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Budget

Local legislators like no taxes, more education funding from Wolf
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732600/local-legislators-like-no-taxes-more-education-funding

Local lawmakers react to Wolf budget
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/local-lawmakers-react-to-wolf-budget

Tom Wolf the pragmatist: Governor kicks off second term with a budget that forsakes bold policy strokes for doing things better
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/tom-wolf-the-pragmatist-governor-kicks-off-second-term-with-a-budget-that-forsakes-bold-policy-strokes-for-doing-things-better.html

Wolf wants more school funding
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-wants-more-school-funding-1.2442081

Area districts would see nearly $13M more under Wolf budget
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732612/area-districts-would-see-nearly-13m-more-under-wolf-budget

W-B Area gets $3.3M increase in state budget proposal
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-area-gets-3-3m-increase-in-state-budget-proposal-1.2441988

Hazleton Area to get nearly $3M in new funds
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-area-to-get-nearly-3m-in-new-funds-1.2441967

What Lehigh Valley school districts would get under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget
https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-school-district-money-20190205-story.html

State budget proposal: Winners & losers
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/state-budget-proposal-winners-losers-1.2441989

Here’s what towns would pay for state police under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal: Use the database
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/heres-what-towns-would-pay-for-state-police-under-gov-tom-wolfs-proposal-use-the-database.html

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget would boost education funding
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/wolf-budget-would-boost-education-funding

Raising minimum teacher pay to $45,000; Is it an idea whose time has come?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/raising-minimum-teacher-pay-to-45000-is-it-an-idea-whose-time-has-come.html

Republican reactions to Wolf’s budget proposal run the gamut
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14581607-74/republican-reactions-to-wolfs-budget-proposal-run-the-gamut

Local GOP lawmakers find common ground, some concerns in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190205/local-gop-lawmakers-find-common-ground-some-concerns-in-gov-wolfs-proposed-budget

Wolf hits right notes
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/wolf-hits-right-notes-1.2441889

It’s Groundhog Day for Governor Wolf & his budget proposal | Editorial
https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/governor-tom-wolf-budget-address-severance-tax-minimum-wage-20190205.html

Tom Wolf’s Wonderful World | John Baer
https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/john-baer-tom-wolf-budget-proposal-20190205.html

Legislature

Blake to hold meetings on property tax and rent rebate program
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/blake-to-hold-meetings-on-property-tax-and-rent-rebate-program-1.2442132

Sunday hunting clears first hurdle in state Senate
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14581564-74/sunday-hunting-clears-first-hurdle-in-state-senate

Bill to eliminate Sunday hunting ban approved by state Senate panel
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bill-to-eliminate-sunday-hunting-ban-approved-by-state-senate-panel-1.2441978

Sunday hunting bill moves to Senate floor: report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/sunday-hunting-bill-moves-to-senate-floor-report.html

No vigorish for pro sports
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/no-vigorish-for-pro-sports-1.2441891

Pennsylvania in dire need of a minimum wage increase | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/pennsylvania-in-dire-need-of-a-minimum-wage-increase-opinion.html

Fritz again named deputy whip in state legislature
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fritz-again-named-deputy-whip-in-state-legislature-1.2442134

Gordner bill paves way for new Danville soccer fields
https://www.dailyitem.com/the_danville_news/news/gordner-bill-paves-way-for-new-danville-soccer-fields/article_4b524f31-fd76-5a2a-b916-d85d745e058e.html

Administration

Governor to hold press conference about blight in Johnstown on Wednesday
https://www.tribdem.com/news/governor-to-hold-press-conference-about-blight-in-johnstown-on/article_ab84d7ee-2977-11e9-86d9-2f3612b5551d.html

Business

The Woodlands marks 50th year in business
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/the-woodlands-marks50th-year-in-business-1.2441961

District attorney asks judge to shut down Rocky’s Lounge in downtown Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/district-attorney-asks-judge-to-shut-down-rocky-s-lounge-in-downtown-scranton-1.2441886

Crime/Punishment

Pa. Superior Court grants Jerry Sandusky new sentencing hearing
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/05/Jerry-Sandusky-Penn-State-new-sentencing-hearing-pennsylvania-superior-court/stories/201902050126

Defense in Antwon Rose homicide case to call use-of-force expert at trial; DA’s office won’t
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/05/michael-rosfeld-antwon-rose-east-pittsburgh-homicide-police-shooting-use-of-force/stories/201902050063

Bucks County socialite and GOP fund-raiser Claire Risoldi found guilty of insurance fraud
https://www.philly.com/news/claire-risoldi-guilty-insurance-fraud-doylestown-bucks-county-20190205.html

Former Radnor Township commissioner pleads guilty to child porn charges
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/phil-ahr-radnor-pa-commissioner-child-porn-pleads-guilty-20190205.html

Education

Grand jury report on Penn Hills School District: ‘Catastrophic financial condition’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/02/05/Penn-Hills-School-District-Grand-Jury-report-budget-mismanagement/stories/201902040125

Grand jury: Penn Hills school leaders plunged district into ‘economic ruin’
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14580784-74/grand-jury-penn-hills-school-leaders-plunged-district-into-economic-ruin

Penn Hills School District financial recovery officer has been selected
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14582137-74/penn-hills-school-district-financial-recovery-officer-has-been-selected

Student idea gets an ‘A’: McKeesport district adds stu­dent solu­tion cen­ter
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/02/06/Student-idea-gets-an-A-McKeesport-district-adds-student-solution-ce-ter/stories/201902060028

Plum school board member says anti-Muslim Facebook share was ‘accidental’
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14581478-74/plum-school-board-member-says-anti-muslim-facebook-share-was-accidental

Hanover Area ends van contract with board member’s parents
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hanover-area-ends-van-contract-with-board-member-s-parents-1.2442079

HASD video: Full story not on social media
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hasd-video-full-story-not-on-social-media-1.2442033

Meet the ‘crazy’ moms saying one of Pa.’s top-rated school districts can’t teach reading
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/meet-the-crazy-moms-saying-one-of-pas-top-rated-school-districts-cant-teach-reading.php

Cheyney University plagued by burst pipes, water problems
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/cheyney-university-plagued-by-burst-pipes-water-problems/article_9ecf6222-297b-11e9-8ec1-9fc0282d36d0.html

Health Care

Pa. attorney general targets access, cost issues related to Highmark-UPMC divorce
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/02/05/Attorney-general-josh-shapiro-access-cost-Highmark-UPMC-divorce/stories/201902050085

UPMC Children’s Hospital receives $1.5 million from Tull family
https://sewickley.triblive.com/upmc-childrens-hospital-receives-1-5-million-from-tull-family/

Local News

Pedri defends raises for county employees
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732558/pedri-defends-raises-for-county-employees

County raises leave some seeking clarification
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-raises-leave-some-seeking-clarification-1.2441974

Local homeless outreach organizations meet to discuss homelessness in the region
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/local-homeless-outreach-organizations-meet-to-discuss-homelessness-in-the-region-1.2442106

Irwin postpones amusement tax
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14582801-74/irwin-postpones-amusement-tax

Westmoreland County could borrow $44M for voting machines, parks, Manor, other projects
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14581254-74/westmoreland-county-could-borrow-44m-for-voting-machines-parks-manor-other-projects

Yakopec out as Lower Burrell solicitor
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14581470-74/yakopec-out-as-lower-burrell-solicitor

Brackenridge to hold public meeting on riverfront trail project
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14581137-74/brackenridge-plans-public-meeting-on-riverfront-trail-project

Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz appointment gives Reading City Council a female majority
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/new-reading-council-member-named

Reading councilwoman wonders who authorized demolition of Penn Street buildings
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-councilwoman-wonders-who-authorized-demolition-of-penn-street-buildings

Editorial: Accentuating the negative is wrong approach for mayor
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/accentuating-the-negative-is-wrong-approach-for-mayor

State of the County breakfast details successes, clashes
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190205/state-of-county-breakfast-details-successes-clashes

National News

Cops: Cleveland school kids get gummies likely laced with marijuana
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14580540-74/cops-cleveland-school-kids-get-gummies-likely-laced-with-marijuana

Natural Gas

We’re not small potatoes, the Rice team tells EQT; you’re stale
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/05/EQT-Rice-call-shale-proxy-board-CEO-McNally/stories/201902050131

Pa. should lease land to drill natural gas to improve parks
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2019/02/06/Pa-should-lease-land-to-drill-natural-gas-to-improve-parks/stories/201902050104

Philly

New Giant supermarkets coming to University City, Northern Liberties, and Queen Village
https://www.philly.com/news/giant-food-grocery-stores-new-university-city-northern-liberties-queen-village-philadelphia-20190206.html

Philly chapter leaders of Girl Develop It quit after allegations of racial bias nationwide
https://www.philly.com/news/girl-develop-it-gdi-race-racism-resignations-philly-chapter-gdistrike-microaggression-20190206.html

Why is Kenney nervous about what the Local 98 Eight case says about soda tax? | Stu Bykofsky
https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/john-dougherty-johnny-doc-soda-tax-bobby-henon-stu-bykofsky-jim-kenney-20190205.html

The city fielded 40 sexual-harassment complaints since implementing its online form
https://www.philly.com/news/sexual-harassment-complaints-philadelphia-city-government-training-20190205.html

Drexel in talks to acquire collection of Philadelphia History Museum, closing the building for good
https://www.philly.com/news/atwater-kent-philadelphia-history-museum-drexel-closed-20190205.html

After his first year, Philly DA Larry Krasner earns praise from reformers, scorn from victim advocates
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/after-his-first-year-philly-da-larry-krasner-earns-praise-from-reformers-scorn-from-victim-advocates.php

Pitt

Port Authority bills Norfolk Southern $3 million and questions safety of double-stacked rail cars
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/02/05/Port-Authority-Norfolk-Southern-double-stacked-rail-cars-Station-Square-derailment-damages/stories/201902050125

Pittsburgh’s Beauty Shoppe turns historic buildings into cutting-edge co-working spaces
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14583292-74/pittsburghs-beauty-shoppe-turns-historic-buildings-into-cutting-edge-co-working-spaces

City fires salt truck driver who struck parked cars in Lawrenceville
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/05/Pittsburgh-fires-terminates-salt-truck-driver-who-hit-Lawrenceville-parked-cars-Maryn-Formley/stories/201902050122

High level of sulfur dioxide recorded Monday in Braddock area
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/02/05/US-Steel-sulfur-dioxide-high-level-recorded-Clairton-Coke-Works-Mon-Valley-Pittsburgh/stories/201902050123

High levels of sulfur dioxide detected again in Mon Valley
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14580887-74/high-levels-of-sulfur-dioxide-detected-again-in-mon-valley

Pittsburgh defense attorney to be charged with taking gun into Allegheny County Courthouse
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/05/Komron-Jon-Maknoon-defense-attorney-firearm-allegheny-county-courthouse-x-ray/stories/201902050102

CMU to receive nearly $3M in funding from U.S. Department of Transportation
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/02/05/Carnegie-Mellon-University-Pittsburgh-funding-US-Department-of-Transportation/stories/201902050093

Monongahela Incline to be shut down for undetermined amount of time
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/05/Monongahela-Incline-to-be-shut-down-for-undetermined-amount-of-time/stories/201902050155

Woman killed in South Side apartment fire; Chief blames lack of sprinklers
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14583443-74/one-person-killed-in-south-side-fire-chief-blames-lack-of-sprinklers

State News

Pa. landfills are making N.J. smell ‘like a rotten egg,’ residents say
https://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/new-jersey-smells-pennsylvania-landfills-bucks-burlington-county-20190206.html

Protest over deer culling canceled
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/02/protest-over-deer-culling-canceled/

Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Aliquippa in June
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190206/medical-marijuana-dispensary-to-open-in-aliquippa-in-june

Transportation

Feds reimburse PennDOT nearly $10 million for Route 30 collapse
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/02/05/Federal-Highway-Administration-reimburse-PennDOT-Route-30-highway-collapse-landslide-allegheny-county/stories/201902050120

Longwall mining causes ripples on I-70 near West Alexander
https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/longwall-mining-causes-ripples-on-i–near-west-alexander/article_4ee1194c-2965-11e9-a044-d79738345fd9.html

Washington

Lawmakers erupt in applause honoring Tree of Life shooting survivor, wounded officer at SOTU
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/02/05/Lawmakers-erupt-in-applause-honoring-Tree-of-Life-shooting-survivor-responding-officer-at-SOTU/stories/201902050172

This is why dozens of women at SOTU wore white
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/02/05/This-is-why-dozens-of-women-at-SOTU-wore-white/stories/201902050164

Abrams rebuts Trump: ‘We do not succeed alone’
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732590/abrams-rebuts-trump-we-do-not-succeed-alone

Pa. lawmakers react to Trump’s State of the Union address
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2019/02/pa-lawmakers-react-to-state-of-the-union.html

President Trump calls for unity, border security in State of the Union speech
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/02/05/Watch-Live-President-Trump-to-give-State-of-the-Union-address/stories/201902050152

Trump draws groans when State of the Union turns from ‘unity’ to ‘caravans’
https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/trump-state-of-the-union-news-live-updates-20190205.html

Five takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address
https://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/14582623-74/five-takeaways-from-trumps-state-of-the-union-address

Reactions laud, slam Trump’s SOTU address
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14582780-74/reactions-laud-slam-trumps-sotu-address

Trump judicial nominee backs away from remarks on date rape
https://www.philly.com/news/nation-world/neomi-rao-circuit-court-nominee-donald-trump-brett-kavanaugh-date-rape-sexual-assault-20190205.html