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Legislature

Most prisoners can’t vote, but they’re still counted in voting districts – WHYY

‘Deranged logic’ of Pa. Senate’s election ‘audit’ puts 9 million voters in jeopardy | Opinion (inquirer.com)

State Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested for violating protection from abuse order | WITF

Philly Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle arrested | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Philly lawmaker will sue to block release of personal info in GOP probe | Monday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. county officials say bipartisan election reform bill is a step toward ‘badly-needed relief’ | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Medical marijuana patients in Pa. risk arrest for DUI when they get behind the wheel – pennlive.com

From voter ID to charter school reform, here’s what to watch this week | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Know A Dementia Care Crisis Is Coming. Will They Agree On A Response? | 90.5 WESA

All eyes turn to Pennsylvania after Ariz.’s ‘audit’ affirmed Biden’s presidential victory | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Who’s eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster? – WHYY

Pa. ‘prepared’ to meet demand for COVID-19 vaccine boosters – WHYY

Rural hospitals worry some staff will quit because of Biden’s new vaccine mandate – WHYY

Philadelphia and Pa. COVID vaccine mandates: Most employees haven’t shown proof (inquirer.com)

Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying | Analysis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

When COVID deaths are stigmatized or dismissed, grief quickly mixes with shame and anger – pennlive.com

‘Who is going to get a ventilator, who is going to get an ICU bed?’: CDC director warns COVID could force tough decisions in some states – pennlive.com

Pfizer ‘days’ away from big step toward kids’ vaccine | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Restaurant hosts on front lines of COVID-19 wars | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania nurse dies of COVID, wanted people to get vaccinated – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Business/Jobs

Ex-offenders get a second look in a tight U.S. labor market, and it could be the start of a trend – pennlive.com

Southwestern Pennsylvania Businesses Split On Whether To Return To Office, Require Vaccines | 90.5 WESA

IRS would track all bank transactions over $600 under Biden plan; Businesses revolt | National | thecentersquare.com

Crime/Punishment

Passenger chokes flight attendant during violent incident on flight – WHYY

Stepping up an interstate effort to curb ‘ghost’ guns | Opinion (inquirer.com)

A survey of Pennsylvania counties reviewed county efforts to reduce jail populations. Here’s how the Lehigh Valley did. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Education

Mitchell Elementary students had no food last week, symbolic of larger problems in the Philadelphia School District (inquirer.com)

Half Of City School Buildings Are Overdue For Fire Inspections | 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania school boards, including Hempfield, consider joining mask mandate lawsuits | TribLIVE.com

Point Park University: ‘Action’ to be taken for misgendering other students | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania leaves schools in the lurch on enforcement of masking, quarantine policies, educators say | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Families of color bear the weight of alleged racism in Daniel Boone schools | Local News | pottsmerc.com

At least 1,000 Bucks families request mask exemption in weeks after mandate begins (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Elections/Politics

How Delaware County Democrat Deb Ciamacca is trying to break the political divide: listening to Republicans (inquirer.com)

It’s time to de-emphasize the ‘registration’ in voter registration efforts | Opinion (inquirer.com)

Trump blasts Gov. Brian Kemp, repeats ‘corrupt election’ claims during Georgia rally | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luzerne County continuing inactive voter registration purge | Times Leader

Bucks, Montgomery County Voters Guide is now live (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Environment

How a California climate program lets companies keep polluting (inquirer.com)

Sam is now a major hurricane but isn’t likely to hit land | WITF

Here’s how to turbocharge an inclusive clean energy revolution | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

More tropical storms have made a U.S. landfall the past 2 years. Is it a trend that will continue? – pennlive.com

Your Lawn Is An ‘Ecological Deadzone.’ The Case For Replacing It With Native Plants | 90.5 WESA

Infrastructure

Utilities need to think differently to avoid long power outages after disasters | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why Pa. Turnpike tolls soared — and will continue rising for next 30 years | TribLIVE.com

How much power does it take to move your data? A N. Fayette center has enough for thousands of space heaters | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health

In cities, the highest amputation rates are associated with poverty and being Black, a new study shows – WHYY

New York State vaccine mandate for hospitals may hamper healthcare access for some Pennsylvanians | WITF

Philly-based research consortium gets $29M federal grant to search for a cure for HIV | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Will doctors spreading disinformation be sanctioned? If so, it’s a ‘long, slow process’ – pennlive.com

State News

Report: SEC seeks info on possible gifts to Pa. pension’s staff – WHYY

Embattled Pa. teacher pension fund subpoenaed by SEC over ‘compensation and gifts’ to staff | WITF

Ag. partnership with DoorDash delivers meals to Pa. seniors | Five for the Weekend | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why doesn’t Pa. support equal pay for equal work for disability support workers? | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

National News

More Americans couldn’t get enough to eat in 2020. The middle class was hit hardest | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

At least three dead after an Amtrak train derails in a remote section of Montana – pennlive.com

Texas border crossing where migrants made camp to reopen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local News

Pedestrian struck, killed in Harrisburg crash – pennlive.com

Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center still preserving heritage, educating public after more than 40 years | TribLIVE.com

Kennametal exec named to Women Manufacturing Hall of Fame | TribLIVE.com

An O’Hara couple gives the Monarch butterfly the royal treatment | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Advocates gather in Central Park to celebrate recovery from addiction | News | tribdem.com

Suicide victims remembered at Wilkes ceremony | Times Leader

Hazle Township gastroenterologist named to PA Top Docs | Times Leader

Reading Downtown revitalization planned previewed by Berks County leaders (readingeagle.com)

Fundraising campaigns created in wake of Ida to help Montgomery County flood, tornado victims | News | pottsmerc.com

Pitt

Alle.Co. Port Authority nabs $216M COVID grant; will use money to recover from pandemic losses | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Trade Institute Of Pittsburgh Opens Workforce Housing For Students | 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Pilots New Smart Loading Zones To Ease Congestion And Air Pollution From Delivery Vehicles | 90.5 WESA

Young People Take To The Streets Of Pittsburgh, Demanding Climate Action | 90.5 WESA

Ask Me About… Luring more people to Downtown and what’s happening with Light-Up Night | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly

Philly City Council bills target illegal auto work – WHYY

Philly surpasses 400 people murdered in 2021 – WHYY

In Philadelphia, gun violence a more serious threat than COVID-19 for some (inquirer.com)

Fred Way, a leading addiction recovery reformer in Philly, was on the payroll of a rehab center that’s now charged with crimes (inquirer.com)

Philly City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Washington

Threats against members of Congress are skyrocketing, leading one to say: ‘I just don’t feel safe anymore’ – pennlive.com

3 Supreme Court justices offer similar sentiments in recent weeks: We are not ‘junior league politicians’ – pennlive.com

Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Casey bill would establish federal advisory group to prevent senior scams | Times Leader