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PA Senate Democrats unveil New Deal in PA plan for $6.15 billion in federal funds to state | WHP (

Senate Democrats propose ‘New Deal’ spending plan for Pa. relief funds | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

@ClearforPA: The CLEAR Coalition supports the @PaSenateDems’ plan to invest the Commonwealth’s federal funding from the American Recovery Plan in People, Projects, and Public Health.

Rep. Rapp abortion hearing is criticized | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Cappelletti Bill Would Allow Teens To Get Vax Without Parents’ Consent – This Is Lower Merion And Narberth

New Senate bill would remove fishing license costs for veterans and others in physical or mental recovery | Outdoors |

Pa. Senate Majority Leader Ward reveals breast cancer diagnosis (

Parents deserve more options to overcome disruption to kids’ education | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Pa. Senate unanimously passes bill to give parents the option of having their student repeat a grade (

Pa. Legislature mulls letting parents hold back kids a grade due to COVID (

Sen. Ward plan to ensure seniors access to prescription drugs passes Senate | Community News |

Proposal for opening primaries to all Pennsylvania voters (

How Pa. House GOP plans to make it ‘easy to vote but hard to cheat’ (

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

Law enforcement officials from Pa., Md. urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘Our rights will be defended’: Mastriano brings the fight over ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ to the Pa. Capitol | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Class action lawsuit over Pennsylvania’s contact tracing data breach leaves senators’ questions unanswered | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania contact tracing data breach probed – The Morning Call (

Prosecutors probe Pennsylvania contact tracing data breach | WITF

Briggs introduces legislation to create paid family leave in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

How the Pa. power struggle between Wolf and GOP impacts residents (

Wolf warns voters that emergency powers ballot questions would make it ‘a lot messier, slower’ to manage crises | WITF

Is a ‘Three-Day War’ between Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers real or pretend? | John Baer –

Some Pa. lawmakers tout expense transparency. Their websites tell a different story. –

Central Pa. lawyer accused of threatening to kill U.S. senators and shoot his wife is disbarred –

‘We can’t move forward if we leave others behind’: State officials urge Pennsylvanians to apply for rental assistance | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


CDC Says Kids As Young As 12 Should Get The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

A look at how America’s partisan divide over pandemic responses played out in the states | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Ohio Raises The Stakes To Boost Vaccinations, Offers 5, $1 Million Drawings : NPR

COVID-19 wastewater testing proves effective in new study | The Bucks County Herald

COVID In Nicaragua: Ortega Claims Success. Citizens Seek Real Pandemic Toll : NPR

COVID-19 Was ‘A Preventable Disaster,’ WHO-Ordered Report Says : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Will Vaccines Work On Coronavirus Variant From India? : Goats and Soda : NPR

US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up | coronavirus |

Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to vaccination sites until July 4 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Pennsylvania venues get capacity bump on May 17 | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania to start giving young teens COVID vaccine Thursday (

Which is it? Gov. Wolf, Health Department differ on COVID-19 vaccination numbers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Wolf advocates against ballot questions in visit to Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Montgomery County officials report ‘robust’ interest in vaccines for adolescents | News |

Chester County extends COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds | Local News |

Chester County on cusp of ‘low risk’ virus transmission | Coronavirus |

Montgomery County opens Pfizer clinics to 12- to 15-year-olds (

Cambria COVID-19 hospitalizations rise as numbers flatten statewide | Coronavirus |

Fairview 14-year-old receives COVID-19 vaccine (

Pfizer vaccine for children 12-15 at LVHN, St. Luke’s – The Morning Call (

Philadelphia to lift COVID-19 restrictions, cases dropping in Pa. and N.J. as more get vaccine (

Nockley Family Pharmacy, Geisinger offering COVID-19 vaccines to patients 12 and older | coronavirus |

Lackawanna County sets the pace in residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 | Coronavirus |



SBA’s abrupt PPP shutdown strands millions of businesses — and spurs calls for more funding – Philadelphia Business Journal (

There’s a disconnect between companies and workers on ‘the return’ after covid – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Samuel Adams program offers support for ‘mompreneurs’ in the food and beverage industry | Business |

Burle Business Park sold to NJ investor for $30M; upgrade planned | Local Business |

Former Maytag warehouse in Covington Twp. sold for $30.6 million | Business |



County finds $4M savings by deprivatizing prison | News |

‘No-Knock’ ballot measure in Pittsburgh could open door to more police accountability, activists hope | WITF

Lancaster city officer sued 3rd time over excessive force claim after shooting man in back with Taser | Local News |



President of Key Teachers’ Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall – The New York Times (

The pandemic and bitter partisanship polarized 2020. Now it’s seeping into school board races. (

Rep. Houlahan convenes panel on community colleges | Local News |

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

School choice PACs have huge reserves thanks to Pa.’s Jeff Yass – WHYY

Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health on track to welcome students in August | Local News |

QNB Bank donates $40,000 through Pennsylvania EITC program (

Pa. high schools face a dilemma with Native American mascots (

Outbreak of COVID-19 closes Western Beaver High School (

Penn State board approves plans for $85 million art museum (

Delaware State offering debt relief to recent grads hurt financially by COVID-19 | State & Region |

Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




Who’s running for key seats on statewide judicial courts | News, Sports, Jobs – The Express (

Your guide to Pa.’s 2021 primary ballot questions | Local News |

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

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

Idea: In 2022, Let’s Nominate Candidates Who Aren’t Awful by Kurt Schlichter (

Here’s How Disinformation Drives Voting Laws – The New York Times (

Letter: We must pay attention to politicians’ activities | Letters to the Editor |

Local Election Guides/News

Here’s how much money the Bethlehem mayoral Democratic candidates have raised – The Morning Call (

Peduto Outraises, Outspends Rivals, But Gainey Draws On Outside Union Support In Bitter Campaign | 90.5 WESA

Cognetti deserves full term | Editorials and Columns |

Where do local Dems stand on Krasner vs. Vega? – Northeast Times

District Attorney Larry Krasner and Challenger Carlos Vega – Inside Story 050921 – 6abc Philadelphia

Philly DA Larry Krasner’s first campaign TV ad shows I-676 tear-gassing (

Spending in 2021 Harrisburg mayoral primary will set city record –

Harrisburg’s mayoral candidates take readers’ questions: Privatization of public services –

Erie County executive candidates Titus, Bishop also declared bankruptcy (

2021 Primary Election: Here’s a look at the contested races in Perry County –

1 Allegheny County Councilman Faces Primary Challenge For Reelection – CBS Pittsburgh (

Bucks County prepares for upwards of 53,000 mail-in ballots in primary (

Elections director in Berks County applauds levels of mailed ballots requested and returned | Elections |

Allentown voter data analysis reveals reality of mayoral primary electorate – The Morning Call (

Election board approves curing of ballots on primary election day | Election |

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

Mobile vaccination clinic coming to Hazleton on Thursday | Coronavirus |

Voters may have chance to vote at polls if mail ballots defective | Times Leader



PennDOT to begin rehabilitation on Richland Pike Culvert over Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County | The Bucks County Herald

Pa. Turnpike is gouging E-ZPass users for millions of dollars in unjustified fees, driver claims in newly filed lawsuit –

State Department of Transportation to invest $1.7 million in Lehigh Valley International Airport – The Morning Call (

York County I-83 interchange project originally scheduled to be done in 2018 remains a work in progress –

Commuters to NJ be warned: Repairs on I-78 bridge in Easton area now indefinite – The Morning Call (

American Airlines executives optimistic about a recovery at Philadelphia International Airport (



How Will Health Care In The U.S. Change After The Pandemic? : Shots – Health News : NPR

In The Pandemic, Children Face A Mental Health Crisis : Short Wave : NPR

CDC And FDA Trusted By Only Half Of Americans : NPR

100 years ago, insulin transformed the fight against diabetes | Smart Talk (

Mental health problems likely to outlast pandemic | Coronavirus |

Report: Luzerne County has higher rate of sepsis in maternal hospitalizations | Times Leader


State News

Gas prices — already up in PA — could ‘explode’ for Memorial Day (

How will gas shortage affect central Pennsylvania? (

Pa. families set to receive $1 billion in relief due to missed school meals during virtual school | WITF

State begins distributing funds to families whose children missed free, reduced-price meals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fiscal experts to states on stimulus cash: Don’t spend it all in one place | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

‘It’s Against All Of Us’: Israel-Hamas Violence, As Seen From The Ground : NPR

Conflict Between Israel and Palestinians Continues to Escalate – The New York Times (

Canada, unions, business groups warn of international consequences of Line 5 shutdown | Michigan |

Colonial Pipeline Restarts: Experts Say Don’t Panic-Buy Gas As System Normalizes : NPR

Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans : NPR

Comcast Cable CEO doesn’t expect new federal broadband rebate program to replace Internet Essentials – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Tax Day 2021 is May 17. Here’s what you need to know before the deadline to file your taxes –

Yes, Inflation Made Things More Expensive In April : NPR

Inflation Is Here. What Now? – The New York Times (

Knight Commission Urges NCAA And Schools To Tackle Racial Inequity : NPR

Judge approves $577 million settlement for historically Black colleges and universities in Maryland | News |

Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year | National and World |

Facebook should clarify what standard former President Trump violated or lift his suspension | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tesla stops accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cars amid Musk’s woes over environment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mysterious ailments are said to be more widespread among U.S. personnel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Dino Don on ‘Shark Tank’: Delaware County robotic dinosaur maker to appear on hit ABC show – Philadelphia Business Journal (

West Chester’s Uptown! prepares to reopen at full capacity | Local News |

Buckingham’s Bake Ability empowers young adults with special needs (

How Lancaster County retirement communities found bright spots in a year of challenges | Health |

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

Monroe County health workers hold vigil for COVID-19 victims (

Monroe County issued more than 5K conceal carry permits in 2020 (

Lower Makefield Township mulls ways to spend $53 million | The Bucks County Herald

No evidence of a gasoline shortage in Berks County | Local News |

YMCA & Pennie Health Equity Tour comes to Sinking Spring | Berks and Beyond |

No-kill shelter awarded 15K grant from Petco Love – The Morning Call (

Chambersburg committee considering new anti-discrimination ordinance, local human relations commission | WITF

Kate Winslet learned to be ‘Mare of Easttown’ from this Chester County detective (

Appeals court overturns Lackawanna County Tax Claim bureau’s sale of Scranton property | News |

‘Acknowledge them’: Local Vietnam veteran reflects on service as Wall That Heals arrives in Tunkhannock | News |

Diocese of Scranton to merge two South Side parishes | News |

Hazleton City Council authorizes administrators to explore financing for paving projects | News |

Pedestrian safety grants will aid WB, Kingston police | Times Leader

Greater Nanticoke approves proposed budget with maximum tax hike | Times Leader

Board seeks appraisal of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza as match for state grant | Times Leader



Pittsburgh City Council recognizes LGBTQ-owned businesses and ensures equitable contracting opportunities | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pile of COVID-19 business suits against Erie Insurance end up in a Pittsburgh court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh hospital workers detail discrimination, call for action at City Council meeting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Diocese lifts Mass attendance limits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh unveils new ‘state-of-the-art’ River Rescue boat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NEA doles out $190K in grants to Pittsburgh arts organizations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



‘A very explosive situation’: The anniversary of the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia –

Philly Police Commish Outlaw signals support for allowing veteran cops to live outside city, drawing pushback from council president | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Outlaw signals support for allowing veteran cops to live outside city, drawing pushback from council president | Local News |

Hate crimes against Asian Americans in Philadelphia have been happening for decades (

Philadelphia DA race is personal in neighborhoods most affected by crime, incarceration (

Dozens allege abuse by Philly homicide detective James Pitts (

Center City is bouncing back from the pandemic, but businesses still have recovery work ahead (

First-time homebuyers are losing out in aggressive housing market (

Councilmember Jamie Gauthier opposes 48th and Chester ‘poop building’ project | Local News |



Biden Will Host Senate Republicans In Bid For Infrastructure Package : NPR

Biden Executive Order Follows Recent Cyberattacks : NPR

As Trillions Flow Out the Door, Stimulus Oversight Faces Challenges – The New York Times (

Marco Rubio (via Public) / Rubio Leads Senate Republicans in Urging POTUS to Stand With Israel and to Not Provide Iran With Sanctions Relief (

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan on Military Moms Matter Act: ‘It’s really, really an important piece of legislation’ (

The Trump effect: Brian Fitzpatrick on the ouster of Cheney (

Pa.’s Kelly joins House GOP in ousting Liz Cheney from leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Local Republican congressmen vote to oust Cheney | National News |

Two Pa. GOP congressmen share why they voted out Liz Cheney from leadership | WITF

Liz Cheney Removed From GOP Post Over Trump Criticism : NPR

Republicans’ Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party – The New York Times (

In Insurrection Hearing, Partisan Divide On The ‘Big Lie’ Takes Center Stage : NPR

Biden nominates Karen Williams to serve as U.S. District Judge in Camden – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Cartwright, Casey introduce Tobyhanna Army Depot pay gap bill again (

New footage shows Capitol rioter celebrating as cop is beaten, Tasered: ‘I got one!’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration approves nation’s 1st major offshore wind farm | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette