State Sen. Anthony Williams is demanding three Sharon Hill officers be fired (delcotimes.com)

Pa. reformed ‘prison gerrymandering,’ but it likely won’t matter in congressional maps | WITF

PA GOP Senators Seek Election Fraud Testimony By Oct. 1 | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Mask Opt Out Bill Passes Committee; Would Face Veto By Wolf – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Wolf, legislators applaud small business bill – Pennsylvania Business Report (pennbizreport.com)

Gov. Wolf, Legislators Laud Proposed Legislation to Provide Consistent Support for Small, Diverse, Veteran Businesses – MyChesCo

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce bill legalizing recreational marijuana use | PhillyVoice

Expanded outdoor dining in Philadelphia would be permanent under proposed bills – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

$750,000 in grants available through DEP for environmental education projects | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Allegheny County gets almost $440,000 to grow apprenticeship program | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Legislation to help small, diverse, and veteran owned businesses compete for state contracts | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Local lawmaker working with organizations on future of Jennersville Hospital – Daily Local

Opinion: Republicans are working to subvert honest elections (poconorecord.com)

Pat Browne recovering from motorcycle crash, plans return to Pa. Senate – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Let our kids play’: Advocates rally for transgender youth at Pa. Capitol – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. House panel approves bill raising income limits for prescription drugs program | Friday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Election investigation, voting reform continue 11 months after Biden win | FOX43 Capitol Beat | fox43.com

Pa. lawmakers examine PennDOT proposal to toll bridges | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

As COVID-19 rages, Pa. hospitals tell ambulance crews they don’t want people in crisis | WITF

Banking leaders urge Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated and defeat COVID (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Biden vaccine mandate splits US on party lines: AP-NORC poll – Daily Local

Merck says experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19 – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary: Required COVID-19 vaccinations for children not in the works | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Vaccine mandates in health care: Tower Health pushes back its deadline (readingeagle.com)

Berks County Prison offers inmates incentives to get COVID vaccine (readingeagle.com)

Pa. nursing home workers aren’t getting COVID-19 vaccines despite mandate (inquirer.com)

School-age COVID-19 cases up 33% in Luzerne County | coronavirus | citizensvoice.com



US unemployment claims rise third straight week to 362,000 – Delco Times

$265M sale of Target-leased distribution center in South Jersey sets price per square foot record – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Only ‘wimps’ phone it in: Why Wall Streeters are traveling again : NPR

Toys are stuck on container ships and may be harder to find during the holidays : NPR

Dollar Stores Hit a Pandemic Downturn – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

PA issuing refunds for unemployment interest overcharges (ydr.com)

Advocates and elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Erie unemployment rose in August, while statewide rate fell (goerie.com)

Here’s how to become a school bus driver in Pa. amid national shortage – pennlive.com

Crozer-Chester nurses protest staff shortages and disrespect – Delco Times



Boy Scout bankruptcy: Erie council to pay $700,000 to settle abuse claims (goerie.com)

Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, DA Larry Krasner disagree on reducing shootings (inquirer.com)

Crime stats showing Wilkes-Barre drop at odds with state numbers | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com



Pa.’s school mask mandate will end when children can be vaccinated, Gov. Wolf says | WITF

Wolf administration responds to nationwide bus driver shortage, allows ‘limited’ reimbursements for families – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. is looking to recruit school bus drivers to ease statewide shortage – Delco Times

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Is Getting An Education Department Overhaul : NPR

School Boards Are Asking For Federal Help As They Face Threats And Violence : Back To School: Live Updates : NPR

Pennsylvania not immune to national school bus driver shortage | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wolf administration discussing update on strategy for protection in-person learning in schools (abc27.com)

PA Community Colleges Graduate Few Students, Hope for Billions From Biden Spending Boon – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Guest Opinion: Blame districts for school bus driver shortage (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Schools in northern Poconos seeing new COVID cases daily (poconorecord.com)

Here’s why charter schools in Pa., elsewhere aren’t as ‘public’ as they claim they are | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bucks County Community College forum looks to quell election misinformation (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Growing GOP governor’s field puts nomination ‘up for grabs’ | WITF

Meet the climate candidate running for PA’s sought-after Senate seat | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Sean Parnell previously downplayed accusations against Roy Moore, latest in string of controversial statements | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

In rare move, school board candidates in central Pa. get big cash from political group supporting in-person classes – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania governor race: Field of GOP candidates continues to grow – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Berks County elections director Ronald Rutkowski resigns (readingeagle.com)

Bombshell or backlash? The nasty turn in Pa.’s GOP Senate primary leaves questions for both Jeff Bartos and Sean Parnell (inquirer.com)



5 Midwestern governors agree to create a network to charge electric vehicles : NPR

Letters: Put a price on carbon and speed the switch to green energy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Paying for Pennsylvania’s bridge repairs with new tolls remains divisive | WITF

