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Bill would block companies from getting second round of Keystone Opportunity Zone tax breaks (

Constitutional amendments met with mixed reactions in Chesco | Local-news |

Wolf refocuses on education policies ahead of budget negotiations | National News |

Brooks: Direct more vaccines to pharmacies | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Pa. Senate Holding Hearing Over COVID-19 Contract Tracing Data Breach – CBS Pittsburgh (

Legislation prohibiting sale of puppy mill animals introduced to state House | News |

New wave of lawmakers build off of pandemic-era hurdles – ABC News (

Lawmakers report receiving fewer gifts during pandemic as push for ban continues · Spotlight PA

Wolf refocuses on education policies ahead of budget negotiations | Pennsylvania |

Auditor General says Pennsylvania must do better to protect relief dollars | Pennsylvania |

Republicans float spending protections for federal coronavirus aid | City & State PA (

Wolf promises a collaborative approach to emergency declarations | City & State PA (

Readers’ Views: Lawmakers must fund 988 suicide prevention hotline | Opinion |

Headed for a new gig, Flynn promises to be a hard-working senator | Election |

A bad idea whose time has come (again). Pa. House panel to take up local gun preemption bill | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Dr. Fauci: Booster shots may depend on variants | WHP (

Families applying for federal reimbursement for COVID funeral expenses thankful for help during a tough time | Local News |

Giant Eagle ending mask requirement for vaccinated customers Monday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC ramps up research on highly contagious variant from India | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC increasing its research on highly contagious variant from India –

What if vaccine incentives aren’t enough? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New U.S. COVID-19 cases plummet to lowest levels since last June | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 testing’s value shrinks as vaccines beat back virus | National News |

With many Americans vaccinated, some experts are asking whether the ‘benefits of testing outweigh the costs’ –

New COVID-19 cases haven’t been this low in the U.S. since last June | WITF

US COVID-19 vaccination pace is down by nearly half in the last month. These states slow to vaccinate may struggle this summer, expert warns | Coronavirus |


Coronavirus numbers for Pennsylvania and New Jersey (

Pennsylvania reaches COVID vaccine milestone, thanks pharmacy partners (

Easing of mask guidelines opens new phase of COVID pandemic controversy | Local News |

COVID-19 Update: Pa. cases drop by 3,000 this week, continuing month long streak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. and N.J. kids are lining up for COVID-19 shots as parents experience both relief and hesitancy (

As covid cases decline, only 1 Pa. county reports more than 100 cases |

Mask policies vary at businesses throughout NEPA | coronavirus |

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

Even with Wolf’s disaster powers clipped, Pa.’s mask mandate remains. Why? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

State data shows low vaccination rates for staff at area nursing homes (


Resume in-person meetings | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

State College Repeals Masking Requirement For Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated | WPSU

COVID-19: Daily update on coronavirus cases in Erie County (

Delaware County reaches 57 percent of adult vaccinations | News |

Somerset, Blair add weekend COVID-19 deaths; Cambria hits 42% vaccination rate | Coronavirus |

Solanco district to keep some COVID-19 restrictions in place | Community News |

Pittsburgh-area groups raising funds to send India aid amid COVID-19 surge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A shot and a taco. That was the offer at Jefferson’s mobile vaccine unit at South Philly Barbacoa (

As COVID-19 case counts plummet in Philly area, life feels more normal. At least for now. (

Luzerne County adds 33 new COVID-19 cases Sunday | News |

Avoca plans COVID-19 vaccine clinic | coronavirus |

Parents and students request change in mask rule at Blue Mountain – The Morning Call (



NoLibs site trades for $16M, clearing the way for Amazon grocery store and apartment complex – Philadelphia Business Journal (

EIDL grant map boundaries causing headaches for small business owners, putting some at risk of closure – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Cheerleaders Strip Club say they deserve access to federal COVID funds, lawsuit | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Strip clubs sue for access to federal bailout funds for restaurants and bars | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Survey: Business economists foresee best growth in 37 years | News |

Local officials optimistic about the future of travel and tourism in region | Business |

Safety precautions, online shopping help retailers through pandemic | Business |

Employment rises, workers retrain as pandemic wanes | Business |

Experts: Pandemic-induced trends could shape NEPA’s post-COVID economy | Business |

Basalyga buys building on Wyoming Avenue in Scranton | Business |

Company plans to hire more than 575 people in Pa., spin off logistics segment –

What the rise of Amazon has to do with the rise of Trump | WITF



Other Voices: In support of first steps in gun violence prevention | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jewish Exponent, Philly Pops ex-business head charged with stealing $1.4M – Philadelphia Business Journal (

York father thinks working for the feds led to his son’s murder charge (

Drug investigation: Erie County gets aid through federal designation (

Clergy abuse cases: Erie Catholic bishop ‘concerned’ about finances (

On patrol with Bristol Borough police Officer Kevin Riley (

Police reform efforts making mixed progress, even after months of protests | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gun violence is growing. One Philly school community says enough is enough. (

10 shot, two fatally, in 3 hours in Philly; a 1-year-old was spared (

State trooper shot and killed man during Williams Township domestic response, authorities say – The Morning Call (

‘Something out of a war movie’: Mass shooting leaves two dead, 12 wounded at huge N.J. house party – The Morning Call (



Bloomsburg ends association with fraternities and sororities | Pennsylvania |

Exclusive: Campaign by former St. Joe’s students to get professor fired for allegedly racist tweets fails (

Highest-scoring Pennsylvania school districts of the decade – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Edinboro professors, alumna want more time, details on integration (

Pa. education officials talk about impact of COVID on schools, what future has in store | News |

Letter to the Editor: Delco has been denied over $195M over the last six years | Opinion |

C&N donates $800K to Bucks County educational organizations (

Gateway School District, teachers union reach last-minute deal to avert strike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gateway School District officials, teachers union reach deal and avoid strike |

Steel Valley grad couldn’t pick one applicant, so he gave scholarships to all of them | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two $1 million donations given to Pittsburgh Promise | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Schools expand summer programming to help reckon with turbulent year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I spent a year and a half studying a ‘no-excuses’ charter school. This is what I saw. | Opinion (

Nikole Hannah-Jones and the secret history of the real ‘cancel culture’ on U.S. campuses | Will Bunch (

A declining national birthrate means hard times ahead for colleges (

Editorial: Back to school in September demands listening to all needs | Editorials |

‘Saying this year was challenging is an understatement’: The pandemic high school senior year –

What will Pa. schools look like next fall? Education officials answer questions about vaccines, masks and more –

Op-Ed: Racing against student debt (



Guest editorial | Republican lawmakers should deal with real issues instead of targeting transgender children | Editorials |

Pennsylvania Republicans target Tom Wolf over Joe Biden to win 2022 governor’s race (

Pa. voters limited Wolf’s emergency powers. No good deed goes unpunished | Fletcher McClellan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

“The Clampdown”, Part II – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (

Constitutional amendment encountered mixed reaction in Chesco | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

How Pennsylvania’s Senate race is shaping up so far (

EDITORIAL: Too many races are already over (

Linda Stein: Sean Parnell for Senate campaign complains Google bias buried website (

Erie candidate Tyler Titus scores historic win as first trans county executive nominee | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Dr. Nche Zama has announced his candidacy for governor of Pennsylvania (

Readers’ Views: Pa. residents demand an end to partisan gerrymandering | Opinion |

Ballot counting in Lancaster County likely to persist into Monday; Sen. Aument proposes pausing mail-in balloting altogether | PA Power and Policy |

Perkasie mayoral candidates, others await write-in ballot counting (

Vote count shows 22 of grassroots group’s 26 candidates won fall ballot spots |

Chris Kelly Opinion: Voters escalate downfall of old guard operators | Chris-kelly |

How party politics played into crowded Lehigh Valley school board primaries – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania mail-in voting is changing how politicians campaign – The Morning Call (

A look at why so many incumbents lost – The Morning Call (

From mayor to magistrate, Democrats backed diverse candidates in 2021 primary | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Amid 2024 Speculation, Florida’s DeSantis Tells Allegheny County Republicans ‘Don’t Back Down’ | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania Republicans celebrate amendment curbing governor’s emergency powers: ‘Voice of the people’ | Fox News



We must have cleaner waterways [letter] | Letters To The Editor |

Ask me about … how to make sustainability central to the post-pandemic recovery | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Community data collectors play key role in Lake Wallenpaupack water monitoring program | News |

Lackawanna County joins voluntary program to reduce pollutants in area waterways | News |

How electric cars can advance environmental justice: By putting low-income and racially diverse drivers behind the wheel | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



PennDOT spending $10 million for upgrades at 12 airports | Pennsylvania |

Roadwork begins on I-78 and I-81 in Dauphin and Lebanon counties (

As Trenton-Mercer Airport eyes expansion, residents fear impact (

Scudder Falls Bridge: Work could cause 2-hours delays, heavy traffic (

New airline Breeze Airways brings 4 routes to Pittsburgh airport |

Scheduled roadwork for the week of 5/24/21 | News |

Pandemic-stricken mass transit would get $85B in Biden stimulus plan. That’s a down payment on reviving American cities | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: On Capitol Hill, pols from Pa., nationwide jostle for federal transportation cash | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



