pulls out of hearing on contact tracing data breach exposed by Target 11 – WPXI

Thousands in Pa. could have compromised health data. A Senate panel wants answers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Acting Health Secretary and Deputy Do Not Testify at Hearing for Contact Tracking Data Violation – Pittsburgh News – Compsmag

5 Takeaways From Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval’s Virtual Visit to Drexel | Now | Drexel University

Armenian Sisters Academy’s Genocide commemoration features State Senator Amanda Cappelletti (armenianweekly.com)

Pa. Senate Maj. Leader Ward announces stage one breast cancer diagnosis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader shares her battle with breast cancer – WPXI

Pennsylvania Republicans’ plans for election reform take shape in new report | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania’s election integrity report targets long list of reforms | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Grove releases election hearing report, highlights potential changes to mail-in ballots, election guidance – The PLS Reporter

Thousands in Pa. could have compromised health data. A Senate panel wants answers | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

Taxpayers foot huge bill to run Pa.’s full-time legislature, but are blocked from many details · Spotlight PA

Pa. state government employees are slowly returning to the office after pandemic year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. bill seeks to block towns from banning natural gas connections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Following Biden executive order, AG Shapiro urges lawmakers to federally regulate DIY ‘ghost guns’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

McDonald’s coffee cups will promote COVID-19 vaccine awareness – pennlive.com

How Vaccine Opponents Use Misinformation To Sell Products : Shots – Health News : NPR

Uber And Lyft Will Give Free Rides To COVID-19 Vaccination Spots, White House Says : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

4th Wave Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hits Washington State : NPR

Fewer renters applying for relief; pandemic rules easing | National and World | dailylocal.com

Study finds 8 of 10 hospitalized covid patients have neurological symptoms | TribLIVE.com

The U.S. is buying COVID-19 vaccine for everyone. That could pave the way for drug price reform. (inquirer.com)

Scientists race to study coronavirus variants in India as cases explode | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State

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

Pa. Health Dept. warns that although Pfizer vaccine has FDA approval, 12 to 15-year-olds can’t get shots yet (abc27.com)

PA waiting on CDC before starting COVID vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Coal miners, crawfish offer: News from around our 50 states (usatoday.com)

Wolf will increase Pennsylvania’s gathering limits on May 17 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

State expands crowd limits as COVID-19 virus cases drop | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

PA relaxes capacity limits on indoor, outdoor gatherings starting May 17 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID vaccine in Pa.: Should parents get their children vaccinated? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

40 Pa. counties have high spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 3rd straight week – pennlive.com

Pa. covid case average drops to October level | TribLIVE.com

Local

Philadelphia will lift all Covid-19 business restrictions in June – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia slated to fully reopen June 11 | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

Philly’s reopening plan is here | Morning Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Nearly half of Philly’s firefighters, police have skipped COVID-19 vaccines, unions say (inquirer.com)

Delco vaccinates inmates at county prison | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

Montgomery County coronavirus vaccine clinics now serving those as young as 12 | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Bucks County COVID vaccines: Registration to open for those 12 and up (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Erie County’s young teens could receive COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Wednesday

DOH kicks off long-term COVID-19 test site in Pike County on Tuesday (poconorecord.com)

Nearly all of Berks’ new COVID vaccinations were second shots, latest report says | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Berks mushroom company workers get 2nd COVID vaccination | News | readingeagle.com

AHN halts vaccines for younger teens after providing Pfizer shots to ‘small number’ of 12- to 15-year-olds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Business

U.S. job openings soar to highest level on record | TribLIVE.com

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

Equus Capital begins final phase of Ellis Preserve development in Newtown Square – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA has rolled out PPP loans, venue and restaurants grants. Is the hotel industry next? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

SBA awards billions in Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants. But the money is likely to dry up quickly. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry presents Nonprofit and Small Business of the Year awards | Business | dailylocal.com

Uline looking to fill another 175 Lehigh Valley warehouse jobs, with positions starting at $23 an hour – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Poconos Blue Mountain Resort to be managed by Camelback operator – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Luzerne County small businesses receive grants | Business | standardspeaker.com

 

Crime/Punishment

‘Gain that trust’: Johnstown police officer receives commendation for helping provide bikes for kids | Local News | tribdem.com

