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Proposed legislation would give students in Pa. days off to focus on mental health | WITF

Senate panel green lights police radar bill | News |

Senate Democrats Push for Greater Accountability From Natural Gas Industry – The Allegheny Front

Senator Jay Costa comments on budget and election reforms (

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

McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pennsylvania senators revive bipartisan bill calling for transparency in prescription drug costs | Pennsylvania |

House GOP leaders may seek impeachment of Philadelphia Commissioners in election law dispute | News |

Philly commissioner says GOP is ‘playing games’ with impeachment threat over mail ballots | WITF

Extending drinks-to-go sale is the right move | Opinion |

New legislation targets federal COVID unemployment aid | City & State PA (

Berks Lawmakers Announce $200k Grant Funding for District 11 | BCTV

Corry and Union City awarded state grants for blight remediation (

Government unions in Pa. starting to lose millions (

Pa.’s election code is in need of reform. But do the potential plans match local needs? | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘It’s about America.’ Pa. lawmakers join efforts to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf keeps trying to raise the minimum wage. Will he ever succeed? –

State House hearing examines school mental health needs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA reps discuss bill to allow for concealed carry without permit (

Fireworks fiasco: Citizens, some lawmakers seek change to state law (

Pa. legislature considering making mixed drinks-to-go permanent | News |

How they voted: Actions taken last week in the state Legislature | Local News |


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Health Experts on COVID Precautions to Take With Unvaccinated Kids (

It’s time to resume in-person meetings | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (

Employers Can (Mostly) Require Vaccines For Workers Returning To The Office : NPR

Vietnam detects new highly transmissible coronavirus variant | WITF

Vietnam finds new virus variant; hybrid of India, U.K. strains | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Find the origin of COVID or risk another pandemic, U.S. experts warn –

To mask or not to mask? When it comes to unvaccinated children, it’s complicated. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More states ease lingering virus rules as vaccine rates rise | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For ER doctors, telling the truth about COVID-19 is life or death | Expert Opinion (

Black leaders: Lack of access, mistrust hampering COVID-19 vaccine efforts | Coronavirus |


Pennsylvania lifts all Covid-19 restrictions except for mask mandate – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

Beam: State will drop mask mandate by June 28 | Coronavirus |

A stark racial divide on vaccinations leaves many at risk as Pennsylvania reopens | WITF

Pennsylvanians should see more normalcy in their lives as state lifts many COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania movie theaters ditch mask mandate: What you need to know (

Pennsylvania’s new covid case average drops below 1,000 for 1st time since October |


Philadelphia moves up target date to end Covid-19 restrictions to June 2 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Kenney administration to ease most COVID-19 restrictions ahead of schedule | Local News |

Study: Allegheny County’s struggles against COVID-19 reflect racial, economic disparities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools to host student vaccine clinics at schools | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pocono Mountain East HS and St. Luke’s team up for COVID-19 vaccines (

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

New COVID-19 cases in region drop third straight day | Coronavirus |



Pa. minimum wage: Business owners join Wolf in push for $15 an hour (

Construction loan lined up for new Philadelphia building leased to TJ Maxx parent company – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA grant program for gyms? Sen. Tammy Duckworth presses for $30B for industry. – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Think Inflation Is Bad Now? Let’s Take A Step Back To The 1970s : NPR

Pa. restaurants struggle with rising food costs | Today in Pa. –

A year since civil unrest and ransacked shops: Some business owners are fine. Others still struggle. (

A new kind of union emerges for lower paid workers across the U.S. (

Action Network’s Patrick Keane, a media deal-maker, is riding the sports-betting craze (

Poconos hospitality industry in dire need of workers (

Erie businesses allowed to expand to 100% capacity on Monday (

Memorial Day heralding post-pandemic summer | Business |

Committee approves revamped at Suburban Square paving way for new outdoor dining | Business |

Lancaster County employers raising minimum pay to $15 in effort to fill chronic job openings | Local Business |



A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to Poverty – Center for American Progress

Mall near Pittsburgh evacuated as possible shooting reported – The Morning Call (

Philly man released from prison after serving nearly 30 years for murder | Local News |

West Hazleton chief faces prison time for civil rights violation (

Erie police get complaints about night activity on lower State Street (

Hazleton police settle federal complaint about serving limited English speakers | News |

Schuylkill Haven chief says officer took ‘safe shot’ despite Taser hitting child | Cops and Courts |

Front Lines | Retired city police captain eager to put ideas to work on new St. Clair Township force | News |

Ex-Warminster cop faces additional child sexual abuse charges (

Longtime Warminster cop named Upper Southampton chief (

Pittsburgh police probe Allentown shooting early Sunday |



Economic uncertainty, unreliable broadband add worry to state-owned university mergers in northwest Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Many children lack access to summer programs in Allegheny County, study says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

North Allegheny board narrowly approves empowerment program training | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WVW gets confirmation board member died in late March | News |

Elizabethtown Area school board votes to continue mask mandate | Community News |



What Will the NYC Mayoral Race Say About Philly’s Next Mayor? – Philadelphia 3.0 (

John Fetterman, perhaps seeking eastern Pennsylvania votes, ventures into Wawa – The Morning Call (

One Moment From John Fetterman’s Past Could Derail His Senate Bid (

Trump, ‘leader of the Republican Party,’ looms large in Pennsylvania’s 2022 primaries –

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

Mark Zuckerberg helped some Pa. counties survive the 2020 election. Right-wing lawmakers say that was unfair. · Spotlight PA

Justin Fairfax’s Run For Governor Raises Questions About Race And #MeToo : NPR

Philly’s elections are secure, but our poll infrastructure needs improvement | Opinion (

Candidates for governor, U.S. Senate jockeying for position with 2022 on the horizon | News |



Guest Column: Time for collective action on climate change | Opinion |

Network of companies looking to move fracking wastewater in barges up and down Pittsburgh’s rivers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to share its lead water solutions with EPA, other cities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County restores online air quality dashboard | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Office of Public Art to address environmental issues with OPA Live! Instagram series | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Return trip: Study shows drivers hitting the roads again as pandemic eases | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Road over Francis E. Walter Dam closed in June (

Traffic light, roundabout are among options for Millcreek intersection (

Sharrod Hill Road bridge will be replaced in Elk Creek Township (

Lane restrictions along Eastvale Bridge June 1-5 (



Scientists Studying Cannabis Now Have Access To More Plants For Their Research : Shots – Health News : NPR

Poor Medical Care And Distrust Fuel Black Patients’ Desire For Black Physicians : Shots – Health News : NPR

How to ‘build back better’ health habits after the pandemic year | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. notches one of its ‘mildest’ flu seasons on record, Health Dept. says | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PA had a mild flu season. COVID-19 restrictions likely helped (

Study finds worrying blood-lead levels in children in Berks County, especially Reading | Environment |

3 proven ways to cope with the trauma of 2020 (

AHN starts 2021 with $23 million loss; patient visits rebound as covid vaccinations climb |


State News

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

Transparency lawyer hired as PA teacher retirement system investigation continues | WHP (

Internal PSERS documents show how Pa’s biggest pension fund got key financial calculation wrong | WITF

Anxiety runs high as Pa. begins massive overhaul of 60-year-old unemployment computer system · Spotlight PA

What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s new unemployment compensation system | Local News |

Infrastructure overhaul should focus more on safety, advocates say | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Harvest opens another medical marijuana dispensary in central Pa. –

When the gators came to Pennsylvania (including a couple in the Lehigh Valley) – The Morning Call (

Pa. Supreme Court asks if order against Erie County judge is appealable (

Group wants to keep casinos smoke-free | Business |

Treasurer wants military medals distributed to rightful owners, including local veteran | News |

Pennsylvania using insecticide on invasive spotted lanternflies |

Editorial: An unsatisfactory finding of state incompetence |


National News

Texas Democrats Walk Out, Stop Republican’s Sweeping Voting Restrictions : NPR

Texas Democrats block restrictive voting bill from being approved by walking off the floor to deny GOP-majority House a quorum | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Netanyahu Could Lose PM Job As Rivals Attempt To Join Forces : NPR

Startup Helps Those Affected By Gangs And Gun Violence Find A Way Out : NPR

What Microsoft Officials Know About Russia’s Phishing Hack Targeting USAID : NPR

Homebuyers Squeezed As Western States See Prices Double Or More In Last Decade : NPR

RIP, Va. Sen. John Warner. A Republican who worked across the aisle. Imagine that | Dick Polman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Southwest decides it has seen enough, reverses its decision to bring alcohol back on board –

Indianapolis 500 welcomes 135,000 fans to start auto racing’s biggest day –

The aftermath: No compensation, no justice | Black History |

Black Wall Street once thrived as epicenter of African American-owned businessses | Black History |

$11 billion New York rail tunnel gets key federal approval | State & Region |

Israel, Egypt talk truce with Hamas, rebuilding Gaza Strip | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vets return to Memorial Day traditions as pandemic eases | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

US Postal Service looks to raise first-class stamp to 58 cents (

China easing birth limits further to cope with aging society | News |


Local News

Letter: Article on shredding event is missing key details | Letters to the Editor |

