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Legislature

As state reps head for the exit, Pennsylvania lawmakers jostle for control

https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-2020-election-legislature-20200126-psdxyl7j2jgtdntdtd4qyz5dnm-story.html

Editorial: State needs stronger law on cellphone use

https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/editorial-state-needs-stronger-law-on-cellphone-use/article_25bbe74c-4023-11ea-9e5c-679d37c9ea72.html

Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ practices come under scrutiny

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/pharmacy-benefit-managers-practices-come-under-scrutiny-1.2587543

Lawmakers tout bill to clean up mine land

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/lawmakers-tout-bill-to-clean-up-mine-land-1.2587440

EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania should get tougher with people who use hand-held devices while driving

https://observer-reporter.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-pennsylvania-should-get-tougher-with-people-who-use-hand/article_d98c4a68-3c96-11ea-a5d7-738fcd5a7dfa.html

Frank Dermody: Let’s not turn back the clock on affordable health care

https://triblive.com/opinion/frank-dermody-lets-not-turn-back-the-clock-on-affordable-health-care/

Roundtable looks at affordable housing, transit in Chester County

https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/roundtable-looks-at-affordable-housing-transit-in-chester-county/article_09f228f8-3ef4-11ea-a349-738e5cf93869.html

Pashinski announces $100,000 grant for PA Dairymen’s Association

https://www.timesleader.com/news/770655/pashinski-announces-100000-grant-for-pa-dairymens-association

State

Pa. pays off $2.8B unemployment compensation debt

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/pa-pays-off-28b-unemployment-compensation-debt.html

Pennsylvania among states where USDA recalls over 2,000 pounds of raw, ground beef

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/pennsylvania-among-states-where-usda-recalls-over-2000-pounds-of-raw-ground-beef.html

Pa. Game Commission preliminarily approves expanding doe season, three huntable Sundays

https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/01/25/pennsylvania-game-commission-big-changes-2020-deer-rifle-season-sunday-hunting-days/4576603002/

New initiative wants Pennsylvania landowners to set fire to their woods

https://lancasteronline.com/sports/outdoors/new-initiative-wants-pennsylvania-landowners-to-set-fire-to-their/article_24fcd6f8-3e21-11ea-87c1-97ed08367964.html

PIAA considers significant change for football heat acclimatization week

https://tribhssn.triblive.com/piaa-considers-significant-change-for-football-heat-acclimatization-week/?_ga=2.180494823.1945560417.1580050372-712332821.1534600067

Hunting license sales are up, triggered by change in deer season

https://www.post-gazette.com/life/outdoors/2020/01/26/Deer-hunting-Pennsylvania-license-sales-Game-Commission/stories/202001270015

Natural Gas

Dominion plans natural gas pipeline replacement this spring

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/dominion-plans-natural-gas-pipeline-replacement-this-spring/

Elections/Politics

GOP gathers amid optimism for 2020: ‘The president will bring out Republican voters’

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/gop-gathers-amid-optimism-for-2020-the-president-will-bring-out-republican-voters-one-leader-says.html

Lessons learned from 2016, but US faces new election threats

https://www.delcotimes.com/business/lessons-learned-from-but-us-faces-new-election-threats/article_d73abedf-3cd7-5027-b84a-63355067a8b6.html

GOP nominates challenger to face O’Mara in 165th Pa. House race

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/gop-nominates-challenger-to-face-o-mara-in-th-pa/article_3a4b50d0-3fa1-11ea-9366-9f6deb4e1faf.html

State Rep. Puskaric running for second term

https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/state-rep-puskaric-running-for-second-term/article_b676673a-3eca-11ea-8920-13658ae4a0f1.html

Turzai endorses West Point grad, GOP conservative stalwart as his replacement

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2020/01/26/Turzai-endorses-West-Point-grad-GOP-conservative-rob-mercuri-pnc/stories/202001260141

League of Women Voters Campaign School opens the toolbox on running for office

https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/league-of-women-voters-campaign-school-opens-the-toolbox-on-running-for-office-1.2587495

Crime/Punishment

Apps, social media put teens at growing risk for human trafficking, advocates say

https://www.tribdem.com/news/apps-social-media-put-teens-at-growing-risk-for-human/article_413aad2a-3f77-11ea-8c56-7bd882a85223.html

A Lancaster County man was charged with sexually abusing 4 girls. Where he spent the next 10 months raised questions.

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/a-lancaster-county-man-was-charged-with-sexually-abusing-girls/article_25047b8e-3ee3-11ea-a604-eb2d6f79459c.html

My Turn: Here’s why Pennsylvania’s prison population is plummeting

https://www.poconorecord.com/opinion/20200125/my-turn-heres-why-pennsylvanias-prison-population-is-plummeting

Philly

Philadelphia ‘city slickers’ have received millions in federal farm subsidies over 25 years

https://www.inquirer.com/news/farms-subsidies-crop-insurance-food-stamps-philadelphia-department-of-agriculture-20200126.html

Why is Philadelphia’s poverty rate sky high, and what can be done about it?

https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/philadelphia-poverty-causes-solutions-mark-zandi-20200126.html

Pittsburgh

SWAT use on the rise in Pittsburgh, across Western Pa.

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/swat-use-on-the-rise-in-pittsburgh-across-western-pa/

New treatment chemical helps PWSA get the lead out

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2020/01/26/New-treatment-chemical-PWSA-pittsburgh-lead-pipes-water/stories/202001240166

National program for nonviolent criminals may soon be coming to Pittsburgh

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/25/Law-Enforcement-Assisted-Diversion-opioids-Foundation-Hope-nonviolent-criminals-pittsburgh/stories/202001160121

Local

Lehigh Valley activists join global day of protest against hostilities with Iran

https://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-iran-protest-20200126-qgfjcdp3dzawllj4k6rpom6rmm-story.html

Delco Council OKs $1M 911 center upgrade; total tab likely to approach $30M

https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/delco-council-oks-m-center-upgrade-total-tab-likely-to/article_4c523a52-3eeb-11ea-b62c-c39eb0017c54.html

Mahanoy City home rule charter public hearing draws crowd with questions

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/mahanoy-city-home-rule-charter-public-hearing-draws-crowd-with-questions-1.2587455

Conyngham to join in on police study

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/conyngham-to-join-in-on-police-study-1.2587459

Carbon County to launch homesharing program

https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/carbon-county-to-launch-homesharing-program-1.2587439

Area towns gearing up for census in April; working to avoid boundary, address issues

https://www.tribdem.com/news/area-towns-gearing-up-for-census-in-april-working-to/article_4aaffbfa-3f75-11ea-9bbe-4775060cba52.html

Mayor Stephen Reed

Longtime Former Harrisburg Mayor Dies At 70

https://hosted.ap.org/thetimes-tribune/article/90726e2bb25bb5ddc81e1ae3379a93db/longtime-former-harrisburg-mayor-dies-70

Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed dies at 70

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/former-harrisburg-mayor-stephen-reed-dead-at-xx.html

Once dubbed Harrisburg’s ‘mayor for life,’ Stephen Reed leaves complicated legacy

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/once-dubbed-harrisburgs-mayor-for-life-stephen-reed-leaves-complicated-legacy.html

Stephen Reed’s dying thoughts on Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, as revealed by Fred Clark

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/stephen-reeds-dying-thoughts-on-harrisburg-mayor-eric-papenfuse-as-revealed-by-fred-clark.html

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse orders flags lowered to half-staff for Stephen Reed

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/harrisburg-mayor-eric-papenfuse-orders-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-for-ex-mayor-stephen-reed.html

Stephen Reed wasn’t a crook but a visionary: Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick

https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2020/01/stephen-reed-wasnt-a-crook-but-a-visionary-dauphin-county-commissioner-george-hartwick.html

We have Stephen Reed to thank for City Island, Harrisburg U, Restaurant Row and more

https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/01/we-have-stephen-reed-to-thank-for-city-island-harrisburg-u-restaurant-row-and-more-nancy-eshelman.html

Stephen Reed loved Harrisburg Senators baseball so much, he bought the team

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/stephen-reed-loved-harrisburg-senators-baseball-so-much-he-bought-the-team.html

Critics, rivals remember Stephen Reed for his warmth, charm: ‘People still knew that he loved this city’

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/critics-rivals-remember-reed-for-his-warmth-charm-people-still-knew-that-he-loved-this-city.html

Whitaker Center thanks Stephen Reed for his help in establishing it as Harrisburg’s ‘Crown Jewel’

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/whitaker-center-thanks-stephen-reed-for-his-help-in-establishing-it-as-harrisburgs-crown-jewel.html

Stephen Reed ‘wasn’t afraid to change the world’: Harrisburg University’s president

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/stephen-reed-wasnt-afraid-to-change-the-world-harrisburg-universitys-president.html

Stephen Reed was dedicated public servant who put Harrisburg before himself: Former Gov. Tom Ridge

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/stephen-reed-was-dedicated-public-servant-who-put-harrisburg-before-himself-former-gov-tom-ridge.html