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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 –

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 |

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19


The FDA expands vaccine eligibility to kids, but uncertainty remains | Smart Talk (

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 (

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pennsylvania businesses can still require masks, officials say | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania governor ‘taken by surprise’ with new CDC mask guidance (

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

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

New COVID-19 cases plummet in Pennsylvania (

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


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

COVID-19 deaths trend up again as case count continues decline | Coronavirus |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

CHIRP program has provided NEPA with millions in hospitality grants (

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

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

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

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



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

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

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 (

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 (

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

York County Prison hires controversial contractor C-SAU for $120,000 (

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

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

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

Proposed citizens police oversight commission faces familiar obstacle | Local News |



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

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 |

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 |

Medical college seeks community members for applicant interview panels | Education |

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

Tamaqua Area board mulls security upgrades | Education |

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

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

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

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

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

These 60 teachers have been named Philly’s best (

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



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

Senator Sharif Street: Governor Wolf exercised his constitutional powers to save lives (

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 (

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 |

Mail-in voting count could delay results in primary | News |

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. (

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

Pennsylvania voters to decide racial equity amendment | National and World |

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

Governor’s emergency powers addressed in ballot questions |

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

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

Kelly and Reschenthaler Endorse Parnell for Senate | PoliticsPA

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

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

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

Relationship with Trump could be a strength for Barletta | Election |

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 (

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 |

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

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 |

Few high-profile races on primary ballot | News |

Pennsylvania primary 2021: What you need to know as you head to the polls (

Voters will find many reasons to vote today | Election |

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

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

Candidates for Pennsbury School Board talk Morrisville merger, COVID (



Pennsylvania wildlife is under great pressure and needs protection | Opinion (

Landfill decision still looming | News |

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

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

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



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

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

Route 80 lanes to close during retaining wall work near Delaware Gap (

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 |

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



Kimmel Cancer Center joins the Caris Precision Oncology Alliance – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

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

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 (

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

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

Guest commentary: Has broadband already been forgotten? | Opinion |

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 |

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

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 (

Palestinians go on strike as Israel and Hamas continue trading fire (

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

Democrats, Growing More Skeptical of Israel, Pressure Biden – The New York Times (

Arizona Republicans fight back against election fraud claims | National News |

AP Exclusive: Full-blown boycott pushed for Beijing Olympics | National News |

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

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

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

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 |

Washington Crossing Historic Park: Pennsylvania begins major restoration (

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

Next Generation 911 approved by York County Commissioners (

A fiber optic broadband project along the Heritage Rail Trail is finished (

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

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

Three Lackawanna County row officers wrongly overpaid for more than a year | News |

Scranton City Council to return to chambers next week | Coronavirus |

Officials urge safety for bicyclists, pedestrians | Crime-Emergency |

Missing a bike in Scranton? The police might have it | Crime-Emergency |

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

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

Erie Land Lighthouse, Presque Isle Lighthouse opening for tours (

Catholic consolidation: Meadville’s 3 Roman Catholic parishes to merge into 1 (

Single Mothers Conference sets free workshops this Saturday | Local News |

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

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



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

Pittsburgh Fourth of July fireworks show returning |

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

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



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

Man exonerated under Krasner recently arrested on new gun charges (

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

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



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

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

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 (

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 |

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