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Legislature

Santarsiero backs new crime gun agreement – Lower Bucks Times

School curriculum bill OK’d by Pennsylvania Senate panel | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Empowering Pa. parents or inciting the public? New education bill passes committee (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers advance bill to have school textbook names, course summaries posted online – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. Senate panel advances bill requiring schools to post course information online | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill requiring posted curriculum passes Pa. Senate committee (audacy.com)

Senate report: Perry, Mastriano stoked fears of election fraud | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Inflatable ‘protest pig’ returns to Harrisburg after five years (abc27.com)

Pa.’s redistricting process is more transparent than ever, but not many people are participating (abc27.com)

Two State Senators Introduce First Bipartisan Bill to Legalize the Adult Use of Marijuana in Pennsylvania – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Area lawmaker opposes proposed Aqua Pennsylvania rate hike – Daily Local

Wolf announces four bills aimed at expanding Pa.’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

State highlights collaborative plan to pave roads with recycled plastic | Times Leader

PA Democrats Call for Shutting Down Operational Mariner East Pipe | Marcellus Drilling News

Grant program to promote community outreach on COVID-19 vaccine | State | theprogressnews.com

‘Outraged, frustrated, and scared’: Pa. residents ask authorities to protect their data from GOP election review | National | hastingstribune.com

Pa. Senate Republicans wasting taxpayer money | The Bucks County Herald

Chester County sees drastic decline in number of volunteer firefighters – The Mercury (pottsmerc.com)

Governor Wolf unveils new legislation to combat campus sexual assault | fox43.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Midstate organizations encourage those who are unsure about COVID vaccines to talk to their doctors (abc27.com)

Even if you’ve had COVID you should get the vaccine, doctors say – Daily Local

The Threat, in Perspective – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID in Pa.: Two-thirds of counties see decrease in cases. See which ones (poconorecord.com)

Allegheny County police union files suit over vaccine mandate | TribLIVE.com

Doctors deny Pennsylvania woman kidney transplant because she won’t get vaccinated | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

COVID hospitalizations have yet to wane for LVHN, St. Luke’s – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Amazon looks to add 3,900 seasonal jobs in Greater Philadelphia – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Amazon ups pay and benefits for seasonal York, Cumberland and Lancaster hires (abc27.com)

Amazon needs 3,900 seasonal workers in Delaware Valley to handle holidays (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Gas prices reach highest levels since 2014. What it means in Pennsylvania (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

National union removes leadership of local District 1199C from office | Local News | phillytrib.com

Four-day work week gaining traction in the workplace | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Amazon’s Delaware warehouse has more robots than humans | Business Weekly Newsletter (inquirer.com)

Pa. must increase minimum wage | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Labor takes spotlight amid ‘Striketober’ | Columnists | heraldstandard.com

More calls to raise Pennsylvania’s low minimum wage, citing Pa. pizza shop example of success | Economy | northcentralpa.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Philadelphia becomes first large city to ban stops for minor traffic violations (abc27.com)

SEPTA police chief Thomas J. Nestel III urge riders to call 911 when something seems wrong (delcotimes.com)

Train riders held up phones as woman was raped outside Philadelphia, police say | WITF

What we know – and don’t know – about the Park City Center shooting | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Former Coatesville superintendent sent to prison for stealing money from school – Daily Local

 

Education

Op-Ed: An unexpected reason to support charter schools (ydr.com)

Erie School District: Labor crunch spurs 110% boost in sub teacher pay (goerie.com)

Running out of food? Central Pa. schools scramble to feed students – pennlive.com

Bucks, Montco schools not immune to labor shortages impacting kids’ meals (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lower Merion’s newest school to be named Black Rock Middle School (mainlinemedianews.com)

Mandatory masking in schools: A nuisance, but no big deal for most students | TribLIVE.com

Wilkes-Barre Area superintendent says fights and other incidents down at new school | Times Leader

Reading Area Community College turns 50 (readingeagle.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Dems Tap Curry for PA House 164 Race – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Attorney General Josh Shapiro talks Montgomery County roots in race for PA governor (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Erie County sheriff race: Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety targets Shank (goerie.com)

Building a ticket that matches Pennsylvania’s diversity could pose challenge for Democrats in 2022 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Progressive champion Summer Lee enters race to succeed retiring Rep. Mike Doyle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State Rep. Summer Lee announces congressional run | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

2 more House Democrats, including Pa.’s Mike Doyle, are retiring | WITF

Pittsburgh’s longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle is retiring and won’t seek re-election | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Farewell to quiet, competent Rep. Doyle | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Radical freedom fest brings Steve Bannon, conservatives to northeast PA (poconorecord.com)

Shapiro makes campaign stop in Greensburg on ‘Big Fights’ bus tour | TribLIVE.com

Jim Bognet to announce campaign for Congress | Election | standardspeaker.com

Republican group is behind billboards with message: ‘Trump lost’ – pennlive.com

Guide to Pa.’s Supreme Court election, other appellate judicial races (goerie.com)

‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6 – POLITICO

 

Environment

Environmental advocates applaud EPA plan to address PFAS, but say more is needed | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Biden’s EPA announces plan to regulate PFAS chemicals, which have caused drinking water contamination (inquirer.com)

Jane Goodall, eco-grief and the ‘Book of Hope’ : NPR

 

Transportation/Infrastructure

Long-term plans: Remaining three Pennsylvania Turnpike projects in Western Pa. could last into 2040s | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Health

DDAP plans to broaden its scope dealing with substance abuse disorders | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

With increase in polysubstance use, state agency will ‘expand’ focus from opioid epidemic – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Flu season is here: What to know about the virus, shots and symptoms (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Geisinger to invest $58 million in new cancer center | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

Tower Health is denied property-tax exemption for three Chester County hospitals (inquirer.com)

Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition launches statewide mammogram campaign (wearecentralpa.com)

 

State News

Biden visiting Scranton area Wednesday | News | standardspeaker.com

President Biden bringing social services, climate pitch to Pennsylvania | WITF

Biden’s PFAS plan targets Pa., other states plagued by ‘forever chemicals’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Sen. Bob Casey promotes Child Tax Credit at the Community YMCA (delcotimes.com)

Pa. home energy assistance program begins for 2021-22 winter season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

La Niña ‘to emerge shortly,’ NOAA says. Here’s what it means for winter (abc27.com)

With the peak of Pennsylvania fall foliage spreading, here are some of the best drives – pennlive.com

Northampton County voting machine lawsuit can move forward – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

It’s long past time for PSERS to embrace transparency, accountability | Editorial (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps that bolster the GOP : NPR

Texas draws new voting maps, aiding GOP incumbents and decreasing minority representation – pennlive.com

‘Playing defense’: Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies talk tech’s role in fighting extremism | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump sues to stop handover of Jan. 6 documents : NPR

Trump sues to try to stop the release of documents related to the Capitol riot | WITF

Fentanyl Deaths Are Spreading In The Mountain West | Boise State Public Radio

Police in Chicago, Seattle, LA oppose vaccine mandates for public employees : NPR

With car lots sparse, shoppers drive home in their second choice or third … – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New Jersey becomes first state to surpass $1B in monthly sports bets – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Fifty-five years later, the Black Panthers’ revolutionary goals are still strong | Michael Coard – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Delaware State enters historic partnership with USAID | State & Region | phillytrib.com

College towns plan to challenge results of 2020 census | WITF

Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They’re cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say (inquirer.com)

 

Local News

Chambersburg adds protection to LGBTQ+ under anti-discrimination laws (abc27.com)

Carlisle residents sound off on USPS problems, overloading local leaders (abc27.com)

East Philadelphia Street traffic islands in York get a makeover (ydr.com)

Voters consider millennial nominees for Erie County executive (goerie.com)

Erie blood bank faces prolonged shortage due to COVID-19, lack of donations (goerie.com)

Bywood Community Association receives $50G grant to make community garden (delcotimes.com)

COVID-19 relief funds spending focal point of Johnstown candidates forum | News | tribdem.com

Cambria EMA director’s request for two new trucks launches debate at county budget hearing | News | tribdem.com

‘Black Lives in Focus’ exhibit opens at UPJ | News | tribdem.com

Bucks Veterans Affairs director Dan Fraley retires after decades of service (theintell.com)

Tuskegee Airman returns to area to be honored by Crestwood School District | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Area planning new sports stadium for $8.5M | News | citizensvoice.com

NEPA dog trains with elite water rescue teams in Italy | News | citizensvoice.com

Safe Berks Silent Witness March shines spotlight on domestic violence (readingeagle.com)

2 candidates receive endorsements in November 2 election (readingeagle.com)

LGBT Center of Central Pa. is moving, and will celebrate with a farewell party – pennlive.com

Allentown’s proposed budget won’t raise taxes – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

$1.2 million slated for affordable senior housing in Phoenixville – The Mercury (pottsmerc.com)

 

Pitt

Port Authority’s plan to rebrand the agency remains shelved due to the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Height moves: CBRE relocating to One Oxford Centre from U.S. Steel Tower | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh names new president and CEO | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh nonprofit Hello Neighbor to resettle 250 refugees within next year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philadelphia’s racial segregation in housing remains high (inquirer.com)

Owner of West Philly subsidized townhouses plans to sell, displacing dozens of families. It’s an example of the vulnerability of affordable housing. (inquirer.com)

Councilman David Oh fishing for support on minimum force bill | Local News | phillytrib.com

PHL Inno – Car subscription startup Go raises $41M seed round to build fleet, hire in Philadelphia (bizjournals.com)

FLOWERS: Riding the Market Frankford El, From Magical To Monstrous – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Philly to begin hiring an all-new class of unarmed traffic officers this month | Local News | phillytrib.com

John Dougherty often told Councilmember Bobby Henon what to do. But was it a friend’s advice or demands from a boss? (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Bidens honor 2020, 2021 National Teachers of the Year | ABC27

Proposal for free community college could be on the chopping block as $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill moves forward – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bill Scher: Why the bipartisan infrastructure bill could pass this month (broadandliberty.com)

Opinion | Joe Manchin Doesn’t Like What Joe Biden Is Doing – The New York Times (nytimes.com)