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Legislature

Firm ran Pa. senator’s campaign and worked with super PAC to attack opponent, but denies coordination
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-election-2020-super-pac-john-disanto-red-maverick-20201208.html

Owlett bill adds drug to controlled substances schedule, OKd by Wolf
https://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2020/12/owlett-bill-adds-drug-to-controlled-substances-schedule-okd-by-wolf/

Be ready if Congress whiffs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/be-ready-if-congress-whiffs/article_99bf9498-e666-572c-b095-f0873135c019.html

Another Pa. lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/another-pa-lawmaker-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Philly may have a coronavirus vaccine next week. But the city sees a post-Thanksgiving spike, with more cases in nursing homes.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-fall-surge-philly-pa-nursing-homes-nj-vaccine-thanksgiving-spike-20201208.html

Contact tracing and case investigations in Pa. remain a struggle in fight against covid
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/contact-tracing-and-case-investigations-in-pa-remain-a-struggle-in-fight-against-covid/

Western Pa. officials, businesses brace for possible covid restrictions
https://triblive.com/local/regional/western-pa-officials-businesses-brace-for-possible-covid-restrictions/

UPMC expects to receive covid vaccine soon, distribute to health care workers after authorization
https://triblive.com/local/regional/upmc-expects-to-receive-covid-vaccine-soon-distribute-to-some-in-january/

Rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations strains Berks hospitals
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/rise-in-covid-cases-and-hospitalizations-strains-berks-hospitals/article_36814d4a-3994-11eb-956a-6f6121890eb3.html

Reading Hospital-Tower Health adds new treatment in fight against COVID
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/reading-hospital-tower-health-adds-new-treatment-in-fight-against-covid/article_ef9fc014-396b-11eb-9be9-13b3636e4a3c.html

COVID patients in the Lehigh Valley helped by experimental drug
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-covid-antibody-drug-bamlanivimab-20201209-46bh6picvna2xp2b72ynpmgaya-story.html

Allegheny County reports 693 new covid cases, 6 deaths
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-reports-693-new-covid-cases-6-deaths/

COVID-19 cases up sharply over last 2 months
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-cases-up-sharply-over-last-2-months/article_a62684c5-3fb7-5ce8-9ba7-556f33a82c3d.html

Region’s COVID-19 cases in last two months surpass infections in pandemic’s first seven months
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/regions-covid-19-cases-in-last-two-months-surpass-infections-in-pandemics-first-seven-months/article_632b5872-2c52-5ea0-8245-97ab9dbd00c7.html

Berks County adds 419 COVID cases; Pa. reports fifth-highest day of the pandemic
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-adds-419-covid-cases-pa-reports-fifth-highest-day-of-the-pandemic/article_825514c0-395a-11eb-8408-3f8097f2bf5e.html

Montgomery County records 499 new coronavirus cases, five more deaths
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-records-499-new-coronavirus-cases-five-more-deaths/article_142e1f4d-2711-5d35-afd5-b6caa0c0799c.html

From COVID-19 data to in-person school, Bucks County’s health department goes its own way
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/bucks-damsker-covid-coronavirus-deaths-school-closings-pennsylvania-20201209.html

Chris Kelly: Too sick to work, but scheduled anyway
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/columnists/chris-kelly/chris-kelly-too-sick-to-work-but-scheduled-anyway/article_1279291e-ed1e-5048-bbf7-f490f1baa474.html

Churches, synagogues take precautions in a COVID-19 holiday season: ‘Put the needs of others first’
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/churches-synagogues-take-precautions-in-a-covid-19-holiday-season-put-the-needs-of-others-first.html

New Pa. COVID-19 restrictions coming involving restaurants, schools: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/new-pa-shutdown-orders-coming-involving-restaurants-schools-report.html

New White House offer adds $600 checks to coronavirus relief
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/coronavirus-stimulus-white-house-offer-senate-20201209.html

Administration

‘We cannot turn our back on it’: Opioid crisis rages alongside covid pandemic in Pa.
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/we-cannot-turn-our-back-on-it-opioid-crisis-rages-alongside-covid-pandemic-in-pa/

Pa.’s Lt. Gov. Fetterman continues to display marijuana flag from Capitol office, despite state law
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/pas-lt-gov-fetterman-continues-to-display-marijuana-flag-from-capitol-office-despite-state-law.html

Business

Ski resorts getting ready to open
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ski-resorts-getting-ready-to-open/article_5c5f8f07-bdc8-5fab-9107-da50e33097e9.html

Mack Trucks sees outbreak of coronavirus cases while Amazon, Walmart warehouses adjust to new challenges amid surge
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-mack-trucks-covid-cases-as-coronavirus-surges-lehigh-valley-20201208-64toqkh2lzgu7aml4pe4ugooam-story.html

For Pennsylvania restaurants, ‘the employment situation is catastrophic’
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/09/for-pennsylvania-restaurants-the-employment-situation-is-catastrophic/

Central Pa. restaurant and bar owners fear another holiday alcohol ban or – even worse – a shutdown
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/12/central-pa-restaurantbar-owners-fear-another-holiday-alcohol-ban-or-even-worse-a-shutdown.html

Crime/Punishment

State AG recommends retraining for a Montgomery County police department after allegations of racism
https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-hanover-police-retraining-shapiro-keith-youse-20201208.html

Greensburg man cited after outburst in store over mask, social distancing
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/greensburg-man-cited-after-outburst-in-store-over-social-distancing/

As covid surges, Westmoreland County suspends criminal trials until February
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/as-covid-surges-westmoreland-county-suspends-criminal-trials-until-february/

Lawsuit: Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach sexually assaulted assistant’s wife
https://www.citizensvoice.com/sports/lawsuit-former-wilkes-barre-scranton-penguins-coach-sexually-assaulted-assistants-wife/article_816ae583-d4b3-5125-a900-14a9a23135d3.html

Education

Allentown and Bethlehem Area schools should have gotten $4.5 million more in coronavirus relief money, but state shorted neediest school districts, report says
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-education-cares-funding-20201209-x32wfhv7d5ck7mvvrtxpxqxy3y-story.html

Departing Trump administration wants to weaken nutrition rules for school meals
https://www.inquirer.com/news/trump-administration-school-meals-usda-whole-grain-healthy-food-20201209.html

Learn more about cyber school before dismissing it | My Turn
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/opinion/columns/guest/2020/12/09/learn-more-cyber-school-before-dismissing/3827001001/

Northeastern school board member in hot water for anti-Wolf social media post
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2020/12/08/northeastern-school-board-member-hot-water-anti-wolf-social-media-post/6489430002/

Elections/Politics

U.S. Supreme Court rejects GOP congressman’s last-minute effort to upend Pennsylvania’s election results
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-election-lawsuits-texas-supreme-court-mike-kelly-ted-cruz-tom-wolf-trump-20201208.html

U.S. Supreme Court denies Republican injunction request in Pa. mail-in ballot challenge
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pa-officials-tell-supreme-court-disqualifying-mail-in-votes-would-sow-chaos-and-confusion/

Supreme Court rejects GOP bid to overturn election results in Pennsylvania
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/09/supreme-court-rejects-gop-bid-to-overturn-election-results-in-pennsylvania/

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey calls Trump’s campaign to overturn Pennsylvania election ‘completely unacceptable’
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/republican-sen-pat-toomey-calls-trumps-campaign-to-overturn-pennsylvania-election-completely-unacceptable/

Pa. Republicans, we are better than this | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-election-fraud-trump-republicans-lawsuit-20201208.html

Tracing Montco’s decades-long shift from GOP stronghold to boon for Biden
https://www.witf.org/2020/12/09/tracing-montcos-decades-long-shift-from-gop-stronghold-to-boon-for-biden/

Witness in Pa. election fraud suit from York is a ghost hunter with a long criminal record
https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/12/08/witness-pa-election-fraud-suit-ghost-hunter-long-criminal-record/6496500002/

Local News

Portnoff outlines delinquent trash fee collection process for Scranton City Council
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/portnoff-outlines-delinquent-trash-fee-collection-process-for-scranton-city-council/article_dd744db1-39b0-51b4-b201-e5204ccae16f.html

Women’s Resource Center launches $2.5M capital campaign
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/womens-resource-center-launches-2-5m-capital-campaign/article_68705341-017c-5e57-9280-b24a1bce9ab5.html

County’s failure to assess hurts development
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/countys-failure-to-assess-hurts-development/article_a3846fe5-eba7-5217-b10c-ffb8bc8ce22e.html

Easy Does It Inc. asks Berks County Court to allow its group home in West Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/easy-does-it-inc-asks-berks-county-court-to-allow-its-group-home-in-west/article_e84d5a12-3982-11eb-ae66-eb5e28ff8ab5.html

Mount Penn councilman questions authority’s plan to resume water shut-offs
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/mount-penn-councilman-questions-authoritys-plan-to-resume-water-shut-offs/article_75318b9c-3992-11eb-83aa-4f901bae37b5.html

County budget gets positive comments from the public
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/county-budget-gets-positive-comments-from-the-public/article_64cdf3c6-3988-11eb-82d6-1fbff398eb69.html

Bucks shelters taking COVID precautions for homeless, volunteers during Code Blue
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2020/12/09/bucks-county-code-blue-shelters-prepare-covid-cold/6488408002/

Drive-up food distribution event at Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer continues to help people in need
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/drive-up-food-distribution-event-at-pittsburgh-mills-mall-in-frazer-continues-to-help-people-in-need/

Westmoreland County retirees awarded small raises in 2021
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-retirees-awarded-small-raises-in-2021/

WB budget dispute leads Brown to prepare for layoffs, service cuts next year
https://www.timesleader.com/news/812522/wb-budget-dispute-leads-brown-to-prepare-for-layoffs-service-cuts-next-year

Wilkes-Barre mayor: Expect layoffs, cuts in services in 2021
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-barre-mayor-expect-layoffs-cuts-in-services-in-2021/article_92bd0cdd-a2e7-5795-9b73-a847c457bf1a.html

Raises for Luzerne County non-union workers rejected by council
https://www.timesleader.com/news/812518/raises-for-luzerne-county-non-union-workers-rejected-by-council

Hazleton mayor Cusat wants to eliminate mercantile tax
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-mayor-cusat-wants-to-eliminate-mercantile-tax/article_fb5517e7-dafb-52a1-9421-e7e8d0c1b78a.html

Gilpin considers 71% property tax increase
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/gilpin-considers-71-property-tax-increase/

Harrisburg-based program contributes to initiative looking for ‘effective alternatives to locking kids up’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/12/harrisburg-based-program-contributes-to-initiative-looking-for-effective-alternatives-to-locking-kids-up.html

National News

14 Fort Hood soldiers fired, suspended over violence at base
https://triblive.com/news/world/14-fort-hood-soldiers-fired-suspended-over-violence-at-base/

New Jersey

With job prospects growing, Stockton University is cosponsoring a career fair in the cannabis industry
https://www.inquirer.com/education/cannabis-job-fair-stockton-university-20201208.html

Philly

Philly’s Old City is loved by tourists and residents alike, but it takes a hit from the pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/old-city-philadelphia-small-business-closing-opening-20201209.html

Seth Shapiro is confirmed as next Philadelphia gas utility CEO
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-gas-works-new-ceo-seth-shapiro-confirmed-kenney-20201208.html

Philly’s failure to end the 10-year tax abatement is no victory to fight poverty | Solomon Jones
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/philadelphia-tax-abatement-construction-poverty-plan-20201208.html

What do you know about the Philadelphians killed by guns this year? At least know their names.
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/inq/gun-violence-philadelphians-killed-2020-20200711.html

Philadelphia inmates could be among first groups to get COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philadelphia-inmates-could-be-among-first-groups-to-get-covid-19-vaccine/article_035ea56a-702a-59ec-b499-c158d045329b.html

Pitt

Some residents seek 50% cut to Pittsburgh police budget; city council members say that’s illegal
https://triblive.com/local/residents-seek-50-cut-to-pittsburgh-police-budget-city-council-members-say-thats-illegal/

Man shot in leg in Pittsburgh’s North Side
https://triblive.com/local/man-shot-in-leg-in-pittsburghs-north-side/

Dozens of Allegheny County Jail inmates, employees test positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/dozens-of-allegheny-county-jail-inmates-employees-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Black Pittsburghers didn’t increase turnout for Joe Biden as much as white Pittsburghers. Why?
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/black-pittsburghers-didnt-increase-turnout-for-joe-biden-as-much-as-white-pittsburghers-why/Content?oid=18517461

Families, friends mourn Port Authority drivers who died of covid
https://triblive.com/local/families-friends-mourn-port-authority-drivers-who-died-of-covid/

State News

Wrong place, wrong time for LNG terminal | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/fracking-liquefied-natural-gas-bomb-strains-gibbstown-export-terminal-20201208.html

Reaffirming a centuries-long commitment to civility in Pa. | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/reaffirming-a-centuries-long-commitment-to-civility-in-pennsylvania-opinion/

Transportation

Penn Township, Penn Hills will use state grants to update key traffic signals
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/penn-township-penn-hills-will-use-state-grants-to-update-key-traffic-signals/