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Pa. lawmakers propose 1st dog license fee increase in 24 years
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-lawmakers-propose-1st-dog-license-fee-increase-in-24-years/

State officials say Pa.’s dog law enforcement is on ‘life support’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/state-officials-say-pa-s-dog-law-enforcement-is-on-life-support/

New Kensington officials want local control over use of fireworks
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-officials-want-local-control-over-use-of-fireworks/

Pa. produces a lot of greenhouse gases, but its Republican-led legislature isn’t acting on climate change — even as scientists say the clock is ticking
https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/08/06/pennsylvania-climate-change-greenhouse-gases-republican-legislature/

Public education during pandemic is ‘impossible scenario … with few explicit answers’: school boards leader
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/08/education-leader-providing-public-education-during-pandemic-is-impossible-scenario-with-few-explicit-answers.html

Three days of talk in Harrisburg yield scant consensus on critical school reopening questions
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/three-days-of-talk-in-harrisburg-yield-scant-consensus-on-critical-school-reopening-questions/

Kids on buses, internet access and lawsuit protection among issues as coronavirus-era school year approaches
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-house-hearing-schools-20200805-bux7qo7fjzafhba75aqczrbfku-story.html

Legislature has work to do
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/08/06/Legislature-has-work-to-do/stories/202008040013

Ease mail-in voting process
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/ease-mail-in-voting-process/article_8376f248-9178-5aea-ad33-09fa3d7bef96.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

N.J. officials beg people to stay away from indoor gatherings; Pa. and Philly coronavirus cases still trending down
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-nj-cases-pa-philly-young-people-indoor-fines-20200805.html

COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reporting 70 new cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/08/05/COVID-19-data-cases-deaths-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-1/stories/202008050096

No new regional COVID-19 deaths, but Luzerne cases spike again
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/no-new-regional-covid-19-deaths-but-luzerne-cases-spike-again/article_02c1b44e-0729-5367-913b-ea3e954a12fe.html

25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/25-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-luzerne-county/article_a0ffed37-8aad-5d88-9c0d-99c2cd924d96.html

PA Department of Health responds to Lamb’s call for investigation
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200806/pa-department-of-health-responds-to-lambrsquos-call-for-investigation

Administration

Levine spokesperson refers to transphobic statements in response to meme posted by Hanover Area School Board member
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/levine-spokesperson-refers-to-transphobic-statements-in-response-to-meme-posted-by-hanover-area-school/article_8f17a804-e9b1-58a7-a140-a0980c40f876.html

Business

State police issue 6 COVID-19 mitigation warnings, one violation notice to businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/08/05/COVID-19-business-warnings-restaurant-bars-liquor-control-enforcement/stories/202008050162

Cartwright pushes for restaurant relief
https://www.timesleader.com/news/795376/cartwright-pushes-for-restaurant-relief

Restaurateurs tell congressman what they need to stay afloat
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/business/restaurateurs-tell-congressman-what-they-need-to-stay-afloat/article_5dec5e3c-1157-5894-b4a4-1b68f41bb3ef.html

Amazon to open fulfillment center in Berks near Shartlesville
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/amazon-to-open-fulfillment-center-in-berks-near-shartlesville/article_7086b460-d749-11ea-a2c6-0f82065f607a.html

Education

As COVID-19 rages, teachers unions fielding myriad questions before school year starts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/05/As-COVID-19-rages-teachers-unions-fielding-myriad-questions-before-school-year-starts/stories/202008050097

Norwin parents to protest hybrid school reopening plan
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/nowin-parents-to-protest-hybrid-school-reopening-plan/

Peters Township OKs 5-day school week to open academic year
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/peters-township-oks-5-day-school-week-to-open-academic-year/article_156a8332-c17f-52b8-a7de-85e073f22eb0.html

Penn Hills School District reopening plans call for mix of in-person, online classes
https://triblive.com/local/penn-hills/penn-hills-school-district-reopening-plans-call-for-mix-of-in-person-online-classes/

Reading School Board votes to go full virtual learning and suspends sports
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-school-board-votes-to-go-full-virtual-learning-and-suspends-sports/article_cbf3fcf8-d790-11ea-b4ff-bbe549b9de97.html

Abington Heights officials outline virtual start plans, frustrating some parents
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/abington-heights-officials-outline-virtual-start-plans-frustrating-some-parents/article_7d3fc6d6-14c1-5c1b-8384-f1da51d01be7.html

Lackawanna League principals vote to delay start of fall sports
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/high-school/lackawanna-league-principals-vote-to-delay-start-of-fall-sports/article_5362423e-c4e8-5e6c-b0b9-62fe6595712d.html

Local agency seeks to replace Scranton School District’s pre-K programs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/local-agency-seeks-to-replace-scranton-school-district-s-pre-k-programs/article_8d77dd04-88ca-52e4-b507-9eacc80cdcee.html

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/05/Chicago-school-year-schools-start-fall-remote-learning-plan/stories/202008050190

Condemn, discuss, repeat: Students of color say Pa.’s state universities fail to address campus racism
https://www.inquirer.com/education/spl/pennsylvania-public-universities-colleges-campus-racism-20200806.html

As criticism over college reopening plans mounts, Penn students who work in residence halls demand hazard pay, safer conditions
https://www.inquirer.com/news/penn-drexel-temple-cornavirus-resident-hall-assistants-20200805.html

Some CCAC students may be eligible for more aid under federal CARES Act
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/some-ccac-students-may-be-eligible-for-more-aid-under-federal-cares-act/

Elections/Politics

In swing states like Pa., young Blacks aren’t sold on Biden, Democrats, or voting. Why? | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/in-swing-states-like-pa-young-blacks-arent-sold-on-biden-democrats-or-voting-why-opinion/

Isaias

Isaias’ aftermath brings a massive cleanup at flooded homes, prolonged outages, and a closed Vine Street Expressway
https://www.inquirer.com/weather/hurricane-isaias-tornadoes-winds-power-outages-jersey-shore-philadelphia-20200805.html

Isaias could leave some customers in Pa., N.J. without power through the weekend
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/power-outages-philadelphia-isaias-chester-bucks-delaware-montgomery-county-peco-20200805.html

After Isaias’ wrath comes the big cleanup in Delaware County
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/after-isaias-wrath-comes-the-big-cleanup-in-delaware-county/article_6fe16824-d777-11ea-a3ad-b346148e4cde.html

No fatalities following 127 incidental water rescues in wake of tropical storm
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/no-fatalities-following-127-incidental-water-rescues-in-wake-of-tropical-storm/article_087eaa36-d761-11ea-9491-371303b3f306.html

Local News

Lackawanna County Commissioners approve final bills for AG probe legal fees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-commissioners-approve-final-bills-for-ag-probe-legal-fees/article_5762891c-a5f5-5b29-963b-8a86838abe51.html

‘Very disturbing to watch’: Prison restraint video posted to social media
https://www.timesleader.com/news/795386/very-disturbing-to-watch-prison-restraint-video-posted-to-social-media

Facebook user leaks graphic video of LCCF inmate death
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/facebook-user-leaks-graphic-video-of-lccf-inmate-death/article_5cf7a972-341a-5c7d-9c5f-cf5d2b232a0c.html

Pedri, Salavantis weigh in on inmate video release
https://www.timesleader.com/news/795390/luzerne-county-officials-weigh-in-on-inmate-video-release

Reading mayor explains why Wacky Water Wednesdays continue despite suspension of special events permits
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-mayor-explains-why-wacky-water-wednesdays-continue-despite-suspension-of-special-events-permits/article_3a428f8e-d738-11ea-a06b-8f0217a17c48.html

‘We are in a moment of moral reckoning:’ Allentown City Council members present competing narratives, air grievances following censure attempt
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council–20200806-qmk42s2f7rftlet4in72fumtoa-story.html

National News

If you still didn’t get $500 per child stimulus payment, it could come this week, IRS says
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/08/if-you-still-didnt-get-500-per-child-stimulus-payment-it-could-come-this-week-irs-says.html

Natural Gas

Fee hike more than doubles price for shale gas drilling permits in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/08/06/Marcellus-shale-gas-drilling-permit-fee-increase-Pennsylvania-DEP/stories/202008050127

Philly

Philly is seeing a spike in shootings of children. But motives and arrests are lagging.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-increase-children-shot-murders-gun-violence-20200806.html

Neighbors recognize plight of Parkway homeless, but are fed up with trash, needles, nudity, and human waste
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-encampment-benjamin-franklin-parkway-high-rise-residents-center-city-20200806.html

An abandoned garage is the latest flashpoint over gentrification in West Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/west-philadelphia-zoning-redevelopment-garden-court-opposition-20200806.html

Philly lawmakers are warning of an ‘unmitigated disaster’ as post office problems lead to big mail delays
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/usps-mail-delays-philadelphia-lawmakers-20200805.html

Former State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell ordered to house arrest in her nonprofit theft case
https://www.inquirer.com/news/movita-johnson-harrell-nonprofit-theft-case-house-arrest-coronavirus-20200805.html

Coronavirus has Philly falling way behind on trash pickup — but it’s not the only city
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadephia-trash-recycling-collection-delays-covid-20200806.html

Red Paw saved thousands of Philly pets from disasters. Now, it’s shutting down.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/red-paw-emergency-relief-philadelphia-pets-fire-disaster-rescue-jennifer-leary-20200805.html

Reopening restaurants is a death sentence for workers and the industry | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/restaurants-reopening-coronavirus-philadelphia-pennsylvania-industry-workers-20200805.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh police bashed in her door by mistake, and she got stuck with the bill
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/08/06/Pittsburgh-Monroeville-police-raid-broken-door-Homewood-Larimer-Vivian-Bey/stories/202008040120

PPS still in process of acquiring tech for online instruction
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/08/05/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-students-district-devices/stories/202008050169

College parties, school openings, contact sports pose challenges in Allegheny County’s ‘war’ against covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/college-parties-school-openings-contact-sports-pose-challenges-in-allegheny-countys-war-against-covid-19allegheny-county-officials-cite-concerns-over-schools-contact-sports-as-region-combats-l/

412 Food Rescue holding more distributions Friday and Saturday as need increases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/412-food-rescue-holding-more-distributions-friday-and-saturday-as-need-increases/

Pitt to launch study of medical marijuana use to ease pain in sickle cell patients
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pitt-to-launch-study-of-medical-marijuana-use-to-ease-pain-in-sickle-cell-patients/