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Five Questions with Sen. Nikil Saval: From community organizing to the Capitol | Wednesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Governor Wolf unveils new legislation to combat campus sexual assault |

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Restrict Access to Fentanyl Test Strips | The Regulatory Review (

Pennsylvania Republican bill would have school textbook names, course summaries posted online – The Morning Call (

New COVID Vaccine Grant Supports PA Orgs Tackling Hesitancy – BCTV

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

MENSCH: Restoring Public Trust in State Government – DV Journal (

Wolf Administration promoting Teen Driver Safety Week (

Senate panel approves bill to strengthen state’s gun preemption law | City & State PA (

GOP leaders question legality of RGGI regulation, ask AG to intervene | City & State PA (

Pennsylvania probation reform moves to Senate floor | Pennsylvania |

Criminal justice reform bill unanimously passes out of committee in Harrisburg (

Editorial: Pennsylvania needs to promote transparency in health policy (

Pa. Senate approves measure to eliminate emissions tests – The Morning Call (

Pennsylvania Senate moves to overhaul probation system | WITF

Pennsylvania Senate Moves to Overhaul Probation System | Pennsylvania News | US News

Senate Judiciary committee advances bill to increase penalties for people who evade arrest – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘It’s time to end this outdated test’: Pa. Senate votes to exempt newer vehicles from emissions inspection – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Battle over abortion rights gains steam as Wolf era nears its end | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

‘It’s On Us PA’ will combat campus sexual assaults | News |

Pennsylvania Republican bill would have school textbook names, course summaries posted online – The Morning Call (

Pa. Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, who beat breast cancer, now wants to help other women – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa. – Oklahoma Online News


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Government’s vax-or-test rule almost ready as nervous businesses wait (

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 (

Pa. Department of Human Services officially launches Pandemic EBT assistance hotline (

Gina Diorio: More Covid data deception from the Wolf administration (

Small Needles, Short Lines and Few Tears: Biden’s Plan to Vaccinate Young Children – The New York Times (

Waiting on U.S. Mandate, Some Nursing Homes Are Slow to Vaccinate Staff – The New York Times (

Southwest Airlines will keep workers on the jobs who apply for vaccination exemptions : NPR



Why Visa Chief Economist Wayne Best believes the Delta variant’s impact on consumer spending is waning – Philadelphia Business Journal (

The economic rebound is still waiting for workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Where Philadelphia ranks among most and least expensive U.S. metro areas – Philadelphia Business Journal (

SBA makes $1.2B more SVOG awards – and more is available for the Covid-19 relief program – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets : Shots – Health News : NPR

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

Amazon needs 3,900 seasonal workers in Delaware Valley to handle holidays (

‘A statement’: University of Pittsburgh faculty vote to unionize | News |

Pitt faculty votes to unionize in landslide election | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bitcoin-based fund’s expected launch will make it easier for investors to buy a stake in crypto (



The Bystander Phenomenon Rolls Into Philly – DV Journal (

Park City Center prohibits guns in the mall; here’s what Pa. law says on who can buy, carry firearms | Local News |

As Pennsylvania hate crimes increase, Homeland Security Secretary touts help at summit | WITF



Kevin Mooney: Bucks Co. education officials chose lawyer over health director for Covid policies (

University City affordable housing site eyed by developers of life sciences space – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Op-Ed: Student-enforced censorship at Pennsylvania’s private colleges | Pennsylvania |

Parents sue Delaware Valley School District to reverse masking policy (

SDL principal resigns after inquiry over allegations; no wrongdoing found | Local News |

Supply chain threatens school lunch in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (

In surprise move, Cheryl Johnson Watts resigns from Allentown School Board because of health concerns – The Morning Call (

Penn State announces Harrisburg and five more campuses where employees must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 | WITF

Some Philadelphia School District schools have no nurses, and families are worried (



After 14 terms, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle announces retirement – Pittsburgh: In Focus (

Fetterman dominates fundraising for U.S. Senate race – WHYY

Former Sec. of State Boockvar and Gov. Wolf staffer helped selectively invite counties for election grants (

Shapiro reports $10M in campaign cash for gubernatorial run – Daily Local

Progressive champion Summer Lee enters primary to replace retiring Rep. Mike Doyle | State & Region |

Bognet announces bid for Congress; seeks rematch with Cartwright | Election |

Harrisburg hasn’t elected a Republican mayor in 40 years, but nontraditional candidate says it’s time –

Campaigning in Bucks County, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says ‘freedom will win’ in Pa. judicial elections (



Bucks and Montgomery locals say PFAS plan needs action, not promises (



PennDOT to close Embreeville Road, Route 841 for repairs – Daily Local

Sun Country Airlines to add nonstop service between Pittsburgh International, Minneapolis |

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



Tower Health loses tax exemption bid in Chester County (

A pig kidney has been transplanted into a human successfully for the first time : NPR

FDA moves to allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter : NPR

The unseen cost of healthcare transparency bill: Partner notifications would be public | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


State News

Former Pa. Dept. of Health Secretary Rachel Levine now first openly transgender four-star officer (

Dr. Rachel Levine becomes the country’s first transgender four-star officer : NPR

Why $1 billion in rent relief isn’t keeping some Pa. tenants safe from eviction · Spotlight PA

U.S. News ranks 7 Pennsylvania cities among 25 Best Places to Retire – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Eligible families can now apply for up to $1,500 in aid to pay for heating bills | Local News |

Biden’s infrastructure bill: These projects could get a boost from funds (

A provocative conversation on racism and a challenge to commit to peace and justice –

Ahead of Hershey show: Bill Maher talks Pa.’s U.S. Senate race, insurrection, and teaching civics – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Report: Pennsylvania casino revenues top $415M in September |


National News

Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry – The New York Times (

House Panel Recommends Contempt Charge for Stephen Bannon – The New York Times (

Contempt report approved for ex-Trump strategist Steve Bannon : NPR

A Netflix walkout in support of trans employees is set for today : NPR

Borrowers learn student loans could be forgiven earlier than expected : NPR

Abductions are up in Haiti. That hasn’t stopped religious aid groups from going : NPR

Summit panel explores whether hate can be treated like addiction | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Wally Nunn: Delco councilwoman has no interest in hiring middle-aged white guys from Bonner (

Aqua completes $2.2 million infrastructure project in Westtown Township – Daily Local

Upper Darby offers $2.5M commitment to Summer Stage (

GOP Delaware County Council candidates decry possible take over of local health inspections (

Bucks County to share in $63M class-action settlement with Pharma company (

Pennsbury to ask state to fund costly Morrisville merger feasibility study (

ATV returned in Hazleton appeal board’s first ruling | News |

Biden visit to divert I-81, downtown Scranton traffic | News |

Nobel Prize winner in Physics speaking at Wilkes, Third Ave. Elementary School | News |

Another person sues Westmoreland County, claiming injuries from Giant Slide in Mammoth Park |

Details of proposed tax break for W-B Township property discussed | Times Leader

Scranton may seek sole jurisdiction over noise enforcement at bars, similar businesses | News |



Neighborhood groups try to curb shootings as Pittsburgh’s mayoral campaign puts political focus on gun violence | Election Guide | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ report shows $20M growth | News |

Appointments to boards, commissions sail through City Council, despite waning Peduto term | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. grant moves Pittsburgh’s proposed traffic management center closer to reality | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to use over $560K in grant money on street safety, traffic improvement projects |



Chris Freind: Philly’s driving equality law will crash and burn – Delco Times

Philly Councilmember David Oh fishing for support on minimum force bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

With two sons behind bars, this Philly mom is working to prevent others from suffering the same fate (

John Dougherty struck a secret side deal with Comcast during city franchise negotiations, a former Council staffer testified (



Democrats, Scaling Back Budget Bill, Press for Compromise by Week’s End – The New York Times (

Biden scales back $2 trillion plan. Free community college unlikely. (

Republicans stand against president’s IRS bank plan | ABC27

House Democrats Are Retiring as Party Fears Losing Majority – The New York Times (

Senate Democrats push voting rights bill Republicans promise to filibuster : NPR

Republicans set to block voting bill again, raising stakes on filibuster | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry is charged with lying to authorities over illegal donations : NPR

Border protection nominee Chris Magnus pledges to balance security and humanity : NPR

David L. Cohen closer to being ambassador to Canada after Senate committee vote (