Communities of color want to be ‘stewards,’ not ‘victims’ of Pa. redistricting plans | WITF

Senate Republicans seek stricter rules for lobbyists with bill package | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Local lawmakers hear from healthcare workers, first responders impacted by hospital consolidation – Daily Local

Pennsylvania lawmakers locked in partisan battle over disease data as news media pushes for accessibility – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania RGGI opponents mount tense last stand – POLITICO

Report: Pre-pandemic Pennsylvania rainy day fund second smallest in the nation | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Join RGGI to support Pennsylvania’s coal plant communities (theintell.com)

Some Democrats call for halt to Mariner East following charges, but don’t expect action from legislature | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

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

State Sen. Bob Mensch announces plans to retire at end of term | fox43.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania hits COVID-19 vaccination target | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Nursing home trade group warns of mass layoffs if Philadelphia’s vaccine deadline stands (inquirer.com)

Half of COVID-19 patients have lingering symptoms for 6 months, reveals Penn State study | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Half of COVID-19 patients have lingering symptoms for 6 months: Penn State study – pennlive.com

FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID-19 shot for booster (inquirer.com)

Experts recommend that FDA should authorize Moderna COVID vaccine booster | WITF

COVID: Study uses saliva to predict risk of severity in children (readingeagle.com)

COVID-19 hits children as school year gets underway | The Bucks County Herald

More COVID-19 hospitalizations could mean mask mandate in Erie County, PA (goerie.com)

Area nursing home vaccination rates vary widely for staff, residents; local COVID-19 surge continues | Coronavirus | tribdem.com



Pennsylvania grants aim to connect schools, businesses, workforce development boards | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Philly produce worker calls for living wages at D.C. rally – WHYY

Volume swells at Port of Philadelphia in supply chain crisis (audacy.com)

Top cities for growth in tech job postings – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Restaurant workers are quitting at record rates – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Global supply chain is missing a crucial gear | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We’re failing our workers: Pa. needs paid family & medical leave | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PASSHE to request $500M from state, historic amount of funding | ABC27

Maggio’s restaurant posts plea for Americans to get back to work (theintell.com)

Worker shortage leaves teens juggling school and jobs (theintell.com)



First Lady Wolf, Corrections Secretary highlight needs for women returning from prison | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

‘Unit unsafe’: Inside a week of riots, fires, and destruction at Philly jails (inquirer.com)

Former CYS director pleads guilty to child endangerment | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com

Former head of Pa. child welfare agency pleads guilty in backlog case – pennlive.com

Man tased by Pittsburgh Police dies next day after apparent medical emergency | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

First Black woman, E-town grad, named Pa. State Police deputy commissioner | Local News | lancasteronline.com



Temple President Jason Wingard prepares for school’s 1st fundraising campaign since 2009 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New integrated state school campus to be named Pennsylvania Western University | ABC27

The big reveal: State System debuts new name of merged Cal, Clarion, Edinboro universities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘It is a strong state name’: Pa. State System announces new identity for western regional campus – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA higher education board requests $550M in state funding for 2022-23 (theintell.com)

University of Scranton center aims to increase ethics, decrease corruption in NEPA governments | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton Area school cafeterias face food shortages, too | Education | standardspeaker.com

Officials leave district in book ban flap – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Erie SD reaches deal to sell Irving School to low-income housing group (goerie.com)



Jill Biden out to flex political muscle in governors’ races | WITF

Suburban Dems flee from ‘defund the police’ – POLITICO

Josh Shapiro will visit Allentown on Friday fresh off his gubernatorial announcement – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Abington Native Josh Shapiro Holds Rally in Hometown Campaign Kick Off – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Josh Shapiro has short list Pa. lt. gov. picks (inquirer.com)

Josh Shapiro: Something very important for 2024 happened in Pennsylvania today – CNNPolitics

Shapiro makes his case for governor to Philly ministers | Local News | phillytrib.com

Army vet Ashley Ehasz announces campaign for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

The field of Senate candidates is crowded. Who has the most financial support from Pa. voters? | 90.5 WESA

Fetterman, Bartos are outraising competitors for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat | 90.5 WESA

Candidates For Pennsylvania Supreme Court Say The Race Is Not Partisan, Even Though They Run Under Party Labels – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Sen. Casey endorses Tyler Titus for County Executive | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Terry McAuliffe’s Other Obstacle in Virginia Race: Democrats’ Apathy – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

U.S. Senate candidate Parnell loses bid to seal child custody case | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Bartos leads Trump-backed opponent Parnell in money race after 3rd quarter – USA Breaking News

A Bucks County dad angered by COVID-19 closures gave $500,000 to school board candidates. Critics say it’s fueling ‘toxic’ politics. (inquirer.com)

Area female business owners lay out struggles for Senate candidate | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Allentown mayoral candidates discuss Trump, gun violence and affordable housing in debate – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania mail ballots may need extra postage – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two politicians known for reaching across the aisle contend for Lehigh County executive – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Capital-Star Q+A: Gov. candidate Jason Monn thinks Harrisburg needs an everyman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pgh anti-eviction advocate is running for constable to reform the little understood Pa. position – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Former Steelers reporter turned anti-eviction advocate is running for constable; wants to reform the little-known Pennsylvania position | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Gun safety group Everytown launches $200K campaign in Erie Co. sheriff race | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Floods threaten a quarter of roads and critical buildings : NPR

Commissioners approve natural gas pipeline extension | News, Sports, Jobs – Williamsport Sun-Gazette (sungazette.com)

Federal flood insurance rates are spiking for millions of people : NPR

HCA begins process of removing fluoride from drinking water | News | standardspeaker.com

Talking to kids about climate change and ocean health | Smart Talk (witf.org)



An airport for Pittsburgh: Officials break ground on $1.4 billion terminal modernization project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh airport’s $1.4B construction project cleared for takeoff; completion delayed to 2025 | TribLIVE.com

Glenbrook Road Bridge Remains Closed | Eyewitness News (pahomepage.com)



Philly frontline workers share their experiences treating addiction during pandemic in new study (inquirer.com)

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton president: Health care trends toward outpatient services | News | standardspeaker.com

Mount Nittany Medical Center sees ‘unprecedented’ strain on hospital bed capacity | WITF

Bucks mom who lost three children, husband to ALS fights for cure (theintell.com)

Mammogram Screening Importance | Eyewitness News (pahomepage.com)


State News

The mild-mannered senator behind a major liberal push – POLITICO

Democrats scrutinize Pennsylvania congressman’s efforts to help Trump overturn 2020 election – CNNPolitics

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson surprises Pa. football team with gear, inspirational message: video – pennlive.com

Pa. adds 21 farms covering nearly 2,000 acres to its preservation program – pennlive.com

Developers can’t build on these four Lehigh Valley farms, covering 325 acres, thanks to state Farmland Preservation Program – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

This Pa. city’s residents run out of money roughly 8 days after getting paid, study finds – pennlive.com

Pa. Medicaid abortion case heads to state Supreme Court – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

A Mom’s journey through Pa.’s direct support professional crisis | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


National News

Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized with an infection : NPR

Former president Bill Clinton admitted to hospital (abc27.com)

Rising Rents Stoke Inflation Data, a Concern for Washington – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

2020 Census may have undercounted Black Americans, new analyses say | Across America | phillytrib.com

Suspect in the Norway bow-and-arrow attacks faces court hearing : NPR

Robert Durst, who was featured in HBO’s The Jinx, got life in prison for murder : NPR

A Boeing test pilot has been indicted in connection with the 737 Max : NPR

Housing Market is a Sprint for Buyers but a Marathon for Senior Homeowners – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

N.F.L.’s Top Lawyer Had Cozy Relationship With Washington Team President – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Texas abortion ban remains in effect after appeals court rules against Justice Department | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Steve Bannon defies Jan. 6 panel’s subpoena, faces contempt charge | TribLIVE.com

Artist sues newly-freed Bill Cosby over 1990 hotel encounter | WITF


Local News

I-83 widening: PennDOT looks to take part or all of 200 properties (ydr.com)

Lancaster County’s multiracial population soared in last decade, census data shows | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Reading approves 2-year contract with its AFSCME employees (readingeagle.com)

Duquesne Light seeks 4.2% rate hike in January | TribLIVE.com

Luzerne County posts Nov. 2 election sample ballots | Times Leader

Council OKs La Tolteca liquor license, workers comp contracts | News | citizensvoice.com

Berks County official proposes paying postage for mailed ballots (readingeagle.com)

Erie County elections: Postage not required for mail-in, absentee ballots (goerie.com)

Drop boxes across county now accepting ballots (delcotimes.com)

Domestic Abuse Project holds vigil in Chester on Saturday – Delco Times

Lancaster city looks to add affordable housing with $1 million lot on Marietta Ave | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Scores of businesses to help West Chester glow during upcoming holidays (dailylocal.com)



Former President George W. Bush, Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge To Speak At Eradicate Hate Global Summit In Pittsburgh – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

How will Allegheny County’s council districts be reapportioned? | 90.5 WESA

‘A generational project’: Officials unveil Southern Beltway after over 40 years and $900 million | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s Nobel connection | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh controller’s audit calls on Bureau of Animal Care and Control to improve operations | TribLIVE.com

Pittsburgh awarded 3 low-income housing tax credits to bring more affordable housing to city | TribLIVE.com

Ralph P. Watson, former Wilkinsburg Council member, marketing guru, dies at 63 | New Pittsburgh Courier



Philly has become the first big city to ban minor traffic stops said to criminalize ‘driving while Black’ (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia becomes first large U.S. city to ban traffic stops for low-level offenses | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Here are the community groups getting the first $2 million of Philly grants to combat gun violence (inquirer.com)

Ex-staffer of Philly Councilmember Mark Squilla charged in election fraud case tied to former U.S. Rep. Ozzie Myers (inquirer.com)

Philly police commissioner: ‘Fluctuating’ gun crime levels (audacy.com)

Who Is to Blame for Rise in Philly Crime? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Testifying in John Dougherty’s trial, Deputy Mayor Richard Lazer describes close ties to the labor leader (inquirer.com)

Wiretaps reveal Henon, Verizon union relationship (audacy.com)

New historical marker recognizes Philadelphia Gay News’ 45 years of journalism, activism – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Clergy, residents complain about run-down rec centers | Local News | phillytrib.com

How masjids and funeral homes are navigating Philly’s gun violence emergency | Local News | phillytrib.com

Altman Management sale of University City Townhomes protested- WHYY



Progressives press for climate reforms to stay in spending package | ABC27

Manchin and Sinema detail key disagreements over Biden agenda – CNNPolitics

Biden administration to invest $100 million to boost health care, attract workers | TheHill

China, Taiwan tensions spark debate inside Biden admin as Democrats push for more forceful response – CNNPolitics