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Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients | Kaiser Health News (

As more Pennsylvanians die of drug overdoses, lawmakers call for review of treatment centers, fines – The Morning Call (

Pa. Supreme Court will pick chair of powerful state redistricting panel · Spotlight PA

Pa. Supreme Court to pick Legislative Reapportionment Commission chair (

Leaders deadlock on final member of district-drawing panel – The Morning Call (

Pa. leaders deadlock on final member of district-drawing panel |

Legislative reapportionment panel deadlocks on 5th member; sends decision to Pa. Supreme Court | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘The next chess move:’ Emergency powers ballot questions set the stage for a balance-of-power showdown | WITF

Pa. Supreme Court to pick Legislative Reapportionment Commission chair (

Pa. racial equality amendment has precedent — and online skeptics | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA House Committee Approves Veterans Job Training Bill – WDAC

State briefs | |

Quick hits: Pennsylvania news in brief for Friday, April 30 | Pennsylvania |

Bipartisan Senate bill would create Treasury fund for animal cruelty investigations | News |

New report reveals $132.5 billion economic impact for Pa. agriculture | Times Leader

Report: Agriculture Is Fundamental to Pennsylvania’s Economy | Farm Policy News |

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, CBF urge funding bill | American Farm Publications

Pennsylvania bill would help farmers adopt conservation-friendly practices, improve watersheds | Pennsylvania |

Take action against guns now | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Senate Passes Bill to Help Firefighter Recruitment | The Legal Intelligencer (

Exton-based company awarded $45,000 in state funding to provide computer training for job seekers | News |

This is the true ‘gold standard” for child protection in Pa. | Opinion   | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Letter: DCNR deserves more funding from the state | Letters to the Editor |

With Chermak absent, three state Senate candidate debate issues | Election |

State lawmaker looks for ‘supplement’ to dwindling dog warden presence | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. lawmakers just can’t resist comparing things to the Holocaust & Nazis. It’s time to banish this lazy and offensive rhetoric from our dialogue | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA ABLE Act: Savings program for disabled residents looks to expand (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


TSA Keeps Face Mask Requirement On Public Transportation Through September : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Mask requirement extended for airplanes, other transit in U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Younger People Make Up Growing Share Of Serious COVID Cases : Shots – Health News : NPR

Is The Vaccine Rollout Doing Enough To End U.S. Outbreak? : Shots – Health News : NPR

Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Will Impose New Ban On Travel From India As Coronavirus Rages : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Doubtful about covid vaccine? It depends on your occupation, study shows |


Vaccine hesitancy among longterm care workers a complex issue, Pennsylvania providers group says | Pennsylvania |

These dogs are learning to detect COVID-19, and they could work at airports and stadiums (

Western Pa. venues weigh pros, cons of vaccinated-only spectator sections |

Pa. covid hospitalizations decline for 10th straight day |

COVID-19 cases, deaths dip in region, state | Coronavirus |

COVID-19 vaccine demand in Pa. ‘has really fallen off a cliff.’ Is it a lack of interest or access? –


Vincent Hughes, Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes host vaccination clinics | Coronavirus |

Pennsylvania Officials Kick Off May Challenge In Effort To Get Philadelphians Vaccinated – CBS Philly (

Philly Indian community uses ties back home to send COVID aid – WHYY

COVID-19 Update: Clinic brings vaccine to Swissvale | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly’s vaccination effort reaches out to another community: the deaf (

Philly teen confronts misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine – WHYY

For one West Philadelphia family, the pandemic has brought a year of challenges and academic loss (

Covid vaccine clinic set for Norwin students |

57 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday | Times Leader

Teens roll up sleeves for COVID-19 vaccine at WVW | News |

COVID-19 test site coming to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport | News |

57 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday | coronavirus |

118 new cases of COVID-19 reported in three-county area; 1 new death | Coronavirus |

COVID exposes need for greater broadband access in Berks | Coronavirus |

Berks County on verge of 100,000 completed COVID vaccinations | Coronavirus |

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

8 people in Lancaster County died from COVID-19 last week; here’s what state, county data says | Health |

Montgomery County reports 212 new coronavirus cases, five more deaths | News |



In the Mon Valley — where U.S. Steel has canceled major investment — many left wondering what went wrong | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Officials bemoan U.S. Steel plans to scrap $1.5B Mon Valley Works upgrade | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund: Demand for $28.6B in grants expected to outpace availability – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Restaurant Revitalization Fund offers vital help to NEPA eateries (

Restaurants look to normalcy and perhaps a boom after pandemic shutdowns | Local News |

McDonald’s raises wages and offers perks amid labor shortage | Business |

Philadelphia restaurant jobs await unemployed food workers who are ready to return (

Minimum wage: How would $15 an hour impact restaurant owners, workers? (

Pa. minimum wage: How do you live on $7.25? (

Minimum wage debate still roiling in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. (

SBA Targeted EIDL Advance cash grants makes little progress – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Stocks Have Surged The Most Since FDR During Biden’s 1st 100 Days : NPR

There are Pandemic Shortages, but Prices aren’t Rising : The Indicator from Planet Money : NPR

The failure to unionize Amazon is the union’s own fault | Opinion (



In wake of Derek Chauvin verdict, Pennsylvania can learn from Maryland’s police reform | Opinion (

Central Pa. police work on change after George Floyd’s murder, but activists hope for more –

Police reform in Pa. could increase diversity, ban chokeholds, more –

Police forces see recruitment struggles, surge in retirements | WITF

Pa. Black Caucus pushes for universal collection of racial data from traffic stops | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA State Police offer rare look at use-of-force standards, training (



Art and music transform spring experiences for West Chester high school students | News |

Building Equity for All: To increase home values and correct injustice, start in Pa. schools | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pandemic boosts enrollment in cyber charter schools, but costs also are rising | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 delayed Duquesne’s medical school project, but pandemic shows that it’s needed, university says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly kids, teachers march for schools, racial justice: ‘Normal was never enough’ (

Liberty High School shocks principal with the news he’s Pa.’s secondary principal of the year –

Abington Heights and Delaware Valley high schools receive top rankings | Education |

COVID cases to close Reading’s Northwest Elementary School on Monday | Coronavirus |

La junta estatal del sistema de educación superior respalda el plan para consolidar seis universidades a dos | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A ‘Record-Breaking Year’ For Gifts To HBCUs : NPR

Stimulus spending: Erie area schools target programs, staff, buildings (

Millersville University to renovate Biemesderfer Stadium with help from $1.5M gift | Local News |

‘Rally for Our Schools’ amplifies CBSD student and school board candidate voices (



Monday is last day to register to vote; first day for drop boxes, in-person voting | Election |

Vote-by-mail remains popular with Cumberland County electorate | Politics |

38 Luzerne County polling places changing for May 18 primary | Times Leader

Primary polling sites finalized, new sites included; Exeter to vote in West Wyoming | Election |

Procrastinator’s guide to the May 2021 primary election in Philadelphia – On top of Philly news (

Pennsylvania Democrats Deal Another Blow to Pelosi’s House Majority (

Fair Maps National Day of Action celebrated by LWVBC | News |

Pennsylvania redistricting: I’m hopeful about gerrymandering reform – The Morning Call (

Are Pa.’s state House and Senate maps gerrymandered? Depends on how you measure them. · Spotlight PA

Chester County officials, residents call for redistricting reform | Local News |

In Hot Mic Comments, Congressman Says He Might Run One Or Two More Times –

Democrats face growing list of swing-district retirements, dimming midterm prospects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five Democrats vying for Scranton City Council nominations outline positions, priorities | Election |

Lehigh Valley recipe for hot local elections: Mix controversial construction projects with transparency concerns, stir in a pandemic, bake for a year in Zoom – The Morning Call (



Op-Ed: ‘Community solar’ could help Pennsylvania diversify its energy portfolio | Opinion |

Spotted lanternfly control in Berks set back by funding cuts | Environment |

Hard-To-Recycle Collection Campaign launched for electronics, tires, and more | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Conservationists hope to boost Hammer Creek’s wild trout potential with $5.2 million pollution mitigation plan | Outdoors |



PennDOT Shares Draft Funding Study for Public Review, Comment | BCTV

Lobbying continues for reduced Port Authority fares for low-income riders | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year | Lifestyle |

PECO to restrict several state highways for utility improvements in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties | News |



SPECIAL REPORT | Dementia wards in Pennsylvania were ravaged during the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oversight of Pa. recovery homes stalls as officials, advocates disagree on best approach | WITF

My family’s long-term care story – and what it says about the challenges we all face | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Raise awareness for mental health this May (


State News

Dems test infrastructure pitch with expansion of services for seniors, people with disabilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why allergy season is worsening in Western Pa. |

How citizen scientists can help unlock the mysteries of cicadas [opinion] | Living |

Deer disease meetings set to begin Wednesday –

We must join together to stop the hate against Asian Americans. Here’s how you can help | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Study: States’ personal income hit 20-year high in 2020 | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Here’s what you need to earn to rent a home in Pa. | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Stigma of poverty: Advocates say vilifying the working poor is immoral (

PA gig worker and single mom of twins struggles to make it on low wages (

Bucks, Montgomery County students nominated to military academies (

Bucks County farmers: It’s high time hemp gets its due (

PA casino revenue plummeted in 2020. Can it come back in 2021? (


National News

Mourners gathering Monday for funeral of Andrew Brown Jr. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Idaho’s Transgender Sports Ban Faces A Major Legal Hurdle : NPR

25 States Mount Legal Fight To Block Sackler Bid For Opioid Immunity : NPR

U.S. Judge Restricts Use Of Force By Columbus, Ohio, Police : NPR

2 Killed In Shooting At Wisconsin Casino; Gunman Slain : NPR

How Small Census Numbers Can Decide A State’s Share Of Power In Congress : NPR

How 26 people in the census count helped Minnesota beat New York for a House seat | WITF

Oregon Lawmaker Who Opened State Capitol To Far-Right Protesters Faces Charges : NPR

U.S. incomes surged, spending jumped in March as coronavirus relief rolled out (

Guardian Angels on earth: Highmark sponsored service dogs assist veterans |

Used vehicles in high demand as new supply dwindles | Business |

What you need to know about tax-season changes as filing day nears | Money |

Stimulus checks: Some Americans may have to pay back at least some of the child tax credit –

Roughly 40% of post offices operate in the red. Could banking offer them a way out? | WITF

‘Black America’s attorney general’ seems to be everywhere | News |

This fast food chain is now one of the most diverse workforces in America — except for its executives | Business |


Local News

Junior League of Reading continues activities this weekend to empower middle school girls | Local News |

Filmmaking is thriving in Lancaster County (

Paul T. Dickinson named new Pennridge Regional Police Chief; retiring Chief Rodney Blake commended | News |

Should Harrisburg provide guaranteed income to some residents? The mayor wants to give it a shot –

Fishing activity increases as temperatures warm in Monroeville |

Diocese: Two Wilkes-Barre parishes to consolidate | Times Leader

Fork Over Love announces May distribution dates | Times Leader

Pandemic not stopping proms this year | News |

New stretch of Lackawanna River Heritage Trail slated for completion by year’s end | News |

‘Love, welcome and respect:’ Gay Catholic man advocates for LGBTQ faithful in the Allentown diocese | News |

Hazleton resident shares concerns with city leaders about busy intersection | News |

Black Lives Matter rally in Bethlehem remembers people killed in police violence, focuses on political activism – The Morning Call (

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, to visit Lehigh Valley on Wednesday – The Morning Call (

Stroud teen Vahanvaty plays with poetry for national competition (

Erie scholarships for minorities: $3M ‘We believe in Erie Fund’ launched (

Delaware County eyes tax decrease as budget numbers firm up | News |

Pottstown proposal would limit chickens to large lots | Local News |

How a 60-year-old Lancaster man went viral on TikTok for roller-skating at Overlook Roller Rink | Entertainment |

Bucks County courts remain in a judicial emergency a year, but work continues (

Bucks County teen navigates adulthood making under $15 an hour (

Foundations Community Partnership awards $80K to Bucks County nonprofits (

Bucks Detectives warn of scam using spoofed DA’s phone number (



Closures Leave Ventilator Unit Residents With 30 Days To Find New Homes At Already-Packed Facilities – CBS Pittsburgh (

Pittsburgh’s 4 Big Nonprofits Contribute $115 Million Over 5 Years To Peduto’s OnePGH Initiative | 90.5 WESA

Utility work begins in advance of Bus Rapid Transit project between Oakland and Downtown | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Future of policing is key issue in Pittsburgh mayoral race | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lamb: City’s finances weathered ‘the storm’ but pandemic-related losses still a concern | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cinemark set to reopen Pittsburgh-area theaters |

New report finds lead in majority of Allegheny Co. water systems, offers strategies to reduce exposure | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Work in PA: How a Pittsburgh barista manages on under $2K a month (



Biden celebrates Amtrak’s 50th birthday and pitches more rail investment in Philadelphia | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

1500 Sansom Street streetery hit with stop work order – WHYY

PREIT off to strong leasing activity so far this year – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Richard Vague: ‘Sea change’ underway in lender attitudes toward Philadelphia minority business owners – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Center City Philly welcomes bigger crowds as COVID vaccination rates rise (

George Twardy, former Haverford Republican, is Philadelphia Democrats’ pick for Municipal Court judge (

In Philly suburbs, sewer systems are for sale, and citizens push back, fearing rate hikes (

Low-wage Philly security guard subsists in Kensington (

Black bikers ride to get out the Philly vote | Local News |

Philadelphia Home & School Council highlights fathers’ voices | Local News |

‘We have to do something’: Friends hope new app will empower Philadelphians to help prevent gun violence | Local News |



POLITICO Playbook: Why Biden’s next 100 days will be harder – POLITICO

Separated Families To Reunite In The U.S., As Immigrant Advocates Push For More : NPR

White House Says It Is Open To Diplomacy With North Korea : NPR

Treasury secretary doesn’t see Biden plan creating inflation ‘issue’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s proposals aim to give sturdier support to the middle class | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Romney is booed at Utah GOP convention before failed vote to censure him | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Manchin pans D.C. statehood bill in break with Dems | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

McConnell attacks Biden education anti-racism focus, calling it ‘divisive’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden cancels border wall projects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Celebrity politicians test voter interest in post-Trump era | National News |

New funding to curb wildfires pushed in Congress, as another fire season looms | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Democrats seek narrow path to rein in cost of medicines | National and World |