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Legislature

Game time: SEA group to attract Pittsburgh sporting events — super ones and small ones
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/08/13/Pittsburgh-SEA-sports-commission-events-tournaments-PA-Sen-Wayne-Fontana/stories/202008120164

House committee hearing examines problems facing the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/house-committee-hearing-examines-problems-facing-the-pennsylvania-unemployment-compensation-system/article_e996dde0-dc9d-11ea-8ba8-17262733f9ee.html

It’s time for Pa. lawmakers to stop punishing working mothers and their babies | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/its-time-for-pa-lawmakers-to-stop-punishing-working-mothers-and-their-babies-opinion/

PIAA tells Gov. Wolf not holding Pennsylvania fall sports won’t eliminate youth coronavirus risk, it will just shift it elsewhere
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa–20200812-k54fngjnxndzncwd4a5vuss7uq-story.html

Pa. Lawmaker: It’s not government’s responsibility to ‘try to keep us safe’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/pa-lawmaker-its-not-governments-responsibility-to-try-to-keep-us-safe/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

State AG confirms Brighton Rehab part of criminal investigation
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2020/08/12/Brighton-Rehabilitation-and-Wellness-Center-criminal-neglect-PA-AG-Josh-Shapiro/stories/202008120163

Inside some Pennsylvania rehabs, ‘it’s like COVID doesn’t exist’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/inside-some-pennsylvania-rehabs-its-like-covid-doesnt-exist.html

Pennsylvania reports 849 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-849-new-coronavirus-cases-33-deaths/

COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 70 new cases, 13 more deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/12/COVID-19-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-allegheny-county-data-deaths-cases-pandemic/stories/202008120124

Allegheny County reports 13 new coronavirus deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-13-new-coronavirus-deaths/

Westmoreland County adds 18 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-adds-18-new-coronavirus-cases/

No new COVID-19 deaths, but Luzerne cases spike again
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/no-new-covid-19-deaths-but-luzerne-cases-spike-again/article_9dbec547-c62b-5d9f-96b9-dede4f21a821.html

39 more coronavirus cases for Berks County in state reporting
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/39-more-coronavirus-cases-for-berks-county-in-state-reporting/article_d1a8e600-dc99-11ea-a4b5-9350b33a50c9.html

Pitt-UPMC study: Repeat COVID-19 testing largely confirm initial results
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/08/13/Pitt-UPMC-study-repeat-COVID-19-testing-largely-confirm-initial-results/stories/202008120128

Pa. Health Department warns of contact-tracing scams
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/12/contact-tracing-scam-PA-Department-of-Health-COVID-19-scams/stories/202008120173

Coronavirus infection may be common in maternity health professionals, study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/maternity-care-professionals-often-get-undiagnosed-coronavirus-infection-and-keep-working-20200813.html

Administration

COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf to issue steps to reduce health disparities, fight racism
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/13/covid-19-pa-wolf-aims-reduce-health-disparities-fight-racism/3362085001/

Business

Lehigh Valley meet-and-greet planned to lift Black-owned businesses and build community
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-black-owned-known-meet-greet-20200813-rk5kq25jtvglfi4ywsrjbpckuu-story.html

Crime/Punishment

Over 100 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Fayette County Prison, official says
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/08/12/Fayette-County-Prison-COVID-19-testing-over-100-inmates-staff-test-positive/stories/202008120156

Pedri: Female dies at Luzerne County Prison
https://www.timesleader.com/news/796420/pedri-female-dies-at-luzerne-county-prison

Female inmate dies at LCCF on Wednesday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/female-inmate-dies-at-lccf-on-wednesday/article_a4acb056-d028-5ce4-8bcd-a5f52c8fbc74.html

Pressure for answers in Luzerne County prison death
https://www.timesleader.com/news/796506/pressure-for-answers-in-luzerne-county-prison-death

NAACP asks AG Shapiro to investigate Mackey death
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/naacp-asks-ag-shapiro-to-investigate-mackey-death/article_6982a2eb-4abe-5c2e-a194-72a18769c939.html

Quarantined Lackawanna County Prison inmates, employees test negative for COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/quarantined-lackawanna-county-prison-inmates-employees-test-negative-for-covid-19/article_eeee9aeb-ba9d-55b9-8c10-a3c7f9d364ca.html

Montgomery County officials report new coronavirus cases at county jail
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-officials-report-new-coronavirus-cases-at-county-jail/article_4fa27179-9e9f-5b59-9c01-bf0505d95353.html

Education

Penn Hills School District officials approve reopening plan, push back start of school to next month
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/penn-hills-school-district-officials-approve-reopening-plan-push-back-start-of-school-to-next-month/

Penn Hills School District hires company with ties to its solicitor to do health screenings
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/penn-hills-school-district-hires-company-with-ties-to-its-solicitor-to-do-health-screenings/

Valley West, Crestwood go virtual to start year
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/valley-west-crestwood-go-virtual-to-start-year/article_83e2b9a6-2358-59fd-bd37-b9ae1008dc90.html

School bus services in Berks figure out best ways to keep schoolchildren safe
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/school-bus-services-in-berks-figure-out-best-ways-to-keep-schoolchildren-safe/article_731abd32-d7e6-11ea-a911-930a3e637738.html

Allegheny County Health Director backs Gov. Wolf’s recommendation to postpone sports
https://www.timesonline.com/sports/20200812/allegheny-county-health-director-backs-gov-wolfrsquos-recommendation-to-postpone-sports

Students moving back to Seton Hill University for face-to-face classes
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/students-moving-back-to-seton-hill-university-for-face-to-face-classes/

Pa. state university system looking to dispose of its headquarters
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/pa-state-university-system-looking-to-dispose-of-its-headquarters.html

Elections/Politics

‘I am ready to get to work’: Kamala Harris campaigns with Joe Biden for the first time
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-kamala-harris-wilmington-delaware-event-20200812.html

Postal Service needs money for mail-in voting. ‘They can’t do it, I guess,’ Trump says.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/us-postal-service-mail-in-ballots-election-trump-20200813.html

Pa. House candidate Manny Guzman Jr. under fire for controversial tweets
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pa-house-candidate-manny-guzman-jr-under-fire-for-controversial-tweets/article_fee37e02-dcd3-11ea-a85d-d78f5380263d.html

Berks State House candidate and Biden campaign surrogate apologizes for past tweets
https://papost.org/2020/08/12/berks-state-house-candidate-and-biden-campaign-surrogate-apologizes-for-past-tweets/

Will Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus rules push Pa. voters to Trump? | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/will-gov-tom-wolfs-coronavirus-rules-push-pa-voters-to-trump-john-baer.html

Local News

Lackawanna County loses arbitration, must reclassify 13 deputy sheriffs as full-time employees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-loses-arbitration-must-reclassify-13-deputy-sheriffs-as-full-time-employees/article_87006014-b934-5a2c-8e91-e77aba100d90.html

Lackawanna County Court preps for resumption of trials
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-court-preps-for-resumption-of-trials/article_3978785b-0caf-56f1-a107-ae1ddf9a2fc7.html

Cognetti taps ethics board chairwoman Mary Jo Sheridan as next city treasurer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/cognetti-taps-ethics-board-chairwoman-mary-jo-sheridan-as-next-city-treasurer/article_f9dbe4ae-e55a-528f-917b-b7856cad0748.html

Allentown City Council vows to further debate police oversight, funding measures; Zucal says officers are demoralized
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-police-reform-resolution-what-next-20200813-wsagd5ttjvfxlp4skh2ztznhla-story.html

Allentown City Council approves settlement deal with Lehigh County Authority over water-sewer lease disputes
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-council-water-sewer-lease-settlement-approved-20200812-4rmrob5bmvddpjnrozoiwou6iq-story.html

Wilkes-Barre racial profiling ordinance on hold
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-racial-profiling-ordinance-on-hold/article_00055614-b35d-589e-a1c5-d80a64fab502.html

Sewage treatment plant in Avonmore to get $3.3 million upgrade
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/sewage-treatment-plant-in-avonmore-to-get-3-3-million-upgrade/

WBPD officers settle retaliation suit, details confidential
https://www.timesleader.com/news/796503/wbpd-officers-settle-retaliation-suit-details-confidential

Mayor’s moves on Upper Darby police draw fire from GOP, FOP
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/mayors-moves-on-upper-darby-police-draw-fire-from-gop-fop/article_ee58ec9e-dce1-11ea-b4f2-eb0420a816be.html

National News

New rules to reduce methane controls will be announced by EPA on Thursday
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/08/12/EPA-rules-lift-methane-methane-controls/stories/202008120149

Philly

As shootings climb, Philly City Council asks: Where is the urgency?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-shootings-homicides-city-council-emergency-hearing-20200812.html

A judge let a terminally ill killer from Philly leave prison to die at home. The victim’s daughter calls it a miscarriage of justice.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/compassionate-release-deferred-sentence-jessie-alexander-alicia-russell-jenkins-prison-20200812.html

A $10 million pledge to get more Philly Black, Latinx people, women in STEM careers
https://www.inquirer.com/education/stem-equity-philadelphia-glaxo-science-engineering-diversity-20200812.html

Children of Philadelphia, we adults have abandoned you | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/philadelphia-homicides-murder-crime-children-helen-ubinas-20200812.html

Pitt

Allegheny County Judge Tranquilli charged with judicial misconduct
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/12/Allegheny-County-judge-Mark-Tranquilli-pittsburgh-judicial-misconduct-racial-slur/stories/202008120129

A quarter of Pennsylvania renters can’t pay rent
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2020/08/13/A-quarter-of-Pennsylvania-renters-cannot-pay-rent-housing-covid-economy-money/stories/202008130034

Allegheny County officials urge vigilance as some schools prepare to reopen
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-officials-urge-vigilance-as-some-schools-prepare-to-reopen/

2 more Port Authority employees test positive for coronavirus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/2-more-port-authority-employees-test-positive-for-coronavirus/

State News

Hayley Book, the state’s lead in joining a regional carbon reduction program, is nominated to the Public Utility Commission
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/08/12/Hayley-Book-the-state-s-lead-in-joining-a-regional-carbon-reduction-program-is-nominated-to-the-Public-Utility-Commission/stories/202008120126

Western Pa. leaders working to exceed census response rates from 2010
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/local-leaders-working-to-exceed-census-response-rates-from-2010/

Reading struggling to get desired response level for the 2020 Census
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-struggling-to-get-desired-response-level-for-the-2020-census-map/article_116eb7fe-dbe3-11ea-aeca-1fc0bfd8c59a.html

To create jobs and protect public lands, Pa. needs a conservation corps | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-unemployment-jobs-conservation-environment-civilian-corps-20200812.html

Free-speech advocate challenges new state anti-bias rule
https://www.penncapital-star.com/uncategorized/free-speech-advocate-challenges-new-state-anti-bias-rule/

Transportation

What is the most common cause of crashes in the Lehigh Valley? Speed
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-lehigh-valley-most-common-crash-causes-20200812-uxhq6iiagrcyzdgpku27dwv42y-story.html