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Fracking ban still facing legal challenges – Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc.

Bill Preserves Access To Ventilator Services For Vulnerable Patients – WDAC

Measure Helps To Prepare Future PA Firefighters – WDAC

Reps. Pashinski, Cruz introduce legislation to stretch PA SNAP dollars | Times Leader

State Rep. Cris Dush presents citation | Lifestyle |

PA Supreme Court Selects Former Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg To Chair Legislative Pa. Supreme Court picks former Pitt chancellor to chair powerful redistricting commission | WITF

Pitt’s Nordenberg to lead Pa. legislative redistricting commission | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania lawmakers want control of constitutional amendment process after administration’s error | Pennsylvania |

Op-Ed: Why is Gov. Wolf shielding his appointees from confirmation hearings? | Opinion |

Pa. tipped wage workers rally behind Wolf’s proposed minimum wage hike | WITF

Bill to keep governor’s hands out of constitutional amendment process passes Pa. House panel –

After advertising error, Pa. Legislature moves to bring amendment process in-house | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Roll Call: Senate restores EPA power to regulate methane from oil, gas (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Children Now Account For 22% Of New U.S. COVID Cases. Why Is That? : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Why Some Kurdish Americans Are Getting Vaccinated, Even During Ramadan : Shots – Health News : NPR

Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rates Among Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’ : NPR

$100 as a Vaccine Incentive? Experiment Suggests It Can Pay Off. – The New York Times (

FDA expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 12 to 15 by next week, sources say – The Morning Call (

Pitt and CMU researchers find COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy trends based on occupation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


New Jersey loosens COVID-19 restrictions as Pennsylvania mulls next move; business frustration grows as chamber leader calls Fauci ‘irrelevant’ – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to go ‘as fast as I can’ on easing Covid-19 restrictions – Philadelphia Business Journal (

New Jersey lifting all capacity restrictions on restaurants, outdoor events on May 19 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Gov. Wolf urges more vaccinations, says he is optimistic Pa. can start to return to normal. ‘We just want to be safe.’ (

Contact tracing data breach in Pennsylvania warrants investigation, lawmakers say | Pennsylvania |

GOP: Wolf should fire vendor that mishandled virus data | WITF

Where are Pa. coronavirus cases rising? Here are the key numbers to watch – The Morning Call (

Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (5/3/2021): Where does Pa. stand? –

Wolf presses for more Pennsylvanians to get COVID vaccine | Local News |

Department of Aging: PACE COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with Walmart has helped more than 25,000 vulnerable older adults (


Gritty, Flyers launch campaign to battle vaccine hesitancy (

Berks COVID vaccine center opens its doors | Berks and Beyond |

COVID cases in Berks start to fall; 29 new cases are reported, a 6-month low | Coronavirus |

‘Getting Pittsburgh Vaccinated’ and other Facebook groups offer neighborly resources |

New covid cases continue statewide drop, rise in Allegheny and Westmoreland |

Coronavirus vaccination efforts stepped up in Luzerne County | Times Leader

Vaccination program for the homebound launched Monday | coronavirus |

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

School districts prepare to offer vaccine clinic for 12-15-year-olds | Local-news |

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

Mobile vaccine clinic reaches Spanish speakers, next stop York, Gettysburg (

Acting Physician General visits Bryce Jordan Center Vaccination Site, encourages college students to get vaccinated (

Montgomery County records 320 new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths over three days | News |



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

USA Today poverty simulator puts you in the shoes of a low wage worker (

Rutter’s increases starting wage for all field employees (

Google Union Workers Fight for a Say in Company Culture : The Indicator from Planet Money : NPR

Philadelphia union sued for planned strike | Pennsylvania |

Despite virus, Atlantic City casinos reinvesting millions – The Morning Call (

Restaurant takeout boom: Pandemic-fueled food ordering habits not likely to change soon –

Home Depot to hire more than 300 people in Harrisburg, Lancaster areas –

State Treasurer hosts small business roundtable | News |

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it | National News |



Report: Pa. has 2nd highest number of people in U.S. serving life without parole | Tuesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia’s ‘co-responder’ unit will soon pair police officers with mental-health specialists for some calls (

Police are trained for mental health calls. But is there better way? (

Vandergrift gives no update on police conduct investigation |

New Pittsburgh police website tracks changes on reform | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bullock: Change the law and keep traffic stops from turning violent (



Afton H.O.P.E. delivers Earth Day message; earns Pennsbury elementary school national recognition | Yardley Area |

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

Temple University’s free B4USoar pre-college program plans to double cohort for fall – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Kutztown University gets $250,000 grant for music research center | Local News |

Susquehanna Township School District retires Indian mascot –

College and university commencements 2021: Pa. schools holding in-person, virtual, drive-in ceremonies –

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Penn-Trafford proposes 2-mill tax hike for next year |

‘Take these damn masks off these kids’: Solanco parents protest mask requirement in schools [photos] | Local News |

Students, parents organize protest against Greater Johnstown School District | News |

Pennridge High makes a splash, celebrates sports inclusion efforts (

Horizons at Greene Street Friends School set to expand thanks to a $115,000 grant | Local News |

Board postpones Bancroft vote as leaders warn more school closures to come | Education |

Science in the Summer adapts to a hybrid program in collaboration with Franklin Institute | Weekend |



Ballot question: Amend Pennsylvania constitution to outlaw race and ethnicity discrimination? – On top of Philly news (

Conor Lamb moves toward Pennsylvania Senate run – POLITICO

Republican Sean Parnell expected to run for Senate in Pennsylvania – POLITICO

One ritzy fundraiser shows how tough selling lobbying reform in Pa. will be · Spotlight PA

Why Rising Diversity Might Not Help Democrats as Much as They Hope – The New York Times (

Pennsylvania has 4,000 more registered voters than in 2019 – The Morning Call (

DOS: More than 741k Pa. voters have asked for mail-in ballots | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania primary 2021 voter’s guide: Candidates, where to vote, ballot questions, and more (



A Giant Organic Farm Faces Criticism That It’s Harming The Environment : NPR

NOAA has released new climate normals, showing a warmer, wetter Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (

EPA to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, gases used in refrigerators and coolants (



PennDOT invites the public to online meeting on its funding crisis that could result in tolling the Lenhartsville Bridge | Local News |

Philadelphia International Airport projects a 35% increase in nonstop destinations this year (



The Heritage of Green Hills in Shillington breaks ground on new Health Care Center | Business |

Facing burnout, worker shortages, nurses say COVID-19 shows need for staffing ratios | WITF

COVID-19 proves dangers of ‘corporate’-driven hospital care, need for minimal nurse-to-patient ratios, nurses’ groups say –

During the pandemic, telehealth helped faraway family members attend seniors’ medical visits. Doctors want that to stay. (

Clean eating is important for your health | Health |


State News

Pa. to get more than $7 billion in COVID relief, but where will it go? (

PA teachers pension system embroiled in controversy. What to know. (

Activists rally across tri-state area to stop Asian hate – 6abc Philadelphia

PA teachers pension system embroiled in controversy. What to know. (

WaPo: Cohen ‘Probably Will Be Nominated’ For Canada Ambassador | PoliticsPA

PA State Rep. Kenyatta bursts into song when asked about political divide: ‘Which side are you on?’ (

Pennsylvania senator urges Schuylkill County commissioner to resign amid sexual harassment allegations – The Morning Call (

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

Pa. state parks visits rise as COVID restrictions begin to lift (


National News

The Epic Versus Apple Trial Has Begun. Here’s What You Need To Know : NPR

In Denver, Civic-Minded ‘Colorado Sun’ Acquires Suburban Newspaper Chain : NPR

U.S.-Mexico Efforts Targeting Drug Cartels Have Unraveled, DEA Says : NPR

At least 23 dead as elevated train collapses, dropping car onto busy road in Mexico City –

Verizon selling AOL, Yahoo to Apollo Global Management (

New Apple credit card makes it easier for families to share credit. But should they? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How college students are collaborating with NASA to grow plants on the moon | Home & Garden |

African Cultural Alliance of North America offers free tax preparation | Business |

A recruiter joined Facebook to help improve diversity. He says its hiring practices hurt people of color. | Business |


Local News

Emhoff To Visit Allentown on Wednesday | PoliticsPA

Stonewall, the Lehigh Valley’s last gay club, under contract to be sold, putting future in doubt – The Morning Call (

129 Dauphin County restaurants impacted by pandemic awarded $3 million in grants –

Fundraising underway to help families displaced by apartment fire in West View |

Hempfield to apply for federal grant that could benefit township fire department |

Free recommendations to improve properties in the Buffalo Creek watershed |

Plymouth Township celebrates anniversary of leaving Act 47 status | Times Leader

Police officer, firefighter lauded for rescuing boys from Kingston blaze | News |

Public urged to support Chester County’s fallen heroes | Local News |

Medical marijuana: Firm leases old fireworks site in Summit, plans store (

Hulu shows: Wu-Tang series picks up Spring Grove actor for season two (

Meadow Grounds Lake in Fulton County refilled and reopening (



Protester injured by police projectile, then charged for same incident claims mistreatment during preliminary hearing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

How rising rents and renovations have displaced Pittsburghers and added to the city’s ongoing issues with gentrification | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Tree of Life moves toward a fresh start, taps world-renowned architect to synagogue oversee redesign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mayor Peduto’s OnePGH plan is too little, too late | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City council to hold hearing on loss of Black population in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia DA candidates rack up endorsements, discuss racial bias | Local News |

These are Philadelphia’s best public high schools, per U.S. News & World Report – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philly’s Home & School Council highlights fathers’ voices | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Philadelphia scales back requested water rate increase, to 10.2% (

Outdoor shows in Philadelphia this spring (

Philadelphia City Councilmembers question Kenney’s commitment to growing Black-owned businesses in spending plans | Local News |



Perry minimizes his Jan. 6 role, stresses corporate criticism in tele-town hall | Politics |

Sen. Casey backs stronger trade protections, social programs in global battle with China | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

104 Days Of Bidenonomics : Planet Money : NPR

Biden Raises Refugee Cap Far Above Trump’s Limit : NPR

Biden takes infrastructure and safety net plans public: a look at the cost and details of the proposal | Smart Talk (