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Legislature

State Sen. Jim Brewster seeks pause in state university mergers, citing unresolved questions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senators ask for delay in decision on Pa. state university consolidation plan – pennlive.com

Clean Energy Advocates Say Industry Will Slow If Lawmakers Fail To Increase Renewable Energy Goals | 90.5 WESA

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

Gov. Wolf should apologize for implying cops are ‘racist murderers,’ head of Pa. state troopers association says | TribLIVE.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

The FDA expands vaccine eligibility to kids, but uncertainty remains | Smart Talk (witf.org)

U.S. to ship 20 million additional COVID vaccine doses overseas | WITF

GlaxoSmithKline-Sanofi report positive results in trials of Covid-19 vaccine – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Confused about CDC’s guidance about masks? Here’s what you need to know | TribLIVE.com

Target, Starbucks, Costco, other stores to allow customers to go maskless – pennlive.com

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

Yes, it’s a good idea to bribe people to get vaccinated | Commentary | phillytrib.com

Opinion | Meet the Four Kinds of People Holding Us Back From Full Vaccination – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

America’s Herd Immunity Fixation Should End, Scientists Say : Shots – Health News : NPR

Many experts say to keep masks on as pushback to CDC ruling intensifies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State

Pennsylvania businesses can still require masks, officials say | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania governor ‘taken by surprise’ with new CDC mask guidance (msnbc.com)

Pennsylvania’s covid report dips under 1,000 for 1st time in over 7 months | TribLIVE.com

‘It’s a personal choice’: Western Pa. residents have mixed reactions to mask guidelines | TribLIVE.com

New COVID-19 cases plummet in Pennsylvania (timesonline.com)

State government should end emergency no-bid contracts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 Latest: Biden says cases down nationally; Wolf gets 2nd shot; Port Authority increases ridership limits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local

National accrediting agency examining complaint against the Wright Center over COVID-19 vaccine practices | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

COVID-19 deaths trend up again as case count continues decline | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton Area School District, LVHN team for vaccine clinic | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Berks County moves to ‘moderate’ risk of COVID spread as new case numbers fall | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Businesses fear new mask guidance will turn them into vaccination police – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Number of daily new coronavirus cases in Montgomery County continues to decline | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Delaware County rolls out ‘Pop-up’ COVID-19 vaccine clinics | Local-news | delcotimes.com

Number of daily new coronavirus cases in Montgomery County continues to decline | News | thereporteronline.com

County rolls out ‘Pop-up’ COVID-19 vaccine clinics | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

COVID-19 case numbers in Pa. and N.J. drop, vaccinations rise, coronavirus restrictions ease (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Covid-19 spurred record new business formations. Will 2021 bring a record number of failures? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Warren Buffett dumps almost all of his remaining Wells Fargo shares – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Experts say a ‘turnover tsunami’ could be on the horizon as pandemic uncertainty subsides – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

CHIRP program has provided NEPA with millions in hospitality grants (poconorecord.com)

Oprah and CNN: AT&T is merging media business with Discovery | Business | dailylocal.com

‘The Choice Was Made for Me’: What Losing Work in the Pandemic Cost 15 Mothers – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Opinion | Archegos and the Huge Family Funds that Could Sink the Economy – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

With sign-on bonuses and job fairs, Pittsburgh employers are on the hunt for workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PPG completes deal for German coatings firm | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Crime/Punishment

Victims ID’d in Penn Township double homicide, police find stolen vehicle 5 miles away | TribLIVE.com

Classic-car explosion under investigation by ATF, FBI bomb squad in Pa. – pennlive.com

Supreme Court restricts police authority to enter a home without a warrant | WITF

Police Investigating Multiple Shootings, Stabbings Across Philadelphia In 24 Hours – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

Case dismissed in former Philadelphia police officer’s use of pepper spray amid protest | WITF

A judge dismissed charges against the Philly SWAT officer who pepper-sprayed protesters on I-676 (inquirer.com)

Cop under investigation for shooting of Romir Talley hired, then fired from Penn Hills police | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

York County Prison hires controversial contractor C-SAU for $120,000 (ydr.com)

A police belt and a purple belt: York City officer trains with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (ydr.com)

Penn Hills reverses decision on hiring former Wilkinsburg police officer under investigation in shooting death | TribLIVE.com

North Allegheny teacher accused of dragging 6-year-old girl with Down syndrome won’t face criminal charges | TribLIVE.com

Proposed citizens police oversight commission faces familiar obstacle | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union in favor of in-person return | TribLIVE.com

