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Legislature

Testing delays scrutinized as Wolf announces state aid for Lehigh Valley firm
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/testing-delays-scrutinized-as-wolf-announces-state-aid-for-lehigh-valley-firm/

Police can have sex with people they’re investigating. A bill would make it a crime in Pa.
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/watchdog/2020/08/12/pennsylvania-bill-crime-police-officers-sex-with-those-under-investigation/5551931002/

Local legislators offer comments on state’s school reopening plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/796313/local-legislators-offer-comments-on-states-school-reopening-plan

State legislators push for fall sports; Wolf still recommends waiting until 2021
https://www.ydr.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/08/11/piaa-sports-legislators-push-fall-sports-wolf-recommends-waiting/3345713001/

When will Sen. John DiSanto’s actions on redistricting reform match his rhetoric? | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/when-will-sen-john-disantos-actions-on-redistricting-reform-match-his-rhetoric-opinion/

Wolf is the ‘extremist’ — not me | Doug Mastriano
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/wolf-is-the-extremist-not-me-doug-mastriano/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Educating kids is ‘first priority’ for Pa., Wolf says, and restrictions on eateries won’t be relaxed soon
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-philly-nj-cases-school-education-rapid-test-20200811.html

COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 828 new cases, Pittsburgh region has 202 with 10 more deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/11/COVID-19-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-data-coronavirus-deaths-cases/stories/202008110099

Allegheny County continues to post lower new covid-19 case counts
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-continues-to-post-lower-new-covid-19-case-counts/

Westmoreland sees lowest new covid-19 case count in 56 days
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-sees-lowest-new-covid-19-case-count-in-56-days/

Montgomery County records 275 coronavirus cases, 3 more deaths, over 7-day period
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-275-coronavirus-cases-3-more-deaths-over-7-day-period/article_00ec28f0-02fc-5543-b805-5ea6ff434d67.html

15 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/15-new-covid-19-cases-in-luzerne-county/article_be75a5b9-2d2d-514c-9e95-0486a94ac109.html

One new COVID-19 death, 26 new cases in NEPA counties, state reports Tuesday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/one-new-covid-19-death-26-new-cases-in-nepa-counties-state-reports-tuesday/article_79708b6a-a20b-5d0e-930e-6e848eb1e841.html

State reports 24 new coronavirus cases for Berks County and averages hold steady
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/state-reports-24-new-coronavirus-cases-for-berks-county-and-averages-hold-steady/article_2a8442de-dbd1-11ea-8743-dfe47b38665a.html

Monroeville nursing home reports 47 covid-19 cases, after reporting zero last week
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/monroeville-nursing-home-reports-47-covid-19-cases-after-reporting-zero-last-week/

Pennsylvania is the second most restrictive state when it comes to coronavirus rules, report shows
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-is-the-second-most-restrictive-state-when-it-comes-to-coronavirus-rules-report-shows/article_a0482ba0-dbf6-11ea-b70a-f35ab6ff6360.html

Costly COVID-19 mistakes: Economic crisis in wake of virus has Pa. in a state of uncertainty
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200812/costly-covid-19-mistakes-economic-crisis-in-wake-of-virus-has-pa-in-state-of-uncertainty

In race for coronavirus test, OraSure to expand, create 177 jobs in Bethlehem as it works to bring ‘lab on a swab’ to market
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-orasure-covid-expansion-tom-wolf-announcement-20200811-vrlm3yvkzngargijdvomorc34y-story.html

Sesame Place arrests are coming, but so are more bratty mask tantrums by grown-ups | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-sesame-place-punched-mask-tantrums-storybook-land-maria-panaritis-20200812.html

What Pittsburgh experts are saying about Russia’s covid-19 vaccine
https://triblive.com/local/regional/what-pittsburgh-experts-are-saying-about-russias-covid-19-vaccine/

Administration

‘Making a souffle on a BBQ grill’: Pa. scrambles after Trump goes solo on unemployment relief
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/12/making-a-souffle-on-a-bbq-grill-pa-scrambles-after-trump-goes-solo-on-unemployment-relief/

Business

Amazon plans to open second fulfillment center in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/amazon-plans-to-open-second-fulfillment-center-in-berks-county/article_9f373e10-dc12-11ea-8664-1beef69ddb25.html

Officials mull future of Pocono restaurant industry
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200812/officials-mull-future-of-pocono-restaurant-industry

Pipeline drilling fluid leaks into Marsh Creek Lake
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/pipeline-drilling-fluid-leaks-into-marsh-creek-lake/article_ef2e59ea-dc1b-11ea-b3de-fbd81fd0b884.html

Crime/Punishment

Bill Cosby’s lawyers file an appeal, arguing that a deposition shouldn’t have been allowed in his sex assault trial
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/bill-cosby-appeal-filed-montgomery-county-sex-assault-20200811.html

The secret world of young adult dating abuse
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200812/secret-world-of-young-adult-dating-abuse/1

Education

Interest in homeschooling has ‘exploded’ amid COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/12/Interest-in-homeschooling-has-exploded-amid-pandemic-COVID-19/stories/202008120094

Mt. Lebanon school board to meet after superintendent urges starting school year fully remote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/11/Mt-Lebanon-School-Board-reopening-plan-discussion/stories/202008110109

Leechburg Area to discuss changes to back-to-school plan
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/leechburg-area-to-discuss-changes-to-back-to-school-plan/

Crestwood reports COVID-19 case at secondary campus
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/crestwood-reports-covid-19-case-at-secondary-campus/article_f9a7359c-06f2-539e-988c-45f6ab3d4d04.html

PIAA sent letter on Tuesday to Gov. Wolf’s office to begin discussions on fall sports
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/08/piaa-sent-letter-on-tuesday-to-gov-wolfs-office-to-begin-discussions-on-fall-sports.html

New guidance on schools educational
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/new-guidance-on-schools-educational/article_bcf54b58-4f61-511c-b63d-f33443916eec.html

Ohio enters the unknown with schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/11/Ohio-schools-coronavirus-Governor-DeWine/stories/202008110143

Colleges begin the coronavirus test with in-person classes
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/colleges-begin-the-coronavirus-test-with-in-person-classes/article_cad4b73c-dc1c-11ea-96cb-478b0956c873.html

To help college grads find jobs, some colleges are using an alumni gig economy
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2020/08/12/students-alumni-grads-colleges-job-career-Bridges-Pitt-Chatham-CMU-Duquesne/stories/202008060042

Community college leaders tout cost advantages as 4-year schools go online
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/community-college-leaders-tout-cost-advantages-as-four-year-schools-go-online/

Penn is shutting its dorms to most students and moving classes online for the fall
https://www.inquirer.com/education/penn-coronavirus-virtual-learning-online-classes-university-of-philadelphia-20200811.html

Ron Cook: Big Ten and Pac-12 did the right thing, but the wait will continue
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2020/08/12/big-ten-pac-12-college-football-postponed-ron-cook/stories/202008120049

Elections/Politics

Biden selects California Sen. Harris as running mate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/11/Biden-selects-California-Sen-Kamala-Harris-as-running-mate/stories/202008110130

Kamala Harris VP pick excites Democrats hoping Pa. goes blue: ‘She’s going to be able to make the case’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/kamala-harris-vp-pick-excites-pa-democrats-as-they-aim-to-win-the-keystone-state.html

Black Democrats in Pa. are ‘beaming with pride’ after Biden picks Kamala Harris for vice president
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-kamala-harris-vice-president-pennsylvania-20200811.html

How Pa. Dems reacted to Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for vice president
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/how-pa-dems-reacted-to-joe-biden-picking-kamala-harris-for-vice-president/

Local NAACP official “thrilled and excited” over Harris VP pick
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-naacp-official-thrilled-and-excited-over-harris-vp-pick/article_d87429ea-962c-5175-b67e-0b46a246c24e.html

Local Dems praise Biden’s vice presidential pick
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/election/local-dems-praise-bidens-vice-presidential-pick/article_ebf68fa5-04a5-5288-8a7e-41f0c3d99d4d.html

Women say they will fight sexism, ‘ugly’ attacks on Harris
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/12/Women-fight-sexism-ugly-attacks-Biden-vice-president-nominee-Kamala-Harris/stories/202008120105

Ridge says voters should be patient for results in 2020 presidential race
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/11/Tom-Ridge-presidential-election-results-voters-patient/stories/202008110128

Don’t ignore low-income voters, Poor People’s Campaign report says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/07/low-income-voters-reports-Poor-Peoples-Campaign-US-elections/stories/202008070131

Controversial businesswoman wins GOP nod in Georgia
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/08/controversial-businesswoman-wins-gop-nod-in-georgia.html

Health Care

Don’t delay immunizations
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/08/12/Don-t-delay-immunizations/stories/202008080021

Despite two-month suspension, parents urged not to wait to get children immunized for school
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/despite-two-month-suspension-parents-urged-not-to-wait-to-get-children-immunized-for-school/article_fb402e34-dbd5-11ea-a6d3-1fca0bcc8d8e.html

Temple Health is paying COVID-19 bonuses to front-line clinical workers
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-temple-hospital-workers-covid-19-pandemic-bonuses-20200812.html

Coronavirus is changing childbirth in the Philadelphia region, including boosting scheduled inductions
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-childbirth-scheduled-inductions-philadelphia-hospitals-pregnancy-pandemic-20200812.html

Luzerne County has high rate of ventilator hospitalizations

Luzerne County has high rate of ventilator hospitalizations

Local News

Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano to retire, take position at Lackawanna College
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-police-chief-carl-graziano-to-retire-take-position-at-lackawanna-college/article_4e2ff945-672f-55fb-89ce-5df1800ffbf7.html

Empowering women the theme of fifth Peaceful Stand in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/empowering-women-the-theme-of-fifth-peaceful-stand-in-berks-county/article_5e4c5646-dc2c-11ea-9a2f-7f276312ddf5.html

Most of Allentown City Council supports latest resolution on police reforms. Here’s what it says
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-police-reform-new-resolution-city-council-20200811-4ddvnkecpzdbznmpz3yhluysia-story.html

Bethlehem Council says it’s not thinking about defunding the police. Still, 100 people joined Back the Blue rally outside City Hall
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-bethlehem-back-the-blue-rally-20200812-ptecoqu7nvazdkepzcxxg6733u-story.html

Lehigh Valley minorities, particularly Hispanics, plagued by inequity, study finds
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-inequity-report-hispanics-20200812-6iweq42ou5em3jccifx35tagau-story.html

Sorace joins other Pennsylvania mayors to plead to Congress for direct COVID-19 aid
https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/sorace-joins-other-pennsylvania-mayors-to-plead-to-congress-for-direct-covid-19-aid/article_b1b796d0-dc66-11ea-b079-c3a091162fa5.html

$5M digital innovation lab to be built on site of New Kensington community garden
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/5m-digital-innovation-lab-to-be-built-on-site-of-new-kensington-community-garden/

Citizens plead for outside investigation into Mackey death
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/citizens-plead-for-outside-investigation-into-mackey-death/article_ea609960-69f2-5903-8f46-2caa3658b1d7.html

Council split over reprimands for Griffith, Pedri
https://www.timesleader.com/news/796295/council-split-over-reprimands-for-griffith-pedri

Township makes truck payment on behalf of East Huntingdon’s cash-strapped fire department
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/township-makes-truck-payment-on-behalf-of-east-huntingdons-cash-strapped-fire-department/

Wilkes-Barre mayor wants police substations in city
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-mayor-wants-police-substations-in-city/article_dced67e3-458f-5168-bce5-d920108a514c.html

National News

At the nation’s leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth, Devereux staff abused children in their care for years — while red flags were dismissed.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/inq/devereux-advanced-behavioral-health-abuse-children-pennsylvania-20200811.html

Philly

‘I’m sick of teddy bear memorials’: Philly officials search for reasons, solutions to the spike in shootings
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-gun-violence-homicides-emergency-hearing-city-council-20200811.html

As gun violence rages in Philadelphia, special council hearing reveals no quick solutions
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/as-gun-violence-rages-in-philadelphia-special-council-hearing-reveals-no-quick-solutions/article_6937fcad-7ca2-5290-b8ee-452b02d49e16.html

Philly has spent less than half of its federal coronavirus relief money, but pandemic costs are growing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-coronavirus-economic-relief-cares-act-20200812.html

A longtime Philadelphia judge won’t wear a mask in court, prompting complaints from lawyers and witnesses
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-judge-jimmy-lynn-mask-coronavirus-20200811.html

Sorry, Mayor, but residents shouldn’t have to cut back on DIY projects to help with trash pickup | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/mayor-jim-kenney-backyard-oasis-trash-diy-jenice-armstrong-20200811.html

SEPTA attacked by malware, says Key card information not compromised
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-malware-virus-real-time-data-app-key-card-20200811.html

As gun violence increases, Philly’s latest strategy could stop the bleeding — but only if done carefully | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-shooting-gun-violence-increase-homicide-group-intervention-focused-deterrence-20200811.html

Pitt

Allegheny County pledges to ramp up spending on social services, health care, protective gear
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/08/11/Allegheny-County-relief-funding-CARES-Act-package-COVID-19/stories/202008110132

Peduto warns job losses could become reality if federal COVID-19 assistance doesn’t happen
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/11/Peduto-warns-job-losses-could-become-reality-if-federal-COVID-19-assistance-doesn-t-happen/stories/202008110106

Assistant district attorney who filed OSHA complaint after getting COVID-19 has died
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/11/Russ-Broman-Allegheny-County-assistant-district-attorney-COVID-19-death/stories/202008110138

Another business in Allegheny County closed by health department for flouting pandemic rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/08/11/Business-Allegheny-County-closed-health-department-pandemic-rules-Seven/stories/202008110119

Port Authority cancels suspensions for supervisors, but mask issue likely isn’t over
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/08/11/Port-Authority-face-masks-Black-Lives-Matter-dress-code-suspensions/stories/202008110145

Regional planners conducting survey on transit needs in 10-county area
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/08/11/Southwestern-Pennsylvania-Commission-transit-survey-multimodal-connections/stories/202008110123

As Post-Gazette employee representatives consider a strike, analysts say strategy can be dicey
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/as-post-gazette-employee-representatives-consider-a-strike-analysts-say-strategy-can-be-dicey/

Inquiry on Allegheny County judge’s alleged racist remarks coming to close
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/inquiry-on-allegheny-county-judges-alleged-racist-remarks-coming-to-close/

Pittsburgh’s North Shore restaurants endure summer without sports fans
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburghs-north-shore-restaurants-endure-summer-without-sports-fans/

State News

State parks put efforts in place to mitigate overcrowding, but it’s difficult
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/08/11/Pennsylvania-state-parks-crowds-park-officials-overcrowding-Ohiopyle/stories/202008110117

Pennsylvania considers allowing utilities to resume shutting off nonpaying customers
https://www.inquirer.com/business/pennsylvania-utility-commission-reconsiders-coronavirus-shutoff-moratorium-20200811.html

Three Mile Island owner agrees to public decommissioning panel but no financial settlement
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/three-mile-island-owner-agrees-to-public-decommissioning-panel-but-no-financial-settlement.html