(Source: Lancaster Theological Seminary)

Headlines:

Pa. requested $340 million in emergency contracts in 2020:  That's up from an average of 135 the previous two years. About half of the 483 emergency contracts were related explicitly to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Spotlight PA)

Seminaries announce merger: The Lancaster Theological Seminary and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem said consolidating will offer greater financial stability amid declining enrollment. (Source: LNP)

In central Pa., new Covid-19 cases, hospital inpatients are overwhelmingly unvaccinated: The same is true nationally. Local doctors are urging unvaccinated people to get the shots. (Source: WGAL)

Local tourism rebounding:  Hotel occupancy rates in Lancaster County are back on par with 2019, Discover Lancaster President Ed Harris said. (Source: CBS 21)

National/world roundup: Jeff Bezos reaches space. (Source: Reuters) Oregon, anticipating more wildfires, solicits outside help. (Source: AP) First sentence imposed in Jan. 6 Capitol riot. (Source: U.S. News) Tally of Covid-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics: 71. (Source: ABC News) California to launch universal free school lunch program. (Source: NPR)

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