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Legislature

Pennsylvania’s governor announces a mask requirement for schools. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Wolf Administration reissues mask mandate for K-12 schools; goes into effect on Sept. 7 (abc27.com)

Wolf’s New School Mask Mandate Divides PA Legislators, Activists – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Wolf reverses course and announces mask mandates for all state schools | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf mandates masks in Pa. schools, daycares · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania mandates masks in public schools | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Wolf defends Pennsylvania masking mandate for schools as GOP leadership criticizes – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

‘We have to act now’: Gov. Wolf mandates masks in K-12 schools, day care centers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lawmakers in Bucks County laud Gov. Wolf’s school mask mandate Tuesday (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Gov. Tom Wolf finally imposed a school mask mandate. It’s about time | Wednesday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘He threw a curveball at us’: Lancaster County school officials, parents react to Wolf’s school mask mandate | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pennsylvania school mask mandate is a little too late, Lehigh Valley school officials say – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lancaster’s state senators vow action against Gov. Wolf for Pa. mask mandate in schools | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Masks in School Legislation Introduced in Harrisburg – MyChesCo

What they’re saying about the governor’s mask mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Overdose Awareness Day In PA – WDAC

On Overdose Awareness Day, families, advocates call for Pa. to ‘recommit’ to fighting opioid epidemic | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Senator Wants PA Supreme Court To Reimplement Eviction Moratorium – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Wednesday’s IRRC Vote Could Push PA Into RGGI, Higher Energy Costs | Across Pennsylvania, PA Patch

Parents, teachers protest building conditions before return to school – Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Essay competition announced for 5th and 12th graders to remember 9-11 attacks – LebTown

Wolf urges FEMA to lower threshold to qualify flood damage for federal aid | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

State reports 1.3 million COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

Delta Variant Fuels Rise In Vaccination Rates In August : NPR

Pitt researchers: Flu and COVID-19 ‘twindemic’ is possible this winter | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Doctor: Science backs masks as effective in curbing COVID-19 spread | Times Leader

 

Business/Jobs

‘Unemployment cliff’ coming for 550K in Pa. · Spotlight PA

Montgomery County Commerce Department Boosts Main Street Businesses & Beyond – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Labor Day in Erie, PA: Plumbers Union seen as key to bright future for Garrett O’Brien (goerie.com)

Lancaster County commissioners to vote on bonuses aimed at addressing “unprecedented” prison staff shortages | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Pittsburgh adds jobs in leisure and hospitality in July, sheds government, trade, transportation and utilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Berks County: IMAGINE Berks economic development plan is launched (readingeagle.com)

Berks County’s jobless rate up slightly to 6.3% in July (readingeagle.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

Hate Crimes In 2020 Their Highest Level Since 2008, According To FBI : NPR

New state database will identify cops with misconduct claims | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Education

Midstate parents share reaction to statewide school mask mandate (abc27.com)

Mask policies differed at area schools before governor’s order | Coronavirus | standardspeaker.com

Clifton Heights, Upper Darby Ink Agreement on New Middle School – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

As school begins, most students in Chester County will be wearing masks – Daily Local

Manufactured crisis over Critical Race Theory distracts from real problems in Pa. schools (ydr.com)

William Penn School District hosts a ‘Vacc to School’ vaccination clinic – Delco Times

Movements against Critical Race Theory in Pittsburgh-area schools have ties to Republican organizing and right-wing media | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Central Bucks adopts mask mandate as John Gamble resigns after threats (theintell.com)

Almost 9 in 10 students living on Penn State’s main campus say they are vaccinated, school says | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools won’t furlough teachers at start of school year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly teachers union, school district have tentative contract agreement (inquirer.com)

Plum’s Oblock Junior High has nearly 100 students quarantined due to exposure to covid-19 | TribLIVE.com

LCCC gets accreditation re-affirmed with no problems | Times Leader

 

Elections/Politics

Two decades after 9/11, have state lawmakers forgotten how to come together during tragedies? | WITF

Ex-lawmaker to run for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania | WITF

How G.O.P. Election Reviews Created a New Security Threat – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

GOP Calls DNC Campaign Stop in Philly a ‘Slap In The Face’ Amid Afghanistan Fiasco – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Corporate America launches massive lobbying blitz to kill key parts of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion economic plan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Accepting Afghanistan refugees divides Pennsylvania Republicans (inquirer.com)

Shame on Trump-supporter’s call for ’20 strong men’ to remove school boards – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Environment

Protesters urge commissioners to halt pipeline construction – Daily Local

World Meteorological Organization: Global weather disasters soar in numbers and cost, but deaths fall | News | tribdem.com

 

Transportation

Lehigh Valley airport authority finalizes 300-acre land deal with Bethlehem developer – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

 

Health

UPMC doctors demonstrate ‘antidote’ to opioid overdoses. It ‘can be the difference between life and death.’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You can’t blame midlife weight gain on a slower metabolism, scientists say (inquirer.com)

Pitt experts anticipate major flu surge this season, urge flu shots | TribLIVE.com

 

State News

Rain from Hurricane Ida brings flood worries, driving dangers: The latest – pennlive.com

Heaviest rain from Ida could be in central Pa. by lunchtime Wednesday, NWS says – pennlive.com

PPL Electric Utilities prepares for tropical storm Ida; how Midstate residents can prepare (abc27.com)

Emergency officials: ‘Be prepared’ for heavy rainfall, flash flooding | News | tribdem.com

Cartwright calls for extension of insurance cost assistance under American Rescue Plan | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Philly, Pittsburgh chosen as placement options for Afghan evacuees | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Bush To Speak At Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11 | PoliticsPA

Remembering 9/11: Midstate K9s at Ground Zero (abc27.com)

‘Have they locked the doors?’ Judge presses for details on Hershey charity spat with board member · Spotlight PA

Road trip travel plateaus; Pa. inbound tourism stronger than outbound (abc27.com)

Area utilities send crews to help Hurricane Ida restoration | Business | pottsmerc.com

Toomey must act to secure equal rights for LGBTQ Americans (ydr.com)

Avoidable crisis looms at Pa. wildlife agencies (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

UGI raises residential rates 6.1%, third hike this year | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Racehorse deaths at Parx Racing are on pace to set a new record (inquirer.com)

 

National News

Texas Law That Bans Abortion After About 6 Weeks Takes Effect : NPR

Texas Legislature sends sweeping GOP voting bill to governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Supreme Court Fails to Block Texas’ Near-Ban on Abortions – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

School Mask Debate Tests Arizona’s Governor – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

COVID Recession Pushed Social Security Insolvency Up A Year : NPR

Can The Internet Be More Resilient To Climate Change? Some Are Banking On It | WBUR News

Florida Is Blocking Money From 2 School Districts Over Mask Mandates, Defying A Judge : NPR

Purdue Pharma Scrambles To Discourage DOJ Appeal of Bankruptcy : NPR

The Taliban Celebrate Victory, With a Crisis Looming – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

GOP lawmakers are wrong, vaccines and abortions save lives | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Let’s set the record straight on the political ancestry of modern American racism | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Bonnaroo festival canceled due to flooding from Ida | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Local News

Bucks County weather: Hurricane Ida could flood Neshaminy Creek, cause tornadoes (theintell.com)

Scranton issues emergency declaration, plans to close floodgates | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Region ready for Ida, officials say; flash flooding likely | News | citizensvoice.com

Lower Makefield celebrates community with fun, food, music and a spectacular fireworks display | Yardley Area | buckslocalnews.com

Harrisburg Mayor Papenfuse mulling write-in candidacy for upcoming election (abc27.com)

$232M authorized in contracts for Montgomery County Justice Center project’s second phase | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Gannett, York Daily Record update efforts to ensure staff diversity (ydr.com)

Christopher Columbus statue removed from Chester (delcotimes.com)

Bucks NAACP, ADL Philadelphia condemn Pennridge’s halt in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Overdose victims from the Poconos remembered at church vigil (poconorecord.com)

Pandemic slowed, but hasn’t stopped, plans for Carlisle Indian school heritage center | WITF

Scranton City Council requiring masks at meetings | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Traffic signal upgrades in Hazleton eyed for spring 2022 | News | standardspeaker.com

Housing development: Stokesay Castle (readingeagle.com)

 

Pitt

Roads flooding across Pittsburgh region as remnants of Ida dump torrential rain | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peduto administration looks to give COVID-19 funds to URA, guaranteed basic income project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New plumbing code amendment could expand gender-neutral bathroom access in Allegheny County | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Controversial Allegheny County Jail contractor has criminal history and warned of a race war against correctional officers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pittsburgh officials revisit ending pension offset for retirees | TribLIVE.com

 

Philly

The Editors: Where are they now? Many Krasner employees with troubled histories still employed (broadandliberty.com)

Meet the new faces leading Philadelphia-area private and independent schools – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Ida path puts flood warning in Philadelphia weather forecast (inquirer.com)

Penn Medicine and Wharton School launch Fund for Health to improve Philadelphia’s socio-economic conditions (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia rental assistance, the eviction moratorium, and whether you’re protected (inquirer.com)

This Pa. city is one of the worst in the nation to drive in, according to one study – pennlive.com

 

Washington

Biden Defends U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Biden defends his decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan | WITF

Biden defends Afghanistan exit as Republicans ramp up criticism, calls to resign | ABC27

Biden administration appoints second state health official under Covid-19 investigation (broadandliberty.com)