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Legislature

‘An issue that affects everybody’: Pa. lawmaker seeks change in Amber Alert law with ‘Nalani Johnson Rule’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/24/Nalani-Johnson-Pennsylvania-Penn-Hills-Amber-Alert-Law-kidnapping-murder-legislation-changes/stories/202002210135

How political party insiders — not voters — dictate Pa. special election candidates
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/pennsylvania-legislature-retirements-resignations-special-elections-20200224.html

Medical malpractice rule data needed
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/medical-malpractice-rule-data-needed-1.2598852

Budget

What are supplemental appropriations? The Pa. budget battle you’re not hearing about
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/what-are-supplemental-appropriations-the-pa-budget-battle-youre-not-hearing-about/

Business

Alle-Kiski grocers compete with customer service, community relationships, niche products
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/alle-kiski-grocers-compete-with-customer-service-community-relationships-niche-products/

Crime/Punishment

Victim of McKeesport murder was kind to a fault, family says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/23/Tameka-Dallas-McKeesport-death-family-Renziehausen-Park-Daron-Parks-Ramonta-Yancey/stories/202002220045

Education

Haves and have-nots: wide poverty disparities between Reading, bordering school districts
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/haves-and-have-nots-wide-poverty-disparities-between-reading-bordering/article_78883790-4da3-11ea-8fde-5f41a70ff269.html

W-B Area up to $33M on new school expenses
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-area-up-to-33m-on-new-school-expenses-1.2598907

Penn got $258 million in foreign money, and there may be more it hadn’t disclosed
https://www.inquirer.com/business/university-pennsylvania-foreign-donations-china-saudi-arabia-20200224.html

Penn State’s THON just raised a whopping $11.7 million for kids’ cancer research and support
https://www.inquirer.com/news/thon-penn-state-philanthropy-student-dance-marathon-cancer-20200221.html

Malcolm Jenkins puts political activism on display at Swarthmore
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/malcolm-jenkins-puts-political-activism-on-display-at-swarthmore/article_7596ea5c-5697-11ea-a93e-b33534c1d48d.html

Elections/Politics

Thousands expected to choose new mail-in ballots, which could cause long delays in Pennsylvania election returns
https://www.mcall.com/news/elections/mc-nws-mail-in-ballots-will-swamp-counties-20200223-ilni6oph7bebbhgm6wpn542yzu-story.html

Mike Bloomberg is enjoying goodwill from Latinos in a part of Pa. not far from New York
https://www.inquirer.com/news/bernie-sanders-latinos-michael-bloomberg-nevada-lehigh-valley-pennsyvlania-primary-20200224.html

Bernie Sanders is beating Joe Biden in the Pa. primary, poll says, and the race against Trump is tight
https://www.inquirer.com/news/2020-poll-pennsylvania-michigan-wisconsin-donald-trump-bernie-sanders-democrats-20200223.html

Moderates hustle to blunt Sanders’ momentum after Nevada win
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/773976/moderates-hustle-to-blunt-sanders-momentum-after-nevada-win

Chance to win 58th state House District excites Westmoreland Dems at endorsement meeting
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/chance-to-win-58th-state-house-district-excites-westmoreland-dems-at-endorsement-meeting/

Health Care

No surgery required: Lehigh Valley couple working on ‘virtual biopsy’ scanner to spot skin tumors
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-allentown-startup-business-virtual-biopsy-skin-cancer-20200224-zlmvnpprjjbmhhbepphhdqdcga-story.html

Local News

Retired Scranton police officers threaten to sue Scranton for cost of living raises
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/retired-scranton-police-officers-threaten-to-sue-scranton-for-cost-of-living-raises-1.2599057

Landlord sues new Wright Center tenant in Scranton over $3M dispute
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/landlord-sues-new-wright-center-tenant-in-scranton-over-3m-dispute-1.2598964

MONDAY UPDATE: Plans for Nay Aug Park coffee shop still brewing
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-plans-for-nay-aug-park-coffee-shop-still-brewing-1.2598891

‘Iwo Jima was the bloodiest’ 75 years later, corpsman recounts his role in the landmark battle
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/iwo-jima-was-the-bloodiest-75-years-later-corpsman-recounts-his-role-in-the-landmark-battle-1.2598992

Carbondale Public Library hires new director
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-public-library-hires-new-director-1.2599006

Dominican flag raising at Reading City Hall takes on added meaning
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/dominican-flag-raising-at-reading-city-hall-takes-on-added/article_22878a30-5681-11ea-afbb-0333a4da824f.html

Upper Darby gives mayor authority to replace appointees
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/upper-darby-gives-mayor-authority-to-replace-appointees/article_b0dea100-568c-11ea-96fd-17d34bc1659b.html

Harmar buys app to allow easy access to sewer, waterline maps
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/harmar-buys-app-to-allow-easy-access-to-sewer-waterline-maps/

County council set to vote on $5 vehicle fee
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-set-to-vote-on-5-vehicle-fee-1.2598895

Luzerne County pension plan bolstered by 2019 investment gains
https://www.timesleader.com/news/773988/luzerne-county-pension-plan-bolstered-by-2019-investment-gains

Jenkins Township man killed when ATV goes through ice
https://www.timesleader.com/news/773945/jenkins-township-man-killed-when-atv-goes-through-ice

AWA asked for $30,000 for dams
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/02/awa-asked-for-30000-for-dams/

National News

Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year. Here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/air-pollution-kills-thousands-of-americans-every-year-heres-a-low-cost-strategy-to-reduce-the-toll-opinion/

Philly

Snapshots of Philadelphia’s black history
https://www.inquirer.com/news/inq/black-history-month-pictures-philadelphia-people-facts-20200224.html

Phillie Phanatic debuts his new look: Wings, a tail, and a bigger backside
https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/phillie-phanatic-makeover-new-look-lawsuit-spring-training-pirates-20200223.html

Live Nation casts Met landlord’s lawsuit as ploy to earn ‘enormous additional sums’
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/live-nation-lawsuit-response-met-philadelphia-eric-blumenfeld-holy-ghost-north-broad-20200224.html

In Philly, across race, class lines, a search for solutions to the city’s biggest challenges
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/in-philly-a-search-for-solutions-to-the-citys-biggest-challenges-that-bridges-race-class-lines/

Pitt

Fare reductions: Many rely on buses as main transportation
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/24/Fare-reductions-Many-rely-on-buses-as-main-transportation/stories/202002010017

Generations of African Americans trusted Dollar Bank
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/2020/02/23/underground-railroad-pittsburgh-african-americans-dollar-bank/stories/202002050136

John Steigerwald: Hockey in Pittsburgh makes major strides since ‘Miracle on Ice’
https://triblive.com/sports/john-steigerwald-hockey-in-pittsburgh-makes-major-strides-since-miracle-on-ice/

Pittsburgh gas prices down as national average starts seasonal rise, analyst says
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pittsburgh-gas-prices-down-as-national-average-starts-seasonal-rise-analyst-says/

State News

As deer collisions increase in Ross, meeting planned to discuss options
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/02/24/Urban-deer-management-Ross-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-population-control-danger/stories/202002240017

Vandals spray paint graffiti on rocks at Ohiopyle
https://triblive.com/local/regional/vandals-spray-paint-graffiti-on-rocks-at-ohiopyle/

Guns and their owners need no ‘sanctuary’ | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/second-amendment-sanctuary-local-government-resolutions-red-flag-law-new-jersey–20200224.html

Transportation

Work on Nadine Road to start this week
https://pennhills.triblive.com/work-on-nadine-road-to-start-this-week/

Safety upgrades at Pottstown intersection where pedestrian was killed should be complete by spring
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/safety-upgrades-at-pottstown-intersection-where-pedestrian-was-killed-should/article_cd719a38-53fe-11ea-9032-cf7732d65443.html

Bridge renaming ceremony Feb. 29 to honor Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200223/bridge-renaming-ceremony-feb-29-to-honor-staff-sgt-dylan-elchin

Washington

As Pennsylvania’s casinos expand, gaming industry grabs ear of Guy Reschenthaler
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/02/23/Guy-Reschenthaler-Casino-Gaming-Caucus-Meadowlands/stories/202002230007