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Pennsylvania Legislators Introduce Break The Cycle Of Violence Act To Get More Funding To Fight Philadelphia Crime – CBS Philly (

Pennsylvania Legislators Trying To Get More Money To Prevent Violence In Philadelphia (

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

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider preempting local utility ordinances | State |

Clean energy advocates say industry will slow if lawmakers fail to increase renewable energy goals | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

How many violations will be enough for Gov. Wolf to pull the plug on Mariner East? | Editorial (

Lawmakers need to pass, and Gov. Tom Wolf needs to sign, this cost-effective measure addressing disparities in access to STI prevention and treatment | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

State breaks ground on $8.7M project to conserve historic structures and buildings at Washington Crossing Park | News |

Rep. Otten reintroduces pipeline early-warning proposal | Local News |

Legislation would keep Pennsylvania government from taking money out of banking fund to pay other expenses | Pennsylvania |

Some struggled to adjust to pandemic learning. A Pa. Senate bill could address gaps | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania attorney general aims to make repayment of student loans less punitive | Pennsylvania |

Rep. Pennycuik bill would regulate pet sales in Pennsylvania | News |

See the Pa. lawmakers who spent the most on food, lodging, mileage and more (

PA legislative expenses: Many details of expenses blocked from taxpayers (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Some aren’t ready to give up masks despite new CDC guidance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Their view: The CDC’s new mask rules leave kids out. Here’s how to fix that | Times Leader

Workers worried retailers are ditching masks and relying on vaccine honor system –

Will I need to get a COVID-19 booster shot? | WITF

Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine? 7 questions answered by a pediatric infectious disease expert | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

FAQ: Yes, The CDC’s New Mask Guidance Was Based On Science : Shots – Health News : NPR


New indoor, outdoor COVID-19 capacity limits take effect today in Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID restrictions easing in Pennsylvania after CDC says vaccinated people can ditch masks – The Morning Call (

Mask recommendations are changing, but most places don’t want you to toss them just yet | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Health Department says businesses can still require masks – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pennsylvania relaxes mask requirements following new CDC rules | City & State PA (

Masks still required at many central Pa. grocery stores, including Giant, Karns and Weis –

The push is on to get the COVID-19 vaccine to PA kids ages 12 to 15 (


Tartaglione Delivers COVID Needle | Philadelphia Public Record (

In Philly’s suburbs, the people who need COVID-19 vaccines the most may be the toughest to reach (

Should teens get vaccinated? These Philly high schoolers say yes, please | News |

Allegheny County surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mask mandates staying at Philadelphia area stores after CDC indoor guidelines (

Kennywood, Hersheypark ditch mask requirements for fully vaccinated |

Masks still recommended but not required for fully vaccinated Luzerne County employees on the job | Times Leader

Penn State Hazleton to host Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic May 19 | Times Leader

21 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday | coronavirus |

Masking remains mandatory at all Geisinger properties | coronavirus |

NEPA reports fewest new COVID-19 cases since Oct. 6 | Coronavirus |

Dispute over masks derails Blue Mountain School Board meeting | South Schuylkill News |

Plunging COVID case numbers for Berks and Pa. in the state’s weekly report | Coronavirus |

Knoebels, Dutch Wonderland join Hersheypark in allowing vaccinated park-goers to go maskless –

Montgomery County sees downturn in new coronavirus cases | News |

COVID vaccine provider adds community outreach team | Business |

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

Bucks and Montgomery County loosen mask rules on new CDC guidelines (



Weekly unemployment claims in Pennsylvania increased last week (

King of Prussia-based Maxona Pharmaceuticals raises $5.6M – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly came closer to being selected for Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ office expansion than previously known, new book reveals (

Is extra $300 in federal unemployment assistance stopping people from applying for jobs? |

Help wanted: Western Pa. businesses hurting from lack of worker interest to fill open jobs |

Job fair scheduled for Live! Casino Pittsburgh ahead of new restaurant opening |

Lower Burrell and public works employees reach deal on new contract |

Proposed ban on menthol cigarettes would impact retailers | Business |

Restaurants adapt to capacity change | News |

Utz to acquire Michigan company for $41 million –

Bucks County vacations are rebounding, but finding workers at tourist hot spots proves difficult (

