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Legislature

Flynn legislation would address $104M in uncollected turnpike tolls | Times Leader

Pa. lawmakers prepare for intense redistricting negotiations – WHYY

Bills to Prevent Uncollected Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike | (wkok.com)

The ‘People’s Maps’ seek to give voters a voice [column] | Local Voices | lancasteronline.com

Bill seeks to boost Pa. economy by increasing job creation tax credits | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Pennsylvania orders review of medical marijuana vape products – lehighvalleylive.com

Mayor Kenney calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to allow Philly to pass firearm restrictions | PhillyVoice

Central Pa. lawmaker making push to put regulations on cryptocurrencies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. gun debate obscures the Second Amendment’s fraught racial history (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Deana’s Law would increase penalties for repeat Pennsylvania DUI offenders | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Mackenzie holds hearing to push for congressional term limits | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania Senate approves small business tax reform bill | Philadelphia Politics | phillypressreview.com

Two Pa. representatives, including House majority leader, test positive for COVID-19 (abc27.com)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Gillen tests positive for COVID (readingeagle.com)

Pa. lawmakers’ salaries to rise by nearly $5,000, the largest increase in quarter of a century – pennlive.com

State officials say increase in outdated dog license fee badly needed | News | standardspeaker.com

Their view: Redistricting doesn’t give us fair representation. Here’s what will | Times Leader

PA Environment Digest Blog: Sen. Yaw Introduces Bill To Make It Illegal For State Government To Buy Renewable Energy, Something Every Utility, And Thousands Of Energy Users Do (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Sen. Comitta to hold healthcare enrollment town hall Dec. 6 – Daily Local

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

US travel ban begins as omicron variant spreads globally (abc27.com)

Data correction drops COVID vaccine rates in Pennsylvania | AP News

Accuracy in reporting COVID numbers a struggle in Pa. (abc27.com)

As Omicron emerges, here’s how experts say employers can address variants – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Omicron could be the most infectious COVID-19 variant yet : Goats and Soda : NPR

Merck’s new COVID drug molnupiravir gets FDA consideration : Shots – Health News : NPR

Judge stops federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Medicare, Medicaid facilities in 10 states | Missouri | thecentersquare.com

Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16 and 17 year olds: report (abc27.com)

If the vaccine works so well, why is COVID-19 surging again in Pa.? – pennlive.com

No Omicron variant, but COVID-19 cases still surging | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Demand for COVID-19 boosters waning in Luzerne County | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com

‘More questions than answers’ about latest covid variant, Pittsburgh doctors say | TribLIVE.com

Get vaccinated and ‘do not get hysterical’ about omicron variant, Philly-area officials say as they wait to learn more (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

President Biden meets with CEOs of major retailers to discuss supply chain and inflation | ABC27

Bucks County child care: Wait lists, staffing shortages continue to impact parents’ return to work (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Op-Ed: ‘Shop Small’ takes on a new meaning this year (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Supply Chain Problems Have Small Retailers Gambling on Hoarding – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Big malls facing big loans as the sector remains on shaky ground – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amazon Warehouse Workers Get To Re-Do Union Vote In Alabama : NPR

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania and the importance of government-funded venture capital | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Midstate businesses share lasting pandemic impacts (abc27.com)

Pa. cosmetics company sued for $65 million by L’Oreal says its insurance providers should’ve warned them – pennlive.com

These are the 11 largest private companies in Pa., according to Forbes – pennlive.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Pa. attorney general and police chiefs in Berks discuss staffing issues (readingeagle.com)

Marriott promises to unmask ‘resort fees’ in settlement with Pennsylvania attorney general | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Man charged in rape on SEPTA train held for trial – Daily Local

Montgomery County D.A. Appeals Cosby Case to U.S. Supreme Court – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Covid outbreak hits Westmoreland jail as caseload surges throughout county | TribLIVE.com

Police Commissioner Outlaw points to social media as a reason for homicide spike | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Pennsylvania school board elections gave rise to tension and political movement that may be here to stay (inquirer.com)

Former Temple business school dean convicted in false data scandal case – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

What’s next for the U.S. free community college movement – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Matthew Rousu: Covid-19 shows the value of markets — and for alternative schooling models (broadandliberty.com)

Scranton School District adjusts budget for contracts; takes payroll tax off 2022 plan | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Editorial: Butler County Community College teaches lesson with ransomware shutdown | TribLIVE.com

Bullying concerns parents, students at Hanover, South Western schools (ydr.com)

Pell yes, we should boost grant money for college students. Here’s why | John A. Tures – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Junior Achievement of W.Pa. teaches career skills to Fayette Co. students | Helping the Helpers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Pennsylvania Latinos work to turn huge population gains into political muscle, but still face barriers · Spotlight PA

Sen. Ron Johnson is pushing Wisconsin lawmakers to take over elections system : NPR

After Sean Parnell exits, Pa. Senate race becomes an ‘open event’ for GOP | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

America First candidate Bradley Lanning to challenge Fitzpatrick Pennsylvania First Congressional District (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Stacy Wallace and Lori Dumas win two open seats for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court after recount (abc27.com)

