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Legislature

Lawmaker calls for separate PIAA playoffs for public, private schools https://www.mcall.com/sports/varsity/mc-spt-piaa-bill-update-20190215-story.html

Administration

Lt. Gov. Fetterman: Clairton Coke Works ‘needs to be rebuilt’ to high standards https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/02/15/Lt-Gov-Fetterman-Clairton-Coke-Works/stories/201902150117

Business

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/candy-company-exec-who-mass-produced-peeps-gets-his-own-day-20190216.html

Top union official gets URA board chairmanship https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/02/14/URA-Sam-Williamson-Service-Employees-International-Union-Pittsburgh/stories/201902140200

Cannabis

This Philly hustler, once called a ‘drug kingpin’ and spent 30 years in prison, now owns a CBD café https://www.philly.com/business/marijuana-cbd-mafia-philadelphia-south-mob-20190216.html

First year of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana sales: Plenty of patients, a trickle of taxes https://www.philly.com/business/weed/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-success-anniversary-patients-doctors-20190216.html

In first year, Pennsylvanians paid out $132M for medical pot https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/02/15/First-year-Pennsylvanians-medical-marijuana-spending/stories/201902150130

Clergy Sex Abuse

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/vatican-pope-francis-defrocks-former-us-cardinal-mccarrick-sex-abuse-20190216.html

Crime/Punishment

Stone has to stay mum near the courthouse under gag order from judge https://www.philly.com/politics/roger-stone-courthouse-gag-order-judge-20190216.html

2nd arrest in robbery that led to NYPD friendly fire death https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/friendly-fire-nypd-new-york-detective-brian-simonsen-second-suspect-arrested-20190216.html

Suspended Chesco lawyer again charged with fraud https://www.philly.com/news/joshua-janis-suspended-lawyer-downingtown-fraud-hogan-20190215.html

Spike in robberies near La Salle University has students worried, administrators scrambling https://www.philly.com/news/lasalle-university-robberies-increase-logan-students-security-meeting-20190215.html

Court filing: Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/paul-manafort-donald-trump-robert-mueller-sentencing-years-tax-bank-fraud-campaign-20190216.html

Pa. woman pleads guilty after Wildwood beach fight with police captured on video https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2019/02/pa-woman-pleads-guilty-after-wildwood-beach-fight-with-police-captured-on-video.html

Employees at company accused of bribing doctors rapped, danced around a giant bottle of a highly addictive fentanyl spray https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/ct-opioid-rap-painkiller-20190215-story.html

Rice Twp. man pleads guilty to $1M scheme https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/rice-twp-man-pleads-guilty-to-1m-scheme-1.2445959

Education

These Philly-area college students gave up their phones. They discovered an addiction. | Maria Panaritis https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/smartphone-addiction-test-iphone-saint-josephs-university-hours-maria-panaritis-20190216.html

Student newspaper column about ‘white boys’ makes waves at Pennsylvania college https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/student-newspaper-column-about-white-boys-makes-waves-at-pennsylvania-college/

Penn State’s THON poised to raise millions to fight childhood cancer https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/penn-states-thon-poised-to-raise-millions-to-fight-childhood-cancer/

Elections/Politics

Philadelphia Republicans call a ‘do-over’ in mayoral endorsement https://www.philly.com/politics/philadelphia-republicans-mayoral-endorsement-daphne-goggins-michael-meehan-20190215.html

To challenge Mayor Kenney, Philly GOP picked this Trump-loving single black mother — and I’m OK with that | Jenice Armstrong https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/philly-mayoral-election-jim-kenney-daphne-jenkins-goggins-republican-jenice-armstrong-20190215.html

Gaming

Pennsylvania’s sports-betting handle doubles in January, but it still lags New Jersey by far https://www.philly.com/business/tourism/pa-january-sports-betting-numbers-double-nj-casinos-still-lead-20190216.html

Health Care

High vaccination rate in Berks keeps measles at bay https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/high-vaccination-rate-in-berks-keeps-measles-at-bay

Local News

Newspaper ads placed by former slaves seeking missing relatives to be read on stage at Villanova https://www.philly.com/news/slavery-newspaper-ads-villanova-missing-family-20190216.html

McKees Rocks Bridge reopened following multi-vehicle crash https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2019/02/15/Police-investigating-crash-on-McKees-Rocks-Bridge/stories/201902150166

Stained glass windows stolen from historic Braddock church https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/stained-glass-windows-stolen-from-historic-braddock-church/

Latrobe-area hotel to become a Hampton Inn in April https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/latrobe-hotel-to-become-a-hampton-inn-in-april/

Alt-right organization’s stickers pop up in downtown Harrisburg https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/alt-right-organizations-stickers-pop-up-in-downtown-harrisburg.html

‘A senseless and illegal act’: $1,000 reward offered for info on albino deer’s killer https://www.tribdem.com/news/a-senseless-and-illegal-act-reward-offered-for-info-on/article_1393054c-3182-11e9-8210-0bd22268eb8a.html

Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority seeks wind farm proposals https://www.tribdem.com/news/cambria-county-conservation-recreation-authority-seeks-wind-farm-proposals/article_2bd00f58-31a8-11e9-8704-83e1534efbed.html

Langhorne nonprofit celebrates 20 years of helping immigrants https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190216/langhorne-nonprofit-celebrates-20-years-of-helping-immigrants

National News

Supreme Court to decide whether the 2020 Census can ask about citizenship https://www.philly.com/news/census-citizenship-supreme-court-question-ny-federal-20190215.html

Fired worker kills 5 people, wounds 5 officers at business outside Chicago, police say https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/aurora-illinois-shooting-gunman-multiple-people-injured-20190215.html

9/11 fund running out of money for those with illnesses https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/september-eleventh-victim-compensation-fund-money-illnesses-20190216.html

Smaller refunds, unplanned tax bills are new side effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/for-many-taxpayers-the-refund-thrill-is-gone

Natural Gas

EQM Midstream’s Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/15/Mountain-Valley-Pipeline-subject-of-federal-criminal-probe-EQM-Midstream-natural-gas-virginia/stories/201902160026

Philly

Banning cashless stores: A little legal research may have saved Philly’s City Council a lot of trouble https://www.philly.com/business/philadelphia-cashless-store-ban-pennsylvania-amazon-20190216.html

Philly DA’s Office: Judge’s ruling in Mumia Abu-Jamal case was too broad https://www.philly.com/news/mumia-abu-jamal-philadelphia-larry-krasner-leon-tucker-appeal-20190215.html

Appeals court largely upholds Philadelphia win over Trump administration in sanctuary city case https://www.philly.com/news/sanctuary-city-trump-court-appeal-philadelphia-20190215.html

Officials, civic groups criticize City Commissioners’ process to select new voting system https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/officials-civic-groups-criticize-city-commissioners-process-to-select-new/article_3f44726c-993e-54aa-99d6-66898b12157b.html

Indicted Councilman Henon draws two challengers https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/indicted-councilman-henon-draws-two-challengers/article_e029ba03-f8e0-547d-b121-28133dd0b875.html

Pitt

WPXI-TV part of sale of Cox Media stake to investment firm https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2019/02/16/WPXI-TV-part-of-sale-of-Cox-Media-stake-to-investment-firm/stories/201902160040

State News

DEP says it will create PFAS drinking water standards https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190215/dep-says-it-will-create-pfas-drinking-water-standards

‘Sandusky lovers?’ Susquenita superintendent calls auditor general’s accusations ‘a slap in the face’ https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/sandusky-lovers-susquenita-superintendent-calls-auditor-generals-accusations-a-slap-in-the-face.html

Will Grace Packer case put child welfare system on trial? https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-grace-packer-trial-child-welfare-system-20190208-story.html

Washington

Oversight chair: Trump lawyers gave false info on hush money https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/president-donald-trump-hush-money-stormy-daniels-elijah-cummings-house-oversight-committee-20190215.html

N.J. attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/president-donald-trump-inaugural-committee-subpoena-new-jersey-attorney-general-records-20190215.html

Ex-FBI official recounts discussion about 25th Amendment https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/andrew-mccabe-fbi-rod-rosenstein-president-donald-trump-th-amendment-constitution-remove-office-20190215.html

Trump claims Japan’s PM nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/donald-trump-shinzo-abe-nobel-peace-prize-nominated-north-korea-20190216.html

Trump dangles declaration of peace with North Korea https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2019/02/16/Trump-dangles-declaration-of-peace-with-North-Korea/stories/201902170138

Trump says he uses ‘many stats’ on border immigration. Here’s what studies show. https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/trump-statistics-immigration-border-wall-national-emergency-20190215.html