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Budget

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s sixth budget: What can we expect?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/pa-gov-tom-wolfs-sixth-budget-what-can-we-expect.html

Here’s what to watch for in Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/here-s-what-to-watch-for-in-gov-tom-wolf-s-state-budget-proposal-1.2590728

#PABudget2020: Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pabudget2020-climate-action-is-here-and-pennsylvania-is-entering-the-race-opinio/

#PaBudget 2020: Let’s talk about fixing Pennsylvania’s educator shortage | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pabudget-2020-lets-talk-about-fixing-pennsylvanias-educator-shortage-opinion/

#PaBudget 2020: Our students deserve safe and healthy schools. This should be Job One | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pabudget-2020-our-students-deserve-safe-and-healthy-schools-this-should-be-job-one-opinion/

Legislature

Smokers can still light up in 1,866 Pa. bars, clubs and casinos. Why?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/smokers-can-still-light-up-in-1866-pa-bars-clubs-and-casinos-why.html

Better control of PBMs vital
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/better-control-of-pbms-vital-1.2590546

Editorial: It’s time for Pennsylvania to reform charter school law
https://www.readingeagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-it-s-time-for-pennsylvania-to-reform-charter-school/article_920ae6a0-4451-11ea-afc1-2b4ad695c4f0.html

Business

Air Products collects $17 million tax rebate, one of many Fortune 500 companies that paid no corporate taxes
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-air-products-ppl-federal-taxes-20200203-5ofmte2g7veqdargost7shxgy4-story.html

DoorDash, Postmates didn’t collect Pa. sales tax as they should
https://www.inquirer.com/business/doordash-postmates-grubhub-uber-eats-food-delivery-sales-tax-20200203.html

Small vape shops scramble for survival as government, Big Tobacco put up ‘one hurdle after another’
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/small-vape-shops-scramble-for-survival-as-government-big-tobacco-put-up-one-hurdle-after-another/

Crime/Punishment

Trial scheduled to begin today in Wilkinsburg mass shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/03/Testimony-trial-begin-Wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-Cheron-Shelton-Robert-Thomas/stories/202002010041

Shaler teacher charged with identity theft
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/02/02/Shaler-teacher-arrested-identity-retail-theft/stories/202002020182

He was convicted twice and sentenced to death three times. Now, a Norristown man goes on trial for a fourth time in the same murder.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/robert-fisher-norristown-murder-linda-rowden-retrial-conviction-20200203.html

Education

This Pa. college president raises money by doing cannonballs and rapping ‘Hamilton’
https://www.inquirer.com/education/this-pa-college-president-raises-money-by-doing-cannonballs-rapping-hamilton-20200202.html

Elections/Politics

The Iowa caucuses have come down to one message for Democrats: I can beat Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/news/iowa-joe-biden-bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-rival-democrats-make-final-push-20200203.html

Cartwright announces reelection bid
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-announces-reelection-bid-1.2590655

Pa. Rep. Scanlon, unfazed by an unusually eventful first term, seeks another
https://www.penncapital-star.com/featured/pa-rep-scanlon-unfazed-by-an-unusually-eventful-first-term-seeks-another/

Dark-money groups spend big on local congressional race
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dark-money-groups-spend-big-on-local-congressional-race-1.2590656

Parnell ready to fight on political battlefield
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/02/01/Sean-Parnell-pennsylvania-17th-congressional-district-conor-lamb/stories/202001300167

Parnell named ‘Young Gun’ candidate in 17th Congressional District
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200203/parnell-named-young-gun-candidate-in-17th-congressional-district

Ex-PennDOT spokesman seeks state office
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/ex-penndot-spokesman-seeks-state-office-1.2590584

Small business owner running for Pennsylvania House seat in 127th District
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/politics/small-business-owner-running-for-pennsylvania-house-seat-in-th/article_02900eac-43a1-11ea-808b-6fc74a546ddd.html

Local News

Monday Update: Lackawanna County overdose study to ramp up this month
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-lackawanna-county-overdose-study-to-ramp-up-this-month-1.2590704

German city to honor WWII airman from Scranton as new details of his death emerge
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/german-city-to-honor-wwii-airman-from-scranton-as-new-details-of-his-death-emerge-1.2590725

Jessup to vote on civil service commision tonight
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/jessup-to-vote-on-civil-service-commision-tonight-1.2590703

Once a year, these fire companies transform into the hottest spot for wings
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/once-a-year-these-fire-companies-transform-into-the-hottest-spot-for-wings-1.2590713

Some traditional ethnic social clubs in Berks finding new ways to attract members
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/some-traditional-ethnic-social-clubs-in-berks-finding-new-ways/article_4187b9d2-4439-11ea-99d0-afbe4fc10df3.html

Delco looking at spending $50 -$70 million for new equipment for county’s first responders
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-looking-at-spending—million-for-new-equipment/article_adb4d688-42dd-11ea-b8e5-d30df6607c3a.html

Radnor approves new contract with police union
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/radnor-approves-new-contract-with-police-union/article_b46a8a6d-b346-5a16-b8d8-40464ccb6262.html

2019 was a better year financially for W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/2019-was-a-better-year-financially-for-w-b-1.2590578

Encrypting police calls: Public, officials weigh in on radio issue
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/encrypting-police-calls-public-officials-weigh-in-on-radio-issue-1.2590667

Mr. Peanut rises from grave; WB celebration set for Monday
https://www.timesleader.com/news/771523/mr-peanut-rises-from-grave-wb-celebration-set-for-monday

Luzerne Foundation presents CASA with Millennium Circle Fund Award
https://www.timesleader.com/news/771550/luzerne-foundation-presents-casa-with-millennium-circle-fund-award

New plant to raise sewer bills $35 a month
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/new-plant-to-raise-sewer-bills-35-a-month-1.2590636

Hundreds gather at former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed’s visitation; funeral mass is set for Monday
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/02/hundreds-gather-at-former-harrisburg-mayor-stephen-reeds-visitation-funeral-mass-is-set-for-monday.html

Council ranks priorities for city
https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2020/02/council-ranks-priorities-for-city/

National News

Super Rally: Mahomes, Chiefs win Super Bowl with late surge
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/771544/super-rally-mahomes-chiefs-win-super-bowl-with-late-surge

Philly

This addiction treatment medicine is often sold on the streets — and may be preventing overdoses
https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/suboxone-black-market-kensington-philadelphia-overdose-treatment-20200203.html

Asbestos forces closure of another Philly school
https://www.inquirer.com/news/asbestos-philadelphia-school-hopkinson-20200203.html

E-bike setback shouldn’t detour Philly cycling | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-electronic-bike-share-stolen-20200203.html

A Philadelphia Ukrainian institution has stood strong long before Trump’s impeachment put Ukraine in the spotlight
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/ukrainian-selfreliance-federal-credit-union-trump-impeachment-20200203.html

Why are new bank branches still opening in Center City in the age of online banking?
https://www.inquirer.com/business/new-bank-branches-philadelphia-retail-banking-curious-philly-20200203.html

Asbestos is a crisis for Philly schools, but also for the city | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/toxic-schools-asbestos-philadlephia-school-district-hite-editorial-20200202.html

Pitt

Coalition for Fair Fares pushes for changes in Port Authority transit fees
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/02/02/Pittsburghers-for-Public-Transit-Port-Authority-Coalition-for-Fair-Fares-reduce-bus-fares-low-income-riders/stories/202001310118

NFL fans vote Immaculate Reception greatest moment in history of the league
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2020/02/02/Immaculate-Reception-franco-harris-steelers-voted-greatest-moment-in-NFL-history/stories/202002020178

Walkabout: Brace yourself, Butler Street
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2020/02/03/Spear-Street-Capital-Sears-Warehouse-Green-Boulevard-Plan-Bike-Pittsburgh/stories/202002030005

Parks funding: Priority should be on need, not location
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/02/03/Parks-funding-Priority-should-be-on-need-not-location/stories/202001280043

Police: 2 dead after SWAT situation in Pittsburgh’s Hays section
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/baldwin-road-closed-after-swat-called-to-pittsburghs-hays-section/

State News

Black History Month: Black Pennsylvanians who made history and broke barriers
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/02/black-history-month-black-pennsylvanians-who-made-history-and-broke-barriers.html

Thousands of Census 2020 workers still needed in Western Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/thousands-of-census-2020-workers-still-needed-in-western-pa/

Washington

Lamb votes against measure limiting Trump’s military options against Iran
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200202/lamb-votes-against-measure-limiting-trumps-military-options-against-iran

World News

The world’s first coronavirus death outside China is reported in the Philippines
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/02/02/coronavirus-outbreak-death-Philippines-first-outside-China-virus-Wuhan/stories/202002020170

China reports 361 dead from coronavirus, total of 17,205 cases
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/china-reports-361-dead-coronavirus-20200203.html