State officials, advocates mark Hispanic Heritage Month (abc27.com)

Pa. student aid agency to ask for $40M increase to maintain record-high grant awards – pennlive.com

To Pa. lawmakers: Stop trying to rush new laws that sidestep our normal process | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Wolf tours IBEW training facility, promotes apprenticeship program | Education | citizensvoice.com

Wolf’s Marijuana Pardon Project seeks to reduce recidivism, grant second chances – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Pa. law protects workers who are approved for medical marijuana — but once they use it, it’s a different story | TribLIVE.com

Pa. representative plans self-exclusion bill to combat alcohol abuse (abc27.com)

Bill would let people ban themselves from buying booze in Pennsylvania | TribLIVE.com

Is Pennsylvania on the verge of adopting a ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law? (nextpittsburgh.com)

How an anti-abortion bill in Pennsylvania could also undermine climate laws | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Misclassifying workers as contractors costs millions in revenue. (goerie.com)

House committee tackles Halcovage case; voting meeting Monday | News | standardspeaker.com

Legislative breakfast brings together current, former Schuylkill County lawmakers | News | standardspeaker.com

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

Former State Rep. Jeff Pyle dies; legacy lives on with community college branch in Ford City | TribLIVE.com


Coronavirus – COVID-19

COVID may be no riskier than the flu for many people, some scientists argue : Shots – Health News : NPR

Local experts urge residents to maintain COVID-19 safeguards | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philadelphia Museum of Art workers set one-day strike for Friday (inquirer.com)

Port of Philadelphia to build new 100,000-square-foot warehouse – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

What the rail strike deal tells us about the fragility of the supply chain : NPR

Averted railway strike underscores fragile state of supply chains in Pennsylvania | WITF

Prolonged railroad strike could cause economic damage locally | Business | citizensvoice.com

Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say family finances have suffered in the last year : NPR

National Labor Relations Board accuses Starbucks of harassing Pittsburgh workers trying to unionize | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amazon delays opening of North Versailles warehouse, leaves Lawrenceville hanging | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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

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

Lancaster County officials to hold first public-input meeting Wednesday on new jail project | Local News | lancasteronline.com

The county doesn’t want to keep sending people to jail again and again. It’s trying to figure out how to help them. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Explosive device detonates during law enforcement training in Pennsylvania, 5 techs hurt | WITF



U.S. education secretary promote access to higher education during Reading visit. (readingeagle.com)

Teachers are ‘critical for the strength of our nation’ 2nd Gentleman Doug Emhoff says in Pa. visit – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Doug Emhoff, Education secretary praise Allentown schools in Lehigh Valley visit (mcall.com)

Regular private meetings among top Penn State trustees may be violating Pa.’s transparency law · Spotlight PA

University of Pennsylvania receives $55M gift from Blackstone president toward cancer research – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Drexel to offer tuition discount to community college transfer students | Local News | phillytrib.com

Manheim Township School Board plans Oct. vote on transgender athletes in sports discussion | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Central Bucks West tells teachers not to use students’ preferred names and pronouns without parent approval | WITF

Temple professor’s lawsuit more relevant with rise of anti-Asian bigotry (inquirer.com)



CBS/YouGov Poll: Fetterman +5, Shapiro +11 (politicspa.com)

The debate over debates: Oz, Fetterman continue to feud over details – City & State Pennsylvania (cityandstatepa.com)

Gubernatorial Candidate Spotlight: Ideological Unity (broadandliberty.com)

Election 2022: How gubernatorial candidates Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano differ (dailylocal.com)

Lowman S. Henry: Rising crime — a sleeper issue in Pa. races – Daily Local

Doug Mastriano doesn’t call himself a Christian nationalist, but he gives it a platform – pennlive.com

Fetterman’s post-stroke brain tests are within normal limits. What does that say about his health? (inquirer.com)

Where do Pa.’s U.S. Senate candidates stand on a proposed national abortion ban? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Lehigh County will have ballot drop boxes regardless of lawsuit | WITF

Lehigh County spurns lawsuit’s demand for monitors at ballot drop boxes – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philadelphia mail ballots will be further delayed after zoning bill dispute (inquirer.com)


Gun Safety

A new credit card merchant code could help curb gun violence, advocates say : NPR



The dangers of Westmoreland’s proposed method of disposing of liquid landfill waste | Opinion (inquirer.com)



Changes proposed for Pennsylvania license plates (abc27.com)

Amtrak restoring canceled long-distance trains after strike averted (poconorecord.com)

Op-Ed: Passenger rail would connect us to countless opportunities (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Even without tolling plan, PennDOT still plans to replace I-78 bridge in Berks County – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

PennDOT continues plans to replace 6 bridges formerly on the tolling program, but not I-79 Bridgeville | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Critic: Limiting opioid prescriptions would worsen overdose crisis | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

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

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Endo, a Chester County drug maker, blamed for Tennessee’s opioid crisis (inquirer.com)


State News

Pennsylvania gets $25 million to build out electric vehicle charging | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

This Pennsylvania town is one of the best for fall festivities: study – pennlive.com

Catholic nuns fought pipeline on their Lancaster County land. Now, citing religious freedom, they seek damages in court | StateImpact Pennsylvania (npr.org)

Pennsylvania fines Verde Energy $1 million for ‘egregious’ marketing violations (inquirer.com)

PUC approves smaller UGI rate increases | Business | thetimes-tribune.com


National News

States scramble as US abortion laws change | ABC27

Who is Judge Raymond Dearie, the Mar-a-Lago search special master? : NPR

Migrants on Martha’s Vineyard flight were told they were going to Boston : NPR

Latino viewers influence the popularity of streaming shows, Nielsen study finds : NPR

Mourners are waiting for hours in a queue to say farewell to Queen Elizabeth : NPR

Alex Jones’ defamation trials show deplatforming’s limits : NPR

United Way aims to raise $1.2M, plans to break early childhood education barriers | Local News | tribdem.com

Fred Franzia, 79, Dies; Upended Wine Industry With Two-Buck Chuck – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Uber: Hacker broke into network, reached customer data – pennlive.com

In states where abortion is banned, children and families already face an uphill battle | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Mortgage rates hit 6%, first time since 2008 housing crash (inquirer.com)

Trump warns of ‘big problems’ if indicted, says he’d still run for office | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Home improvement money available for Chambersburg residents (abc27.com)

Popular Yardley Salon Moves To Larger Location, Looking To Serve More Customers (bucksco.today)

Con-VINCE-ing data: Investigator says federal funds were spent without UD council approval, violating home-rule charter (broadandliberty.com)

Old Harrisburg rail system getting renovated for public tours (abc27.com)

Montgomery County commissioners OK $1.2M transfer to aid homeless (mainlinemedianews.com)

Consultant will set stage for $24M Johnstown transportation projects | Local News | tribdem.com

Bucks County commissioners cut back on public comment time (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Hazleton applies for LSA grants for YWCA renovations, firefighter gear | News | standardspeaker.com

Lehigh Valley advocates raise money for suicide prevention efforts (mcall.com)

Luzerne County receives 140 American Rescue Plan applications | Times Leader

Rising rental prices big challenge for finding housing for those with none | News | thetimes-tribune.com



County prosecutors and public defenders demand fair pay as bargaining negotiations break down | Labor | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

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

MLB celebrates former Pirates great Roberto Clemente Day | WITF

$20 minimum wage for Allegheny County’s workers? Committee debates contentious bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Regional Transit zero-emission fleet to cost $572.2 million by 2045 goal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Philly Council members announce reproductive freedom platform – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

City Council Introduces Legislation Establishing Volunteer Tax Credit | News | phillytrib.com

Democrats pick 2 to run for City Council on Nov. 8 | Local News | phillytrib.com

Dispute with Philly City Council member stalls redevelopment of Germantown Y | State & Region | phillytrib.com

Utility programs to help Philly’s low-income homeowners | Local News | phillytrib.com

Philly mayor’s race: Inside Cherelle Parker’s birthday party (inquirer.com)

Bartram, Overbrook and West Philly high schools will revamp with a career focus (inquirer.com)

Philly drag performer Valencia Prime dies after collapsing mid-show (inquirer.com)

More red-light cameras for Philadelphia, including by Rocky statue (inquirer.com)



This GOP strategist is calling on Republicans to safeguard same-sex marriage : NPR

White House wants more regulations on cryptocurrencies : NPR

Biden meeting with Brittney Griner’s wife amid her detainment in Russia : NPR

Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)