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Legislature

Gov. Wolf’s pitch to legalize marijuana to close coronavirus budget gap divides lawmakers: ‘Utterly irresponsible’ or ‘legitimate?’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-marijuana-lawmakers-20200826-zqmxwn5t3jdibofhvagrjzdh6m-story.html

A vital rental assistance program is riddled with problems as Pa. prepares to resume evictions
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/spl/pa-evictions-ban-rental-assistance-program-coronavirus-flaws-20200827.html

Wolf spars with Legislature over claim that he can’t extend eviction moratorium
https://cumberlink.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wolf-spars-with-legislature-over-claim-that-he-cant-extend-eviction-moratorium/article_614f4019-b31e-57a5-acb9-ac558643a0a5.html

California foundation pushing for Pennsylvania to lease toll roads to private operators
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/08/26/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-Reason-Foundation-privatization-PennDOT-Gov-Tom-Wolf/stories/202008250138

Take new look at leasing PA Turnpike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/take-new-look-at-leasing-pa-turnpike/article_2fdd5ea3-850d-5e12-b10e-99755cf19b7f.html

Hockey players, parents urge state to change indoor sports regulations
https://tribhssn.triblive.com/hockey-players-parents-urge-state-to-change-indoor-sports-regulations/

Union members join industry groups to rally against state caps on power plant emissions
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/union-members-join-industry-groups-to-rally-against-state-caps-on-power-plant-emissions/

Lancaster County elections officials back Pa. Senate proposal to give them more time to open mail-in ballots
https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/lancaster-county-elections-officials-back-pa-senate-proposal-to-give-them-more-time-to-open/article_02c3deca-e81b-11ea-9962-3b1d8bdb393c.html

Here’s everything Libertarians like Russ Diamond get wrong about mask-wearing | Bruce Ledewitz
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/heres-everything-libertarians-like-russ-diamond-get-wrong-about-mask-wearing-bruce-ledewitz/

Pa. legislature has a chance to put people over politics – but it’s not what you think | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/pa-legislature-has-a-chance-to-put-people-over-politics-but-its-not-what-you-think-john-baer.html

Guest commentary Pennsylvania’s fiscal future
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/guest-commentary-pennsylvanias-fiscal-future/article_da30fd34-e78a-11ea-b896-c76fa2a5ab8b.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

The Justice Department is mulling a civil rights investigation into COVID deaths at Pa. and N.J. nursing homes
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-nursing-homes-pennsylvania-new-jersey-justice-department-data-request-20200826.html

Lawsuit: Former Monroeville nursing home administrator says officials gave state wrong data on COVID cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/26/Lawsuit-whistleblower-Monroeville-nursing-home-Ron-Berlingo-administrator-wrong-data-COVID-19-cases/stories/202008260127

COVID-19 mobile response unit coming to Wilkes-Barre
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-mobile-response-unit-coming-to-wilkes-barre/article_748af35e-c324-5af6-be10-72bc6287a3c6.html

Expert: Young people spreading coronavirus now
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/expert-young-people-spreading-coronavirus-now/article_599a83c4-e7db-11ea-83c5-7b5101ed651e.html

COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County’s total cases exceed 10,000; health director reconsidering crowd limits
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/26/COVID-19-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-data-deaths-cases/stories/202008260101

Westmoreland County adds 15 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-adds-15-new-coronavirus-cases-2/

No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA, 19 new cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/no-new-covid-19-deaths-in-nepa-19-new-cases/article_88337597-1e48-5035-9597-a548607c9209.html

Berks County new coronavirus cases dip slightly as 27 new cases are reported
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-new-coronavirus-cases-dip-slightly-as-27-new-cases-are-reported/article_c273f25c-e7bf-11ea-a5aa-b33c043ae5f3.html

Administration

Wolf admin. touts coronavirus procedures, services for families amid back-to-school season
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/26/wolf-admin-touts-coronavirus-procedures-services-for-families-amid-back-to-school-season/

Pennsylvania restaurants need 50% capacity to reopen | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/indoor-dining-philadelphia-pennsylvania-restaurants-reopening-capacity-20200826.html

State leaders loosen childcare restrictions as families balance work, online learning
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-leaders-loosen-childcare-restrictions-as-families-balance-work-online-learning/

Gisele Fetterman gets personal about her medical marijuana use
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/gisele-fetterman-gets-personal-about-her-medical-marijuana-use/

Business

‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ revisits Kelly O’s and Starlite
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2020/08/26/Diners-Drive-ins-Dives-Guy-Fieri-Kelly-Os-Starlite-Lounge-restaurants-Pittsburgh/stories/202008270042

Worker injured in gas line explosion at Belle Vernon landfill
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2020/08/26/Worker-injured-gas-line-explosion-Belle-Vernon-landfill-Westmoreland-Sanitary-Landfill/stories/202008260112

Unemployed? You may get an extra $300 a week through FEMA grant to Pa., N.J.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/unemployment-pennsylvania-department-labor-industry-gerard-oleksiak-trump-fema-20200826.html

State police issue 21 warnings related to COVID-19 regulations: police
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/state-police-issue-21-warnings-related-to-covid-19-regulations-police.html

Crime/Punishment

Montgomery County jail inmate dies from the coronavirus
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-jail-inmate-dies-from-the-coronavirus/article_c5658400-7adc-5a81-bb3d-deaeb5260a55.html

At least 15 gunshots fired in Sherman Hills on Tuesday night
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crime-emergencies/at-least-15-gunshots-fired-in-sherman-hills-on-tuesday-night/article_ed610c7c-5bf2-568a-90f6-344b4714c2d0.html

Education

Despite past success, Pa. may not be able to track spread of COVID-19 in schools, officials say
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/despite-past-success-pa-may-not-be-able-to-track-spread-of-covid-19-in-schools-officials-say/

How are school buses keeping kids safe from COVID-19? ‘Drivers have a lot on their plate’
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/08/how-are-school-buses-keeping-kids-safe-from-covid-19-drivers-have-a-lot-on-their-plate.html

First day of school amid a pandemic: Dallas opens doors
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/798468/first-day-of-school-amid-a-pandemic-dallas-opens-doors

Second Derry Township teacher tests positive for COVID-19: district
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/second-derry-township-teacher-tests-positive-for-covid-19-district.html

Northeastern confirms intermediate school staffer has COVID-19
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/08/27/northeastern-confirms-intermediate-school-staffer-has-covid-19/5642152002/

School districts report confirmed COVID-19 cases in central Pa.
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/08/26/south-western-reports-confirmed-covid-19-case-other-york-county-districts-report-coronavirus-cases/5636578002/

Nearly all WPIAL schools are planning to participate in fall sports
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/highschool/2020/08/26/wpial-schools-who-will-participate-fall-sports-piaa-pennsylvania/stories/202008260151

Reading High School student-athletes plead with the school board to reinstate fall sports
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-high-school-student-athletes-plead-with-the-school-board-to-reinstate-fall-sports/article_6af97580-e808-11ea-893d-9b9ef45c3644.html

Students share responsibility
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/08/27/Students-share-responsibility/stories/202008250052

Elections/Politics

Biden is still beating Trump in Pennsylvania, poll says — and most of his backers are really voting against Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-poll-biden-trump-franklin-marshall-20200827.html

New poll shows Biden up and viewed more favorably
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/new-poll-shows-biden-up-and-viewed-more-favorably/article_bf08c529-808e-545f-8a3a-f5cd897a108a.html

Latest poll finds Biden still leading Trump among Pa. voters, who also like Wolf’s pandemic response
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/latest-poll-finds-biden-still-leading-trump-among-pa-voters-who-also-like-wolfs-pandemic-response.html

Trump narrows gap with Biden in Pennsylvania, according to Franklin & Marshall College poll
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/trump-narrows-gap-with-biden-in-pennsylvania-according-to-franklin-marshall-college-poll/article_1aaf03a6-e7a4-11ea-bfa6-ab91f5230ca8.html

State, community groups work to expand voting access for Pennsylvania’s Spanish-speakers
https://www.witf.org/2020/08/26/state-community-groups-work-to-expand-voting-access-for-pennsylvanias-spanish-speakers%e2%80%af/

U.S. officials: No signs of foreign targeting of mail-in vote
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/mail-voting-intelligence-20200826.html

All polling places to be open Election Day across Westmoreland County; crush of mail-in ballots expected
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/all-polling-places-to-be-open-election-day-across-westmoreland-county-with-a-crush-of-mail-in-ballots-expected/

Barletta working at convention, could consider running for governor
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/barletta-working-at-convention-could-consider-running-for-governor/article_37b4b757-93a3-5bb6-a2ae-a28910132135.html

Health Care

UPMC tops $11B in revenue in first half of 2020
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/upmc-tops-11b-in-revenue-in-first-half-of-2020/

Local News

Backlash to comments about police brutality cements Lehigh County judge’s decision to retire: ‘I felt betrayed’
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-lehigh-county-judge-maria-dantos-retires-20200827-bihiwfip2vexxmzx5uqnmr23gq-story.html

County council still divided on merits of Mackey review
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-still-divided-on-merits-of-mackey-review/article_da35a669-5ebb-57e4-8142-6e500ed9c0b6.html

Wilkes-Barre suspends tire and electronic drop-off, receives too much junk
https://www.timesleader.com/news/798558/wilkes-barre-suspends-tire-and-electronic-drop-off-receives-too-much-junk

National News

NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS teams boycott games to protest Jacob Blake shooting
https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/milwaukee-bucks-nba-playoffs-boycott-houston-rockets-oklahoma-city-thunder-20200826.html

NBA playoff games suspended: What they’re saying and more
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2020/08/nba-playoff-games-suspended-what-theyre-saying-and-more.html

Philly

Philly protesters call for justice for Jacob Blake: ‘Now is the time to take to the streets’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/jacob-blake-protest-philadelphia-kenosha-wisconsin-shooting-police-20200826.html

Philly is about to get $10 million for mail ballot drop boxes, early voting, and raises for poll workers
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/philadelphia-2020-election-funding-20200826.html

The Sixers are targeting Penn’s Landing for a potential new basketball arena
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-76ers-penns-landing-new-arena-20200826.html

Transgender woman says she was beaten in her Point Breeze home and called slurs
https://www.inquirer.com/news/attack-on-transgender-woman-kendall-stephens-point-breeze-20200826.html

Philly is hiring workers to help with late trash pickup. But even that is delayed.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-trash-recycling-pickup-delays-hiring-workers-20200826.html

In Germantown, a housing development, a Colonial graveyard, and the playground that wasn’t
https://www.inquirer.com/news/playground-germantown-philadelphia-potters-field-preservation-history-open-space-20200827.html

NAACP takes control over Philly chapter after its president’s anti-Semitic Facebook post, backlash
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/naacp-president-rodney-muhammad-philadelphia-antisemitic-facebook-post-20200826.html

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will receive this year’s Liberty Medal
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ruth-bader-ginsburg-rbg-liberty-medal-national-constitution-center-20200826.html

Philly school district shouldn’t have to pay Comcast a dime to get kids online | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/comcast-internet-access-schools-philadelphia-hotspot-coronavirus-pandemic-20200826.html

Philly’s smaller businesses are underperforming those in other big cities, report finds
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-small-business-unemployment-growth-poverty-pew-charitable-trusts-20200826.html

Pitt

Special restaurant inspection team continues to target businesses breaking COVID-19 rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/08/27/restaurant-inspection-team-COVID-19-rules-Allegheny-County-Health-Department/stories/202008250129

Pittsburgh Public Schools board renews Hamlet’s contract
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/26/superintendent-Anthony-Hamlet-contract-renewed-PIttsburgh-Public-Schools-PPS-board-vote/stories/202008260134

Pittsburgh’s school board reappoints superintendent for 4-year term
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-school-board-reappoints-superintendent-for-4-year-term/

North Versailles woman killed, man injured in Homewood shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/27/Frankstown-Collier-Homewood-shooting-fatal/stories/202008270135

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli suspended without pay
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/08/26/Pittsburgh-Allegheny-County-Court-Common-Pleas-Judge-Mark-Tranquilli-suspended-without-pay-racist-statements/stories/202008260143

Peduto: City’s health plans will cover in vitro fertilization in 2021
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/26/Pittsburgh-health-coverage-in-vitro-fertilization-IVF-employees-municipal-healthcare/stories/202008260110

Pittsburgh to cover the cost of infertility treatments for its employees
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-to-cover-the-cost-of-infertility-treatments-for-its-employees/

Public will get chance to voice opinions on future of Columbus statue in Schenley Park
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/26/Christopher-Columbus-statue-Schenley-Park-Pittsburgh-Art-Commission-hearing/stories/202008260142

Get aht, yinz! Rankings indicate Pittsburgh accent among ‘ugliest in all of America’
https://triblive.com/local/get-aht-yinz-rankings-indicate-pittsburgh-accent-among-ugliest-in-all-of-america/

Allegheny County officials consider easing coronavirus restrictions
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-officials-consider-easing-coronavirus-restrictions/

Pitt bars 8 students from campus for violating covid-19 guidelines
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pitt-suspends-8-students-from-campus-for-violating-covid-19-guidelines/

State News

A Montgomery County teen’s murder is just one tragic example of relationship violence among young people
https://www.inquirer.com/news/morgan-mccaffery-teen-dating-violence-philadelphia-montgomery-county-20200827.html

Pennsylvania’s chief Supreme Court justice faces an ethics inquiry over an alleged racial insult
https://www.inquirer.com/news/supreme-court-pennsylvania-thomas-saylor-cynthia-baldwin-reprimand-ethics-judicial-conduct-investigation-ethics-20200826.html

Berks County farm families disappointed but resigned to virtual Farm Show 2021
https://www.readingeagle.com/berks-country/berks-county-farm-families-disappointed-but-resigned-to-virtual-farm-show-2021/article_4f5d9730-e244-11ea-8925-83f9d1dbecc1.html

Transportation

$6.3M in PennDOT work underway in Kingston, Forty Fort
https://www.timesleader.com/news/798560/6-3m-in-penndot-work-underway-in-kingston-forty-fort

Washington

Sen. Casey plans infrastructure, jobs package as area’s construction industry warns of cuts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/08/26/Bob-Casey-Lindy-Paving-construction-workers-COVID-19-infrastructure-package/stories/202008260100

US Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., proposes a new New Deal to fix infrastructure, spur job growth
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/08/26/sen-casey-calls-new-deal-program-address-infrastructure-jobs/5635442002/