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Legislature

Residents pack meeting with lawmakers about Clairton Coke Works fire
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14589438-74/residents-pack-meeting-with-lawmakers-about-clairton-coke-works-fire

Clairton Coke Works hearing draws suggestions, criticism over fire response
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/lawmakers-clairton-coke-works-hearing-draws-suggestions-criticism-over-fire-response.php

Group to make its case for Sunday hunting this weekend at Penn State New Kensington
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14589432-74/group-to-make-its-case-for-sunday-hunting-this-weekend-at-penn

Sunday hunting in Pa. gets closer than ever to being approved. What’s different this time?
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/02/sunday-hunting-whats-different-this-time.html

Sunday hunting? State legislator says maybe this time
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2019/02/07/PA-hunting-hunters-farmers-Sunday-Pittsburgh-Sen-Jim-Brewster/stories/201902070134

Tax on violent video games to pay for school safety? That’s one lawmaker’s suggestion
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/taxing-violent-video-games-is-a-way-one-state-lawmaker-wants-to-raise-money-for-school-safety.html

Administration

Editorial: Wolf budget sets right priorities, speech sets right tone
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-wolf-budget-sets-right-priorities-speech-sets-right-tone

Budget

What’s within reach in Wolf’s budget plan, and what’s not
http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/02/whats-within-reach-in-wolfs-budget-plan-and-whats-not.php

UPMC/Highmark

‘I don’t know where I’m going’ after Highmark consent decrees expire, UPMC cancer patient says
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/02/07/upmc-josh-shapiro-attorney-general-legal-action-patient-effect-consent-decrees/stories/201902070191

UPMC vs. Highmark: How we got here
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2019/02/07/UPMC-Highmark-Shapiro-health-insurance-timeline-pittsburgh/stories/201902070114

AG Shapiro: UPMC’s ‘corporate greed’ hurting patients
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14588465-74/ag-josh-shapiro-files-legal-challenge-against-upmc-highmark-dispute

Pa. Attorney General sues to protect patients in dispute between UPMC, Highmark
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732760/pa-attorney-general-sues-to-protect-patients-in-dispute-between-upmc-highmark

Pa. AG Josh Shapiro sues UPMC, hopes to force them to accept all health care plans
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/pa-ag-josh-shapiro-sues-upmc-hopes-to-force-them-to-accept-all-healthcare-plans/Content?oid=13524335

AG sues UPMC over patient access
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/02/ag-sues-upmc%e2%80%88over-patient-access/

Business

Consol says the market will gobble up as much coal as it can produce
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/02/07/Consol-Energy-coal-production-Pennsylvania-Mining-Complex-power-plants-exports/stories/201902070176

Aramark announces top attorney’s retirement on earnings day; second high-level exit in 2019
https://www.philly.com/business/aramark-announces-top-attorney-retirement-earnings-day-20190208.html

Loans boost small business
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/loans-boost-small-business-1.2442944

Bakery plant to close, 157 to lose jobs
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/bakery-plant-to-close-157-to-lose-jobs-1.2443003

Retailers’ frustrations resume along with Perkiomen Avenue construction
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/retailers-frustrations-resume-along-with-perkiomen-avenue-construction

Crime/Punishment

Bill Cosby has been moved to ‘general population’ at SCI Phoenix
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/07/Bill-Cosby-moved-general-population-Pennsylvania-prison/stories/201902070225

Spokesman: Bill Cosby’s wife, children haven’t seen him in prison
https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/bill-cosby-general-population-prison-martin-luther-king-nelson-mandela-20190207.html

Juvenile lifer resentenced to 30 years to life in 1994 strangulation death
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/juvenile-lifer-resentenced-to-30-years-to-life-in-1994-strangulation-death

9 Berks juvenile lifers: Who are they?
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/9-berks-juvenile-lifers-who-are-they

Education

A long overdue raise for Pennsylvania teachers | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/02/a-long-overdue-raise-for-pennsylvania-teachers-opinion.html

As Scranton School Boar accepts applications for vacancy, directors must decide whether to run again
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/as-scranton-school-boar-accepts-applications-for-vacancy-directors-must-decide-whether-to-run-again-1.2442916

Parkland School District teachers got a new contract. Here’s how much they’ll get paid.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/02/cb009048e23668/parkland-school-district-teachers-got-a-new-contract-heres-how-much-theyll-get-paid.html

Yes she can: Born without a left hand, Sydney Ring plays basketball, inspires others
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-basketball/2019/02/07/Sydney-Ring-born-without-left-hand-Seneca-Valley-Shaquem-Griffin/stories/201902060024

Bishop Shanahan team wins the Pennsylvania Governor’s STEM Regional competition
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/bishop-shanahan-team-wins-the-pennsylvania-governor-s-stem-regional/article_1aff6f9e-2b08-11e9-86e5-db01e14fd221.html

Fleetwood Middle School evacuated when student actors, others sickened
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/crews-dispatched-to-fleetwood-school-for-reports-of-carbon-monoxide-symptoms

Police: Armed man enters Lebanon County school, steals truck before arrest
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/police-armed-man-enters-lebanon-county-school-steals-truck-before-arrest.php

Two local schools report pertussis cases
http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinetimes/two-local-schools-report-pertussis-cases/article_45b1fcd6-2a57-11e9-a2f9-67a508cfd8f3.html

Western Pa. colleges take steps to reduce plastic usage
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14588703-74/area-colleges-take-steps-to-reduce-plastic-usage

Students providing tax assistance
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/students-providing-tax-assistance-1.2443028

LCCC building closed due to mold
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lccc-building-closed-due-to-mold-1.2442965

Kutztown University ranked among best for communication design
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/kutztown-university-ranked-among-best-for-communication-design

Elections/Politics

Democrats coming to CCBC on Saturday for campaign training
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190207/democrats-coming-to-ccbc-on-saturday-for-campaign-training

Health Care

AHN, Johns Hopkins researchers to study obesity, pancreatic cancer
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14591356-74/ahn-johns-hopkins-researchers-to-study-obesity-pancreatic-cancer

Local News

Taxes going up in 15 municipalities in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/taxes-going-up-in-15-municipalities-in-luzerne-county-1.2442967

Wilkes-Barre council needs another attempt at passing higher recycling fee
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732767/wilkes-barre-council-needs-another-attempt-at-passing-higher-recycling-fee

W-B recycling fee hike headed for defeat
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-recycling-fee-hike-headed-for-defeat-1.2443080

Fire volunteers out of service due to theft
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/fire-volunteers-out-of-service-due-to-theft-1.2443074

DA’s office probing allegations WB councilwoman Gilbert raised in job resignation
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732758/das-office-probing-allegations-wb-councilwoman-gilbert-raised-in-job-resignation

Salavantis officially kicks off re-election campaign
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/salavantis-officially-kicks-off-re-election-campaign-1.2443032

Jury finds former Lackawanna County prison guard McHale not guilty of sexually abusing inmate
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/jury-finds-former-lackawanna-county-prison-guard-mchale-not-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-inmate-1.2442759

Scranton again seeks court OK for tripled LST on some workers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-again-seeks-court-ok-for-tripled-lst-on-some-workers-1.2443140

Recycling center may soon start refusing contaminated recycling
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/recycling-center-may-soon-start-refusing-contaminated-recycling-1.2443106

Nearly $400,000 grant for Jermyn creek project to expire soon
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nearly-400-000-grant-for-jermyn-creek-project-to-expire-soon-1.2443102

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Commission on Economic Opportunity to receive more than $210K in federal funds
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/united-neighborhood-centers-of-northeastern-pennsylvania-commission-on-economic-opportunity-to-receive-more-than-210k-in-federal-funds-1.2443179

Possible development eyed near Greengate Centre in Hempfield
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14589625-74/possible-development-eyed-near-greengate-centre-in-hempfield

County to borrow $44 million for new voting machines, other projects and to refinance debt
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14589208-74/county-to-borrow-44-million-for-new-voting-machines-other-projects-and

Tarentum Council approves separation agreement with police sergeant
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14589870-74/tarentum-council-approves-separation-agreement-with-police-sergeant

Murrysville will retrofit 13 more ponds to comply with state’s pollution reduction plan
https://triblive.com/local/murrysville/14589152-74/murrysville-will-retrofit-13-more-ponds-to-comply-with-states-pollution-reduction

Berks County commissioners reverse course, back training-facility grant
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-commissioners-reverse-course-back-training-facility-grant

Ex-Allentown managing director Francis Dougherty facing sentencing today
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-fbi-fran-dougherty-sentencing-request-20190201-story.html

West Chester mayor:EIT increase will pay down pension deficit
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/west-chester-mayor-eit-increase-will-pay-down-pension-deficit/article_ed41cbc4-2af8-11e9-93e5-dfd6280b529b.html

National News

John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, dies at 92
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2019/02/07/former-Michigan-Rep-John-Dingell-longest-serving-member-US-Congress-died-92/stories/201902070212

The Supreme Court blocks Louisiana’s abortion-clinics law
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/02/07/divided-Supreme-Court-blocks-Louisiana-abortion-clinics-restrictions-law/stories/201902070214

Professor who accused Va. lieutenant governor of sexual assault once taught at Pa. college
https://www.philly.com/news/vanessa-tyson-dickinson-college-sexual-assault-virginia-20190207.html

Frank Robinson, baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 83
https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2019/02/frank-robinson-baseball-hall-of-famer-dies-at-83.html

Philly

SEPTA police used pepper spray, batons in clash with homeless people at Suburban Station
https://www.philly.com/transportation/septa-police-homeless-suburban-station-philadelphia-fight-pepper-spray-mace-20190207.html

Philly Craft Beer Festival 2019 coming to Navy Yard in March
https://www.philly.com/food/philly-craft-beer-festival-navy-yard-march-20190208.html

Philly museum thinks it has the only surviving relic of its type from a slain African American colonial soldier
https://www.philly.com/news/museum-american-revolution-african-american-powder-horn-dennis-farm-denise-dennis-20190208.html

Philly DA Krasner pledges attack on housing theft
https://www.philly.com/news/house-thief-district-attorney-krasner-william-johnson-20190207.html

Philly Councilman Bobby Henon returns to work after indictment, won’t step down as majority leader
https://www.philly.com/news/philly-councilman-bobby-henon-federal-corruption-charges-johnny-doc-20190207.html

Pa. GOP demands probe into Local 98 union money allegedly spent on Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty
https://www.philly.com/news/kevin-dougherty-supreme-court-pennsylvania-johnny-doc-ibew-indictment-20190207.html

Philly man falsely charged with gun possession sues state, cops who arrested him
https://www.philly.com/news/philly-man-falsely-charged-with-gun-possession-sues-state-cops-who-arrested-him-20190207.html

His sister died of a drug overdose. He wants everybody to know | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.philly.com/news/columnists/opioid-overdose-addiction-anaya-rivers-obituary-jenice-armstrong-20190207.html

Justice Department sues Philadelphia over supervised injection facility
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14589138-74/justice-department-sues-philadelphia-over-supervised-injection-facility

Pa. cop caught on video pulling handcuffed woman by her hair
https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/02/pa-cop-caught-on-video-pulling-handcuffed-woman-by-her-hair.html

Pitt

PWSA customers facing nearly 14 percent rate increase
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/02/07/PWSA-2019-rate-increase-pittsburgh-PUC-decision-Nils-Hagen-Frederiksen/stories/201902070110

Pittsburgh water agency to spend $50M to replace lead pipes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/02/pittsburgh-water-agency-to-spend-50m-to-replace-lead-pipes.html

Art Institute of Pittsburgh to remain open amid talks with buyer, federal receiver says
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/02/07/Art-Institute-of-Pittsburgh-federal-receiver-mark-dottore-dream-center-EDMC/stories/201902070119

Fresh from the State of the Union, Tree of Life survivor goes to school
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2019/02/07/Fresh-from-the-State-of-the-Union-a-survivor-goes-to-school/stories/201902070195

Tree of Life congregant Judah Samet enjoys ‘feel good’ moment at State of the Union
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14589928-74/tree-of-life-congregant-samet-enjoys-feel-good-moment-at-state-of

University of Pittsburgh-owned grocer opens, fills healthy food void
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14589222-74/university-of-pittsburgh-owned-grocer-opens-fills-healthy-food-void

State News

This digital adman could pay for your town hall’s next big construction project — on one condition
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/commercial/catalyst-digital-outdoor-advertising-dog-park-amphitheater-police-station-20190208.html

Schuylkill wildlife clinic reopens after hiatus in Roxborough
https://www.philly.com/news/owls-wildlife-schuylkill-fox-deer-raptors-20190207.html

Peco to pay penalty for shutting off electricity to customers during winter
https://www.philly.com/business/energy/puc-fines-peco-wrongful-winter-shutoffs-low-income-customers-20190207.html

Power companies report electrical service interruptions in Plum, Ross, Lower Burrell Thursday night
https://triblive.com/news/adminpage/14590372-74/more-than-180-duquesne-light-customers-lose-electricity-in-plum-ross-on

Public should dig deep for Schuylkill dredging project | Editorial
https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/schuylkill-river-regatta-dad-vail-stotesbury-cup-boathouse-row-mayor-jim-kenney-philadelphia-20190208.html

Local farmers sound off at forum with Pa. Agriculture Secretary
https://www.timesleader.com/news/732750/local-farmers-sound-off-at-forum-with-pa-agriculture-secretary

Ice jam on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County starting to break up
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14588805-74/ice-jam-on-the-allegheny-river-in-armstrong-county-starting-to-break

Lackawanna State Park gets new manager
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-state-park-gets-new-manager-1.2443177

Neediest Pennsylvanians on SNAP scrambling in wake of shutdown
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/02/neediest-pennsylvanians-on-snap-scrambling-in-wake-of-government-shutdown.php

Hunters ready to file lawsuit
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/02/hunters-ready-to-file-lawsuit/