Allegheny County Council moves to create group to help police find, fund body cameras | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Education

Bill Expands Educational Opportunities For PA Charter School Students – WDAC

West Chester University returning to in-person schooling this fall | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

Haverford School Board approves interim commissioner and demolition of Brookline School | Local News | delcotimes.com

School of the week: Sayre gives students tools to succeed | The Learning Key | phillytrib.com

School choice PACs have huge reserves thanks to Jeff Yass, the richest man in Pa. | WITF

Quest Diagnostics offers programs to support the safe return to camps and schools | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Area colleges to receive $58 million in COVID-19 relief funds | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Wilkes University launching new major in civil engineering | Times Leader

Carnegie Mellon to require students receive covid-19 vaccine for fall semester | TribLIVE.com

Philly’s Black-led charters schools have alleged bias by the district. Now the claims will be investigated. (inquirer.com)

PPS to seek community input on how to spend $100 million in federal aid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from GOP – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Republican Sean Parnell announces run for open U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania (nbcnews.com)

Former Congressional candidate Sean Parnell launches campaign for U.S. Senate | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Decorated Army vet, Trump ally announces candidacy for Pennsylvania Senate seat | WKBN.com

The Pa. Senate 48th District race: Who’s the best man for the job? – pennlive.com

What you need to know about amendments, referendum on primary ballot (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

When it comes to ballot questions, it may not be what you say, but how you say it | WITF

A closer look at Pa.’s fraught 2021 ballot questions | Bruce Ledewitz | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Chris Freind: No more voting without ID | Opinion | delcotimes.com

Local Election Guides/News

Lancaster County’s complete guide to 2021’s primary election | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Westmoreland County puts out call for poll workers | TribLIVE.com

Bucks County prepares for upwards of 53,000 mail-in ballots in primary (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

2021 Pennsylvania primary: Philadelphia Inquirer’s endorsement guide

Meet the candidates in a crowded Lebanon City judicial race | WITF

Fewer voters seek mail-in ballots for this year’s primary in Lackawanna County | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Some Luzerne County mail-in ballots sent with wrong return address | Election | citizensvoice.com

 

Environment

The need for lithium to power America’s electric cars may result in the extinction of a species – pennlive.com

 

Transportation

PennDOT to begin rehabilitation on Richland Pike Culvert over Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County (buckscountyherald.com)

Repairs on I-78 bridge in Easton – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

CEOs of Heathrow, Philadelphia International Airport urge allowing more U.S.-U.K. travel (inquirer.com)

 

Health

LIZ WESTON: You may be entitled to free health insurance now | Business | dailylocal.com

There’s a workforce crisis in human services that funding alone can’t fix | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Attorney leads push to save 3 Tower Health hospitals in Chester County | Local News | readingeagle.com

 

State News

Pipeline shutdown fuels gas lines in Johnstown region, across country | News | tribdem.com

PA unemployment: Some expected to face delays when new system goes live (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chicken wing shortage forcing PA restaurants to raise prices (timesonline.com)

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pittsburgh, Philly to share in federal recovery cash rolling out states, cities & counties | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Hazleton Area Arts and Humanities student’s work earns top honors in Congressional Art competition | News | standardspeaker.com

Grounghog day! NASA rocket launch now rescheduled for tonight could be visible in NEPA | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

Thousands of Pennsylvanians are still waiting for jobless benefits. Advocates want the state to ‘pay benefits now.’ (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Panic drives gas shortages in some states after Colonial Pipeline Ransomware attack | WITF

Gas shortage? Colonial Pipeline cyberattack raises fears on East coast (ydr.com)

Local governments to receive billions from COVID stimulus plan May 11 (poconorecord.com)

Tanker driver shortage puts fuel availability in flux | Business | standardspeaker.com

30 Palestinians, 3 Israelis Reported Killed As Violence Escalates : NPR

Arizona Republicans Change State’s Permanent Early Voting List : NPR

Meet America’s Newest Chess Master, 10-Year-Old Tanitoluwa Adewumi : NPR

NRA bankruptcy: Judge dismisses Chapter 11 case as ‘not in good faith’ (timesonline.com)

The return of work requirements: The GOP gets its Herbert Hoover on | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

