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Legislature

Redistricting advocates warn legislators time is running out for change https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/02/01/Redistricting-advocates-legislature-pennsylvania-thornburgh-pitt/stories/202001310141

Sweeping changes to Pennsylvania election law could make early voting a norm https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/sweeping-changes-to-pennsylvania-election-law-could-make-early-voting-a-norm/

Administration

Here’s everything we know so far about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/heres-everything-we-know-so-far-about-gov-tom-wolfs-6th-budget/

What to watch for in the Wolf budget proposal https://www.witf.org/2020/02/02/what-to-watch-for-in-the-wolf-budget-proposal/

Crime/Punishment

After 4 years, Wilkinsburg mass shooting case comes down to 3-week trial https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/after-4-years-wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-case-comes-down-to-3-week-trial/

Education

W.Pa high school/middle school plans 35-hour vigil for victims of violence https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/w-pa-high-school-middle-school-plans-35-hour-vigil-for-victims-of-violence/

Advocates: Setting student-teacher boundaries a tool to curb teacher sex crimes https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200202/advocates-setting-student-teacher-boundaries-tool-to-curb-teacher-sex-crimes

Students acted out. Teachers were fed up. How this Easton elementary school turned a corner. https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/02/students-acted-out-teachers-were-fed-up-how-this-easton-elementary-school-turned-a-corner.html

Elections/Politics

Democrats in Iowa are wracked with anxiety as they start voting on who will challenge Trump https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/iowa-caucuses-2020-election-democrats-electability-20200202.html

Courting continues in Iowa: Democratic presidential candidates make final push ahead of Monday’s caucuses https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/02/01/Iowa-caucuses-presidential-candidates-democrats-2020/stories/202002020138

Health

‘Chinatown is pretty quiet’: Coronavirus scare upends Philly businesses, schools and travel plans https://whyy.org/articles/chinatown-is-pretty-quiet-coronavirus-scare-upends-philly-businesses-schools-and-travel-plans/

Local News

‘Aces up’: Lower Merion’s emotional game-day tribute to Kobe Bryant https://www.inquirer.com/news/kobe-bryant-lower-merion-high-school-tribute-20200201.html

Boscov’s welcomes kids, parents to monthly story time event https://www.timesleader.com/news/771421/boscovs-welcomes-kids-parents-to-monthly-story-time-event

Bill could benefit NEPA trails https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bill-could-benefit-nepa-trails-1.2590280

Polar Plunge raises $122K for Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games https://www.tribdem.com/news/polar-plunge-raises-k-for-special-olympics-pennsylvania-winter-games/article_94b2d8d6-457d-11ea-8708-03a4a16d0b9f.html

‘Wrecking ball’ manager aims to bring fiscal restraint back to Kennett Township https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/wrecking-ball-manager-aims-to-bring-fiscal-restraint-back-to/article_45ded52c-450d-11ea-9667-1bb6ad4c4d3d.html

Philly

What harms health and wellness in Philadelphia’s black communities? Local experts respond | Opinion https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-health-disparities-black-residents-black-history-month-20200201.html

Who is Dawn Chavous? The powerful woman at the center of the feds’ latest Philly indictment https://billypenn.com/2020/02/01/who-is-dawn-chavous-the-powerful-woman-at-the-center-of-the-feds-latest-philly-indictment/

U.S. trustee lodges objection to refinery owner’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan https://whyy.org/articles/refinery-owner-dep-agreed-to-amend-2012-deed-restrictions-before-auction-sale/

Pitt

Dangerous steps: Oakland pedestrian fatality highlights national problem https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/01/Oakland-pedestrian-deaths-University-of-Pittsburgh-pitt-National-Safety-Council-Port-Authority/stories/202002010002

City Council works to create trust fund for new parks tax revenue https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2020/02/01/Peduto-Pittsburgh-City-Council-assistance-departments-parks-tax-legislation/stories/202001310142

State News

Selling an existing home and paying for a new one continue to stress out Pa. buyers https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/homebuyer-stress-pa-association-realtors-survey-20200131.html

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring for second consecutive year https://triblive.com/local/regional/punxsutawney-phil-predicts-an-early-spring-for-second-consecutive-year/

Washington

Impeachment trial heads toward finish line after witness vote fails https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/impeachment-trial-heads-toward-finish-line-after-witness-vote-fails/

World

Protesters outside U.S. Embassy in Lebanon decry Trump plan https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/protesters-outside-us-embassy-lebanon-decry-trump-plan-20200202.html