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Legislature

Pennsylvania can’t fine addiction treatment facilities that break rules. Some lawmakers want to change that. | Local/Regional | thedailyreview.com

(53) Pa. State Senator Working On Legislation To Make It A Requirement To Test For Legionella In Building – YouTube

Pa. State Senator Working On Legislation To Make It A Requirement To Test For Legionella In Buildings – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

PA Senate Republicans Blame Wolf, Green Activists For Mon Valley Works Cancelation | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

The best PA Republican calls Biden an “elitist environmentalist” because at least 1,000 lost steel jobs – Lovebylife

Drug Recognition Experts Measure Before PA Senate – WDAC

Bill Protects Workers From Sexual Harassment & Retribution – WDAC

Gov. Wolf Squares Off With GOP By Firing Charter School Appeals Board Members | WSKGWSKG

A new bill would raise wages and require health benefits for workers at Philadelphia International Airport (inquirer.com)

Proposed legislation would provide airport workers with health benefits | Local News | phillytrib.com

Lawmakers eye work search requirements, loosened regulations in Pennsylvania’s economic recovery | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. House forms panel to investigate botched effort to advertise constitutional amendment – pennlive.com

State Rep. Pam Snyder co-sponsors bill that would expand business interruption policies | Local News | observer-reporter.com

As budget season approaches, Harrisburg finds a way to investigate and legislate | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Wolf: Pa. voters need to ‘think carefully’ about emergency powers amendments | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Put an end to negative health effects | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Revamped $12M expansion of Rock Lititz Studio gets state backing | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Impeachment process begins for Schuylkill County commissioner – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

@SenatorKimWard: Thank you @foxandfriends for having me on today. I enjoyed speaking with @SteveDoocy about @U_S_Steel and the job killing agendas put forth by eco-warrior groups and advanced by the Wolf Admin and #PA dems.  Full interview here https://pasen.wistia.com/medias/8txnc8bzjc

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

National

India’s vaccinations decline as its virus outbreak reaches new highs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s support for vaccine patent waivers faces uphill effort in Europe | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This pre-reopening euphoria feels like hope | Helen Ubiñas (inquirer.com)

Former Wistar Institute vaccine pioneer works to understand protection against COVID-19 (inquirer.com)

Covid-19 vaccine incentives: How to encourage the vaccine without running afoul of employment law – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S. : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Vaccine Access Starkly Unequal As US Demand Dips : Consider This from NPR : NPR

New York City aims to offer virus vaccinations to tourists – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State

Lawsuit contends company and Pa. health department knew of contact tracing data breach for months | TribLIVE.com

Summer concerts are coming back (carefully) after a long year of COVID-19: What to expect if you go – pennlive.com

44 Pa. counties have substantial spread of COVID-19 as positive test rate drops again – pennlive.com

Pa. COVID-19 update: 43% of adult residents fully vaccinated – pennlive.com

These are the ZIP codes in Pa. with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases – pennlive.com

Local

Chartiers Valley sets vaccine clinic for students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Almost 450 incarcerated people vaccinated at Allegheny County Jail | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Covid cases in Allegheny, Westmoreland, state remain steady; vaccine efforts inch along | TribLIVE.com

Cooper University Health Care teams up with Philadelphia 76ers for Covid-19 vaccine campaign – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Students in William Penn and Southeast get shots in the arm | News | delcotimes.com

Local COVID-19 surge easing, statewide numbers also down | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Pop-up clinics help vaccinate hard-to-reach communities in Lancaster County | Health | lancasteronline.com

Daily walk-in vaccine clinics open in Chester County; free to public | Coronavirus | dailylocal.com

Phoenixville High School students receive COVID vaccine at clinic | Local News | dailylocal.com

Beaver County vaccine rate: How many people have been vaccinated? (timesonline.com)

Allegheny County vaccine rate: How many people have been vaccinated? (timesonline.com)

How many more Berks residents must get vaccinated before Pa. lifts its mask mandate? | Coronavirus | readingeagle.com

 

Business

SBA’s Targeted EIDL Advance location requirements frustrating small businesses – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Reed Smith law firm latest Pittsburgh employer to announce plans to bring back remote workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saxonburg tech firm II-VI lands $410M investment from Apple | TribLIVE.com

ATI, United Steelworkers at odds over union’s latest contract offer | TribLIVE.com

Qurate, QVC’s parent company, sells West Chester building – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gopuff expands internationally after acquiring UK’s Fancy – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penn National putting Barstool brand into more products to court sports bettors – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Think Loud building: Limited liability company files for bankruptcy (ydr.com)

