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Legislature

PFAS health impacts topic of discussion Tuesday at DelVal
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200210/pfas-health-impacts-topic-of-discussion-tuesday-at-delval

LGBT protections sought in Pennsylvania
https://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/lgbt-protections-sought-in-pennsylvania/article_61307925-62bb-5b7d-9022-b391886588a0.html

When state ruins lives
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/when-state-ruins-lives-1.2593061

Wolf, lawmakers need to close the early childhood education pay gap | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/wolf-lawmakers-need-to-close-the-early-childhood-education-pay-gap-opinion/

Charter fixes long overdue
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/charter-fixes-long-overdue-1.2593059

Administration

Berks County educators on Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal: a lot to like, some to not
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-educators-on-gov-tom-wolf-s-budget-proposal/article_75225c16-4830-11ea-9cae-53cfe8452392.html

All but one Berks County district sees increase in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/all-but-one-berks-county-district-sees-increase-in-gov/article_e312b1fc-4912-11ea-a96d-b3d99ac0c732.html

Gov. Wolf rolls out new plan to fund state police; this time everybody pays
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/gov-wolf-rolls-out-new-plan-to-fund-state-police/article_414c376e-1e24-5b53-a45a-41c094cdaa83.html

Plans for state police funding worries some Berks officials; analysis finds errors
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/plans-for-state-police-funding-worries-some-berks-officials-analysis/article_bbcda694-4901-11ea-9c9f-c3b98683f667.html

Horse racing industry stages rally to buck Gov. Wolf’s plan to raid its trust fund
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/horse-racing-industry-stages-rally-to-buck-gov-wolfs-plan-to-raid-its-trust-fund.html

Crime/Punishment

Delaware County prosecutors turn to a new target: Environmental crime
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-county-district-attorney-jack-stollsteimer-environmental-crimes-20200210.html

Police: Man killed in West Mifflin shooting was trying to break up fight between armed mom and her son
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/09/West-Mifflin-shooting-homicide-Dante-Terrell-King-Anthony-Lamarr-Orosco-fight-armed-mom-son-struggle/stories/202002090133

Education

More high school students than ever are coming out, but their despair remains acute
https://www.inquirer.com/health/gay-lesbian-teenagers-doubled-suicide-rates-20200210.html

Threats close Ringgold School District for a 2nd day
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/02/10/Threats-close-Ringgold-School-District-for-a-2nd-day-washington-county-pittsburgh/stories/202002100061

Threats of violence prompt Ringgold School District to close Monday, too
https://triblive.com/local/regional/threats-of-violence-prompt-washington-county-school-district-to-close-2-days/

School choice and the fight for public education’s soul | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/trump-public-education-scholarships-wolf-editorial-20200210.html

Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/fracking-pennsylvania-school-funding-20200210.html

Penn State joins a nationwide list of schools that are showcasing their work for researchers and curious intellectuals.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/02/10/Penn-State-University-research-open-access-science-Pitt-Carnegie-Mellon-ScholarSphere/stories/202002070130

Elections/Politics

Sanders to seek partial recanvass of Iowa caucus results
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/02/09/Bernie-Sanders-Iowa-caucuses-recanvass-recount-Pete-Buttigieg-Democratic-Party/stories/202002090160

Bringing ‘receipts’ to N.H., Klobuchar says she can attract the broadest electoral coalition
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/02/09/Amy-Klobuchar-New-Hampshire-primary-Salem/stories/202002090161

What it’s like to be a Democrat in the reddest county in Pennsylvania
https://www.inquirer.com/news/trump-sanders-warren-democrats-pennsylvania-20200210.html

Online voting: Washington experiment is worth watching
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/10/Online-voting-Washington-experiment-is-worth-watching/stories/202001290044

Enough with the ‘Pennsyltucky’: Pa’s biggest political myths debunked | Purple States
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/enough-with-the-pennsyltucky-pas-biggest-political-myths-debunked-john-l-micek/

Republicans add birth certificate requirement to Ohio Democratic bill requiring presidential candidates to share tax returns
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/02/republicans-add-birth-certificate-requirement-to-ohio-democratic-bill-requiring-presidential-candidates-to-share-tax-returns.html

County offers preview sessions for voters to test-drive new voting machines
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/county-offers-preview-sessions-for-voters-to-test-drive-new/article_4b4fa19a-49da-11ea-b126-2339a64f01d5.html

Health Care

Pitt professor: Past outbreaks provide lessons for figuring out new coronavirus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/02/08/Pitt-professor-disease-outbreaks-coronavirus-lessons-china/stories/202002060110

Single-payer health insurance may be just what these restaurateurs ordered
https://www.inquirer.com/business/restaurants-health-insurance-medicare-for-all-providence-rhode-island-aca-obamacare-20200210.html

Hempfield baby first to benefit from breathing aid, donated milk at Greensburg hospital
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/hempfield-baby-first-to-benefit-from-breathing-aid-donated-milk-at-greensburg-hospital/

Free-standing emergency rooms unlikely in region
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200209/free-standing-emergency-rooms-unlikely-in-region

Local News

Quarter of Lackawanna County municipalities raised taxes this year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/quarter-of-lackawanna-county-municipalities-raised-taxes-this-year-1.2593207

Lackawanna County visitors center in limbo
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-visitors-center-in-limbo-1.2593204

Deadline set for public objections to Scranton’s petition to continue tripled $156 local services tax
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/deadline-set-for-public-objections-to-scranton-s-petition-to-continue-tripled-156-local-services-tax-1.2593194

Scranton city council to retroactively authorize mayor’s cabinet picks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-to-retroactively-authorize-mayor-s-cabinet-picks-1.2593303

Colebrookdale Railroad asks Berks County for $25 million
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/colebrookdale-railroad-asks-berks-county-for-million/article_d5fce0f6-4920-11ea-814d-87f642454401.html

County Council eyes new $5 fee on motor vehicle registrations for infrastructure
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/county-council-eyes-new-fee-on-motor-vehicle-registrations-for/article_d5f2114c-4aa8-11ea-9892-a3d5a8977fd8.html

East Deer plans to tear down 7 blights houses this year — most ever undertaken at once
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/east-deer-plans-to-tear-down-7-blights-houses-this-year-most-ever-undertaken-at-once/

Upper Burrell to repave 3 roads in Lincoln Beach, Whitten Hollow, Turkey Ridge
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/upper-burrell-to-repave-3-roads-in-lincoln-beach-whitten-hollow-turkey-ridge/

Lower Burrell councilman peeved over door-to-door solicitors on Sundays
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/lower-burrell-councilman-peeved-over-door-to-door-solicitors-on-sundays/

Efforts to fight stormwater fee picking up steam
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/efforts-to-fight-stormwater-fee-picking-up-steam-1.2593241

Luzerne County’s $5 vehicle fee end date may be determined Tuesday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/772314/luzerne-countys-5-vehicle-fee-end-date-may-be-determined-tuesday

County council to decide fate of vehicle fee
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-to-decide-fate-of-vehicle-fee-1.2593106

Institute Insights: Downtown Wilkes-Barre is heart of the region. Just see for yourself.
https://www.timesleader.com/news/772264/institute-insights-downtown-wilkes-barre-is-heart-of-the-region-just-see-for-yourself

Huber Breaker society considers its future
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/huber-breaker-society-considers-its-future-1.2593108

Hazleton resident driving innovation at PennDOT office
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-resident-driving-innovation-at-penndot-office-1.2593244

Millennials eagerly move into downtown Harrisburg, but does that equal growth and change?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/millennials-eagerly-move-into-downtown-harrisburg-but-does-that-equal-growth-and-change.html

Philly

As the Eagles-Pats game kicked off, a fan was dying in the stands. Could EMTs have helped sooner?
https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-fan-dies-patriots-game-emt-response-20200210.html

Trump tariffs would bury U.S. in ‘fake prosciutto and fake Parmesan,’ warns one Philly food importer
https://www.inquirer.com/business/italy-tariffs-wine-cheese-dibruno-barletta-20200210.html

Philly must plan for a post-refinery future | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philly-refinery-fire-bankruptcy-buyers-jobs-planners-remediation-costs-20200209.html

Philly City Council to hold anti-gun violence hearing as city gets off to a bloody year
https://www.penncapital-star.com/criminal-justice/city-council-to-hold-anti-gun-violence-hearing-as-city-gets-off-to-a-bloody-year/

Pitt

Study pushes major trail, transit, road improvements in Hazelwood’s Second Avenue corridor
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/09/Hazelwood-Second-Avenue-Southwestern-Pennsylvania-Commission-PennDOT-Port-Authority/stories/202002060162

Chipping away at what makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2020/02/10/Froggys-Troiani-Properties-Firstside-Historic-District-Pittsburgh-preservation/stories/202002100009

‘This is my fault’: Beltzhoover man arrested in shooting death of 3-year-old girl
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/09/Girl-killed-shooting-found-bed-Beltzhoover-Warrington-Avenue-home/stories/202002090132

Tree of Life brought out a ‘collective compassion.’ Now a Pittsburgh group uses faith to help others facing trauma.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/02/08/faith-trauma-center-victims-loving-kindness-christian-associates-jcc-tree-of-life-shooting/stories/202002080001

Manchester housing: During rehab work, keep residents close to home
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/10/Manchester-housing-During-rehab-work-keep-residents-close-to-home/stories/202001310074

Pittsburgh’s Chinese community concerned about virus outbreak, seeks to help Wuhan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/02/08/Pittsburgh-Chinese-community-concerned-coronavirus-outbreak-Wuhan/stories/202002090057

Use of inmate funds at Allegheny County Jail questioned
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/use-of-inmate-funds-at-allegheny-county-jail-questioned/

State News

Grant will help reopen the 103-year-old Brady Tunnel, a vital link along the Armstrong Trail
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2020/02/08/Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy-grant-Brady-Tunnel-Armstrong-Trail-bike-hike-pittsburgh/stories/202002090033

Out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind: Anglers don’t have to wear fishing licenses
https://triblive.com/local/regional/out-of-sight-but-not-out-of-mind-anglers-dont-have-to-wear-fishing-licenses/

Gun discharges in Lancaster County church security office injures 2
https://www.witf.org/2020/02/10/gun-discharges-in-lancaster-county-church-security-office-injures-2/

Matt McGloin scores first touchdown for XFL’s New York Guardians
https://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/2020/02/matt-mcgloin-scores-first-touchdown-for-xfls-new-york-guardians.html

Transportation

Pittston bridge to close this week for inspection
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pittston-bridge-to-close-this-week-for-inspection-1.2593075