Public-private partnerships challenged in Pennsylvania Tolls Land Line

Pa. legislative leaders failed in their duty to select reapportionment chair | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The governor’s emergency power: Pa. officials make case for its use in helping ag industry | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter to the editor: Vote ‘no’ on Pa. amendments | TribLIVE.com

Pa. House panel moves to make take-out cocktails permanent | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Takeout cocktails on permanent track in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19


Coronavirus: Joe Biden aims for vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults by July 4 (inquirer.com)

Beer? Money? States and cities offer incentives to get vaccinated | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds: Safety, side effects and more, explained (inquirer.com)

Some parents are excited over the prospect of vaccine shots for children | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccinating kids for COVID-19 could be problematic: ‘They need a plan tailored to them that’s specific to them’ – pennlive.com

San Francisco, Los Angeles counties reach yellow tier of COVID restrictions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scientists scramble to see why, in rare cases, even the vaccinated can get covid-19 | TribLIVE.com

States with higher vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

COVID-19 Death Rates Are Impressively Low In Haiti : Goats and Soda : NPR


Pennsylvania will lift most COVID-19 restrictions on Memorial Day · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania will fully reopen on Memorial Day, lifting COVID-19 rules. Philadelphia won’t follow suit — yet. (inquirer.com)

Wolf moves to fully reopen Pa. by May 31, plans to remove all COVID-19 restrictions other than masks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurant, entertainment venue operators celebrate end of COVID-19 occupancy limits | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Restaurants in central Pa. on COVID-19 restrictions lifting: ‘Good news’ but not ‘overwhelming’ – pennlive.com

‘People are itching to get out’: End of COVID-19 restrictions a giant step toward normalcy for IronPigs, Lehigh Valley restaurants and more – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State’s lifting of restrictions means rebirth for area facilities | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

Restaurants face hurdles as hospitality industry suffers from ongoing COVID-19 regulations | News | dailylocal.com

PIAA asks Department of Health to change mask policy (audacy.com)

State creates call center for people with disabilities, autism to get vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New initiative aims to give Pennsylvanians with intellectual, development disabilities greater vaccines access | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Walmart, Sam’s Club administering walk-up vaccines | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

COVID-19 vaccine in Pa.: Hesitancy could jeopardize herd immunity goal (timesonline.com)


Health care providers push vaccination efforts in Pennsylvania’s Amish and Mennonite communities | WITF

Indian Americans offer aid at Philly vaccination sites, even as COVID-19 threatens friends and family in India (inquirer.com)

Gritty, Flyers launch campaign to battle vaccine hesitancy (timesonline.com)

FDA is expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents next week, sparking excitement among Philly-area teens and pediatricians (inquirer.com)

Giant Eagle says vaccine slots available at today’s Heinz Field clinic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vaccination numbers for Berks residents show peak was in late April | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

Walk-up vaccines now available at Montgomery County-run clinics | News | mainlinemedianews.com

Vaccinating teens should lower COVID cases, help schools in the fall (goerie.com)

Spanish speaker vaccine clinic headed for York, Gettysburg (ydr.com)

Walk-ins to be accepted at all LVHN COVID-19 vaccination locations (poconorecord.com)



Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings in Greater Philadelphia drop 27% in 1Q – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Greater Philadelphia hospitality businesses look to incentivize new hires amid labor shortage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Unemployment still high, yet many businesses say they can’t find enough workers (inquirer.com)

Consol Energy, finding hungry industrial plants abroad, mines more coal than ever before | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Steel has options to consider after canceling Mon Valley upgrade | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 10,000 apply for Shuttered Venue grant, payouts coming in May | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Need aid for your shuttered venue? End of May is the earliest you might get it | WITF

In wake of COVID, employers step up automation and use of robots | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City council updates business license regulations | News | standardspeaker.com

Jobs for the disabled can provide low wages but high satisfaction (timesonline.com)

Lavazza expanding its Chester County plant, adding its first U.S. coffee roasting, packing plant | Business | dailylocal.com



Citizen Police Review Board In The Works For City Of Washington – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Black trooper sues state police over claims of racism at Greensburg barracks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Upper Darby High goes on lockdown Tuesday after threats from outside | News | delcotimes.com



Pa. lawmakers debate plan to consolidate state universities | WITF

Swarthmore College holds steady on capital projects, enrollment despite financial hurdles – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Stimulus money, cuts, curbed spending will balance budget in North Allegheny School District | TribLIVE.com

Lone critic reiterates old issues at hearing on Wilkes-Barre Area school closures | Times Leader

Holy Family Catholic School moves to remote learning after COVID-19 exposures | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Middletown elementary school closes as COVID-19 precautionary measure – pennlive.com

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old’s Struggle With Pandemic Learning – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Protest at Greater Johnstown fizzles; organizers say they have support on social media | News | tribdem.com

Southeast Delco educator doubly honored during Teacher Appreciation Week | Local-news | delcotimes.com



Trevor Southerland Named New HDCC Executive Director | PoliticsPA

Resignation Of State Rep. Jeff Pyle Leads To Special Election On May 18 With 3 Candidates – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Five Minutes With … Ed Gainey | Five Minutes With … | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

League of Women Voters holds forum on Luzerne County judge race | Times Leader

After Allentown mayoral candidates use City Hall footage on campaign trail, City Council proposes changes to ethics code – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judicial Elections | Election Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Here’s how Pa. can level the playing field with clean energy | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Pennsylvania Turnpike adds nearly $200 million to capital spending as commercial traffic returns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Port Authority pledges to consider reduced fares for low-income riders after it finishes current changes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

