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

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

Pa. election audit Senate hearing: What to expect (

Democrats, GOP push back against partisan election audits (

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 –

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

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

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

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

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 |

RIZE, The Village of Reading receive $420,000 to reduce gun violence (

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

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

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 (

Pennsylvania lawmakers will reconvene early to deal with governor’s mask mandate (

Midstate parents push back against mask mandate with exemption request (

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 (

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

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 |

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 (

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

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 (

How to protect family members in nursing homes from COVID-19 (



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

Federal pandemic unemployment assistance ends for Pa. jobless workers (

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

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

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

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

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 (

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



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

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

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



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

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 (

Penn State University recognized by Campus Pride for LGBTQ friendliness (

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

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

Mask mandate: Hamburg School Board votes to require masks in schools (

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 |

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

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

Giordano: Teach the Tulsa massacre but stress our progress on race (

Neshaminy tackles ‘horrific’ pandemic-related learning loss as school begins (



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 (

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

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. –

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 (

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 (



PennDOT Moves to Suspend Prominent Construction Company From State Work (



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

Settling with the Sacklers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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


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 (

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 (

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 –


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 (

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 (

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

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

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


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 |

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

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 (

Lower Makefield to Hold Ceremonies to Remember 9/11 Losses – DV Journal (

Lancaster County kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with special proclamation (

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

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

Scranton firefighters receive grant for smoke detectors | Crime-Emergency |

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



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 |

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



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

County will open center to help Ida recovery | |

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

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

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

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

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



Democrats and Republicans divided as debt ceiling back up for vote (

Biden administration looks to tackle increased prices at grocery stores (

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

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

Democratic divisions in Congress jeopardize scope of Biden’s economic plan (

Police planning to reinstall Capitol fence ahead of rally | News |