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Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval talks urban planning and architecture criticism (

Armenian Sisters Academy’s Genocide commemoration features State Senator Amanda Cappelletti – HyeTert

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

Pulling the Plug? Row Over Court Budget Could Shutter Pa.’s Docket System | The Legal Intelligencer (

Pa. Senate Passes Bill To Allow Parents To Decide Whether Their Kids Should Repeat A School Year | WPSU

Editorial: After a lost year of school, parents deserve more power to choose what’s best |

Pa. State Senate Improves Accessibility For Hard-of-Hearing Constituents With ENCO enCaption | TV News Check

Measure Offers Help In Fight Against Breast Cancer – WDAC

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

PA Environment Digest Blog: Gov. Wolf Joins Chesapeake Bay Watershed Governors, Officials Urging Congress To Support ‘Billion For The Bay Initiative’ To Jumpstart Final Restoration Efforts (

Pa.’s Wolf, Chesapeake Bay guvs propose ‘Billion for the Bay’ federal funding initiative | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Earmarks are back. What Pennsylvania and South Jersey lawmakers want money for. (

Gov. Wolf talks referendums in stop at Silver Spring Township | Politics |

Carlisle Borough Council sends Rep. Barb Gleim a letter opposing legislation on transgender women in sports | Carlisle |

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

An ‘energy choice’ bill has some lawmakers worried local government could lose power | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Nursing professionals highlight challenges, needs at hearing with Democratic state reps | Coronavirus |

Investigative report uncovers the hidden costs of Pa. Legislature | Smart Talk (

Otten reintroduce pipeline early warning proposal | Local-news |

State Sen. Judy Ward: Use your voice to make your choice on May 18 | Opinion |


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Schools are deciding what the new CDC mask guidelines mean for the classroom | WITF

Here’s what is (and isn’t) changed by the new CDC mask guidance for the transportation sector | WITF

Just 12 people are behind most vaccine hoaxes on social media, research shows | WITF

‘Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do’: CDC says vaccinated people can ditch masks in most cases | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC: Masks no longer needed for fully vaccinated people in most settings |

Salvation Army, UnitedHealthcare answer your covid questions |

‘Great day for America’: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks | coronavirus |

CDC says fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks: ‘We have all longed for this moment’ – The Morning Call (

Shopping without a mask depends on where you live, despite new CDC guidelines | WITF

Drama draws parallels between 1918 flu and COVID-19 pandemics | News |


Should teens 14+ have a say in what vaccines they receive? A state lawmakers wants to give them the ability to decide |

Teens can get COVID-19 vaccination without parental consent under proposed plan – WPXI

Pa. follows CDC lead on vaccinated people dropping masks in most cases | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC update: No masks for fully vaccinated people indoors and outdoors (

Fully vaxxed Pennsylvanians can go mask-free, state health officials confirm | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Western Pa. businesses grapple with mask policies after CDC, state updates guidance |

Pediatricians say GOP vaccination proposal in Pa. could put children, newborns at risk | WITF


Sixers to offer a COVID-19 vaccine incentive on Saturday (

Their view: Why my children are getting the COVID-19 vaccine | Times Leader

Vaccinations for elderly increase, but still lag locally | coronavirus |

80 new COVID-19 cases reported in three-county; one new death | Coronavirus |

Berks doctors debunk 13 myths about the COVID vaccine | Coronavirus |

Central Bucks students can be maskless outdoors; graduations under review (

Port Authority reminds riders masks still required on public transit vehicles, following new CDC guidelines | Coronavirus | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Another COVID-19 variant found in Erie County (

IU13 to host vaccine clinic for students ages 12 and older | Local News |

Ready to scrap the mask? Depends who you ask. (



Report: Small business optimism on the rise, but Pennsylvania businesses still face labor shortage | Pennsylvania |

Congress provided $28 billion to save restaurants. It’s running out |

SBA announces latest application data results for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund | The Bucks County Herald

SBA approves relief funds for 21,000 small restaurants and bars under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund | Business |

SBA tells lenders to withdraw unapproved PPP loans ahead of deadline – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Clearly Clean Recognized as the Fastest-Growing Manufacturer in Northeast Pennsylvania by the NEPA Manufacturers and Employers Association for the Second Year in a Row | State |

These life sciences jobs could triple. Inside the big effort to train workers. (

Now arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport: Amazon Air | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPG invests $13 million in China coatings plant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lowe’s to hire 90-plus during May 18 walk-in event in Pittston | Times Leader

