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Legislature

Ice thrown off a tractor trailer caused a serious accident on I-80. A bill requiring better snow removal has languished for years.
https://www.mcall.com/news/traffic/road-warrior/mc-nws-road-warrior-ice-crash-bill-proposal-20190123-htmlstory.html

Ice from tractor trailer on I-80 crashes into car, injuring passenger
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/01/ice-from-tractor-trailer-on-i-80-crashes-into-car-injuring-passenger.html

Pa. might set maximum limits on a toxic chemical in drinking water. Some ask: What’s there to decide?
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/pa-might-set-maximum-limits-on-a-toxic-chemical-in-drinking-water-some-ask-whats-there-to-decide.php

Citizens’ group accuses legislative panel of violating open meetings law
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/citizens-group-accuses-legislative-panel-of-violating-open-meetings-law.html

Medical marijuana seminar set for early February
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/medical-marijuana-seminar-set-for-early-february-1.2436956

Remembering top House staffer Karen Coates: ‘She understood the glass ceiling she was breaking’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/remembering-top-house-staffer-karen-coates-she-understood-the-glass-ceiling-she-was-breaking.html

Rep. Comitta to co-host Q&A on Mariner East safety concern
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/rep-comitta-to-co-host-q-a-on-mariner-east/article_ecfa179e-1f49-11e9-b54f-5ba4757e7a21.html

Imagine how taxpayers must feel
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/imagine-how-taxpayers-must-feel-1.2436818

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

State College High Schooler Among Winners Of Redistricting Competition
http://radio.wpsu.org/post/state-college-high-schooler-among-winners-redistricting-competition

Business

For Allegheny Technologies, tariffs a $16 million problem at Beaver County plant
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/01/23/Allegheny-Technologies-Trump-tariffs-Midland-Beaver-County-mill/stories/201901230011

Passions still hot in aftermath of coke works fire that affected air quality
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/01/23/Passions-still-hot-in-aftermath-of-coke-works-fire/stories/201901230158

Mon Valley residents, advocacy groups call for more action on air quality
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14536473-74/mon-valley-residents-advocacy-groups-call-for-more-action-on-air-quality

8 Pittsburgh-area Walmarts to start grocery delivery
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14531710-74/some-walmarts-starting-grocery-delivery-service-on-thursday

Crime/Punishment

Meek Mill, Jay-Z, and more start criminal justice reform foundation
http://www.philly.com/news/meek-mill-jay-z-michael-rubin-criminal-justice-reform-alliance-20190123.html

Pennsylvania trooper jailed, accused of threatening wife’s life
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/01/23/Pennsylvania-police-trooper-Scott-Richard-Mang-jailed-assault-charge-wife-domestic-Plum/stories/201901230097

Accused W-B cop released on bail
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/accused-w-b-cop-released-on-bail-1.2436893

W-B police chief: We respond to all animal cruelty calls
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-police-chief-we-respond-to-all-animal-cruelty-calls-1.2436895

Education

Statewide reporting system for school threats receives hundreds of reports in first week
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/23/Pennsylvania-Safe2say-schools-education-reporting-system-threats-tips-Josh-Shapiro-school/stories/201901230124

State AG: School threat reporting system gets hundreds of tips in its first week
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14535959-74/school-threat-reporting-system-gets-hundreds-of-tips-in-its-first-week

“Safe 2 Say Something” rolls out in Pennsylvania
http://buckscountyherald.com/Xsafe-say-somethingX-rolls-out-in-pennsylvania-p799-175.htm

New hotline could help Hempfield schools investigate potential threats
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14537225-74/new-hotline-could-help-hempfield-schools-investigate-potential-threats

Public charters can help a lagging education system | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/school-choice-charter-schools-20190123.html

$10M deficit hangs over school budget
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/10m-deficit-hangs-over-school-budget-1.2436879

State auditor general hears suggestions for Scranton School District
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-auditor-general-hears-suggestions-for-scranton-school-district-1.2436852

For town hall attendees, ‘frustration, sadness and fear’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/for-town-hall-attendees-frustration-sadness-and-fear-1.2436968

Pitt online hazing report not as detailed as Penn State, other universities
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14538036-74/pitt-online-hazing-report-not-as-detailed-as-penn-state-other-universities

Elections/Politics

Call it the mid-term flu: Pa. sees a surge in special elections
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/call-it-the-mid-term-flu-pa-sees-a-surge-in-special-elections.html

List grows for those seeking Marino seat
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/list-grows-for-those-seeking-marino-seat-1.2436841

Government Shutdown

As government shutdown drags on, Pennsylvanians feeling the pain, Wolf says
http://www.philly.com/news/government-shutdown-pennsylvania-trump-border-20190123.html

How the federal government shutdown is affecting Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/how-the-federal-government-shutdown-is-affecting-pennsylvania.html

First day of emergency food for federal workers: ‘Grateful’ but ‘humiliated’
http://www.philly.com/news/shutdown-philabundance-federal-workers-philadelphia-emergency-market-hunger-20190123.html

Senate government shutdown bills: What you should know
http://www.philly.com/politics/nation/government-shutdown-bills-senate-mcconnell-schumer-house-20190124.html

House Democrats prepare their own border security package shunning Trump’s wall
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/01/23/government-Shutdown-votes-set-up-political-test-for-Senate-trump/stories/201901230084

DACA recipients see little reason to hope in latest proposal
http://www.philly.com/politics/nation/daca-recipients-see-little-reason-hope-latest-proposal-20190123.html

Government shutdown: How federal workers in Philly can get help, from food to finances
http://www.philly.com/news/federal-government-shutdown-help-resources-discounts-philadelphia-20190123.html

‘Stronger than Hate’ shirt maker helping furloughed federal employees, too
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14536307-74/stronger-than-hate-shirt-maker-helping-furloughed-federal-employees-too

Weinberg NE Regional Food Bank helping federal employees hurt by shutdown
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731287/weinberg-ne-regional-food-bank-helping-federal-employees-hurt-by-shutdown

Parts of Flight 93 memorial remain open during federal government shutdown
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14535849-74/parts-of-flight-93-memorial-remain-open-during-federal-government-shutdown

Emergency food pantry to open Friday in Scranton
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/emergency-food-pantry-to-open-friday-in-scranton-1.2436587

A call to help federal workers at Lehigh Valley International Airport brings busloads of donations
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-lnna-fill-bus-tsa-workers-20190123-story.html

Central Pa. Food Bank director: ‘It’s getting busier as the days go on’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/central-pa-food-bank-director-its-getting-busier-as-the-days-go-on.html

Pennsylvania senators stand firm in shutdown positions
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pennsylvania-senators-stand-firm-in-shutdown-positions

Health Care

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre opens new $3.1M inpatient wing
https://www.timesleader.com/top-stories/731285/geisinger-south-wilkes-barre-opens-new-3-1m-inpatient-wing

Luzerne County Council asked to weigh in on Wilkes-Barre General Hospital labor dispute
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731270/luzerne-county-council-asked-to-weigh-in-on-wilkes-barre-general-hospital-labor-dispute

Geisinger shifts 300 workers from W-B to Jenkins Twp. Facility
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/geisinger-shifts-300-workers-from-w-b-to-jenkins-twp-facility-1.2436897

Penn State Health St. Joseph shows off newly expanded cancer center
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/penn-state-health-st-joseph-shows-off-newly-expanded-cancer-center

Local News

Settlement in sight on lawsuit challenging Scranton’s rental registration rules
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/settlement-in-sight-on-lawsuit-challenging-scranton-s-rental-registration-rules-1.2436967

Commissioners approve pact with planning consultant on behalf of SAPA municipalities
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/commissioners-approve-pact-with-planning-consultant-on-behalf-of-sapa-municipalities-1.2436957

Hazleton may consider stormwater fee in fall
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-may-consider-stormwater-fee-in-fall-1.2436878

Delmont food bank gains food windfall after winter storm fails to materialize
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14535646-74/food-bank-gains-food-windfall-after-winter-storm-fails-to-materialize

Berks County takes fight over releasing documents in possible Berks Heim sale to court
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-takes-fight-over-releasing-documents-in-possible-berks-heim-sale-to-court

Reading Parking Authority Board approves garage fixes
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-parking-authority-board-approves-garage-fixes

Sinking Spring wants to talk with Spring Township about police service
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sinking-spring-wants-to-talk-with-spring-township-about-police-service

Should owners of wall that collapsed in Harrisburg be forced to clean up the multi-million dollar mess?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/should-owners-of-wall-that-collapsed-in-harrisburg-be-forced-to-clean-up-the-multi-million-dollar-mess.html

Allentown will likely tap reserves to pay $3 million in over-budget health care costs
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-healthcare-overspending-20190122-story.html

Tax-appeal settlement approved for portion of former SCI-Cresson site
https://www.tribdem.com/news/tax-appeal-settlement-approved-for-portion-of-former-sci-cresson/article_c95b2ba4-1f83-11e9-9547-cbc4e069d41b.html

