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Legislative issues

Court to decide if cash-paying video games in bars, VFWs, pizza parlors are legal
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-cash-video-games-20200111-2hpdvlbmefeq7glab7dhpcv4ca-story.html

Licensing reform: Past offenders shouldn’t be barred from job licences
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/12/Licensing-reform-Past-offenders-shouldn-t-be-barred-from-job-licences/stories/202001040016

Your View by State Sen. Browne: Let’s keeping pushing fiscal responsibility in Pennsylvania
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-end-of-the-year-browne-20200111-cmkni4gxcnh47edjrs4jvpftue-story.html

Take wait, see approach on state budget
https://www.altoonamirror.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/take-wait-see-approach-on-state-budget/

Stealth budgeting mechanism
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/pa-officials-use-a-stealth-budgeting-mechanism-called-ledger-and/article_9a4baa2c-33f6-11ea-855e-e7919692b8e3.html

Opinion: A day in the life of a legislator (Rep. Rosemary Brown)
https://www.poconorecord.com/opinion/20200112/opinion-day-in-life-of-legislator

Meet water quality goals
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/meet-water-quality-goals-1.2582051

OUR VIEW | No more hiding: Open Records and Sunshine laws are public’s window to honesty
https://www.ncnewsonline.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-no-more-hiding-open-records-and-sunshine-laws/article_575653ad-d490-58fc-be8c-c3f557a98678.html

Education

Many Pa. and N.J. schools no longer teach cursive. Are students missing out on a useful tool?
https://www.inquirer.com/education/cursive-handwriting-useful-skill-debate-curriculum-new-jersey-pennsylvania-20200112.html

Need for trade skills
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200112/we-face-this-every-day-skilled-trades-still-stigmatized-among-young-adults

Pennsylvania community colleges strike out-of-state deal but need stronger in-state options | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-community-college-funding-online-degrees-20200110.html

HACC faculty voted ‘no confidence’ in school president, but trustees extended his contract anyway
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/hacc-faculty-voted-no-confidence-in-president-john-ski-sygielski-last-month-but-trustees-extended-presidents-contract-through-2023-anyway.html

College opposition ignores merits
https://www.goerie.com/opinion/20200112/pat-howard-college-opposition-ignores-its-merits

Editorial: College debt in Pa. crushes opportunity
https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/editorial-college-debt-in-pa-crushes-opportunity/article_0878c201-cbee-5c51-84bc-968f2b28cb6a.html

Regional

In Philadelphia, gun violence, poverty, and opioids are killing residents before their time, report finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-health-report-opioids-guns-cancer-smoking-vaping-20200112.html

Allegheny County residents rally for better clean air enforcement
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-residents-rally-for-better-clean-air-enforcement/

Allegheny County faces legal threats, audits over voting rolls
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/01/12/allegheny-county-voting-rolls-complex-issue-Pittsburgh-Allegheny-County/stories/202001120068

Deer torture video charges against teens draw massive reaction from hunters, others
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2020/01/deer-torture-video-charges-against-teens-draw-massive-reaction-from-hunters-others.html

Federal

EDITORIAL: Kudos to Congress for bailing out pension fund for miners
https://observer-reporter.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-kudos-to-congress-for-bailing-out-pension-fund-for/article_81b260ee-30b5-11ea-968f-2bbd34948c40.html

Not on form, but brawl over citizenship question continues
https://hosted.ap.org/post-gazette/article/38cbcc2c75be9d7ed495f8d3687bd633/not-form-brawl-over-citizenship-question-continues