Democrats, GOP lawmakers in Pa., elsewhere push back against partisan election reviews | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pennsylvania Republicans kick-start 2020 election review with hearing | Nasdaq

Pa. election audit Senate hearing: What to expect (goerie.com)

Democrats, GOP push back against partisan election audits (tucsonsentinel.com)

Pennsylvania GOP senators, accept reality, move on | New Pittsburgh Courier

Imagine what we’ll hear when regular folks tell the Pa. Senate their stories of voter fraud | John Baer – pennlive.com

Wolf stumps for school mask mandate in Norristown visit, downplays critics – WHYY

Gov. Wolf makes case for mask mandate in visit to Norristown | Regional | montgomerynews.com

Gov. Wolf, teachers say kids are cool with masks: ‘It feels like an adult problem’ | TribLIVE.com

Flooding Relief Money Stuck In State Senate As Manayunk Businesses Struggle To Clean Up – CBS Philly (cbslocal.com)

The Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy section gets big economic boost for the future – 6abc Philadelphia

Groups awarded money to combat gun violence in Berks | Berks Regional News | wfmz.com

RIZE, The Village of Reading receive $420,000 to reduce gun violence (readingeagle.com)

Pennsylvania among states pushing feds to fund anti-climate change efforts in ag sector | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Here’s what Pa. lawmakers aren’t coming back early to fix | Thursday Morning Coffee | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa.’s GOP-controlled legislature to mount challenges to Wolf admin’s school mask mandate | WITF

Jake Corman joins parents suing over state’s school mask mandate | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Pennsylvania lawmakers will reconvene early to deal with governor’s mask mandate (broadandliberty.com)

Midstate parents push back against mask mandate with exemption request (abc27.com)

Pa. clergy abuse victim expects death before reform · Spotlight PA

Publisher to reissue Pa. senator Doug Mastriano’s WWI book with corrections | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Midstate health experts say pandemic uncertainty, disagreements create trauma (abc27.com)

Pa. adds more COVID hospitalizations, more than 500 in intensive care units | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Department of Health says mu variant not yet found in state | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Employers can require a COVID vaccine, but many still don’t – Daily Local

Allegheny County and state COVID-19 cases keep rising; some schools see outbreaks | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health director: Children 12 and under made up 12% of Allegheny County’s covid cases last month | TribLIVE.com

UPMC sees modest increase in COVID-19 cases among children, warns risk is higher than ‘any other time’ | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philadelphia, Pa. COVID-19 cases level off as officials brace for fall delta uptick (inquirer.com)

UPMC study: Monoclonal antibody treatment reduces covid-19 hospitalization, death | TribLIVE.com

With COVID-19 delta variant raging, UPMC seeks people in Pa. for monoclonal antibody study | WITF

LVHN, St. Luke’s report increased COVID-19 hospitalizations – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

How to protect family members in nursing homes from COVID-19 (poconorecord.com)



Skilled Workers Are Scarce, Posing a Challenge for Biden’s Infrastructure Plan – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Federal pandemic unemployment assistance ends for Pa. jobless workers (inquirer.com)

NEWTON: How Can Oil and Gas Prepare for a Low-Carbon Future? – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Imperium Capital enters Philadelphia real estate market, pays $3.5M for industrial property – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Business travel’s rebound will be delayed until 2022 due to cuts to budgets and amenities – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Vaccine hesitancy disproportionately high in construction industry. How that’s affected general contractors’ bottom line. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

New California Bill Passes: Amazon Warehouse Workers Can Get Some Power : NPR

Saving Social Security and Medicare means we need a fairer, more robust payroll tax | Ray E. Landis | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

For Black businesses to succeed, we need to ‘Do for Self’ first | Michael Coard | Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



Charles Roca confirmed as new Allentown police chief in unanimous City Council vote, is 1st Latino to lead department – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Scavo pleads guilty to Capitol riot role, faces six months in prison | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Federal agents track down fourth NEPA suspect in Jan. 6 Capitol riot | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com



Men Fall Behind in College Enrollment. Women Still Play Catch-Up at Work. – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

State colleges including Clemson University, University of Georgia and University of Alabama are each reaping millions from corporate sports partners. We follow the dollars. – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Penn State University recognized by Campus Pride for LGBTQ friendliness (inquirer.com)

Pa. school districts, companies are struggling to recruit bus drivers. Why is there a shortage? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Two Mahanoy Area bus routes temporarily halted due to driver shortage | Education | standardspeaker.com

Mask mandate: Hamburg School Board votes to require masks in schools (readingeagle.com)

What is critical race theory? Here’s a look behind the protests and how racial issues are taught in Pa. | WITF

Lancaster County DA won’t prosecute schools that violate state mask order | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Two Lancaster County school districts add grace periods for students attending without masks | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Conemaugh Valley has about 100 students, staff in quarantine due to 10 positive cases, contact tracing | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Giordano: Teach the Tulsa massacre but stress our progress on race (theintell.com)

Neshaminy tackles ‘horrific’ pandemic-related learning loss as school begins (theintell.com)



Many of Pa.’s GOP gubernatorial hopefuls see a blueprint in Texas abortion law | WITF

Republican-led states in southeast pass sweeping voting laws | ABC27

‘Horrific lies’ splinter Pennsylvania Republicans after Trump endorsed in key Senate race: report – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism

US Senate race in Pennsylvania takes personal turn – Daily Local

Lou Barletta’s seeking a political comeback as Pennsylvania governor | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

Barletta marched in Philly’s Labor Day parade as he courts union workers | Election | standardspeaker.com

Toomey Calls on Republicans Not to Nominate Trump in 2024 | PoliticsPA

Lorgus runs for West Chester mayor – Daily Local

Harrisburg mayor lost the primary, but will make a decision on a write-in campaign | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Luzerne County’s four new ballot drop boxes set to arrive this month | Times Leader



Majority of voters want fracking in Pennsylvania to end, says poll | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Report: Solar could power 40% of U.S. electricity by 2035 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Joe Biden wants solar power to provide nearly half United States’ electricity by 2050 (inquirer.com)



PennDOT Moves to Suspend Prominent Construction Company From State Work (abc27.com)



Pennsylvania takes no action on rule-breaking treatment centers as drug crisis heads toward ‘record-breaking’ year – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Settling with the Sacklers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn scientists win $3 million Breakthrough Prize for RNA research that enabled COVID-19 vaccines (inquirer.com)


State News

Biden asked to declare disaster in Pennsylvania due to storm | Times Leader

Gov. Tom Wolf wants a federal disaster declaration for Bucks, Montgomery, other counties to help pay for $117 million in damage caused by Tropical Depression Ida – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Toomey visits Bear Creek Community Charter | Times Leader

Rothman highlights Philadelphia for 250th celebration site | The Bucks County Herald

House panel probing U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly for possible ethics violation (goerie.com)

Presidential visits will mark 20th anniversary Saturday at Flight 93 Memorial | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. family gets $8.5M settlement in death of asthmatic prison inmate doused with pepper spray – pennlive.com


National News

FDA Set To Decide On The Future Of The Vaping Industry : NPR

Fallout over Texas abortion ban continues | ABC27

Inside Missouri’s ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ Fight – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Pentagon Chief Warns Al-Qaida May Seek Comeback in Afghanistan : NPR

Judge: Florida Can’t Enforce Its Ban On School Mask Mandates During An Appeal : NPR

USDA report shows hunger rose among families, and households of color (inquirer.com)

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen: U.S. might hit debt limit in October (inquirer.com)

France to offer free birth control to all women up to 25 | News | tribdem.com

Black people are about to be swept aside for a South Carolina freeway – again | Across America | phillytrib.com


Local News

‘It’s truly a blessing today:’ LaRosa Youth Club reopens in McKeesport – The Mon Valley Independent

Multi-Agency Resource Center now open to serve residents affected by Ida | Regional | montgomerynews.com

MARC now open to serve residents affected by Ida | Local-news | thereporteronline.com

Coatesville City manager urges residents to seek support as community recovery from Ida remains ‘fluid’ – Daily Local

Many victims of Ida in Chester County take advantage of multi-agency assistance – Daily Local

9/11 defined generation for millennials – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Lower Makefield to Hold Ceremonies to Remember 9/11 Losses – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lancaster County kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with special proclamation (abc27.com)

Montco D.A. Kevin Steele New President of State District Attorneys Association – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Lessons learned in 2011 flood still helping today; “people came together” | News | citizensvoice.com

Scranton firefighters receive grant for smoke detectors | Crime-Emergency | thetimes-tribune.com

Federal courthouse building in Harrisburg is for sale, with bids starting at $3 million – pennlive.com



Pittsburgh City Council in support of $500 monthly payments to low-income residents | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bridge to the future? $66.6 million Uptown development seen as neighborhood catalyst | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Unfortunate but necessary’: Anthony Hamlet to resign as Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent resigns amid ethics controversy, transportation fallout | WITF

U.S.-EU trade and tech council to meet in Pittsburgh this month | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

TV Talk: WPXI ends its annual holiday parade tradition | TribLIVE.com

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary by Illuminating Six City Parks | Sponsored | Sponsored Content | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



How Philadelphia adapts to our growing pains will be the story of the next decade | Editorial (inquirer.com)

County will open center to help Ida recovery | | phillytrib.com

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awards $10.2M to Philadelphia arts organizations, artists – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Fully restoring Schuylkill River Trail in Philly post-Ida could take months | Local News | phillytrib.com

A festival aims to offer a safe space to decompress from Philly’s violence | Local News | phillytrib.com

Delta pushed most Philly-area school districts to keep virtual option; a few fear slippery slope | Local News | phillytrib.com

AAMP names Dr. Ashley Jordan as President and CEO | Local News | phillytrib.com



Democrats and Republicans divided as debt ceiling back up for vote (abc27.com)

Biden administration looks to tackle increased prices at grocery stores (abc27.com)

House Panels Start Writing $3.5 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Proponents of Post-Trump Curbs on Executive Power Prepare New Push – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Democratic divisions in Congress jeopardize scope of Biden’s economic plan (inquirer.com)

Police planning to reinstall Capitol fence ahead of rally | News | phillytrib.com