US casinos match best quarter ever; post-COVID hopes rise | WITF

 

Local News

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

Visiting hours opening up again at area hospitals | Coronavirus | delcotimes.com

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

‘What can we do?’: How local senior communities take a look at diversity, racial justice | Faith & Values | lancasteronline.com

Bucks County trails: Where to take a hike and get outdoors (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

PECO teams with United Way of Bucks County to pack personal care kits for homeless (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Erie federal court: Indictment charges misuse of $150K COVID-19 loan (goerie.com)

Erie teachers discuss connecting with growing Black student population (goerie.com)

Bucks County says Coroner Meredith Buck’s lawsuit without merit (theintell.com)

Filmmaker sets out to highlight toll of Harrisburg’s gun violence — and create an avenue for healing – pennlive.com

3 women honored for trying to help children involved in fatal shootings – pennlive.com

Reading lifts ban on parades, festivals and concerts | Local News | readingeagle.com

Reading hopes to break ground on new fire station this year | Local News | readingeagle.com

What is delaying demolition of the Bushong Mill Dam? [Ask the Eagle] | Local News | readingeagle.com

Berks County commissioners will return to boardroom in July with hybrid option for public | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Lackawanna County, Scranton housing authorities accepting housing voucher applications | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton City Council introduces ordinance to maintain tripled LST for 2021 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

RailRiders home opener brings devoted fans back to ballpark | News | citizensvoice.com

Attorney waives hearing on prostitution charge | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

WB’s July 4th bang depends on bucks | Times Leader

Council votes for court ruling on Luzerne County DA race | Times Leader

Washington Co. man sues former employer, says he was fired for calling off with covid | TribLIVE.com

 

Pitt

Bill gives parents option of having their child repeat a grade to make up for learning loss – pennlive.com

Pittsburgh Asian organizations offer community, support, and education for local AAPI residents | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership releases longterm mobility plan for Downtown | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passes hate crime bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From retail to office rents, pandemic was a big blow to Downtown and its fringe, report finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Study envisions ‘people-first’ Downtown Pittsburgh, calls for changes to benefit cyclists, walkers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly’s Latino population growth reflects national trends — WHYY

Philly DA Race Endorsements for Larry Krasner, Carlos Vega Pits Reform Versus Law-and-Order – NBC10 Philadelphia – News Chant USA

Activist uses mock headstones to highlight Philadelphia’s homicides under DA’s watch | Local News | phillytrib.com

Ed Rendell endorses Carlos Vega for Philly District Attorney over Larry Krasner (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia police go all out to defeat DA Larry Krasner in race against Carlos Vega (inquirer.com)

Unemployment among recent Philadelphia-area law grads doubles during pandemic – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Laser Wolf named to Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ of best new restaurants – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia’s pro sports teams ‘thrilled’ by city’s decision to lift crowd restrictions at stadiums – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

National Science Foundation awards $600K grant to Wistar Institute for biotech training program expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly family is free after years in sanctuary, but struggling to start over | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly Councilor Brooks questions Kenney’s urgency on shifting crossing guards out of police department | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

As Philadelphia advances streetscape plan for Spring Garden, historic buildings fall to neglect (inquirer.com)

Sheriff’s sales once again under scrutiny for alleged illegal contract with online vendor Bid4Assets (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia budget 2021: How should the city spend taxpayer money? (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Sen. Bob Casey introduces police reform measures to redirect some 911 calls to social services | WITF

Reintroduced police reform bills focus on mental health, disabilities (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Biden: 1M sign up for health care during special enrollment | WHP (local21news.com)

Is Joe Biden Really ‘Paying Americans Not to Work?’ | Voice of America – PublicFigure

House Republicans Set To Remove Liz Cheney From Leadership : NPR

How The White House Is Reaching Out To Congress As It Seeks A Deal On Infrastructure : NPR

For the People Act Is Debated By The Senate Rules Committee : NPR

Miller, Rosen To Defend Federal Response To Capitol Riot In Testimony : NPR

Former Trump officials to defend federal response to Capitol insurrection | WITF

Wawa shooting victim remembered by Susan Wild – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Interior Department approves first large-scale offshore wind farm in U.S. (inquirer.com)