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Comitta highlights pediatric cancer tax credit – Daily Local

PA Environment Digest Blog: Sen. Comitta Calls For Hearings On The Failure Of Pennsylvania To Invest In Clean Energy Infrastructure (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Sens. Host Public Hearing On Pregnancy Workplace Accommodations | Plymouth, PA Patch

Bucks lawmaker introduces ‘Made in PA’ bill in support of goods manufactured in the Keystone State – thereporteronline

Burns tours U.S. Steel facility; told mill search in infancy | News | tribdem.com

Health data collected under decades old Pennsylvania law to become public record in proposed bill | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Senator Regan hoping to legalize recreational marijuana, a change from his previous position (abc27.com)

GOP Pennsylvania Senator With Federal Law Enforcement Background To File Marijuana Legalization Bill – Marijuana Moment

Republican support grows for recreational cannabis legalization in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pa. Senator Regan hoping to legalize recreational marijuana, a change from his previous position (abc27.com)

Legalize pot in Pa., says GOP state senator and ex-U.S. marshal (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Op-Ed: Legalization of adult-use marijuana in Pennsylvania is inevitable | Opinion | thecentersquare.com

Pa. State Capitol fountain turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month (abc27.com)

PA House Committee Hears Plan to Toll Girard Point Bridge – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Why doesn’t Pa. government practice equal pay for equal work? (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa House committee probes accountability, confidentiality in school abuse cases (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Defending subpoena for Pennsylvania Republican election review, Kim Ward misstates facts (inquirer.com)

Will PA Senate GOP issue subpoenas for voters’ information? The latest (poconorecord.com)

Pa. House OKs bill to make more pandemic data publicly available | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House OKs bill to make more pandemic data publicly available | WITF

Pa. House passes bill to expand open records requests for state health data – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania reformed ‘prison gerrymandering,’ but it likely won’t matter in congressional maps | 90.5 WESA

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson submits data to the FDA seeking approval for its COVID-19 booster – pennlive.com

Solitary confinement spiked in the pandemic, alarming prisoners’ advocates : Shots – Health News : NPR

COVID-19 hospitalizations fall again in Pa. – pennlive.com

GIANT offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot at most in-store pharmacies | ABC27

Pitt researchers find convalescent plasma treatment ‘futile’ in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Surging COVID-19 prompts visitor ban in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center ER | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

New Zealand easing strict lockdown restrictions after admitting even those can’t eliminate COVID – pennlive.com

Monroe County COVID cases increased by 417 as of Sunday (poconorecord.com)

Vaccination rate nears three-quarters of those eligible in Delaware County – Delco Times

 

Business/Jobs

USPS holiday mail delays much better than last year, but some deliveries slower (inquirer.com)

IATSE members authorize a strike for better pay and working conditions : NPR

Lehigh Valley companies are paying big sign-on bonuses – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Worker shortage hits home again as PennDOT seeks hundreds of workers to run snow plows | WITF

‘The Great Resignation’ and the impact on the American workplace | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Underlying all the labor shortages? A ‘crisis’ in the child care sector creating a vicious cycle for working parents | WITF

 

Crime/Punishment

Historic gun violence sparks calls for more policing along Philly’s commercial corridors | WITF

Pa. Attorney General’s Office To Prosecute Case Against Somerset County DA – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Attorney general says feds to discuss, target ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against school board members – pennlive.com

Jefferson shooting is the latest example of workplace violence in health care (inquirer.com)

Bensalem police warn parents of possible cannabis Halloween candies (theintell.com)

 

Education

Nearly half of Pa. school principals surveyed said they’ve been threatened over mask order – lehighvalleylive.com

Ralliers support equitable funding for schools – Daily Local

Viral Tiktok challenge creates chaos for Midstate school district (abc27.com)

Penn Manor Superintendent Mike Leichliter to retire in 2022 | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Elizabethtown school board continues to hear from parents dissatisfied with mask mandate | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Bus driver is any school district’s most underappreciated job (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

College endowments at schools including Harvard, Yale, Duke, Penn and Bowdoin are on track for banner years. It’s time they do something about the cost of attendance. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wealthy university endowments report billions in 2021 growth – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Guest commentary: PHEAA fulfilling mission to help Pennsylvania college students (readingeagle.com)

Hempfield Area school officials opt not to join mask lawsuit by 6-3 vote | TribLIVE.com

Penn State professors will protest the university’s COVID policies in a unique way this week – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Here’s how education reform can support teachers instead of undermining them | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘We are Philadelphia’s university’: As he takes the helm Temple’s new prez talks future plans – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Elections/Politics

Police report says candidate was sideswiped in fatal crash (apnews.com)

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to correct 16,000 mail ballots for 2021 general election (inquirer.com)

Montgomery County to replace 16,000 misprinted mail ballots (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Lehigh County executive debate takeaways – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Northampton County ballot on-demand voting hours expanded – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Westmoreland Democrats prepare for last stand as Republicans seek full government takeover | TribLIVE.com

Fetterman pulls in massive $2.7 million in third quarter of campaign | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Republicans Dave White, Jake Corman (maybe) enter gubernatorial race | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

