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State Senator Katie Muth (Democratic Policy Chair) | FOX43 Capitol Beat – YouTube

Sources: Penguins in ‘advanced talks’ to sell team to Fenway Sports Group | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senate Dems Discuss Worker Misclassification Issues at Policy Hearing – NewsBreak

Bill ending concealed carry gun permit requirement passes (audacy.com)

Legislation to allow concealed carry without permit heads to Wolf for certain veto | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

State dept. could be nixed from advertising constitutional amendments | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Seven new bills Gov. Wolf signed, including new state holidays (abc27.com)

Pa. woman advocates for syringe service legislation to pass in memory of son (abc27.com)

Thanks to prices going up, Pennsylvania state officials, lawmakers and judges will be getting big pay raises starting in two weeks – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State officials, lawmakers and judges get big 2022 pay raise | WITF

Lawmakers try anew to toughen penalty for repeat DUI drivers | WITF

As Pennsylvania’s GOP gets more conservative, labor unions are back in the crosshairs | WITF

Voters are cynical? The Pa. House didn’t help this week | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

New Pa. House lawmaker, Rep. Thom Welby, takes oath of office – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gov. Wolf signs bill championed by local lawmaker to honor first responders (readingeagle.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Walensky: COVID cases ‘markedly lower’ with booster shot | ABC27

Lancaster seeing sharp rise in COVID hospitalizations ahead of holiday season (abc27.com)

Doctors vow to fight ‘dangerous’ lies about COVID-19 spread by health care professionals – pennlive.com

Biden administration will invest billions to expand coronavirus vaccine manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Health commissioner concerned about possible coronavirus surge | Health | phillytrib.com

 

Business/Jobs

Malls across America face uncertain future as e-commerce, Covid-19 pandemic push many to the brink – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Deere & Co. workers approve the latest contract offer and will end their strike : NPR

PA-Sen: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) Joins Kutztown U. Food Service Workers Rally To Unionize (dailykos.com)

Appalachian Regional Commission grants $1.5 million to Pennsylvania to help substance users re-enter workforce | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPMC employee walkout won’t include hospitals outside Pittsburgh, union spokesman says | News | tribdem.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pennsylvania teen had his hands up when killed by State Police, new videos show · Spotlight PA

Pa. school nurse stabbed in back by hostage-taking bus aide – pennlive.com

Monroe County DA declined to refer Hall case to AG’s office (poconorecord.com)

 

Education

The School Board Wars, Part 1 – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Strike to continue with Scranton teachers, district close on salaries but clashing on concessions | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

‘Do right by our children or find new jobs’: Education advocates call for fair school funding – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s 2020 college graduates ranked No. 3 in U.S. for debt, new report finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

University of Pennsylvania commits $750M to STEM hiring, capital projects – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pennsylvania teacher reads ‘Of Mice and Men’ to class, gets hit with fed complaint for racial slur | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

A Lancaster County school district went too far when it expelled a student over memes, Pa. Supreme Court rules – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Court sides with expelled student over memes deemed a threat | WITF

At D.C. rally, parents GOP lawmakers vow nat’l push to get critical race theory out of schools – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Instead of hiring one new Philly school superintendent, hire several | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Abington Heights School Board hires new superintendent | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Central Bucks teachers, community demand resignation of Doylestown official over mailer (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Fetterman, Lamb and Pa. Democrats face big challenges in 2022 U. S. Senate race | John Baer – pennlive.com

County begins recount of state judge race | News | ncnewsonline.com

Pundits Look Ahead to 2022 Midterms – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pennsylvania House Republicans threaten to remove Lehigh County elections board unless it rescinds acceptance of undated ballots – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania undated mail ballots: Why they should not be counted – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Campaign finance reform: Allentown rejects bill regulating how much city candidates can accept – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Luzerne County ended up with 30.57% voter turnout Nov. 2 | Times Leader

 

Environment

Environmental Activists Ask Biden Admin. to Stop LNG Trains Rolling Through Philly – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Transportation

D&L Trail in Lehigh Valley to be connected with help from $21 million grant – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

National study: Pennsylvania road conditions, spending rank 39th in the nation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

‘Smallpox’ vials found in Pennsylvania lab freezer – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

The most profitable Philadelphia-area ambulatory surgical centers in fiscal 2020 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Overdose deaths in the U.S. top 100,000 for the first time : NPR

Author Sam Quinones writes fentanyl and methamphetamine are dominating streets today | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Debate: Are e-cigarettes beneficial to public health? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

Drug overdose deaths are increasing in the U.S., including in Berks County. (readingeagle.com)

Hamot/Saint Vincent wait times: Erie County ERs report longer patients waits (goerie.com)

 

State News

Meuser delivers Republicans’ weekly address from Berks | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick details infrastructure bill impact on Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Care package items needed for deployed Pennsylvania troops during holiday season (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania casinos bring in $426 million in revenue, the state’s highest monthly total ever – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Snapshots from City & State PA’s Forty Under 40 awards | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Treasurer unveils website to let public see when state spends beyond its budget (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania ranked 19 for worst drivers, study shows (abc27.com)

Pa. city ranked as one of the most sleep-deprived in the U.S., says study – pennlive.com

Garrity Joins Other State Financial Officers in Opposition to Biden Nominee – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. DEP to study raising oil and gas well plugging bonds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry elected leader of Freedom Caucus. Why it matters (ydr.com)

Deer processors prepare for statewide buck and doe season (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

One of many bear seasons starts Saturday in Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers must act now to protect animals from cruelty (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

National News

More federal money offered to help people with winter heat and utility costs – pennlive.com

Infrastructure Law: Why high-speed broadband is essential as water & electricity | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges : NPR

Child tax credit is an investment in the nation’s future | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Florida Curtails Coronavirus Mandates, Reflecting Wishes of Vaccine Skeptics – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Rittenhouse lawyers ask judge to declare mistrial over video | Across America | phillytrib.com

Can we change the way we hold public meetings to increase engagement? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

 

Local News

Woodland Hills School District to launch gun buyback program – WPXI

Hay Creek pedestrian bridge opens at Birdsboro Waters Preserve (readingeagle.com)

Franklin County’s new $67 million Judicial Center celebrates opening (abc27.com)

Bush House Hotel in Quakertown closed, borough declares building “unfit for habitation” | The Bucks County Herald

Susquehanna River contamination is getting worse, and Harrisburg’s sewer system is being blamed – pennlive.com

Geisinger begins constructing $110 million medical office building and parking garage | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading School Board considering a role in a land bank (readingeagle.com)

American chestnut tree faces blight and new disease identified in Erie County (goerie.com)

Falls mobile home park becomes community of second chances (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Chamber launches effort to save Jennersville Hospital (dailylocal.com)

Phoenixville eyes 8.6% tax hike in 2022 (dailylocal.com)

 

Pitt

Unions, Dems say $1T infrastructure bill a boost for region; GOP says there’s pork in there | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh finalizes city energy plan to help tackle climate change | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Woodland Hills School Board votes to fire superintendent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools may reinstate controversial student discipline policy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘As good as you can get’: Penguins sale to Boston Red Sox owner could boost the team and its fans, experts say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council considers ordinance to reduce traffic stops for minor violations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Black clergy members frustrated over lack of repairs to recreation center (fox29.com)

Built by Philly: Website offers support for entrepreneurs of color – WHYY

Philly suburb appeals ruling on gas pipeline records (apnews.com)

Biden infrastructure bill could reconnect Chinatown – WHYY

Pennsylvania hearing focuses on Philadelphia refinery cleanup efforts | State | wfmz.com

Hilco adds execs to team overseeing Philadelphia refinery project – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘Courtesy’ towing claims more victims during filming of Adam Sandler’s ‘Hustle’ (inquirer.com)

Black pastors from Philly will stand in solidarity with Ahmaud Arbery’s family in Georgia and that’s a good thing | Jenice Armstrong (inquirer.com)

Ryan Boyer first Black leader of Building Trades Council after John Dougherty guilty verdict (inquirer.com)

I wake up every day knowing that I will have to watch another Black man take his last breath. And over what? | Opinion (inquirer.com)

As killings surge in Philadelphia, city considers $500,000 package to move residents threatened by violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Banning second jobs, publicly financing campaigns: How Philly Council could prevent corruption | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

Biden’s ‘Old School’ Politics: Blame Big Oil for Gas Price Surge – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

House censures Rep. Gosar for violent video in rare rebuke | News | tribdem.com