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Legislature

What could a post-Turzai world, whenever it arrives, look like at the Pa. State Capitol?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/what-could-a-post-turzai-world-whenever-it-arrives-look-like-at-the-pa-state-capitol.html

From school choice to liquor privatization, how the Pa. House will change with Mike Turzai’s exit
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/house-speaker-mike-turzai-to-retire-at-end-of-year/

Pa. Speaker Mike Turzai will retire from state House after current term
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/01/23/Pennsylvania-Speaker-Mike-Turzai-retirement-state-House-pittsburgh-bradford-woods/stories/202001230109

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will not seek reelection
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/mike-turzai-pennsylvania-house-speaker-retiring-20200123.html

Pa. Speaker Mike Turzai on his decision to retire from House: ‘Time for others to take the torch’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/pa-speaker-mike-turzai-talk-about-decision-to-retire-from-house-its-been-the-pride-of-a-lifetime.html

House passes package boosting human trafficking penalties
https://triblive.com/local/regional/house-passes-legislative-package-boosting-human-trafficking-penalties/

Pa. auditor general presses for new laws on pharmacy benefit managers
https://www.inquirer.com/business/drugs/drug-prices-pennsylvania-pbm-medicaid-auditor-general-20200124.html

The cost of these Pa. special elections is anything but special for the taxpayers | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-cost-of-these-pa-special-elections-is-anything-but-special-for-the-taxpayers-opinion/

Pa. Rep. Matt Gabler retires after 11 years in Harrisburg
https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/pa-rep-matt-gabler-retires-after-11-years-in-harrisburg/

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing from charity
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/23/Former-state-lawmaker-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-from-charity/stories/202001230136

Former State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell pleads guilty to theft charges, will spend at least 3 months in jail
https://www.inquirer.com/news/movita-johnson-harrell-pleads-guilty-theft-case-20200123.html

Crime/Punishment

Alleged target in Wilkinsburg mass slaying jailed on material witness warrant
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/23/Lamont-Powell-Wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-jailed-material-witness-Cheron-Shelton-Robert-Thomas/stories/202001230146

Fight breaks out between jailed Wilkinsburg mass shooting victim and defendant
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/victim-alleged-target-in-wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-jailed-on-material-witness-warrant/

Ex-pharmaceutical exec John Kapoor gets more than 5 years for pushing opioid
https://triblive.com/news/world/ex-pharmaceutical-exec-john-kapoor-gets-more-than-5-years-for-pushing-opioid/

Former South Greensburg secretary gets more jail time in borough theft case
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/former-south-greensburg-secretary-gets-more-jail-time-in-borough-theft-case/

Education

Clairton and West Jefferson Hills school districts among nation’s starkest economic divides
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/clairton-and-west-jefferson-hills-school-districts-among-nations-starkest-economic-divides/

NEIU opens STEM center for area students
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/neiu-opens-stem-center-for-area-students-1.2586713

Residents voice concern over police altercation with girl on West Mifflin school bus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/23/Residents-voice-concern-over-police-altercation-with-girl-on-West-Mifflin-school-bus/stories/202001230184

Which college degrees earn grads more than $1 million? Maybe not ones from Swarthmore, Penn State.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/highest-paying-college-degrees-majors-careers-nursing-pennsylvania-20200124.html

Wilkes celebrates diversity, emphasizes unity at MLK event
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wilkes-celebrates-diversity-emphasizes-unity-at-mlk-event-1.2586776

President Tom Botzman is leaving Misericordia University
https://www.timesleader.com/news/770421/president-tom-botzman-is-leaving-misericordia-university

Elections/Politics

Westmoreland Dems seeking new leadership for party committee
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-dems-seeking-new-leadership-for-party-committee/

DeVito hopes famous name, plans for future translate to votes for state rep
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/devito-hopes-famous-name-plans-for-future-translate-to-votes-for-state-rep/

Hazleton native seeks GOP nomination in 8th District
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hazleton-native-seeks-gop-nomination-in-8th-district-1.2586765

Health Care

Should Pennsylvanians worry about deadly coronavirus?
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/local-health-officials-say-residents-have-little-to-fear-from-coronavirus/

Coronavirus triggers alert in Pennsylvania while shutting down travel in China
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/coronavirus-triggers-alert-in-pennsylvania-while-shutting-down-travel-in-china.html

National survey shows contradictory attitudes toward flu vaccine
https://triblive.com/local/regional/national-survey-shows-contradictory-attitudes-toward-flu-vaccine/

Easton Hospital up for sale? LVHN and St. Luke’s have submitted bids, sources say.
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-easton-hospital-bids-20200123-jsjn7gzmgjborg4cd4r4kgyf5u-story.html

Local News

Scranton annual trash fee to remain at $300 in 2020
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-annual-trash-fee-to-remain-at-300-in-2020-1.2586770

Lackawanna County first responders receive more than $750,000 in grants
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-first-responders-receive-more-than-750-000-in-grants-1.2586786

Scranton Area Community Foundation receives reaccreditation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/scranton-area-community-foundation-receives-reaccreditation-1.2586728

Fans flock to Scranton restaurant, bar to meet ‘The Office’ actor
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fans-flock-to-scranton-restaurant-bar-to-meet-the-office-actor-1.2586739

No choice but to kill tainted cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/no-choice-but-to-kill-tainted-cases-1.2586746

Funding for Berks Counseling Center in Reading secure for 2020
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/funding-for-berks-counseling-center-in-reading-secure-for/article_3172647c-3ded-11ea-8919-0f916bbfac24.html

Reading Mayor Eddie Moran fired former managing director
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-mayor-eddie-moran-fired-former-managing-director/article_72fb7772-3e19-11ea-abf8-9b4450757aff.html

Woman sexually assaulted at Berks County Residential Center gets settlement from county
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/woman-sexually-assaulted-at-berks-county-residential-center-gets-settlement/article_bbe8e18c-3e18-11ea-af00-ef4a5f2f5ed5.html

Bike repair stations are popping up in Berks County along popular cycling trails
https://www.readingeagle.com/living/bike-repair-stations-are-popping-up-in-berks-county-along/article_dd2fb534-3669-11ea-854f-3b14f1dd5faf.html

Citizens Blight Committee rises from trash heaps in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.timesleader.com/news/770456/citizens-blight-committee-rises-from-trash-heaps-in-wilkes-barre

Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Keystone Generations on a ‘mission’ to help
https://www.timesleader.com/news/770439/leadership-wilkes-barres-keystone-generations-on-a-mission-to-help

National News

18 Amish children died of rare genetic mutation, study finds
https://www.inquirer.com/health/amish-deaths-sudden-cardiac-arrest-genetic-20200123.html

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/states-sue-over-rules-3d-printed-guns-20200124.html

Philly

Hilco’s $240 million bid for South Philly refinery wasn’t the highest offer, aggrieved creditors say
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/hilco-philadelphia-refinery-pes-auction-objection-winning-bid-20200123.html

Leslie Richards has taken over as SEPTA’s general manager. She’s all ears.
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/leslie-richards-septa-general-manager-20200124.html

SEPTA urged to ‘Fix the 15’ and improve communication as historic trolley line gets bus service
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-route-15-girard-avenue-trolley-bus-20200124.html

‘I’m home’: Nelson Perez’s path from Philly priest to the region’s first Hispanic archbishop
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nelson-perez-archbishop-philadelphia-cleveland-charles-chaput-catholic-20200124.html

‘A revolutionary idea’: Philly’s Latinos expect new archbishop Nelson Perez to be a change agent
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nelson-perez-archbishop-philadelphia-latinos-faith-20200123.html

Our new archbishop is a Philly guy — and he’s speaking our language | Mike Newall
https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/archbishop-nelson-perez-philadelphia-archdiocese-charles-chaput-mike-newall-20200123.html

The Phillies were accused of using technology to steal signs 117 years before the Astros
https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/phillies-baseball-steal-signs-houston-astros-20200124.html

Philly progressives who won big last year are making moves in City Council
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/city-council-progressives-kendra-brooks-rent-control-20200123.html

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney to the Mummers: End blackface, or the parade is over
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mummers-parade-blackface-cindy-bass-bill-20200123.html

Philly ranks 3rd in STD transmissions partly because too many don’t use condoms | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/news/std-hiv-aids-testing-bebashi-philly-sexually-transmitted-jenice-armstrong-20200123.html

Philly City Controller calls for faster, less expensive approach to addressing gun violence
https://www.penncapital-star.com/paforward/philly-city-controller-calls-for-faster-less-expensive-approach-to-addressing-gun-violence/

Pitt

Bustling Strip may get even more apartments
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/01/23/Strip-District-apartments-Penrose-Advisors/stories/202001230148

Gun buyback success: Homewood church makes a difference
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/24/Gun-buyback-success-Homewood-church-makes-a-difference/stories/202001220074

City of Pittsburgh pays tribute to Negro League baseball
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/city-of-pittsburgh-pays-tribute-to-negro-league-baseball/

New Pittsburgh business incubator supports Latino entrepreneurs
https://www.witf.org/2020/01/24/new-pittsburgh-business-incubator-supports-latino-entrepreneurs/

State News

Concern over Pennsylvania Skill machines varies in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/concern-over-pennsylvania-skill-machines-varies-in-berks-county/article_216868e6-3df3-11ea-994c-1b7457ac4d6c.html

Western Pa. pro-life activists excited for Trump appearance at March for Life
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/western-pa-pro-life-activists-excited-for-trump-appearance-at-march-for-life/

March for Life will include regional presence
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/march-for-life-will-include-regional-presence-1.2586758

Former Pa. Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, criticized over how he treated staff, finds new life as a stand-up comic
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/ya-gotta-be-kiddin-me-former-pa-lt-gov-mike-stack-is-now-a-comic.html

Obese, sick bear arrives at sanctuary after removal from Pa. sportsmen’s club
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/obese-sick-bear-arrives-at-sanctuary-after-removal-from-pa-sportsmens-club.html

Washington

President Trump betrayed national interests and abused his power, Dems argue
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/01/23/President-Trump-betrayed-national-interests-and-abused-his-power-Dems-argue/stories/202001230187

Casey: Evidence in Trump’s impeachment trial shows need to call witnesses, subpoena documents
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/01/23/Casey-Impeachment-trial-evidence-strengthens-case-to-call-witnesses-subpoena-documents/stories/202001230106

Pat Toomey isn’t showing his hand on one big question in the Trump impeachment trial
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/trump-impeachment-trial-witnesses-pat-toomey-20200123.html

Meuser, Cartwright both know where Trump trial’s headed
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-cartwright-both-know-where-trump-trial-s-headed-1.2586856

Legislators seek funding to reclaim abandoned mine lands
https://www.timesleader.com/news/770446/legislators-seek-funding-to-reclaim-abandoned-mine-lands

Lawmakers tout bill to clean up mine-scarred land
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lawmakers-tout-bill-to-clean-up-mine-scarred-land-1.2586853

He loves that dirty water
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/he-loves-that-dirty-water-1.2586748