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Legislature

Tube City Center opens in storied Daily News building in McKeesport
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14602790-74/tube-city-center-opens-in-storied-daily-news-building-in-mckeesport

Community celebrates opening of the new Tube City Center in McKeesport
https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2019/02/11/community-celebrates-opening-of-the-new-tube-city.html?iana=hpmvp_pit_news_headline

Tube City Center open in McKeesport
https://monvalleyindependent.com/2019/02/tube-city-center-open-in-mckeesport/

New hub for business, innovation will benefit 30 different communities
https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/new-hub-for-business-innovation-will-benefit-30-different-communities/918409284

Old McKeesport Daily News Building Given New Life
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/02/11/mckeesport-daily-news-building-reopens/

Gov. Wolf’s proposed minimum-wage for Pa. is facing a rocky road
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/02/11/Wolf-s-proposed-minimum-wage-facing-rocky-road/stories/201902110128

UPMC plan to restrict health care benefits for Pa. troopers is flat-out wrong | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/upmc-plan-to-restrict-health-care-benefits-for-pa-troopers-is-flat-out-wrong-pennlive-letters.html

Editorial: It’s time to end towns’ free ride on state police
https://www.dailylocal.com/opinion/editorial-it-s-time-to-end-towns-free-ride-on/article_f22cf624-9631-5089-89ac-8f680218dbc9.html

Baker, Toohil get it right
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/baker-toohil-get-it-right-1.2444361

Administration

Marijuana town halls start in Harrisburg with strong showing of support for legal pot
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/marijuana-town-halls-start-in-harrisburg-with-strong-showing-of-support-for-legalization.html

Business

Verizon promised free Echo, Amazon Prime, but didn’t deliver, Pennsylvania lawsuit claims
https://www.philly.com/business/pennsylvania-sues-verison-fios-marketing-free-echo-amazon-prime-20190211.html

Century III Mall granted $5M line of credit to keep operating during bankruptcy
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14603193-74/century-iii-mall-granted-5m-credit-to-keep-operating-during-bankruptcy

Vandergrift Dollar General open, free $10 gift cards given for Saturday grand reopening
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14602935-74/vandergrift-dollar-general-open-free-10-gift-cards-given-for-saturday-grand

Auto Mall rep says talk of sale isn’t true
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/auto-mall-rep-says-talk-of-sale-isn-t-true-1.2444291

New zinc coating plant to open in Midland
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190211/new-zinc-coating-plant-to-open-in-midland

Crime/Punishment

Robert Bowers, accused in Tree of Life synagogue shootings, arraigned
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/11/Robert-Bowers-accused-Tree-of-Life-synagogue-shootings-arraignment-Pittsburgh/stories/201902110073

Pittsburgh Mills store owner accused of selling counterfeit items says charge is racially motivated
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14604499-74/pittsburgh-mills-store-owner-accused-of-selling-counterfeit-items-says-charge-is

Report: Inmates pay higher price for calls in Wyoming County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/report-inmates-pay-higher-price-for-calls-in-wyoming-county-1.2444353

Corrections officers group: SCI-Somerset attacks reflect violation of pact; prison still on lockdown
https://www.tribdem.com/news/corrections-officers-group-sci-somerset-attacks-reflect-violation-of-pact/article_8aeedc4e-2db6-11e9-bf4b-373ce51bc16b.html

Education

Homeowners fight Lower Merion schools’ takeover of their property
https://www.philly.com/education/lowermerion-schools-stoneleigh-middleschool-eminentdomain-20190212.html

When citizens don’t count: The story of a school district out of control
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/02/12/When-citizens-don-t-count-The-story-of-a-school-district-out-of-control/stories/201902120031

Highlands School District residents call for transparency on school closure, budget
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14603976-74/highlands-school-district-residents-call-for-transparency-on-school-closure-budget

STEM, computer science enhancement in Pa. schools gets nearly $10M in grants
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/stem-computer-science-enhancement-in-pa-schools-gets-nearly-10m-in-grants.html

Bethlehem Area School District looking at no tax increase
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-bethlehem-school-board-20190211-story.html

School board in Lehigh County to discuss later school start times
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/school-board-in-lehigh-county-to-discuss-later-school-start-times.php

East Penn agrees to study later start times
https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-east-penn-20190208-story.html

Lackawanna Trail students get jumpstart on careers and higher education with state grant
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lackawanna-trail-students-get-jumpstart-on-careers-and-higher-education-with-state-grant-1.2444368

RACC president honored with national award
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/racc-president-honored-with-national-award&template=ourcityart

Health Care

Put patients first: Josh Shapiro applies needed pressure
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/02/12/Put-patients-first-Josh-Shapiro-applies-needed-pressure/stories/201902120030

Hemp/Cannabis

Few things grow well on the coal wastes, hemp is one of them
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/few-things-grow-well-on-the-coal-wastes-hemp-is-one-of-them-1.2444283

With mixed signals from Washington, banks won’t touch cannabis
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/with-mixed-signals-from-washington-banks-won-t-touch-cannabis-1.2444382

Local News

Board denies Exeter Township rehab center plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/733126/board-denies-exeter-township-rehab-center-plan

Exeter Twp. zoning hearing board votes down proposed drug treatment center
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/exeter-twp-zoning-hearing-board-votes-down-proposed-drug-treatment-center-1.2444381

Lisman will retire as Luzerne County coroner next month
https://www.timesleader.com/news/733137/lisman-will-retire-as-luzerne-county-coroner-next-month

Vigil remembers Phylicia Thomas on 15th anniversary of disappearance
https://www.timesleader.com/news/733131/vigil-remembers-phylicia-thomas-on-15th-anniversary-of-disappearance

Demolition begins at shuttered St. Joseph Church in Nanticoke
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/demolition-begins-at-shuttered-st-joseph-church-in-nanticoke-1.2444302

Luzerne County employee raises on council agenda tonight
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-employee-raises-on-council-agenda-tonight-1.2444306

Trials for two former Lackawanna County Prison guards charged with sexual abuse remain on hold
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/trials-for-two-former-lackawanna-county-prison-guards-charged-with-sexual-abuse-remain-on-hold-1.2444462

Scranton council wants to hear from police chief, DA on decriminalizing marijuana
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-wants-to-hear-from-police-chief-da-on-decriminalizing-marijuana-1.2444357

Residents aren’t happy that a beloved Delco pub could become a church
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/new-destiny-christian-center-banrabys-bar-delaware-county-pennsylvania-20190212.html

Westmoreland asks state to investigate sale of Rivertowne tavern property
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14601630-74/westmoreland-asks-state-to-investigate-sale-of-rivertowne-tavern-property

Raw sewage floods unit at McMurtry Towers in Vandergrift
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14603103-74/raw-sewage-floods-unit-at-mcmurtry-towers-in-vandergrift

Reading City Council questions how, when key city posts will be filled
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-city-council-questions-how-when-key-city-posts-will-be-filled

Reading council, administration spar over new fire stations
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-council-administration-spar-over-new-fire-stations&template=ourcityart

National News

Virginia governor stirs up new controversy: Were the first Africans brought here ‘indentured servants’ or slaves?
https://www.philly.com/news/ralph-northam-blackface-slavery-indentured-servants-gayle-king-virginia-20190211.html

As America battles over race, sex, and politics, how can citizens find forgiveness? | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/america-polarization-forgiveness-political-20190212.html

Washington measles outbreak: Why we should fear this vaccine-preventable disease
https://www.philly.com/health/measles-outbreak-washington-vaccine-20190211.html

New Jersey

New Jersey Catholic dioceses launch compensation fund for victims of clergy sex abuse
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/02/11/New-Jersey-Catholic-dioceses-victim-compensation-fund-clergy-sex-abuse/stories/201902110117

Philly

After three-plus terms, Philly Councilman Bill Greenlee will not seek reelection
https://www.philly.com/news/bill-greenlee-philly-council-election-seat-democrat-20190211.html

Kenney uses social media to announce bid for second term as Philly mayor, and promptly gets dragged
https://www.philly.com/news/mayor-kenney-local-dougherty-reelection-20190211.html

Sources in ‘Johnny Doc’ case: PPA board chair Ashdale bribed councilman to squash agency audit
https://www.philly.com/news/ibew-indictment-johnny-doc-bobby-henon-ppa-joe-ashdale-philadelphia-parking-authority-20190211.html

Wawa opening in Northeast Philadelphia shopping center this Valentine’s Day
https://www.philly.com/business/wawa-opening-wissionoming-northeast-philadelphia-20190211.html

What does it mean for Philly’s Latin dance scene that its studios are in flux?
https://www.philly.com/news/latin-dance-salsa-philadelphia-maestro-flaco-darlin-garcia-figueroa-serrano-20190212.html

A crazy, ambitious, expensive, and totally worth it idea to preserve Philly’s history | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/atwater-kent-philadelphia-history-museum-20190212.html

An intriguing match up of Philadelphia’s history museum and Drexel University | Editorial
https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/atwater-kent-history-museum-drexel-university-george-washington-william-penn-joe-frazier-boxing-20190212.html

Philly City Council could have fought opioids by placing limits on pharma reps
https://www.philly.com/health/opioids-addiction-pharmaceutical-reps-detailers-philadelphia-city-council-20190211.html

Controversy swirls around new Philadelphia city voting system
https://whyy.org/articles/controversy-swirls-around-new-philadelphia-city-voting-system/

Pitt

Pittsburgh tow truck drivers doubtful about proposed city procedures
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/11/Pittsburgh-tow-truck-drivers-doubtful-about-new-city-procedures/stories/201902110106

Bike Pittsburgh survey: Bicyclists trust self-driving vehicles, lose confidence in human drivers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/02/11/Bike-Pittsburgh-survey-bicyclists-self-driving-vehicles-safety-human-drivers/stories/201902110118

Developer shopping naming rights to help finance Hunt Armory ice skating complex
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/02/12/Hunt-Armory-ice-rink-Shadyside-Mosites-Co-Pittsburgh-Penguins/stories/201902120034

Pittsburgh Foundation names Riverlife veteran Lisa Schroeder as next president
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/02/11/Pittsburgh-Foundation-Lisa-Schroeder-president-Riverlife-Maxwell-King/stories/201902110079

Juke Records in Bloomfield to close
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2019/02/11/Juke-Records-Bloomfield-to-close-Jeffrey-Gallagher-Jim-s-Sound-Cat/stories/201902110103

Ethics Board gives conditional green light to Pittsburgh police commander business
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/11/Ethics-Board-conditional-approval-Pittsburgh-police-commander-business-training/stories/201902110085

Phylicia Rashad is part of ‘new dawn’ at August Wilson Cultural Center
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2019/02/11/Phylicia-Rashad-new-dawn-August-Wilson-Cultural-Center-Pittsburgh/stories/201902110074

August Wilson Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with some exciting changes
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14602514-74/august-wilson-center-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-with-some-exciting-changes

More than 4 tons of deli meats, cheeses donated to Pittsburgh food bank
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14602792-74/more-than-four-tons-of-deli-meats-and-cheeses-donated-to-local

Poems about Pittsburgh neighborhoods will be displayed in Port Authority vehicles
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14602692-74/poems-about-pittsburgh-neighborhoods-will-be-displayed-in-port-authority-vehicles

Future of Penn Plaza site in East Liberty about to be finalized
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14602662-74/pittsburgh-planning-commission-to-vote-on-final-plans-for-penn-plaza-site

State News

‘Non Sequitur’ comic strip dropped by Pa. newspaper over hidden Trump profanity
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/trump-comic-strip-non-sequitur-pennsylvania-newspaper-butler-eagle-20190211.html

PennDOT license, photo centers to close for holiday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/penndot-license-photo-centers-to-close-for-holiday-1.2444453

Abuse survivors hope to see more Catholics at listening sessions with Bishop Gainer | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/abuse-survivors-hope-to-see-more-catholics-at-listening-sessions-with-bishop-gainer-opinion.html

Code Blue declaration for Montgomery County extended
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/code-blue-declaration-for-montgomery-county-extended/article_a69d063b-df6a-52e0-9b3c-727c8056e2ce.html

Erie sisters struggle with S.N.A.P. changes
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190212/erie-sisters-struggle-with-snap-changes

Transportation

Vehicle, speed restrictions in place on interstates
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/vehicle-speed-restrictions-in-place-on-interstates-1.2444289

Exeter Township supervisors frustrated by PennDOT project on Perkiomen Avenue
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/exeter-township-supervisors-frustrated-by-penndot-project-on-perkiomen-avenue

Demise of Bieber nets Berks new transportation options
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/demise-of-bieber-nets-berks-new-transportation-options

Bieber bus shutdown leaves senior citizen group without ride to Philadelphia Flower Show
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/bieber-bus-shutdown-leaves-senior-citizen-group-without-ride-to-philadelphia-flower-show

Lucky 13: Lehigh Valley International Airport adds Nashville as latest non-stop service
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/2019/02/lucky-13-lehigh-valley-international-airport-adds-nashville-as-latest-non-stop-service.html

Washington

Negotiators reach deal on border security to avoid shutdown
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/02/11/Negotiators-in-Congress-say-they-have-reached-an-agreement-in-principle-to-fund-the-government-and-avoid-another-partial-government-shutdown/stories/201902110130

Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about ‘Green New Deal’
https://www.philly.com/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-retracts-erroneous-information-green-new-deal-20190212.html

House Dems condemn freshman colleague Omar’s comments as anti-Semitic
https://www.philly.com/politics/house-democrats-condemn-freshman-ilhan-omar-comments-anti-semitic-20190212.html