Springfield wants time to consider PPL land donation
http://buckscountyherald.com/springfield-wants-time-to-consider-ppl-land-donation-p798-175.htm

Bucks conducting homeless count next week; seeks volunteers to help
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190123/bucks-conducting-homeless-count-next-week-seeks-volunteers-to-help

Delco asked to join legal action against pipeline
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-asked-to-join-legal-action-against-pipeline/article_98827d18-1f4f-11e9-806a-7349b2c6dcbd.html

West Chester police get new contract calling for 5.25 percent wage hike
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/west-chester-police-get-new-contract-calling-for-percent-wage/article_6579c560-1f50-11e9-a606-87b5f318c29d.html

National News

In Kentucky, divisions grow over the Covington Catholic High boys in a viral video
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/01/23/Kentucky-Covington-Catholic-school-community-students-video-Native-American/stories/201901230162

Opioid Crisis

Religion and medicine meet: King’s theology professor to discuss opioid crisis
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731299/religion-and-medicine-meet-kings-theology-professor-to-discuss-opioid-crisis

Philly

The ‘Fight for $15’ is winning at Philly-area hospitals
http://www.philly.com/news/minimum-wage-hospitals-philly-jefferson-cooper-christiana-20190123.html

What if you can’t raise $90k for a library? In Philly schools, there are haves and have nots.
http://www.philly.com/news/philly-school-library-reopen-equity-20190124.html

City officials to enforce required reporting of missing or stolen guns
http://www.philly.com/news/guns-missing-stolen-philly-larry-krasner-nra-20190123.html

Union cash grab or needed safety measure? Controversial fire damper bill up for vote Thursday
http://www.philly.com/news/sheet-metal-workers-union-fire-damper-bill-jannie-blackwell-council-20190124.html

First Center City Philadelphia marijuana dispensary opens Thursday
http://www.philly.com/business/weed/medical-marijuana-pennsylvania-center-city-philadelphia-beyond-hello-20190123.html

City settles lawsuit accusing Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams of sexual harassment
http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-sheriff-jewell-williams-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-settled-20190124.html

N. Philly man, accused of murder, had been arrested in drug bust days earlier but not charged
http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-murder-von-jones-drug-bust-larry-krasner-police-20190123.html

Top execs leave in management shakeup at Temple University Health System
http://www.philly.com/business/management-shake-up-temple-university-health-system-20190123.html

Imperial Inn to close after 45 years in Chinatown
http://www.philly.com/food/imperial-inn-oldest-chinese-restaurant-chinatown-close-20190123.html

Paul Vallas for mayor? Mayor of Chicago, that is
http://www.philly.com/news/paul-vallas-chicago-mayor-philadelphia-schools-ceo-20190123.html

Grants slashed after Mayor’s Fund hit with loan payments tied to corruption scandal
http://www.philly.com/news/philadelphia-mayors-fund-reduced-community-grants-corruption-scandal-20190123.html

Philadelphia: clean up public land disposition mess | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-mayor-jim-kenney-councilman-kenyatta-johnson-land-disposition-sweetheart-deals-speculator-20190124.html

Pitt

The face of city snow removal will retire in the spring
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/23/Longtime-city-director-and-chief-Guy-Costa-retiring-in-March/stories/201901230125

Guy Costa to retire from public service for 2nd time, this time for good
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14535752-74/guy-costa-to-retire-from-public-service-for-a-2nd-time-this

Pittsburgh looking to borrow $62M for capital projects in 2019
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14535599-74/pittsburgh-looking-to-borrow-62m-for-capital-projects-in-2019

24 neighborhood nonprofits share in $341K ‘Small and Mighty’ grants
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14538120-74/24-neighborhood-nonprofits-share-in-341k-small-and-mighty-grants

Mattress Factory will announce new acting director soon
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2019/01/23/Mattress-Factory-Pittsburgh-appoint-new-acting-director-soon-Judith-O-Toole/stories/201901230114

Levine stepping down from Pitt medical school, vice chancellor posts
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/23/University-of-Pittsburgh-Pitt-Arthur-Levine-health-sciences-medicine-medical-school-college/stories/201901230101

President Trump renominates Pittsburgh lawyer for federal judgeship
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/01/23/President-Donald-Trump-renominates-Pittsburgh-lawyer-Nicholas-Ranjan-federal-judgeship-District-Court/stories/201901230102

