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Legislature

Pennsylvania State Senator Nikil Saval talks urban planning and architecture criticism (archpaper.com)

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 (local21news.com)

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

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 | TribLIVE.com

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 | shipnc.com

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 (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

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

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

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Nursing professionals highlight challenges, needs at hearing with Democratic state reps | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

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

Otten reintroduce pipeline early warning proposal | Local-news | dailylocal.com

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

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

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 | TribLIVE.com

Salvation Army, UnitedHealthcare answer your covid questions | TribLIVE.com

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

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

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 | tribdem.com

State

Should teens 14+ have a say in what vaccines they receive? A state lawmakers wants to give them the ability to decide | fox43.com

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 (inquirer.com)

Fully vaxxed Pennsylvanians can go mask-free, state health officials confirm | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

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

Local

Sixers to offer a COVID-19 vaccine incentive on Saturday (inquirer.com)

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

Vaccinations for elderly increase, but still lag locally | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

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

Berks doctors debunk 13 myths about the COVID vaccine | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Central Bucks students can be maskless outdoors; graduations under review (theintell.com)

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

Another COVID-19 variant found in Erie County (goerie.com)

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

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

 

Business

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

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

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 | delcotimes.com

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

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 | theprogressnews.com

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

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 | citizensvoice.com

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

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

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

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

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

 

Crime/Punishment

Erie police, officials lauded for efforts to build relationships in city (goerie.com)

Man with gun prompts lockdown at Tunkhannock Area schools | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

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

East Berlin police chief finished with discipline for Facebook memes (ydr.com)

 

Education

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 | thetimes-tribune.com

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 | readingeagle.com

Allentown School District students will get sturdy laptop cases – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

West York: Difficult year for in-person learning ends with colorful flags (ydr.com)

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

 

Elections/Politics

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? (dailykos.com)

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 (goerie.com)

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 (inquirer.com)

PEMA director urges voters to reject constitutional amendment on emergency powers | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

Report: The 2020 electorate was the most diverse ever | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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 | TribLIVE.com

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 – Omny.fm

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

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

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

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

Q&A: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates discuss business issues – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

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

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

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

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

Northampton County constable candidate has a history of violence – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A return to normal? Winners, losers could be known on election night (goerie.com)

Republican voters fleeing the party in Chester County | Opinion | dailylocal.com

 

Environment

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

PA Environment Digest Blog: Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Student Leaders Continue To Carry The Torch In Pennsylvania (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

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

 

Transportation

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

Mount Rose Avenue near Interstate 83 will be closed this weekend, PennDOT says (ydr.com)

Millcreek Township awards $2.6 million contract for road paving (goerie.com)

 

Health

How the pandemic has affected America’s working moms – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Delco: GEO stalling on expanding drug treatment program | News | delcotimes.com

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

 

State News

Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania increased last week (timesonline.com)

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

17 little-known facts about the 17-year periodical cicadas – pennlive.com

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

Pennsylvania dog wardens call for dog license fee increases to fund work (timesonline.com)

Dog wardens beg for funding during visit to Bucks County kennel (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

How will gas shortage affect central Pennsylvania? (ydr.com)

No evidence of a gasoline shortage in region | Local News | delcotimes.com

 

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 (inquirer.com)

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 | TribLIVE.com

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 | TribLIVE.com

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

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 | citizensvoice.com

Diocese: Finances, lack of clergy contributed to South Side parish consolidation | News | thetimes-tribune.com

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

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

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

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

National Apple Pie Day: Lehigh Valley recipes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chester County woman crowned Miss Philadelphia | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Pitt

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 (pghcitypaper.com)

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

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

 

Philly

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

Thomas Farley resigns as Philadelphia health commissioner for cremating MOVE remains (inquirer.com)

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

MOVE bombing anniversary in Philadelphia brings fresh pain, calls for accountability (inquirer.com)

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

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

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

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

Shootings of multiple victims are becoming commonplace in gun-plagued Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia parking tax could be cut under City Council bill (inquirer.com)

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 | phillytrib.com

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

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

 

Washington

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 (inquirer.com)

Biden issues warning to gas station owners on price gouging (post-gazette.com)

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 (publicnow.com)

The Trump effect: Brian Fitzpatrick on the ouster of Cheney (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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 (pghcitypaper.com)

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

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

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