Pa. veterans’ names etched into memorial wall – 6abc Philadelphia

South Side Hilltop Memorial Day Pilgrimage Set To Take Place – CBS Pittsburgh (

Historic Montgomery County farmstead recognized as an Underground Railroad site | WITF

Lehigh Valley real estate agents and contractors give disabled Vietnam veteran a free home remodel – The Morning Call (

Wind Creek Bethlehem casino ready for more customers Monday, GM says – The Morning Call (

Balancing taxpayer money and climate change, Lehigh Valley municipal, county officials plan for a greener future – The Morning Call (

Bus stop near the state Capitol becomes a haven for the homeless; Harrisburg officials look to take action – The Morning Call (

Humans and dogs bundle up for Dogs & Brews at the Reading Public Museum | Local News |

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery honors the fallen for Memorial Day (

Civil War soldier has someone to decorate his grave this Memorial Day (

Lone Star tick: New to Erie County, but deer ticks still top concern locally (

Memorial Day parades return after one-year COVID-19 hiatus | News |

County council will resume meeting in person, but maybe not until July | coronavirus |

Luzerne County 911 upgrade project on track but cost increased | News |

Demand for concealed carry permits in Lackawanna County increased over past decade | News |

Scranton, Lackawanna County again at odds of tax collection rules | News |

Montgomery County honors fallen veterans for Memorial Day | News |

Region’s electric grid operator is ready to meet summer demand | News |

Bucks County courts: Jury trials to resume after coronavirus halt (

‘We made it through’: Salvatore’s Pizza, a Johnstown fixture for 30 years, endures pandemic | Local News |

Vets return to Memorial Day traditions as pandemic eases | Times Leader

Closing near on Luzerne County juvenile detention center sale | Times Leader

South Coatesville Borough Council meeting ‘Zoombombed’ by hacker | Community News |

Manheim Township finds limited municipal support in call for a county health department | PA Power and Policy |

At Chester County cemetery, honoring those who fought for freedom | Local-news |

Chester County commissioners want to continue virtual meetings | Local-news |

County honors those who made ultimate sacrifice (



PWSA offers to pay for nearly all youth football team’s equipment after state senator gets involved – WPXI

E-bikes coming to Pgh’s Healthy Ride bike share thanks to grant from Heinz Endowments | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

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

Pittsburgh restaurants return to 100% capacity. Now what? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State preservation group says Pittsburgh church one of state’s most at-risk sites | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Calming effect: Pittsburgh installs speed humps, traffic circles to slow traffic and increase safety | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s Trinity Cathedral leads nationwide choir concert | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to merge 15 parishes into four, starting July 1 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Change of plans: Offices out, residential favored as part of latest North Shore development | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority to begin lifting capacity limits on Monday |



Poor Philadelphia Neighborhoods Have Worse Access to Public Parks (

Christine Flowers: Four more years of death (

Greater Philadelphia restaurant and tourism news: 6 things you might have missed this week – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly AIDS Thrift expands just in time for Pride Month | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia police officers fight firings for racist Facebook posts (

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council consider racial equity in budget negotiations (

Philadelphia grapples with Frank Rizzo and Christopher Columbus statues a year after protests (

Philly shootings, stabbings persist despite holiday weekend of lousy weather and preventative measures (

Vandal’s damage at Reading Terminal Market estimated at least in ‘the five figures’ (



11 senators were totally absent from Jan. 6 commission vote | Fox News

Sen. Toomey is absent for vote on Jan. 6 commission – The Morning Call (

Jan. 6 Commission Fails In Senate Following GOP Opposition : NPR

Sen. Murkowski delivers pointed criticism of fellow Republicans, including McConnell, who oppose commission | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What we learned about Joe Biden from riding Amtrak with a Senate colleague who has known the president for five decades | Usa latest news (

For Memorial Day, Biden Pays Tribute To Fallen Service Members In Delaware : NPR

For Biden, a deeply personal Memorial Day weekend observance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why Democrats Are Angry At Wall Street : NPR

Exclusive: HUD’s Marcia Fudge Says She’s Ready To Fight Homelessness As Head Of Panel : NPR

What’s Blocking Bill That Would Reform Military Justice System : NPR

Biden Proposes $6 Trillion Budget, A Huge Hike In Spending : NPR

Susan Wild disappointed by Senate failure to advance Jan. 6 commission – The Morning Call (

Buttigieg wants ‘clear direction’ on infrastructure plan by June 7, as Democrats strike more urgent tone on negotiations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s silence on abortion rights at a key moment worries liberals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Growing wary of China, senators hope to beef up scrutiny of economic ties and offshoring | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An extensive list of all the times Sean Parnell criticized Donald Trump | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (