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Pa. lawmakers want stricter regulations on fracking |

Senate Democrats push for greater accountability from natural gas industry | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

State awards $200,000 in grants to address blight in Reading | Berks and Beyond |

Answering calls for transparency, Senate committee holds first public hearing on redistricting | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. lawmakers want stricter regulations on fracking |

Pa. proposes board to investigate drug prices rising so fast residents can’t afford their medicine (

Gift ban proposed for Pennsylvania lawmakers – The Morning Call (

PA Senate approves SGOC option for first responders, veterans groups | Leader Times

Members of the Women’s Health Caucus Host 4th Trimester Awareness Day Press Conference to Support Mothers and – EIN News – Women’s Health News – Articles for a Healthy Lifestyle (

Tempers flare as child sex abuse reform bill stalls in Pa. Senate; victims demand a vote –

Pennsylvania Senate Panel Advances Tax Credit Changes (

Bill Protecting Religious Liberty Goes To PA Senate – WDAC

More Inquiry After Inspector General Report – WDAC

Letter: Some clarity needed on redistricting issues | Letters to the Editor |

To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The fight over critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP bill would punish districts that teach it | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Law adds more representatives to Pennsylvania timber resources council | Colorado |

Pennsylvania House speaker introduces legislation to establish election auditing entity | Pennsylvania |

New lobbying rules proposed in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania |

Democrats push back against anti-abortion legislation | City & State PA (

Abortion fight in Pa.: Wolf says ‘politics do not belong in a doctor’s office’ (

Wolf Administration, medical professionals hold discussion on COVID-19 vaccinations and reproductive health | The Bucks County Herald

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

Val Arkoosh tweet takes on Pennsylvania GOP pro-life bill on fetal remains (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Idaho lieutenant governor bans mask mandates while governor away |

‘A whirlwind’: 1st Ohio vaccine lottery winners speak out | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Q&A: How has pandemic inactivity affected our bodies? (

CDC investigates a potential link between COVID-19 vaccines and heart problem seen in young people –

Why a lab in Wuhan is worth a closer look as a possible source of the pandemic | WITF

The Latest: US taking ‘very close look’ at vaccine passports | Nation & World Business |

Production of another COVID-19 vaccine to begin in weeks | Coronavirus |

President Joe Biden visits Cleveland, praises Ohio vaccine lottery (

West Virginia to offer cash, pickup trucks as vaccine prize |


Pennsylvania Mask-Wearing Order To Be Lifted By End Of June | WPSU

On track to achieve vaccine benchmark, Pa. plans to lift mask mandate by June 28 | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA mask mandate will be eliminated by June 28 as COVID-19 cases drop (

State health chief: ‘Game changer’ vaccines bring end to mask order by late June | Local News |

Getting back to normal: Pa. to lift mask mandate by June 28 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National Guard To Take Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing After State Fires Vendor Over Data Breach – WorldNews (

National Guard To Take Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing After State Fires Vendor Over Data Breach – CBS Pittsburgh (

A stark racial divide on vaccinations leaves many at risk as Pa. reopens (

The Year of COVID Unemployment (

As COVID-19 vaccines enable the region to reopen, health experts share thoughts on this new freedom (

Pa. vaccinates thousands of 12- to 15-year olds, hopes to sustain demand –

Increase incentives, and go door to door, to reach undervaccinated communities, Pa. lawmakers say | WITF

Looser COVID restrictions for Memorial Day change everything (

Casinos update mask rules | Business |

As covid vaccinations continue, Pennsylvania and Allegheny, Westmoreland counties see fewer cases |


With COVID-19 mitigation rules expiring, county Health Department’s restaurant task force set to dissolve | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccinations have hit a key threshold across Pa., but still lag in Philly and some rural counties (

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

Allegheny County Pennsylvania vaccine rate: How many people are vaccinated? (

Penn State Extension to provide vaccine education to underserved communities | Coronavirus |



U.S. jobless claims fall to 406,000, a new pandemic low | Coronavirus |

More jobless getting aid than in past even as cutoffs loom | Coronavirus |

Central Pa. restaurants raising prices, eliminating menu items due to higher food costs –

If I owned a restaurant, here’s why I’d open at 100% today instead of Monday when Gov. Wolf lifts restrictions – The Morning Call (

SBA accepting grant applications for funds from new $100 million Community Navigator Pilot Program –

SBA looks to simplify, expedite PPP loan forgiveness process – Philadelphia Business Journal (

The SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund needs more money. Help could be on the way. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

One option for reviving a shrinking middle class: Value skills, not just education | WITF

Starkist moving headquarters from Pennsylvania to Virginia | Virginia |

Upper Merion has been transformed by more than $4B in development over the last decade – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Lockheed Martin expanding in New Jersey, adding 400 jobs – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia real estate: Wayne building trades for $19.5M; homebuilder buys 65 acres in Chesco for $5.1M – Philadelphia Business Journal (

You Can Still Count The Number Of Black CEOs On One Hand : NPR

Microsoft, Mastercard, Chobani Will Invest In Northern Triangle : NPR



Pa. woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s computer granted release from home detention | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia to form new police oversight commission after City Council vote (

‘Monumental leap’: Philly Council passes bill establishing new police oversight board | WITF

City Council approves creation of new Citizens Police Oversight Commission | Local News |

Reading police say 171 guns were taken off the streets during the first 100 days of Operation Cease Fire | Local News |

Central Dauphin High School principal charged with 2nd DUI after crashing into pole –

‘It’s a mess right now’: Official reacts to arrest of central Pa. township supervisor –

Top brass at Philly Police concerned about escalating violence this summer | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Chester County DA: Child porn found in gym teacher’s home | Local-news |

Chester County businessman who stole $2M sentenced: ‘Once a con man, always a con man’ | Local-news |

Fugitive extradited from Israel to Pittsburgh stands trial on rape charges |



Philly high schools should start later, Hite says; massive schedule changes are ‘evolving’ (

America’s richest school serves low-income kids. But much of its Hershey-funded fortune isn’t being spent. (

Pennridge School District, Yardley receive grants | The Bucks County Herald

Pittsburgh Public Schools to appeal open records ruling on reopening communications | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Swarthmore College divided over Chamberlain Project to bring retired military as faculty (

East Pennsboro group wants answers on why so many teachers, staff are leaving the district –

Shannon Mayfield resigning as principal of Allen High School – The Morning Call (

Budget cuts in California, Connecticut, Texas, Wisconsin and other states threaten to worsen inequities among colleges and universities – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Colorado Ditches SAT, ACT And Legacy Admissions For Public Colleges : NPR

Elizabethtown College receives second-largest gift in school history | Local News |

Rep. Natalie Mihalek: Restoring our education system after covid-19 |



Auditors find no fraud in disputed New Hampshire election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania primary election reveals small problems, and Republican calls for big changes (

Want common sense electoral reform? Legalize weekend voting | Jonathan C. Rothermel | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Does Pa.’s Primary Day rebuke of Wolf signal rough sailing for Dems in 2022? | Mark O’Keefe | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

To protect voting rights in Pa., for us all, the Senate needs to pass the For the People Act | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Erie primary: Dem incumbent Schember wins Republican write-in for mayor (

Political observers: Ties to Trump could help Barletta | Election |

Tally of write-in votes continues; thousands of ballots still to go | Election |

Mastriano Poll: Mastriano 19%, Barletta 16%, Undecided 49% | PoliticsPA

Cook Keeps 2022 PA Governor Race As Toss Up in Latest Ratings | PoliticsPA

Republicans are lining up for PA’s 2022 governor’s race. The key question is: Who will hold the Trump card? | PA Power and Policy |

Lou Barletta’s Republican 2022 Pennsylvania governor campaign looks to rebound from 2018 (

Tony Moreno Says He’s Considering Accepting Republican Nomination For Pittsburgh Mayor – CBS Pittsburgh (



Garrity joins GOP state treasurers warning banks that dump fossil fuels | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The Week That Shook Big Oil : NPR

Capturing the sun: Solar power farm construction begins | Local News |

Where Wind and Solar Power Need to Grow for America to Meet Its Goals – The New York Times (

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change – The New York Times (



Pittsburgh airport to offer $7 budget parking for price-conscious travelers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lehigh Valley airport begins $29 million construction on connector bridge to ease passenger congestion – The Morning Call (

Airport still seeking service to Florida | Business |

Route 247 reopens in Jessup, Olyphant after construction project | News |

Turnpike officials expect Memorial Day traffic to nearly double from last year |



HIV/AIDS advocacy group set to honor ‘one of the greatest influences to have around you’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health insurance is on sale at a steep discount thanks to the latest COVID-19 relief law (

WellSpan Health opens new heart and vascular center for central Pa. (

Central Bucks student with neurofibromatosis creates awareness (

Noah Feldman: Texas abortion ban is both devious and doomed | Times Leader


State News

Pa. horse racing commission finds syringes and drugs at Parx Racing (

Sheetz will start to accept digital currency payments this summer –

Report: It’s time for Pa.’s horse racing subsidy to be put out to pasture | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Airbnb extends summer party ban, warns Pennsylvania and New Jersey renters about penalties – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Pennsylvania, nation moving in wrong direction on needed gun safety reform [editorial] | Our Opinion |

PA breweries band together for veterans with sale of Memorial Day IPA (

Rare cicada to make debut in parts of Pennsylvania | Local News |

Class-action suit takes aim at prothonotary offices across state | News |

Six area outdoor hubs tagged in state’s overcrowding alert | News |

Local Dems push for Biden’s proposed American Families Plan | Education |


National News

Tony Norman: Is this the kind of country we want to be? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

San Jose Shooting: Victims’ Names Released, Gunman Set Fire To His Own Home : NPR

10 more dead, this time in San Jose; action needed now on gun control | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Unearthing history: Tulsa massacre victims search resumes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CDC approves first revenue cruise from Fla., but governor may stand in the way | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Black Lives Matter co-founder to step down from movement foundation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Donald Trump reportedly pressed Arlen Specter to drop New England Patriots Spygate probe (

Murder charges filed against Tacoma, Washington police officers in Black man’s death (

Bill Cosby denied parole after failing to complete ‘sex offender’ therapy program –

Kentucky ties to Baptist kids agency at risk over gay rights and a Pa. case may help its cause | WITF

States tap federal aid to shore up empty unemployment funds | WITF

California Senate approves taking badges from bad officers | Across America |

Americans Strongly Support Trans Rights — In Some Cases : NPR

Japan extends virus emergency with safe Olympics at stake | Nation & World Business |


Local News

Berks pools set to open this weekend with COVID threat down from last summer | Local News |

Reading Public Museum foundation tries to tamp down sense that move is imminent | Local News |

Japan-based company builds ‘intriguing’ and ‘unique’ facility –

Central Pa. loses tennis ‘icon’: ‘It’s going to take a village to replace him’ –

Feds must pay $1.33M for last contested lots at site of Harrisburg’s new U.S. courthouse, judge rules –

No one injured when quarry truck hits train, goes airborne on border between Upper, Lower Nazareth townships – The Morning Call (

Last-of-its-kind vintage woodworking machine makes 2,300-mile trip to Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History – The Morning Call (

Hundreds of parking spaces are already leased at a yet-to-be-built parking garage in Bethlehem – The Morning Call (

Allentown announces opening dates for city pools, spray parks – The Morning Call (

Columbia Market House reopens Memorial Day weekend after a $3.5M renovation; here’s what to expect | What’s in store |

Plans scrapped for Weary Traveler restaurant/market in Manheim | What’s in store |

City of Coatesville to keep remote meeting access in place, end livestreaming | Community News |

Lancaster’s Stockyard Inn to close at historic site as new property owner eyes redevelopment | Local Business |

Holocaust educator from Bucks takes on Rep. Greene’s Jewish star comment (

Mullane: Secret journey in search of Bucks County’s last Vietnam MIA (

Water main break near pipeline leaves hundreds without water | Local-news |

Montgomery County firm Greenphire to be acquired by Thoma Bravo | Business |

Presque Isle starts summer season with fundraising chips, swimming (

Erie one year after George Floyd’s murder: Has anything changed? (

These beaches in the Poconos open Memorial Day weekend (

St. Thomas in Croydon to be razed for new Habitat for Humanity homes (

Fire destroys Darlington church (

Tigerland Wave Pool prepares for feasibility study to procure grant money (

Memorial Day parades return after a year off for COVID-19 | News |

Mahanoy Area board rejects millage increase as proposed | News |

West Mahanoy plans to include Radio Station Road as township street | News |

Plan for downtown pocket park proceeds in Scranton | News |

Scholastic Superstars recognized during ceremony at Kirby Center | Education |

Wilkes-Barre officials to propose uses for Rescue Plan funds | News |

Controversy erupts over long-absent Wyoming Valley West board member | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre City Council will welcome public back to meetings next month | Times Leader



Joy Riders helps those with limited mobility ride along the rivers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

$2 million from Allegheny County and philanthropies will fund in-person summer camps for kids | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KDKA Radio’s Shelby Cassesse ‘beyond thrilled’ for her own sports show on 93.7 The Fan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What to do in Pittsburgh this Memorial Day weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hundreds call for healing, community action at vigil in wake of 4 Penn Hills students’ deaths | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peace rally held in Penn Hills after 4 students die within weeks |

George Floyd among those honored in artist’s ‘Blue Walk’ to The Frick Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Downtown Pittsburgh property developers look to re-attract foot traffic after COVID reopening | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Duolingo founder, a Pittsburgher and immigrant, puts his app to work fighting illiteracy in Central America | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pittsburgh set to open some public pools, if they can find enough lifeguards | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

E-bikes coming to Healthy Ride bike share thanks to grant from Heinz Endowments | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Olympic sensation Simone Biles to perform in Pittsburgh |

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces reopening, improvements at Western Pa., West Virginia sites |



Philadelphia Latino Film Festival for 2021 starts May 30 (

Iglesias Garden becomes a safe space for residents seeking ‘sovereignty’ in North Philly (

Philly fire engine crashes into Girard Avenue building (

See how a local artist and her students are making the world’s largest drawing at the Franklin Institute (

Workers’ Day at César Andreu Iglesias Community Garden (

Legislators seek to diversify city workforce by eliminating so-called ‘rule of two’ | Local News |

DeRitis Playground gets a makeover | Local News |

New construction fuels tensions on North 7th Street | Local News |

Downtowns with a diverse mix of uses fared better during the pandemic, study finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Former Philadelphia parks and rec official Paul Dignam sentenced for mail fraud, embezzlement – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Brewery co-founded by ‘Shark Tank’ alum expanding to Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Twitter: Critics on the right charge that defunding the police is to blame for a rise in violent crime across the country. Philadelphia’s @DA_LarryKrasner has a few things to say about that to @MehdiRHasan



GOP set to block Jan. 6 commission, stoking Senate filibuster fight |

Republicans to filibuster 1/6 insurrection commission vote (

Biden to GOP: ‘Don’t get in the way’ of infrastructure plan | Usa latest news (

GOP offers $928B on infrastructure, funded with covid aid |

(100) Fox Business| Congressman Meuser joins Cavuto to talk infrastructure and Biden’s spending spree – YouTube

Ex-Speaker Paul Ryan to GOP: Reject Trump, ‘2nd-rate imitations’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The DOJ Civil Rights Division’s new leader is known for breaking barriers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Social spending, business tax hike drive Biden’s $6 trillion budget | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration tells Russia it won’t rejoin Open Skies Treaty (

Senate eyes R&D bill to counter China, bolster manufacturing | Nation & World Business |

U.S. Says It Will Not Rejoin Open Skies Treaty With Russia – The New York Times (