PA Environment Digest Blog: Sen. Comitta Calls For Halt To Mariner East Pipeline Construction In Light Of Criminal Charges By Attorney General (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pa. Senate cuts short voting bill hearing after Wolf aide’s snub – WHYY

Senate cuts short voting bill hearing after Wolf aide’s snub | WITF

Pa. reformed ‘prison gerrymandering,’ but it likely won’t matter in congressional maps | WITF

Teen vaccine consent bill introduced | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Republican state senator: time to legalize adult-use marijuana | fox43.com

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

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

Pennsylvania House panel supports stronger penalties against turnpike toll violators | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

BROGGI: New Law Would Hobble Online Sellers Driving Our Economic Recovery – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Rep. Herrin invites residents to ‘Hikes with Herrin’ – Daily Local

Recreational weed legalization in Pennsylvania could be gaining momentum with new bipartisan effort (inquirer.com)

Legalizing marijuana: Two Pa. lawmakers have joined forces in a bipartisan effort to get it done – pennlive.com

Good gov’t advocates, voters request to join lawsuit to block Senate election investigation – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

PA Dems: New Rules Needed for State Senate Accountability – BCTV

Guest editorial | The Big Lie gets more dangerous with every step it takes | Editorials | tribdem.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Covid-19 litigation is rising. Here’s what’s happening in Pennsylvania. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 4K new COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb urges U.S. to seriously prepare for next pandemic : Shots – Health News : NPR

COVID-19 in Erie County: Cases climb in despite uptick in vaccine rate (goerie.com)

President Joe Biden’s planned COVID-19 vaccine rule: Republicans gird for battle, businesses brace for details (inquirer.com)

AstraZeneca asks FDA to authorize COVID-19 antibody treatment (inquirer.com)

Op-Ed: A lawyer made COVID policy for Bucks County schools (theintell.com)



Mayors, U.S. labor secretary talk about future of $600B clean-energy ‘Marshall Plan’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A 4-day workweek could help with burnout : Life Kit : NPR

Vanguard restores key medical benefit for all current, retired employees (inquirer.com)

High-paying remote jobs are surging. It’s likely to impact your hiring efforts. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Kellogg’s employees go on strike in Lancaster County (abc27.com)

Kellogg’s cereal plant workers go on strike : NPR

Kellogg workers nationwide go on strike, including 380 at State Road plant [update] | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Eagleville Hospital nurses, technicians vote to authorize strike over claims of ‘staffing crisis’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Uline continues to grow — seeks 90 employees – Daily Local

Erie Strayer’s unionized workers walk off the job over wages, heath care (goerie.com)

Central Pa. restaurants hit with ‘worse staffing’ issues even after extra unemployment benefits ended – pennlive.com

The price of bacon is skyrocketing amid shortages, the latest victim of supply problems – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Marijuana Firm Commits $10M To Expansion – Tube City Almanac (tubecityonline.com)



Mariner East pipeline developer faces criminal charges over contamination of 22 Pa. sites – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania AG files charges against Mariner East 2 pipeline developer | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Shapiro files 48 charges against pipeline company for drilling spills | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces charges in major environmental crimes case (abc27.com)

PA Attorney General announces 48 criminal charges against pipeline builder Sunoco – Daily Local

Paperwork shows suspect had illegal firearms months before Yardley standoff (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Jefferson Hospital shooting suspect Stacey Hayes will be charged with murder, police say (inquirer.com)

Former West Hazleton police chief gets prison for Facebook retaliation | Cops and Courts | standardspeaker.com



Lower Makefield Residents Sue Pennsbury School Board Over Breach of First Amendment Rights – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Troubled Student Loan Forgiveness Program Gets an Overhaul – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Details of Education Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness overhaul : NPR

Central York School District to file an amicus brief to protest masks (ydr.com)

School boards should put person over politics (ydr.com)

Niche lists Richland School District among safest in nation | Local News | tribdem.com

School District of Lancaster looking to bring students back from charter, cyberschool | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Garland asks FBI to address recent ‘disturbing spike’ in threats against educators | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Justice Department will address threats against school officials and staff | WITF

Temple University plans Claire Smith Center for Sports Media (inquirer.com)

State records show Old Forge school director was member of consulting business named in bribery case | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Berks County commissioners to vote on creating south campus (readingeagle.com)



Why Democrats See 3 Governor’s Races as a Sea Wall for Fair Elections – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Democrats Lost the Most in Midwestern ‘Factory Towns’, Report Says – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Parnell seeks gag order against wife as dispute spills into campaign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Abortion is a key issue for Pa. Democrats, and it could supercharge the 2022 midterms (inquirer.com)

Bucks County 2020 election: Mail-in ballots, drop boxes top forum talk (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Here’s where candidates for Pa. Senate and governor stand on Texas’ abortion ban (inquirer.com)



Millions experienced a month’s worth of high air pollution in 2020 | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Report: Central PA has worse air quality than Philly or Pittsburgh (ydr.com)

Lancaster is No. 1, and that’s bad: Comparing air quality in Central Pa. regions (abc27.com)