PPS, teachers union agree schools should reopen fully in fall | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools outlines long-term changes supported by federal ESSER funds | TribLIVE.com

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

In rare school board campaign visit, national teachers union president calls Scranton recovery plan ‘immoral’ | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Medical college seeks community members for applicant interview panels | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton school counselors say return to classes helping mental health | Education | standardspeaker.com

Tamaqua Area board mulls security upgrades | Education | standardspeaker.com

School of the Week: Jay Cooke Elementary School provides academic, social haven | The Learning Key | phillytrib.com

Pottsgrove will require masks through the end of the school year | Local News | pottsmerc.com

Drug and Alcohol Program offers vape detector reimbursement for Cambria County schools | News | tribdem.com

Coatesville school board trying to close expense, revenue gap for 2021-22 school year | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Central Bucks community raises funds for teacher conference on transgender education after BOE denies request (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

These 60 teachers have been named Philly’s best (inquirer.com)

Stockton University is requiring incoming students to take courses on race. Will other colleges follow? (inquirer.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Sen. Sharif Street: Wolf exercised his constitutional powers to save lives | TribLIVE.com

Senator Sharif Street: Governor Wolf exercised his constitutional powers to save lives (broadandliberty.com)

It’s Election Day in Pa. Your right to vote is under attack. Show up and prove them wrong | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

It’s Primary Day in Pennsylvania. Here’s what voters need to know | WITF

ELECTION DAY Latest: Mail-ins still arriving; voters begin trickling in | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mail-in ballot counting will begin Tuesday morning, officials say | News | tribdem.com

Mail-in voting count could delay results in primary | News | tribdem.com

A voter guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 judicial elections | WITF

Open primaries in PA: State Sen. Dan Laughlin to push for changes as voters head to polls. (goerie.com)

Every voter can weigh in on four constitutional amendments in today’s primary | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania voters to decide racial equity amendment | National and World | timesherald.com

Ballot questions on governor’s emergency powers spur intense campaigns to sway voters | Election | meadvilletribune.com

Governor’s emergency powers addressed in ballot questions | fox43.com

Fight over virus orders, high court seat lead primary ballot | National and World | delcotimes.com

Grassroots groups that supported Biden remain active in Westmoreland, Western Pa. | TribLIVE.com

Kelly and Reschenthaler Endorse Parnell for Senate | PoliticsPA

Sean Parnell, Liz Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, and Trump’s hold on Pennsylvania Republicans (inquirer.com)

Former Rep Lou Barletta is running for PA governor. What he would do if elected (poconorecord.com)

Former Congressman Lou Barletta changes the calculus on Pa. GOP gubernatorial primary | TribLIVE.com

Relationship with Trump could be a strength for Barletta | Election | standardspeaker.com

Racial minorities increase visibility in far-right activism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local Election Guides/News

Candidates for Harrisburg’s mayor share competing plans for economy, policing | WITF

Voters to decide on mayoral candidates in 6 cities | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

In the land of Dunder Mifflin, a critical test for Republican progress | Washington Examiner

(77) Ed Rendell Endorses Carlos Vega Over Larry Krasner for Philly DA – YouTube

Cognetti leads the campaign money race in bid for reelection | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Harrisburg’s tax abatement program, a Papenfuse initiative, is working for one of his rivals in this year’s primary – pennlive.com

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

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

Few high-profile races on primary ballot | News | delcotimes.com

Pennsylvania primary 2021: What you need to know as you head to the polls (ydr.com)

Voters will find many reasons to vote today | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

What you need to know about Election Day in Berks County | Elections | readingeagle.com

Why don’t voters show up for local elections? Berks experts offer ideas for solutions | Elections | readingeagle.com

Candidates for Pennsbury School Board talk Morrisville merger, COVID (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Environment

Pennsylvania wildlife is under great pressure and needs protection | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Landfill decision still looming | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Blinken brings Biden’s anti-Trump climate policy to Iceland | Nation & World Business | lancasteronline.com

Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Updated analysis of Pa. carbon-cutting rule shows emissions decline, grim outlook for coal plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Transportation

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

Hatfield officials cut ribbon on realigned Cowpath – Orvilla Road intersection | News | thereporteronline.com

Route 80 lanes to close during retaining wall work near Delaware Gap (poconorecord.com)

Bridge funded by Luzerne County $5 vehicle fee completed | Times Leader

‘It’s pretty bizarre’: Drivers react to new Ephrata Township intersection at Route 222/322 interchange | Local News | lancasteronline.com

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

 

Health

Kimmel Cancer Center joins the Caris Precision Oncology Alliance – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Mental health hotline continues to help District families | The Learning Key | phillytrib.com

These Penn State students are tackling the issue of period poverty on their own campus (inquirer.com)

Researchers, Lawmakers Want Facebook’s Mental Health Research : NPR

 

State News

Asian Americans living in State College share experiences of harassment, hopes for change | WITF

Pa. shifts extended unemployment program to feds as employment rate rises (poconorecord.com)

UGI to raise gas rates June 1, proposes another increase for Dec.1 | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lehigh Valley UGI customers can expect to pay more for gas heat – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Guest commentary: Has broadband already been forgotten? | Opinion | readingeagle.com

Celebrate a three-day weekend of kindness, Mister Rogers-style | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

National News

Supreme Court throws abortion fight into center of midterms | News | tribdem.com

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge | National and World | dailylocal.com

Supreme Court To Hear Mississippi Abortion Law Challenging Roe V. Wade : NPR

Supreme Court Restricts Police Authority To Enter A Home Without A Warrant : NPR

What the new monthly child tax credits mean for you and your family | WITF

Child Tax Credit monthly payments to begin rolling out July 15 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Palestinians go on strike as Israel and Hamas continue trading fire (inquirer.com)

Fighting Continues Between Israel, Hamas After Biden Calls For Cease-Fire : NPR

Democrats, Growing More Skeptical of Israel, Pressure Biden – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Arizona Republicans fight back against election fraud claims | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

AP Exclusive: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

May is Foster Care Month: LGBTQ couples & children face challenges | Frank Pizzoli | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

How our post-truth age has made it easier for scammers targeting the elderly to flourish | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wells Fargo launches initiative to bolster banking services for underserved communities | Business | phillytrib.com

Cyclone Hits India On Deadliest Day Of Pandemic : NPR

Social app Parler is cracking down on hate speech — but only on Apple devices | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Pleasant Spring Mini Golf opens in Perkasie | News | montgomerynews.com

Washington Crossing Historic Park: Pennsylvania begins major restoration (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Reading mayor under investigation by the city’s charter board over solicitor firing | Local News | readingeagle.com

Next Generation 911 approved by York County Commissioners (ydr.com)

A fiber optic broadband project along the Heritage Rail Trail is finished (ydr.com)

Why Central Pa. wildlife rehabilitator gives her life to saving animals (ydr.com)

Lake-Lehman passes proposed budget with maximum tax increase | Times Leader

Three Lackawanna County row officers wrongly overpaid for more than a year | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton City Council to return to chambers next week | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Officials urge safety for bicyclists, pedestrians | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Missing a bike in Scranton? The police might have it | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Quakertown senior Raymond Slifer named U.S. Presidential Scholar – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Can moving to lower-poverty neighborhoods help kids long term? HUD awards Chester $3.5M to find out | Local News | phillytrib.com

Erie Land Lighthouse, Presque Isle Lighthouse opening for tours (goerie.com)

Catholic consolidation: Meadville’s 3 Roman Catholic parishes to merge into 1 (goerie.com)

Single Mothers Conference sets free workshops this Saturday | Local News | timesherald.com

Tea at Tyler helps Family Promise keep homeless families together | Local-news | delcotimes.com

6 businesses displaced in downtown Lancaster so high-rise can add 16 new apartments | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Councilors Gross and Hallam critical of Pittsburgh using social media monitoring software | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh Fourth of July fireworks show returning | TribLIVE.com

Capacity restrictions on Port Authority buses, trains will end next month | TribLIVE.com

City condemns as unsafe the same Downtown buildings it is trying to save from the wrecking ball | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

What you need to know about the desecration of MOVE bombing victims’ remains | WITF

Man exonerated under Krasner recently arrested on new gun charges (broadandliberty.com)

Nerd Street Gamers launching esports summer camps in Philadelphia, St. Louis – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New project aims to identify, document, and preserve the history of Philly’s underrepresented communities | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Washington

Report: DHS division failed to analyze intelligence ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection | WITF

Biden expresses ‘support’ for cease-fire in Netanyahu call | TribLIVE.com

Bidens paid 25.9% rate and earned $607,336, tax returns show | WITF

Ridge and Dent join call for change within GOP | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Meuser bill would enhance, expand family support addiction services | Times Leader

AFP Launches Seven-Figure “End Washington Waste” Campaign Opposing “Infrastructure” Proposal – Americans for Prosperity

House consumed by tension over Capitol riot as vote on investigation nears | TribLIVE.com

Sens. Manchin, Murkowski unite in call to rewrite Voting Rights Act | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Toomey and GOP senators prep infrastructure offer for White House | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette