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Legislature

Lawmaker reminds drivers of school bus stopping law
https://www.phoenixvillenews.com/lawmaker-reminds-drivers-of-school-bus-stopping-law/article_2a718d74-1b29-5562-a8d6-56fe11622cf7.html

Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to kick ’unseemly characters’ out of drug abuse treatment business
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-treatment-scandal-liberation-20190819-djsrvtrohfc37bqbu53vfaf5ue-story.html

Burns pushing bullying legislation
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/08/burns-pushing-bullying-legislation/

Austin Davis: A plan to protect Pennsylvania’s air and its communities
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2019/08/20/Austin-Davis-Pennsylvania-air-quality-clean-Clairton-Coke-Works-fire-public-health-safety/stories/201908200020

Cambria farmers get legislators’ ears during annual tour
https://www.tribdem.com/news/cambria-farmers-get-legislators-ears-during-annual-tour/article_12df1cac-c300-11e9-99b2-4b4b9bebb1a8.html

Why did Gov. Wolf veto the elections bill? | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/08/why-did-gov-wolf-veto-the-elections-bill-opinion.html

Business

Rostraver Eat’n Park waiter serves up simple act of kindness to WWII veteran
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/rostraver-eat-n-park-waiter-serves-up-simple-act-of-kindness-to-wwii-veteran/

Get tax break refund from Shell project
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/get-tax-break-refund-from-shell-project-1.2522211

Crime/Punishment

In retrial, jury acquits man who spent 22 years in prison for Carrick homicide
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/08/19/scott-godesky-homicide-retrial-acquitted-pittsburgh-david-lehrman-brian-mirenna/stories/201908190086

Marijuana haze: Police struggle to keep up with new laws on pot
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/08/20/Marijuana-law-police-struggle-civil-rights-liberties-search-seizure/stories/201908160030

Ex-ambulance service treasurer indicted on embezzlement counts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/08/19/edward-stevenson-brownsville-ambulance-service-former-treasurer-indicted-embezzlement-counts/stories/201908190102

Woman allegedly left 3 kids in car while she gambled for 2 hours at Wind Creek casino
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/2019/08/woman-allegedly-left-3-kids-in-car-while-she-gambled-for-2-hours-at-wind-creek-casino.html

Education

Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/poor-school-districts-are-funding-the-states-cyber-charter-schools-research-shows-that-wasnt-always-the-case/

MAP: Where do school districts get their money?
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-map-schoolo-district-revenue-per-adm-20190819-6epq4kdx5rgazjwkjmys7vdpae-story.html

Scranton volunteers organize school fair-funding efforts
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-volunteers-organize-school-fair-funding-efforts-1.2522258

Hearing today will address Elizabeth Forward bus standoff
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/hearing-today-will-address-elizabeth-forward-bus-standoff/

School tax bills mailed in all county districts
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/school-tax-bills-mailed-in-all-county-districts-1.2522306

Valley View hires new superintendent
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/valley-view-hires-new-superintendent-1.2522339

Dallas to use Metz as food service provider again
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dallas-to-use-metz-as-food-service-provider-again-1.2522303

Analysis: Area schools have $593 million in fund balance
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190820/analysis-area-schools-have-593-million-in-fund-balance

ESU gets grant to continue free tick testing
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/esu-gets-grant-to-continue-free-tick-testing-1.2522330

Albright College’s ‘right-size’ tuition adjustment annoys, confuses some students
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/albright-college-tuition-changes-annoys-some-students

Berks college campuses back to bustling
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-college-campuses-back-to-bustling

Which Pa. colleges have the best rates of graduating undergrads in four years?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/which-pa-colleges-have-the-best-rates-of-graduating-undergrads-in-four-years.html

Elections/Politics

Voters to fill state House vacancy in central Pennsylvania
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/08/voters-to-fill-state-house-vacancy-in-central-pennsylvania.php

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/democrats-spending-state-legislatures-governors-2020-election-20190820.html

Local News

Relatives concerned about White Haven Center plans
https://www.timesleader.com/news/752993/relatives-concerned-about-white-haven-center-plans

Community voices concerns over plan to close White Haven center
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/community-voices-concerns-over-plan-to-close-white-haven-center-1.2522332

National Night Out set for today
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/national-night-out-set-for-today-1.2522328

City Democratic Party picks Cullen as nominee for Scranton mayor
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/city-democratic-party-picks-cullen-as-nominee-for-scranton-mayor-1.2522346

Republicans to choose from nine for Scranton mayor nominee
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/republicans-to-choose-from-nine-for-scranton-mayor-nominee-1.2522223

Farmers market vouchers to be available at county VA office
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/farmers-market-vouchers-to-be-available-at-county-va-office-1.2522368

WWII warbirds visiting Hazleton today and Thursday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/752989/wwii-warbirds-visiting-hazleton-today-and-thursday

Dress for Success expands mentor program
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/dress-for-success-expands-mentor-program-1.2522237

Carbondale to seek extension on $2 million grant application, citing lack of documents from developer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-to-seek-extension-on-2-million-grant-application-citing-lack-of-documents-from-developer-1.2522414

Black Creek Twp. hoping for bids on road project
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/black-creek-twp-hoping-for-bids-on-road-project-1.2522251

Blue Chip draws ire after dog shot on property
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/blue-chip-draws-ire-after-dog-shot-on-property-1.2522363

Chester County sheriff pushes back against controller, defending K-9 unit overtime
https://www.inquirer.com/news/chester-county-sheriff-k-9-unit-overtime-20190819.html

‘We need to fight it’: An old Ardmore movie palace could become a luxury condo complex
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/ardmore-theater-condos-development-main-line-20190820.html

Gas compressor in North Heidelberg that caused leak during Hurricane Sandy is slated for replacement
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/1254-million-natural-gas-compressor-replacement-proposed-in-berks

National News

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/planned-parenthood-title-x-trump-20190819.html

California raises standard required for use of deadly police force
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/08/19/California-raises-standard-required-for-use-of-deadly-police-force/stories/201908200070

Is fluoride in water toxic to babies’ brains? A rigorous study raises alarms.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/fluoride-water-safety-babies-brain-neurotoxin-cdc-20190819.html

U.S. tests cruise missile after quitting INF treaty with Russia
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/08/19/U-S-tests-cruise-missile-after-quitting-INF-treaty-with-Russia/stories/201908200058

Binge-drinking boomers: Excessive alcohol consumption by seniors on the rise
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/08/20/Senior-citizen-binge-drinking-alcohol-alcoholism-baby-boomers/stories/201908200004

The youth vaping crisis is a Juuling epidemic | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/young-vaping-e-cigarettes-congress-mark-rubinstein-20190819.html

Philly

Philadelphia’s supervised injection site plan faces a contentious day in federal court
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/supervised-injection-site-philadelphia-federal-court-hearing-20190819.html

Philadelphia aims to open nation’s first supervised heroin injection center; US Attorney fights to block it
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/philadelphia-aims-to-open-nations-first-supervised-heroin-injection-center-us-attorney-fights-to-block-it.html

‘It’s like drowning’: Minute by minute, a physician tells a courtroom how you die from an overdose | Mike Newall
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/safe-injection-site-philadelphia-safehouse-mcswain-court-hearings-deaths-20190819.html

Philly judge lets AK-47 gunman withdraw guilty plea in shooting of beer deli owner
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-judge-rayford-means-district-attorney-larry-krasner-jovaun-patterson-ak47-gunman-plea-withdrawal-20190819.html

Tower could rise beside Center City’s historic Walnut Street Theatre after property changes hands
https://www.inquirer.com/news/walnut-street-theater-tower-expansion-parkway-parking-lot-20190819.html

Why does the Wells Fargo Building have its own zip code?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/curious-philly-19109-zip-code-wells-fargo-20190819.html

Who are those men in T-shirts and hats, cleaning North Philly to repair their worlds? | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/street-cleaning-violence-helen-ubinas-black-men-20190817.html

Officials call for safe, secure closure of bankrupt Philadelphia refinery
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/politicians-labor-leaders-call-for-safe-shutdown-fire-damaged-philadelphia-refinery-20190819.html

Rage against the voting machines | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-voting-machines-vendor-rhynhart-deeley-editorial-20190820.html