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

Public invited to observe test of voting equipment; demo set for Friday | Election | citizensvoice.com

Election 2021: What you need to know about voting by mail in Berks (readingeagle.com)

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

Conservatives Slam Anthony Fauci for Saying ‘Too Soon’ to Plan for Christmas (msn.com)

 

Environment

California oil spill could endanger birds, marine life for years, experts say : NPR

Bumble bee could be declared an endangered species – pennlive.com

 

Transportation

Snow preparations: PennDOT is gearing up for winter, needs workers (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

PennDOT preps for winter with driver shortage looming | News | citizensvoice.com

 

Health

Poll: Most Republicans oppose Texas abortion law provisions : NPR

 

State News

How Kelly, Casey, Toomey voted last week | Local News | ncnewsonline.com

Proposed natural gas power plant in Washington County asks state to withdraw permits | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Pa. school pension fund leaders seek to gag board members over leaks to media · Spotlight PA

Rental Assistance Workshop available for Pennsylvanians facing eviction (abc27.com)

AG Shapiro’s Last-Second Cancellation of Presser Attacking Pipeline Raises Questions – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

State prosecutors abruptly halt pipeline probe announcement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro reschedules pipeline probe announcement | WITF

New Pa. program aims to help at-risk kids stay out of foster care, group homes | Tuesday Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

National News

Whistleblower to Congress: Facebook products harm children and weaken democracy : NPR

Facebook’s Apps Went Down. The World Saw How Much It Runs on Them. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

What caused the Facebook, Instagram outage on Monday? – pennlive.com

Facebook again asks judge to dismiss FTC antitrust complaint, argues it lacks ‘valid factual basis’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pandora Papers show tax havens are part of global inequity problem : Goats and Soda : NPR

Refugee admissions hit record low, despite Biden’s reversal : NPR

Snapchat adds ‘Run for Office’ feature to help potential candidates : NPR

Bubba Wallace is just the second Black driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race : NPR

How pumpkin spice changed the history of world (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

William Shatner will fly to space aboard Blue Origin rocket at age 90 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier had its first all-female guard change in history | WITF

 

Local News

Somerset DA Thomas taking leave of absence; ‘More to this story,’ his attorney alleges | News | tribdem.com

Nancy Matos Gonzalez, Pennsylvania’s first Latina district judge, retiring after 30 years of serving Bethlehem’s South Side – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Guest Opinion: Reelect DA Matt Weintraub (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Harrisburg mayor makes first appointments to police advisory committee – pennlive.com

Early childhood education center to open in downtown Wilkes-Barre | News | citizensvoice.com

Power restored for more than 1,100 in Scranton | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Staffing issues slow North Pocono mail delivery, frustrating customers | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Street improvements highlight Hazleton’s Community Development budget proposal | News | standardspeaker.com

Editorial: Reading has great opportunity amid tremendous challenges (readingeagle.com)

Luzerne County creating first assistant solicitor position | Times Leader

Northampton County’s 2022 budget includes a tax decrease – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Creating a county health bureau would be a wise investment for Lehigh County – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Solar energy project planned on former seminary property in Girard (goerie.com)

PennDOT announces $8.7 million 12th Street upgrade project for 2022 (goerie.com)

 

Pitt

US Steel is trying to block Allegheny County’s new coke oven rules | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Hundreds rally for reproductive rights in Pittsburgh as part of a nationwide demonstration | 90.5 WESA

Outraged Pittsburgh housing advocates call for reforms, CEO’s resignation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Petition triggers City Council hearing on developer’s ambitious plan to reshape part of Oakland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh mayoral candidates Gainey, Moreno outline their visions for city’s future | TribLIVE.com

Pgh event will celebrate a half-century of queer media in Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Philly

John Dougherty and Bobby Henon Local 98 bribery trial, explained (inquirer.com)

Applications open for Citizen Police Oversight Commission (audacy.com)

March in Philly for reproductive rights draws about 1,000 – WHYY

Greater Philadelphia’s largest women-owned businesses by revenue – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia can’t curb the climate crisis without federal support | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Anrae James, killed in Jefferson Hospital shooting, left behind 3 children (inquirer.com)

With a jury selected, John Dougherty and Bobby Henon say they’re ready for bribery trial: ‘I can’t wait to get this done’ (inquirer.com)

Even when the pandemic passes, outdoor dining in Philly should be given a chance to stay | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Minority Enterprise Development Week kicks off with call to invest in communities | Business | phillytrib.com

Alain LeRoy Locke, the Father of the Harlem Renaissance, gets new historical marker | Local News | phillytrib.com

 

Washington

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

Biden tells GOP to ‘get out of the way’ on debt limit | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics : NPR

What Sen. Blumenthal’s ‘finsta’ flub says about Congress’ grasp of Big Tech : NPR

Why Biden is keeping key parts of Trump’s China trade policy : NPR

Dems’ vision for free community college would allow more undocumented | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

As the U.S. Hurtles Toward a Debt Crisis, What Does McConnell Want? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Fed officials should not be trading securities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)