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The Associated Press

  • An American hockey player with ties to the region has died after a “freak accident” during a game in England on Saturday, according to his team. Adam Johnson, 29, was playing for the Nottingham Panthers when an ice skate slashed his neck during the second period. Originally from Minnesota, Johnson played 70 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, signing with the organization in 2017. He eventually played 13 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the league. Johnson later played in leagues in Sweden, Germany and England.
  • Pennsylvania’s state Senate is approving legislation to ban so-called safe injection sites, where opioid users could legally inject heroin and other drugs under supervision as a way to reduce overdoses. The bill passed Monday, 41-9, with every Republican in favor and nine of 22 Democrats against it.
  • Under the bill, health insurers must cover out-of-pocket costs for patients who are deemed to be at risk when they undergo a second screening during a coverage year.
  • The electronics subsidiary of German company Merck KGaA says it will spend $300 million to expand its specialty gas production facility in eastern Pennsylvania.
  • A year has gone by since the federal government began enforcing a requirement in all states that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. In that time, inspectors have cited about 750 nursing homes and 110 hospitals for violations of the vaccination mandate, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data. Sixty-four nursing homes in Pennsylvania were cited for worker vaccination violations, the second-highest number in the country behind Michigan with 66. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which issued the mandate, says it has helped prevent countless infections and deaths. Yet some health care workers say it's time for the mandate to come to an end. They cite a decline in severe COVID-19 cases, a workforce shortage in certain health care professions and the upcoming expiration of the national public health emergency, among other factors.
  • Over the next four years, Pennsylvania is expected to receive $171.5 million in funding for electric vehicle infrastructure. Currently about 205 PA residents out of 100,000 have registered an electric vehicle. The funding is part of a Biden administration plan that has been approved in 34 states and Puerto Rico. That plan details how those locations will roll out their part of an ambitious national electric vehicle charging network. The approval means 900-million dollars in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding will start flowing to states under the infrastructure law to create a national fast-charging network for electric vehicles. Building out a reliable and convenient network is critical to spur more adoption of the technology, which is itself key to reducing greenhouse emissions that cause global warming, according to lawmakers and advocates. In practical terms, it means residents in some of those states could see more charging stations start popping up along major travel corridors as early as next summer. Biden has a goal of ultimately installing 500,000 chargers across America and building a network of fast-charging stations across 53,000 miles of freeways from coast to coast.
  • Pennsylvania is certifying the results of primary elections from 64 of 67 counties, leaving out three counties in a growing legal dispute over whether to count mail-in ballots on which the voter didn't handwrite a date.
  • Pennsylvania has set a new annual record for gambling revenue, rising above $5 billion for the first time amid surging betting on online casino games and a post-pandemic return to the casinos’ slot machines and table games.
  • Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation to increase penalties for motorists who have multiple DUI convictions.
  • Pennsylvania's freshly passed state budget includes funding for three new state parks. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Tuesday the park sites haven’t been chosen.