LCTA bus and van fares resuming June 1 | Times Leader



How to make a mental health plan to help you process the pandemic | Expert Opinion (inquirer.com)

Tresckow man first in Pa. to receiving “breathing lung” transplant | News | standardspeaker.com


State News

Rep. Kelly, questioning feds’ handling of unaccompanied children in Erie, heads to southern border | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two Pennsylvania women charged with trying to vote for deceased mothers | WITF

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

This Is Where Pennsylvania Ranks Among the Best States to Retire | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA Treasury may owe up to $53M to Lancaster County residents; here’s how to check if you’re owed money | Local News | lancasteronline.com


National News

Derek Chauvin files for new trial, alleging prosecutorial and judicial misconduct | TribLIVE.com

Flush with cash, states now are figuring out how to spend their stimulus money (ydr.com)

Flood threats persist as relentless storms drench South | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Israel PM Netanyahu fails to form new government, prolonging deadlock | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Facebook board’s Trump decision on Wednesday could have wider impacts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The U.S. Birthrate Has Dropped Again. The Pandemic May Be Accelerating the Decline. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Madrid’s champion of soft virus restrictions wins election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As pandemic ebbs, an old fear is new again: mass shootings | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Horrible’ weeks ahead as India’s virus catastrophe worsens | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Free speech case involving Pa. cheerleader goes to Supreme Court | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Native leader takes Pa.’s Santorum to history class: ‘Our history helped to shape the current U.S. government’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Biden’s infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the U.S. – including Pa. | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Census experts make $2B ask for census data infrastructure improvements | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Utah’s ‘Silicon Slopes’ Hoping State Changes Its Reputation : NPR


Local News

North Allegheny employee cleans up in annual Custodian of the Year contest | TribLIVE.com

Oakmont officials release designs of a proposed ‘pump track’ at Creekside Park | TribLIVE.com

Reading Fightin Phils welcome baseball fans back to the city | Local News | readingeagle.com

Pennsylvania ethics commission fines West Reading’s borough manager | Local News | readingeagle.com

Reading proposes public art policy to bring colorful crosswalks and murals to the city | Local News | readingeagle.com

Judge denies injunctions sought by Scranton landlord Ken Bond | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton will ceremoniously rename road to honor late Pearl Harbor vet Pasiak | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Scranton Chamber hosts downtown block party celebration | Lifestyles | thetimes-tribune.com

Susquehanna Twp. says it’ll take time to replace its dismissed Indian mascot – pennlive.com

Stonewall memories: Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive looking for photos, stories – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Farmers market vouchers available to eligible Beaver County seniors (timesonline.com)

Concerns over capacity limits and COVID-19 precede area proms (timesonline.com)

Doylestown Arts Festival 2021 will be in-person event in Bucks County (theintell.com)

Amazon supermarket coming to Bensalem, could bring high-tech shopping (theintell.com)

Jesse Hill, founder of DV3, remembered as a man of action for Bucks County veterans (theintell.com)

Lancaster County commissioners set to discuss land acquisition for new county prison | Local News | lancasteronline.com

A bigger Make-A-Wish truck convoy returns to Mother’s Day | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Erie postal facility: USPS to move forward on consolidation plan (goerie.com)

Groundbreaking set Wednesday for Erie-area child abuse memorial (goerie.com)



Pittsburgh film incentives could translate into more jobs for Pittsburghers post-pandemic (wtae.com)

Tree of Life, Holocaust Center officials look forward to working with architect | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh reopens Carnahan-Wenzell intersections with Banksville Road | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh likely to consider single-use plastic bag ban this summer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Planning Commission OKs plans for new FNB headquarters in Lower Hill District | TribLIVE.com

Local bookstore White Whale and Strip District Terminal developer dispute failed deal for lease | TribLIVE.com

Ammonia leak detected at Strip District building in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Fifth graders’ Jeff Goldblum obsession gets love from Pittsburgh actor | TribLIVE.com

Carnegie Museum of Art plans free, outdoor summer events | TribLIVE.com

With a majority of Pittsburgh Public School board seats up for grabs, candidates are pushing for racial equity and accountability | Election Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Philly Councilmembers call for a ‘bold investment’ to fight gun violence – WHYY

Pine Valley Golf Club ranks No. 1 in U.S.; Merion and Aronimink within top 100 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Dine Latino Restaurant Week is a taste of Philly’s diverse food scene (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia DA attracts more out-of-state than local donors (audacy.com)

Carlos Vega makes Larry Krasner fight for his job as Philadelphia DA race nears close (inquirer.com)

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

Philly advocates plan a $600,000 hygiene truck to distribute toiletries to people experiencing homelessness (inquirer.com)

A volleyball tournament came to Philadelphia last month. Convention planners say it shows how to hold large events in the pandemic. (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia man stole 14 homes by forging names, documents | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Philly City Council questions Kenney’s commitment to growing Black-owned biz in budget plan | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Two MBIT seniors take first in Philadelphia-area auto tech contest (theintell.com)



Janet Yellen clarifies she is not predicting Fed rate increases | TribLIVE.com

Constitutional Challenges Loom Over Proposed Voting Bill – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rudy Giuliani trolled as allies ask Trump to settle legal fees from $250M war chest: ‘Trump doesn’t pay bills’ | MEAWW

Judge orders Justice Dept. to release Trump obstruction memo | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court justices skeptical that law intends to mitigate low-level crack sentences | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House Republicans Have Had Enough of Liz Cheney’s Truth-Telling – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Why Democratic Departures From the House Have Republicans Salivating – The New York Times (nytimes.com)