Time will tell how revised mask policy impacts local businesses and venues | coronavirus |

Homebuilders in Berks work to shield buyers from skyrocketing lumber prices | Pennsylvania News |

New York firm Indus buys Lehigh Valley warehouse for $11.7 million – The Morning Call (

Amazon hiring: Sign-on bonuses of $1,000; $100 benefit for vaccinated job candidates – The Morning Call (

Amazon hiring for almost 9,000 new roles in tri-state area – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Employee Retention Credits: Experts say employers missing out on millions in ERC relief – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Erie police, officials lauded for efforts to build relationships in city (

Man with gun prompts lockdown at Tunkhannock Area schools | Crime-Emergency |

Active-Duty Marine Corps Major Christopher Warnagiris charged in Capitol insurrection | WITF

East Berlin police chief finished with discipline for Facebook memes (



Tens of millions of dollars in new COVID-19 aid headed for Pennsylvania colleges and their students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Presidents of teachers unions call for full school reopening | Coronavirus |

School board will investigate claims of bias against Black-run charter schools in Philadelphia – Chalkbeat Philadelphia

No boys allowed: Schools are violating PIAA by-laws by permitting boys on girls sports teams | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schuylkill Valley School District superintendent is on paid administrative leave, official says | Local News |

Allentown School District students will get sturdy laptop cases – The Morning Call (

West York: Difficult year for in-person learning ends with colorful flags (

College Board and UCLA dean on why the focus on free community college misses the mark – Philadelphia Business Journal (



Leftists in Pennsylvania Outspent Conservatives 3 to 1 in 2020 – Capital Research Center

Morning Digest: Trump favorite enters Pennsylvania Senate race, but will he earn his blessing again? (

Veteran Sean Parnell runs for Pennsylvania Senate seat: First 100 days of Biden ‘a disaster’ | Fox News

Giuliani to raise money for Mastriano for expected governor run. What’s planned (

Republicans vie for Trump’s mantle in Pa. Senate primary | TheHill

Josh Shapiro and Bill McSwain clash on Philadelphia DA race ahead of 2022 election (

PEMA director urges voters to reject constitutional amendment on emergency powers | News |

Letter: More GOP politicians should show courage | Letters to the Editor |

Pa. Primary Election Day is Tuesday: Here’s what you need to know –

Report: The 2020 electorate was the most diverse ever | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Local Election Guides/News

About half of Allegheny County voters who requested mail-in ballots have returned them | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westmoreland officials say voters who receive mail-in ballots this weekend should use drop boxes |

Larry Krasner—and the Future of the Criminal Justice Reform Movement—Is on Tuesday’s Ballot | The Nation

Governor Ed Rendell Endorses Carlos Vega For Philadelphia DA – The Dom Giordano Program –

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s mixed record of reform as he seeks reelection (

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

Norristown Area School District school board candidates ahead of May 18 primary | Local-news |

HD182: Sims Endorses LGBTQ Public Health Advocate to Replace Him | PoliticsPA

Q&A: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates discuss business issues – Pittsburgh Business Times (

Here’s what Harrisburg City Council’s 13 Democratic candidates say about 3 of its key issues –

State Rep. Mark Rozzi endorses candidates in May primary | Elections |

39 candidates fight for 9 Allegheny County Common Pleas judicial seats |

Newcomers seek seats on Jeannette school board, as two incumbents wage write-in efforts |

Northampton County constable candidate has a history of violence – The Morning Call (

A return to normal? Winners, losers could be known on election night (

Republican voters fleeing the party in Chester County | Opinion |



Ned Smith Center to celebrate Pa.’s Environmental Rights Amendment with exhibit, open house –

PA Environment Digest Blog: Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Student Leaders Continue To Carry The Torch In Pennsylvania (

PA Environment Digest Blog: Student Project Brings Trees And Music To Water Quality Cleanup Efforts In Lancaster County; June 5 ‘The Big Do’ Celebration (



Three years late and millions over budget, Mt. Rose construction project is ‘not anywhere near completion’ –

Mount Rose Avenue near Interstate 83 will be closed this weekend, PennDOT says (

Millcreek Township awards $2.6 million contract for road paving (



How the pandemic has affected America’s working moms – The Morning Call (

Delco: GEO stalling on expanding drug treatment program | News |

An attorney leads push to save three Chester County hospitals that are part of the Tower Health system | Local News |


State News

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania increased last week (

Legislation would set aside elk hunting licenses for disabled Pennsylvania veterans | Pennsylvania |

17 little-known facts about the 17-year periodical cicadas –

We need to close the digital divide in Pa.’s communities of color | Andrea Custis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania dog wardens call for dog license fee increases to fund work (

Dog wardens beg for funding during visit to Bucks County kennel (

How will gas shortage affect central Pennsylvania? (

No evidence of a gasoline shortage in region | Local News |


National News

U.S. unemployment claims sink to 473,000 as more GOP governors move to end added benefits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The great U.S. political fight of the 2020s is over the future of work | Will Bunch (

Israeli ground troops massed at border bombard Gaza, threaten full-on invasion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israeli tanks pound Gaza ahead of possible ground incursion; Palestinian families flee |

Kabul mosque bombing kills at least 12 worshippers, Afghan police say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Colonial Pipeline paid hackers nearly $5 million in ransom | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Westmoreland to get $105M in covid relief funds, could use money for capital improvements |

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene berates Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on House floor for backing ‘terrorists’ |

Keystone Mission to add 15-bed transformation center for homeless men | Times Leader

Luzerne County prison had 11 inmate suicide attempts last year | Times Leader

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

Diocese: Finances, lack of clergy contributed to South Side parish consolidation | News |

Officials tour downtown Tamaqua $5.7M housing renovation project | News |

Pa. agency investigating Berks man’s water-accident death | Berks and Beyond |

With roots in Harrisburg, 8 Myles Mac n’ Cheese launches in 240 Target stores –

Whitehall, home to retail strips and malls, has had enough with ‘litter epidemic’ – The Morning Call (

National Apple Pie Day: Lehigh Valley recipes – The Morning Call (

Whole Foods Co-op, new market house aim to improve food access in Erie (

Lake Erie beach house: Judge sets aside tax sale, but blasts owner, 74 (

Country music festival returning to Chester County this year | Local News |

Radnor considers tax credit for firefighters, EMS | Local-news |

Lancaster City Council rejects condo plan for historic tobacco warehouse | Community News |

Ephrata council votes to complete Warwick-to-Ephrata rail trail | Community News |

Chester County woman crowned Miss Philadelphia | Local-news |



Another big catch? National retailer may take all of second floor in Downtown’s Kaufmann’s redevelopment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s been such a long year’: Pittsburghers welcome new CDC mask guidelines | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local arts professionals unite to form Pittsburgh Arts Administrators of Color | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Guidebook offers nostalgic reflections and vignettes of a complicated city | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

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



Philly health official forced to resign over MOVE cremations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thomas Farley resigns as Philadelphia health commissioner for cremating MOVE remains (

Thomas Farley, city’s health commissioner, resigns over cremating remains of MOVE bombing victims | Local News |

MOVE bombing anniversary in Philadelphia brings fresh pain, calls for accountability (

MOVE rallies in remembrance of 36th anniversary of bombing | Local News |

Reopening MLK Drive to cars is bad for Philadelphia’s collective mental health | Opinion (

First-time homebuyers are losing out in this twisted housing market | Maria Panaritis (

Panic fuel buying is not occurring in Philadelphia. At least not yet. (

Shootings of multiple victims are becoming commonplace in gun-plagued Philadelphia (

Philadelphia parking tax could be cut under City Council bill (

Phillies announce Citizens Bank Park will return to full capacity in June | WITF

Murals honoring Black activists now wrap the Municipal Services Building | Local News |

Philadelphia School District teacher chosen as a Yale National Fellow | Local News |

Backed by $1M Facebook gift, Philadelphia Foundation starts fund for Black-led nonprofits – Philadelphia Business Journal (



White House, alongside Sen. Bob Casey, announces $12.7 billion for home- and community-based services | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Pat Toomey and GOP leaders pitch infrastructure plan to President Biden amid rising inflation, labor market concerns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joe Biden announces public-health funding boost amid COVID pandemic (

Biden issues warning to gas station owners on price gouging (

Fuel is ‘beginning to flow,’ Biden says as administration struggles to limit political damage from shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hoping for unity, GOP set to put Rep. Elise Stefanik in top House post | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Rounds (via Public) / Rounds, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Stand with Israel and Reject Iran Sanction Relief (

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

Pittsburgh-area rep. Mike Kelly joins House GOP in ousting Liz Cheney from leadership for rejecting Trump’s “big lie” | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene berates Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on House floor for backing ‘terrorists’ |

Tom Ridge among group of Republican ‘pragmatists’ calling on party to move past Trump –

What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan. 6 | National and World |