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Legislature

Amendments to limit power pass, what happens next? | WHP (local21news.com)

GOP lawmakers hail votes limiting Pa. governor’s powers in emergencies, but what comes next? – pennlive.com

Speed radar legislation advances in Pennsylvania State (landline.media)

Legislation aims to close loophole for oil and gas waste; industry says concerns unwarranted | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gov. Wolf renews COVID-19 disaster declaration | ABC27

Wolf extends COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration just days after voters chose to curb his powers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fifth COVID-19 disaster declaration signed in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Sen. Cappelletti Leads Push For Firearm Purchase Waiting Period | Patch

Pa. Auditor General calls for a state-level safeguard for federal pandemic recovery aid | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

Chris Comisac: Gov. Wolf and state legislators will now have to work together after PA voters approve constitutional amendments limiting gubernatorial disaster emergency declaration power (broadandliberty.com)

Wolf turns focus to charter school reform plan | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Wilson High School senior and Pa. senator push for mental-wellness days for students | Local News | readingeagle.com

Some Pa. counties aren’t waiting on Harrisburg to reform their probation rules | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Fireworks destroy peace and sow terror, change Pa. law now (goerie.com)

State nursing home industry makes pitch for share of American Rescue plan dollars | News | tribdem.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

Why The CDC’s Gamble On Unmasking To Get People Vaccinated Is Unlikely To Work : Shots – Health News : NPR

EU agrees on COVID-19 certificates to hasten travel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Maryland to offer covid-19 vaccine lottery incentive with $2 million in cash prizes | TribLIVE.com

Big gaps in vaccine rates across the US worry health experts | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

New York to give lottery tickets worth up to $5M to people at certain vaccination sites – pennlive.com

Weis Markets revises mask policy for shoppers and employees – pennlive.com

State

Dept. of Health terminates contract with company responsible for contract tracing data breach | fox43.com

Pennsylvania terminating vendor that mishandled virus data | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As CDC guidelines change, Philadelphia law firms weigh how to handle office masking policies – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania health secretary: 70% vaccination goal in reach – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania reports 50% of adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. health officials celebrate federal pharmacy partnership’s progress in vaccinations | TribLIVE.com

Department of Health, Federal Retail Pharmacies highlight strong partnership to vaccinate Pennsylvanians | The Bucks County Herald

Pennsylvania reaches COVID vaccine milestone, thanks pharmacy partners (ydr.com)

Mask policies vary at businesses throughout NEPA | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

State on the way to ending mask mandates before July 4 | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Nervous workers struggle to adjust to new mask policies | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Local

Chester County’s Immunome gets additional DoD funding for Covid-19 ‘antibody cocktail’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pittsburgh’s homeless will be difficult to vaccinate, but there’s a pressing need | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

38 new COVID-19 cases recorded in county on Thursday | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Geisinger holding walk-in vaccine COVID-19 clinics | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Avoca plans COVID-19 vaccine clinic | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Allegheny County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (timesonline.com)

Bucks adjusts mask policy as Covid cases slow | The Bucks County Herald

Bucks County giving away free coupons to attract residents to its COVID vaccine clinics. (theintell.com)

COVID-19: Daily update on coronavirus cases in Erie County (goerie.com)

Summer may bring normalcy in Chester County as COVID numbers decline | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Business/Jobs

Restaurants appeal for more aid – POLITICO

Restaurants Are Welcoming Back Diners, But Say Mask Rules Have Them Relying On Trust : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Philadelphia Inquirer seeks to reduce workforce by 10% through buyouts – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Work from home post Covid-19 will stick – and some would take a pay cut to do it, University of Chicago study finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Small businesses weighed on a $15 minimum wage. Here’s what they said. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Job openings increase in Alle-Kiski Valley | TribLIVE.com

Chewy looking to hire 1,600 people | Business | citizensvoice.com

FTC seeks to block Lehigh Hanson’s $151 million acquisition of Lehigh Valley cement plant – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Dun & Bradstreet moving some operations to India – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

WellSpan Health to set $15 as minimum pay; 455 getting raises at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. ranks 7th in Black homicides per 100k residents – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Report: Pa. ranks 7th nationwide for Black homicides | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. in top ten for Black homicide rate, a ‘slow-moving massacre’ (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Former Bucks County credit union CEO sentenced to almost 4 years for embezzlement – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Jury finds former Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez guilty of statutory sex assault, corruption and child porn | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More charges for Penn Township double murder suspect’s alleged shooting spree | TribLIVE.com

Guard charged in connection with Allegheny County Jail drug sale operation | TribLIVE.com

West Reading taps Allentown chief as police department’s new leader | Local News | readingeagle.com

Allentown Police Chief Glenn E. Granitz Jr., is the latest police chief to leave the city – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Controversial security tactics at York County Prison raise questions about outside contractor | WITF

Citizen group is set to begin reviewing State Police use-of-force and racial bias incidents | WITF

ACLU-PA sues Montgomery County for blocking attorney-client meetings in county jail | WITF

‘I don’t feel safe’: Southwest Philly school distraught over recent wave of gun violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Erie riots: Federal plea hearing set in Molotov cocktail case (goerie.com)

Delco seeks managers to oversee juvenlile detention | News | delcotimes.com

Lancaster County Prison Board approves of plan to buy Lancaster Township farm for new prison site | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Education

University of Pennsylvania receives $5M bitcoin gift for Wharton lab – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pitt Senate Council resolution urges mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools further reduces bus seat shortage with new transportation deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CCP and PHA are going to offer housing for community college students without a secure place to live (inquirer.com)

Scranton teachers to vote on district’s ‘best and final’ offer | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton Area offers summer programs for select students | News | standardspeaker.com

Cairn University breaks ground on athletic complex | The Bucks County Herald

Lancaster renames Southeast Middle School, Buchanan Elementary School after Black women | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Manheim Twp. School District discusses having own administrator collect taxes as it eyes hike | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Penn Manor school board hears from parents seeking change mask policy for students; approves 3.8% tax increase | Community News | lancasteronline.com

$99M Phoenixville school budget brings 1.57% tax hike | News | dailylocal.com

 

Elections/Politics

Ed Gainey win in Pittsburgh mayor Democratic primary election is sign of rising Pennsylvania left (inquirer.com)

Rep. Rowe talks election integrity with local Council of Republican Women | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)

Southeast counties will explore improving campaign finance transparency (broadandliberty.com)

‘Keeping Kids in School’ PAC celebrates strong showing in PA primaries, looks ahead to general election (broadandliberty.com)

Who wants to run for governor as a Republican in 2022? | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Rep. Stephanie Murphy Considers Senate Run Against Sen. Marco Rubio : NPR

DePasquale Floats 2022 Rematch Against Perry | PoliticsPA

Lt. Gov. Fetterman supports workers striking over McDonald’s pay (wearecentralpa.com)

Looking for a job? If you’re Bill Peduto, it doesn’t hurt having the president as a reference | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark McCloskey, gun-wielding St. Louis lawyer, launches campaign for U.S. Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Left’s enthusiasm for diversity and empathy depends on one’s politics | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Bill McSwain lands a jab against Josh Shapiro over Philadelphia DA’s race (inquirer.com)

Overturning Roe v. Wade would throw a political live grenade into 2022 midterms | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Trump hasn’t endorsed in Pennsylvania gov’s race, aide says | WITF

State Sen. Doug Mastriano says Trump wants him to run for Pa. governor (timesonline.com)

With Flynn headed to Senate, candidates emerge for his state rep seat | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

From mayor to magistrate, Democrats backed diverse candidates in 2021 primary | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania state Constitution changes: It’s pathetic more voters didn’t bother to come out – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Primary election results signal a response to governor’s handling of pandemic | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Barletta on board with ballot questions | News | standardspeaker.com

Unanswered questions remain in primary election ballot heading error | Times Leader

Calls for accountability over primary ballot problems continue | Election | standardspeaker.com

Tuesday’s ballot snafu is Pedri’s failure | Editorials and Columns | standardspeaker.com

‘We’re a republic not a democracy’: Here’s what’s so undemocratic about this GOP talking point | John L. Micek | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Beaver Falls set to elect first Black mayor in primary upset (timesonline.com)

Teams of three will work through the weekend to hand count mail-in ballots, commissioner says | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Penndel Mayor Robert Winkler loses primary race to Mark Moffa (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Environment

Pennsylvania DEP releases new carbon cap and trade modeling | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Protect PT appeals fracking well-pad approvals to Pa. Supreme Court | TribLIVE.com

Electrifying all Pennsylvania’s buildings is essential (poconorecord.com)

 

Transportation

Pennsylvania lawmaker touts bill to reopen all PennDOT travel sites | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Early-morning power outage causes delays at Pittsburgh International Airport | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh airport hit by early morning power outage, causing checkpoint delays | TribLIVE.com

With Wabtec-CMU partnership in mind, Pittsburgh-area lawmakers introduce funding for freight rail research | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Outbound Parkway North HOV lanes set to open after being closed for maintenance | TribLIVE.com

Lancaster Airport is the busiest in years thanks to corporate jets | Local News | lancasteronline.com

 

Health

Penn cell and gene therapy spinout Interius Biotherapeutics raises $76M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Federal panel says colon cancer screening should start at 45 — not 50 — as disease strikes ever-younger adults | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Q&A: What can I do to prevent osteoporosis? | Expert Opinion (inquirer.com)

Harrisburg region’s newest hospital headed for Oct. 1 opening – pennlive.com

Windber, Indiana hospitals launch affiliation in bid to remain independent | Local News | tribdem.com

 

State News

State teachers union calls for Pa. pension board to resign in face of investigations | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘These are taxpayer dollars’: Pa. Auditor General calls for tight watch on COVID-19 relief money | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania auditor general calls for more oversight on COVID-19 pandemic relief money | WITF

Pa. Supreme Court order closes courts statewide for Juneteenth end-of-slavery observance – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State Supreme Court to hear latest Abu-Jamal case filings | WITF

PUC to hold public hearings on proposed PECO $246M rate increase | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Pennsylvania Becomes Latest Battleground State To Go After Giuliani And Election Lawyers Who Peddled The ‘Big Lie’ (forbes.com)

@DeadlineWH: “You have this Big Lie, fueled on in part by Donald Trump, but also in part by the unethical conduct of some attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and others. And it seems to me we can’t allow them to use the courts of the US to perpetuate that Big Lie” – @JoshShapiroPA w/ @NicolleDWallace

AG’s office investigating landfill | News | citizensvoice.com

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

On a roll: Pa. gambling revenues hit another record high in April | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co. animal cracker factory is 150 years old (inquirer.com)

How to control the spotted lanternfly – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

National News

US jobless claims fall again as some states end federal aid | News | thetimes-tribune.com

World Leaders Say It’s Time For Long-Term Resolution In Gaza : NPR

Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire to end bloody 11-day war (inquirer.com)

Palestinians see victory in Gaza truce as Israel warns Hamas | National and World | delcotimes.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Taking The Witness Stand Friday. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal : NPR

A Black Woman Says She Had To Hide Her Race To Get A Fair Home Appraisal : NPR

Inmates In South Carolina To Choose Electric Chair Or Firing Squad : NPR

Bitcoin Is Plunging. Here’s What You Need To Know : NPR

Turning office buildings into housing will be the next frontier of real estate – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

ICE to stop sending detainees to 2 facilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NOAA forecasters see yet another active hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (inquirer.com)

Hacker who sold UPMC employee data on the dark web pleads guilty | TribLIVE.com

Mona Charen: What if Roe v. Wade is overturned? | TribLIVE.com

Roe v. Wade gave people who can get pregnant a choice about having children. Here’s how that changed their lives | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Noah Feldman: Trump criminal probe could backfire on prosecutors | Times Leader

What’s the most popular streaming service in the US? It’s not Netflix, according to this study – pennlive.com

Lego creates ‘Everyone is Awesome’ set to celebrate diversity – pennlive.com

Cooks, nurses guard inmates with US prisons down 6K officers | National and World | dailylocal.com

 

Local News

Housing market in Bucks County has prospective buyers on their toes (broadandliberty.com)

A new era for Sherman Hills? | Times Leader

CYC launching new food program for low-income families | Times Leader

Crestwood approves $3.4 million tax anticipation note, $660,000 debt | Times Leader

Your view: Horse racing is horrific animal cruelty | Times Leader

‘More Than A Yard Sale’ event will benefit WRGN radio | Times Leader

Hotel at former Sterling site in Wilkes-Barre gets planning nod | News | citizensvoice.com

Golf course employee apologizes for racially offensive comment | News | citizensvoice.com

Hanover Twp. fire recruiting volunteers | News | citizensvoice.com

Pittston receives funding to rehab homes | News | citizensvoice.com

New collaborative focused on reducing high veteran suicide rate | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks officials, developer break ground on long-awaited Buttonwood Gateway project | Local News | readingeagle.com

Exeter Township Scenic River Trail lives up to its name | Living | readingeagle.com

Berks food safety inspections: Leak damaged/broken, loose, moldy ceiling debris above cook line needs to be fixed | Local News | readingeagle.com

Proposed Shippensburg casino sparks spirited debate – pennlive.com

Prominent hotel sells for $5.9 million at auction – pennlive.com

Lehigh Valley vigil calls for peace between Israel, Palestine amid deadly violence – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National Memorial Mile will remember veterans who died by suicide – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

NAACP Bucks County plans George Floyd Memorial Vigil | The Bucks County Herald

Lenape Valley Foundation to hold free workshop | The Bucks County Herald

U.S. Steel redevelopment in Bucks County to begin this spring (theintell.com)

Bucks County gets $61M in American Rescue funds; plans roundtable on spending (theintell.com)

Using restaurant for sleeping quarters, CBD-infused foods: Lancaster County restaurant inspections: May 22, 2021 | Restaurant Inspections | lancasteronline.com

Mountville Council considers 0.66-mill fire tax; hires new borough manager | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank asks for donors after blood supplies driven to emergency levels | Health | lancasteronline.com

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown removes some COVID-19 restrictions | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

United Way of Bucks County seeks to Knock Out Hunger (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chester County Commissioners meet in person for first time since March 2020 | Local-news | dailylocal.com

 

Pitt

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall celebrates 120 years | TribLIVE.com

Steelers reporter Missi Matthews goes deep on mental health | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It’s going to be pure joy’: Riverhounds fans returning to their seats after 18-month absence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chris Cuomo took part in strategy calls advising his brother, the N.Y. governor, on harassment allegations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Youngstown mob boss turned federal witness dies at age 90 | Hosted (ap.org)

Criminal justice reforms, progressive victories, and other takeaways from a historic 2021 Pittsburgh primary election | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Trans, Intersex and Nonbinary Alliance seeking public comment on expanding all-gender bathroom access in Allegheny County | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

 

Philly

Teens killed in Kelly Drive crash remembered fondly by family, friends (inquirer.com)

Krasner wins primary, clearing way for re-election – Metro Philadelphia

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner beat back campaign to blame him for violent crime (inquirer.com)

In Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, heroin is a thriving illicit economy (inquirer.com)

City Council advances wage and health benefits bill for workers at Philadelphia International Airport (inquirer.com)

As St. Leo’s arson investigation continues, the historic church’s fire rallies — and roils — Tacony neighborhood (inquirer.com)

Welcome to Demodelphia, where our historic buildings are treated like a burden | Opinion (inquirer.com)

City Councilmember looks to halt demolitions along Black ‘Doctors Row’ in South Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

Dry weather in Philly region a concern, but farmers, strawberry lovers see perks (inquirer.com)

Game Plan: Philly’s queer sports teams look forward to summer | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘We are mom, dad, everything:’ Helping former foster kids find a home | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Biden Cites His Team’s Quiet Diplomacy In Cease-Fire Plan Between Israel And Hamas : NPR

Biden hails Israel-Hamas cease-fire, sees ‘opportunity’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden signs law targeting hate crimes against Asian Americans | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Migrant Shelters Violate The Flores Agreement, Advocates Say : NPR

CNN: Trump Justice Department seized reporter phone records | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House passes $1.9B bill to pay for U.S. Capitol security upgrades despite Democratic defections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House Democrats narrowly pass $1.9 billion bill to fortify Capitol security – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Midstate Congressman downplays events of January 6th while defending vote against bipartisan commission | WITF

Fitzpatrick votes for Capitol riot investigation slammed by Trump (theintell.com)

GOP House Rep. Scott Perry votes against COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (theintell.com)

White House, GOP infrastructure talks reaching key stage | Business | delcotimes.com

EXPLAINER: How Congress’ Jan. 6 commission would work | National and World | dailylocal.com