Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wednesday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 4.28.21

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Spotlight PA: Anticipating ‘Partisan’ Impasse, Democrats Ask Commonwealth Court To Prepare To Draw PA Congressional Map

PA Cap-Star: ‘The First Of Many’: Democratic Redistricting Group Files Preemptive Lawsuit In PA Court

Inquirer: What To Watch As PA Loses A Congressional Seat: ‘The Stakes Are Really High’

Dept. Of State: Early In-Person Voting By Mail Underway In PA

TribLive: Mail-In Ballot Drop Box Locations Approved In Westmoreland

CitizensV: Mail-In Ballots In Mail To Luzerne County Voters This Week

PLS Reporter: Senate Advances Effort To Change How Lt. Governor Is Elected

AP: Lawmakers Push To Kill Off PA Regulations Suspended During Pandemic

AP: PA Senate OKs Bill To Halt Plan To Toll Bridges

TribLive: PA’s ‘Move Over’ Law Now In Effect For Motorists

Gov. Wolf: Praises President Biden For Raising Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors To $15

Inquirer: How A Steelers Owner Wrote Big Campaign Checks Days After $100 Million Investment From PA School Employees Pension Fund

Guest Essay: Why Are PA Republicans Keeping Us Stuck In Marijuana Prohibition?

PG: President Of PA Bar Assn. Resigns After Prostitution Arrest

CitizensV: Prostitute Tried To Extort President Of PA Bar Assn. With Sex Video

Inquirer: Feds: Ex-Bookkeeper For Delaware River Waterfront Agency Stole $2.6 Million To Fund Her Gambling, Vacations

WBTimes: Luzerne Community College: No Tuition, Fee Increases

TribLive Editorial: Community Colleges Took At Hit, But Are Well Placed To Rebound

TribLive: California, Clarion, Edinboro State Universities Could Be Renamed Under Plan

PG: Nearly $500 Million In Debt Could Saddle Plans To Rescue State-Owned Universities

Jan Murphy: Proposed State-Owned University Consolidation Plan Could Result In 871 Job Cuts

PG: AIU, CMU Receive $475,000 Grant To Enhance Computer Science Instruction In PA

PG: Pittsburgh Police: 2020 Was ‘Challenging’ As Crime Report Reveals Spike In Homicides

Inquirer: How State Police Us Sweating, Stuttering During Traffic Stops To Launch Vehicle Searches

PG: Jury Selection Begins Again In Allegheny County

YorkDR: Why Are People Battling Over Buying Homes In PA?  There Aren’t Enough

Inquirer: Homes In Black Philly Neighborhoods Valued Less Than Similar Homes In White Areas

Inquirer: Philly ‘Eds And Meds’ Boards Slowly Bringing On More Women

TribLive: ATI Changes Contract Proposal Following Expiration Of Offer To Steelworkers

PG: PNC Unveils $88 Billion Community Benefits Plan

MCall: Rockefeller Group Sells Lehigh Valley Warehouse For $201.5 Million, Local Record

PG: Pittsburgh’s Unemployment Remained At 7.5% In March

TribLive: Pittsburgh Region Jobs Rise In March, Still Behind 1 Year Ago

MCall: Lehigh Valley Unemployment Decreases Slightly To 7.4%

ScrantonT: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Unemployment Rate Steady At 8.8%

TribLive: Pittsburgh Seeking Authority To Set Lower Speed Limits

Biden Infrastructure Plan

TODAY WITF Smart Talk 9:00 a.m.: PA’s Infrastructure In Need Of An Upgrade?  How Will Biden’s Plan Impact PA?


PA Cap-Star: Never-Trump Group Gives PA Republican Congressmen Mostly Fs

PG: Cong. Doyle Requests $21 Million For 4 Pittsburgh Transportation Projects

The Guardian: White House Announces Sweeping $1.8 Trillion Plan For Childcare, Universal  Preschool

Inquirer: Biden Coming To Philly To Celebrate Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

ScrantonT Editorial: Extend Census Deadlines

Civil Justice

TribLive: Allegheny County Council Creates Police Review Board

PG: Allegheny County Council Passes Police Review Board Legislation

PG: Pittsburgh Mayor Aims To Fill Gap In State Hate Crimes Law With Bill To Protect Sexual Orientation

TribLive: AG Shapiro Condemns Westmoreland County Police Officer’s Conduct

WESA: PA Supreme Court To Hear Arguments About Police Use Of Force

Column: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On 2nd Amendment Could Lead To More Deaths Of Black People

CentreDT: Penn State President Offers Support To Black Faculty Who Reported Possible Hate Crime

Charles Thompson: Republican Candidate For Harrisburg Mayor Denounces Gays On Social Media, Awaits Trial In Child Abuse Case

TribLive: Westmoreland Casino Restaurant Owners Deny Discrimination Allegations

AP: Pandemic Gives Rise To Antisemitic ‘Zoom Bombing,’ Including Incidents In PA

PA's Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

PG: Federal Judge Hears Argument For Release Of State College Man Charged With Crimes During Assault On U.S. Capitol

USA Today: ‘Pre-Meditated Violence At Point-Blank’ Range: 2 Capitol Assault Suspects Charged In Officer Sicknick Assault [State College Man]

The Guardian: The Republicans’ Staggering Effort To Attack Voting Rights In Biden’s First 100 Days

The Atlantic: Republican Party Is Becoming   More, Not Less Radicalized


Dept. Of Health: Reports 57 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 3,686 New Cases-- 4.28.21

Dept. Of Health: Reports 84 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 3,333 New Cases-- 4.27.21 [From App]

TribLive: COVID Hospitalizations Down More Than 15% From Last Week

PG: Doctors Say COVID Variants, Vaccine Hesitancy Causing Rise In Younger Western PA COVID Patients

ScrantonT: State Health Official Says 3rd COVID Wave Still A Threat

PennLive: Blacks, Latinos In PA More Likely To End Up In Hospital Due To COVID

Dept. Of Health: Updates Mask Guidance For Vaccinated People Following CDC Guidance

TribLive: Western PA Health Experts: Relaxed Mask Rules ‘Long Overdue’ For Vaccinated People

MCall: PA Lawmakers, Businesses Frustrated As NJ Loosens COVID Restrictions On Verge Of Wedding Season

WHYY: Philadelphia Eases Restrictions On Restaurants, Indoor Events Next Week

PA Cap-Star: Dept. Of Health Rolls Out Expanded Vaccine Demographic Data

ErieT: Erie COVID Vaccine Providers Order Fewer Doses Due To Less Demand

LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Vaccination Center Closing A Month Earlier Than Planned

Courier: Bucks County Vaccine Clinics To Accept Walk-Ins

YorkDR: Same-Day COVID Vaccine Appointment In Central PA Starting Friday

AltoonaM: COVID Uptick Renews Vaccination Call

Inquirer: People With Intellectual Disabilities Are Helping Providers Improve The Vaccination Experience

WilliamsportS Editorial: Vaccines Should Be Given To Everyone, Regardless Of Status, Scratching Our Heads Over Bill Introduced By PA Republican Congressmen

WLVR: PA Has No Clear Plan To Vaccinate Inmates In County Jails, And Is Not Providing Vaccine

WITF: Nonprofits Pick Up Slack In Vaccinating Communities Of Color

TribLive: UPMC Encouraged By Study Of Pregnant Women Receiving COVID Vaccine

Inquirer: Time To Say Goodbye To Some Insurers’ Waivers For COVID Treatment Fees

Gov. Wolf: Recognizes 9 State Employees For COVID Data Reporting, Technology Support

Dept. Of State: COVID-Related License Enforcement Actions April 18-15

TribLive: Allegheny County School District Honors Staffer, Other Partners In Fight Against COVID

ErieT: Erie High Closing For Week Due To COVID Cases

CitizensV: Pittston H.S. Suspends In-Person Classes, Pauses Athletics Due To COVID

WHYY: Parents Divided After COVID Outbreak At Montgomery County Elementary School

Inquirer: Philly’s Health Dept. Budget Shows COVID Is Here To Stay

LancasterOnline Editorial: U.S. Must Show International Leadership In Battling COVID

Federal COVID Aid

PG: SBA Begins Taking Applications For Restaurant Relief, Webinars Set For Wednesday

PG Editorial: Pittsburgh Transit Should Use Stimulus Money To Get More People Riding


NPR: West Virginia Will Pay Young People $100 To Get COVID Vaccination

AP: CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Do Not Need Masks Outdoors Unless They Are In Big Crowds With Strangers

MCall: COVID Forces Another Delay In Federal REAL ID Requirement For Air Travel

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