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Elections, emergency powers, and mapmaking among the items on Pa. lawmakers’ fall to-do list | WITF

The 5 biggest fights as Pa. lawmakers return to challenge governor (

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election ‘investigation’ (

Pa. Senate Democrats sue Republicans to block election review subpoena (

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats Sue Republicans to Block 2020 Election ‘Investigation’ (

Pa. GOP’s voter info grab sets up a legal showdown · Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP election ‘investigation’ | State & Region |

Pa. Senate Republicans subpoena voters’ social security numbers, including LGBTQ voters — Philadelphia Gay News (

Pa. Senate GOP’s quest for voter info not just embarrassing. It’s a security threat. | Opinion –

Bipartisan election bill introduced in Pennsylvania (

Election experts slam Pa. GOP request for personal info of voters — WHYY

Pennsylvania Democrats sue over GOP’s 2020 election ‘forensic investigation’ – Washington Times

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce legislation for sexual assault evidence tracking system (

State Senate To Subpoena Voters Info, State Communications – – Butler, PA

Pa. attorney general says his office will protect voters’ private information amongst a subpoena by the state legislature | News |

Bipartisan election bill introduced in Pennsylvania | WITF

Voting reform bill reintroduced after Pennsylvania governor’s veto | Pennsylvania |

Wolf tours Kensington, calls for renewed focus on opioids – Metro Philadelphia

Parents, top Pa. Republican are suing over school mask mandate. Here’s what to know about the cases – The Morning Call (

Lawmakers return to Capitol with school mask controversy swirling | News |

Nursing homes face an impossible task in meeting higher staffing levels, PHCA and LeadingAge PA said (

Proposed overhaul of Pa. nursing home care splits labor union, health care group at Senate hearing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. Governor apologizes for drug problem to Kensington residents – WHYY

Gov. Wolf visits Kensington, discusses needed legislation to support efforts to curb increased overdoses (

Pennsylvania leaders prepare to fight deadly overdose crisis without a disaster declaration – The Morning Call (

Pa. House to vote on extending rule allowing members to participate remotely –

Lawmakers Tour Delaware River On Tall Ship –

Are Unlicensed Gambling Devices to Blame for Declining PA Casino Slots? (

Veteran suicide rally near Pennsylvania State Capitol raises awareness and prevention (

Wolf initiates regulatory ‘fix’ for Pennsylvania charter schools | Pennsylvania |

It’s session week in Harrisburg. Here is what to watch. | City & State PA (

Staats, Quinn Unveil Child Welfare Reform Legislation in Memory of Grace Packer – DV Journal (

Legislation Introduced to Extend State of Emergency Declaration for Storm Damage – DV Journal (

Pa. General Assembly’s disaster response faces first test with Hurricane Ida | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pfizer Says Vaccine Trials For Kids Show Its Shots Are Safe : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Kids COVID vaccine: Pfizer says low dose safe, effective for ages 5-11 (

FDA panel approves Pfizer boosters for people over 65, at high risk (

Biden’s vaccine mandate spurs mixed emotions in Chester County – Daily Local

How ivermectin became the new focus of the anti-vaccine movement | WITF

Chris Rock says he has COVID-19, has two words for his followers: ‘Get vaccinated’ –

Penn Health System’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate gets near total compliance (

Fauci says data on Moderna, Johnson & Johnson boosters ‘a few weeks away’ from FDA review | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Westmoreland, Allegheny covid cases reach totals not seen since January |



Pa. unemployment rate falls for sixth consecutive month, reaches 6.4% in August (

America’s grand reopening, postponed – Philadelphia Business Journal (

Worker shortages forces central Pa. restaurants to close, delay openings and shave back hours –

Many area businesses holding off on vaccine mandate for employees | Business |

Pa. unemployment rate dropped slightly in August | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

How Car Rentals Explain the 2021 Economy – The New York Times (

Pa. weed jobs are growing even before legalization (

Philly construction trades seek to recruit more women (

Shop-Vac rebounds in Pa. under Chinese ownership after near-death experience (

Economist’s view: End of pandemic unemployment programs to weigh on consumers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT to hold job fairs in Westmoreland, region for hiring winter crews |



Erie crime: Federal designation to support efforts of local task force (

Paws on patrol: K-9 training to join Hazleton police force | News |

Hundreds expected to testify at kids-for-cash damages hearing | Cops and Courts |

Jail Oversight Board set to meet over controversial prison contract | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: Allegheny County Jail dispute shows peril of no-bid contracts |



Thousands of Pennsylvania students request mask exemptions (

Parents, including a top Pa. Republican, are suing over the school mask mandate. Here’s what to know about the cases. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Parents Decry Norristown Area School District’s ‘Chaotic’ Response to Bomb Scare – DV Journal (

Gov. Wolf’s COVID mask mandate offers freedom to stay safe in school (

Racial justice: Central York students protesting school board book ban (

Central York board maintains ban on Black and Hispanic books (

Emergency permits necessary to staff Scranton classrooms | Education |

COVID-19, staff shortages challenge school bus drivers in Schuylkill County | Education |

Pennsylvania independent school association investigating parent complaints against Sewickley Academy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Feds ask for feedback as majority of public service workers denied student loan forgiveness | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa.’s school mask mandate is law. Will Lancaster County officials enforce it? | Local News |

Elanco ditches doctor’s exception as other Lancaster County schools crack down on mask noncompliance | Local News |

How will the shift to online learning impact students long term? Students, teachers, others share their stories | Local News |

School District of Lancaster enrollment numbers drop | Community News |

Palisades School Board ends meeting when audience members refuse to don masks | The Bucks County Herald



Maricopa County and Arizona GOP-led Senate reach agreement after months of partisan sparring over 2020 ballots – Forbes Talk

Super PAC hits Parnell on protective orders requested by wife – POLITICO

PRO and con: The ups and downs of ‘Protecting the Right to Organize’ | City & State PA (

Christian Nascimento: First Generation American Wants To Challenge Dem Dean in 4th CD – DV Journal (

BARLETTA: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate is Unconstitutional and Should Be Stopped – DV Journal (

PAC Aims to Elect Pro-Business Republicans in SEPA | PoliticsPA

Poll workers are hard to recruit and retain, impacting future elections | Smart Talk (

Lackawanna County canvass finds poor compliance with spotted lanternfly quarantine rules | News |

Chester County chamber CEO Guy Ciarrocchi is running for Pennsylvania governor (

McSwain cites his conservatism and toughness as pathway to GOP nomination for Pa. governor | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Fall is getting warmer in Philly. Here’s what that means for trees, ticks, and birds. (



Creating friction: PennDOT, Allegheny County install rough surface to make intersections, curves safer | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



‘We have a lot to talk about’: Honoring helpers and survivors during National Recovery Month | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


State News

Cartwright: Child Tax Credit tax cut payments helping area families | Times Leader

Spotted Lanternflies Are Invasive and Must Be Killed, US States Say (

Sued over ‘sellout’ opioid deal, AG Shapiro counters · Spotlight PA

It’s ‘leaf peeping’ season in Pennsylvania | WITF

Bats are making a comeback in Pennsylvania, and that will mean fewer mosquitoes. Here’s how you can help – The Morning Call (

If we fail to act on women’s reproductive rights, Pa. will become the next Texas | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (


National News

U.S. Begins Flying Haitian Migrants Home From Texas In Mass Expulsion : NPR

Search for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend continues in Florida after her body is found –

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg Is Back In Court : NPR

Education Secretary Kicks Off Back To School Tour In Wisconsin : Back To School: Live Updates : NPR

Botched International Submarine Deal Leaves France Feeling Betrayed : NPR

SpaceX mission led by Jared Isaacman lands – The Morning Call (

Another flight has left Kabul’s airport, this time with 28 U.S. citizens on board | WITF

Op-Ed: We shouldn’t return to welfare as we knew it (

Slim majority sees reckoning over racial history as a positive | The Numbers Racket | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Report finds decline in household income, rise in poverty rate | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

MacKenzie Scott dominates donations to racial equity (

Trudeau rolled the dice on a snap election. Canadian voters will decide whether his gamble pays off. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. aims to thwart ransomware attacks by cracking down on crypto payments | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NY millionaire Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Activists in downtown Reading push for Freedom to Vote Act (

Harrisburg’s Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrates culture and gives vaccines (

York County Libraries react to Central York SD book ban (

Montgomery County opens FEMA center for residents with Ida damage (

Stevens-Arroyo: Inclusion and diversity go together for Pocono Latinos (

Lake Erie water levels drop in August. What’s the forecast for the months ahead? (

Erie sewer pipes that need repair: Report says crumbling system will cost $10.5M to fix (

Appalachian Trail in Lehigh Valley relocating to its original route – The Morning Call (

Green diamond: St. Patrick’s Parade returns to W-B | News |

‘We missed this so much’ | Times Leader

Schuylkill County firefighters lament closing of KME plant | Schuylkill |

Spotted lanternflies seem to be on decline in Berks (

Veterans, first responders recognized during Lower Merion, Harriton football game | Mainlinetimes |

Paradox? Study says area is cheap to live in but not attracting young | Times Leader



Selling the site of Western Pen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Visitors are returning to Pittsburgh museums, sometimes at pre-pandemic levels | WITF

Outdoor medical tents pop up at 2 of Pittsburgh region’s hospitals amid patient influx | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Pennsylvania man returns 108-year-old beer bottles for ‘deposit’ from Irving Cliff Brewery | PhillyVoice

4 suspects sought in deadly beating at Pat’s Steaks in Philly; the 2nd homicide this year at cheesesteak icon –

Philly’s school nurses are exhausted as shortages and COVID-19 double their workload (

Philadelphia closes several streets in Center City for Adam Sandler’s new movie (

The U.S. once had a friendship with Iran born in Philadelphia | Opinion (



Rail service within reach amid the spending push | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel (

Biden Faces Questions At U.N. About His Commitment To Working With Allies : NPR

In A Blow To Democrats, Senate Official Blocks Immigration Reform In Budget Bill : NPR

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (

Joe Manchin Will Craft U.S. Climate Plan – The New York Times (

Jill Biden Is Chasing the President’s Most Elusive Campaign Promise: Unity – The New York Times (

Biden pitching global partnership after tough stretch with allies | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

House to try suspending cap on borrowing authority next week | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette