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Legislature

Work on Pa.’s road, bridge projects given the green light to continue for now
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/work-on-pas-road-bridge-projects-given-the-green-light-to-continue-for-now.html

Pennsylvania Republicans say Gov. Wolf commits to keep PennDOT projects going; administration sees ‘potential’ to avoid halt
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-wolf-penndot-funding-20201130-v7vos5lb4zgzdbgnpp4b64lwm4-story.html

Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers continue election attacks, promise report on ‘sizable irregularities’
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/pennsylvania-gop-lawmakers-continue-election-attacks-promise-report-on-sizable-irregularities/

Statehouse Republican groups cling to baseless election claims as lawmaking and legal chances fade
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/30/statehouse-republican-groups-cling-to-baseless-election-claims-as-lawmaking-and-legal-chances-fade/

Precedent set as state officials get no pay raise
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/12/01/Precedent-set-as-state-officials-get-no-pay-raise/stories/202011300081

If Florida can raise its minimum wage, Pennsylvania can, too | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/minimum-wage-florida-vote-pennsylvania-philadelphia-20201130.html

Pa. doesn’t have to choose between good jobs and a healthy environment | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-doesnt-have-to-choose-between-good-jobs-and-a-healthy-environment-opinion/

Republicans silent on report of Pa. senator’s positive COVID-19 test
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/republicans-silent-on-report-of-pa-senators-positive-covid-19-test.html

Senate Republicans silent as another lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/senate-republicans-silent-as-another-lawmaker-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Second Pa. Republican senator tests positive for the coronavirus
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/11/second-pa-republican-senator-tests-positive-for-the-coronavirus.html

Argall in quarantine after contact with COVID-positive colleague
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/coronavirus/argall-in-quarantine-after-contact-with-covid-positive-colleague/article_518f2147-e9c0-5977-b7f9-e8b6e714c949.html

Threatening primaries, Trump supporters make one last pitch for Pa. Republicans to block election results
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/threatening-primaries-trump-supporters-make-one-last-pitch-for-pa-republicans-to-block-election-results/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Levine: Pa. has reached ‘concerning milestone’ in covid-19
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/levine-pa-has-reached-concerning-milestone-in-covid-19/

With rising hospitalizations and Thanksgiving over, officials warn public not to travel in December
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-pa-thanksgiving-philly-nj-sports-christmas-holiday-surge-travel-20201130.html

More Pennsylvanians hospitalized with COVID-19 now than during spring peak
https://www.witf.org/2020/11/30/more-pennsylvanians-hospitalized-with-covid-19-now-than-during-spring-peak/

Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 4,268 more cases on Monday; hospitals and intensive care units ‘strained’
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-virus-nov30-stats-20201130-esugzs3f3bex5dk2nnizjhaqze-story.html

Pittsburgh-area hospitals limit visitors as COVID-19 cases increase
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/12/01/Pittsburgh-area-hospitals-limit-visitors-COVID-19-cases-increase/stories/202011300086

Allegheny County’s new covid case numbers recede slightly
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-countys-new-covid-case-numbers-recede-slightly/

104 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/104-new-covid-19-cases-in-luzerne-county/article_a2fbe7c9-dc63-5c92-b0dd-57dcc50dd216.html

Berks adds 82 coronavirus cases
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-adds-82-coronavirus-cases/article_014ef4aa-331e-11eb-b564-13f3b0f84cdd.html

Coronavirus continues to spread in Montgomery County
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/coronavirus-continues-to-spread-in-montgomery-county/article_b6ce8e94-08fd-5ee7-b040-3ebc7e2640a4.html

COVID cases skyrocket in November
https://www.timesonline.com/story/news/2020/12/01/lawrence-county-covid-cases-spike-november/6466785002/

Holiday reporting lags as new COVID-19 cases drop
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/holiday-reporting-lags-as-new-covid-19-cases-drop/article_e811a510-6d74-5137-a8a3-d3de5178b5d4.html

2 Luzerne County nursing homes see large COVID-19 outbreaks
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/2-luzerne-county-nursing-homes-see-large-covid-19-outbreaks/article_e93a101f-d601-5cbd-b36e-660510bbfe8a.html

National Guard providing covid-19 assistance at Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Unity
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/national-guard-providing-covid-19-assistance-at-twin-lakes-rehabilitation-and-healthcare-center-in-unity/

White Haven Center reports death from COVID-19
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/white-haven-center-reports-death-from-covid-19/article_9fd5d423-1718-584d-b98c-b40b0230c2ce.html

Nursing homes in Hazleton, Jenkins Twp. see large COVID-19 outbreaks
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/coronavirus/nursing-homes-in-hazleton-jenkins-twp-see-large-covid-19-outbreaks/article_02d68b46-4501-5fb1-85ed-cd229605ccfb.html

Gardens at Tunkhannock nursing home battling surge in COVID-19 cases, deaths
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/gardens-at-tunkhannock-nursing-home-battling-surge-in-covid-19-cases-deaths/article_bc595125-9704-5c5e-8b81-db0673c81c4e.html

Many adult day service centers will close without state funding for virtual programs | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/11/many-adult-day-service-centers-will-close-without-state-funding-for-virtual-programs-opinion.html

Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s coronavirus adviser after months of feuding with White House health officials
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/11/30/Scott-Atlas-resigns-quits-Donald-Trump-White-House-coronavirus-COVID-19-adviser-Dr-Deborah-Birx-Anthony-Fauci/stories/202011300141

Yes, you can get covid twice; don’t be alarmed, scientists say
https://triblive.com/news/health-now/yes-you-can-get-covid-twice-dont-be-alarmed-scientists-say/

Administration

Wolf vetoes GOP-backed bill on limiting COVID-19 liability
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/11/30/Wolf-vetoes-GOP-backed-bill-on-limiting-COVID-19-liability/stories/202011300110

Business

Receiving pandemic assistance funds? You may be asked to repay the state
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/11/30/unemployment-compensation-PUA-Pandemic-Unemployment-Assistance-Program-overpayments-Pennsylvania-COVID-19/stories/202011300093

The ease of online shopping makes Cyber Monday the year’s busiest shopping day
https://www.inquirer.com/business/retail/cyber-monday-philadelphia-retail-sales-amazon-target-20201130.html

Local businesses struggling to hire new employees
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/local-businesses-struggling-to-hire-new-employees/article_e9e70fd4-8932-58a4-985d-50afce837269.html

VF Outlet in West Reading to close, signaling the end an era
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/vf-outlet-in-west-reading-to-close-signaling-the-end-an-era/article_7c6eff26-333d-11eb-9da5-83eeee25c589.html

Crime/Punishment

Luzerne County prison gym will soon be equipped to house quarantined inmates as needed
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811540/luzerne-county-prison-gym-will-soon-be-equipped-to-house-quarantined-inmates-as-needed

Geo reports prison C.O. died of coronavirus
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/geo-reports-prison-c-o-died-of-coronavirus/article_f28c39be-336d-11eb-9bca-f7bd07863b1f.html

Shootings

Police: Man shot in the face in Pittsburgh’s South Side
https://triblive.com/local/police-man-shot-in-the-face-in-pittsburghs-south-side/

Education

State: Decision to close schools to remain with local districts as coronavirus cases surge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/11/30/covid-19-coronavirus-allegheny-county-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-surge-hospitalizations-positivity/stories/202011300065

Study: Students falling behind in math during pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/12/01/Study-Students-falling-behind-in-math-during-pandemic/stories/202012010091

‘We have dealt with COVID and quite frankly COVID won,’ says Temple football coach Rod Carey
https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/temple/temple-university-football-season-coronavirus-rod-carey-20201130.html

Elections/Politics

Voters want clarification on 9th District race
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/voters-want-clarification-on-9th-district-race/article_e024af7a-3333-11eb-b5af-4f6358cfd831.html

Westmoreland elections board certifies more Nov. 3 ballots — but not 344 in undated envelopes
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-elections-board-certifies-more-nov-3-ballots-but-not-344-in-undated-envelopes/

Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden wins in presidential vote
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/arizona-joe-biden-victory-certified-2020-presidential-election-20201130.html

Health Care

Report on 2019 care shows higher-than-expected mortality rates at 2 local hospitals
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811544/report-on-2019-care-shows-higher-than-expected-mortality-rates-at-2-local-hospitals

Higher-than-expected death rates at central Pa. hospitals highlighted in report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/some-central-pa-hospitals-have-higher-death-rates-report-finds.html

St. Mary nurses, hospital set to resume negotiations
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/11/30/st-mary-medical-center-nurses-trinity-health-resume-contract-talks/6462589002/

Local News

Judge approves Scranton payroll tax, but imposing it uncertain
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-approves-scranton-payroll-tax-but-imposing-it-uncertain/article_98976517-bee9-5ff6-9787-5e1785922977.html

Cognetti appoints Judge Scranton fire chief
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/cognetti-appoints-judge-scranton-fire-chief/article_7fa4702f-950e-54f7-ab60-a265934580ca.html

UGI lowering natural gas costs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/ugi-lowering-natural-gas-costs/article_c0916a0e-10ff-5007-95ed-f21b1e372674.html

Talks to continue on Wilkes-Barre’s 2021 budget
https://www.timesleader.com/news/811492/talks-to-continue-on-wilkes-barres-2021-budget

Controversial Mountain Top Watch group resumes recruiting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/controversial-mountain-top-watch-group-resumes-recruiting/article_c76d4f31-3d4a-54c0-9e69-2fbfb833c192.html

Cold weather shelter program returns to Westmoreland County
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/cold-weather-shelter-program-returns-to-westmoreland-county/

Philly

Philly hunger relief group Philabundance lost nearly $1 million in cyberattack
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philabundance-cybertheft-nearly-1-million-20201201.html

Controversial tax abatement bill pits Philly building trades unions against concerns for immigrant workers
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-tax-abatement-undocumented-immigrant-maria-quinones-sanches-bobby-henon-20201130.html

City legislators to hold hearing on changes to 10-year tax abatement, 1% construction tax on Tuesday
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-legislators-to-hold-hearing-on-changes-to-10-year-tax-abatement-1-construction-tax/article_df79faf2-0341-5b33-82fe-cdfcb0b9debc.html

‘I feel stuck’: Philadelphians struggle with the effects of unemployment on mental health
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-unemployment-philadelphia-mental-health-20201201.html

Judge clears mall-owner PREIT’s restructuring plan with lenders, clearing path out of bankruptcy
https://www.inquirer.com/news/preit-bankruptcy-restructuring-approval-chapter-11-svp-20201130.html

Philly Tech Sistas wants to diversify the tech scene in Philadelphia and beyond
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philly-tech-sistas-wants-diversify-tech-scene-philadelphia-beyond-20201130.html

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration prioritizes Philly renters in latest spending plan for federal coronavirus aid
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-coronavirus-relief-spending-small-businesses-rental-assistance-20201130.html

Penn’s $100 million to Philly schools is no permanent substitute for PILOTs | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/penn-pilots-donation-philadelphia-school-district-20201130.html

Without advocates in City Hall, Philly’s small businesses are unfairly expected to white-knuckle it | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-small-business-closing-covid-coronavirus-relief-20201130.html

Safer at Home vs. Christmas Village: A tale of two City Halls | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/christmas-village-philadelphia-coronavirus-covid-restrictions-20201130.html

Pitt

Allegheny County receives over $1.2 million to provide emergency cold-weather shelter to homeless population
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/allegheny-county-receives-over-12-million-to-provide-emergency-cold-weather-shelter-to-homeless-population/Content?oid=18468517

Gun rights coalition, Allegheny County residents sue over shutdown of county’s firearms division
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/11/30/firearms-policy-coalition-Allegheny-County-residents-lawsuit-sheriff-office-closure-transport-ban/stories/202011300068

Invest in innovation
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/12/01/Invest-in-innovation-Transportation-Public-Transit-Pittsburgh-Greenfield-Oakland/stories/202010240017

Tony Norman: Abandon hope all ye who enter Allegheny County Jail
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-norman/2020/12/01/Allegheny-County-Jail-books-banned-ebooks-reading-pandemic/stories/202012010033

State News

Feds speed sale of Three Mile Island unit amid state concern about decommissioning
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/12/01/Federal-government-sale-of-Three-Mile-Island-pennsylvania-decommissioning/stories/202012010096

Transportation

Rail hopes switch tracks
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/rail-hopes-switch-tracks/article_95a75036-5fee-5bbf-801d-513851eeb03f.html