Pa. lawmakers seek report on inflation as prices soar (mcall.com)

Governor Wolf announces $25.4 million from Biden Administration for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (abc27.com)

‘We all have work to do’: Advocates voice opposition to Pa. amendment package – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Parents rights vs. student welfare, a gift ban plan falls apart, and a 2020 election hearing · Spotlight PA

Clandestine plan to force a vote on Pa. legislative gift ban fails, lawmakers shrug | WITF

Fonthill awarded grant for master plan of historic property | The Bucks County Herald

Grant will help build “uniquely Doylestown” playground at Broad Commons Park | The Bucks County Herald

For older adults, budgeting isn’t always enough [Column] – Reading Eagle


Coronavirus – COVID-19

WHO: COVID end ‘in sight,’ deaths at lowest since March 2020 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quest COVID testing remains broken after a million deaths (poconorecord.com)



SEIU strike ends in PA, nursing home workers lock in new contracts (poconorecord.com)

DelVal Pols Debate Impact of Latest Inflation Hike – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

New Shell cracker plant promises to power Erie plastics manufacturing (goerie.com)

Are union efforts gaining momentum at central Pa. restaurants? ‘Workers have a lot of leverage’ – pennlive.com

Gender pay gap in Philadelphia: More equity for men and women due to low wages (inquirer.com)

Cost of living increases force everyone to find ways to make ends meet | TribLIVE.com



Owners of Empire Diner in Delco ordered to pay their servers $1.3 million for seizing their tips (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania’s approach to sealing criminal convictions could go national | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PA residents with criminal records could get help (ydr.com)

Staffing issues, COVID continue to cause hardship for Cambria County Prison | Local News | tribdem.com

Johnstown exploring program to boost police hires | Local News | tribdem.com

A Pennsylvania doctor and 4 other doctors pled guilty in West Virginia pain pill scheme | WITF

Pa.’s state prison staffing crisis shows no sign of ending | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Luzerne County addressing prison leaks | Times Leader



Rose Tree Media School District educators and others on Tuesday railed against a Doug Mastriano proposal to halve school funding (delcotimes.com)

Mastriano education plan would cut school funding by $12B, union says (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

In debt and underfunded, Pa.’s student debt crisis is no surprise | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Here are the National Merit Semifinalists from Philly, Pa. suburbs, N.J. (inquirer.com)

Efforts to ban, restrict LGBTQ curriculum in Pa. schools hinge on who becomes the next governor · Spotlight PA

US colleges including CalTech and Harvard cut thousands of faculty, $100M+ in payroll at Covid’s depths – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

David Hardy: Philadelphia’s school board needs to get out of charter authorizing (broadandliberty.com)

COVID-19 in court: Parents lose anti-mask suits against school boards (goerie.com)

Mask lawsuits against school board members back in court – Daily Local

Regular private meetings among top Penn State trustees may be violating PA’s transparency law | WITF

Wyoming Valley West School Board OKs $2.46 million HVAC work | Times Leader



Fixing one problem with Pa.’s elections could bolster public confidence, Democrats say – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘A theft of taxpayer resources’: Delaware County still paying to fend off election fraud lawsuits from 2020 | WITF

PA Governor Race: Shapiro leads Mastriano in latest poll (abc27.com)

Pa.’s U.S. Senate candidates could debate on Oct. 25. Here’s what to know – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Gina L. Pope: Conflicts of interest undermine confidence in government (broadandliberty.com)

Biden’s popularity improves as midterm elections near, poll shows – pennlive.com

Focusing on crime, Republicans think they’ve finally put Democrat John Fetterman on the defensive (inquirer.com)



Ragweed pollen in Philly area hits record levels, specialist says (inquirer.com)

Climate change is a parenting issue | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Biden says a tentative railway labor deal has been reached, averting strike : NPR

Tentative railway labor deal reached to avert strike, Biden says (abc27.com)

How a freight train strike could throw your plans to travel by train off track | WITF

How an attendance policy has led the U.S. to the brink of a nationwide rail strike | WITF

