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After a decade of talks, inter-municipal trail system in Kennett area will become a reality | Local News |

Kutztown Borough awarded $674,844 grant for walkable community project | Local News |

Town hall to be held Thursday on vaccine hesitancy | Coronavirus |

Pa. Senate bill will remove ‘homosexuality’ from state’s crimes code | News |

Limiting Pennsylvania governor’s emergency powers is a bad idea (

Halcovage impeachment process begins | News |

Pa. doctors could be punished for rejecting vaccine-skeptical parents under advancing House legislation | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Mihalek to co-sponsor legislation to protect data collected for vaccine registration | Local News |

How the Pa. Black Caucus wants to dismantle systemic racism (

Pa. Black caucus pushes bills to dismantle systemic racism (

Harrisburg Diocese bankruptcy case could collide with bill giving child sex abuse victims a chance to sue | WITF

Pa.’s volunteer fire departments are in crisis. How Pa. lawmakers are moving to help | Mark O’Keefe | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Coronavirus – COVID-19


COVID-19’s U.S. toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Libraries still quarantine books, even as cases drop and vaccinations rise (

U.S. to back waiver of vaccine intellectual property protections at WTO |

‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet – The New York Times (

CureVac Covid Vaccine Could Bring Hope to the Unvaccinated World – The New York Times (

Americans Are Taking Outings Again, Giving A lift To Businesses : NPR

Why does COVID-19 cause neurological problems, including ‘brain fog’? Scientists might have an answer –

Public health, medical experts say removing most COVID-19 restrictions a reasonable next step | WITF

COVID mixed messages; sorting fact from fiction | Smart Talk (


Gov. Wolf Announces Most COVID-19 Mitigation Orders Will Be Lifted By May 31 – CBS Pittsburgh (

Pennsylvania leads U.S. in plunge of first COVID-19 vaccine doses given | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coronavirus vaccine hesitancy among Republicans high in Pa., but few GOP leaders speaking up (

Republican Sen. Kim Ward endorses covid vaccine for return to normalcy |

PA contract with Insight Global not renew after data breach (

PSU’s James Franklin, Gov. Tom Wolf team up to promote COVID vaccines (

The number of vaccinated Erie police officers, firefighters increases (

College kids urged to get vaccinated; statewide demand lags | WITF

Wolf to Pa.: Want to see Penn State in-person this fall? Get vaccinated | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

A full Beaver Stadium for Penn State football may be possible with enough vaccinations | WITF


Vincent Hughes, Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes host vaccination clinics – WHYY

Debate over COVID-19 vaccine requirements intensifies in Harrisburg; Muhlenberg College joins Lehigh University in requiring shots – The Morning Call (

COVID-19 Latest: Allegheny County OK with Wolf’s restriction rollback; Sick leave bill will get public input | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County tops 100,000 vaccinations | Times Leader

Wyoming Valley West planning COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students ages 12 and older | coronavirus |

Providers say mass vaccinations disappearing, but COVID fight marches on | Coronavirus |

COVID pandemic death toll for Berks residents reaches 1,000 | Coronavirus |

Lancaster County mass vaccination site trims hours in the wake of declining demand | Health |

Local COVID-19 hospitalizations holding steady; Cambria, Blair each add two deaths | Coronavirus |

York County vaccine rate: How many people have been vaccinated? (

UPMC Hamot COVID nurse survives her own severe bout with virus (

Coca-Cola Park to host COVID-19 vaccinations prior to Thursday’s IronPigs game, with a free ticket as reward – The Morning Call (

Montgomery County records 73 new coronavirus cases in daily report | News |

AHN to host a vaccination clinic Thursday in Aliquippa (

Bucks County vaccine rate: How many people have been vaccinated? (



Former Hazelwood coke works being considered for green manufacturing plant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PNC, BNY Mellon share plans to bring remote workers back to the office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Google Adopts Pandemic Telework Changes : NPR

Staffing crunch may impact Berks restaurants more than lifting COVID restrictions | Local News |

Employers, employees differ on post-pandemic work arrangements – Philadelphia Business Journal (

More than 180,000 businesses apply to Restaurant Revitalization Fund in opening days – Philadelphia Business Journal (

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

PPL earnings tumble during first quarter, blaming discontinued overseas operations – The Morning Call (

Pa. tech firm that makes iPhone components gets $410 million from Apple, could grow in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (



‘Please, don’t shoot me’: Complaints and lawsuits piled up for years before a Philly detective was arrested (

Shade Township supervisors to vote Thursday on disbanding police department | News |

States push back against use of facial recognition by police – The Morning Call (

Activists want open data about how Pittsburgh police use ‘less-lethal’ weapons | WITF

Warminster releases settlement with ex-cop accused of child sex abuse (

Honoring fallen law enforcement heroes including those from Wade dump fire | News |



Pa. superintendents, charter advocates continue to spar over school funding | WITF

Philly-area superintendents press for reforms, say payments to charter schools aren’t sustainable (

After student push, Pa.’s state university system adopts strategy to address campus racism (

Small crowd attends hearing on closing Meyers and Coughlin | Education |

Officials tour new Lackawanna College campus | Education |

Penn State Schuylkill sets plans for in-person graduation, fall semester | Education |

Columbia Borough School District plans to spend $6M in projects through 2026 | Community News |

Chester Upland charter bidders to make their pitch tonight | News |



A week after FBI raid, Rudy Giuliani prepares to host Midstate fundraiser for Mastriano | ABC27

Philadelphia DA primary endorsements: Vega nabs more unions, Krasner more officials – On top of Philly news (

2021 primary ballot questions: No to partisan bickering, yes to fairly funding fire departments | Endorsement (

Democratic Primary Election 2021 Pittsburgh City Council District 4 | Election Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

LETTER: Early ballot prep needed | Letters to the Editor |

Inquirer endorses Judge Kevin Brobson for Pa. Supreme Court in Republican primary | Endorsement

NRCC Adds Houlahan to 2022 Target List | PoliticsPA

Lugar Center: Fitzpatrick Ranked As Most Bipartisan Member For The 116th Congress | PoliticsPA

How ‘socialism’ stopped being a dirty word for some voters – and started winning elections across America | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Climate report predicts weeks of 90-degree days by mid-century in Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Report: Pennsylvania will warm 5.9 degrees by midcentury without carbon regulations; critics question integrity of study | Pennsylvania |

This report predicts PA’s annual temperature will rise by 6 degrees (

Regional groups ask feds to renew Falcon Pipeline scrutiny (

Ron DeSantis Pushes Coastal ‘Resilience’ While Doing Little To Tackle Climate Change : NPR



Wenzell Ave. reopens after bridge replacement and improvement project – WPXI

Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge reopens Thursday morning after closing for possible barge strike | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harrisburg’s North Second Street won’t become a two-way until 2022 –



Site near Monroeville Mall eyed for new $91 million VA outpatient clinic |

Allentown ranked as worst city for people with asthma in U.S. – The Morning Call (

How Food May Improve Your Mood – The New York Times (


State News

Sen. Toomey vows to find out why U.S. Steel canceled $1.5B Mon Valley Works project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Comcast diversity program provides tech makeovers, other awards to minority-owned businesses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jobless want state to end backlog, pay benefits now |

GOP wants to restore work-search rule for jobless benefits | Pennsylvania State News |

Northeast Pennsylvania ready to celebrate #570Day on social media | News |

National chicken wing shortage hits NEPA | Business |

EXCLUSIVE: Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff’s Allentown Visit Paints ‘Inspiring’ Image Of Small Community Coming Together – CBS Philly (

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, hears about challenges facing Lehigh Valley business owners – The Morning Call (

League of Women Voters honors Thomas for Pennsylvania mapping proposal (

‘Democracy requires full representation’: Group pushes for racially equitable redistricting | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Voting laws by state: How other places compare to Georgia (

Trans YOUniting announces Trans Crisis Fund to provide housing and other essential services | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Chronic Wasting disease spreads. in Pennsylvania (


National News

Here’s a round-up of this week’s redistricting news: May 5, 2021 – Ballotpedia News

JetBlue passenger faces $32,750 in fines for refusing to wear mask, shouting obscenities at crew members | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Federal judge strikes down CDC’s national moratorium on evictions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Effects of CDC eviction moratorium decision unclear as advocates, landlords fear fallout | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ICE deportations fell in April to lowest monthly level on record, enforcement data shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Explainer: Will juror’s march presence impact Derek Chauvin case? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge after years underground | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chlorine shortage expected this summer | Business |

Anti-Olympic petition gains tens of thousands of signatures | Coronavirus |

How two Black CEOs got corporate America to pay attention to voting rights | Business |


Local News

Heritage of Green Hills Breaks Ground on State-Of-The-Art Health Care Center | BCTV

Churchill residents voice concerns over proposed e-commerce warehouse | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Prantl’s hit with health citations for opening Squirrel Hill bakery without permit |

NAACP: Hollenback Golf Course employee made racist comment | Times Leader

Geisinger shows off new LIFE facility in Wilkes-Barre for seniors | Times Leader

Officials in Hazleton prepare for fire fleet upgrade | News |

Berks County hands over letter supporting residential center plan to the Reading Eagle | Berks and Beyond |

Editorial: Broadband internet access must be addressed | Editorials |

Reading Area Community College senior co-founds program to help kids eat healtier | Local News |

Chester County picked for new low-income housing mobility program | Local News |

If prison leaves East King Street, ‘unique’ redevelopment possibility would replace it, officials say | Local Business |

New Lancaster County program aims to resolve foreclosure, debt issues outside of litigation | Local News |

‘Resilience is like a muscle’: Books donated to help Greater Johnstown students learn mental toughness | News |

Eateries in the Poconos look forward to lifted restrictions (

Filmmaking is thriving in Lancaster County – The Morning Call (

Cancer victims sue over toxic gas emissions from B. Braun’s Lehigh Valley plant, claiming 3 died – The Morning Call (

Beaver County to survey broadband access to fill gaps (

Doylestown cancels Memorial Day Parade (

National Day of Action draws Bucks County citizens to rally against gerrymandering (

Haycock eligible for $218,498 from American Recovery Plan (

Radnor continues to debate Raider nickname | Local-news |



Transportation Secretary Buttigieg visiting Pittsburgh today to tout president’s American Jobs Plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh film incentives could translate into more jobs for Pittsburghers post-pandemic (

Speakers at public hearing criticize Peduto, City Council for Pittsburgh’s loss of Black population | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Activists call for Pittsburgh to cancel bid for supplies of less-lethal weapons |

Pittsburgh residents, council members take up issue of Black flight from city |



Part of Center City hotel high-rise to open, hoping for a visitor rebound (

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega meet in only TV debate (

Biden’s American Families Plan can boost Philly students and teachers | Opinion (

Mayor Jim Kenney says Philly is ready for a ‘tourism comeback’ (

Philadelphia region poised for ‘greatest tourism comeback we have ever seen,’ leaders say – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia coronavirus restriction easing date should be set, City Council members say (

Philadelphia DA candidate profile: Larry Krasner (

Philadelphia District Attorney Debate profile: Carlos Vega (

Jazz Pharmaceuticals closes deal for cannabis-based drugmaker – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Philadelphia’s African-American Museum welcomes visitors with new exhibits and safety precautions | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

New monument in N. Philly honors women helping others survive long Pa. prison sentences | Lifestyle |



Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program, orders tacos | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump, Republicans express outrage over extension of Facebook ban | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge blasts William Barr, Justice Dept. for ‘disingenuous’ handling of secret Trump obstruction memo | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cheney clings to GOP post as Trump endorses replacement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elise Stefanik moves to quickly consolidate GOP support as Cheney replacement: ‘The fix is in’ – CNNPolitics