First rabies case of 2019 reported in Upper St. Clair
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/01/23/First-rabies-case-2019-reported-Upper-St-Clair-Allegheny-Pittsburgh-health-raccoon/stories/201901230130

Tamburitzans to sell longtime Uptown home
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2019/01/23/Tamburitzans-to-sell-longtime-Uptown-home/stories/201901230153

Hearing on gun bills in Pittsburgh moved to lobby of City-County Building
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/23/City-gun-bill-hearing-moved-to-lobby/stories/201901230143

Pittsburgh moving hearing on gun ban to first floor of City-County Building, Downtown
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14535996-74/pittsburgh-moving-hearing-on-gun-ban-to-first-floor-of-city-county-building

Let them be heard: Officials should come up with legal gun control
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/01/24/Let-them-be-heard-Officials-should-come-up-with-legal-gun-control/stories/201901240045

Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald nominates his economic development director to airport authority
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14534584-74/allegheny-county-executive-fitzgerald-nominates-his-economic-development-director-to-airport-authori

State News

Paid parental leave is coming to Montgomery County staff, the first suburban area in Southeastern Pa. to adopt it
http://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/paid-parental-leave-montgomery-county-pennsylvania-20190123.html

Depending on where you live, you may have to fight for your child’s afterschool care | Maria Panaritis
http://www.philly.com/news/columnists/child-care-after-school-abington-township-haverford-township-suburban-pa-maria-panaritis-20190124.html

Western Pennsylvania municipalities will vie for landslide, flood relief
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14536250-74/western-pennsylvania-municipalities-will-vie-for-share-of-10m-pot-of-fema

Applications now available for state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731276/applications-now-available-for-states-property-tax-rent-rebate-program

Mamma bear, 4 cubs get new home in McKean County
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14535311-74/mamma-bear-and-4-cubs-get-a-new-home-in-mckean-county

What’s the difference between marijuana and hemp?
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/what-s-the-difference-between-marijuana-and-hemp-1.2436839

Pa. plans to open industrial hemp program to commercial growers
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/pa-plans-to-open-industrial-hemp-program-to-commercial-growers.php

Poor hemp harvest forces Milton farmer to switch plants
https://www.dailyitem.com/news/snyder_county/poor-hemp-harvest-forces-milton-farmer-to-switch-plants/article_ff5f9111-f5db-5569-9316-2e4b9b62ac1f.html

Jan. 23 now Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pa.
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/jan-23-now-maternal-health-awareness-day-in-pa-1.2436813

Red Knights greet Lonnie Walker in Philadelphia
https://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/red-knights-greet-walker

Reporting nursing-home deaths to Pa. coroners is a necessary change | Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/editorials/2019/01/reporting-nursing-home-deaths-to-pa-coroners-is-a-necessary-change-editorial.html

Editorial: Wofford will be remembered for lifetime of service
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/wofford-will-be-remembered-for-lifetime-of–service

Doing your taxes? Here’s how your IRS return, and maybe your refund, will be different this year
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/d19e5a9e551779/doing-your-taxes-heres-how-your-irs-return-and-maybe-your-refund-will-be-different-this-year.html

Transportation

East Deer bridge near Sheetz finished, open to traffic
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14535153-74/east-deer-bridge-near-sheetz-finished-and-open-to-traffic

Dozens of truckers pulled over in safety detail on Route 222 north of Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dozens-of-truckers-pulled-over-in-safety-detail-on-route-222-north-of-reading

Washington

Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of the Union address
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/01/23/State-of-the-Union-President-Trump-Nancy-Pelosi-government-shutdown/stories/201901230128

Jackson Lee steps down from 2 leadership posts after lawsuit
http://www.philly.com/politics/nation/jackson-lee-steps-down-leadership-posts-after-lawsuit-20190124.html

Members of Congress will ‘put pressure on the EPA’ to address PFAS-contaminated water
http://www.philly.com/news/pfoa-pfos-pfas-water-contamination-congress-task-force-bucks-montgomery-20190123.html

House launches PFAS task force; Rep. Fitzpatrick to co-chair
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190123/house-launches-pfas-task-force-rep-fitzpatrick-to–co-chair

Retirement security is needed to fight ‘senior poverty’ | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/retirement-pensions-social-security-20190123.html

Meuser named to House Education & Labor, Veterans’ Affairs, Budget committees
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731278/meuser-named-to-house-education-labor-veterans-affairs-budget-committees

Lamb and Joyce step into committee and caucus roles in the new Congress
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/2019/01/23/Conor-Lamb-John-Joyce-Congress-committee-assignment-steel-caucus/stories/201901230137