Changes proposed for Pennsylvania license plates (abc27.com)

Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains as freight rail strike looms | News | phillytrib.com



Op-Ed: Fresh take on medications for alcoholism would promote recovery (ydr.com)

We are failing moms, pregnant people, families, and children | Opinion (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania farmers help feed the needy – Times News Online (tnonline.com)

State election officials offer glimpse into midterm preparations – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania expands election funds and audits | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Inside the PA Department of Health’s latest public access battle (broadandliberty.com)

Seasons for deer, bear and small game in Pennsylvania (ydr.com)

3 Iranian citizens charged in hacking attack that targeted a Pa. domestic violence shelter and others | WITF

With campaign-style mailing, Aqua Pa. pressures Delco to allow sewer system sale to close (inquirer.com)


National News

Low federal disability payments can leave recipients homeless : Shots – Health News : NPR

Ballot measures on voting to watch: Michigan, Nevada, Arizona : NPR

The founder of Patagonia is giving his company away : NPR

Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase gets shareholder approval : NPR

California sues Amazon, alleging antitrust violations : NPR

Iowa human trafficking victim Pieper Lewis sentenced, ordered to pay $150,000 : NPR

‘Serial’ podcast case: Prosecutors move to vacate Adnan Syed’s conviction : NPR

Anti-abortion rights groups on calls for help: “We knew this was coming.” : NPR

Two children per classroom will lose a parent or sibling before age 18, experts say – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Planes full of immigrants dropped off in Martha’s Vineyard, reportedly sent by Fla. governor – pennlive.com

Child poverty has been plummeting across the U.S. for decades. We must keep the momentum going. | Editorial (inquirer.com)


Local News

Voters will make decision on Crebilly Farm (dailylocal.com)

Judges’ rulings tilt legal battle over DELCORA in Aqua’s favor (delcotimes.com)

Bucks County GOP ousts Dawn Bancroft from Doylestown committee seat (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

‘Make them shine’: Work on Johnstown playgrounds targets safety, modernization | Local News | tribdem.com

Lancaster County businesses could get a portion of $246 million American Rescue Plan funds | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

West Chester Area School District receives a ‘Giant’ donation (dailylocal.com)

Phoenixville council urged to condemn and take kindergarten center property (dailylocal.com)

Radnor cancels plans to purchase Garrett Hill property for municipal parking lot – Mainline Media News

“It’s a gift:” RISE program offers NEPA residents training for in-demand careers | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

Old idea to reclaim mine water pitched again, but HCA has doubts | News | standardspeaker.com

West Hazleton seeks Luzerne County ARPA funds for bridge replacement project | News | standardspeaker.com

City Council awards more than $4.8 million to 21 Reading nonprofits (readingeagle.com)



Passcards make it easier to give food to families in Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

County Council to investigate possible wrongdoing underlying tax assessment verdict | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Local LGBTQ activists deliver thousands of letters supporting Respect for Marriage Act | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Steelers unveil new Acrisure Stadium signs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Crew, volunteers work to clean up Allegheny riverbanks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area food banks say demand is soaring as families struggle with inflation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Harriet Tubman statue in Philadelphia is no longer a sure thing (inquirer.com)

City councilmember calls for hearings on Philadelphia Youth Network after summer of complaints about teens not getting paid (inquirer.com)

Council members announce Reproductive Freedom Platform for Philadelphia | Local News | phillytrib.com

White Philadelphia officer on trial for killing unarmed Black motorist | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philadelphia to consider local abortion access protections | WITF

Philadelphia City Council’s new session: Vacancies and in-person meetings (inquirer.com)



President Biden chooses veteran diplomat as new U.S. ambassador to Russia | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Biden hosts ‘United We Stand’ summit on hate-based violence : NPR

Bob Casey to introduce resolution honoring Roberto Clemente in U.S. Senate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Seth Rogen goes to Washington: Actor and spouse advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness, stump for Sen. Casey’s home health care bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette