Philadephia Dem takes aim at GOP on voting | News, Sports, Jobs – Times Observer

Pennsylvania state Senate leader’s evolving stance on ‘forensic audit’ | Election | republicanherald.com

Pennsylvania Senate Panel Wants Citizens to Testify If They Witnessed Election Malfeasance – Tennessee Star

Top Pa. Senate Republican expects subpoenas will be necessary for election investigation | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Senate subcommittee looking for sworn testimony about election problems | Pennsylvania News | wfmz.com

REGAN: Fighting for Children and Parents – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Who wants to buy a prison? Pa. hopes to sell 20-acre Western Penitentiary site, warden’s house – pennlive.com

Pa. state senators propose tapping rescue plan money for environmental programs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Governor Wolf opens violence intervention and prevention grant opportunity | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Governor Wolf calls for more than half a billion dollars to combat climate change on Pa. farms (abc27.com)

Wolf, Chesapeake Guvs. want $737M to help farmers to fight climate change | Wednesday Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers will reconvene early to deal with governor’s mask mandate | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Lawsuit Filed Against PA Mask Mandate – WDAC

Pennsylvania school mask mandate already met with objectors, lawsuit in Commonwealth Court (abc27.com)

Parents, schools question legality of Pa. mask mandate | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

Montco residents visit PA Senate | Lifestyle | pottsmerc.com

Legislative Reapportionment Commission made right decision on how to count prison populations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A governor’s veto pen is the only thing standing between Pa. and Texas-style abortion laws | Opinion (inquirer.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

U.S. surpasses 40 million known coronavirus cases — more than the population of California | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 2k Pa. residents hospitalized as COVID cases climb, Health Department says | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

‘COVID is nasty’: Pa.’s case count way above 2020 mark, but high vaccination rate keeping deaths down locally | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

J&J shot study shows COVID-19 infections halved in health workers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Get Vaxxed or Get Tested mandate begins for more than 20,000 Pa. State workers (abc27.com)

DERSTINE: PA Freedom Coalition Takes a Stand with First Rally – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Fauci Pushes Back On DeSantis Comment That Vaccine Is Personal Choice : NPR

New Studies Find Evidence Of ‘Superhuman’ Immunity To COVID-19 In Some People : Goats and Soda : NPR

‘Vaccine passports are tyranny’: Readers react on whether we should require proof of vaccination for public gatherings – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Debilitating long COVID symptoms may qualify workers for ADA job accommodations | WITF

Idaho hospitals begin rationing health care amid COVID surge | News | tribdem.com



Loving Philadelphia means standing with unions | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Federal unemployment benefits end. Here are the pandemic assistance programs that can still help. (inquirer.com)

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet hosts nationwide hiring event to fill over 3,000 job openings (abc27.com)

Lancaster County prison grapples with staffing shortage brought on by pandemic (abc27.com)

Delta variant kept jobs gains slim in August | ABC27

Bala Cynwyd office market is shrinking and in flux – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Construction industry growth nationwide and in Pennsylvania held back by hiring challenges, AGC finds – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Big changes coming for the SBA’s EIDL program. Here’s what business owners can expect. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penn National looks to fill 375 jobs at Hollywood Casino Morgantown – Reading Eagle

Leaving college and stepping into a $90,000-a-year job? Some in the Class of 2020 did that, despite the pandemic | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Community hearing on Academy Park shooting moved to Friday – Delco Times

UPDATE: John Harris High School in Harrisburg to be virtual Wednesday due to shooting investigation (abc27.com)

PennDOT moves to bar company in theft case from state work | WITF

Scranton will seek to decriminalize fentanyl testing strips in city | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com



U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits Montgomery County Community College | News | pottsmerc.com

How Will America Recover From a Broken School Year? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

University of Pennsylvania names search committee to find next president – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Day one of Pa. school masking order: Many complied, some didn’t – pennlive.com

Anti-mask protests held at Hempfield, Penn-Trafford districts as Pennsylvania mandate takes effect | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Greater Johnstown’s Arcurio: Mask mandate has ‘gone really well’ | News | tribdem.com

Tensions flare as Lancaster County schools begin enforcing state mask order | Local News | lancasteronline.com

A service dog might save this student’s life, her lawyer says, but Pa. district won’t let her bring it to school – pennlive.com

Homeschooling helps Black families find refuge from more than COVID-19 (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Scranton students return to full in-person classes for first time in 18 months, cyber academy grows | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

New year, new rules include face masks as Hazleton Area returns to class | Education | standardspeaker.com

Oley Valley School District threatened over Pa. school mask mandate (readingeagle.com)

Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union finalize staff vaccine mandate | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Voting in Pennsylvania jails ‘needs improvement,’ advocates say in new report (inquirer.com)

Trump blasts GOP Sen. Pat Toomey | TheHill

Trump blasts fellow Republican Toomey as ‘a terrible representative’ after Toomey says Trump should not lead GOP ticket in ‘24 presidential race – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Sean Parnell’s protection from abuse orders called ‘disqualifying’ by Jeff Bartos in Pa. Senate race (inquirer.com)

Opinion | Quiz: If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

We must never forget that elected officials work for the people | Opinion | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Board argues Luzerne council, DA lack standing in election lawsuit | | standardspeaker.com



Biden sounds alarm on climate change in visit to hurricane-wracked New Jersey | WITF

Keys for the Keystone State to help tackle the climate crisis | Centre Daily Times

Energy storage is seen as crucial to meeting renewable energy goals | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Lou Barletta: RGGI is a job-killing boondoggle (broadandliberty.com)

How To Avoid Climate Change Jargon : NPR



PennDOT reopens Richlandtown Pike Culvert in Springfield Township | The Bucks County Herald

Why are I-90 bridges being hit in west Erie County and not the east? (goerie.com)

A new East Coast Maglev train project would butcher natural lands | Opinion (inquirer.com)



These diversity efforts could transform the future of health care at Penn | 5 Questions (inquirer.com)

Department of Health distributing potassium iodide tablets to residents near Salem Twp. power plant | News | standardspeaker.com


State News

States, including Pa., that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment checks now owe interest | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Andrea Constand writes of Cosby trial, #MeToo in new memoir – WHYY

The heroes in Pennsylvania helping save Afghan lives (broadandliberty.com)

Midstate Congressman Scott Perry asking for phone records to remain hidden in Jan 6 investigation (abc27.com)

9/11′s burden weighs heavily on tiny Shanksville, Pa.: ‘You knew pretty quickly we were caretakers’ – pennlive.com

Garden of Reflection prepares for 9/11 20th anniversary events (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Watch for mass movements of spotted lanternflies – pennlive.com

In Pa., assessing damage from Ida, county by county (inquirer.com)


National News

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that abortion is not a crime (abc27.com)

California Recall Vote Could Weaken the State’s Aggressive Climate Policies – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Covid-19 hot housing market may have peaked – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

The Paris Trial For The November 2015 ISIS Attacks Will Begin Wednesday : NPR

Britney Spears’ Father Files To End Her Conservatorship : NPR

Strong Quake Near Mexico’s Resort City Of Acapulco Kills At Least 1 : NPR

Hospital Can’t Be Forced To Give Ivermectin To COVID-19 Patient, Judge Rules : NPR

Inside The U.S. Processing Center Housing Thousands Of Airlifted Afghan Refugees : NPR

Statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee coming down in Virginia | News | tribdem.com

Social Security will run out of money in 12 years. Here are ways it can be fixed (inquirer.com)


Local News

Artist Bruce Becker unveils ‘Touch is Essential’ Sculpture Art Installation (berksweekly.com)

Another milestone for development of Coatesville train station – Daily Local

City Center has $70 million plan for downtown Easton: a mixed-use building with 274 apartments to replace aging parking garage – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Expect the inspector: Unlike Pittsburgh, the state’s No. 3 city examines every rental home — eventually | WITF

Erie’s ComiCon returns with Bobby Brady actor, games, cosplay, clinics (goerie.com)

Lancaster County to ask Lancaster Township for zoning change to accommodate new prison site | Local News | lancasteronline.com

At Covered Bridge Apartments in Perkasie, Ida’s floods were deja vu (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Electrician Ethan Matlack, 21, volunteers to help families restore home power in Downingtown during wake of Ida – Daily Local

Scranton City Council introduces 2022 capital budget, which includes potential flood control project funding | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Hazleton land bank acquires its first property | News | standardspeaker.com

Shenandoah block grant projects progress | | standardspeaker.com

Reading City Council agrees to release $3 million from COVID-19 rescue plan (readingeagle.com)

Teen rescued from beneath pipe in Murrysville | TribLIVE.com

Laurel Run wall reconstruction a priority for Wilkes-Barre | Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown updates Council on anniversary plans and storm damage | Times Leader



As shootings increase, Pittsburgh proposes $9 million for four-year gun violence intervention program | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Decade in peril? Pittsburgh condemns as unsafe building that once housed Oakland’s iconic rock club | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh isn’t an early adopter of AI but is among ‘fortunate few’ to get involved, Brookings report finds | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Portrait project in Downtown Pittsburgh brings awareness to the immigrant experience | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

URA board set to advance plans for New Granada Theater block in the Hill District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council to consider traffic rules for electric scooters, which have generated hundreds of complaints | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



SEPTA looks to rename Philadelphia subway, trolley lines as ‘Metro’ – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Philadelphia City Council to continue online meetings as Delta variant of coronavirus spreads (inquirer.com)



President Biden takes tour of damage left by Ida in NJ and NY | ABC27

Biden Asks Congress For $30 Billion To Help Disaster Relief And Afghan Evacuees : NPR