The pandemic has created a ‘crisis’ in home care, keeping some kids from leaving the hospital: ‘It’s like these babies are in jail’ (

Horses and healing: Equine-assisted psychotherapy business helps people deal with depression |

Casey holds hearing on long-term care for people with Alzheimer’s Disease | Times Leader

In health care, tragic loss couples with needed change | Business |

Letter: Big improvements needed in path to dementia care | Letters to the Editor |

LVHN cited on federal patient’s rights violations for failing to watch suicidal patient – The Morning Call (

Nursing homes in Pa., hit hard by pandemic, seek American Rescue Plan funding | WITF

With new guidelines for emergency response, how will Pa. lawmakers address the opioid crisis? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

It’s 1-4-3 Day Weekend in Pa. Commit a random act of kindness | Five for the Weekend | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

143 Day of Kindness in PA | WITF

Juneteenth: PA state courts to observe Black emancipation anniversary (

Pa. State System Redesign reaches the final stage, what does that mean? | ABC27

Teachers union demands leadership changes at embattled state employees’ pension fund – The Morning Call (

Teachers union demands leadership changes at embattled PSERS pension fund | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Electrifying all Pennsylvania’s buildings is essential (

PA drops lawsuits against restaurants that violated 3-week dining ban around winter holidays | Local Business |

A stocked golden rainbow in one of Pennsylvania’s wildest trout streams [column] | Outdoors |

PUC to hold public hearings on proposed PECO $246M rate increase | Business |

Winning Mega Millions ticket for $515M jackpot sold in Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CNN cuts ties with Rick Santorum over disparaging comments on Native American culture | News |

CNN cuts ties with Rick Santorum over disparaging comments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Destructive insects threaten to attack, kill Eastern hemlocks in Western Pa. |

Mobile, online sports wagers upping tax revenues in Pennsylvania |

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Zappala Sr. remembered for distinguished public service |

Letter: Child care centers need help from government | Letters to the Editor |

Increase in first-time boat owners could mean busy, accident-prone Memorial Day weekend | Today in Pa. –

Pennsylvania adds old-growth forest to national network, with 5 more to follow this year –

This app takes crowdsourcing cicadas to the next level | WITF

Homeless students, including those in Pa., slipping through the cracks during the pandemic, congressional panel told | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

What sex assault survivors face when coming forward (

Justice in My Town: Activists, civil rights leaders seek racial equity (

George Floyd’s family holds rally, march in brother’s memory | News |

One Year Later: The Legacy of George Floyd (

Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban chokeholds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tennessee Bans Hormone Treatments for Prepubescent Minors – The New York Times (

Texas Eyes Laws to Limit Teaching Slavery in Classrooms – The New York Times (

Steel Price Surge Revives U.S. Industry – The New York Times (

West Virginia To Mark Juneteenth As A State Holiday For The First Time – CBS Pittsburgh (

Child tax credit in PA: What we know about the extra money (

COVID changed amusement parks. Here’s how they’ve upped their game (

Celebrate National Bike Month by learning the rules of the road with bike laws | Lifestyle |

Ageless wonder Mickelson wins PGA to be oldest major champ | Times Leader

Christine Flowers: Why Roe v. Wade may soon be aborted | Opinion |

Ramesh Ponnuru: Pro-lifers needn’t fear a post-Roe abortion-rights backlash | Times Leader

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 (

Iran agrees to extend deal on cameras at its nuclear sites | News |

Average U.S. price of gas jumps 8 cents per gallon to $3.10 | News |

‘State-sponsored hijacking’: EU promises swift retaliation after Belarus forces airliner to land, detains dissident | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Spate of anti-Jewish attacks in U.S. draws calls for more forceful response | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For Gaza shop owners, building back could take years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quiet holds for 2nd day in Israel and Gaza as focus turns to rebuilding | WITF

Flight 93 families hope heroism award helps keep story alive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Leaving home: West Virginia population drop is largest in U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. again extending temporary protected status for Haitians (

Liz Weston: The checks that could change your financial life | Times Leader

Growing mystery of suspected energy attacks draws US concern | National News |

Japan speeds up vaccine rollout 2 months ahead of Olympics –

Steady increase in the cost of red meat putting consumers in a ‘really tough spot’ –

It’s harder than ever to buy a house, and bidding wars keep breaking out | WITF

Asian Americans, Hispanics are the fastest growing part of the U.S. population | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Gun control fight has surprising new allies | News |

How America Talks can help save our nation from toxic polarization (


Local News

Casey shows optimism at town hall | Times Leader

Casey rips Republicans who don’t want commission probe of Jan. 6 Capitol attack | News |

Burkes officials and developers embark on the long-awaited Buttonwood Gateway project | Local News – Pennsylvania News Today

Fall film festival underway, says ReadingFilmFEST | Berks Regional News |

Free shredding event in Reading draws more than 100 vehicles | Local News |

Dino Don says deal with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban has been ‘a great partnership’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Some Route 940 developments see progress, others stall (

Pa. PUC kills proposed high-power transmission line (

Hanover man dies after workplace accident at Growmark FS, coroner says (

York State Fair 2021: It’s on this summer, what to expect, what’s new; will masks be required with the COVID pandemic? (

12 become U.S. citizens at naturalization ceremony at Erie Federal Courthouse (

George Floyd vigil: Erie group to mark anniversary of Floyd’s death (

Erie County United-backed candidates enjoy municipal primary success (

Lonestar tick found in Erie County, can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (

New grand jury empaneled in Montgomery County | News |

Montgomery County awards $2.5M in grants to 23 local projects | Local News |

‘A unique property’ How proposed prison site never got developed all these years | Local News |

The Hill restaurant to close May 29 in Ephrata; liquor license sold to Sheetz | What’s in store |

Elanco approves proposed final budget with 2.22% tax hike | Community News |

United Way’s Bucks Knocks Out Hunger seeks donations, volunteers (

Kennett Memorial Day Parade planned for 2022 | Local-news |

Luzerne County Second Amendment sanctuary designation up for vote Tuesday | Times Leader

Olyphant Freedom Fighter Monument to have dedicated park | News |

Locally sourced mushrooms kick Vegan Potstickers up a notch | Food and Wine |

As Sugarloaf Twp. preps for next cell tower hearing, zoners limited in which concerns they can consider | News |

Immanuel Christian students package 10,000 meals for impoverished Haitian children | News |

Zoning variance request denied for new retail store near Frackville | News |

Judge rules against newspaper’s request | News |

Retired Air Force nurse in Lebanon County presented with Quilt of Valor | Local News |

Safe Berks sets Celebration of Peace/Walk for No More | Local News |

Family remembers Bucks County teen shot by hunter at Lake Nockamixon – The Morning Call (

You can now buy alcohol in these two, formerly dry, Cumberland County boroughs –



Local artist highlights Pittsburgh community gardens in silkscreen series | Visual Art | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

‘We want to hear from everybody’: Submissions open for Women in Film and Media’s short film festival | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Industrialist Hotel celebrates Pittsburgh’s hard-working past and present | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Weddings are booming — masks and all — in the Pittsburgh area | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority to expand and improve McCandless park-and-ride lot | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Come on home’: Ed Gainey promises reforms if elected in November as Pittsburgh’s mayor |

Criminal justice reforms, progressive victories, and other takeaways from Pgh.’s historic 2021 primary election | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Is Philly Democratic leadership a friend or foe of Blacks? | Michael Coard |

Larry Platt: The forgotten victim of MOVE (

Sixers selling playoff tickets on the fly as Covid-19 restrictions keep changing – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Rethinking reopening our streets | Morning Newsletter (

Philadelphia needs to manage the return of the car as the pandemic subsides (

Loan preference is shutting some FHA-backed buyers out of Philly area’s hot housing market (

Mayor Kenney’s ‘safe’ budget is not good enough | Opinion (

Amid anti-Asian violence, Philly community groups offer a weekend of free self-defense classes – The Morning Call (

Philly and beyond celebrates the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Will Philadelphia see a rise in gun violence this summer? | Local News |

Morale down: Philly’s Black police face post-Floyd era | Local News |

Philly Council intros bill to change mixed-income housing bonus — WHYY



Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is pitching a big, expensive plan to help kids. And he’s ready for a fight. –

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

Pa.’s Rep. Perry only Keystone State Republican to vote against bill protecting Asian-Americans from hate crimes | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Infrastructure deal slips, GOP pans $1.7T White House offer | News |

Antony Blinken heads to Mideast to push Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after Gaza truce | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new carbon market or existing USDA aid? GOP lawmakers debate how to bolster small farmers’ climate credentials | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Patriotic group’ met in central Pa. to plan Capitol riots: report | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden betting on wage growth, while GOP warns of inflation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers clash over security concerns as states reopen and threats follow them home (

Rand Paul says he’s skipping vaccine for now, may reconsider |

Democrats shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists over 1/6 panel | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Guest Opinion: H.R. 19 is the drug-pricing legislation to support (