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Legislature

Polarizing bill to eliminate permits for concealed carry moves in House (abc27.com)

Pa. House passes bill ending requirement for concealed carry permits, setting up certain Wolf veto – pennlive.com

House passes bill to allow permitless concealed gun carry | WITF

Pa. House sends permitless concealed carry bill to Wolf’s desk, who promises veto – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania House gives final approval to bill to allow concealed carrying of guns without a permit; Gov. Wolf plans veto – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

House passes bill to allow permitless concealed gun carry | News | tribdem.com

Senator Muth Presents Local Veterans with Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals – MyChesCo

Sen. Schwank to Host Telephone Town Hall on Fraud – BCTV

Pennsylvania bill would bring farmers, small businesses into cannabis market | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. House votes to stop PennDOT plan to add tolls to pay for bridge repairs — including on I-78 in Berks County – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

House votes to halt PennDOT plan to toll bridges for repairs | WITF

Pennsylvania House committee votes to endorse proposed constitutional amendment on right to refuse vaccines – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bail funds help the poor get out of jail. Advocates say a Pa. House bill could shut them down – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Legislation passed in Pa. House would “virtually destroy” community bail funds | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 832 Referred to Appropriations Committee | IQ Stock Market

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Lawsuits over Biden vaccine rule head to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals : NPR

Commonwealth Court to lift school mask mandate Dec. 4 (abc27.com)

Mask mandate must expire Dec. 4, judge rules in latest twist | WITF

Pa. court says school mask order will expire Dec. 4, but health secretary could impose new requirement (inquirer.com)

Pa. mask mandate must expire in December, state court judge says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Midstate COVID long hauler shares experience with lasting symptoms (abc27.com)

Open Records Expose How Wolf Admin. Coerced Local Health Dept. Mask Mandates – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lackawanna County third in state in percentage of kid COVID-19 vaccinations | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

COVID vaccines for younger kids have been popular since becoming available (readingeagle.com)

Many parents still hesitant after COVID-19 vaccine approved for 5 to 11 year olds – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Cambria County sees biggest one-day COVID-19 increase since mid-December | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Monroe County sees another increase in COVID-19 case counts (poconorecord.com)

Pa. is not opening COVID boosters to all. Here’s why. (theintell.com)

Pfizer asks U.S. officials to OK promising COVID-19 pill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How the new COVID antiviral drugs from Merck and Pfizer work, and who they’ll help (inquirer.com)

Penn finds that using automated texts to monitor COVID-19 patients at home saved lives (inquirer.com)

Boosters for all adults in U.S. closer with panel meeting set | TribLIVE.com

 

Business/Jobs

Pennsylvania mushroom grower bought by New York private equity firm for $5M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Gas price relief on the horizon as global oil supply picks up, IEA says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why state personal incomes are rising from pre-pandemic levels despite low aid | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania News Today

SBA’s Covid-19 EIDL program ends Dec. 31. A popular SBA grant program ends even sooner. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia Flyers Hometown Assist program returns – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Careers that Work; leveraging the talents and contributions of older workers | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Opportunities for the skilled trades are good for all | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Americans are unhappy about the economy but still spending big | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia Hotel Workers Go On Strike To Demand Fair Wages | 92.5 The Beat (iheart.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

John Dougherty resigns as IBEW Local 98 union boss in wake of federal fraud conviction – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Johnny Doc resigns from politically powerful electrical union | Local News | phillytrib.com

Police, constables in Pa. joined ‘anti-government’ Oath Keepers  | WITF

Northeastern Area Regional, York Area Regional Police departments merging (ydr.com)

Stroud Area Regional Police on why they didn’t shoot back (poconorecord.com)

 

Education

Scranton teachers rally again as board reiterates need for affordable contract, deals with conflicting messages | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Operation Safe Stop reveals Pennsylvania’s busing safety challenges on the rise | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Friends Select School head Michael Gary on commitment to Philadelphia and return to work – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

School District of Lancaster teachers not vaccinated to face COVID-19 tests (abc27.com)

‘When I say we’re broke, we’re broke,’ Panther Valley superintendent testifies | Education | standardspeaker.com

Community College of Philly prez picks up national honor for promoting democracy on campus – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Moshe Porat told employee to ‘keep a lid on it,” after Temple ranking errors first reported, according to testimony in fraud trial (inquirer.com)

Crowd refuses to wear masks, Pittston Area cancels meeting | Times Leader

Pleasant Valley Education Association votes to authorize strike (poconorecord.com)

 

Elections/Politics

How a Cure for Gerrymandering Left U.S. Politics Ailing in New Ways – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Chester County election, in hands of Democrats, will play out next week – Daily Local

House Democrats have a new strategy to engage voters of color in the midterm elections : NPR

The shipping container is the pandemic economy’s latest victim : NPR

GOP Senate Candidate Carla Sands Announces Million-Dollar Ad Buy – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lehigh County judge candidate will challenge mail-in ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Allentown mail delivery issues cause woman to receive ballot after Election Day – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. GOP Sen. Jake Corman officially enters 2022 governor’s race – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Senate President Jake Corman joins the governor’s race as a familiar name in a crowded GOP field. (inquirer.com)

Greenwood: The right’s cynical attacks on pro-infrastructure Republicans (theintell.com)

Erie County United is fighting for a new kind of politics in Pa. (goerie.com)

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy won’t seek reelection | TribLIVE.com

Lancaster to start its state-ordered recount for Commonwealth Court today; here’s when write-in winners could be decided | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Abuse allegations against Sean Parnell could sink Senate campaign – CBS News

 

Environment

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rules clamping down on ‘forever chemicals’ clear a key regulatory hurdle | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State regulators must determine if hazardous ‘forever chemicals’ were used in fracking | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A new rule for PFAS in drinking water moved ahead in PA Tuesday (theintell.com)

Pennsylvania DEP proposes strict limits for PFAS in drinking water (inquirer.com)

 

Transportation

What the $1.2T infrastructure bill could mean for Amtrak expansion in Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The bipartisan infrastructure bill: Transformative or business as usual? (inquirer.com)

It’s ‘Snow Squall Awareness Week’ in Pennsylvania (inquirer.com)

‘No safe place on a highway during a snow squall,’ PEMA, police, NWS tell drivers (poconorecord.com)

 

Health

Jefferson Health and Bayada to ‘revolutionize’ home care with joint venture – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Eye on the future: UPMC vision care tower prepares for 2023 completion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Artificial intelligence system may help fight spread of infections in hospitals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPMC Mercy hospital’s $510M expansion on track for spring 2023 opening | TribLIVE.com

 

State News

This Is the Fastest Growing City in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Fitzpatrick, former House Republicans defend votes for infrastructure | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Perry tapped as next head of House Freedom Caucus | WITF

Pa. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Don’t go without heat this winter, check your LIHEAP eligibility (theintell.com)

Gainey, Casey make pitch for public health plans at Magee-Women’s Summit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Legislators argue pros and cons of Biden’s infrastructure bill | Times Leader

 

National News

Dems fan out across US to tout Build Back Better Act | ABC27

What bridges near you are in need of repair? Search our database. (theintell.com)

Racial covenants, still on the books in virtually every state, are hard to erase : NPR

Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Who is Judge Bruce Schroeder? : NPR

 

Local News

Kutztown unveils banners thanks to work of local veteran | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Hatfield Scout Troop celebrates 100th anniversary (thereporteronline.com)

Former board member chosen to fill Phoenixville School Board seat (dailylocal.com)

Council introduces $116.9 million city budget, question positions and raises | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Officials testify Scranton has earned successful exit from state Act 47 financial oversight | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Sugarloaf Twp. raises taxes 32% | News | standardspeaker.com

Supply chain issues hit the Reading Area Water Authority (readingeagle.com)

Johnstown gets $24M for transportation projects; Inclined Plane, train station, CamTran facility in line for upgrades | News | tribdem.com

Community Briefs: ‘H-Town Holidays Shop Small Saturday’ invites community to support local business – Delco Times

Board of Assessment rules Springfield Country Club and Ridley Marina are taxable – Delco Times

Quakertown’s Bush House Hotel had years of property violations (theintell.com)

Proposed upgrades at Erie’s Richford Arms could snag $1.7M city loan (goerie.com)

PennDOT’s Erie bayfront plan makes sense for traffic, not people (goerie.com)

Faced with furious residents, Larksville postpones vote on ambulance service | News | citizensvoice.com

State Secretary of Agriculture pays a visit to Binkley & Hurst in Lititz [photos] | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Willow Valley to form alliance with nation’s 3rd biggest nonprofit senior-living provider | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

 

Pitt

Fire companies, struggling families, recreation projects get Community Foundation for the Alleghenies grants | News | tribdem.com

Future of Pittsburgh Pride remains uncertain as questions surround Delta Foundation’s dissolution | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Bill would extend protections for domestic violence victims in city of Pittsburgh | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘The city that heals the world’: $100 million foundation grant to spur creation of biomanufacturing facility in Hazelwood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt gets $100M infusion to build biomanufacturing hub at Hazelwood Green brownfield site | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh City Council considers investment in electric vehicle charging stations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Phillies welcome back original Phanatic ‘with open arms’ after settlement is reached – pennlive.com

United Way launches initiative to build equitable entrepreneurship ecosystem | Business | phillytrib.com

Black Clergy of Philadelphia not satisfied with city’s Rebuild plan progress | Local News | phillytrib.com

Free Library of Philadelphia names new president | Local News | phillytrib.com

A juror in the Dougherty-Henon trial says it was a lesson in Philly government — ‘and it was appalling’ (inquirer.com)

The Mummers Parade is returning to Broad Street on New Year’s Day 2022 (inquirer.com)

Jim Kenney defends John Dougherty and Bobby Henon after trial convictions (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia School District will likely keep masks in place after state mask mandate expires, Hite says (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Biden kicks off infrastructure sales job from a rickety New Hampshire bridge : NPR

Law to stop surprise medical bills faces pushback from doctors : Shots – Health News : NPR

Chris Freind: True infrastructure improvement is decentralizing Washington – Delco Times