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Legislature

Pa. lawmakers, workers link minimum wage fight to MLK’s push for equality
https://whyy.org/articles/pa-lawmakers-workers-link-minimum-wage-fight-to-mlks-push-for-equality/

Multiple Pennsylvania state senators copy and paste same MLK Day message
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/multiple-pennsylvania-state-senators-copy-and-paste-same-mlk-day-message/Content?oid=18761078

Bail isn’t supposed to be sentence
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/bail-isnt-supposed-to-be-sentence/article_c219dee5-56d9-55bf-a695-f2798d706c3c.html

Schuylkill County lawmaker feels safe with beefed up security at state Capitol
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/schuylkill-county-lawmaker-feels-safe-with-beefed-up-security-at-state-capitol/article_e307d451-86c4-553e-b835-bb733addb7d1.html

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Biden volunteered in Philly to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/joe-biden-philadelphia-martin-luther-king-jr-day-philabundance-20210118.html

Philly Black doctors group works to combat health-care injustice on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
https://www.inquirer.com/news/covid-king-vaccine-girard-kenney-alastanford-20210118.html

Local webinars celebrate MLK’s legacy
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/local-webinars-celebrate-mlks-legacy/article_8bd516a5-7d36-5b49-b2ee-920ba9675ef1.html

Pitt holds MLK Day discussion on ‘Race, Justice and Politics after the Capitol Siege’
https://triblive.com/news/education-classroom/pitt-holds-mlk-day-discussion-on-race-justice-and-politics-after-the-capitol-siege/

Food Bank volunteers celebrate MLK’s legacy with day of service
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2021/01/18/greater-pittsburgh-community-Food-Bank-MLK-Day-service-insecurity-racial-justice/stories/202101180088

Berks volunteers celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by helping others
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-volunteers-celebrate-martin-luther-king-jr-day-by-helping-others/article_6f0708a2-59cf-11eb-8715-bf20fbf33106.html

Olivet’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs teach students about the importance of helping the community
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/olivets-martin-luther-king-jr-day-programs-teach-students-about-the-importance-of-helping-the/article_5c236014-59c5-11eb-8eb8-93084afba7eb.html

Many neighborhoods with MLK streets are poorer than national average and highly segregated, study reveals | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2021/01/many-neighborhoods-with-mlk-streets-are-poorer-than-national-average-and-highly-segregated-study-reveals-opinion.html

Montgomery County residents march for justice, equality and change on MLK Day
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-residents-march-for-justice-equality-and-change-on-mlk-day/article_f2d6ee80-5546-5f2d-a57c-96e250bcd47a.html

Coronavirus – COVID-19

New covid-19 cases in Pennsylvania continue to slow
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/new-covid-19-cases-in-pennsylvania-continue-to-slow/

COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports nearly 800 new cases in past two days
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/01/18/COVID-19-Update-Allegheny-reports-nearly-800-new-cases-4-deaths/stories/202101180078

Allegheny County covid cases, hospitalizations continue to decline
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-covid-cases-hospitalizations-continue-to-decline/

67 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Monday
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/67-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county-on-monday/article_5a3c7ee1-ba36-5805-b637-5f1cb5f97c87.html

Covid numbers tallied for Murrysville-Delmont-Export area
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/covid-numbers-tallied-for-murrysville-delmont-export-area-3/

Hundreds at Scranton high-rises receive COVID-19 vaccines
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/hundreds-at-scranton-high-rises-receive-covid-19-vaccines/article_5a3f9113-4cf2-5043-9f68-601ecfa86ef2.html

Chester County is suing for an $11 million refund from a company that sold it COVID-19 antibody tests
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/chester-county-advaite-coronavirus-antibody-tests-lawsuit-20210119.html

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 U.S. states amid winter surge
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-winter-surge-20210119.html

Administration

Biden picks Pa.’s Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/biden-picks-pa-health-secretary-rachel-levine-as-assistant-health-secretary/

Biden taps Pa. Health Secretary Levine for federal post
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/biden-to-tap-pa-health-secretary-levine-for-federal-post-report/

Gov. Wolf’s heartbreaking closure of Pa. Capitol underscores the incivility of these times | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-capitol-closed-threats-insurrection-joe-biden-inauguration-20210118.html

Business

Georgia-Pacific moving all Dixie cup production to Kentucky, closing Pa. facility
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/2021/01/19/Georgia-Pacific-moving-all-Dixie-cup-production-to-Kentucky-closing-Pa-facility/stories/202101190072

Pa. craft brewers adapt as they face uncertain future due to coronavirus pandemic
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2021/01/pa-craft-brewers-adapt-as-they-face-uncertain-future-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Conyngham Brewing Company earns two awards at Pennsylvania Farm Show
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/conyngham-brewing-company-earns-two-awards-at-pennsylvania-farm-show/article_f5ff9717-f17a-5b8e-8781-4a471c9c4440.html

Developer finalizes $160M purchase of U.S. Steel site in Falls
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/01/19/developer-finalizes-purchase-u-s-steel-site-falls-bucks-county-pa/4173235001/

Crime/Punishment

Pa. prisons don’t always tell families when inmates are sick. Officials are defending that policy.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-prisons-covid-19-next-of-kin-department-of-corrections-emergency-contact-20210119.html

