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

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 |

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

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 |

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

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

Recreational weed legalization in Pennsylvania could be gaining momentum with new bipartisan effort (

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

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

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

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


Coronavirus – COVID-19

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

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

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 (

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

AstraZeneca asks FDA to authorize COVID-19 antibody treatment (

Op-Ed: A lawyer made COVID policy for Bucks County schools (



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 (

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

Kellogg’s employees go on strike in Lancaster County (

Kellogg’s cereal plant workers go on strike : NPR

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

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

Uline continues to grow — seeks 90 employees – Daily Local

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

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

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

Marijuana Firm Commits $10M To Expansion – Tube City Almanac (



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

Pennsylvania AG files charges against Mariner East 2 pipeline developer | Pennsylvania |

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

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

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

Paperwork shows suspect had illegal firearms months before Yardley standoff (

Jefferson Hospital shooting suspect Stacey Hayes will be charged with murder, police say (

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



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

Troubled Student Loan Forgiveness Program Gets an Overhaul – The New York Times (

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

Central York School District to file an amicus brief to protest masks (

School boards should put person over politics (

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

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

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 (

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

Berks County commissioners to vote on creating south campus (



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

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

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 (

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

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



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

Report: Central PA has worse air quality than Philly or Pittsburgh (

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

How to trap spotted lanternflies without harming other wildlife (

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 |

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 (

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



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

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

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



Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health hosting blood drives during October (

The Pa Department of Health is warning of increased syphilis cases in Delaware County (

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

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


State News

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

This is the brand Pennsylvanians hate the most, says study –

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

Editorial: PSERS board shouldn’t gag members |


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 –

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 (

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

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 –

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

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


Local News

Young Artists Unveil Artwork To Help Bring McKeesport Community Together – CBS Pittsburgh (

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

Solar energy project planned on former seminary property in Girard (

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

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

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

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 |

Reading City Council briefed on downtown development (

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

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 (

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

‘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 |



John Dougherty and Local 98 remain a political force (

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 (

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

Philly’s BIPOC entrepreneurs see historic influx of new funds (

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

Philly superintendent search will be a test of transparency for Mayor Kenney | Editorial (

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 |



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

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

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 (

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 (

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