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Legislature

State Rep. Marty Flynn says he wants to clarify tax exemption for nonprofits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-rep-marty-flynn-says-he-wants-to-clarify-tax-exemption-for-nonprofits/article_a38d35e3-cdb0-5476-978d-a39ba1ba1cb6.html

Here’s where Pa. Republicans are missing an important mark on schools reopening | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/heres-where-pa-republicans-are-missing-an-important-mark-on-schools-reopening-opinion/

Bill aims to keep schools in charge of extracurricular activities this fall
https://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2020/08/bill-aims-to-keep-schools-in-charge-of-extracurricular-activities-this-fall/

Pa. bill would protect those with chronic health conditions from little-known insurance practice | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-house-bill-853-insurance-chronic-health-coronavirus-covid-20200817.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Caregivers are still staying in as society reopens from coronavirus shutdowns, fearing they’ll infect their loved ones
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-caregivers-anxiety-mental-health-reopening-philadelphia-20200817.html

Federal virus money slow to trickle to local public health
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/17/Federal-virus-money-slow-to-trickle-local-public-health-pandemic/stories/202008170053

For people struggling financially amid coronavirus, there’s help with high energy bills. But one program’s deadline is nearing
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-low-income-energy-assistance-deadline-20200817-tgnsoyggm5d67e5yppozlyqefa-story.html

Electrostatic Drone That Could Blanket Stadiums And Arenas In Disinfectant Nears Patent Approval
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/17/electrostatic-drone-that-could-blanket-stadiums-and-arenas-in-disinfectant-nears-patent-approval/

Pennsylvania reports 660 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-reports-660-new-coronavirus-cases-3-new-deaths/

Allegheny County reports 74 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/16/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-western-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-45/stories/202008160159

Nine new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/nine-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-luzerne-county-on-sunday/article_c76cb82b-3795-52f0-9064-6a178f31ea3c.html

No new COVID-19 deaths reported in NEPA Sunday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/no-new-covid-19-deaths-reported-in-nepa-sunday/article_0e52ce86-62d4-5105-b15e-59aac75f03e4.html

11 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/11-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-westmoreland-county-2/

Administration

Chester County Commissioners urge Wolf to shut down pipeline construction
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/chester-county-commissioners-urge-wolf-to-shut-down-pipeline-construction/article_bf2e81e5-8660-554b-87bc-721f445b28ab.html

Environmental vandalism
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/environmental-vandalism/article_abebd5ac-5345-5abe-b29d-7132032210dd.html

Business

Lots of stores went dark during pandemic shutdowns. Some of them may not come back.
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/08/17/stores-covid-19-pandemic-shutdowns-retail-bankruptcy-consumer-spending-mall-jobless-online-shopping/stories/202008130070

Amazon warehouse in Berks will bring jobs, but also traffic
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/amazon-warehouse-in-berks-will-bring-jobs-but-also-traffic/article_7826e856-dcd6-11ea-9ebc-b36380a14d3b.html

Crime/Punishment

Prison guard beaten as officers say understaffing remains an issue
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/prison-guard-beaten-as-officers-say-understaffing-remains-an-issue/article_f64d9d0e-de6d-11ea-82ed-5bf5105a73e1.html

Education

As Berks students return to class during coronavirus, school nurses will work to keep everyone safe
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/as-berks-students-return-to-class-during-coronavirus-school-nurses-will-work-to-keep-everyone/article_cbf3b4d2-dd94-11ea-ba3e-433ad95b15de.html

Community outraged after Central York School Board members oppose anti-racism curriculum
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/08/16/central-york-school-board-members-oppose-anti-racism-curriculum/3365673001/

Districts opening virtually consider transportation for private, charter school students
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/districts-opening-virtually-consider-transportation-for-private-charter-school-students/article_59fbce63-616b-5eb5-a4f0-5dfc2402ba15.html

Editorial: Safe2Say program plays valuable role in pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-safe2say-program-plays-valuable-role-in-pandemic/article_afd217aa-dd5b-11ea-9858-478ffb912804.html

University of the Sciences will launch more medical marijuana courses
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/usciences-20200817.html

Faculty at Pa. state universities are nervous, even terrified about teaching in-person fall classes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/faculty-at-pa-state-universities-are-nervous-even-terrified-about-teaching-in-person-fall-classes.html

College freshmen opting for gap year as COVID-19 changes fall 2020 semesters
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-gap-year-college-covid-19-20200816-ta5vqaxhgrfq3grtnfjvgx5kka-story.html

Unwilling to pay to remove dangerous asbestos, universities across the U.S. claim it’s safe to ignore
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/unwilling-to-pay-to-remove-dangerous-asbestos-universities-across-the-us-claim-its-safe-to-ignore.html

Penn State football parents send letter demanding answers from Big Ten’s Kevin Warren, PSU president Barron
https://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/2020/08/penn-state-football-parents-send-letter-demanding-answers-from-big-tens-kevin-warren-psu-president-barron.html

Elections/Politics

Dems prepare for the nation’s first ‘virtual’ convention
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/17/Democratic-National-Convention-first-virtual-Pennsylvania-party-delegates-Biden/stories/202008170014

‘Secret weapon’: Kamala Harris’ sorority sisters rallying locally and nationally to get her and Biden elected
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-kamala-harris-aka-sorority-howard-university-hbcu-divine-nine-20200816.html

First-time Pa. DNC delegates prepare to nominate Joe Biden virtually
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/17/first-time-pa-dnc-delegates-prepare-to-nominate-joe-biden-virtually/

From Scranton to Washington, Biden’s friends share childhood memories
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/from-scranton-to-washington-bidens-friends-share-childhood-memories/article_192e8be0-be81-5e31-a091-f8e87f74e2d5.html

The Democratic National Convention has gone virtual. Here’s how to watch
https://www.pennlive.com/politics/2020/08/the-democratic-national-convention-has-gone-virtual-heres-how-to-watch.html

Can Trump win again without winning the most votes? Yes. Pennsylvania shows how.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/how-trump-could-win-pennsylvania-and-lose-popular-vote-joe-biden-2020-20200816.html

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/08/17/Constraints-gone-GOP-ramps-up-effort-monitor-voting-Pennsylvania/stories/202008120137

Gaming

Up to 240 layoffs loom at Pa. casino hurt by COVID-19 impacts: report
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/up-to-240-layoffs-loom-at-pa-casino-hurt-by-covid-19-impacts-report.html

Health Care

Pa., N.J. took over their health insurance exchanges from D.C., and that could save you money
https://www.inquirer.com/health/consumer/health-insurance-exchanges-pennsylvania-new-jersey-healthcaregov-pennie-20200817.html

Local News

City’s bold move to boost diversity
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/citys-bold-move-to-boost-diversity/article_dd96b8fc-9f75-5c69-9116-55af58ad2583.html

Pandemic doesn’t stop 400 bikers from riding to support the memory of Officer Brian Shaw, memorial scholarship
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/pandemic-doesnt-stop-400-bikers-from-riding-to-support-the-memory-of-officer-brian-shaw-memorial-scholarship/

State agency announces grants for Schuylkill County housing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/south-schuylkill-news/state-agency-announces-grants-for-schuylkill-county-housing/article_cf513132-dff0-11ea-bee4-5743fc6260f2.html

National News

3 Texas officers shot by gunman, who holds 3 people in home
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/17/Cedar-Park-Texas-3-police-officers-shot-responding-call-suspect-barricaded-home/stories/202008170052

Don’t rush the census
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/08/17/Don-t-rush-the-census/stories/202008080020

Philly

Philly again tops 20 shooting victims in another weekend of gun violence
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/shooting-philadelphia-gun-violence-crime-20200816.html

Pitt

Angry crowd shows up at Mayor Peduto’s home challenging Pittsburgh police arrest of protester
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/protesters-show-up-at-pedutos-home-protesting-city-police-arrest-of-protester-saturday/

Mayor Peduto, Pittsburgh public safety leaders address protest arrest in Oakland
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/peduto-asks-public-safety-leaders-to-investigate-protest-arrest-in-oakland/

Pittsburgh police, Peduto respond to arrest of protest marshal by rifle-carrying officers in unmarked van
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/pittsburgh-police-peduto-respond-to-arrest-of-protest-marshal-by-rifle-carrying-officers-in-unmarked-van/

Much-needed new Giant Eagle-backed Community Market opens in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/much-needed-new-community-market-giant-eagle-opens-in-pittsburghs-bloomfield-neighborhood/

State News

Changes to the Postal Service leave an Upper Darby mail carrier exhausted, yet eager to serve his residents
https://www.inquirer.com/jobs/labor/upper-darby-postal-service-usps-worker-route-20200817.html

Western Pa. women played pivotal roles in passage of 19th Amendment a century ago
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-women-played-pivotal-roles-in-passage-of-19th-amendment-a-century-ago/

‘Save Our Children’ protest in Harrisburg calls for action against child predators
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/save-our-children-protest-in-harrisburg-calls-for-action-against-child-predators.html

Heart of the movement: How these 12 young activists are seeding change in their towns
https://www.ydr.com/in-depth/news/2020/08/16/young-activists-across-country-leading-charge-change/5571044002/

Transportation

State road plan includes several major bridge rehabs, but funding uncertain
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/08/17/12-Year-Transportation-Program-PennDOT-uncertain-funding-Highlnd-Park-Bridge-West-End-Bridge-Tarentum-Bridge-McKees-Rocks-Bridge/stories/202008160092

Master plan for Wyoming Valley Airport in final approach
https://www.timesleader.com/news/797008/master-plan-for-wyoming-valley-airport-in-final-approach

Washington

Pelosi calls House back into session to vote on USPS bill
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/08/16/US-Postal-Service-USPS-mail-voting-House-hearing-Louis-DeJoy-postmaster-general-Robert-Mike-Duncan-Donald-Trump/stories/202008160164