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Legislature

Short on cash and students, a historically black university in Pa. faces a ‘watershed moment’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/short-on-cash-and-students-a-historically-black-university-in-pa-faces-a-watershed-moment.html

Pa. public universities ‘treading water’ with declining enrollment, higher than average tuition
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/pa-public-universities-treading-water-with-declining-enrollment-higher-than-average-tuition.php

PA House passes bill that would have Lemon Law cover motorcycles
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190221/pa-house-passes-bill-that-would-have-lemon-law-cover-motorcycles

House advances Bizzarro’s homebuyer savings account bill
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190221/house-advances-bizzarros-homebuyer-savings-account-bill

PHEAA board re-elects Fontana and Peifer
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pheaa-board-re-elects-fontana-and-peifer/

State Rep. Rob Matzie sees resolutions on MS awareness, Charter Day pass House
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190221/state-rep-rob-matzie-sees-resolutions-on-ms-awareness-charter-day-pass-house

Kaufer pushing legislation to expand use of solar energy in Pa.
https://www.timesleader.com/news/734141/kaufer-pushing-legislation-to-expand-use-of-solar-energy-in-pa

Expected legislation might save Three Mile Island
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2019/02/20/expected-legislation-might-save-three-mile-island/2908276002/

No ‘escalator’ for tax credits
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/no-escalator-for-tax-credits-1.2448295

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

Berks League of Women Voters says district maps drawn after 2020 Census could set political landscape for decades
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-league-of-women-voters-says-district-maps-drawn-after-2020-census-could-set-political-landscape-for-decades

Budget

Pa.’s budget must address glaring inequities in school funding | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/tom-wolf-pennsylvania-budget-education-funding-20190222.html

Business

Secrets stolen ‘in the dark of night.’ EQT is going after two employees it laid off last month
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/21/EQT-lawsuit-laid-off-employees-propriety-documents-rice-energy/stories/201902210096

Delaware County seeks to join lawsuit against owners of Mariner East pipelines
https://www.philly.com/news/mariner-east-pipeline-delaware-county-20190222.html

Kraft Heinz reports loss in fourth quarter, discloses SEC investigation
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/02/21/Kraft-Heinz-fourth-quarter-impairment-Oscar-Mayer-SEC-investigation/stories/201902210192

‘Ugly produce’ trend may have limits, as grocers end tests
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/ugly-produce-trend-may-have-limits-as-grocers-end-tests.php

Catholic Church

Pope Francis calls for ‘concrete measures’ as historic clergy sex-abuse summit opens in Rome
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/02/21/Catholic-church-Pope-Francis-vatican-clergy-abuse-bishops-meeting/stories/201902210108

Papal crossroads: Francis must lay down the law at abuse summit
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/02/22/Papal-crossroads-Pope-Francis-Catholic-Church-clergy-sex-abuse-summit/stories/201902220026

Crime/Punishment

Police: Armed robberies in Wilkes-Barre city, township linked
https://www.timesleader.com/news/734107/armed-robbery-at-wilkes-barre-township-business

Safety was at core of Pa. prison mail changes | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/safety-was-at-core-of-pa-prison-mail-changes-pennlive-letters.html

Serious crimes in Bethlehem drop 44 percent in 10 years, city police say
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/02/7e99c55c9a513/serious-crimes-in-bethlehem-drop-44-percent-in-10-years-city-police-say.html

Education

Email exchange reveals rifts on West Mifflin Area school board over embattled superintendent
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/02/21/Emails-West-Mifflin-Area-school-board-s-clash-with-superintendent-stokes-feuds-behind-the-scenes/stories/201902210103

Pa. auditor general wants to brainstorm with community to fix Penn Hills School District
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/02/21/Pennsylvania-auditor-general-Eugene-DePasquale-will-hold-forum-brainstorm-ideas-to-fix-cash-strapped-Penn-Hills-School-District/stories/201902210146

Town hall on Penn Hills School District’s financial woes scheduled for Feb. 28
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/town-hall-on-penn-hills-school-districts-financial-woes-scheduled-for-feb-28/

Five people apply for vacant Scranton School Board seat
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/five-people-apply-for-vacant-scranton-school-board-seat-1.2448142

Increased police presence expected Friday after Hempfield High School officials receive threat
https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/increased-police-presence-expected-friday-after-hempfield-high-school-officials-receive-threat/

Lead at Erie school said to pose no immediate threat
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190221/lead-at-erie-school-said-to-pose-no-immediate-threat

Grievance on behalf of Old Forge director could cost $3.4M if settled
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/grievance-on-behalf-of-old-forge-director-could-cost-3-4m-if-settled-1.2448279

PHOTOS: SHINE event promotes literacy, diversity
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/photos-shine-event-promotes-literacy-diversity-1.2448330

Penn State ex-president Spanier’s request for appeal denied
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/21/Penn-State-Graham-Spanier-appeal-denied-Pennsylvania-Supreme-Court/stories/201902210176

Attorney General Josh Shapiro lauds Pa. Supreme Court’s decision on Graham Spanier
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/attorney-general-josh-shapiro-lauds-pa-surpeme-courts-decision-on-graham-spanier.html

Penn State calls for 2.64 percent increase in basic room and board rates
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/penn-state-calls-for-264-percent-increase-in-basic-room-and-board-rates.html

Penn State approves contract extension for Athletic Director Sandy Barbour
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/penn-state-approves-contract-extension-for-athletic-director-sandy-barbour.html

Health Care

UPMC fires back at Pa. attorney general with federal lawsuit
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/02/21/UPMC-fires-back-at-Pa-attorney-general-with-federal-lawsuit/stories/201902210187

UPMC rejects state Attorney General Shapiro’s attempt to halt breakup with rival Highmark
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/upmc-rejects-ag-shapiros-attempt-to-halt-breakup-with-rival-highmark/

Construction of Allegheny Health Network’s mini hospital in Harmar stalled by land issues
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/construction-of-allegheny-health-networks-mini-hospital-in-harmar-stalled-by-land-issues/

Unexplained: Sudden death in children leave families grieving, raising awareness
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-northampton-toddler-unexplained-death-20190122-story.html

Local News

Chamber breakfast features financial markets expert
https://www.timesleader.com/news/734155/chamber-breakfast-features-financial-markets-expert

Area’s economic expansion expected to continue
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/area-s-economic-expansion-expected-to-continue-1.2448291

WB council hears from residents upset about series of drive-by shootings
https://www.timesleader.com/news/734152/wb-council-hears-from-residents-upset-about-series-of-drive-by-shootings

Angry and scared: W-B council hears from residents on shootings
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/angry-and-scared-w-b-council-hears-from-residents-on-shootings-1.2448396

Mayor plans to attend crime watch meetings
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mayor-plans-to-attend-crime-watch-meetings-1.2448390

County seeking proposals for revenue-boosting projects
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-seeking-proposals-for-revenue-boosting-projects-1.2448415

Voting system expo planned at courthouse
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/voting-system-expo-planned-at-courthouse-1.2448331

DePasquale to discuss review based on Crispell controversy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/depasquale-to-discuss-review-based-on-crispell-controversy-1.2448408

Lackawanna County Heritage Fair organizers seek vendors
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-heritage-fair-organizers-seek-vendors-1.2448128

Scranton Sewer Authority settles commercial condemnation case for $157,000
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-sewer-authority-settles-commercial-condemnation-case-for-157-000-1.2448528

HCA will seek more funds for filtration plant
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hca-will-seek-more-funds-for-filtration-plant-1.2448355

Butler Twp. Wastewater Dept. to get new garage
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/butler-twp-wastewater-dept-to-get-new-garage-1.2448304

New Kensington business owner has big plans for Fifth Avenue building
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-business-owner-has-big-plans-for-fifth-avenue-building-across-from-the-corner/

Ohio developer signs on to Sewickley Twp. Commerce Crossing development
https://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/ohio-developer-signs-on-to-sewickley-twp-commerce-crossing-development/

Harrison commissioners accept resignations of 2 zoning, ordinance officials
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/harrison-commissioners-accept-resignations-of-2-zoning-ordinance-officials/

Buffalo Township housing development gets OK for 5th phase
https://triblive.com/news/valley-news-dispatch/buffalo-township-housing-development-village-at-sarvers-mill-gets-ok-for-fifth-phase/

Black lung screening slated in Armstrong County
https://triblive.com/news/regional/black-lung-screening-slated-in-armstrong-county/

Reading Redevelopment Authority member resigns because she doesn’t meet eligibility requirements
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-redevelopment-authority-member-resigns-because-she-does-not-meet-eligibility-requirements

Rising rates at the Reading Regional Airport anger some tenants
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/rising-rates-at-the-reading-regional-airport-anger-some-tenants

Game-changing forfeiture law ruling won’t have major impact in Berks
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/game-changing-forfeiture-law-ruling-wont-have-major-impact-in-berks

Entrepreneurs and farmers showcase their products at Taste of Berks event
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/entrepreneurs-and-farmers-showcase-their-products-at-taste-of-berks-event

Editorial: Mall site redevelopment deserves closer look
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editoriao-mall-site-redevelopment-deserves-closer-look

Bam Margera planning another party in Pocopson
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/bam-margera-planning-another-party-in-pocopson/article_34a3f410-3620-11e9-aed3-a7687060ee09.html

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addresses county issues
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-county-state-of-county-address-20190220-story.html

National News

Judge: U.S. violated victim’s rights when negotiating sex-abuse plea deal with wealth financier Jeffrey Epstein
https://www.philly.com/wires/ap/jeffrey-epstein-financier-sexual-abuse-girls-victims-rights-violated-federal-prosecutors-florida-20190221.html

Tennessee governor says he regrets wearing Confederate uniform
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/tennessee-governor-bill-lee-confederate-uniform-college-old-south-party-auburn-alabama-20190221.html

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan blasts RNC for ‘unprecedented’ steps to shield Trump from a primary
https://triblive.com/news/politics-election/hogan-blasts-rnc-for-unprecedented-steps-to-shield-trump-from-a-primary/

Coast Guard lieutenant ordered held 14 days while prosecutors weigh terror charges
https://triblive.com/news/world/coast-guard-lieutenant-ordered-held-14-days-while-prosecutors-weigh-terror-charges/

Fairness prevails
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/fairness-prevails-1.2448297

Paid family leave is an investment in public health, not a handout | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/paid-family-leave-is-an-investment-in-public-health-not-a-handout-opinion.html

Philly

Philadelphia spells out how its municipal ID program would work
https://www.philly.com/news/municipal-id-philadelphia-immigrant-card-chicago-20190221.html

How Philly developer ‘Mr. Bigg,’ backed by Darrell Clarke, got a bargain on city land near Temple
https://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-real-estate-sales-shawn-bullard-darrell-clarke-temple-20190222.html

Following clash between police and homeless people, changes made at Suburban Station
https://www.philly.com/transportation/evicting-homeless-septa-suburban-station-police-outreach-20190222.html

What housing slowdown? Philly region sees bidding wars and fierce competition as housing supply hovers at record-lows.
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/housing/philadelphia-suburbs-housing-market-still-hot-inventory-sellers-market-bidding-wars-20190222.html

Landmark Chinatown cultural center target of demolition permit request
https://www.philly.com/news/chinese-cultural-center-chinatown-philadelphia-demolition-permit-petition-20190221.html

5 years after Nadia Malik’s death, grief and uncertainty weigh heavily on her family
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/nadia-malik-west-philadelphia-death-five-years-later-mystery-20190222.html

Boy, 4, killed by shards of glass from falling picture frame at home in North Philly
https://www.philly.com/news/child-dies-glass-photo-frame-north-philadelphia-20190221.html

Two residential high-rises planned beside Quaker building in North Philly’s Poplar neighborhood
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/housing/hightop-poplar-apartment-tower-post-bros-quaker-20190221.html

Philly DA: Ex-owner of Eulogy Belgian Tavern threatened 2 judges, signed threats as someone else
https://www.philly.com/news/michael-naessens-eulogy-belgian-tavern-philadelphia–20190221.html

Protests signal heated race ahead for longtime Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
https://www.philly.com/news/protest-blackwell-city-hall-jannie-councilmanic-perogative-election-primary-20190221.html

Should ‘City Council member’ be a lifetime gig? Allan Domb doesn’t think so.
https://www.philly.com/news/term-limits-philadephia-city-council-primary-blackwell-domb-politics-20190221.html

Daphne Goggins says that she has mental illness and that it may be part of God’s plan to make her mayor of Philadelphia
https://www.philly.com/news/daphne-goggins-mayor-philadelphia-republicans-mental-illness-daily-caller-20190221.html

Superintendent William Hite: Philly schools need diverse curriculum and diverse teachers | Opinion
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-school-district-william-hite-diverse-curriculum-20190221.html

Snider Hockey partners with UPenn to grow youth program, improve rink, with $7 million gift
https://www.philly.com/business/snider-hockey-partners-upenn-grow-youth-program-rink-million-20190222.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh challenges Norfolk Southern’s plans to add new route for double-stacked rail cars
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/21/Pittsburgh-challenges-Norfolk-Southern-train-rail-plans-second-route-double-stacked-cars/stories/201902210106

Pittsburgh objects to Norfolk Southern plans to raise bridges for double stack trains
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-objects-to-norfolk-southern-plans-to-raise-bridges-for-double-stack-trains/

PWSA: Smallman Street water/sewer line project to finish on time, under budget
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/21/PWSA-Smallman-Street-water-sewer-project-to-finish-on-time-and-under-budget/stories/201902210184

City to enforce ‘clean construction’ law on new bridge in Swisshelm Park’s Duck Hollow
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/21/Clean-construction-Peduto-bridge-Swisshelm-Park-Duck-Hollow/stories/201902210137

Pittsburgh to require ‘clean construction’ on Duck Hollow bridge project
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-will-require-clean-construction-for-first-time-on-duck-hollow-bridge-project/

Mayor: Next grocery store in Hill will have better market
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/21/Mayor-Peduto-Hill-District-Shop-n-Save-Penguins/stories/201902210129

Pittsburgh seeks another grocery store to replace Hill District Shop ‘n Save
https://triblive.com/news/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-seeks-another-grocery-store-to-replace-hill-district-shop-n-save/

Cure in Lawrenceville will close in late March
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2019/02/21/Cure-in-Lawrenceville-will-close-in-late-March-Pittsburgh-Severino/stories/201902210195

Garfield woman who disappeared in 1964 found buried in her own backyard
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/21/Garfield-mary-albert-arcuri-disappeared-1964-skeletal-remains-found-buried-backyard-black-street/stories/201902210142

Allegheny County Dems release list of 2019 candidates seeking their endorsement
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/21/Allegheny-County-Dems-release-list-of-2019-candidates-seeking-their-endorsement/stories/201902210189

Allegheny County council candidate Bethany Hallam wants a countywide conversion therapy ban now
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/allegheny-county-council-candidate-bethany-hallam-wants-a-countywide-conversion-therapy-ban-now/Content?oid=13769108

State News

First of its kind PA report examines child abuse fatalities
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/02/21/Pennylvania-child-abuse-Department-of-Human-Services/stories/201902210175

More kids dying from abuse in Pa.: new report cites drug, alcohol use
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/more-kids-dying-from-abuse-in-pa-new-report-cites-drug-alcohol-use.html

Increased energy taxes do not help Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2019/02/22/Increased-energy-taxes-do-not-help-Pa/stories/201902220028

Do people who steal from nonprofits have to pay them back? Pa. Supreme Court to decide
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/do-people-who-steal-from-nonprofits-have-to-pay-them-back-pa-supreme-court-to-decide.html

Barriers to betterment: How occupational licensing restrictions hurt ex-offenders, economy
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190222/barriers-to-betterment-how-occupational-licensing-restrictions-hurt-ex-offenders-economy

Washington

Border wall funding could imperil projects in Phila., elsewhere in Pa., Casey says
https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/senator-bob-casey-donald-trump-border-wall-pennsylvania-projects-philadelphia-pittsburgh-20190221.html

Cartwright hosts town hall meeting in Hazleton
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-hosts-town-hall-meeting-in-hazleton-1.2448359

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick calls for EPA timeline on toxic PFAS chemicals
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190221/rep-brian-fitzpatrick-calls-for-epa-timeline-on-toxic-pfas-chemicals