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Senate Republicans pay Iowa firm $270K to investigate Pennsylvania elections | Pennsylvania |

Pa. Republicans hire vendor to ‘investigate’ 2020 election, Dems question qualifications and GOP motivations (

What we know about the firm hired by the GOP to review Pennsylvania’s 2020 election | WITF

State Sen. Comitta hosting Toys for Tots donation drive – Daily Local

Sen. Tartaglione Calls on the Legislature to Pass Pro-Worker Legislation – NewsBreak

Funding approved to reduce delays at Route 1 and Route 202 intersection in Chadds Ford (

Downingtown students get legislative ‘thank you’ for helping to collect food for needy – Daily Local

Legislation expands options for Pennsylvania home-school students | Pennsylvania |

Legislation expands options for Pennsylvania home-school students (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania COVID cases jump 18% before Thanksgiving (

Hundreds of Bucks County kids get first COVID vaccine shot (

Pfizer: Vaccine is 100 percent effective in adolescents (

COVID-19 booster vaccines approval for 18+ creates scheduling headaches (

Erie hospital’s COVID-19 units: Seeing the battle to beat the virus (

As Virus Cases Rise in Europe, an Economic Toll Returns – The New York Times (

Unvaccinated workers pay more for health insurance at some companies : NPR

Many men don’t take good care of themselves. COVID-19 vaccine rates are the latest in a problem as old as medicine. (

Pennsylvania’s data lags on COVID-19 breakthrough cases (

More than 90% of federal workers have gotten vaccines by the deadline (

Franklin Regional board bans using schools for covid-19 vaccination clinics |

Defying a COVID-19 vaccination mandate may get you a different jab: $50-$100 testing bills –



Is the Four-Day Workweek Finally Within Our Grasp? – The New York Times (

SBA EIDL program, direct lending under fire from lawmakers – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Inflation surges food costs around the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (

🎁 Holiday shopping with a broken supply chain | Business Weekly Newsletter (



David Strowhouer as resentenced Monday for a 2019 fatal DUI (

What you need to know about the killing of Christian Hall, 19, by Pennsylvania State Police | WITF

Robert Vicosa case private criminal complaint against police chief (

Fake websites reinvent failed telecom firm ‘Norvergence,’ blurring real estate fund figure’s past (

Former CEO of Philly’s massive produce market gets 10 years in prison for nearly $8 million in theft, fraud (



PASSHE’s Greenstein: school funding is vital to PA’s economic growth | City & State PA (

WCU Resource Pantry gets $75,000 to help college students struggling with food insecurity – Daily Local

Why families are seeing more abrupt school closures : NPR

PASSHE Chancellor discusses future of Pa.’s 14 state-owned universities (

Cheyney University announces new Council of Trustees members | Local News |

Nurturing international students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scranton students ‘happy, thrilled’ to be back in school after strike | Education |

Crestwood delays vote on masks until Dec. 3 | Coronavirus |



A lawsuit claims election officials engaged in fraud and a cover-up in the 2020 Presidential Election (

Lehigh County vote count remains in limbo over challenge to mail-in ballots – The Morning Call (

A Pa. state lawmaker hasn’t become governor in 70 years. Jake Corman hopes to be the exception | WITF

Activist announces independent run against 20-term western Pa. Democratic lawmaker – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Activist Zarah Livingston to run against Pittsburgh-area Dem lawmaker Tony DeLuca | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pa.’s Latino community has growing political clout – and they’re going to use it | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends campaign after losing custody battle – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pa. Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell suspends campaign | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Luzerne election results to be certified Wednesday; eight apply for election director job | Election |



Thanksgiving travel expected to rebound near pre-pandemic levels | News |



Tower Health finds a new owner for Jennersville and Brandywine hospitals (

Telehealth visits by phone may soon end unless legislators act : Shots – Health News : NPR


State News

Pa. Republican Scott Perry is about to lead far-right House Freedom Caucus (

Two top Pennsylvania pension employees retire after resignation calls | Pennsylvania |

PUC tells Pa. residents to expect rising winter energy costs starting Dec. 1 (

With energy prices high, Pennsylvanians urged to review utility options | StateImpact Pennsylvania (

AARP warns scammers target all ages, discourage debit card purchases (

Pa. drops plan to use $1.2B in stimulus cash for services for Medicaid recipients | Tuesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Conservancy saves 130-acre Pa. forest: ‘For us, this property was critical to protect’ –


National News

Closing arguments begin in trial of 3 men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery : NPR

Families of Parkland shooting victims settle lawsuit with DOJ for about $130 million : NPR

Alex Jones, Roger Stone and other Trump allies subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 panel : NPR

Former gun industry insider Ryan Busse takes on the NRA and the weapons industry : NPR

AARP warns scammers target all ages, discourage debit card purchases (

US to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease energy costs – The Morning Call (

U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil to ease gas prices | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Malikah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, found dead at her home in New York | Obituaries |

Colorado city to pay $15 million to family of Elijah McClain, settling lawsuit over deadly police encounter | Across America |


Local News

Ephrata trucking company helps take 80-ton NASA telescope across the country | News |

Chester County Economic Development council updates stakeholders [Economic Development] (

Ida victims thankful for volunteers who helped them recover (

Council to vote on proposal to use Rescue Plan funds for transit funding matches | News |

Hazleton council member to pitch tax increase for code enforcement hires | News |



Port Authority announces housing and walkability plans for South Hills Junction station | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pittsburgh City Council introduces single-use plastic bag ban | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Community members voice strong opinions on Pittsburgh schools’ proposed discipline policy reversal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools support staff ratify multi-year contracts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Johnny Doc’s exit puts Philadelphia business community ‘at a crossroads’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (

‘Extremely disturbing’: Philly approaches 500 people murdered in 2021 | WITF

Philadelphia D.A.’s Office looks at parole reforms | Local News |

‘You are going to see a renaissance’: New coalition rises to broker a ceasefire in Philly | Local News |

Philly’s unvaccinated aren’t all conspiracy theorists or anti-vaxxers. They’ve just got bigger problems than COVID. | Opinion (



‘Tis the season: First lady Jill Biden receives official White House Christmas tree – CNNPolitics

To lower gas prices, Biden authorizes release from US strategic oil reserve – ABC News (

Biden avoids new clash with GOP with Powell pick – POLITICO

Congress braces for a December to dread – POLITICO