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Delco Black Caucus calls for police in Fanta Bility shooting to be fired – WHYY

Delaware County Black Caucus Calling For Justice For 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility After Initial Analysis Shows She Was Killed By Police Gunfire – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

Public bank could meet our staggering need for infrastructure repair (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Unveil Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill | (hightimes.com)

Deadline passes in GOP’s election ‘investigation’ subpoena (apnews.com)

Negotiations are ‘ongoing,’ but Senate panel has yet to hire third-party vendor for election probe – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Republicans won’t hire a contractor for 2020 election review until a judge gives the OK, aide says (inquirer.com)

Guest Comment: Don’t be fooled by election investigation scare tactics | Opinion | bradfordera.com

Dog law Senate bill ‘unlikely’ to move forward, aide to top Pa. senator says – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Comitta: $1 million in funding available to stop college sex assaults – Daily Local

Dispute between Wolf admin and feds delayed vaccine distribution to elderly (broadandliberty.com)

Here’s what’s on deck this week in the Harrisburg political arena | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Wolf announces grants awarded to fund veterans’ needs | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Advocates rally for transgender youth at Pennsylvania Capitol | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

”My body, my choice:” Abortion rights advocates in Harrisburg rally against anti-abortion bills | WITF

PA Dems New Rules Needed for State Senate Accountability / Public News Service

PA Environment Digest Blog: Senate Committees Hold Oct. 4 Hearing On Failure To Invest In PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure; Hearing Set After PennEast Announced NJ Part Of Its Project Would Not Go Forward, But PA Part Might (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pa. Senate has lost its way | Opinion | dailyitem.com

Pa. Senate approves plan to allow certain CNA training to be completed online | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

Pennsylvania Senate approves constitutional amendment tracking after botched ballot question | Local/Regional | thedailyreview.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. hits 700,000 COVID deaths just as cases begin to fall : NPR

COVID cases declining nationwide, expected to plateau in Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

With a federal vaccine mandate coming, OSHA prepares for enforcement : NPR

Covid Live Updates: New Zealand Ends Pursuit of ‘Covid Zero’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue will require employee vaccinations : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

COVID still plaguing Pocono schools (poconorecord.com)

COVID-19 vaccination of Pa. nursing home workers remains woefully low. Will a mandate cause too many to quit? – pennlive.com

Western Pa. legislative districts divided on vaccines, state data shows | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New COVID-19 cases back on rise in region, state | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

St. Luke’s announces achievement of vaccine mandate goal | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

 

Business/Jobs

Delta Variant Casts Pall on Restaurant Recovery – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

An overlooked factor that could curb return-to-work enthusiasm – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Op-Ed: America needs less government meddling with economy (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Jobs Fair planned as businesses face ‘The Grass is Greener’ era – Delco Times

Beer distributors forced to adapt 5 years after Pa. law transformed booze sales; ‘We were probably in a rut’ | Business | lancasteronline.com

Restaurant woes continue: Customers are back, but workers are not | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pa. oil companies not happy about steep price increase kicking in | TribLIVE.com

 

Crime/Punishment

Crime Fighters: Who killed Salahaldin Mahmoud? – 6abc Philadelphia

Jefferson University Hospital employee shoots, kills coworker, then wounds 2 police officers – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Sandusky case spurred major changes to beef up reporting of suspected abuse | News | tribdem.com

Delco Group Wants Cops Fired Over Sharon Hill Shooting: Reports | Patch

Timothy Bernhardt has been sworn in as Upper Darby’s new police chief (inquirer.com)

‘How do you sell this job?’: Police recruitment declines across Pittsburgh and Allegheny, while some departments flourish | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Education

Girard College to revitalize Founder’s Hall in $10 million project – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Parents, Students Complain About Mold Issues in Villanova University Dorms – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

University of Pennsylvania wraps $5.4B fundraising campaign, exceeding $4.1B target – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia region’s 25 best private high schools for 2022, according to Niche – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

America deserves a fair debate about CRT in education (poconorecord.com)

Schools should teach about slavery (poconorecord.com)

Local bus driver advocacy group aims to solve driver shortage – Delco Times

Schools in eastern Pennsylvania fight to avoid being overwhelmed by COVID-19 issues – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Penn State students hold ‘Untimely Warning” protest demanding better support for victims of sexual assault | WITF

Congress has a plan for universal pre-K. Will states opt in? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Free tuition, anyone? What Pa. universities are doing to entice or punish students around COVID-19 protocols. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Elections/Politics

Bucks County Community College forum looks to quell election misinformation (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Poll: Half of Trump voters, 41% of Biden voters support splitting up the U.S. (abc27.com)

Amid renewed abortion debate, Arkoosh wants Congress to codify Roe | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. GOP has big opportunity in 2022, but Trump divisions deepen (poconorecord.com)

Election letter deadline Oct. 19 (ydr.com)

Four candidates race to fill two County Council seats in November election (delcotimes.com)

Montgomery County discloses print error on 16,000 mail-in ballots – thereporteronline

Lehigh County will begin sending more than 24,000 mail-in ballots next week. Here’s where you can drop them off in person – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Influencers of Lancaster’s local elections are tucked away in these two drawers [Lancaster Watchdog] | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Lowman S. Henry: Democrats changing the rules of redistricting – Daily Local

Is Conor Lamb the Dems’ last, best hope to hold the U.S. Senate? | Monday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Are Democrats ever going to get their act together? | Dick Polman – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Opinion: 2020 Election Audits: Bad for Public Trust, Good for Fundraisers | Prescott eNews