How to trap spotted lanternflies without harming other wildlife (abc27.com)

Ship’s anchor may have caused massive oil spill off the coast of Southern Califo : NPR

Judge dismisses West Hempfield Twp. Catholic group’s suit against gas pipeline | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Climate change killed 14% of the world’s coral reefs in a decade, study finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. won’t hit climate goals unless changes come soon, report warns | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Stephanie Catarino Wissman: Punitive natural gas tax risks U.S. energy leadership, economic recovery | TribLIVE.com



As Pa. lawmakers evaluate the future of electric vehicles, this company is thinking strategically – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

2 Years’ Worth Of Items Left Behind At Pittsburgh International Airport Up For Auction – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Fire truck, lava lamp, abandoned cars up for auction at Pittsburgh International Airport | TribLIVE.com



Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health hosting blood drives during October (abc27.com)

The Pa Department of Health is warning of increased syphilis cases in Delaware County (delcotimes.com)

Flu season is here: What to know about the virus, shots and symptoms (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa.’s veteran suicide rate exceeded state’s rate in 2019 | Wednesday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


State News

PLANNING AHEAD: Pennsylvania ABLE program heralded as a success – Daily Local

This is the brand Pennsylvanians hate the most, says study – pennlive.com

Toomey says veterans helped Lehigh Valley mother of 4 escape Afghanistan after government ‘abandoned her’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Editorial: PSERS board shouldn’t gag members | TribLIVE.com


National News

4 takeaways from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony : NPR

Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, says ‘Congressional action is needed’ to fix many issues – pennlive.com

Most Americans would rather rebuild than move if natural disaster strikes, poll finds : NPR

How Other Nations Pay for Child Care. The U.S. Is an Outlier. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Tool to Build Molecules – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

A federal appeals court blocks California’s ban on private detention centers : NPR

Texas legislation would allow partisan actors to request election audits : NPR

FBI raids New York’s police sergeants union offices and the union president resigns : NPR

NIH director Collins will step down | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

French child kidnapping plot shows global sway of QAnon style | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ESPN’s Sage Steele booted off ‘SportsCenter,’ apologizes for recent controversial comments – pennlive.com

How century-old racist US Supreme Court cases still rule over millions of Americans | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Justin Bieber cannabis line named after ‘Peaches’ song; its proceeds will go toward several pro-weed groups – pennlive.com


Local News

Young Artists Unveil Artwork To Help Bring McKeesport Community Together – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

Chester County home sales dip slightly, but brokers see no signs of slowdown – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Lancaster County commissioner says proposed health advisory council ‘not a health department’ | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Resettlement agencies in Lancaster County await the arrival of Afghan refugees | Local News | lancasteronline.com

James McGinness scolds Columbia Borough Council, denies his father knew hazardous waste was buried at recently purchased airport | Community News | lancasteronline.com

Luzerne County Council and DA appealing court ruling on DA election timing | Times Leader

Attorney Shannon Crake Lapsansky appointed acting Luzerne County chief solicitor | Times Leader

Scranton to pay back $23 million pension loan two years early | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading City Council briefed on downtown development (readingeagle.com)

Exeter Township: Budget deficit of $921,000 but cost-cutting has not begun (readingeagle.com)

Terrain-DelVal proposal would revive Doylestown market | The Bucks County Herald



Pittsburgh City Council appears poised to exert more power ahead of new mayoral transition | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Spin e-scooter head talks parking enforcement and what sets Pittsburgh’s rollout apart | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

‘Stop this nightmare now’: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates, residents demand improvements to public housing conditions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Fundamentally wrong’: Most pan proposed Oakland zoning change at City Council public hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to host inaugural anti-hate conference three years after massacre at Tree of Life | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

City Council resolution declares housing a human right in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com



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

Afghan arrivals resume at Philadelphia International Airport after three-week pause | WITF

Bumpy Road to Manayunk Main Street’s $4 Million Makeover Is Almost Over – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

Philadelphia arts and culture leaders on Covid-19 recovery timeline, preserving industry diversity (Video) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philly’s BIPOC entrepreneurs see historic influx of new funds (inquirer.com)

COVID-19 cases in Pa. and N.J. steady, but flu is another winter threat (inquirer.com)

Philly superintendent search will be a test of transparency for Mayor Kenney | Editorial (inquirer.com)

Philly’s ‘scrappy’ politics key to defense in Johnny Doc, Henon corruption trial | WITF

Mayor Kenney, DA Krasner, and Commissioner Outlaw condemn reckless driving in Center City | Local News | phillytrib.com



Biden Scales Back His Agenda in Hopes of Bringing Moderates Onboard – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden Calls Curbing Filibuster to Raise Debt Limit ‘a Real Possibility’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

As US default looms, debt ceiling standoff continues in Congress | ABC27

US lawmakers, Facebook whistleblower push for regulating tech giant | ABC27

State Department discloses number of nukes in US stockpile (abc27.com)

Can $1 trillion coin fix debt limit? Quirky law says maybe – Daily Local

Biden’s Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Senate Democrats are making a fresh push to strengthen the Voting Rights Act : NPR