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Legislature

Pennsylvania uses taxpayer money to fund Real Alternatives, an antiabortion organization (inquirer.com)

Pa. is on the brink of regulating recovery homes for the first time. Here’s what you need to know. | WITF

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in Pennsylvania and some unlikely states | WITF

Advocates call on Pa. to spend $40M to fight lead poisoning in kids | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

What are the statewide impacts of a plastic bag ban? | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Dush and Senate Republicans defend election probe in court filing | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Editorial: Tax credit is low price for firefighters | TribLIVE.com

Editorial: Slow down, move over and save lives (readingeagle.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers rip lack of data on drug abuse treatment as newspaper tallies 3,415 violations at facilities – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Coronavirus – COVID-19

What do I need to know about vaccine boosters? Mix or match? – WHYY

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own – WHYY

Most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated – WHYY

COVID shots for kids under 12 coming soon, but Pfizer vaccine logistics have Pa. officials scrambling (inquirer.com)

FDA review appears to pave the way for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 (inquirer.com)

Mandates convince more people to get vaccinated, Penn study finds (inquirer.com)

Thousands of workers are opting to get fired, rather than take the vaccine | WITF

Defiant group of workers opposing vaccine has potential to create more disruptions in tight labor market – pennlive.com

Parental hesitancy about COVID-19 vaccines could leave kids unprotected, thwart herd immunity | 90.5 WESA

Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COVID is still with us: Here’s how to make trick or treat safe – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Business/Jobs

What the metaverse is and how it will work – WHYY

SEPTA union authorizes strike if no agreement is made this week – WHYY

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was underfunded and oversubscribed. Why didn’t it spread the wealth better? (inquirer.com)

To reduce pressure on our food system, buy from your local co-op | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection (inquirer.com)

Donald Trump’s new media venture sees its stock price soar (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia-based flight attendants authorize a strike at American Airlines regional carrier Piedmont (inquirer.com)

Facebook’s language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism (inquirer.com)

Think everything is expensive now? Get ready for what’s next – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania workers were least likely in U.S. to quit their jobs in August | 90.5 WESA

Does the IRS really want to spy on your bank account? The latest tax fight explained | 90.5 WESA

Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx | TribLIVE.com

Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Startup company reimagines the car shopping experience (pottsmerc.com)

Crime/Punishment

Rape on SEPTA train spurs bystander intervention training- WHYY

Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes (inquirer.com)

Three years after massacre, U.S. v. Bowers grinds on in federal court | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As civil trial begins Monday, victims of Charlottesville rally argue the violence was planned | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Education

Schools are getting their bands back together – WHYY

Pennsylvania and N.J. schools struggle to staff substitute teacher shortage (inquirer.com)

Should schools bring back hybrid learning for kids in quarantine? | Pro/Con (inquirer.com)

College savings plans offer families way to avoid student loan debt | Local News | phillytrib.com

Berks County needs bus drivers: What you need to know (readingeagle.com)

State official promises support for early childhood educators during visit to Exton – Daily Local

Elections/Politics

Election 2021: Inside the Delaware County Council race – WHYY

Republican Kevin Brobson went negative against Democrat Maria McLaughlin the Pa. Supreme Court race. Did it go too far? (inquirer.com)

Spending in Pennsylvania’s high court race blows past $5 million | WITF

Fetterman, Bartos strengthen campaign war chests in third quarter | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Obama attacks GOP candidate’s ‘phony, trumped-up culture wars’ during Virginia rally – pennlive.com

Peck seeks to fight off Ziccarelli challenge in Westmoreland district attorney race | TribLIVE.com

Election 2021 preview: Luzerne County judicial candidates | Times Leader

U.S. Senate, statewide court candidates urge Schuylkill Democrats to get out and vote | Election | standardspeaker.com

Erie County voters’ guide to the Nov. 2 municipal election (goerie.com)

Should Johnstown’s city manager have to live there? Candidates for mayor, City Council comment on ballot question | News | tribdem.com

Allentown will have its first Latino mayor – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Infrastructure

Inclusionary zoning won’t solve the lack of affordable housing | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Biden says infrastructure will improve Pennsylvania. Here’s what voters in Scranton say is needed. | 90.5 WESA

Gasoline is a necessity for many low-income drivers. But generally, they’re on their own | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health

Salmonella outbreak linked to onions: You may need to throw them away – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State News

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate, labor force and payrolls drop | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Percentage of women in state policing nationally has stalled since 2000: ‘Those are sobering numbers’ – pennlive.com

Why $1 billion in rent relief isn’t keeping some Pennsylvania tenants safe from eviction | 90.5 WESA

Pa. is No. 8 in deaths from animal attacks, but don’t blame the bears | State | standardspeaker.com

National News

Dairo Antonio Úsuga captured by Colombian security forces – WHYY

N.J.’s legal weed sales are in play. Who will control it? Here are the rules (inquirer.com)

Report finds nearly half of Americans get their news from social media | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Warmer temperatures, average snowfall expected this winter – pennlive.com

Sudan prime minister, other officials detained, internet down in apparent coup | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local News

Creating native grasslands and wildflower fields for Moorestown’s butterflies, birds, bees — and people (inquirer.com)

‘Here I am 100 years later’: Centenarians share stories of hardship, humor and humility | TribLIVE.com

NEPA Tail on the Trail brings cyclists out to celebrate Biketober | Times Leader

Luzerne County government set to pay off debt in nine years | Times Leader

Goat yoga, farm stays part of agritourism at Centre County farm | Centre Daily Times

Turned down for Ida FEMA assistance? Now you can appeal decision – The Mercury (pottsmerc.com)

Pitt

How a local ICU nurse uses TikTok to celebrate everyday Pittsburghers | 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County officials discuss preparations ahead of Nov. 2 election | 90.5 WESA

Port Authority study pushes more diverse development around transit stations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Council to new mayor: We’ll work with you, but we want a say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Family members of Bloomfield tasing victim list demands for police | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

University City pedestrian count back to pre-covid levels – WHYY

Philly theaters will broadcast ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ from Met Opera (inquirer.com)

John Dougherty and Bobby Henon are on trial. But City Hall is watching nervously. (inquirer.com)

City Controller says Philadelphia exempt employees lack diversity | Local News | phillytrib.com

‘We want to get answers’: SW Philly residents discuss violence near local ‘Stop and Go’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Washington

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s silence on spending bill vexes many Democrats while she digs in on talks out of public view (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn Thompson tests positive for COVID-19 | WITF

Subpoenas recommended in ethics probe of Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly over stock purchase – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

White House: Biden to outline filibuster changes in ‘weeks’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AP source: Manchin agreeable to wealth tax for Biden plan | News | tribdem.com