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Administration

Gov. Wolf frees Chester County man sentenced to 125 years on drug charges, weighs more acts of clemency

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/12/22/Governor-Wolf-pennsylvania-frees-man-Benny-Ortega-sentenced-drug-charges-clemency/stories/201812220082

State

Would legalizing marijuana change police work? Chiefs tight-lipped

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/12/would-legalizing-marijuana-change-police-work-chiefs-tight-lipped.html

Editorial: State right to curb leakage

https://www.standardspeaker.com/opinion/state-right-to-curb-leakage-1.2424899

Firefighter training not required, but necessary, chiefs say

https://www.tribdem.com/news/state-of-emergency-this-job-can-kill-you-firefighter-training/article_9b144c78-066d-11e9-a37e-5b8a033db164.html

State advises consumers to throw out unpasteurized milk products from Quarryville farm

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/state-advises-consumers-to-throw-out-unpasteurized-milk-products-from/article_08537cbc-0620-11e9-bd55-73e093d73363.html

50/50 raffles are performing better than the Steelers, Penguins expected

https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/12/22/50-50-raffles-Pirates-Penguins-Steelers-charities-pittsburgh/stories/201812230054

What does climate Change look like for Northeastern Pennsylvania?

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/climate

Business

GE locomotive production to continue in Erie, for now

http://www.goerie.com/news/20181223/ge-locomotive-production-to-continue-in-erie-for-now

New Dave & Buster’s at Block Northway hiring 200 workers for February grand opening

https://triblive.com/local/northhills/14434834-74/new-dave-busters-at-block-northway-hiring-200-workers-for-february

Longwood Gardens voted best botanical garden in America

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/longwood-gardens-voted-best-botanical-garden-in-america/article_191d05c0-dd14-51cb-8905-cdfd921e32ce.html

His company created 100 jobs in Dunmore, now he wants help others make more

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/business/his-company-created-100-jobs-in-dunmore-now-he-wants-help-others-make-more-1.2425070

Education

Pitt to partner with Hempfield’s General Carbide in metals research

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14428072-74/pitt-to-partner-with-hempfield-company-in-metals-research

Lehigh Valley arts charter high school to take advantage of state loophole

https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-charter-arts-high-school-lease-reimbursements-20181218-story.html

Audit: HASD overspent by $523K in 2017-18

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/audit-hasd-overspent-by-523k-in-2017-18-1.2425123

Colleges in Lehigh Valley phase out use of plastic straws

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2018/12/colleges-in-lehigh-valley-phase-out-use-of-plastic-straws.html

Healthcare

Fallout over UPMC-Highmark split rankles patients forced to choose sides, confront prepay rule

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14437771-74/fallout-over-upmc-highmark-split-rankles-patients-forced-to-choose-sides-confront-prepay

Do’s and don’ts of helping loved ones pay medical bills

https://triblive.com/business/headlines/14437263-74/dos-and-donts-of-helping-loved-ones-pay-medical-bills

Pennsylvanians reminded of mental health resources during holiday season

https://www.timesleader.com/news/728357/pennsylvanians-reminded-of-mental-health-resources-during-holiday-season

1 life saved and another improved through these medical advancements serving the Lehigh Valley

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/12/9b466420094317/1-life-saved-and-another-impro.html

Philly

Five dead, eight wounded in weekend shootings and stabbings in Philadelphia

http://www.philly.com/news/two-dead-seven-wounded-during-night-shootings-stabbings-philadelphia-20181222.html

Tourists turned away at Liberty Bell, Independence Hall amid government shutdown

http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-government-shutdown-liberty-bell-trump-independence-hall-tourists-scanlon-20181222.html

Bob Brady, Philadelphia congressman and Capitol Hill’s “mayor,” retires after two decades

http://www.philly.com/news/bob-brady-philadelphia-congressman-capitol-hills-mayor-retires-after-two-decades-20181222.html

Local

Future uncertain for Don Guanella property in 2019

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/future-uncertain-for-don-guanella-property-in/article_561c3a96-056d-11e9-94db-cb96b3a4d7b2.html

Without consistent funding, some Lancaster County EMS leaders fear the future

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/writing-s-on-the-wall-without-consistent-funding-some-lancaster/article_31c65ca2-0672-11e9-9762-63e5f63468a1.html

Two Ohiopyle men named national heroes for rafting rescue

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/two-ohiopyle-men-named-national-heroes-for-rafting-rescue/article_29eeff04-0c8c-5e77-86aa-535b4c7b8084.html

Police: Cop forced 2nd woman into sex

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/police-cop-forced-2nd-woman-into-sex-1.2425109

Steamtown historic site closed due to shutdown

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/steamtown-historic-site-closed-due-to-shutdown-1.2425103

Lehigh Valley’s 4th medical marijuana dispensary plans mid-2019 opening

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/2018/12/lehigh-valleys-4th-medical-marijuana-dispensary-plans-mid-2019-opening.html