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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 (cityandstatepa.com)

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 (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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 (pghcitypaper.com)

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

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

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

Newly Sponsored Bill Aims to Allow Home-Grown Medical Marijuana | (wkok.com)

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

Bill to streamline campaign finance reporting gets Pennsylvania Senate approval | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania bill seeks to help firehouses retain funding | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate approves small business tax reform bill | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Legislation to create broadband authority passes Pennsylvania House | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wolf administration to provide more than $84 Million for Pa. infrastructure improvements (abc27.com)

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

Editorial: Compromise a lost art in Harrisburg (goerie.com)

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

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 (mcall.com)

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

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

 

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 (abc27.com)

Philadelphia mandates Covid-19 vaccine for all city employees – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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 – pennlive.com

Philadelphians isolated by long COVID find hope and connection through social media (inquirer.com)

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

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

 

Business/Jobs

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

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

Companies are budgeting this much for salary increases in 2022 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

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

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

Philly hotel workers begin strike, call for better wages and working conditions (inquirer.com)

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

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

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

 

Crime/Punishment

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. (readingeagle.com)

Dirty Dollars Part 2 (post-gazette.com)

 

Education

Reform in Harrisburg could have averted teachers strike in Scranton (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

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

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

Federal funds to help pay off Pennsylvania nursing student loans | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

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

Penn State enrollment numbers mirror national trends | TribLIVE.com

 

Elections/Politics

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 (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

PA Pols Divided Over ‘Build Back Better’ Vote – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Report: Democracy backsliding across the world amid pandemic | News | tribdem.com

Fitzpatrick’s infrastructure vote was cold calculation, not courage (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Final results show Democrats sweeping Spring-Ford race (dailylocal.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania’s courts need more diversity, not dark money | Kadida Kenner – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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 | standardspeaker.com

“Vote shaming” letter in Bucks threatens to expose voters’ records (theintell.com)

 

Environment

PFAS health effects study starts in Bucks and Montgomery County (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

 

Transportation

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

Editorial: Passenger rail return keeps building momentum (readingeagle.com)

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

 

Health

Berks hospitals short on crutches, walkers and canes due to global aluminum shortage (readingeagle.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

Tower Health will close urgent care centers on Sundays (inquirer.com)

Closing of Moses Taylor pediatric inpatient unit creates issues in Lackawanna County | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

State News

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

Jobs and transit: Officials explain how infrastructure law will benefit African Americans – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PSERS top two leaders announced retirement plans on Thursday (abc27.com)

Top 2 Pennsylvania school pension system execs out of jobs (apnews.com)

Pa. customers will see utility refunds in 2022. Here’s what to know (abc27.com)

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

Erie a reason why Pennsylvania could challenge Silicon Valley (goerie.com)

Shortages? Not for Pennsylvania Christmas trees, mushrooms, wines (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Heating fuel prices are up: Why, how much and what to do (readingeagle.com)

‘Rent to Own’ companies ordered to deed 285 homes to consumers in Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

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 (abc27.com)

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 | tribdem.com

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 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)

Hundreds protest Rittenhouse acquittal across US | Across America | phillytrib.com

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 | tribdem.com

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 (berksweekly.com)

Exelon moving nuclear plants, including Limerick, to spin-off company (delcotimes.com)

Lawsuits allege ‘dangerous’ living conditions at Quakertown’s Bush House (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Operation Holiday fundraising begins to help local families in need (dailylocal.com)

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

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

Transgender Day of Remembrance observed in Wilkes-Barre | News | citizensvoice.com

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

Lower Merion commissioners vote to increase tax rate by three percent (mainlinemedianews.com)

DUI: York County district attorney makes changes to ARD diversion program (ydr.com)

 

Pitt

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

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 | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

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 (bizjournals.com)

Homelessness, unemployment remain issues for transgender Philadelphians – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

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

Philadelphia leaders react to Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

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 (abc27.com)

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

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)