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Legislature

Radar bill controversy turns on dispute over freezing out part-time cops
https://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/radar-bill-controversy-turns-on-dispute-over-freezing-out-part/article_8c43a43b-ea36-5ea1-8261-c7b626092884.html

Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, charged with stealing more than $500,000 from her own charity, will resign
https://www.inquirer.com/news/movita-johnson-harrell-criminal-charges-pa-state-rep-20191204.html

Criminal charges filed against Pa. lawmaker ‘beyond disturbing’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/criminal-charges-filed-against-pa-lawmaker-beyond-disturbing.html

Johnson-Harrell case trips up Dems in the 190th District — again
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/johnson-harrell-case-trips-up-dems-in-the-th-district/article_e8539334-1984-530c-a309-28adb9f5b768.html

Another day in Pennsylvania, another indicted politician. Why it’s important to not shrug this off. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/movita-johnson-harrell-criminal-charges-ag-josh-shapiro-corruption-philadelphia-20191204.html

Burns: Job training grants available
https://www.tribdem.com/news/burns-job-training-grants-available/article_918c91d4-1714-11ea-ac07-6bac26be2c7e.html

Battling vaping: State raises age to purchase tobacco
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/12/05/Battling-vaping-State-raises-age-to-purchase-tobacco/stories/201912030033

Editorial: Deana’s Law could spare another family
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-deanas-law-could-spare-another-family

Administration

Pa. governor gives out $1.2M in beer grants for mix of promotional, educational projects
https://www.pennlive.com/food/2019/12/pa-governor-gives-out-12m-in-beer-grants-for-mix-of-promotional-educational-projects.html

Business

In cost-cutting, FedLoan student loan call center in Chester closing next year
https://www.inquirer.com/business/fedloan-pheaa-navient-student-loans-jobs-chester-wilkes-barre-20191204.html

Railcar business fined $500K for worker’s death
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/railcar-business-fined-500k-for-worker-s-death-1.2567606

Supermarket headed to downtown W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/supermarket-headed-to-downtown-w-b-1.2567687

Crime/Punishment

Pa. prison psychologist loses license after 3 ‘preventable and foreseeable’ suicides
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-doc-sci-cresson-james-harrington-board-psychology-20191204.html

Bucks County woman charged in death of infant at unlicensed day care
https://www.inquirer.com/news/lauren-landgrebe-infant-death-manslaughter-bucks-county-20191204.html

A state trooper preyed on women and teens 20 years ago. Now, he’s done it again.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/michael-evans-state-trooper-sexual-assault-montgomery-county-20191204.html

Education

Scranton School District to receive one-time boost in state funds
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-district-to-receive-one-time-boost-in-state-funds-1.2567540

Judge denies petition to convert Chester Upland schools to charters, says charter expansion may be an option
https://www.inquirer.com/education/chester-community-charter-school-chester-upland-district-20191204.html

West Mifflin High School mourns student-athlete who died unexpectedly on Tuesday
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/12/04/West-Mifflin-High-School-athlete-Dasani-Green-dies-unexpectedly/stories/201912040107

Berks Catholic’s Anthony Myers dies after yearlong battle with brain cancer
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/berks-catholics-anthony-myers-dies-of-cancer

King’s College first locally to offer new special education degree program
https://www.timesleader.com/news/764758/kings-college-first-locally-to-offer-new-special-education-degree-program

Health Care

UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven appeals denial of hospital’s move to become a nonprofit
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/12/04/UPMC-Susquehanna-Lock-Haven-tax-exempt-property-assessment-board-appeal-Clinton-County-denial/stories/201912040134

Indiana County whooping cough cases prompt vaccination clinic
https://triblive.com/local/regional/indiana-county-whooping-cough-cases-prompt-vaccination-clinic/

Local News

Scranton mayor-elect Paige Cognetti identifies transition team
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-mayor-elect-paige-cognetti-identifies-transition-team-1.2567794

Scranton’s state-appointed financial overseer recommends small tax increase in 2020 city budget
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-s-state-appointed-financial-overseer-recommends-small-tax-increase-in-2020-city-budget-1.2567702

Scranton DPW director says trash temporarily dumped on ground to make emergency truck repairs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-dpw-director-says-trash-temporarily-dumped-on-ground-to-make-emergency-truck-repairs-1.2567757

One-sided contract embarrassing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/one-sided-contract-embarrassing-1.2567590

Expense cuts could reduce county tax hike
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/expense-cuts-could-reduce-county-tax-hike-1.2567609

3 in running for county election director
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/3-in-running-for-county-election-director-1.2567656

Should Luzerne County make insurance broker switch?
https://www.timesleader.com/news/764786/should-luzerne-county-make-insurance-broker-switch

Board addresses concerns ahead of White Haven Center closing
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/board-addresses-concerns-ahead-of-white-haven-center-closing-1.2567669

Elwyn changes auditors, hires consultant to help it meet financial targets
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/elwyn-changes-auditor-hires-consulting-firm-financial-woes-20191205.html

Delmont paving program comes in $76,000 under budget
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/delmont-paving-program-comes-in-76000-under-budget/

Proposed Tarentum budget holds line on taxes despite $1M cut in spending
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/proposed-tarentum-budget-holds-line-on-taxes-despite-1m-cut-in-spending/

Several fire departments in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties receive grants
https://triblive.com/local/regional/several-fire-departments-in-westmoreland-allegheny-counties-receive-grants/

Alsace Township in negotiations to reinstate newly staffed fire company
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/alsace-in-negotiations-to-reinstate-newly-staffed-fire-company

City Center to build its tallest office building yet: A $100 million, 16-story tower in Allentown
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-center-1-center-square-hamilton-wells-fargo-20191204-ectarm7toffphmbveyjffvjos4-story.html

Allentown City Council adopts $119 million spending plan for 2020 with no tax hikes
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-adopts-2020-budget-no-take-hike-20191205-5b47aut72ve2np3irhfbqn546q-story.html

D.A.-elect Stollsteimer cleans house as he prepares to take office
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/d-a–elect-stollsteimer-cleans-house-as-he-prepares/article_880803ac-16e5-11ea-bc66-4b6b128e8a7f.html

Bucks County commissioners OK $5.2M purchase of new voting machines
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20191204/bucks-county-commissioners-ok-52m-purchase-of-new-voting-machines

Phoenixville-area water systems sold for $3.5M to Aqua Pennsylvania
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/phoenixville-area-water-systems-sold-for-m-to-aqua-pennsylvania/article_8ace3575-f94f-5945-8bc4-1a18e1e694eb.html

National News

Trump administration changes food stamp rule, eliminating benefits for hundreds of thousands
https://www.inquirer.com/news/hunger-food-stamps-trump-usda-able-bodied-20191204.html

668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/12/04/Americans-will-lose-food-stamp-benefits-under-new-federal-work-rules/stories/201912040137

A sailor killed 2 and then himself at a Pearl Harbor shipyard, the military says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/12/04/Pearl-Harbor-shooting-reports-active-shooter-naval-shipyard-base-multiple/stories/201912040177

A once-a-month birth control pill is being developed by scientists
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/12/04/birth-control-pill-once-a-month/stories/201912040183

New Jersey

New Jersey lawmakers considering bills to end ‘lunch shaming’ and change unpaid fee policy for schools
https://www.inquirer.com/education/nj-lawmakers-lunch-debt-shaming-unpaid-fees-20191204.html

Philly

How a flawed system hid a Philly police commander’s sexual misconduct for 15 years
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/inq/carl-holmes-philadelphia-police-sexual-assault-female-cops-larry-kranser-20191205.html

Slain by twin brother, Philly high school football star is mourned by Mastery Charter
https://www.inquirer.com/news/suhail-fayaadh-gillard-mastery-charter-school-lenfest-campus-murder-twins-vigil-philadelphia-police-gunshot-football-20191204.html

Philadelphia launching 10-year ‘urban forest’ plan after startling tree decline
https://www.inquirer.com/science/climate/philadelphia-climate-change-forest-trees-canopy-heat-island-20191205.html

Developers may soon be required to give back to Philly neighborhoods where they build
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/philly-city-council-bill-community-benefits-agreement-developers-high-impact-project-rcos-20191205.html

Shuttered Philly refinery carves out a 23-acre parcel for a renewable gas producer
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/philly-refinery-pes-land-reuse-renewable-gas-plant-rng-20191205.html

What happened after word spread that the Proud Boys did karaoke in a West Philly bar
https://www.inquirer.com/news/millcreek-tavern-proud-boys-karaoke-west-philly-20191205.html

Council is trying to modernize Philly’s tax abatement. Here are five better ways. | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/inga-saffron/philadelphia-tax-abatement-alternative-options-schools-historic-preservation-inga-saffron-20191205.html

‘The Girl in the Picture’ from Vietnam visits Philly this week for two events recalling horrors of that war
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/girl-in-vietnam-picture-kim-phuc-hannibal-locumbe-20191205.html

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s career-closing rezoning bills advance despite successor’s objections
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philly-councilwoman-jannie-blackwell-advances-zoning-bills-20191204.html

Philadelphia’s aging population needs help fighting loneliness | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/loneliness-old-age-phiadelphia-aging-population-20191205.html

Pitt

VisitPittsburgh CEO leaving to take Dallas job
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/12/04/VisitPittsburgh-CEO-leaving-to-take-Dallas-job-Craig-Davis/stories/201912040125

At the old Kaufmann’s store, Florida developer wants to deliver a bullseye — and more
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/12/05/Kaufmann-s-Fontainebleau-Soffer-Downtown-Core-Realty-Target/stories/201912040165

City to tighten tax collection on contractors
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/12/04/Pittsburgh-tighten-tax-collection-contractors-finance/stories/201912040138

Duolingo touts $1.5B valuation; language company to hire 100 more people, mostly in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/duolingo-touts-1-5b-valuation-language-company-to-hire-100-more-people-mostly-in-pittsburgh/

Port Authority plans to cut stops on two routes and wants public feedback
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/12/04/Port-Authority-plans-eliminate-bus-stops-two-routes-48-88-wants-public-feedback/stories/201912040155

Pittsburgh to begin work on Banksville Road intersection with Wenzell, Carnahan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/12/04/Pittsburgh-road-project-Banksville-Road-Wenzell-Avenue-Carnahan-Road-bridge-replacement/stories/201912030151

Terrelle Pryor recovering from stab wounds; girlfriend remains jailed
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/12/04/terrelle-pryor-stabbing-shalaya-briston-pittsburgh-bond-denied/stories/201912040121

Froggy’s tops preservationists’ lists of buildings to save in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/12/04/Young-Preservationist-Association-Froggy-s-bar-Pittsburgh-History-and-Landmarks/stories/201912030111

Rankin Police Department delivers joy to those in need
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/12/04/Rankin-Police-Department-spreads-joy-to-those-in-need/stories/201912040007

Covestro to buy former Bayer headquarters site, as Bayer cuts Pittsburgh presence
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/12/04/Covestro-Bayer-headquarters-Robinson-acquisition/stories/201912040098

Runaway travel budget: PPS spending exceeds larger Philadelphia district
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/12/05/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-PPS-travel-budget-spending-excessive/stories/201911210081

Community groups to help Pittsburgh Public School District ‘re-imagine’ how it teaches students
https://www.witf.org/2019/12/04/community-groups-to-help-pittsburgh-public-school-district-re-imagine-how-it-teaches-students/

State News

Sex offender registry law in Pa. facing life-or-death test at Supreme Court
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-sex-offender-registry-megans-law-challenge-supreme-court-20191205.html

Deer hunter killed in fall from tree stand in eastern Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/deer-hunter-killed-in-fall-from-tree-stand-in-eastern-berks-county

Annual PA Society gala should come home or come to an end | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/12/annual-pa-society-gala-should-come-home-or-come-to-an-end-john-baer.html

Transportation

Plans to widen I-81 in county move forward
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/plans-to-widen-i-81-in-county-move-forward-1.2567608

Route 22 widening cut as PennDOT shifts funding to Interstate 78, with $395 million in improvements
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-lehigh-valley-interstate-78-update-20191204-lifyztkuejadxgiovamwvfnt7q-story.html

Washington

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean refuses to say ‘no’ to people in need, and it’s making all the difference | Maria Panaritis
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/congress-pa-madeleine-dean-constituent-service-judiciary-committee-maria-panaritis-20191205.html

Barr says communities that protest the police risk losing protection
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/12/04/William-Barr-communities-lose-police-protection/stories/201912040190

Rep. Reschenthaler bid to question whistleblower during impeachment hearing fails
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/reschenthalter-bid-to-question-whistleblower-during-impeachment-hearing-fails/