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A bipartisan work group assembled by the new speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is starting its work in the politically riven chamber. Speaker Mark Rozzi said after its first meeting Tuesday that he's hopeful the group of three Republicans and three Democrats will aid him in developing House rules and compromise legislation. Rozzi has said little in public since he was the surprise choice to serve as speaker on Jan. 3. Republican leaders and a few other GOP members joined with all Democrats to elect Rozzi to lead the House. He's a Democrat from the Reading area.

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Two just-retired state lawmakers will help fill the Cabinet of the incoming governor, Josh Shapiro. The Democrat also says he'll pluck nominees from the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University. Shapiro said Thursday that former Republican Sen. Pat Browne will lead the Department of Revenue and former Democratic Rep. Mike Carroll will lead the Department of Transportation. To head the Department of Community and Economic Development, Shapiro chose Rick Siger. Currently, Siger is chief of staff to Carnegie Mellon University's president. Sarah Hammer will lead Shapiro’s Department of Banking and Securities. She's currently managing director of the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a hospital in Buffalo after his doctors said they completed a series of tests a little over a week after he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game at Cincinnati. Hamlin is going home after spending two days undergoing tests at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was transferred to Buffalo after spending last week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the 24-year-old experienced what doctors called “a remarkable recovery.”

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Bills safety Damar Hamlin is described as being in good spirts, while undergoing testing for a second day at a Buffalo hospital to determine what led to him going into cardiac arrest during a game last week. Hamlin posted a note on social media saying he's not quite home yet, a day after being transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to Buffalo General Medical Center. The tests being conducted on Hamlin also will determine when he can be discharged.

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