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Legislature

Legislators pitch a bill to rescue Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/04/Nuclear-bill-Pennsylvania-natural-gas-alternative-energy-portfolio/stories/201902040111

Push resumes to recognize official Pennsylvania amphibian
http://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/eastern-hellbender-salamander-pennsylvania-official-amphibian-20190204.html

Saturday and Sunday hunting topics sparking debate across Pennsylvania
https://www.mcall.com/sports/outdoors/mc-spt-demko-hunting-debate-across-state-20190205-story.html

Pennsylvania’s Opening Day For Deer Hunting Season Could Get Moved To Saturday
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/pennsylvanias-opening-day-deer-hunting-season-could-get-moved-saturday

State Senate committee to consider Sunday hunting at Tuesday hearing
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190204/state-senate-committee-to-consider-sunday-hunting-at-tuesday-hearing

Dinniman tells students free press crucial to America’s freedom
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/dinniman-tells-students-free-press-crucial-to-america-s-freedom/article_136e6de2-28b6-11e9-910d-230c2f4853e9.html

Pa. legislators shouldn’t wait for the next shootings to pass sensible gun laws | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/pennsylvania-gun-legislation-safe-storage-firearms-20190205.html

Lawmakers who commit crimes would lose pensions under bill approved by Pa. Senate
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/senate-passes-bill-expanding-pension-forfeiture-law.html

Western Pa. lawmaker introduces bill to legalize recreational marijuana
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732466/western-pa-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-legalize-recreational-marijuana

Leach leaves committee in light of abuse allegations
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/02/04/Leach-leaves-committee-in-light-of-abuse-allegations/stories/201902040102

Philadelphia House Delegation unites to raise communities out of poverty | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/philadelphia-poverty-rate-house-representatives-20190205.html

Pa.’s most vulnerable requires the continuation of the General Assistance program | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/pas-most-vulnerable-requires-the-continuation-of-the-general-assistance-program-opinion.html

State Rep. Bernstine introduces bill on disclosing terms in publicly funded construction projects
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190204/state-rep-bernstine-introduces-bill-on-disclosing-terms-in-publicly-funded-construction-projects

Budget

5 things to watch for in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan
https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-wolf-budget-5-things-20190204-story.html

Business

GM confirms white-collar job cuts to happen over next two weeks
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/02/04/GM-confirms-white-collar-job-cuts-to-happen-over-next-two-weeks/stories/201902040106

Heresy? The operator of the country’s ‘cleanest, most modern’ coal plant is trying out gas and solar
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/03/Longview-Morgantown-coal-modern-plant-gas-solar-Mepco-Greene-diversification-energy/stories/201901310077

Jeannette pharmaceutical lab reaches agreement with FDA over sterilization concerns
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14577967-74/jeannette-pharmaceutical-lab-hopes-agreement-settles-sterilizing-concerns-with-fda-attorney-says

Retirement will cause Reading’s oldest rental store to close
https://www.readingeagle.com/business-weekly/article/nancy-marshall-plans-to-retire-close-readings-oldest-rental-store

Shell to build innovation center at Potter Township cracker plant site
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190204/shell-to-build-innovation-center-at-potter-township-cracker-plant-site

PA, NJ business owners, workers have mixed response to minium wage hike
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190205/pa-nj-business-owners-workers-have-mixed-response-to-minium-wage-hike

DEP orders Erie Coke to address numerous violations
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190204/dep-orders-erie-coke-to-address-numerous-violations

Crime/Punishment

Pa. State Police now limited in flagging undocumented immigrants to ICE
http://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/immigration-enforcement-pennsylvania-state-police-ice-20190205.html

Bucks County man pleads guilty in $530k turtle-selling scheme
http://www.philly.com/science/climate/diamondback-terrapins-illegal-turtle-trafficking-case-bucks-county-pa-nj-david-sommers-20190204.html

Recent violence prompts increased police presence around Penn Hills bars
https://triblive.com/local/pennhills/14577813-74/recent-violence-prompts-increased-police-presence-around-penn-hills-bars

Public corruption retrial of Westmoreland sheriff Held likely off until after primary
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14577814-74/public-corruption-retrial-of-westmoreland-sheriff-likely-off-until-after-primary

Former Lackawanna County Prison guard expects to testify in own defense
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/former-lackawanna-county-prison-guard-expects-to-testify-in-own-defense-1.2441379

Police department in Berks County testing license-plate readers
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/police-department-in-berks-county-testing-license-plate-readers#/questions

Education

Pa. opens hotline for school bullying, threats. Sobering facts show why it’s needed.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/2019/02/pa-opens-hotline-for-school-bullying-threats-sobering-facts-show-why-its-needed.html

Spring-Ford wins $35K PA STEM grant
https://www.timesherald.com/news/spring-ford-wins-k-pa-stem-grant/article_8821900c-8746-58cc-8e51-55b23b9a2254.html

Amid lack of transparency, resident calls for new Scranton school director to resign
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/amid-lack-of-transparency-resident-calls-for-new-scranton-school-director-to-resign-1.2441553

Freeport, Leechburg and Fox Chapel high schools notch wins with anti-drug videos
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14577862-74/freeport-leechburg-and-fox-chapel-high-schools-notch-wins-with-anti-drug-videos

Students abused by automotive teacher sue CTC
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/students-abused-by-automotive-teacher-sue-ctc-1.2441642

Temple among first local universities to openly display Progress Pride flag
http://www.philly.com/news/temple-university-howard-gittis-lgbtq-pride-flag-20190204.html

Police say Duquesne University student jumped to his death
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14578821-74/police-say-duquesne-university-student-jumped-to-his-death

Elections/Politics

Voter registration deadline is Monday for 114th District special election
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/voter-registration-deadline-is-monday-for-114th-district-special-election-1.2441376

Gaming

Parx Casino wants to open a satellite sportsbook at the Valley Forge Turf Club
http://www.philly.com/business/parx-satellite-sports-betting-otb-valley-forge-turf-club-20190204.html

Health Care

Capacity doubles at area hospital’s ER
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/capacity-doubles-at-area-hospital-s-er-1.2441502

Department of Environmental Protection announces settled with Wayne Memorial Health System over malfunctioning X-ray machine
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/department-of-environmental-protection-announces-settled-with-wayne-memorial-health-system-over-malfunctioning-x-ray-machine-1.2441568

Local News

Residents want Swoyersville to fight stormwater fee
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/residents-want-swoyersville-to-fight-stormwater-fee-1.2441488

Wilkes-Barre seeks Community Survey input
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732461/wilkes-barre-seeks-community-survey-input

UPDATED: Luzerne County DA Salavantis seeking third term
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732416/luzerne-county-da-salavantis-seeking-third-term

Officer withdraws from K9 attack civil suit
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732447/officer-withdraws-from-k9-attack-civil-suit

City: Torching frozen pipes caused last week’s fire in W-B
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/city-torching-frozen-pipes-caused-last-week-s-fire-in-w-b-1.2441484

Courthouse Square sidewalks in Scranton to get repaired
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/courthouse-square-sidewalks-in-scranton-to-get-repaired-1.2441381

Scranton council advances bridge repairs
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-council-advances-bridge-repairs-1.2441649

Scranton Lackawanna Head Start program receives more than $8 million in federal funding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-lackawanna-head-start-program-receives-more-than-8-million-in-federal-funding-1.2441567

High price of corruption
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/high-price-of-corruption-1.2441412

Greensburg woos developers for downtown hotel project
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14568318-74/greensburg-woos-developers-for-downtown-hotel-project

South Buffalo looks for ways to bring public sewage to township
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14578204-74/south-buffalo-looks-for-ways-to-bring-public-sewage-to-township

Reading leaders planning for city’s future
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-leaders-planning-for-citys-future

Birdsboro approves revised ARL agreement
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/birdsboro-approves-revised-arl-agreement

Norristown holds pair of redevelopment forums
https://www.timesherald.com/news/norristown-holds-pair-of-redevelopment-forums/article_c629e87c-28e2-11e9-9190-67f5bc2ab072.html

Anti-blight initiative good move
http://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2019/02/anti-blight-initiative-good-move/

National News

End exemptions
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/end-exemptions-1.2441414