Chester Co. Board Votes to Certify 2021 Election, Despite Public Outcry – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Dr. Oz is expected to join Pa.’s U.S. Senate race (inquirer.com)

PA-Gov: The Daily Beast, “How This Attorney General Beat Trump 40 Times in Court” (dailykos.com)

Trump pulls strings behind the scenes to help loyal 2022 candidates – Business News (businessbreakingnews.net)

 

Environment

Advocates hope federal infrastructure money will spur people to buy EVs | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Lessons of ’70s Energy Crisis Have Meaning in Today’s Climate Crisis – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Transportation

Hogan breaks ground on tunnel expansion project | Maryland | thecentersquare.com

 

Health

LaBelle: I’m fighting for greater visibility for diabetic men, women (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Tower Health reports blood shortages at its hospitals (dailylocal.com)

Penn extends deal with IBC to cut red tape and treat patients better (inquirer.com)

Staffing shortages are holding back drug addiction treatment. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says opioid settlement funds can help. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

State News

How will Pennsylvania use infrastructure money? | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Pennsylvania ranks 19th among states for economic freedom | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania AG Shapiro opens investigation into Instagram | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Vote for Pennsylvania’s best river of 2022, as measured by conservation needs and successes | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

In a season of sweets, Pa. company encourages conscious consumption | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bucks County students push to make the Hershey’s Kiss Pa.’s state candy – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inside the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

As an infrastructure package targets lead pipes, Flint has lessons to share : NPR

City trees are turning green early, prompting warnings for food and pollination : NPR

Prosecutors ask Supreme Court to review the Bill Cosby case : NPR

Twitter CEO steps down, leaves company at a crossroads | Times Leader

Pentagon chief orders new inquiry into U.S. airstrike that killed dozens in Syria in 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what’s next | Across America | phillytrib.com

America still has slavery-era citizen’s arrest laws that legalize lynching | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Interior Department calls for oil and gas leasing updates, but not ending production – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

States, cities running out of rental assistance monies | WITF

 

Local News

Crawford County certifies Meadville’s first woman mayor | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Luzerne County government vacancies blamed on low compensation and competition | Times Leader

Proposed contract would deliver translation services for Scranton government | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Montgomery County’s MontcoStrong grant program helped them, businesses report in survey | Business | phillytrib.com

Free Shredding Event with Rep. Brian Sims & Sen. Nikil Saval | Seger Park, Philadelphia, PA | December 4, 2021 (happeningnext.com)

Preliminary Bucks County operating budget projects no tax increase for 2022 – thereporteronline

Harrisburg mayor-elect Wanda Williams announces transition team chairs – pennlive.com

It’s been a long wait, but Lincoln Building in West Chester reopens to public – Daily Local

Outraged residents raise money to support Pa. library denied county funds for hosting LGBTQ support group – pennlive.com

How will Reading redraw its City Council districts? (readingeagle.com)

Local nonprofits welcome support on ‘Giving Tuesday’ | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

Gainey names transition team members, offers current city appointees a chance to remain | 90.5 WESA

A clean start: Ed Gainey’s vision for Downtown Pittsburgh starts with redding it up | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ed Gainey talks policing, cleaning up Downtown during Q&A with public | TribLIVE.com

Study: Great Allegheny Passage is ‘an economic highway’ that generated $121 million in 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mario Lemieux to oversee hockey operations as Fenway Sports Group deal with Penguins almost done | TribLIVE.com

Archaeology crew sifting through Ohiopyle State Park’s past in search of cultural treasure | TribLIVE.com

Meet the chef overseeing 200 daily lunches for food-insecure Pittsburghers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oakland residents raise concerns over Walnut Capital bid to redevelop neighborhood | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Six ways to give back to Pittsburghers in need this holiday season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Philly

Philadelphia City Council to debate limits on outside employment | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pa. court orders Vision Property Management to hand over 285 homes to misled tenants (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia leads all U.S. cities in apartment conversions since start of 2020 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penrose Plaza in South Philadelphia trades for $52M – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Eisenberg + Yeomans: Five ways to “rewild” Philadelphia (broadandliberty.com)

Are any of Philly’s anti-violence tactics working? Without better tracking, we’ll never know. | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Broken streetlight complaints have more than tripled in Philly, and some neighborhoods are darker than ever (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia wants you to recycle your (clean) Amazon boxes | Local News | phillytrib.com

How Philly area scientists are looking out for the omicron variant | Coronavirus | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia has another violent weekend | Local News | phillytrib.com

Rob Wonderling announces plans to depart from chamber | Business | phillytrib.com

A retreat in the Poconos for children impacted by Philadelphia gun violence laid bare a city in crisis – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania hearing focuses on Philadelphia refinery cleanup efforts | Philadelphia Politics | phillypressreview.com

 

Washington

Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas brings back a warmer, simpler vibe (inquirer.com)

Don’t believe the hype: Critics call ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ a ‘nothing burger,’ but Pa. congressman disagrees | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CMU Professor Joins White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Lauren Boebert and Ilhan Omar speak after Boebert comments : NPR

Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official | Times Leader