Officials seeking passenger, rental car fees to help finance $1.4 billion Pittsburgh International Airport modernization | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lenhartsville among bridges where PennDOT considers adding tolls | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com



Breast Cancer Awareness | ‘Afraid to go to the hospital’: Doctors tracking impact of skipped cancer screenings during pandemic | Breast Cancer | tribdem.com

Cori Bush Speaks About Her Decision To Have An Abortion : NPR

Big drop in US teen vaping seen with COVID school closures (abc27.com)

Penn State Health is opening its new Cumberland County hospital, and it won’t stand empty for long – pennlive.com

It’s flu vaccine time, even if you’ve had your COVID shots | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action | National News | thetimes-tribune.com

Pandemic takes a toll on Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but not because of COVID-19 (inquirer.com)


State News

To build back the Keystone State, Congress needs to pass Biden’s domestic agenda | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

SEC’s probe of Pa. school pension fund examines staff gifts and trips from Wall Street firms | WITF

Latino political power, health, future examined at statewide convention | WITF

PA Latinos discuss growing population, voting at annual convention (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board discusses ‘proactive’ rationing | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Gina Diorio: How AG Shapiro cost PA landowners tens of millions of dollars (broadandliberty.com)

Natural gas shortage could cause higher bills, Midstate energy supplier explains how to curb costs (abc27.com)

Natural gas prices surge, meaning higher heating bills likely coming for customers | TribLIVE.com

Cartwright: $2.1 million targets health care infrastructure | News | thetimes-tribune.com


National News

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How to take control back (abc27.com)

Even real estate investors report feeling more pessimistic about housing-market prospects – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Facebook whistleblower isn’t protected from possible company retaliation, experts say : NPR

Disney World opened 50 years ago : NPR

New Immigration Enforcement Guidelines Focus On Threats To Public Safety : NPR

More Than 800 People Have Been Arrested As The DOJ Clamps Down On Fake Pills : NPR

David Bruce: USPS raises cost of holiday packages (goerie.com)

Legal weed stores allowed in 40 South Jersey towns. More to come. (inquirer.com)


Local News

Cumberland County homeowners fight rezoning request from area developer (abc27.com)

Local businesses in Carlisle frustrated with USPS, only receiving mail once a week (abc27.com)

Montco Creates New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Child care and economic development in Erie: Time for action (goerie.com)

Scouts sell part of Camp Mack near Lebanon County line for $2.9M, becomes state game land | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

SACA, local officials celebrate Conestoga North development | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pair of Pa. winery owners crying in their beer over zoning flap that could put a cork in their business – pennlive.com

Lackawanna County reviewing two proposals for property reassessment | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Talen Energy to mine Bitcoin near its nuclear plant | News | standardspeaker.com

Berks County Emergency rental assistance program to end next week. (readingeagle.com)

Griffith’s ideas about poll watchers raise concerns | Times Leader

Some area restaurants shut down indoor dining again | Business | citizensvoice.com

2021 Berks Encore EXPO at the Ballpark Offered Something for Everyone – BCTV



Mayor Bill Peduto submits preliminary 2022 city budget with no tax hike | TribLIVE.com

Commerce secretary signals feds could invest in Pittsburgh’s bid to become self-driving powerhouse | WITF

Residents share polarized views on future of Pittsburgh’s Columbus Day Parade | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Corrals for eScooters aim to offer safe, easy way to park in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Carrie Blast Furnaces gets $360K federal grant to preserve former steel mill site in Rankin | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh to the moon: Commerce secretary chooses North Side robotics, space company to tout U.S. tech | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City contracts for app to provide help to first responders | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban begins: What businesses need to know – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Despite billions of dollars in development, Philadelphia’s growth hampered by familiar issues – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia set to run out of rental relief money in two weeks as it waits for federal funds · Spotlight PA

City Council seeks funds for cameras at Philly rec centers | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘I’m heartbroken and outraged’: Philly Mayor Kenney, cops talk gun violence in Pa.’s biggest city – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Resolution to support workers alleging natural hair discrimination | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly honors ‘60 Minutes’ journalist and native son Ed Bradley with historical marker | Local News | phillytrib.com

As more Philly landlords move to sell and hold off on repairs, analysts see a threat | Local News | phillytrib.com

City opens application for Citizens Police Oversight Commission members | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly’s bars were put through the wringer. Are they back to normal? (inquirer.com)

SEPTA will spend $3.6 million to bulk up social services for homeless people and drug users (inquirer.com)



2 million uninsured Americans could get on Medicaid In Democrats’ spending plan : Shots – Health News : NPR

Congress Passes A Funding Bill, Averting A Shutdown : NPR

House Delays Vote on Infrastructure Bill as Democrats Feud – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Congress must make a continued difference in the lives of youth in foster care | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)