Natural Gas

More wells saw pressure spikes tied to CNX Utica well problem; efforts to ‘kill’ well underway
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/04/Westmoreland-shale-CNX-Utica-well-problem-pressure-conventional-kill/stories/201902040114

Gas well pressure issue leads to testing of water supply for northern Westmoreland County communities
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14577945-74/gas-well-pressure-issue-leads-to-testing-of-water-supply-for-northern

Gas driller backs off demand to have Dimock Twp. man thrown in jail
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-driller-backs-off-demand-to-have-dimock-twp-man-thrown-in-jail-1.2441400

New Jersey

Ex-N.J. official claims ‘illegal’ votes by Indians cost him reelection. Democrats call his words racist and hateful.
http://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/chesterfield-township-nj-sam-davis-shreekant-dhopte-racist-remarks-indian-immigrant-illegal-votes-election-facebook-20190205.html

Philly

City hauls 338 abandoned cars from Kensington in anti-opioid effort
http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-kensington-abandoned-cars-opioid-crisis-20190205.html

Immigrants find health — and home — in Philly’s Buddhist centers
http://www.philly.com/news/buddhist-survey-philadelphia-penn-state-immigrants-services-20190204.html

For leader John Dougherty, union-paid generosity began at home
http://www.philly.com/news/john-dougherty-labor-leader-electricians-indictment-local-corruption-20190205.html

Philadelphia is considering banning cashless stores. Now’s your chance to be heard
http://www.philly.com/business/philadelphia-cashless-ban-sweetgreen-bluestone-lane-20190204.html

Northeast Philadelphia priest accused of sexual abuse and placed on leave
http://www.philly.com/news/priest-sexual-abuse-northeast-philadelphia-archdiocese-steven-marinucci-20190204.html

Pitt

On Rosa Parks’ birthday, advocates push for transit fairness
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/02/04/On-Rosa-Parks-birthday-advocates-push-for-transit-fairness/stories/201902040086

PWSA, city to rework cooperation agreement
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/04/Pittsburgh-Water-Sewer-Authority-City-cooperation-agreement-control-Paul-Leger-Bill-Peduto-city-council/stories/201902040087

PWSA rates would increase by nearly 14 percent under recommendation
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14577817-74/pwsa-rates-would-increase-by-nearly-14-percent-under-recommendation

5 reasons why autonomous cars aren’t coming anytime soon
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2019/02/04/Autonomous-cars-self-driving-slow-development-testing-problems-Pittsburgh-technology/stories/201902040089

Mon Incline remains out of service after water main break floods station
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/04/Monongahela-Incline-out-of-service-after-water-main-break-floods-station/stories/201902040140

Andy Warhol had it his way in Burger King Super Bowl commercial
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14577647-74/andy-warhol-has-it-his-way-in-burger-king-super-bowl-commercial

Dolly Parton Imagination Library planned for Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14577526-74/pittsburgh-kids-could-receive-free-books-courtesy-of-dolly-parton-and-a

State News

Future looks bright for hemp in Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14577075-74/future-looks-bright-for-hemp-in-westmoreland-county-and-pennsylvania

What you should know about CBD, America’s new favorite alternative medicine
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14577041-74/what-you-should-know-about-cbd-americas-new-favorite-alternative-medicine

State-wide award will honor those who protect children from abuse
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/state-wide-award-will-honor-those-who-protect-children-from-abuse-1.2441453

Skier dies after incident at Camelback Mountain resort
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/skier-dies-after-incident-at-camelback-mountain-resort-1.2441481

Body found on I-81 in possible road-rage incident: state police
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/body-found-on-i-81-in-possible-road-rage-incident-state-police.html

Six midstate counties on code orange air quality alert
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/six-midstate-counties-on-code-orange-air-quality-alert.php

Deer culling to be delayed
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/02/deer-culling-to-be-delayed/

Washington

After missing massacre by minutes, Oakland man becomes White House guest at SOTU speech
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/04/State-of-the-union-Judah-Samet-Oakland-White-House-Tree-of-Life/stories/201902040129

Pennsylvania lawmakers set expectations ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address
https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-congress-sotu-expectations-20190205-story.html