An Amish barn raising in eastern Lancaster County. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

Headlines:

Rural Covid-19 case counts rose sharply last year, as seen in this table from June 2020.

Amish trust God's will, herd immunity over Covid-19 vaccine: According to local experts, the top reason for the Amish not getting the vaccine in Lancaster County is that they've already gotten sick and believe the community has herd immunity. (Source: LNP)

Thaddeus Stevens College reverses Covid-19 vaccine requirement: College President Pedro Rivera said the change in mindset came after the state passed Senate Bill 618, which would ban vaccine passports. (Source: LNP)

Behind the scenes of the state budget process: Wolf and Senate Republicans already have their eyes on the 2022 elections, says WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Sam Dunklau. (Source: WITF)

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker required to pay $5,000 for bypassing House security: After having his appeal rejected by the House Ethics Committee, Smucker will have to pay the fine for skipping security measures on his way onto the House floor last month. (Source: LNP)

National/world roundup: Seattle, Washington, shatters all-time heat record. (Source: UPI) WHO urges everyone to wear masks indoors. (Source: USA Today) House to vote on bill launching Jan. 6 insurrection probe. (Source: AP) Engineers check neighboring buildings, more victims ID'd in Miami condo collapse. (Source: UPI) New York prosecutors purportedly plan to indict Trump Organization insider but not Trump. (Source: Reuters)

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