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Wolf, Philly Democrats unveil ‘environmental justice’ initiatives | City & State PA (

Nearing the end of his term, Wolf issues executive order to bolster environmental efforts – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania Governor: Actions to Prioritize Environmental Justice | STL.News

PA Environment Digest Blog: Gov. Wolf, Legislative Black Caucus Members Announce Actions To Prioritize Environmental Justice (

Pennsylvania Senate adopts resolution thwarting carbon pricing | Pennsylvania |

Pa. Senate moves to block key part of Wolf’s climate plan – WHYY

Pa. senate disapproves joining Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | WJET/WFXP/

Pennsylvania senator introduces Castle Doctrine expansion | Pennsylvania |

Pennsylvania lawmaker says taxpayer-funded grant program lacks oversight | Pennsylvania |

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (

State Senators Lisa Baker and Kristin Phillips-Hill: Fostering fairness in Pennsylvania’s election operations (

Pa. Democrats take aim against firearm-carry legislation | News |

PA Senate passes bill allowing businesses a higher tax deduction on new equipment  – Central Penn Business Journal (

Pennsylvania Senate aims bill at preventing all-electric building codes (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

The pandemic in Bucks County appears to be slowing through October (

When the COVID vaccine is coming for kids under 12 : Shots – Health News : NPR

A cheap antidepressant is showing promise treating COVID-19 in high-risk adults : NPR

Vaccination status of COVID patients: All Pennsylvania hospitals should publish data – The Morning Call (

Daily COVID report: Berks has fallen out of top rates of COVID cases in Pa. (



US jobless claims drop to pandemic low of 281,000 – Daily Local

SEPTA strike update: Strike avoided as TWU reaches contract agreement (

Childcare industry facing unprecedented challenges | Smart Talk (

For Allentown Latinos, ending English as city’s official language would excise a hateful legacy – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Pennsylvania construction jobs hard to fill despite good pay (



Your federal student loan payments will likely resume early next year : NPR

Grownups at school board meetings aren’t the victims here (

Temple University endowment increases 28% on strong financial performance – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Penn becomes first Ivy League school to accept cryptocurrency as tuition – Philadelphia Business Journal (

West Chester Area School District pulls book with sexual images after parent’s criticism (

Parents in Pa. school district fight mask mandate, say they are worried vaccine requirement will follow –

Substitute teacher shortage: Lehigh Valley school districts are struggling – The Morning Call (

University of Pittsburgh issues inclusive language guide | WITF

Carnegie Mellon ordered all on campus to get vaccinated in May, and now 98% have | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn students could lose access to buildings, early class registration for failing to comply with COVID-19 protocols (

Alvernia University inks transfer deal with Community College of Philadelphia. (



Joe Biden job approval in Pennsylvania drops sharply in new poll – The Morning Call (

Chester County early voting favors Democrats, figures show – Daily Local

Delco officials admit sending hundreds of ballots to wrong voters (

Leaders call on Berks ‘to honor’ incorrect voting deadline sent to voters as county establishes new proofing protocol | WITF

A last-minute guide to essential Pa. voter prep for the 2021 general election | WITF

Mysterious texts discouraging voters befuddle politicos in Harrisburg mayoral race – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Parnell hit with FEC complaint over book sales | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Two Pa. swing counties’ elections could offer clues for the year ahead (

Democrats say GOP school board candidates in E-town violated election code | Local News |



Letter: Pa. voters want better health protections from pollution (

Faith and science mandate a more aggressive plan to address climate change (

Climate campaign pressures Vanguard to act faster on fossil fuels (

‘Everything is at stake’ as world gathers for climate talks |

Erie weather: Record high temps in October benefitted outdoor activities (



Ohio Medicaid contractor, Aetna, accused of denying kids care in Pa. – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

How Planned Parenthood v. Casey started the attack on abortion rights | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Hurt by hospitals: Medicare punishes W. Pa. hospitals for medical complications | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

After winning $600M contract, Pa. Lottery’s longtime partner says it’s selling its lottery business to another firm –

PSERS chief counsel steps down as board approves contested lawyer fees ( Levine’s Failed Pennsylvania Record Disregarded | National Review

Abuse kills more Pennsylvania children than COVID and flu combined (

Letter to the Editor: Pa. needs impartial judges without policy agendas – Delco Times

Pennsylvania secretary of education discusses germs, mask-wearing with Abington Heights first-graders | Education |

Time to end childhood lead poisoning in Pennsylvania (


National News

What is the metaverse? Here’s what’s behind Facebook’s new name : NPR

I’m disabled and on a fixed income. The child tax credit is helping me make ends meet | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

The US needs as many as 7 million homes to solve its housing crisis. Congress is offering about 1 million instead. (

U.S. cites ‘crisis’ as road deaths rise 18% in first-half 2021 |


Local News

Harrisburg workers remove 28 tons of trash from single illegal dump site –

Allentown is looking to close the ‘digital divide’ with broadband service program – The Morning Call (

Bethlehem mayor debate: J. Williams Reynolds, John Kachmar discuss city finances, climate plan – The Morning Call (

For Allentown Latinos, ending English as city’s official language would excise a hateful legacy – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Ballot demo set for Friday; officials urge voters to use drop boxes | Election |

Wilkes-Barre council OKs railroad crossing upgrade projects | News |

American Rescue Plan: Jacqueline Spry tabbed to oversee Erie’s $76M (

Receiver orders Chester Aggregated Pension Board to recalculate some police pensions (



‘From the drawing board to digging dirt’: Turnpike to build new interchange in Westmoreland County | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County voters will select 10 Common Pleas judges on Tuesday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocates calling for Allegheny County to extend its local eviction moratorium | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (



Philadelphia settles in fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. | WITF

Philadelphia settles Walter Wallace Jr. wrongful death lawsuit with his family (

Philadelphia School District plans to pay community members to keep kids safe on their way to and from school (



Biden Meets With Pope Francis: Live Updates – The New York Times (

Biden, pope to talk virus, climate, poverty at Vatican | News |

How Biden’s $2 trillion in tax increases target companies and the rich – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Biden announces ‘historic’ deal — but still must win votes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What stays and what’s gone from Biden’s spending bill (so far) | WITF

Paid family leave gets slashed as Democrats try to reach consensus on spending plan : NPR