Pandemic-induced cycling boom drying up supply at local bike shops; ‘Nobody has it’ | Local Business |

Big companies in Lancaster County bounce back with robust Q1 profits, survey finds | Local Business |

AT&T, in Abrupt Turn, Will Shed Media Business in Deal With Discovery – The New York Times (



Carlisle Borough Council names seven to its Truth and Reconciliation Commission | Carlisle |

Two candidates vying to become Washington County’s next judge | Local News |

Jerry Sandusky might have gotten a $95K break from a Pa. appeals court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Danko summary trial continued | coronavirus |

White Haven police force tackles new territory | Cops and Courts |

Prison Board approves raises for officers at Schuylkill County Prison | News |

Gettysburg College grad hopes for rape arrest after receiving Facebook confession –

‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice for former Gettysburg College student | WITF

Swatara Township’s new police vehicle can go down stairs and into the woods –

Pgh controller’s audit shows select number of city cops rack up a disproportionate amount of complaints | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh Controller audit shows select police officers rack up disproportionate amount of complaints | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Down 11 officers Lower Merion rejects bid to hire 7 ends up going with 6 instead | Mainlinetimes |



The nagging question: How much more is Pennsylvania willing to spend on higher ed? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State professor accuses university of racial discrimination in federal lawsuit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a dark year on campus, students find some surprising glimmers of light | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fifty years ago, rivals became friends with the creation of Carlynton School District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. universities weigh covid vaccine requirements for fall |

Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools | National News |

After year of COVID disruptions, Berks schools want to provide summer help | Local News |

Bloomsburg University slaps immediate ban on fraternities, sororities –

Bethlehem elementary school creates ‘Zen Zone’ for teachers to de-stress – The Morning Call (

Catholic students call for pants to be added to dress code policies (

Erie School District, custodians sign new contract: no outsourcing (

Mount Aloysius College, UPMC sign contract to support future nursing students | Latest National News |

What’s the deal with Hempfield’s $20K contract for a ‘CFOO suite’? [Lancaster Watchdog] | Local News |



President Biden Endorses Representative Marty Flynn in Pennsylvania Special Election – Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (

Former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announces run for Pennsylvania governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Barletta announces run for GOP nomination for governor | Times Leader

Barletta to enter Pennsylvania’s GOP stakes for governor | Pennsylvania State News |

A new wave of election directors step in to fill Pa.’s many vacancies — with little training and varying experience · Spotlight PA

PA voters to decide whether to add protection against racial discrimination to state constitution (

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Urges Voters To Choose ‘No’ On Ballot Questions That Would Limit Executive Order Powers – CBS Philly (

Ballot questions dominate final days of primary election campaign season in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

Ballot questions on governor’s emergency powers spur intense campaigns to sway voters | Coronavirus |

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

Pa. lawmakers have been promoting May 18 ballot questions. One method is raising eyebrows | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania’s spring primary: ballot issues, judicial races | Local News |

From the editor: Low turnout looms for Election Day, but the work carries on – The Morning Call (

Kelly and Reschenthaler Endorse Parnell for Senate | PoliticsPA

Four ballot questions explained in 60 seconds (

For House members with higher ambitions in 2022, redistricting is a wild card – Roll Call

Kenyatta wants to be the “working people’s” candidate | City & State PA (

Local Election Guides/News

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

Carlos Vega’s campaign to be Philadelphia District Attorney started in his mom’s bodega (

Voters who will choose Philadelphia District Attorney aren’t people with the most at stake (

Black police officers, firefighters endorse Krasner for DA, breaking from union | Local News |

Pittsburgh’s mayoral race a referendum on its most livable cities claim | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harrisburg’s mayoral candidates meet up in last forum before May 18 primary –

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

DeSantis To Headline Allegheny County GOP Dinner | PoliticsPA

Pennsylvania primary 2021 voter’s guide: Candidates, where to vote, ballot questions, and more (

Election HQ: A voter guide to 2021 primary races |

Luzerne County primary ballot includes contests for county judge and state Supreme Court and special election for state Senate | News |

The numbers are in: Judge candidates raised more than $650,000 | News |

Scranton mayor, school board, state Senate and county judge races highlight local ballot | Election |

Lehigh Valley election guide: Pennsylvania primary 2021 – The Morning Call (

Bucks County primary election: Your guide for what to expect at the polls Tuesday (

Will Erie County turn out? Primary sets stage for key November choices (

‘Black Voters Matter’ bus visits Erie to boost voter turnout in primary election (

Lancaster County business owners, lawmakers’ frustrations with Pa. COVID-19 response boil over onto Tuesday’s ballot | PA Power and Policy |



Pennsylvania’s public lands should be protected for everyone, not drilled into oblivion | Opinion (

Environmental advocacy study group calls for Pa. to speed up transition to electric vehicles | Local News |



Rep. Conor Lamb sponsors bipartisan bill to reimburse states for $18 billion in lost transportation funds due to pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission: Powerful State Agency Shrouded in Secrecy – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Interactive

At the Pa. Turnpike Commission, layoffs and other big business largely decided behind closed doors (

Kenmawr Bridge closure adds to challenges getting to Kernnywood Park | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Biden’s rail agenda offers Pa. opportunity of a lifetime (

First responders participate in Lansdale SEPTA train crash simulation | Local-news |



Pennsylvania drug treatment center not fined for 28 violations; CEO paid $1 million – The Morning Call (

Telemedicine a tool, not replacement for doc’s touch | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When my son was shot and paralyzed, I learned how broken Pa.’s home care system is | Opinion (

An employer-driven hospital rating system gains ground (

Reopening during COVID brings relief to some and anxiety to others; mental health professionals offer coping strategies | Together |

New Hope-Solebury’s St. Baldrick’s event surpasses $1 million goal (

Capital Health and Temple Health University Hospital announce affiliation (


State News

Historic National Highway goes live in rural Pennsylvania push to expand broadband | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Public Utility Commission encourages eligible consumers to apply for Emergency Broadband Benefit | Business |

FBI probe of massive Pa. pension fund seeks evidence of kickbacks or bribery, subpoenas show (

Legal and financial costs surpass $1 million in pension fund probe (

Federal judge to leave bench to head Dickinson College | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Brood X cicadas emerge, Northeast Pa. awaits their arrival | News |

1,000+ pounds of frankenfish removed from Susquehanna River –

In the absence of state and federal demographic data, Pa.’s LGBTQ community conducts its own research | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Trivial Pursuit, the Pa. Edition | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania vacations picking up as Americans emerge from pandemic (

Wildlife rehabilitators preach strict rabies guidelines with animals (


National News

Israeli warplanes stage more heavy strikes across Gaza City | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israel’s attack on a press building in Gaza draws condemnations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What is behind the escalating conflict in Israel and Gaza | Smart Talk (

U.N. Security Council Meets Over Israeli-Palestinian Violence : NPR

Israel says Gaza tunnels destroyed in heavy airstrikes | Hosted (

Pipeline operator says ‘normal operations’ have resumed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For many: No congregation, no problem | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Houses of worship grapple with the vaxxed and unvaxxed divide | WITF

Georgia Sen. Warnock under pressure to meet promises to Black farmers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Large cy­ber­at­tacks should be han­dled by na­tions, not law­yers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pope denounces violence between Israel, Hamas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dad takes a stand against school’s anti-racism initiatives | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NYC Pride parade bans police; gay officers ‘disheartened’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Navajos say new Arizona restrictions will complicate voting | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cash windfall helps Newsom shake California recall election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

$300 monthly checks for kids to begin in July

88% of children covered by monthly payments starting in July | Nation & World Business |

Car sales are surging nationally, stressing vehicle manufacturers and delighting salespeople (

Gas crunch from Colonial Pipeline cyberattack intensifies in Washington, D.C. (

Are we going to get a 4th COVID-19 stimulus check? Here’s where it stands –

Analyst calls the latest cyberattack on a police department the ‘most serious’ hack he has seen to date –

Second Amendment sanctuaries have been multiplying; now they’ll get their first court test –

More cities are handing people cash with no strings attached. Here’s why | WITF

Vacation redux: British tourists return to Portugal beaches | World News |

NPR Poll: Race, Discrimination, Policing, Chauvin Verdict : NPR

As Lumber Prices Climb, Some Mill Their Own : NPR

Elon Musk clarifies that ‘Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin’ (


Local News

Montgomery County officials warn of phone scam demanding money to avoid arrest (

Highlands students rally behind English teacher battling brain cancer |

New bishop presides at first maskless Mass at Saint Vincent Basilica |

Fire destroys landmark Murrysville restaurant |

$3 million in stimulus money two months away, North Hutingdon officials told |

Celebrating in the city | Times Leader

Date set for Luzerne County Cares Commission resource day | Times Leader

Around Town: Slowly but surely getting back to normal | Times Leader

Scranton seeks best depository for $68.7 million American Rescue Plan funds | Coronavirus |

New welcome signs a small step to revitalizing Dalton | News |

Strengthening Families Program for parents and youths will be offered virtually to Tamaqua school district residents | Education |

Hazle Twp. supervisors replace longtime planning department board member | News |

Ban call renewed: Clerk wants Halcovage out of Schuylkill courthouse | News |

Development plans pending in Berks include plan for 43 houses in Tulpehocken Township | Local News |

Life of longtime Leesport mayor, a decorated Korean War veteran, celebrated | Berks and Beyond |

Gun malfunction kills 1 at Pa. shooting range –

Enrollment is up at summer camps, which are planning for a second pandemic summer – The Morning Call (

Allentown fire displaces residents; one man rescued – The Morning Call (

Here’s how one Pa. company is giving back during the pandemic with the flip of a switch | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Ohioville candidates condemn zoning, promote transparency in office (

Waterford lawsuit: Borough sues council president in zoning dispute (

SMU football: Defensive tackle Ricky Cole transfers from Wagner (

Raiders off the table in Radnor as nickname fight goes on | Local-news |

A better ‘Border?’: CSA exploring options to improve secondary water source | News |

In the Spotlight | ‘A peacefulness that you get when you’re on the water’: Indiana County pair prepare to launch kayak, paddleboard rentals at Wilmore Dam | News |

Demand for whole-house generators keeps PECO, installers busy in Bucks County (



How Haddad’s grew from a Pittsburgh gas station into an entertainment rental empire | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates fans who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated no longer need masks at games | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s green fleet bolstered by 9 electric vehicles, including bucket truck |

Fully vaccinated parishioners can shed masks in Pittsburgh Diocese churches |

Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, site of 2018 antisemitic violence, hires architect to transform itself – The Morning Call (

Hundreds join Stand in Solidarity with Palestine protest in Oakland | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

The 2021 farmers market season in Pittsburgh is here | Food | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Philly Council approves resolution opposing Pa. House GOP’s anti-transgender sports bill | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philly Truce Day defies weather and enters the city’s history books – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (

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

On a Philly street, a campaign to change a name that causes pain in the Black community (

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney issues ‘next steps’ in MOVE bombing redress and mishandling of victims’ remains (

City confirms MOVE remains were not destroyed or discarded | Local News |

The Philadelphia region is re-entering society after the pandemic, and it’s magical (

City to launch community-led project to develop, test survey of underrepresented cultural resources | Local News |

Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia marks 70th anniversary | Local News |

Councilmember, community leaders hold emergency public safety walk | Local News |



Refugees arriving in U.S. unlikely to exceed cap set by Trump | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cheney continues lonely ‘battle for the soul of the Republican Party’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Meuser, Keller vote to oust Cheney | Election |

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler questions U.S. research funding to Wuhan laboratory | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House panel reaches agreement to create bipartisan Jan. 6 riot investigation commission | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Is Chris Christie pathetic, shrewd, or just pathetically shrewd? | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Georgia, Arizona Senators Show Democrats’ Progressive-Centrist Split : NPR