The $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Is In. Next Up: Amendments And Votes

Updated August 2, 2021 at 10:49 AM ET The Senate is poised to begin voting on a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package this week following a rare weekend session, culminating days and weeks of wrenching negotiations among a group of bipartisan lawmakers and President Biden. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which totals 2,702 pages , is part of what Democrats say is a two-track system to pass a bipartisan measure while also taking up a more ambitious spending bill...

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At first glance, “When You Wonder, You’re Learning” by Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski is a standard text on family-based conflict management and resolution. But upon reading the first page, you’ll realize that this book is also a letter of appreciation to Fred Rogers and the Neighborhood he built through a television screen.

I grew up with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I was an inconsistent viewer, but a Neighbor all the same. Reading this book, I was struck by how intentional Rogers was in making sure viewers felt safe enough to learn, to feel, and to fail.

Pa. Supreme Court Deals Blow To Outdated Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Jul 21, 2021
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court has dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse who are trying to revive their otherwise outdated claims.

The court on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit by a woman whose earlier legal victory had given hope to other victims who sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented decades of child molestation within the Catholic church in Pennsylvania.

Students outside of State College Area High School on Jan. 8, 2018.
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Starting this fall, students and staff in the State College Area School District who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will not have to wear masks inside, while those who have not been vaccinated will, under a plan approved by the school board Monday night.


The 7-2 vote followed a lengthy discussion by the board and a contentious public comment period, with some parents booing during the meeting. Other parents spoke in support of the board, with some asking the district to go further and require everyone to wear a mask.


Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race: What we know so far

Jul 20, 2021
The race is on in Pennsylvania for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's open seat, with a large field of interested candidates and lots of money in the mix.
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U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bartos visited Penn State’s Berkey Creamery Monday as part of his 12-day tour around Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

With a scoop of mint chocolate-chip ice cream in hand, Bartos took a moment to rest during his sixth pitstop of the day. He says that’s easy to do when you’re out in central Pennsylvania.

“What stands out more than anything is the beauty of the region, obviously the amazing history and the great people,” said Bartos, a Berks County native. “It’s kind of quintessentially ‘Pennsylvania.’”

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing. 


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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on July 17, 2021 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Golden Gate Quartet, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Hazmat Modine, Devil In A Woodpile, The Black Keys, Leo Kottke, North Mississippi Allstars, Ray Charles, David Bromberg, and more.

In the second hour, hear Etta James, Paul Geremia, Izzy & Chris, Elizabeth Cotten, Paul Simon, Catfish Keith, John Cephas, J.J. Cale, Greg Brown, John Long, Tom Hanway & Vassar Clements, and more.  

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show (from home edition) as broadcast on July 16, 2021, and hosted by Greg Petersen. This show features jazz singers. 

In the first hour, hear Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, Jon Hendricks, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Lady Gaga, Louis Armstrong, Maceo Parker, John Pizzarelli, Michael Bublé with Nellie Frutato, The Mills Brothers, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, and more.

Scott Weidensaul holding a snowy owl
Chris DeSorbo

Scott Weidensaul is a naturalist and writer, the author of about 30 books, including one out in March of this year, “A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds.” In the book, Weidensaul takes readers across the word to see the incredible feats of migrating birds. We learn that some birds travel thousands of miles at a time and many of them make those treks in the darkness of night. Weidensaul also writes about the added challenges birds are facing from loss of habitat and climate change.

Old Main

The Penn State Board of Trustees approved a salary increase for university employees on Thursday. An increase in tuition rates for students will also take effect.

A 2% general salary increase will take effect for faculty and staff for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, retroactive to July 1, for a total of $23.7 million. $3.8 million will be used for contractual increases and promotions.

Last year there were no salary increases due to the pandemic.


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As COVID-19 cases surge, the federal government and some private employers are requiring their workers to show proof of vaccination. Plus, certain cities and localities are once again requiring masks indoors.

Some states, however, are not just ordering more precautions, but already moving to stop vaccination mandates in the future.

JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court on Monday floated a compromise that would prevent the evictions of dozens of Palestinians in the east Jerusalem of Sheikh Jarrah, where attempts by Jewish settlers to expel them from their homes helped spark an 11-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in May.

The cases examined Monday involve four Palestinian families numbering a total of about 70 people.

Lower Israeli courts have approved the evictions of the four families. They ruled that their houses were built on land owned by Jews before Israel was established in 1948.

A roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal is expected to be on the way.

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Simone Biles Will Return For The Olympic Balance Beam Final

Updated August 2, 2021 at 9:19 AM ET U.S. star gymnast Simone Biles will return for the final women's artistic gymnastic event of the Tokyo Olympics, after multiple withdrawals to focus on her mental health. "We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!!" USA Gymnastics said . "Can't wait to watch you both!" The decision to compete was announced Monday immediately before the floor exercise final was set to...

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How House Democrats' Campaign Chief Plans To Defy History In 2022

To retake control of the House of Representatives, Republicans need to pick up just five seats in the 2022 midterm elections. It's Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's job to make sure that doesn't happen. The New York Democrat and chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told NPR that the party is hopeful that an ambitious, multitrillion-dollar economic agenda trumpeted by the Biden administration will resonate with voters when it's time to head to the polls next fall. Betting...

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Long Drives, Costly Flights, And Wearying Waits: What Abortion Requires In The South

Just a quick walk through the parking lot of Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, in this legendary music mecca, speaks volumes about access to abortion in the American South. Parked alongside the polished SUVs and weathered sedans with Tennessee license plates are cars from Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and, on many days, Alabama, Georgia and Texas. Choices is one of two abortion clinics in the Memphis metro area, with a population of 1.3 million. While that might not seem like...

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