Pennsylvania Republicans Launch Election Audit, Solicit Testimony on ‘Improprieties’ | U.S. News® | US News

Many in Chester County support school mask mandate – Daily Local

Senator Santarsiero Reacts to K-12 Mask Mandate – MyChesCo

PA. REPUBLICAN state senator criticizes new mask mandate for schools (wgal.com)

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

Pennsylvania battle over masks in schools heads to Legislature – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. lawmakers visit NIZ in downtown Allentown | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Gene Yaw (via Public) / IRRC Approves Governor’s Carbon Tax Regulation (publicnow.com)

PA Environment Digest Blog: How Did We Get Here: Background On The Final EQB Regulation Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI] (paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com)

Pennsylvania legislators mount defense against carbon price regulation | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Critics Bemoan Vote to Put PA in Cap-And-Trade RGGI Energy Plan – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records | BCTV

Pennsylvania labor officials tout $4 million in grants to support economic recovery | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

State sees ‘room for improvement’ with public records compliance | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Gov. Wolf responds to Texas abortion ban, calling it ‘harmful’ and ‘anti-choice’ (abc27.com)

Chris Comisac: Gov. Wolf has worn out his welcome (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. House hearing explores state’s worker shortage | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

‘Tasteless’: Pa. GOP lawmaker faces backlash after comparing COVID vaccinations to sexual assault | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

O’Mara asks PUC to reject Aqua rate increase – Delco Times


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Unvaccinated people, sick with COVID-19, flood midstate hospitals as delta variant surges | WITF

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Case rate 5 times higher than a year ago as 4,816 cases added; 90 deaths reported – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

St. Luke’s, Good Shepherd, others report success with COVID-19 vaccine mandates – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Yes, I am willing to lose my job’: 2 local doctors choose not to get vaccinated even as area hospitals require it | Around the Web – Pennsylvania | mainlinemedianews.com

Conemaugh applauds ‘resurgence in interest in the vaccine,’ state adds nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases | Coronavirus | tribdem.com



‘In the meantime, what do we do?’: Pittsburgh-area workers prepare for the end of federal unemployment benefits programs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Millions to lose jobless aid as claims fall to pandemic low | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hiring might have slowed in August in face of delta variant – Daily Local

The August jobs report is coming. Here’s what to expect. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Federal unemployment benefits to end on Saturday (abc27.com)

The Work-From-Home Economy and the Urban Job Outlook – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Cold-storage sales set a new record last year. What’s propelling the sector and where are the opportunities? – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Mack Trucks to soon start producing electric garbage truck at Lehigh Valley facility: ‘This truck is the future for the plant’ – The Morning Call (mcall.com)



Delco D.A. Fears Officers Shot 8-Year-Old in Sharon Hill – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Ex-Fayette law clerk who is facing felony counts has been improperly representing accused Capitol rioters, federal prosecutors say | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Controversial Allegheny County Jail contractor has criminal history, served time in U.K. | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

C-SAU: York County Prison contractor dodges questions about military (ydr.com)



SANDS: Reimagining Education for ALL Students in Pennsylvania – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Amid Ethics Controversy, Critic Questions Superintendent Contract | 90.5 WESA

Brigette Herbst: School uncertainty erodes the trust of our most vulnerable students (broadandliberty.com)

Pa. school mask mandate may not calm the storm in some suburban Philly districts (inquirer.com)

District schools closed Friday, students to participate in virtual learning | Local News | phillytrib.com

Illinois Schools Allowing Students 5 Mental Health Days From School : Back To School: Live Updates : NPR



Dems New Election Law Could Stop PA From Enacting Voter ID, Other Reforms – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

GOP Senate Hopefuls Call on Biden to Resign Over Afghanistan Attack | PoliticsPA

Candidate for Northampton County executive responds to backlash following viral video | Lehigh Valley Regional News | wfmz.com

Two PA Senate candidates campaign in Somerset Co. | WJAC (wjactv.com)

Readers React: Why are Pa. politicians listening to Trump? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Trump endorses Parnell for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Capital-Star Q+A: Pennsylvania is sick and needs a doctor, says GOP Gov. candidate Nche Zama | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Senate hopefuls who want to rein in big tech have major stock holdings | Friday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Threats against nurses, school boards rage on as mainstream GOP stands by | Jay S. Bookman | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Republican who ran against Brenton Davis endorses Tyler Titus (goerie.com)



Overlapping Disasters Expose Harsh Climate Reality: The U.S. Is Not Ready – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Reducing methane not enough, we need to carbon-neutral energy now (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



U.S. hospitals hit with nurse staffing crisis amid COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scoring Pennsylvania’s response to the growing Alzheimer’s and dementia crisis · Spotlight PA


State News

Wolf on storm damage: ‘We have a long road ahead of us’ – Daily Local

Wolf issues disaster emergency for Bucks County after tornadoes, flood (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

PennDOT engineers to inspect 90 bridges in Midstate as floodwater recedes (abc27.com)

Rainfall estimates from the remnants of Ida around the Midstate (abc27.com)

Pa. Supreme Court ends former Cal U football player’s quest to get damages from NCAA for crippling brain injuries | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After reversing a statewide overhaul, Pa. is returning WIC program from Temple to N. Philadelphia agency (inquirer.com)

Cartwright touts need for child care, early learning in Plains Twp. visit | Times Leader

Cleanup begins after record rain storm | Times Leader


National News

Ida’s toll grows with deaths of nursing home residents | ABC27

The Northeast And Mid Atlantic Begin Clean Up After Historic Flooding : NPR

FEMA changes policy that kept thousands of Black families from receiving disaster aid | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why New York Couldn’t Be Protected From Hurricane Ida – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

The Supreme Court Heads Toward Reversing Abortion Rights : NPR

National Rifle Association Cancels Annual Convention Due To COVID Concerns : NPR

Former Prosecutor Faces Misconduct Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Case : NPR

GM, Ford halt some production as chip shortage worsens | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Spiking highway deaths across nation prompt increased enforcement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. weighs quota system in bid to end EU steel-tariff feud | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appeals ruling on masks in schools | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ABBA will release first studio album in 40 years on Nov. 5 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Local News

Free haircuts to start the school year | The Chestnut Hill Local

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele to lead statewide D.A. group | Regional | montgomerynews.com

Residents urged to get Chester County Library card – Daily Local

Toohil’s Senior Citizens Expo to return Sept. 16 | Times Leader

Our View: Nature reminds us that infrastructure matters | Times Leader

Evacuation orders issued for areas around Solomon Creek in W-B | News | citizensvoice.com

Rain deluge collapses roads but flood measures save homes | News | citizensvoice.com

Northeast Pa. drying out after Ida flooding | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Pennsylvania American Water closes walking trail at Lake Scranton | News | thetimes-tribune.com

In Ida’s aftermath, families cope and worry while living along Nescopeck Creek | News | standardspeaker.com

Floodwaters persist in Drums, Nuremberg areas; power out for hundreds locally | News | standardspeaker.com

Ida, Day 2: Some evacuees return to their apartments in Wyomissing (readingeagle.com)

Berks County: Doe licenses accepted by mail only (readingeagle.com)

Storm devastates Chester County; damage extensive in Oxford – Reading Eagle

Da Vinci secures NIZ funding for $65 million downtown Allentown science center that could lure 400,000 annual visitors – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

A day after Ida swamped Lehigh Valley, residents clean up – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

‘Never Forget Walk,’ honoring Sept. 11 first responders, to stop in Lehigh Valley, and other commemmorations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Bucks County lost 18 on Sept. 11. Two decades later, a memorial in their honor offers solace | WITF

Central PA begins flood cleanup caused by Ida, roads still closed (ydr.com)

Mayors: Misinformation was ‘biggest problem’ for flood response in South Fork, Summerhill | News | tribdem.com

Neshaminy Creek in Bucks: Home elevation, demolition saves properties (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Four dead in Bucks, Montgomery counties after Ida’s floods, storms (buckscountycouriertimes.com)



Experimental program will provide $500 per month to 200 Pittsburgh residents | TribLIVE.com

Mayor fights rising fentanyl deaths in Pittsburgh by allowing test strips | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s council, school board districts to be redrawn using 2020 census figures | TribLIVE.com

Despite Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Pittsburghers Work To Get More Afghans Out And Resettled Locally – CBS Pittsburgh (cbslocal.com)

U.S. accuses UPMC surgeon, physicians group of false billing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This Squirrel Hill kosher store offers free food and groceries, ‘no questions asked’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh could pave 120 more streets than initially planned | TribLIVE.com

How Pittsburghers can help Afghan refugees arriving in the community | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



Flights bring Afghanistan evacuees to Philly accelerate, doubling number of new arrivals (inquirer.com)

West Philadelphia Boys and Girls Club’s valuable lessons during pandemic – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (philasun.com)

Bye-bye, bidding wars? Philadelphia home sellers dropping prices as new listings increase, report says – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Ida path to Philadelphia brings death toll, flooding, tornadoes, damage, road closures to Pa. and N.J. (inquirer.com)

Ida’s remnants lead to historic flooding; shelter-in-place as Schuylkill River expected to rise to ‘major flood stage’ | Local News | phillytrib.com

Park Towne Place apartment complex evacuated after severe flooding – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

After Ida, Philadelphia and Montco assess damages to business, residences in preparation for aid requests – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Are online sheriff’s sales really letting more out-of-towners buy Philly properties? (inquirer.com)

‘I’m tired of seeing kids dying’: A community says goodbye to Simone-Monea Rogers, a 15-year-old fatally shot (inquirer.com)



US lawmakers look back and reflect on 9/11 attack | ABC27

Albert Eisenberg: There are fair compromises on LGBT protections — but the “Equality Act” falls short (broadandliberty.com)

Biden blasts high court failure to block Texas abortion curb – Daily Local

Manchin Wants Democrats To Hit Pause On The $3.5 Trillion Budget : NPR

Democrats promote Liz Cheney to vice chairwoman of Jan. 6 panel | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brendan Boyle eyes Northern Ireland diplomat job, sources say (inquirer.com)

FDA officials resign due to frustration with Biden administration pushing booster shots – pennlive.com