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What we know about the firm hired by the GOP to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election · Spotlight PA

Senate GOP hires firm to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election | WITF

Senate GOP IDs third-party contractor to conduct election review | City & State PA (

Who investigates police killings in Pennsylvania, and why there are few checks and balances | WITF

Jake Corman on Election Audit: “We’re Not Looking to Change Results” | PoliticsPA

PODCAST: Corman Pans ‘Tone Deaf’ Democrats’ Vote on Build Back Better – DV Journal (

Gov. Wolf signs legislation modernizing the Office of District Attorney | Times Leader

Pa. lawmakers ready bipartisan home-grow bill for medical marijuana users | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Two Pennsylvania senators seek co-sponsors for grow-your-own-medical-marijuana bill | State |

Medical marijuana: Home-grow proposed by Erie’s Laughlin, Philly’s Street (

Pa. lawmakers ready bipartisan home-grow bill for medical marijuana users | State & Region |

Newly Sponsored Bill Aims to Allow Home-Grown Medical Marijuana | (

To prevent more gun violence in Carlisle, legislators must stop allowing guns everywhere | Opinion –

Bill to streamline campaign finance reporting gets Pennsylvania Senate approval | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania bill seeks to help firehouses retain funding | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania Senate approves small business tax reform bill | Pennsylvania |

Legislation to create broadband authority passes Pennsylvania House | Pennsylvania |

Wolf administration to provide more than $84 Million for Pa. infrastructure improvements (

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes change to boost pay of tipped workers in Pa. (

Editorial: Compromise a lost art in Harrisburg (

Guns, higher wages, union jobs: What Pa. lawmakers did and didn’t do (

Chester County gets $2.5M in grants to support community projects – Daily Local

Pennsylvania among states ‘one election away’ from shift in abortion laws, whatever happens with Roe v. Wade – The Morning Call (

A GOP holdout says he’d support a gift ban if elected governor. Advocates ask why not now? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Amid a spike in shootings, Pa. legislators are giving us the kinds of gun laws that we don’t need | Opinion (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Today is the deadline for federal workers to be vaccinated : NPR

Pa. acting physician general discusses the state’s COVID-19 situation ahead of the holidays (

Philadelphia mandates Covid-19 vaccine for all city employees – Philadelphia Business Journal (

How mental health conditions can raise COVID risk : Shots – Health News : NPR

Protests have broken out across Europe in response to COVID-19 restrictions : NPR

GOP embraces natural immunity as substitute for COVID-19 vaccines –

Philadelphians isolated by long COVID find hope and connection through social media (

Fewer than 5% of kids aged 5-11 in Philly have gotten their first COVID shot. That’s not nearly enough. | Opinion (

After COVID-19 infection you still need your shots, Pitt study finds. Young adults may be more vulnerable. (



Philadelphia-area businesswomen on the pandemic’s impact on women in the workforce – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Montgomery Mall sells to New York firm for $55M in a foreclosure sale – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Companies are budgeting this much for salary increases in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Holiday spending to be up this year – some saying it could be highest on record (

Global supply issues, staffing shortages adjusts local shopping strategies for retailers and customers [full coverage] | Local Business |

Kellogg’s to restart talks with striking cereal workers | WITF

Philly hotel workers begin strike, call for better wages and working conditions (

Using the slogan ‘Gopuff yourself,’ company drivers plan a 24-hour strike over pay (

No lull in hiring this holiday season as unfilled jobs persist in the Valley |

As many leave the workplace, they are starting their own businesses in Bucks County (



What you need to know about the killing of Christian Hall, 19, by Pennsylvania State Police · Spotlight PA

Customers Bank is giving West Reading police $32,000 to start a body camera program. (

Dirty Dollars Part 2 (



Reform in Harrisburg could have averted teachers strike in Scranton (

As six Pennsylvania state universities merge, what will happen to costs for students? – The Morning Call (

Letter to the Editor: Bucks County School District ‘equity review’ was called for (

Build Back Better’s Pell Grant provision prompts debate in higher-ed circles – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Federal funds to help pay off Pennsylvania nursing student loans | Pennsylvania |

Pa. nurses could get up to $7,500 of their student loans paid off thanks to COVID-19 relief dollars –

Digital gifting to 529 college savings plans is on the rise | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State enrollment numbers mirror national trends |



Will the Biden agenda help swing district Democrats like Rep. Spanberger? : NPR

Republicans in Georgia draw new congressional lines in their favor : NPR

Democrats Throw Meatballs in the 2021 Election – DV Journal (

PA Pols Divided Over ‘Build Back Better’ Vote – DV Journal (

Report: Democracy backsliding across the world amid pandemic | News |

Fitzpatrick’s infrastructure vote was cold calculation, not courage (

Final results show Democrats sweeping Spring-Ford race (

State Rep. Kristine Howard announces reelection bid – Daily Local

Advocacy groups need to quit the horse race, focus on better outcomes for us all | Ray E. Landis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania’s courts need more diversity, not dark money | Kadida Kenner – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

GOP candidate Jake Corman says he can work with both parties if he gains governor’s mansion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Over 250 uncounted votes added to Luzerne County election tally | Election |

“Vote shaming” letter in Bucks threatens to expose voters’ records (



PFAS health effects study starts in Bucks and Montgomery County (

Plunging temperatures, higher prices: Why renewables could be the answer | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



High gas prices causing fewer to travel for Thanksgiving; here’s where local prices stand | Local News |

Editorial: Passenger rail return keeps building momentum (

Talking Business with Becky Bradley: If you need to get around, this was a big week – The Morning Call (



Berks hospitals short on crutches, walkers and canes due to global aluminum shortage (

Conflict over abortion laws won’t abate if Roe v. Wade falls | WITF

Eating more plants could prevent the next pandemic | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Flu is spreading around the Philly region and the nation. The holidays could help it take off. (

Tower Health will close urgent care centers on Sundays (

Closing of Moses Taylor pediatric inpatient unit creates issues in Lackawanna County | News |


State News

Build Back Better: What the U.S. House plan means for Pa. (

Jobs and transit: Officials explain how infrastructure law will benefit African Americans – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

PSERS top two leaders announced retirement plans on Thursday (

Top 2 Pennsylvania school pension system execs out of jobs (

Pa. customers will see utility refunds in 2022. Here’s what to know (

DelVal Dems Back Biden Bill That Adds to Debt, Gives Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants – DV Journal (

Erie a reason why Pennsylvania could challenge Silicon Valley (

Shortages? Not for Pennsylvania Christmas trees, mushrooms, wines (

Heating fuel prices are up: Why, how much and what to do (

‘Rent to Own’ companies ordered to deed 285 homes to consumers in Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

5 people are dead and 40 injured after driver speeds through parade in Waukesha : NPR

At least 5 dead, 40 injured after SUV speeds into Christmas parade (

2 of 17 kidnapped missionaries are freed in Haiti : NPR

Two Fox News commentators resign over Tucker Carlson’s series on Jan. 6 siege : NPR

Rittenhouse tells Fox News ‘not a racist person,’ backs BLM | News |

New study sheds light on what’s killing young people, especially young men : Goats and Soda : NPR

The U.S. emergency oil stash is in the spotlight as gas price surge : NPR

Guest Opinion: Social media’s Wild West needs regulating (

People are talking about Web3. Is it the Internet of the future or just a buzzword? | WITF

Rittenhouse verdict will ’embolden vigilantes,’ anti-gun violence group warns | Monday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hundreds protest Rittenhouse acquittal across US | Across America |

Biden marks ‘deadliest year on record for transgender Americans’ on day of remembrance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Johnstown’s $24M transportation grant is state’s biggest winner | Latest National News |

Seventh Annual Freedom Medal Dinner honors local veterans and community leaders – Delco Times

Governor Mifflin, City of Reading, Fleetwood awarded $1.35 million for recreation and transportation projects (

Exelon moving nuclear plants, including Limerick, to spin-off company (

Lawsuits allege ‘dangerous’ living conditions at Quakertown’s Bush House (

Operation Holiday fundraising begins to help local families in need (

‘Shop Small to Win Big’ keeps the focus on local businesses [Shop Small] (

Wilkes-Barre city council set to vote on 2022 budget Tuesday | News |

Transgender Day of Remembrance observed in Wilkes-Barre | News |

Luzerne council to vote on proposal to use Rescue Plan funds for transit funding matches | |

Lower Merion commissioners vote to increase tax rate by three percent (

DUI: York County district attorney makes changes to ARD diversion program (



Pittsburgh NAACP criticizes “lack of transparency” in investigation of Jim Rogers’ death | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

A robot with your personality: Pittsburgh team advances to final round of avatar competition | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools must address classroom disruptions, stakeholders say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Pittsburgh City Council considers removing pension offset for nonunion workers |



Fanta Bility shooting: 2nd teen arrested in connection child’s death in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania – 6abc Philadelphia

Pedestrian traffic in Philadelphia’s Center City reached pandemic high in October – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Homelessness, unemployment remain issues for transgender Philadelphians – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

These Philly children went to the Poconos to be with others who lost loved ones to gun violence (

Philadelphia leaders react to Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal | Local News |



Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin expects the Senate to pass spending bill by the end of 2021 : NPR

Rittenhouse verdict puts Biden in difficult political spot (

$2T social safety act passes the House, heads to Senate | ABC27

Cap on drug price hikes for privately insured sparks D.C. battle | News |

GOP donors back Manchin and Sinema as they reshape Biden’s agenda | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (