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Legislature

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority court
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/gop-eyes-shakeup-of-pennsylvanias-democratic-majority-court.html

Courts might force Legislature’s hand in property tax fight
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/courts-might-force-legislature-s-hand-in-property-tax-fight-1.2584733

Take action to help girls in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2020/01/19/Take-action-to-help-girls-in-Pa/stories/202001160053

Women’s March

Despite snow and wicked cold, Women’s March on Philadelphia draws thousands. It wasn’t only about Trump.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/womens-march-philadelphia-trump-presidential-election-20200118.html

Women Congress members lead throng on the march in Philly
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/women-congress-members-lead-throng-on-the-march-in-philly/article_dc466a2e-3a28-11ea-ba8b-6f2b12df7ec3.html

Women’s March in Reading moved indoors, energy remains high
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/women-s-march-in-reading-moved-indoors-energy-remains-high/article_ac13efc2-3a26-11ea-9220-2317034aeb15.html

Hundreds of Women’s Marchers in Pittsburgh urge importance of 2020 vote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/01/18/Women-s-Marchers-urge-importance-of-2020-vote/stories/202001180041

Women’s March rallies for 4th year in Downtown Pittsburgh, with anti-war, anti-Trump focus
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/womens-march-rallies-for-4th-year-in-downtown-pittsburgh-with-anti-war-anti-trump-focus/

Calls for action, change empower NEPA Women’s March
https://www.timesleader.com/news/769873/calls-for-action-change-empower-nepa-womens-march

Dozens rally for women’s rights in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dozens-rally-for-women-s-rights-in-wilkes-barre-1.2584782

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Explorations of difference and discrimination celebrated by the MLK Jr. Writing Awards
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2020/01/19/Martin-Luther-King-Jr-writing-awards-MLK-Carnegie-Mellon-University-CMU-difference-discrimination-identity/stories/202001190072

Some Christians still share the values of Rev. King | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/01/some-christians-still-share-the-values-of-rev-king-pennlive-editorial.html

Lawyer and activist Michael Coard calls for rethinking how Philadelphia observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day
https://www.inquirer.com/news/king-holiday-michael-coard-challenge-day-of-service-white-man-todd-bernstein-20200118.html

MLK Day of Service dilutes Dr. Martin Luther King’s political message | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/mlk-day-of-service-philadelphia-politics-activism-20200119.html

What’s open, closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Allegheny County
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/01/19/What-s-open-what-s-closed-on-Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-Banks-post-office-liquor-stores-allegheny-county-pittsburgh/stories/202001170004

Administration

The cost of a good plan: Gov. Wolf must provide cost of new mental health initiative
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/19/The-cost-of-a-good-plan-Gov-Wolf-must-provide-cost-of-new-mental-health-initiative/stories/202001150074

Business

B. Braun to significantly cut cancer-causing chemical emissions at Lehigh Valley plant
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-bbraun-emissions-20200119-ugdhhjey2fgsbpblgqdn3odysq-story.html

Crime/Punishment

New Kensington, Arnold police continue to follow leads in killings
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/new-kensington-arnold-police-continue-to-follow-leads-in-killings/

Close prison; temper impact
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/close-prison-temper-impact-1.2584706

1 injured in Saturday shooting
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/1-injured-in-saturday-shooting.html

Education

School district defends discipline imposed for improper behavior by baseball players
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/school-district-defends-discipline-imposed-for-improper-behavior-by-baseball-players.html

Elections/Politics

Pipeline politics put Chester County incumbents in peril
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/pipeline-politics-put-chester-county-incumbents-in-peril/

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl challenged by progressive attorney Emily Kinkead
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/state-rep-adam-ravenstahl-challenged-by-progressive-attorney-emily-kinkead/

Bensalem Democrats tap school board member Fingles to run in special state representative election
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200118/bensalem-democrats-tap-school-board-member-fingles-to-run-in-special-state-representative-election

Local News

Overtaxed: Tens of millions of dollars riding on outcome of Scranton tax lawsuit
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/overtaxed-tens-of-millions-of-dollars-riding-on-outcome-of-scranton-tax-lawsuit-1.2584810

CHRIS KELLY: Watchdog’s appetite wanes with loss of staff
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/chris-kelly-watchdog-s-appetite-wanes-with-loss-of-staff-1.2584694

Heart of the Valley with a Heart: Committee looks into possible return of Rocky Glen Park
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/769856/heart-of-the-valley-with-a-heart-committee-looks-into-possible-return-of-rocky-glen-park