Mandatory inclusionary zoning helped Pittsburgh with housing equity. Can it work in Philly? | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/inclusionary-zoning-affordable-housing-philadelphia-pittsburgh-20190819.html

Pitt

Residents had long complained of housing conditions prior to Oakland fire
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/08/20/de-ruad-fire-poor-housing-conditions-complaints-pittsburgh-oakland/stories/201908190100

Police: 6-year-old started West Oakland fire that displaced nearly 80 people
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/police-6-year-old-started-west-oakland-fire-that-displaced-nearly-80-people/

Elections board, voting machine search committee: No lobbying here
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/08/19/philadelphia-election-voting-controversy-disclosures-allegheny-county/stories/201908190110

SEA terminates controller; identifies ‘unauthorized’ $21K wire transfer
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/08/19/sea-pittsburgh-sharon-mink-theft-controller/stories/201908190106

Pittsburgh’s property lottery
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/tax-delinquent-property-pittsburgh-treasurer-sale-long-wait/

Uganda’s Tree of Life leaders visit Pittsburgh namesake
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/08/19/Uganda-s-Tree-of-Life-synagogue-massacre/stories/201908190113

Sweat Equity: Queenpin PGH pushing to empower and connect Pittsburgh’s black and brown women
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/08/18/Tony-Norman-Ari-Alex-Queenpin-PGH-black-women-WOC-body-positive-network/stories/201908180054

East End Cooperative Ministry’s Sew Forward program patterns better life for immigrants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/08/19/East-End-Cooperative-Ministry-Sew-Forward-Moop-immigrants-Pittsburgh/stories/201907080082

Ex-Uber driver gets a year in jail for kidnapping, assaulting woman picked up in Downtown Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ex-uber-driver-gets-a-year-in-jail-for-kidnapping-assaulting-woman-picked-up-in-downtown-pittsburgh/

Pittsburgh hopes to provide ‘home ice’ at shuttered Hunt Armory
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-hopes-to-provide-home-ice-for-local-hockey-teams-at-shuttered-hunt-armory/

State News

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/garden-spot-village-coliving-senior-housing-affordable-20190820.html

Lottery ticket worth $150kG sold in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lottery-ticket-worth-150kg-sold-in-scranton-1.2522204

Harford Fair kicks off 162nd year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/harford-fair-kicks-off-162nd-year-1.2522412

At least 5 Berks dogs have died from parvo since June
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/at-least-5-berks-dogs-have-died-from-parvo-since-june

West Nile virus now present in Reading mosquitoes
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/west-nile-virus-now-present-in-reading-mosquitoes&template=ourcityart

Pennsylvania’s war with invasive species
https://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2019/08/pennsylvanias-war-with-invasive-species.php

In PA and beyond, polling shows key suburban voters want gun reform
https://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/08/in-pa-and-beyond-polling-shows-key-suburban-voters-want-gun-reform.php

PUC probes ‘backfire’ incident on Mariner East pipeline
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/puc-probes-backfire-incident-on-mariner-east-pipeline/article_e71cbc0a-c2c3-11e9-88ac-738fd0f04ebb.html

Transportation

Railroad crossings pose danger for drivers and trains — and navigation apps aren’t helping
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/railroad-crossing-tracks-death-gps-septa-nj-transit-amtrak-20190819.html

Interstate 81 exit in Dunmore to close for month
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/interstate-81-exit-in-dunmore-to-close-for-month-1.2522329

Bridge set to reopen in Kingston Twp.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bridge-set-to-reopen-in-kingston-twp-1.2522343

New roundabout opens at intersection of routes 73 and 662 in Oley Township
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/new-roundabout-opens-at-intersection-of-routes-73-and-662-in-oley-township

Delco region ranks third in Pa. for 2018 DUI arrests
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-region-ranks-third-in-pa-for-dui-arrests/article_c6cc377a-c2c6-11e9-b477-ff47a0f27c93.html

Washington

Joe Sestak might need miracle to challenge Donald Trump despite military credentials, history of upsets
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/08/joe-sestak-might-need-miracle-to-challenge-donald-trump-despite-military-credentials-history-of-upsets.html