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

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 – – Butler, PA

Wolf, legislators applaud small business bill – Pennsylvania Business Report (

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 (

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

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

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

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

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

Opinion: Republicans are working to subvert honest elections (

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

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

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

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

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


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 (

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 (

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

Vaccine mandates in health care: Tower Health pushes back its deadline (

Berks County Prison offers inmates incentives to get COVID vaccine (

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

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



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 (

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 (

PA issuing refunds for unemployment interest overcharges (

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

Erie unemployment rose in August, while statewide rate fell (

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

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



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

Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, DA Larry Krasner disagree on reducing shootings (

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



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 (

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 |

Wolf administration discussing update on strategy for protection in-person learning in schools (

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

Guest Opinion: Blame districts for school bus driver shortage (

Schools in northern Poconos seeing new COVID cases daily (

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

Bucks County Community College forum looks to quell election misinformation (



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 (

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

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

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

Berks County elections director Ronald Rutkowski resigns (

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



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 (



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 |



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

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

Big drop in US teen vaping seen with COVID school closures (

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

It’s flu vaccine time, even if you’ve had your COVID shots | Coronavirus |

Military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action | National News |

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


State News

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

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 (

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board discusses ‘proactive’ rationing | Pennsylvania |

Gina Diorio: How AG Shapiro cost PA landowners tens of millions of dollars (

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

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

Cartwright: $2.1 million targets health care infrastructure | News |


National News

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How to take control back (

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

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 (

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


Local News

Cumberland County homeowners fight rezoning request from area developer (

Local businesses in Carlisle frustrated with USPS, only receiving mail once a week (

Montco Creates New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position – DV Journal (

Child care and economic development in Erie: Time for action (

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

SACA, local officials celebrate Conestoga North development | Local News |

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

Lackawanna County reviewing two proposals for property reassessment | News |

Talen Energy to mine Bitcoin near its nuclear plant | News |

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

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

Some area restaurants shut down indoor dining again | Business |

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



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

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 (

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

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

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 (

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

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 |

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

Resolution to support workers alleging natural hair discrimination | Local News |

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

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

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

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

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



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 (

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