Chester County seeks injunction to halt pipeline construction at 2 sites
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/chester-county-seeks-injunction-to-halt-pipeline-construction-at-sites/article_ca1c96c2-eb30-5e10-86b4-067174afe0e7.html

Lower Valley’s sanitary authority on track for $50 million treatment plant expansion
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/lower-valleys-sanitary-authority-on-track-for-50-million-treatment-plant-expansion/

Sale of ‘Hometown Hero’ banners ending in Vandergrift
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/sale-of-hometown-hero-banners-ending-in-vandergrift/

Highlands to lose $260K in yearly revenue after Heights Plaza assessment drops
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/highlands-to-lose-260k-in-yearly-revenue-after-heights-plaza-assessment-drops/

Forty years later, Apollo remembers officer shot in ‘kill for thrill’ spree
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/18/Apollo-remembers-officer-Leonard-Miller-shot-Kill-for-Thrill-spree/stories/202001190018

Officials: Three injured in massive explosion are improving
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/01/18/Three-injured-massive-explosion-East-Huntingdon-Westmoreland-County-Grammer-Industries/stories/202001180040

Stormwater park, other projects in the works
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/stormwater-park-other-projects-in-the-works-1.2584714

Stealthy hitchhikers: Bedbugs ‘overrun’ Aliquippa public housing complex; extermination of the blood-sucking pests becomes ongoing task, tenants say
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200119/stealthy-hitchhikers-bedbugs-overrun-aliquippa-public-housing-complex-extermination-of-blood-sucking-pests-becomes-ongoing-task-tenants-say

National News

An 8-year-old girl in U.S. legally to fight cancer might see her mom deported, and no one will explain why
https://www.inquirer.com/news/uscis-trump-deferred-action-deportation-sick-kids-palladino-20200119.html

Philly

How a pending Jefferson deal could reshape Philadelphia’s health-care market
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/jefferson-health-partners-independence-blue-cross-klasko-20200119.html

Philly resident survey reveals gap between progress and magnitude of city’s challenges | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-residents-survey-mayor-jim-kenney-public-safety-street-cleaning-20200119.html

OSHA hits bankrupt Philly refinery for safety violations related to June fire
https://www.inquirer.com/business/osha-fines-pes-philly-refinery-safety-violations-fire-explosion-20200118.html

60-year-old man killed in North Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/shooting-north-philadelphia-bambrey-street-january-60-year-old-man-20200119.html

After 42 years in prison, MOVE member Delbert Orr Africa wins his release
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delbert-africa-move-released-prison-20200119.html

Pitt

UPMC investment gives new hope for startup economy in Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/healthcare-business/2020/01/18/UPMC-enterprises-life-sciences-investment-greenhouse-startup-economy-pittsburgh-businesses/stories/202001190027

Pitt mourns student struck, killed by bus in Oakland
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/01/18/Bus-on-pedestrian-accident-Oakland-Port-Authority/stories/202001180039

Television studio opens for Children’s Hospital inpatients
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/01/18/childrens-hospital-UPMC-pittsburgh-tv-studio-dream-big-patients-art-music-therapy/stories/202001190102

A fresh explanation for jump in numbers at food pantries
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/01/18/Greater-Pittsburgh-Community-Food-Bank-hunger-food-insecurity-fresh-produce-pantries/stories/202001120020

State News

After the Explosion, Part II: A traumatized neighborhood braces for the worst — again
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/after-the-explosion/#part-2-between-two-pipelines

Prohibition thinned ranks of Western Pa. distilleries, breweries — but some survived
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/prohibition-thinned-ranks-of-western-pa-distilleries-breweries-but-some-survived/

War on alcohol: An experiment that was a ‘catastrophic failure’
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/war-on-alcohol-an-experiment-that-was-a-catastrophic-failure/

CBD market continues to grow in NEPA
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cbd-market-continues-to-grow-in-nepa-1.2584690

Transportation

Finding a cause, then a cure takes time for highway accident investigators
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/01/18/Pennsylvania-turnpike-traffic-accidents-Transportation-Safety-Board-extended-investigations/stories/202001140118

Washington

House outlines impeachment case, Trump team has fiery response
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/01/18/Trump-Senate-response-impeachment-summons-House-documents-brief-ukraine/stories/202001180057

Trump privately detailed the Soleimani airstrike to donors at Mar-a-Lago fundraiser
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/01/18/Trump-detailed-Soleimani-airstrike-to-donors-Mar-a-Lago-fundraiser/stories/202001180058