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Legislature

Pa. state lawmakers want inmates counted as local residents https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/luzerne-county-want-pennsylvania-state-prison-inmates-counted-residents-20200229.html

Coronavirus threat: Pa. House needs to pass public health emergency bill, Senate Dem Costa says https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/coronavirus-threat-pa-house-needs-to-pass-public-health-emergency-bill-senate-dem-costa-says-friday-morning-coffee/

Lawmakers see ‘substantial’ growth ahead for Chester County, answer questions from constituents https://www.dailylocal.com/news/lawmakers-see-substantial-growth-ahead-for-chester-county-answer-questions/article_30108d28-5a46-11ea-b7c2-8b5fd537f31a.html

Business

Wall Street’s brutal week, with Dow slashing nearly 3,600 points https://whyy.org/npr_story_post/brutal-week-on-wall-street-dow-tumbles-nearly-3600-points/

Stocks finish a bumpy week in correction territory https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/02/28/U-S-stock-market-indexes-tumbled-coronavirus-correction-territory/stories/202002280154

Wall Street has worst week since 2008 https://triblive.com/news/wire-stories/stocks-sink-again-heading-for-the-worst-week-since-2008/

Coronavirus

Virus’ effect on world economy grows after Trump lashes out https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/coronavirus-outbreak-global-economy-trump-political-hoax-response-20200229.html

Coronavirus will spread in the U.S., CDC warns, and there might not be enough testing capacity to detect it https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-pandemic-cdc-flawed-test-pcr-undetected-cases-20200225.html

Penn, Temple, Rowan among colleges canceling trips, programs abroad as coronavirus spreads https://www.inquirer.com/education/penn-coronavirus-temple-china-italy-20200228.html

Trump accuses Democrats of ‘hoax’ for criticizing virus plan https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-coronavirus-democrats-criticism-hoax-20200229.html

New unexplained coronavirus cases in U.S. raise specter of spread https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/02/29/New-Unexplained-Coronavirus-Cases-U-S-Raise-Specter-of-Spread-oregon-california-washington/stories/202002290045

Duquesne U. to bring Rome campus students back to U.S. as coronavirus concern increases in Italy https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/duquesne-u-to-bring-rome-campus-students-back-to-u-s-as-coronavirus-concern-increases-in-italy/

Fed chairman opens door to rate cut on ‘evolving’ risks from virus https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/02/fed-chairman-opens-door-to-rate-cut-on-evolving-risks-from-virus.html

‘Weak positive’ test puts Hong Kong dog in coronavirus quarantine: Reports https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/weak-positive-test-puts-hong-kong-dog-in-coronavirus-quarantine-reports.html

WHO says risk of COVID-19 is now ‘very high at a global level’ https://www.witf.org/2020/02/28/who-says-risk-of-covid-19-is-now-very-high-at-a-global-level/

Crime/Punishment

Police chase of stolen ambulance in Northeast Philly ends, man arrested https://www.inquirer.com/news/police-chase-stolen-ambulance-northeast-philadelphia-20200229.html

Six Philly police were quietly fired, charged with abuse last year. Many will likely get their jobs back https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-union-contract-domestic-violence-fired-20200228.html

Pharmacy worker accused of stealing over $500,000 worth of addiction treatment drug https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/28/Allegheny-johnson-pharmacy-tech-stole-suboxone-opioid-addiction-treatment-drug-Rena-Schleehauf/stories/202002280162

‘You don’t need to lock kids up’: Harrisburg-based program provides alternatives to prison https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/harrisburg-based-alternative-to-prison-program-continues-to-grow-push-for-juvenile-justice-reform.html

Education

Pitt commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2037 but won’t divest fossil fuel investments https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/02/28/University-of-Pittsburgh-trustees-endowment-divest-Fossil-Free-climate-change-Patrick-Gallagher/stories/202002280146

Two Steel Valley School District staff members asked to stay home after traveling to active coronavirus areas https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/02/28/coronavirus-steel-valley-school-district-staff-stay-home-COVID-19/stories/202002280170

Pa. gives out school safety funding for a second year, demands remain strong https://www.witf.org/2020/02/28/pa-gives-out-school-safety-funding-for-a-second-year-demands-remain-strong/

Program to teach students advanced computer skills https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/program-to-teach-students-advanced-computer-skills-1.2601127

STEM Academy in Downingtown earns School of Distinction award https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/stem-academy-in-downingtown-earns-school-of-distinction-award/article_b8ab991c-5a40-11ea-ae06-33fb04e462c9.html

Elections/Politics

Inside Joe Biden’s last stand in South Carolina https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/joe-biden-south-carolina-primary-20200229.html

Joe Biden pictured campaigning for South Carolina primary votes https://www.inquirer.com/photo/inq/biden-sanders-buttigieg-pictures-photojournalism-south-carolina-20200229.html

Former Philadelphia city councilmember’s ‘Nobody’s Business But Mine’ attitude sums up today’s politics | Helen Ubiñas https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/blondell-reynolds-brown-drop-council-philadelphia-trump-politics-20200229.html

More Than 20K People Have Already Applied To Vote By Mail In The 2020 Primary https://www.wesa.fm/post/more-20k-people-have-already-applied-vote-mail-2020-primary

Mail-in ballots prove popular in weeks since their debut https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/mail-in-ballots-prove-popular-in-weeks-since-their-debut/

With an election on the horizon, older adults get help spotting fake news https://www.witf.org/2020/02/29/with-an-election-on-the-horizon-older-adults-get-help-spotting-fake-news/

Local Bloomberg, Sanders delegates ready for big day https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-bloomberg-sanders-delegates-ready-for-big-day-1.2601190

Health

Red-hot gene therapy wins top IPO price in a bear market; plus, tech deals https://www.inquirer.com/business/passage-gene-therapy-jim-wilson-ipo-biotech-brokertech-fs-fintech-aix-pci-20200228.html

Black Health Matters raises awareness of prostate cancer and clinical trials https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/black-health-matters-raises-awareness-of-prostate-cancer-and-clinical/article_c5507746-1da7-5786-89f7-79d31468ccf6.html

Cancer treatment: Bill lets patients, doctors decide on drugs, therapies https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/29/Cancer-treatment-Bill-lets-patients-doctors-decide-on-drugs-therapies/stories/202002080016

Local News

Students hit the pool to raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/students-hit-the-pool-to-raise-funds-for-special-olympics-pennsylvania/

President Trump is coming to Scranton next week https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/president-trump-is-coming-to-scranton-next-week.html

How one man’s perseverance led a Pa. borough to adopt its LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/how-one-mans-perseverance-led-a-pa-borough-to-adopt-its-lgbtq-non-discrimination-ordinance/

UGI passes on reduced cost of natural gas to customer, PUC suspends base rate hike for review https://www.timesleader.com/news/774555/ugi-passes-on-reduced-cost-of-natural-gas-to-customer-puc-suspends-base-rate-hike-for-review

Residents file objections to Scranton continuing tripled local services tax https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/residents-file-objections-to-scranton-continuing-tripled-local-services-tax-1.2601105

New primary care center will reach low-income residents in Johnstown area https://www.tribdem.com/news/new-primary-care-center-will-reach-low-income-residents-in/article_a01996e0-5a9c-11ea-9e06-7b6e6e3477e3.html

Philly

After surprise announcement — and cancellation — of Philly’s supervised injection site, advocates haven’t given up https://www.inquirer.com/news/safehouse-injection-site-philadelphia-20200229.html

Transit Forward Philadelphia, a new advocacy coalition, is ready to hear your concerns https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/transit-forward-philadelphia-septa-coalition-advocacy-20200229.html

‘Disrespected’: How South Philly mobilized against the proposed supervised injection site https://www.inquirer.com/news/supervised-injection-site-safehouse-south-philadelphia-protest-20200228.html

Mumia Abu-Jamal supporters rally, speaking out against recent Pa. Supreme Court order https://www.inquirer.com/news/mumia-abu-jamal-supreme-court-order-rally-district-attorney-larry-krasner-20200229.html

A way to prevent devastating explosions like the one that hit South Philly | Opinion https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/south-philly-explosion-gas-main-prevention-20200229.html

Philadelphia Police Academy just graduated its first openly transgender officer https://www.inquirer.com/life/transgender-police-officer-training-academy-lgbtq-benson-churgai-20200228.html

All the city’s a stage: Jason Segel’s new TV show gifts Philly a mural of itself https://whyy.org/articles/all-the-citys-a-stage-jason-segels-new-tv-show-gifts-philly-a-mural-of-itself/

Philadelphia Flower Show opens with a trip to the Cote d’Azur https://www.witf.org/2020/02/28/philadelphia-flower-show-opens-with-a-trip-to-the-cote-dazur/

Pitt

Here’s a list of black-owned restaurants in Pittsburgh you should try https://www.post-gazette.com/life/dining/2020/02/28/black-owned-restaurants-in-Pittsburgh-list-sould-food-caribbean-breakfast-lunch-coffee-dinner/stories/202002270150

Facebook Unveils New Pittsburgh Office, With Mission To ‘Level Playing Field’ With Avatars https://www.wesa.fm/post/facebook-unveils-new-pittsburgh-office-mission-level-playing-field-avatars

Downtown Pittsburgh steam heat system ‘beyond repair,’ says mayor https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/downtown-pittsburgh-steam-heat-system-beyond-repair-says-mayor/

State News

Police raid 17 bars, taverns, clubs as part of renewed campaign against “skill games”: Here’s the list https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/pennsylvania-state-police-raided-17-bars-taverns-and-clubs-as-part-of-renewed-campaign-against-skill-games-this-winter-heres-the-list.html

Rush hour fees, supplemental appropriations and more | Five for the Weekend https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/five-for-the-weekend/

On 100th anniversary of women’s vote, PSU professor focuses on women of color in the suffrage movement https://www.witf.org/2020/02/28/on-100th-anniversary-of-womens-vote-psu-professor-focuses-on-women-of-color-in-the-suffrage-movement/

Washington

President Trump vows to do everything possible to ‘destroy’ ‘terrible’ Comcast’s image https://www.inquirer.com/business/comcast/president-trump-destroy-comcast-nbc-apprentice-philadelphia-20200229.html

House approves bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes https://www.inquirer.com/health/e-cigarette-juul-ban-house-votes-20200228.html

Court temporarily halts Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/asylum-mexico-trump-20200228.html

Judiciary Committee chairman asks William Barr to permit testimony from Roger Stone prosecutors https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/house-judiciary-jerrold-nadler-william-barr-roger-stone-trial-trump-20200228.html

Trump Taps John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/02/28/Trump-Taps-John-Ratcliffe-for-Director-of-National-Intelligence/stories/202002280175

World

U.S., Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/us-taliban-afghanistan-peace-deal-america-longest-war-20200229.html

Turkey opens gates into Europe as migrants gather on border https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/turkey-erdogan-opens-border-with-europe-syrian-refugees-20200229.html