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Administration

The unapologetic progressive or pragmatic statesman? Gov. Wolf prepares for a second term
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/01/14/Pennsylvania-Democratic-Governor-Tom-Wolf-second-term-inauguration-power-issues/stories/201901140036

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, at halftime of an 8-year tenure, says he’ll focus on achievable goals
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/tom-wolf-at-half-time.html

Tax increases, decreases in Gov. Tom Wolf’s first term: What happened
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/tax-increases-decreases-in-gov-tom-wolfs-first-term-what-happened.php

Inauguration 2019: 13 ways it will differ from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first one
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/b6ad6744492166/inauguration-2019-13-ways-it-w.html

What Pa. wines, beers will they be drinking at Gov. Wolf’s inauguration?
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/01/99e7895ca94612/what-pa-wines-beers-will-they.html

Legislature

5 Berks lawmakers take leadership roles
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/5-berks-lawmakers-take-leadership-roles

New state Sen. Kearney named Dem chair of local government committee
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/new-state-sen-kearney-named-dem-chair-of-local-government/article_56a91374-1686-11e9-aa00-438ef94c9919.html

Punishing addicted mothers a complex problem
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/punishing-addicted-mothers-a-complex-problem

Garry Lenton: Why legalizing weed could be a good thing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/garry-lenton-why-legalizing-weed-could-be-a-good-thing

Smoking cost still massive
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/smoking-cost-still-massive-1.2432911

Despite election gains, Congress and General Assembly still a boys’ club | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/congress-women-pennsylvania-state-house-gender-20190114.html

Business

Firm to shut down Pennsylvania plant, affecting more than 200 jobs
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2019/01/12/Ferro-Corp-shut-down-Pennsylvania-Washington-plant-affecting-210-jobs-Canton-Township/stories/201901120050

Fidelity Bank branch opening features free car seat checks, $15,000 grant
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/730250/fidelity-bank-branch-opening-features-free-car-seat-checks-15000-grant

Convenient Food Mart set to open soon
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/convenient-food-mart-set-to-open-soon-1.2432949

Catholic Church

After sex abuse allegations, archdiocese takes action on 3 Philly priests
http://www.philly.com/news/archdiocese-sexual-abuse-investigation-joseph-logrip-20190113.html

Crime/Punishment

Prison warden seeks more guards
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/prison-warden-seeks-more-guards-1.2432968

Education

In Pa., most cyber charter schools operate with expired state agreements
http://www.philly.com/news/cyber-charter-schools-pennsylvania-20190114.html

Pa. educators want science standards to do more than teach students to win on Jeopardy!
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/pa-educators-want-science-standards-to-do-more-than-teach-students-to-win-on-jeopardy.html

Elections/Politics

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify
http://www.philly.com/politics/democratic-primary-set-intensify-20190114.html

Health Care

Greenfield Twp. health center nearing completion
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/greenfield-twp-health-center-nearing-completion-1.2433025

Local News

Luzerne County workers buy toys for children removed from home on Christmas Eve
https://www.timesleader.com/news/730289/luzerne-county-workers-buy-toys-for-children-removed-from-home-on-christmas-eve

Scranton mayor: I’m not resigning
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/scranton-mayor-i-m-not-resigning-1.2433037

No municipal property tax increases in Lackawanna County this year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/no-municipal-property-tax-increases-in-lackawanna-county-this-year-1.2433054

Boys and Girls program helps young men succeed
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/boys-and-girls-program-helps-young-men-succeed-1.2432947

Girl Scouts mark World Thinking Day
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/girl-scouts-mark-world-thinking-day-1.2433112

No municipal property tax increases in Lackawanna County this year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/no-municipal-property-tax-increases-in-lackawanna-county-this-year-1.2433054

Courtright must clear air
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/courtright-must-clear-air-1.2432909

‘Suspicious’ blaze leaves 11 homeless
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/suspicious-blaze-leaves-11-homeless-1.2432964

Long waiting times for ambulances not tolerated
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/long-waiting-times-for-ambulances-not-tolerated-1.2432991

Hazleton library receives ‘Silver Star’ status
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-library-receives-silver-star-status-1.2432972

Anderson’s planned retirement to make it tough for GOP to regain power among Westmoreland commissioners
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14500721-74/andersons-planned-retirement-to-make-it-tough-for-gop-to-regain-power

Leechburg library reopens after major 8-month tech renovation
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14501808-74/leechburg-library-reopens-after-major-8-month-tech-renovation

Berks panhandlers have varied reasons, levels of need
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-panhandlers-have-varied-reasons-levels-of-need

Five takeaways on Moody’s decision to downgrade ANIZDA bond ratings
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-five-things-anizda-bonds-downgrade-20190113-story.html

Documents raise questions on East Rockhill quarry’s past
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190113/documents-raise-questions-on-east-rockhill-quarrys-past

Cambria receives stormwater grants
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/01/cambria-receives-stormwater-grants/

National News

Sarah Thomas makes history by becoming first woman on-field official in NFL playoff game
http://www.philly.com/eagles/sarah-thomas-nfl-playoff-official-woman-20190113.html

Opioid Crisis

Editorial: A glimmer of hope in the long battle against opioids
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/a-glimmer-of-hope-in-the-long-battle-against-opioids

Philly

Traffic deaths on Roosevelt Blvd spiked in 2018. A safety fix may not be in place until the fall.
http://www.philly.com/transportation/roosevelt-boulevard-fatalities-death-crash-safety-philadelphia-vision-zero-20190114.html

Liberty Coca-Cola bottling execs talk soda, taxes, and tea, and how to make their messages resonate in Philly
http://www.philly.com/news/coca-cola-philadelphia-new-york-liberty-beverages-bill-cosby-julius-erving-20190114.html

In racially diverse 14th District, Philly police target Black drivers 3 times more than whites, analysis shows
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/in-racially-diverse-th-district-philly-police-target-black-drivers/article_ea3d5f50-b226-5424-9e3a-025b8829e5e8.html

Whites maintain grip on leadership roles in Philly
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/whites-maintain-grip-on-leadership-roles-in-philly/article_cfcd3b8b-0d99-5ce8-b866-f6c081095bcf.html

Controller says grant for pet adoption center misspent
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/controller-says-grant-for-pet-adoption-center-misspent/article_95640af1-6979-557c-95c2-57e8acfd6233.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh’s $3.5B OnePGH to launch this year, mayor says
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14501961-74/pittsburghs-35b-onepgh-to-launch-this-year-mayor-says

Community remembers slain Point Breeze teen while calling to end gun violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/13/Community-remembers-slain-Point-Breeze-teen-while-calling-to-end-gun-violence/stories/201901130175

For home-flippers, Pittsburgh region is one of nation’s most profitable bets
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14501835-74/for-home-flippers-pittsburgh-region-is-one-of-nations-most-profitable-bets

Strategy to reduce suspensions in Pittsburgh schools may be working
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/strategy-to-reduce-suspensions-in-pittsburgh-schools-may-be-working.php

State News

Growing up through the cracks: As children in poverty struggle, their towns offer little hope
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/childhood-poverty-allegheny-county-mapping-inequality/

Rankin: Fighting ‘the depressed mindset’
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/childhood-poverty-allegheny-county-mapping-inequality/rankin-fighting-the-depressed-mindset/

The future of re-use: Recycling is costly, but it shouldn’t be curtailed
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/01/14/The-future-of-re-use-Recycling-is-costly-but-it-shouldn-t-be-curtailed/stories/201901140022

‘Who’ll mind the farm?’ is the question for many modern farmers
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/for-many-the-question-is-wholl-mind-the-farm

Transportation

Lane restrictions set for Route 51 between West End Circle and Parkway West
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/01/13/Pittsburgh-Lane-restrictions-Route-51-19-between-West-End-Circle-Parkway-West/stories/201901130103

MONDAY UPDATE: Local railroad sets new freight record
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-local-railroad-sets-new-freight-record-1.2433030

Washington

‘Action will be taken’ after Rep. King’s white-supremacy comment, the House GOP leader says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/01/13/Republican-Rep-Steve-King-white-supremacy-comment-will-be-action-McCarthy/stories/201901130172