Nasty turn in GOP Senate primary leaves questions for both Bartos, Parnell | News | bradfordera.com

Arizona Vote Review ‘Made Up the Numbers,’ Election Experts Say – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pennsylvania midterms may be more a referendum on Trump than Biden | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County voting equipment testing observation open to public | Times Leader

Countdown to election day; mail-in ballots to be sent next week | Election | citizensvoice.com

 

Environment

Grant helps URI, Penn State researchers study sea-level rise – Daily Local

Solar companies are eyeing Pa. farmland. A legislative agency is looking at ways communities can prepare | StateImpact Pennsylvania

 

Health

Northeast Pa. veterans spotlight mental health crisis facing vets (poconorecord.com)

Heat waves are dangerous during pregnancy, but doctors don’t often mention it | WITF

Lower premiums, more perks for seniors shopping 2022 Medicare Advantage plans | TribLIVE.com

HSA joins advocates to spread awareness about suicide prevention | Times Leader

Nursing home review reveals tragic death, alleged coverup | News | citizensvoice.com

 

State News

Pa. individual insurance rates to rise slightly. Here’s how much (poconorecord.com)

Beyond Stony Valley, Pa. Game Commission slates more state game land driving tours throughout October – pennlive.com

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell”: A new world for LGBTQ service members in Pa. and beyond – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. hit liquor sales record in 2020-21 fiscal year | The Numbers Racket – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. DMVA administers service-connected blindness pension | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Opinion | Now more than ever, it’s important to follow state government – The Pitt News

Debate over PLCB-imposed 2-bottle limit on some liquor (audacy.com)

Sport: USGA declares Oakmont a second anchor site, unveiling stout lineup of future championships in Pennsylvania – PressFrom – US

PSERS leaders seek to gag board members over leaks to media (inquirer.com)

Editorial: Pennsylvania Turnpike must get toll collection right (readingeagle.com)

Embattled Pa. teacher pension fund subpoenaed by SEC over ‘compensation and gifts’ to staff | TribLIVE.com

 

National News

The Supreme Court’s conservatives cook up a stew of abortion, guns, religion and more : NPR

Back on the Bench, the Supreme Court Faces a Blockbuster Term – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Beaches closed, wildlife dead after Southern California oil spill : NPR

Facebook’s new whistleblower is renewing scrutiny on the social media giant : NPR

Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

‘Pandora Papers’ detail the offshore banking network used by the ultra-wealthy : NPR

NASA shares beautiful photo of ‘elegant’ galaxy (abc27.com)

Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine goes to two U.S. based scientists : NPR

What are Nones? Millions of Americans are leaving organized religion (goerie.com)

AP: States and cities slow to spend federal pandemic money – Delco Times

Guest editorial | Child care excellent choice for grant funds | Editorials | tribdem.com

Coppertone recalls aerosol sunscreen because cancer-causing benzene found in samples – pennlive.com

 

Local News

Rally in Reading calls abortion-rights supporters to stay united (yahoo.com)

Penn students, HUP staff participate in “Bans Off Our Bodies” march for abortion rights | The Daily Pennsylvanian (thedp.com)

John Updike: Author’s childhood home dedicated as a museum (readingeagle.com)

Berks animal compost farm: odor and flies (readingeagle.com)

Hundreds rally at Delaware County courthouse in favor of reproductive rights (delcotimes.com)

Chester County couple who left drug wars in Colombia find success at Exton dental business – Daily Local

Former Kennett Township official Lisa Moore’s crimes called ‘a violation of trust’ – Daily Local

Women’s marches supporting abortion rights held in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Chambersburg mayor vetoes local nondiscrimination ordinance approved by Borough Council | WITF

Guest Column: Broadband bill can benefit already-wired communities – Delco Times

Berks animal compost farm: odor and flies (readingeagle.com)

Narberth rejects Elmwood Ave project, Lower Merion tables its discussion (mainlinemedianews.com)

Kody, Steller’s sea eagle that escaped National Aviary, found in Pine | TribLIVE.com

Historic WB train station renovation progressing | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre special needs playground construction to launch this month | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Pitt

PHOTOS: Pittsburgh joins nationwide rallies in support of abortion rights | Pittsburgh City Photos | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

50 years of queer media in Pennsylvania to be celebrated at Point Park event | LGBTQ | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

1Hood Media receives major grant from Michael Jordan’s organization | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pgh residents share polarized views on future of city’s Columbus Day Parade – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Allegheny County to receive $7.5 million grant for community health workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With supply chains stretched, grocery prices keep going up in Pittsburgh, across the U.S. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sniffing out danger? That odor from the Shell cracker plant put the community on alert | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Philly

There must be accountability for Delco girl’s death | Editorials | phillytrib.com

In honor of Philly’s Dr. Oscar James Cooper, a street was renamed and a historical marker erected (inquirer.com)

Sign-on bonus jobs: How much companies are offering new hires amid labor shortage – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

John Dougherty and Local 98 remain a political force (inquirer.com)

New marketplace at LOVE Park features diverse mix of vendors | Business | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

‘Everybody is frustrated,’ Biden says as his agenda stalls (abc27.com)

‘Everybody is frustrated,’ except for Biden, about agenda delays | WITF

Infrastructure bill still held up in Congress over social safety net measures : NPR

Analysis Finds Biden’s Build Back Better Bad for PA Business, Taxpayers – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Ex-US Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies | News | tribdem.com

How Biden stacks up to past presidents who withdrew from conflicts | John A. Tures – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Progressives offer to scale back spending to advance Biden’s agenda | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette