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Legislature

CHC grad pursues progressive agenda as State Senator | The Chestnut Hill Local

PA Agriculture Secretary visits Merrymead Farm to promote agritourism – timesherald

Bill having schools post all curriculum online passes State House | fox43.com

Disappointment or political theater in Pennsylvania Senate? (yorkdispatch.com)

Legislation to remove roadblocks for military members obtaining professional licenses in Pennsylvania advances | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania House approves voucher expansion for economically disadvantaged schools | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Pennsylvania voters and advocates seek standing in state election audit (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

‘HIV is not a crime’: Pa. House panel tackles outdated laws targeting those living with the virus – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Democratic Pa. state rep creates bill requiring men to get vasectomies by age 40 – pennlive.com

PolitiFact | Memo detailing bill to require vasectomies in Pennsylvania written to parody Texas abortion law

Visit Luzerne County gets $40K state grant for beer trail guide | News | citizensvoice.com

Advocates: Schools should notify Dept. of Education about misconduct allegations (wrtv.com)

Experts fear Pa. senators’ statements, unsupported by evidence, in 2020 election ‘audit’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A top Pennsylvania Republican made a big claim to defend the party’s election review. There’s no evidence for it. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A Pennsylvania gun bill that’s not about Second Amendment – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

How a Vaccine Mandate Could Worsen a Shortage of Home Care Aides – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pa. vax rates fall mostly along party lines, with some interesting exceptions (abc27.com)

These Pa. legislative districts have the highest, lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Midstate health professor says it is safe to get COVID and flu shots at the same time (abc27.com)

Vaccine mandates are proving successful, with vaccination rates topping 90% : NPR

COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers : Shots – Health News : NPR

Biden, a convert to mandates, making economic case for shots – Delco Times

The White House will spend an additional $1 billion on rapid at-home COVID tests | WITF

Berks COVID update: 129 cases, 83 hospitalized, 5 deaths (readingeagle.com)

Sweden, Denmark stop giving out Moderna’s COVID-19 shot for younger people – pennlive.com

 

Business/Jobs

Crisis in long-term care facilities: Staffing shortages continue (abc27.com)

Restaurants grappled with Delta, shortages as winter looms – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Former Amazon exec’s startup opening Bucks County warehouse, hiring 80 – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Bank of America ups minimum wage to $21 per hour – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Fed up by pandemic, US food workers launch rare strikes | WITF

 

Crime/Punishment

Delaware County Council terminates contract with GEO Group Inc. to operate prison (delcotimes.com)

Jefferson president: Medical team ‘tried everything they could’ to save Anrae James (inquirer.com)

 

Education

Many Pa. school districts are passing up free coronavirus testing even after a rise in cases · Spotlight PA

A teacher can’t afford health insurance or buy a home. Here’s why Black leaders say the student loan crisis is a civil rights issue | Across America | phillytrib.com

Forensic science program brings a state-of-the art experience to students | Smart Talk (witf.org)

Philly School District makes changes to 2022-2023 school selection process – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Temple University’s diversity efforts seen among freshman class | Local News | phillytrib.com

Pa. schools may be required to post their curriculum online. Is it about transparency or censorship? – pennlive.com

Abington Heights School Board reinforces mask policy | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Trump Aide Reflects On White House Chaos And Mismanagement : The NPR Politics Podcast : NPR

GOP gubernatorial poll shows Barletta with early lead; most undecided | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Montco Discloses Print Error on Mail-In Ballots, New Ballots to be Issued – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

What DePasquale said about a rematch versus Rep. Scott Perry in 2022 (poconorecord.com)

Barletta widens lead among Republicans in 2022 governor’s race | Election | standardspeaker.com

Republican Carla Sands is putting $3 million into her Pa. Senate bid (inquirer.com)

 

Environment

There’s a battle over your gas stove, climate change and health : NPR

New report says central Pa. cities had worst air quality in 2020, calls for emissions cuts | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Radical Enviros Cost PA $4B in Canceled Projects Last 3 Years | Marcellus Drilling News

 

Transportation

Feds to crack down on passengers with guns at Pittsburgh airport checkpoints | TribLIVE.com

 

Health

World’s first malaria vaccine gets WHO recommendation : Goats and Soda : NPR

Mental health access in the Midstate and across US is hard to come by (abc27.com)

Penn Medicine’s $1.6B Pavilion project readies for its debut (PHOTOS) – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

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

Guest editorial | Pennsylvania doesn’t need Texas abortion ban | Editorials | tribdem.com

EXPLAINER: The Texas abortion law’s swift impact, and future – Daily Local

 

State News

The Top 3 ways the debt ceiling debate hits home in Pa. | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania National Guard receives six new black hawk helicopters (abc27.com)

Pa.’s bear season just around the corner: “exciting time to be a bear hunter” (abc27.com)

Guest Opinion: Pennsylvania newspaper reach is unprecedented (ydr.com)

Airbnb to house 20,000 refugee families; some in PA, NY, NJ (ydr.com)

Jill Biden coming to Allentown – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pennsylvania prosecutor takes leave to address rape charges | WITF

 

National News

Texas high school on lockdown after reports of active shooter (abc27.com)

Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions (abc27.com)

A federal judge temporarily blocks Texas’ SB 8 abortion law : NPR

‘Squid Game,’ the Netflix Hit, Taps South Korean Fears – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Most affordable metros in the U.S. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2021 Goes to Abdulrazak Gurnah : NPR

Eviction confusion, again: End of US ban doesn’t cause spike – Delco Times

ESPN’s Sage Steele apologizes for controversial comments about Obama’s racial identity and vaccine mandates | Sports | phillytrib.com

Brian Laundrie flew to Florida and then back to Utah during road trip with Gabby Petito, lawyer says – pennlive.com

 

Local News

York City nonprofit York XL receives $5,000 grant from Gannett (ydr.com)

Longtime Lancaster Chamber CEO to retire in 2022 | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Op-Ed: ‘Embedded in our communities’ (poconorecord.com)

Downtown Erie fire: Local leaders say power outage stresses need for infrastructure upgrades (goerie.com)

House flipping: Erie, tri-state area are hotbeds for renovating, selling homes (goerie.com)

Thomas Hagen of Erie Insurance cracks Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans (goerie.com)

Bethlehem Broad Street improvements get City Council approval – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Preliminary Yardley budget holds line on tax | The Bucks County Herald

Maria Casey: Schuylkill County commissioners violated Sunshine Act with suspension vote | Schuylkill | standardspeaker.com

Luzerne County Council majority vows no county tax increase next year | | standardspeaker.com

Postal service raises maximum delivery time for longer-distance mailings (readingeagle.com)

Muhlenberg Township installs electric vehicle charging station (readingeagle.com)

Lackawanna County officials defend planned vehicle registration fee | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Lackawanna County proposes studying land for ATV park | News | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Pitt

Proposed natural-gas power plant near Pittsburgh cancels plans | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Board: Pittsburgh graduate students fell short in union bid | News | tribdem.com

Pittsburgh weighs amended parking code to include non-resident permits | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

Johnny Doc, Bobby Henon corruption trial: Opening arguments – WHYY

Krasner’s office asks for raises at hearing on impact of crime on Philly’s neighborhood economies (broadandliberty.com)

Philadelphia’s diverse chambers of commerce form new coalition – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia-area residents make Forbes 400 list of richest people in America – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia’s FDR Park to get $50M overhaul with new welcome center, sprawling play area – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wiretaps show John Dougherty repeatedly relied on Councilmember Henon for help. But did he have to ask? (inquirer.com)

Artists protest Walnut Street Theatre’s opening night: ‘They don’t hire Black directors’ (inquirer.com)

 

Washington

Senate Republicans offer proposals to end debt ceiling stalemate : NPR

Potential short-term debt fix as US default looms | ABC27

Lawmakers examine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers response to Hurricane Ida and future storm preparations | ABC27

The top DOJ civil rights official urged senators to restore the Voting Rights Act : NPR

Banks would have to give IRS data on accounts with more than $600 under proposal to catch tax cheats – pennlive.com