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Legislature

Pa. Republicans propose election law changes as anxiety builds over mail voting
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-republicans-propose-election-law-changes-20200824.html

Group of Pa. GOP lawmakers seek “suspension” of state emergency management law
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/24/group-of-pa-gop-lawmakers-seek-suspension-of-state-emergency-management-law/

GOP senator wants mask decisions made locally
https://www.timesobserver.com/news/local-news/2020/08/gop-senator-wants-mask-decisions-made-locally/

Pass Toohil’s bill to track rape kits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/pass-toohils-bill-to-track-rape-kits/article_a1f9400c-b417-5951-8f5e-722eebf1776e.html

Argall tests negative for virus; in self quarantine
https://www.tnonline.com/20200823/argall-tests-negative-for-virus-in-self-quarantine/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa.’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests keeps decreasing; most N.J. schools are choosing hybrid reopenings
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-schools-reopening-decreasing-cases-data-20200824.html

Montgomery County has ultrafast COVID-19 test results thanks to an emerging nutritional fad
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-test-montgomery-county-results-coronavirus-20200821.html

Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic: AP report
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/08/thousands-allowed-to-bypass-environmental-rules-in-pandemic-ap-report.html

Allegheny County’s covid positivity rate has dropped 3 percentage points since mid-July
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-countys-covid-positivity-rate-has-dropped-3-since-mid-july/

11 students, 5 employees test positive as Pitt provides COVID-19 results
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/24/University-of-Pittsburgh-COVID-19-test-infection-isolation-fraternities-pandemic/stories/202008240088

COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 426 new cases, 1 more death
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/24/COVID-19-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-coronavirus-pandemic-data-cases-death/stories/202008240059

Westmoreland County reports 9 new covid cases, no deaths
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-9-new-covid-cases-no-deaths/

No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-republicans-propose-election-law-changes-20200824.html

Berks County’s coronavirus cases continue to climb; 33 new cases reported
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-countys-coronavirus-cases-continue-to-climb-33-new-cases-reported/article_bbad17b0-e629-11ea-8abc-573b032c0f3d.html

Montgomery County records fourth lowest coronavirus positivity rate, behind Lehigh, Chester and Bucks
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-fourth-lowest-coronavirus-positivity-rate-behind-lehigh-chester-and-bucks/article_c1e176e0-8a0b-5f30-bdc1-953f61889f60.html

Coronavirus cases show fourth straight week of decline in Chester, Delaware counties
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases-show-fourth-straight-week-of-decline-in-chester-delaware-counties/article_9a653354-e628-11ea-b9c7-13bc916241dd.html

Administration

Pennsylvania to jobless: $300 checks from feds could be weeks away
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-to-jobless-300-checks-from-feds-could-be-weeks-away/

Health care providers request governor, DOH to ‘better protect Pennsylvanians from the health effects of shale gas development’
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/health-care-providers-request-governor-doh-to-better-protect-pennsylvanians-from-the-health-effects-of/article_9e4ea458-e602-11ea-9b75-6bc9a867129d.html

Accelerated hypocrisy
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/08/25/Accelerated-hypocrisy/stories/202008220035

Business

Pennsylvania hemp industry remains uncertain as harvest approaches
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-hemp-industry-remains-uncertain-as-harvest-approaches/

Former Jeannette hemp processor leaves behind empty building, unpaid fine, jilted workers
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/former-jeannette-hemp-processor-leaves-behind-empty-building-unpaid-fine-jilted-workers/

The top 25 employers in Berks for 2020 show coronavirus resilience
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/the-top-25-employers-in-berks-for-2020-show-coronavirus-resilience/article_ce66426a-e3f3-11ea-9cc5-8f38fec6d923.html

Local gyms seek to strike balance in age of COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/local-gyms-seek-to-strike-balance-in-age-of-covid-19/article_448642a3-3f52-5af5-b368-cda279b3be35.html

Talen Energy officials assessing 13-story turbine building at Martins Creek power plant badly damaged in overnight fire
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-talen-power-plant-fire-20200824-v6qvtzw6cjcnvdn7mor3zishqu-story.html

Locked out of the economy: Unemployed workers face mounting fiscal, emotional stress
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/25/locked-out-of-the-economy-unemployed-workers-face-mounting-fiscal-emotional-stress/

Hundreds of well-paying, high-demand jobs need to be filled yearly in central Pa., state says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/there-are-than-90-in-demand-jobs-in-south-central-pa-heres-what-they-pay.html

Crime/Punishment

Woman who killed FBI agent files for compassionate release after contracting COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/24/Christina-Korbe-compassionate-release-COVID-19-shot-killed-FBI-agent/stories/202008240057

Education

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, here’s what schools will do and what parents should know
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/heres-what-pa-schools-will-do-if-a-student-tests-positive-for-covid-19-what-parents-need-to-know.html

Teacher at Central Dauphin elementary school tests positive for COVID-19: district
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/teacher-at-central-dauphin-elementary-school-tests-positive-for-covid-19-school.html

Cumberland Valley decides it will close a school for 1 day if positive COVID case turns up there
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/cumberland-valley-decides-it-will-close-a-school-for-1-day-if-positive-covid-case-turns-up-there.html

Luzerne County Schools get nearly $3.4 million in COVID-19 grants
https://www.timesleader.com/news/798222/luzerne-county-schools-get-nearly-3-4-million-in-covid-19-grants

DOH: Non-compliance to school mask guidance will have consequences
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/08/19/pa-doh-ignoring-covid-school-mask-guidelines-have-consequences/5606669002/

Scranton Prep suspends activities after ‘likely positive’ case of COVID
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/scranton-prep-suspends-activities-after-likely-positive-case-of-covid/article_15cef3ae-0c70-579d-9986-df6ec8c386ac.html

Valley View suspends fall sports after student-athletes’ possible exposure to COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/high-school/valley-view-suspends-fall-sports-after-student-athletes-possible-exposure-to-covid-19/article_5dae8ddf-b397-5435-a84a-6e9de57ffb27.html

Central teachers union: Reopening doomed to fail
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/education/2020/08/24/central-teachers-union-reopening-doomed-fail/5623705002/

With plenty of space, Catholic schools open 5 days a week
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/25/Catholic-Schools-COVID-19-in-person-classes-Pittsburgh-Greensburg/stories/202008250026

WPIAL schools have until September to make fall sports decisions
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2020/08/24/wpial-schools-fall-sports-decisions-piaa-pennsylvania/stories/202008240108

Declaring teachers ‘essential workers’ means nothing without giving real support | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/teachers-essential-workers-school-reopenings-coronavirus-philadelphia-pennsylvania-20200824.html

Guest commentary: Education solutions during pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/guest-commentary-education-solutions-during-pandemic/article_44b06ec8-e2f5-11ea-8a8b-3f0cbdfe95a2.html

Temple resumes classes, with far fewer students on campus
https://www.inquirer.com/education/temple-classes-coronavirus-reopen-protest-20200824.html

King’s, Wilkes students head back to class
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/education/kings-wilkes-students-head-back-to-class/article_fff755c1-06dd-5761-a16f-db000a119c35.html

Penn State students won’t be disciplined for East Halls, fraternity parties if they get tested
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/25/penn-state-students-wont-be-disciplined-for-east-halls-fraternity-parties-if-they-get-tested/

Elections/Politics

Republicans line up to endorse Biden over Trump as GOP convention kicks off
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/clout/president-donald-trump-republicans-endorse-joe-biden-rnc-20200824.html

5 takeaways on how Pennsylvanians see the presidential contenders, coronavirus response, and voting logistics
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-morning-call-muhlenberg-poll-takeaways-20200824-cncgbusobbgnjiiyrb6ji7ixpe-story.html

Luzerne County preparing for mail-in voting
https://www.timesleader.com/news/798243/luzerne-county-preparing-for-mail-in-voting

Health Care

How microaggressions in health care hurt minorities
https://www.inquirer.com/health/microaggressions-healthcare-racism-health-equity-20200825.html

Local News

Scranton investigating computer systems after finding ‘anomaly’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-investigating-computer-systems-after-finding-anomaly/article_b94aac40-a07d-5e97-b1e9-37f9ad7ca11e.html

Berks Commissioner Christian Leinbach will self-quarantine after attending event with Congressman Dan Meuser
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-commissioner-christian-leinbach-will-self-quarantine-after-attending-event-with-congressman-dan-meuser/article_367b71b8-e63d-11ea-a613-af9754751b00.html

Reading Holiday Parade and Fire + Ice Festival canceled because of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-holiday-parade-and-fire-ice-festival-canceled-because-of-coronavirus/article_c5ea1cf4-e62f-11ea-9fb5-a78b5aa5679f.html

New Bucks NAACP committee focuses on race in education, policing
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/08/25/bucks-naacp-forms-criminal-justice-education-committee/3410706001/

Upper Darby sanitation back to full strength after coronavirus quarantine
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/upper-darby-sanitation-back-to-full-strength-after-coronavirus-quarantine/article_76e801e0-e650-11ea-b5da-fbe8698c0a69.html

Hazleton council considers doubling fireworks penalty
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-council-considers-doubling-fireworks-penalty/article_4552b82d-0cb1-5bb1-a300-ce2973438842.html

National News

Kenosha, Wis., protesters again clash with police after a Black man was shot in the back by officers
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/wisconsin-police-shooting-kenosha-20200824.html

Court finds parts of anti-riot law violate free speech
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/antiriot-law-charlottesville-20200824.html

Philly

Philly restaurants got the green light for indoor dining at lower capacity. Do owners think it’s worth it?
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/indoor-dining-philadelphia-restaurants-bars-coronavirus-gov-wolf-pennsylvania-capacity-20200825.html

SEPTA malware attack has stifled operations and exasperated frustrated employees: ‘I think about quitting every day’
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-malware-attack-employees-riders-app-announcements-20200824.html

Judge to rule Tuesday on whether city can clear out Parkway homeless encampment
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-encampment-philadelphia-benjamin-franklin-parkway-poverty-20200824.html

Targeting Kensington drug organizations, Pa. attorney general announces 35 arrests
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-gun-violence-attorney-general-josh-shapiro-kensington-drugs-20200824.html

To stop shootings, young people say Philly must confront the ‘status and money’ guns can bring
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/25/to-stop-shootings-young-people-say-philly-must-confront-the-status-and-money-guns-can-bring/

Pitt

1-year-old boy dies after Spring Hill shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/24/Spring-Hill-shooting-1-year-old-infant-boy-shot-Rhine-Place-Pittsburgh-police/stories/202008240111

Pittsburgh councilman to introduce bill that restricts facial recognition use
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-councilman-to-introduce-bill-that-restricts-facial-recognition-use/

Community shows division over Hamlet’s contract renewal with PPS
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/24/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-superintendent-Anthony-Hamlet-contract-board-comment/stories/202008240109

Preservation group objects to removal of items from closed Allentown church
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/08/25/St-George-Church-Preservationi-Society-John-Vianney-Pittsburgh-Catholic-Diocese-Allentown/stories/202008200115

Pittsburgh LGBTQ Coalition announces continued activism, will organize Pride 2021
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-lgbtq-coalition-announces-continued-activism-will-organize-pride-2021/

After Delta dissolves, other LGBTQ groups plan to hold Pittsburgh Pride in 2021
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/24/LGBTQ-groups-Pittsburgh-Pride-2021-fest-gay-rights-celebration/stories/202008240077

Hotel out, condos back in at prime Mount Washington site next to Mon incline
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/08/25/hotel-condos-Grandview-Ave-Mount-Washington-Beemsterboer-Edge-restaurant/stories/202008250063

One critical after Uptown Pittsburgh shooting
https://triblive.com/local/one-critical-after-uptown-pittsburgh-shooting/

State News

Protest marcher shot in Bedford County as group walks from Milwaukee to DC
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/25/Protest-marcher-shot-bedford-county-pennsylvania-frank-nitty/stories/202008250075

A rural Pennsylvania prosecutor who supported Black Lives Matter was reprimanded by the GOP
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/franklin-county-da-matt-fogal-censured-black-lives-matter-20200824.html

A census undercount hurts Pennsylvania and our growing Latinx population | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/census-2020-pennsylvania-immigrants-citizenship-undercount-20200824.html

Washington

$25B mail delivery bill passes House, but likely to falter; Pa. Republicans rebuke push for aid
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/24/US-Postal-Service-aid-mail-delivery-Trump-Lamb-Doyle-Reschenthaler-funds-aid/stories/202008240075

Conor Lamb: Who really wants to defund the police?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2020/08/25/Conor-Lamb-Who-really-wants-to-defund-the-police/stories/202008250007

House panel rejects ethics complaint against Cartwright
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/house-panel-rejects-ethics-complaint-against-cartwright/article_7ee1a76d-fc93-5ad0-9ce6-41e11750977d.html

Casey proposing WPA-style national jobs program
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/business/casey-proposing-wpa-style-national-jobs-program/article_27feec85-510e-51fd-9862-d2c423ffb23e.html