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

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

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Restrict Access to Fentanyl Test Strips | The Regulatory Review (theregreview.org)

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

New COVID Vaccine Grant Supports PA Orgs Tackling Hesitancy – BCTV

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

MENSCH: Restoring Public Trust in State Government – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Wolf Administration promoting Teen Driver Safety Week (abc27.com)

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

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

Pennsylvania probation reform moves to Senate floor | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Criminal justice reform bill unanimously passes out of committee in Harrisburg (abc27.com)

Editorial: Pennsylvania needs to promote transparency in health policy (readingeagle.com)

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

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 (penncapital-star.com)

‘It’s time to end this outdated test’: Pa.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

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

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

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

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 (abc27.com)

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 (abc27.com)

Pa. Department of Human Services officially launches Pandemic EBT assistance hotline (abc27.com)

Gina Diorio: More Covid data deception from the Wolf administration (broadandliberty.com)

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

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

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 (bizjournals.com)

The economic rebound is still waiting for workers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

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

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 (theintell.com)

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

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

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 (inquirer.com)



The Bystander Phenomenon Rolls Into Philly – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

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

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 (broadandliberty.com)

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

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

Parents sue Delaware Valley School District to reverse masking policy (poconorecord.com)

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

Supply chain threatens school lunch in the Lehigh Valley – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

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

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 (inquirer.com)



After 14 terms, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle announces retirement – Pittsburgh: In Focus (post-gazette.com)

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 (broadandliberty.com)

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 | phillytrib.com

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

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

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



Bucks and Montgomery locals say PFAS plan needs action, not promises (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



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

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

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



Tower Health loses tax exemption bid in Chester County (dailylocal.com)

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 (penncapital-star.com)


State News

Former Pa. Dept. of Health Secretary Rachel Levine now first openly transgender four-star officer (abc27.com)

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 (bizjournals.com)

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

Biden’s infrastructure bill: These projects could get a boost from funds (poconorecord.com)

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

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

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


National News

Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

House Panel Recommends Contempt Charge for Stephen Bannon – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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 (broadandliberty.com)

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

Upper Darby offers $2.5M commitment to Summer Stage (delcotimes.com)

GOP Delaware County Council candidates decry possible take over of local health inspections (delcotimes.com)

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

Pennsbury to ask state to fund costly Morrisville merger feasibility study (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

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

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

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

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

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 | thetimes-tribune.com



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

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

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 | TribLIVE.com



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 (penncapital-star.com)

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

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



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

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

Republicans stand against president’s IRS bank plan | ABC27

House Democrats Are Retiring as Party Fears Losing Majority – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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 (inquirer.com)