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Legislature

New state senators focus on health care, environment going into office
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190102/new-state-senators-focus-on-health-care-environment-going-into-office

Pa. lawmakers mark New Year’s Day by starting new session
https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/pennsylvania-lawmakers-mark-new-years-day-starting-new-session

State Sen. Maria Collett to introduce PFAS bills
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190102/state-sen-maria-collett-to-introduce-pfas-bills

More Democrats, more women – but the GOP still rules in Pa. Legislature
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2019/01/01/More-Democrats-more-women-but-the-GOP-still-rules-in-Pa-Legislature/stories/201901010715

Pa. State House makes a number of serious rules changes on opening day
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/pa_state_house_makes_a_number.html

Amid swearing-in, lawmakers add significant updates to chamber rules
http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/01/amid-swearing-in-lawmakers-add-significant-updates-to-chamber-rules.php

Pennsylvania lawmakers sworn in at Capitol
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pennsylvania-lawmakers-sworn-in-at-capitol

Make higher base wage top priority
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/make-higher-base-wage-top-priority-1.2428501

New law protects rescuers who save pets
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/01/new-law-protects-rescuers-who-save-pets/

Rigby sworn in as state representative
https://www.tribdem.com/news/rigby-sworn-in-as-state-representative/article_0fbe5496-0e30-11e9-8b93-cbd22c401814.html

Administration

A chat with Gov. Wolf on his hopes and goals for the new year, his final term (and his aversion to campaigns) | John Baer
http://www.philly.com/news/columnists/wolf-priorities-baer-20190101.html

Catholic Church

U.S. Catholic bishops to begin prayer retreat over clergy sexual abuse scandal after Vatican rebuke
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/01/02/US-Catholic-bishops-to-pray-over-clergy-sexual-abuse-scandal-retreat-chicago/stories/201901020108

Vatican letter undermines U.S. cardinal DiNardo on addressing clergy abuse scandal
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/01/01/Vatican-Catholic-Pope-Francis-abuse-clergy-church/stories/201901010718

Crime/Punishment

In 2019, let’s make sure incarcerated Pennsylvanians have the family contact they need and deserve | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-pa-prison-books-mail-inmates-corrections-20190102.html

Education

Penn State student challenges school’s sexual misconduct policy
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/penn-state-student-challenges-school-s-sexual-misconduct-policy-1.2428491

Elections/Politics

Delco poised for political showdown in 2019
https://whyy.org/articles/political-showdown-in-delco-in-2019/

Local News

New stormwater-fee bills being mailed to homes this week
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729073/new-stormwater-fee-bills-being-mailed-to-homes-this-week

Second Wilkes-Barre officer sues city over attack by department’s K9
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729070/second-wilkes-barre-officer-sues-city-over-attack-by-departments-k9

Luzerne County Councilman Brominski resigning
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729045/luzerne-county-councilman-edward-brominski-resigning

Hazleton to decide soon on reserved parking program’s feasibility
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-to-decide-soon-on-reserved-parking-program-s-feasibility-1.2428490

New show based in Lackawanna County investigates UFOs
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-show-based-in-lackawanna-county-investigates-ufos-1.2428489

Lackawanna County Children’s Library improvements planned for 2019
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-children-s-library-improvements-planned-for-2019-1.2428628

A year after Route 28 crash in O’Hara, parents seek answers in son’s death
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14460825-74/a-year-after-route-28-crash-in-ohara-parents-seek-answers-in

About 600 take part in 15th annual Connellsville Polar Bear Plunge
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14459837-74/about-600-take-part-in-15th-annual-connellsville-polar-plunge

Berks churches serve pork and sauerkraut in their own ways
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-churches-serve-pork-and-sauerkraut-in-their-own-ways

Amity Township kicks off tricentennial celebrations with Winterfest
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/amity-township-kicks-off-tricentennial-celebrations-with-winterfest

Editorial: County should be open about Berks Heim sale process
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/county-should-be-open-about-berks-heim-sale-process

Your View from Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell: Restore trust in Allentown’s government, strengthen public safety services
https://www.mcall.com/opinion/yourview/mc-opi-allentown-plans-2019-mayor-oconnell-20181231-story.html

Lehigh Township looking to raze 18th century inn to widen clogged Route 248 intersection
https://www.mcall.com/news/mc-nws-cherryville-inn-eminent-domain-20181228-story.html

Erie City Council poised to endorse Early Intervention Program
http://www.goerie.com/news/20190102/erie-city-council-poised-to-endorse-early-intervention-program

Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana won’t benefit people of color | Solomon Jones
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/marijuana-sales-black-brown-dollars-wealth-column-solomon-jones-20190102.html

As Pa. mulls recreational marijuana, treatment experts stress: it can be addictive
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/as-pa-mulls-recreational-marijuana-treatment-experts-stress-it-can-be-addictive.html

National News

Minimum wage goes up today in neighboring Ohio
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/01/01/Minimum-wage-goes-up-today-in-neighboring-Ohio/stories/201812310126

Natural Gas

Mariner East startup renews safety fears for some residents
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/mariner-east-startup-renews-safety-fears-for-some-residents.php

Philly

A judge’s odd metaphor could overturn dozens of old Philly murder convictions
http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-murder-convictions-judge-renee-cardwell-hughes-larry-krasner-20190102.html

Warm weather draws big crowd to Mummers Parade
http://www.philly.com/news/mummers-parade-new-years-day-philadelphia-gritty-20190101.html

How the Philadelphia region should navigate its troubled waters | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/water-contamination-pennsylvania-pfas-epa-standards-20190102.html

Veterans Affairs has made real progress in Philadelphia | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/veterans-affairs-philadelphia-hepatitis-c-homelessness-20190101.html

In 2018, Philadelphia received a lot of recommendations. In 2019, it’s all about implementation | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/reports-recommendations-implementation-policies-laws-20190102.html

Pitt

Questions on drones, deeds, property? Allegheny County has an an app for that
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/01/02/allegheny-county-app-call-center-rich-fitzgerald/stories/201812310121

Carnegie Science Center event gives kids the ‘OK’ to get messy
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/01/Kids-mess-with-science-at-Carnegie-Science-Center-event/stories/201901020086

Polar B(ea)rrrs ring in 2019 with a chilly plunge into the Mon
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/01/Polar-Bear-Plunge-Project-Bundle-Up-Pittsburgh-Mon-Wharf-Monongahela-River/stories/201901010705

Police: Argument leads to shooting on Port Authority bus in Downtown Pittsburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/01/01/Pittsburgh-downtown-man-shot-bus-liberty-avenue-port-authority-allegheny-county/stories/201901010707

5 ways 2019 will be Pittsburgh’s best year yet
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14448912-74/5-ways-2019-will-be-pittsburghs-best-year-yet

Growing popularity of donor-advised funds is changing philanthropy
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14461077-74/growing-popularity-of-donor-advised-funds-is-changing-philanthropy

‘Hamilton’ opens in Pittsburgh to sold-out crowd
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14460312-74/hamilton-opens-in-pittsburgh-to-sold-out-crowd

State News

First local nature walk of 2019 held at Nescopeck State Park
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/first-local-nature-walk-of-2019-held-at-nescopeck-state-park-1.2428557

More than 80 hikers turn out for First Day Hike
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/more-than-80-hikers-turn-out-for-first-day-hike-1.2428614

Hikers put their best foot forward at Antietam Lake Park
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/hikers-start-2019-on-right-foot-with-walk-in-antietam-lake-park

Raise the curtain on the 2019 PA Farm Show
https://www.readingeagle.com/berks-country/article/raise-the-curtain-on-the-2019-farm-show

19 for ’19: From Gritty to Fetterman, Pennsylvanians you’ll be talking about in 2019
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/6d6c618add5648/19-for-19-pennsylvanians-we-th.html

Teen dies in accident at Pa. ski resort
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/teen-dies-in-accident-at-pa-ski-resort.html

2018 saw record-breaking rain in several Pa. cities
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/2018-saw-record-breaking-rain-in-several-pa-cities.html

Hershey’s Christian Pulisic to join Chelsea as most expensive U.S. player
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/hersheys-christian-pulisic-to-join-chelsea-from-borussia-dortmund.php

Federal government shutdown halts most Pa. immigration court hearings
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/federal-government-shutdown-halts-most-pa-immigration-court-hearings.php

Washington

Hill leaders to attend White House briefing on border as government shutdown continues
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/01/02/congressional-leaders-White-House-briefing-border-government-shutdown/stories/201901020110

Romney criticizes Trump’s ‘character’ in scathing op-ed
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/romney-criticizes-trumps-character-in-scathing-op-ed.php