Big US jobs gain? Some employers would have hired more workers, if only they could find them – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PPL plans to keep most employees working remotely ‘for at least a few more months’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Survey shows Lehigh Valley businesses are recovering from COVID-19 pandemic, but finding workers remains a challenge – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Philadelphia’s exonerations call decades of police homicide investigations into question (inquirer.com)

Delaware County officials announce citizen board to help oversee troubled Juvenile Detention Center (inquirer.com)

Shade Township disbands police department | News | tribdem.com

Speed cameras in Pennsylvania bring in more than $1 million in 2020 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lower Merion approves resolution to support efforts allowing local police to use radar | Mainlinesuburbanlife | mainlinemedianews.com

Midstate county introduces wearable wristbands to assist police with crisis intervention. | WITF

Wristbands help York County first responders spot mental illness during crisis (ydr.com)

 

Education

Local school leaders push state to boost education funding | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Holy Spirit Academy of New Castle to close at end of school year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Colleges are moving away from standardized tests to increase diversity, but it isn’t working | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly school buildings are largely reopened, but most families are opting for remote learning (inquirer.com)

Rowan University has COVID-19 vaccine requirement and incentives (inquirer.com)

By wrecking state universities, GOP crushes American Dream for its own communities | Will Bunch (inquirer.com)

Drexel College of Medicine at Tower Health readies for Berks County debut – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Erie School District proposes 3% tax increase, aims to exit state watch (goerie.com)

Pa. schools challenged to adopt anti-racist curricula (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Philly schools see a rise in teens’ mental health issues related to pandemic, gun violence | WITF

Facing ‘an exacerbated crisis’ because of pandemic, Lehigh Valley school leaders urge Pennsylvania lawmakers to increase education funding – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lack of fair funding could lead to receivership in Scranton, superintendent says | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

North Pocono School Board raises taxes, appoints new leader, OKs tax break | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

PA Dems Expand Communications Team | PoliticsPA

Reports: Conor Lamb, Sean Parnell Could Face Off Again In U.S. Senate Race – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Lehigh Valley election guide: Pennsylvania primary 2021 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Environment

Free trees from PPL in time for spring planting | Snyder | northcentralpa.com

Lawsuit filed over raw sewage Harrisburg pumps into the Susquehanna (ydr.com)

584 million gallons of untreated sewage entered Susquehanna River in 2020 | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

‘A third-world problem’: 584 million gallons of Harrisburg-area wastewater discharged untreated in 2020 – pennlive.com

Electric cars are coming, and gas stations will have to adjust (inquirer.com)

U.S. announces major conservation effort but offers few details | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden administration outlines land, waters conservation plan (inquirer.com)

Letter: Clean-energy program shows some great promise | Letters to the Editor | readingeagle.com

 

Transportation

Airlines Add Flights, New Direct Routes, In Hopes Of Busy Summer Travel : NPR

Septa to use bus shuttles on West Trenton train line this weekend (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Smoketown Bridge in Rockland Township closed indefinitely; plans for repairs in works | Local News | readingeagle.com

 

Health

Gannon’s ‘Healthy Kids at St. Ben’s’ program provides health care education (goerie.com)

Corry Memorial Hospital nurses fight through COVID-19 challenges (goerie.com)

Mercyhurst University expands programs for nurses’ health (goerie.com)

Erie VA nurse: Emergency relief experience proves life-altering (goerie.com)

ALA, lung health advocates discuss tobacco control during annual event (timesonline.com)

Legal Ease: ABLE Accounts — a tool for special needs planning | Entertainment | mainlinemedianews.com

Penn State Berks senior wants to improve public health in minority communities | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

 

State News

The only eviction moratorium that covers Pa. remains in effect — for now (inquirer.com)

With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Backlogged Claims, Advocates Say Pennsylvania Unemployment System Upgrade Could Cause Problems | 90.5 WESA

When will the cicadas arrive in Pennsylvania and where? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Buy American’ policies are good for Pennsylvania | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Anti-Defamation League: PA ranked 5th in US for anti-Semitic incidents (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa.’s waitlist system is an injustice to its disabilities community | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lyme disease found in nearly 40% of ticks during large Pennsylvania study – pennlive.com

NASA rocket launch should be visible in NEPA Saturday night | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

National News

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs voting restrictions into law; voter rights groups plan immediate legal challenge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas follows Florida as Republicans press voting limits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ohio latest state to see GOP-backed voting law rewrite | TribLIVE.com

United States unemployment claims fell last week to pandemic-low 498,000 (inquirer.com)

One year after the worst jobs loss on record, millions of Americans remain out of work | Business | phillytrib.com

Global shares mostly rise on US rally; eyes on jobs data | Business | delcotimes.com

Colorado GOP lawmaker who used racist term is reprimanded | TribLIVE.com

South Carolina cuts federal unemployment boost from weekly payments | TribLIVE.com

DOJ: Arizona Senate Audit, Recount May Violate Federal Law : NPR

Josh Duggar released as he awaits trial on child pornography | National and World | dailylocal.com

Howard students protest cut of Classics department, hub for Black scholarship | Across America | phillytrib.com

National Day of Prayer inspires pleas for unity and justice | Across America | phillytrib.com

New homes cost $36,000 more because of an epic shortage of lumber | Business | phillytrib.com

Anti-transgender bills are latest version of conservatives’ longtime strategy to rally their base | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here’s when you may see a tax refund on unemployment benefits up to $10,200 – pennlive.com

Jobs Numbers and Stock Market: Live Updates – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Editorial: Now more than ever, nurses and teachers deserve our thanks | Editorials | readingeagle.com

 

Local News

Pennsylvania approves private takeover of Royersford sewer system; rates will increase 70% (inquirer.com)

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

New Hope’s tourism app uses technology to woo visitors, locals (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County philanthropist donates $20K to Bristol Township students (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

FACE TO FACE: Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board hosts in-person, outdoor event | Business | dailylocal.com

Buildings razed, setting stage for construction of $18 million library in Kennett Square | Local News | dailylocal.com

ACME Screening Room Carpool Cinema returns this summer (buckscountyherald.com)

Upper Merion supervisors OK ordinance making marijuana possession summary offense | Kingofprussiacourier | mainlinemedianews.com

Luzerne County Manager, DA clash over voter fraud case | Times Leader

Apology to be issued for racist comment by Hollenback Golf Course employee | Times Leader

Berks County officials plan to investigate merits of creating a county health department | Berks and Beyond | readingeagle.com

Allentown Catholic Diocese will soon allow churches to return to full capacity – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘They meant something to us’: LVHN nurses run to raise money for COVID-19 relief fund, honor those who have died – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ goes back on display at Steamtown | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Cognetti announces task force to improve Scranton licensing, permits processes | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Pitt

Busy Downtown boulevard to become a summer pop-up park and arts destination | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Officials, unemployed Pittsburghers rally against backlog in jobless benefits | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Buttigieg views aging Pittsburgh bridges, says it’s time for ‘generational investment’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg promotes $2.3 trillion infrastructure package in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Why Pete Buttigieg visited Pittsburgh and what he said (poconorecord.com)

‘She’s a text away’: Mentoring program helps new moms navigate parenthood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh set to resume in October after pandemic pause | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny County paid sick leave bill presented to board of health | TribLIVE.com

Activists sound off during city council public hearing on displacement of Black Pittsburghers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

In Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, some fear new development could force people out. They’ve seen it before | WITF

 

Philly

Philly’s Judge Elections This Month Have the Power To Change the City – The Appeal

Carlos Vega threatens to sue Philadelphia DA Krasner’s campaign and Shaun King (inquirer.com)

City Council should fight Kenney’s cuts to eviction prevention budget | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Grass pollen in Philadelphia area spikes for allergy sufferers (inquirer.com)

Peco improperly shut off nearly 50,000 customers because of computer glitches (inquirer.com)

Biden calls Philadelphia sports fans the ‘most informed and most obnoxious’ (inquirer.com)

School District families receive counseling, support through Philly HopeLine | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

FEC drops inquiry into Trump hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Energy secretary lays out need for funding for clean energy, fossil fuel research near Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. says fate of nuclear pact up to Iran as talks resume | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden to push his big infrastructure plan in GOP stronghold | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Infrastructure Q&A: Pete Buttigieg has Eisenhower, Lincoln and buses on his mind | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden’s proposed economic plans reverse recent history. Will voters follow? (inquirer.com)

Front-line, farm-state Democrats push back against Biden tax plan | TribLIVE.com

Biden’s Narrower Immigration Focus Frustrates Advocates : NPR

Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight | National and World | delcotimes.com

Blinken’s battle to make State Department more diverse will face steep resistance, diplomats of color say | News | phillytrib.com

Biden admin says it will permanently restore migratory bird protections | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Despite what former President Donald Trump says, he did lose the election | WITF

Will we get a fourth pandemic stimulus payment? That’s up to Congress, the White House says – pennlive.com

Toomey again to push for ‘Thin Blue Line Act’ | Times Leader

Stefanik Moves to Oust Cheney, Resurfacing False Election Claims – The New York Times (nytimes.com)