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Editorial: We need better defense against ice missiles

https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-we-need-better-defense-against-ice-missiles/article_07eff7e6-531d-11ea-b200-97a0c49063fa.html

State bill would expand workers’ compensation for volunteer firefighters, medical teams

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/state-bill-would-expand-workers-compensation-for-volunteer-firefighters-medical-teams-1.2598532

State

Opioid Settlement Still Elusive As Some Lawyers Criticize It

https://hosted.ap.org/standardspeaker/article/6a49b31e1d6320073776b750fdaffca4/opioid-settlement-still-elusive-some-lawyers-criticize-it

States Step Up Funding For Planned Parenthood Clinics

https://hosted.ap.org/standardspeaker/article/a455021795071e2f4eecb640b49e6592/states-step-funding-planned-parenthood-clinics

Eagles, geese and falcons: 24-hour livestreams in Pennsylvania you can watch now

https://lancasteronline.com/sports/outdoors/eagles-geese-and-falcons–hour-livestreams-in-pennsylvania-you/article_1717f070-33f1-11ea-89b8-07d10067ffc7.html

Gaming control board calls POM ‘skills’ games ‘illegal slot machines’

https://www.timesleader.com/news/773846/gaming-control-board-calls-pom-skills-games-illegal-slot-machines

Business

New central Pa. greenhouse pushing out leafy greens 24/7, all year long

https://www.inquirer.com/news/hydroponic-greenhouse-drought-vegetables-salad-20200223.html

Education

Cost of a Western Pa. college has increased 35% over the last decade

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/cost-of-a-western-pa-college-has-increased-35-over-the-last-decade/

Lehigh University professor loses discrimination case

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-nws-lehigh-university-miller-peterson-lawsuit-dismissed-20200222-l2z4xaz4ffe3zm2eqngvam5vri-story.html

Easton elementary boundaries change approved; about 124 students changing schools

https://www.mcall.com/news/education/mc-nws-easton-redistricting-approved-20200221-gocm6d4te5airkzmoporckpmpu-story.html

Peters Township supports funding reform for charter schools

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/peters-township-supports-funding-reform-for-charter-schools/article_9984e42e-0c9b-5ec6-9898-c7ba7024e895.html

Westmoreland colleges, universities address nursing shortage

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-colleges-universities-address-nursing-shortage/

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics open house highlights need for airline mechanics

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/02/23/Pittsburgh-Institute-of-Aeronautics-mechanics-shortage-PSA-Airlines-American-West-Mifflin/stories/202002230153

OJR School District to sell land to water company for $1.2M

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/ojr-school-district-to-sell-land-to-water-company-for/article_35d13c02-551a-11ea-a598-abc59f5744a6.html

Scranton School District receives a failing grade in crisis management

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/chris-kelly-scranton-school-district-receives-a-failing-grade-in-crisis-management-1.2598424

Elections/Politics

I will represent the needs of the good people of Cumberland and York counties

https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/02/i-will-represent-the-needs-of-the-good-people-of-cumberland-and-york-counties-pennlive-letters.html

Bloomberg opens Delco campaign office in Media

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/bloomberg-opens-delco-campaign-office-in-media/article_ddbe5920-55d5-11ea-864c-8b92c630abed.html

Fracking Debate Causes Tremors In Battleground Pennsylvania

https://hosted.ap.org/standardspeaker/article/cee09b550a5f431eed39bd73b1a607d9/fracking-debate-causes-tremors-battleground-pennsylvania

Bernie Sanders leads 2020 primary in Pa., Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground poll finds

https://www.inquirer.com/news/2020-poll-pennsylvania-michigan-wisconsin-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-democrats-20200223.html

Char Valley Dems stress unity as waters churn within their ranks

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/02/22/Char-Valley-Democrats-allegheny-county-conor-lamb-darrin-kelly-eileen-kelly/stories/202002220053

Transportation

Greyhound will no longer allow immigration checks on buses

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/greyhound-will-no-longer-allow-immigration-checks-on-buses.html

$285M Westmoreland transportation investment proposed for next 4 years

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/285m-westmoreland-transportation-investment-proposed-for-next-4-years/

Pennsylvania Turnpike moving ahead with new road to bypass Allegheny Tunnel in Somerset County

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/23/Pa-Turnpike-Allegheny-Tunnel-Somerset-County-new-road-eliminate-tunnel-332-million-project/stories/202002210109

Merger of public bus systems in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties could save hundreds of thousands of dollars

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/merger-of-public-bus-systems-in-lackawanna-and-luzerne-counties-could-save-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-1.2598718

End in sight for Route 611 construction project

https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200222/end-in-sight-for-route-611-construction-project

Stites Tunnel expected to reopen in May

https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200221/stites-tunnel-expected-to-reopen-in-may

Snowless winter good for taxpayers, lousy for plow drivers in Pa.

https://www.witf.org/2020/02/23/snowless-winter-good-for-taxpayers-lousy-for-plow-drivers-in-pa/

Crime/Punishment

State police hit dead end in Walmart bedbug probe

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/state-police-hit-dead-end-in-walmart-bedbug-probe.html

Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg should fully reckon with the harm caused to victims of childhood sexual abuse

https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/catholic-diocese-of-harrisburg-should-fully-reckon-with-the-harm/article_a2afaa1a-54fd-11ea-8bdf-279db70c795a.html

Scranton police Street Crimes Unit makes drug bust

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-police-street-crimes-unit-makes-drug-bust-1.2598404

Schuylkill County Prison moves to hire more corrections officers

https://www.republicanherald.com/news/schuylkill-county-prison-moves-to-hire-more-corrections-officers-1.2598753

Philly

The Fire Department shows what treating addiction like a disease, not a crime, looks like | Editorial

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/supervised-injection-site-safehouse-overdose-prevention-police-fire-department-alternative-20200223.html

Fatal shooting of pregnant woman points to trend of violence against women in Philadelphia

https://www.inquirer.com/news/shooting-pregnant-baby-child-women-crime-victim-philadelphia-police-20200223.html

Pittsburgh

Big plans for redevelopment of Hunt Armory will come at big cost

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/big-plans-for-redevelopment-of-hunt-armory-will-come-at-a-big-cost/

Regional health care systems set a national pace in elder care

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/regional-health-care-systems-set-a-national-pace-in-elder-care

51 new Americans provide important reminder of citizen rights and responsibilities

https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/02/23/new-americans-reminder-citizen-rights-responsibilities-naturalization-pittsburgh-federal-court/stories/202002210137

Local

Penn State Berks plans $30.4 million renovation to Beaver Community Center

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/penn-state-berks-plans-million-renovation-to-beaver-community-center/article_e9c88b92-54e9-11ea-99d3-f7965a8bdc5c.html

‘What’s happening here … is huge’: Biggest redevelopment project in decades breathes new life into Quakertown

https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-quakertown-trolley-barn-20200222-hhqv34u7mfhnjmmsxpciamxrue-story.html

Weatherly council to consult neighboring municipalities for ambulance advice

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/weatherly-council-to-consult-neighboring-municipalities-for-ambulance-advice-1.2598440

Lawsuits over Majestic Hills slides move forward

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/lawsuits-over-majestic-hills-slides-move-forward/article_d87ad8fe-559d-11ea-8fd9-4fa741caac6e.html

Organization gives free estate planning for first-responders, vets

https://www.timesleader.com/news/773850/organization-gives-free-estate-planning-for-first-responders-vets

USMCA expected to benefit area businesses

https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/usmca-expected-to-benefit-area-businesses-1.2598452

As Bethlehem eyes water rate hike, here’s how $49M in projected costs break down

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/2020/02/as-bethlehem-eyes-water-rate-hike-heres-how-49m-in-projected-costs-break-down.html

Over 600 take the Delaware River plunge to benefit Special Olympics

https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/2020/02/over-600-take-the-delaware-river-plunge-to-benefit-special-olympics-photos.html

Wayne Twp. seeks money for damaged signal light

https://www.republicanherald.com/news/wayne-twp-seeks-money-for-damaged-signal-light-1.2598754