4 hurt in string of shootings in Pocono Mountains community
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2021/01/19/4-hurt-in-string-of-shootings-in-Pocono-Mountains-community/stories/202101190069

Education

Luzerne County schools get $58.5 million in second round of COVID-19 relief
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816756/luzerne-county-schools-get-58-5-million-in-second-round-of-covid-19-relief

Colleges, universities in Western Pennsylvania could get more than $200M in new stimulus relief
https://triblive.com/local/regional/colleges-and-universities-in-western-pennsylvania-could-get-more-than-200m-in-new-stimulus-relief/

Pandemic equals fewer sports scholarships
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/01/19/Pandemic-equals-fewer-sports-scholarships/stories/202101120005

Local News

Scranton Public Library opens book on strengths, weaknesses to plan improvements
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-public-library-opens-book-on-strengths-weaknesses-to-plan-improvements/article_296d2968-f818-548a-bd5a-0ee5f422338b.html

Amid the pandemic, Delaware County officials have begun taking steps to form their own health department
https://www.inquirer.com/news/delaware-county-health-department-covid-coronavirus-20210119.html

Luzerne County Council expected to vote on Hazleton area tax break
https://www.timesleader.com/news/816760/luzerne-county-council-expected-to-vote-on-hazleton-area-tax-break

National News

Toledo, Ohio, police officer dies after armed standoff
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/19/Toledo-police-officer-shot-killed-Brandon-Stalker-Ohio-Rosary-Cathedral/stories/202101190068

Philly

Unemployed renters ride the uncertain tide of fluctuating aid
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/unemployment-renter-burden-philadelphia-zillow-20210119.html

‘The sun is shining’ at Philly Shipyard as hundreds of jobs return this year, CEO says
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philly-shipyard-jobs-navy-yard-philadelphia-trump-toomey-schumer-20210119.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh faith community honored for response to Tree of Life attack
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2021/01/18/Pittsburgh-faith-community-honored-response-Tree-of-Life-2018-attack-courageous-museum-virtual/stories/202101180009

Pittsburgh’s faith community inducted into Museum of the Courageous
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburghs-faith-community-is-inducted-into-the-museum-of-the-courageous/

Metal guitarist arrested for role in Capitol raid once played Pittsburgh in Confederate garb
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2021/01/18/Metal-guitarist-arrested-in-wake-of-Capitol-raid-has-a-long-history-of-shows-in-Pittsburgh/stories/202101180089

Bell ringing on Tuesday will pay tribute to lives taken by COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2021/01/18/church-Bell-ringing-Tuesday-tribute-lives-taken-COVID-19-deaths-episcopal/stories/202101180097

Hamlet to receive yearly pay increases in new contract with Pittsburgh schools
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2021/01/18/anthony-Hamlet-annual-pay-increases-new-contract-pps-pittsburgh-public-schools/stories/202101180077

Netflix’s ‘Archive 81’ filming in North Side and Downtown Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/aande/movies-tv/netflixs-archive-81-filming-in-north-side-and-downtown-pittsburgh/

Man sues Allegheny County jail officials over alleged assault by inmate
https://triblive.com/local/man-sues-allegheny-county-jail-officials-over-alleged-assault-by-inmate/

Pittsburgh artist designed Google Doodle honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-artist-designed-google-doodle-honoring-martin-luther-king-jr/

‘It’s about a new belief in Pittsburgh’: Pgh Mayor Peduto says, kicking off re-election bid
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/its-about-a-new-belief-in-pittsburgh-pgh-mayor-peduto-says-kicking-off-re-election-bid/

Transportation

After deadly wreck, petition calls for safety improvements on Laurel Run Road
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/after-deadly-wreck-petition-calls-for-safety-improvements-on-laurel-run-road/article_8c65d05c-9c87-594c-a8f8-f9ade062d34d.html

Washington

Biden prepares to give unifying inaugural speech at daunting moment for U.S.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2021/01/18/President-elect-Joe-Biden-inauguration-inaugural-speech-theme-message-excerpts-Kamala-Harris-Donald-Trump/stories/202101180102

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/biden-to-propose-8-year-citizenship-path-for-immigrants.html

Pentagon screening National Guard troops for extremist ties
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/inauguration-joe-biden-kamala-harris-20210119.html

Feds charge Harrisburg woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop and an ex-Pa. State Police cadet in connection with Capitol attack
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/riley-june-williams-capitol-attack-pelosi-laptop-harrisburg-pennsylvania-arrests-20210118.html

Lehigh Valley man part of group that pushed barricade into cops to try and get into Capitol, feds say
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/lehigh-valley-man-part-of-group-that-pushed-barricade-into-cops-to-try-and-get-into-capitol-feds-say.html

Pelosi calls for halt in efforts to install Trump loyalist as NSA’s top lawyer
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/national-security-agency-michael-ellis-lawyer-nancy-pelosi-20210119.html

Trump’s census director to quit after trying to rush out ‘indefensible’ report
https://www.witf.org/2021/01/18/trumps-census-director-to-quit-after-trying-to-rush-out-indefensible-report/