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PA Turnpike Reform Package Planned In Harrisburg –

Guest editorial | Compromise a lost art in Harrisburg | Editorials |

$5M in Pa. funding OK’d for Lehigh Valley transportation projects –

Democratic, Republican Lawmakers in Pennsylvania Struggle To Find Overall Strategy To Help Manage the Drug Crisis in the State | HNGN – Headlines & Global News

Pennsylvania without unified drug crisis strategy as overdose deaths soar – The Morning Call (

Clean water bills will benefit hunters, anglers and others who love the outdoors | Columns |

PA-Sen: Fetterman (D) Pushes To Process As Many Marijuana Pardons As Possible Before Leaving Office (

‘We have a litter problem’: Gov. Wolf unveils statewide litter action plan |

Wolf Administration releases first-ever statewide Litter Action Plan | Times Leader


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Wary, weary world slams doors shut, fearing omicron variant – Daily Local

Omicron: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant (

COVID-19 omicron variant shows need for global accord on pandemics, WHO leader says (

South Africa informed the world of Omicron. Then it was hit with travel bans : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

For patients with long COVID, chronic fatigue syndrome may offer a guiding star : NPR

Fauci fires back at Cruz over COVID claims about Chinese lab (

Omicron variant showing ‘unusual but mild’ symptoms, South African doctor says (

How vaccine makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant | WITF

As Omicron spreads, studies suggest that travel bans alone don’t do much good | WITF

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert | WITF

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron | Health |

COVID-19 cases in Erie County too many for contact tracing (

Even as COVID-19 continues, a doctor’s gratitude for how far we’ve come | Expert Opinion (

Coronavirus hospitalizations rise again in Luzerne County | Times Leader



Black tech founders work to improve health care for people of color : Shots – Health News : NPR

How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain | WITF

Historic holiday sales expected in 2021 | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Wages rise while pols apply pressure | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Pennsylvania’s child care and staffing crisis, by the numbers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A workforce program delivers more recruits to Philly Shipyard (

Philly teens entering workforce in droves, filling holiday gaps amid ongoing labor shortage (

Cyber Monday increasingly important for area shops | Business |



Midstate towns on the list of safest from crime | Smart Talk (

Swarthmore College students compile Delaware County homicide database (



Faculty retirements at Pa. state universities are double the number of a typical year –

State Reps. Harkins/Merski on Erie School District autonomy: They’re ready (

RACC hopes to build a $33 million early childhood education center (

‘Hallelujah’: Allentown School District’s aging buildings will finally get air conditioning thanks to the American Rescue Plan – The Morning Call (

The author whose piece triggered Temples college rankings scandal reflects (

Philadelphia School District teacher vacancies, absences have created a staffing crisis in some buildings (

Cyberattack forces closure of Butler County Community College on Monday and Tuesday |



Voting rights advocates say Ohio congressional map is gerrymandered : NPR

The Electoral College or a National Popular Vote: The debate among conservatives (

Sean Parnell: National Popular Vote would be bad for Pennsylvania … and the nation (

Patrick Rosenstiel: Enough of the lies about National Popular Vote! (

GOP field in Pennsylvania’s Senate race heads for reshuffle | WITF

Berks officials say distrust in elections is damaging the process (

How Sen. Jake Corman’s background led him to run for governor | Centre Daily Times

Parnell’s Withdrawal From PA Senate Race Opens Door For Dr. Oz, Others | Patch



Sage-grouse protection plans in the West under review by Biden administration – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

How Pa. can get charged up for an electric vehicle future – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Big Oil’s pivot to carbon capture/storage, as it keeps drilling, isn’t a climate solution | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (



Old railroad tracks should be used for trains, not trails (

Police seeing less crashes, fatalities at roundabouts in Bucks County (

Report: Pa. ranks 39th nationwide for the condition, cost-effectiveness of its highways – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Roundabouts can be a driver’s worst nightmare. But officials say they make Pa. roads safer – The Morning Call (



NJ rabbi: Hanukkah offers lesson on dealing with addiction (

Philadelphia International Medicine and ALYN hospital in Israel form pediatric care partnership – Philadelphia Business Journal (

‘We don’t get treated the same’: Implicit racial bias is another barrier to quality health care –

Recent opioid settlement is a ‘slap in the face’ to suffering families | Opinion (


State News

Editorial: Hanukkah reminds us all to bring light into the world (

Philadelphia, Montco saw low numbers of investors buying homes in 3Q, bucking the national trend – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Report: Pennsylvania middle of the road for fiscal transparency | Pennsylvania |

Miss Pennsylvania competing in Miss America competition (

ISER: Pennsylvania Needs Driver’s Licenses for All – DV Journal (

Pa. Supreme Court says worker was still on job, even at work-sponsored happy hour | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Pa. Labor & Industry Dept. donates 600 stuffed toys to families in need | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Changes to Pennsylvania’s hunting calendar have helped boost license sales (

Pennsylvania deer season opens to shifting hunter patterns –

Pennsylvania electricity prices will be rising by as much as 50% this week. Here’s how you can save. – The Morning Call (

Surge of funds for plugging abandoned wells offers hope, challenges for Pa. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


National News

Rural leaders fear they’ll miss out on infrastructure money | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Keeping a watchful eye on social media’s impact on our children (

Iran nuclear talks are restarting. Here’s what’s at stake : NPR

Leftist claims victory in Honduran vote, setting up a showdown with National Party : NPR

Renowned fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after a private battle with cancer : NPR

Biden tapped the strategic petroleum reserve. What is it and where does it come from? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Ahmaud Arbery’s mom: Thankful for justice and son’s legacy | News |

N.J. bill would create a new heritage trail celebrating Black history | Local News |

Gun violence soared during the pandemic for complex reasons (

Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year | Coronavirus |


Local News

Radnor BOC Votes to Keep Sweetheart Deal With Ardrossan Farmer – DV Journal (

Dioramas at Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem remain as old Macy’s still not sold (

Downtown Development | ‘People just like me’: Transplants, young entrepreneurs energize city’s business sector | News |

How the infrastructure bill can close northwest Pa.’s digital divide (

NFG sues Erie: City ready to change fee structure to end federal case (

Springfield Ambulance Corps, president recognized for exceptional service – Delco Times

Pandemic ‘Rescue’ a godsend for 100s of Northampton County merchants – The Morning Call (

Westchester officials have banned the mayor from holding two positions – Daily Local – Pennsylvania News Today

Brandywine River Museum of Art reopens with holiday cheer – The Mercury (

Local news outlets could reap $1.7 billion in Build Back Better aid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Project to replace deteriorating wall in downtown Scranton stalls | News |

Scranton settles lawsuits against code enforcement office for $1.1 million | News |

Hazleton administrators view payments in 2022 budget as progress | News |

Luzerne County Council faces lame duck questions, such as LCTA funding match | |



South Side awarded grant to transform South 21st Street into “Complete Green Street” | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

CMU adds to cultural offerings for those with autism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Southern Beltway increasing traffic on the Findlay Connector near Pittsburgh International Airport | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh project to remake South Side street, reduce stormwater impact gets $963K state grant | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kidsburgh program seeks to build better engagement between schools, families | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Seth Williams: Fighting Philly’s scourge of gun homicides (

Philly reaches 500 homicides | Local News |

Philly’s Black youth offer solutions to city’s gun violence problem | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

SEPTA moving to zero emissions future | Local News |

How an activist family got a new park built in Logan Square | Local News |

Philly is 44% Black, yet our companies get less than 12% of city contracts | Opinion (

I help people accused of crimes, but I still get accused — just for being Black | Opinion (

Temple University student killed in shooting Sunday (

Philly’s free holiday parking tradition ends. Here’s what residents, store owners are saying. (



Democrats say Build Back Better agenda won’t repeat Obamacare messaging mistakes : NPR

‘Gifts from the Heart’ is Biden White House Christmas theme – Daily Local

Supreme Court Justices’ views on abortion in their own words and votes | WITF

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight | WITF

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich, and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (