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Legislature

State Senator Carolyn Comitta: The case for cap and invest in Pennsylvania (broadandliberty.com)

Gov. Wolf continues to push for legislative action on gun violence (abc27.com)

Three Years After Tree of Life Shooting Continued Calls for Gun Reform / Public News Service

Wolf Administration blasts Republicans for proposed gun bills | fox43.com

Three years since Tree of Life. All that’s changed are the names of the dead | Wednesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

VIDEO: On eve of Tree of Life anniversary, Wolf, allies call for passage of anti-gun violence bills – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Telemedicine ‘infrastructure’ bill passes Pennsylvania Senate again | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Panel OKs data for drawing Assembly, Congress district maps | Centre Daily Times

State redistricting panel is now on deadline to draft its first map | WITF

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to draw Pennsylvania’s legislative maps. Here’s why. | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Bill outlines rules when district attorneys lose law license | News | tribdem.com

Pennsylvania Senate OKs bill to criminalize fleeing arrest on foot (delcotimes.com)

ACLU says bill approved by Pa. Senate criminalizes the ‘legal and constitutional right to run from law enforcement’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

State Senate passes bill toughening penalties for running from police | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Pa. Senate OKs bill that would make it a crime to run from arresting police officer – pennlive.com

Senate approves legislation to increase penalties for people who evade arrest on foot – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘I’ve never met a soul like that before’: Woman remembered for uplifting personality, work on fair-housing issues – pennlive.com

‘Just ban gifts’: Pa. House panel unanimously approves gift ban bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. lawmakers push again to change probation system | News | bradfordera.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

New rule: Applicants for permanent U.S. residency must show proof of COVID-19 vaccines (abc27.com)

FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer shot for kids ages 5-11 | ABC27

What’s driving the spike in COVID testing? Harrisburg health center explains (abc27.com)

First responders in Delaware County get COVID vaccine boosters (delcotimes.com)

Bucks County orders vaccine for kids ahead of expected FDA approval (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

COVID boosters in Pa., N.J. rising with Modern, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer all approved (inquirer.com)

 

Business/Jobs

Inflation fears plaguing economic recovery | Smart Talk (witf.org)

With no relief in sight for supply-chain woes, businesses face higher costs – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

How tech job postings fared in the Philadelphia area in 3Q – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

UPS looks to hire 7,000 seasonal workers in the Philadelphia area – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Covid-19 vaccine tax credit expires, but small businesses can still claim it. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

KPMG, PwC announcements raise stakes in battle for talent – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

RISE partnership aims to remove barriers to the workforce | Business | thetimes-tribune.com

McDonald’s workers walk off the job in 12 cities to protest alleged assault of Pittsburgh-area teen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Crime/Punishment

York City Police Officer Clayton Swartz case: Take an in-depth look (ydr.com)

SEPTA train attack should never have happened (delcotimes.com)

Ex-Ephrata lawyer accused of planning to kill Democratic senators seeks release pending trial | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pew survey finds 911 call centers lack proper training to deal with behavioral health crises | News | phillytrib.com

 

Education

Report: Student enrollment at U.S. colleges continues to fall – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Scholarship and identity through family, Afrofuturism, and 1,600 vinyl records | Penn Today (upenn.edu)

Abington School District paid $7,000 to Southern Poverty Law Center for ‘equity training’ (broadandliberty.com)

Erie School District: After strike vote, teachers reach tentative deal (goerie.com)

St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus begin works on $72M expansion – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Where have all the students gone?: Western Pa. colleges struggle with declining enrollment | TribLIVE.com

Scranton teachers to strike | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

These Pa. universities are considered the best in the world by U.S. News – pennlive.com

Pennsbury president supports plan to address threats against school district leaders (theintell.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Biden administration picks a GOP Trump critic to lead election security efforts : NPR

Pittsburgh Councilman Anthony Coghill faces challenge from Green Party’s Connor Mulvaney in District 4 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PARNELL: We Need to Beat Inflation Now by Stopping Biden’s Runaway Spending Plans – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Angry at the System: Ashley Ehasz Runs for Congress – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

PACs founded by Bucks, Montgomery County parents shaking up school board races (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Bucks County Democrats look to hold control as GOP seeks comeback (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

See the top donors in this year’s hotly contested 2021 Pa. Supreme Court election · Spotlight PA

The problem with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court judge race – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Deep-pocketed donors pour money into Pa. Supreme Court race – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania voters who choose mail-in ballots have different experiences depending where they live – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Here’s why you should decline an invitation to any party eating its own | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Sands pitches ‘I can’t be bought’ as she largely self-finances campaign – 1010 WCSI

 

Environment

How the Pentagon is preparing for climate change : NPR

At McKinsey, Widespread Furor Over Work With Planet’s Biggest Polluters – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

‘Our planet has a fever’: COP26 must include climate change action (ydr.com)

 

Transportation

Federal officials concur with PennDOT’s options to address funding shortfall | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Health

Fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl causing alarming number of overdoses (abc27.com)

Opioid overdoses rose in 2020 in Pennsylvania, deaths up 14% compared to 2019 (abc27.com)

Federal judge lets $12M fraud suit against LGH go forward | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

The pandemic has made it harder for 1 in 3 Americans to buy healthy, affordable food | Analysis – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Mid-Atlantic states addressing toll of domestic violence (theintell.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania Treasury’s unclaimed property auction to continue this week (abc27.com)

Midstate wildlife centers urge removal of lanternfly tape because of injured animals (abc27.com)

Even with millions in aid, advocates warn of pending eviction crisis (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Why isn’t Pennsylvania spending its federal stimulus money? (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania taking steps to regulate recovery homes (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. Lottery awards ‘humongous’ 10-year contracts that will modernize its business – pennlive.com

The best places to retire in Pa. based on medical care, tax burden, social opportunities: study – pennlive.com

As FBI and SEC probes grind on, Pa. state treasurer holds off paying big pension fund’s defense lawyers (inquirer.com)

ACLU lawsuit: People in Montco accused of probation violations illegally jailed without hearings | Southeastern Pennsylvania | wfmz.com

 

National News

Prosecutors cannot call those shot by Kyle Rittenhouse ‘victims,’ a judge has ruled : NPR

Potential legal woes mount after the ‘Rust’ shooting tragedy : NPR

YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok child safety hearing: 4 key takeaways : NPR

TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube questioned by US lawmakers about child safety | ABC27

Iran’s president says cyberattack was meant to create ‘disorder’ at gas pumps : NPR

How newsrooms, police departments, and social media fail missing people of color | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Chappelle special spurs Netflix walkout and counter protests | News | tribdem.com

Bankers speak out against plan for IRS monitoring of customer accounts | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Simons Rec receives $2 mil state grant | The Chestnut Hill Local

Long-time Law Enforcement Officer Throws Hat in Ring for Delco Sheriff – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lancaster County elections office hopes for smooth mail-in ballot election following problems in primary | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Manheim Township will be fully built out by 2023; voters to choose who will manage the remaining developable land | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Latest ballot problem resolved; involved Swoyersville council seat | Election | citizensvoice.com

Luzerne County Council appoints election board member, approves $10K for DA election suit | Election | standardspeaker.com

Berks Cares Vaccine Center is reopening its doors (readingeagle.com)

Reading receives good news from its latest audit (readingeagle.com)

911 lawsuit alleging Spanish-speaker was hung up on is ‘boiling point’ for Latino community, Allentown activists say – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Harrisburg voters to pick their next mayor in Nov. 2 election | WITF

Radnor commissioners reject bid to censure fellow commissioner (mainlinemedianews.com)

 

Pitt

Commemoration ceremony today will mark 3 years since Tree of Life attack | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s $16 million streetlight replacement program includes ‘substantial’ job training | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh and Glasgow approach one-year sister-city anniversary | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Port Authority sees highest ridership increase of the pandemic | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Raring to go: RIDC gets approval to develop more land at Hazelwood Green | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

Philly Funeral homes and masjids navigate historic gun violence crisis – WHYY

Pizza with a mission: Inside the hot Philly restaurant fighting recidivism | Local News | phillytrib.com

Committee of 70 has oversight plan for Philadelphia’s redistricting efforts | Local News | phillytrib.com

What to know if SEPTA goes on strike | Local News | phillytrib.com

Local Black Greeks launch get-out-the-vote events | Local News | phillytrib.com

Councilmember Bobby Henon helped kill a 2016 proposal to audit the PPA. Did he seek a bribe in exchange for his vote? (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Billionaires Income Tax: What’s in the Senate Democratic plan : NPR

Democrats unveil billionaires’ tax to fund Biden’s initiatives (inquirer.com)

Biden may face tension with allies over climate, Afghanistan and other issues : NPR

What we know about Kyrsten Sinema’s positions in spending talks : NPR

Biden’s FCC nominations for chair and panel are boundary-breaking : NPR

House passes PUMP Act that would expand breastfeeding accommodations for working mothers (abc27.com)

Justice Department launches ‘aggressive’ redlining crackdown (abc27.com)