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Legislature

It’s long past time to treat poor Pennsylvanians with the dignity they deserve | Sen. Vincent Hughes and Gregory Holston
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-general-assistance-poor-poverty-20190131.html

Election bills miss reforms
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/election-bills-miss-reforms-1.2439597

Erie-area lawmakers want changes to medical transportation program delayed
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190130/erie-area-lawmakers-want-changes-to-medical-transportation-program-delayed

Democratic Senate colleague calls for State Sen. Daylin Leach’s expulsion
http://www.philly.com/news/daylin-leach-katie-muth-expel-senate-20190131.html

Sen. Daylin Leach responds to Lt. Gov John Fetterman’s call for him to resign
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/sen-daylin-leach-responds-to-lt-gov-john-fettermans-call-for-him-to-resign.html

Nesbit sorry for DUI arrest
http://www.butlereagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20190130/NEWS01/701309901

Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pa. to move toward a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/gov-tom-wolf-wants-pa-to-move-toward-a-15-an-hour-minimum-wage-for-all-workers.html

Gov. Wolf: Minimum wage increase to $12 would give a raise to 1 million Pennsylvanians
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/01/30/Governor-Tom-Wolf-Minimum-wage-increase-Pennsylvania-republicans-house/stories/201901300139

Wolf again calls for minimum wage hike
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wolf-again-calls-for-minimum-wage-hike-1.2439595

Gov. Wolf renews bid to put Pennsylvania’s minimum wage among highest
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14559712-74/gov-wolf-renews-bid-to-put-pennsylvanias-minimum-wage-among-highest

Governor Wolf to ask lawmakers for new $4.5B capital program
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/governor-wolf-to-ask-lawmakers-for-new-45b-capital-program.php

Business

U.S. Steel reports repairs following Clairton plant fire will cost about $40 million
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/pittsburgh-company-news/2019/01/30/Clairton-plant-fire-cost-U-S-Steel-40-million-coke-health-pollution/stories/201901300152

Craft store Pat Catan’s to close all stores, including five in southwestern Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2019/01/30/Craft-store-Pat-Catans-close-stores-Pennsylvania-Michaels/stories/201901300148

Barnes & Noble reopens to public
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/barnes-noble-reopens-to-public-1.2439621

Marketplace at Steamtown seeking nearly $164,000 from evicted clothing store
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/marketplace-at-steamtown-seeking-nearly-164-000-from-evicted-clothing-store-1.2439652

Pittston Turkey Hill begins selling beer, wine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pittston-turkey-hill-begins-selling-beer-wine-1.2439576

Education

Penn Hills: A history of mismanagement, lack of oversight led to state control
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/30/Penn-Hills-schools-lack-of-oversight-mismanagement-led-to-state-takeover/stories/201901270119

To help students achieve, Pa. should expand school choice | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/school-choice-blocs-tax-credit-education-20190130.html

Scranton school director to state auditor general: Give us space
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-director-to-state-auditor-general-give-us-space-1.2439736

Dallas School District agrees to pay $75K for teacher’s resignation
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dallas-school-district-agrees-to-pay-75k-for-teacher-s-resignation-1.2439632

HASD board proposes new special education center
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/hasd-board-proposes-new-special-education-center-1.2439612

Robert Morris planning to close one school, offer buyouts to administrators
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/30/Robert-Morris-University-RMU-job-cuts-staff-Chris-Howard-college-buyouts-labor/stories/201901300134

Elections/Politics

In the women’s movement of 2019, where do Republicans fit in?
http://www.philly.com/news/republican-women-feminist-movement-womens-march-philadelphia-washington-progressive-trump-20190131.html

Analysis: Pa. Dems may have made gains under old congressional map
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/analysis-pa-dems-may-have-made-gains-under-old-congressional-map.php

State reveals illegal voters
http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20190130/NEWS01/701309905

Gaming

Hearing on mini-casino near Morgantown scheduled for March 4
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/hearing-on-mini-casino-near-morgantown-scheduled-for-march-4

Health Care

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital nurses ratify contract and avert strike
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731980/wilkes-barre-general-hospital-nurses-ratify-contract-and-avert-strike

Nurses at W-B General OK new contract
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nurses-at-w-b-general-ok-new-contract-1.2439658

What’s being done about the doctor shortage in Pennsylvania Coal Country?
https://www.mcall.com/business/healthcare/mc-nws-doctor-shortage-coal-country-20181129-htmlstory.html

Local News

Luzerne County mailing out 2019 real estate tax bills
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731967/luzerne-county-mailing-out-2019-real-estate-tax-bills

Brutal temps leave area’s homeless unsure how to stay safe
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731963/brutal-temps-leave-areas-homeless-unsure-how-to-stay-safe

CASA hosts appreciation dinner for volunteers helping foster kids
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731992/casa-hosts-appreciation-dinner-for-volunteers-helping-foster-kids

Exeter Township zoning board to discuss plan for addiction treatment center
https://www.timesleader.com/news/731972/exeter-township-zoning-board-to-discuss-plan-for-addiction-treatment-center

Novembrino plans to retire at year’s end
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/novembrino-plans-to-retire-at-year-s-end-1.2439656

Westmoreland County firefighters draw on past experiences to deal with subzero cold
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14560237-74/westmoreland-county-firefighters-draw-on-past-experiences-to-deal-with-subzero-cold

2014 probe involved Vaughn Spencer, newly indicted Philly union boss
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/2014-probe-involved-vaughn-spencer-newly-indicted-philly-union-boss&template=ourcityart

Editorial: Reading must remove obstacle to fiscal independence
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-reading-must-remove-obstacle-to-fiscal-independence

Rochester sewer authority gets $35 million loan to upgrade system
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190130/rochester-sewer-authority-gets-35-million-loan-to-upgrade-system

City Council to hold workshop on blight removal in Johnstown
https://www.tribdem.com/news/city-council-to-hold-workshop-on-blight-removal-in-johnstown/article_9f2f4d4e-2503-11e9-93f2-337993960ac4.html

West Chester’s poor, homeless get protection from flu with free vaccinations
https://www.pottsmerc.com/news/local/west-chester-s-poor-homeless-get-protection-from-flu-with/article_95ee789f-7d29-56bb-b228-fc0304005e9d.html

National News

Abortion bill sparks a GOP furor far and wide
http://www.philly.com/politics/abortion-bill-gop-northam-trump-20190131.html

Philly

Philadelphia’s municipal IDs coming in the spring, city says, not this month
http://www.philly.com/news/municipal-id-philadelphia-immigrant-document-identification-chicago-20190131.html

Which are Philly’s best, most promising schools of the year? School District touts 42.
http://www.philly.com/news/best-schools-philadelphia-most-improved-growth-school-district-charter-20190130.html

Society Hill neighbors fight latest proposal for condo tower at the historic Dilworth House
http://www.philly.com/real-estate/housing/dilworth-house-condo-tower-society-hill-civic-association-lippincott-appeal-zoning-permits-turchi-20190131.html

Union official and councilman at the same time, Bobby Henon crossed the line, prosecutors say
http://www.philly.com/news/union-official-councilman-same-time-robert-henon-crossed-line-prosecutors-say-20190131.html

Feds say Johnny Doc used Local 98’s money to buy influence, power, and a Philly councilman
http://www.philly.com/news/johnny-doc-indictment-bobby-henon-philadelphia-government-ibew-local-union-corruption-20190131.html

This could be the skinniest new apartment building in Philadelphia | Inga Saffron
http://www.philly.com/real-estate/inga-saffron/narrow-apartment-building-philadelphia-isa-microunits-callahan-ward-20190131.html

Will Church of Scientology’s tower finally open after nearly a dozen years?
http://www.philly.com/news/scientology-miscavige-remini-cruise-travolta-eagles-20190131.html

Protesting story hour? A drag queen event at Lansdale library sparks a furor
http://www.philly.com/news/drag-queen-story-hour-brittany-lynn-lansdale-library-protest-annie-christ-philly-20190130.html

Blackwell ready to support $10M land transfer to 4601 Market St.
http://www.phillytrib.com/blackwell-ready-to-support-m-land-transfer-to-market-st/article_1bb3535b-1025-55e0-8926-6593720b1dcb.html

Philly school progress report shows improvement, but more work lies ahead | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/philadelphia-schools-progress-report-results–20190131.html

After Johnny Doc, Local 98 indictment, Bobby Henon should step down and Philly Democrats should step up | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/john-dougherty-johnny-doc-bobby-henon-indictment-ibew-democrats-20190130.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh officials receive death threats from gun ban opponents
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14560168-74/pittsburgh-officials-receive-death-threats-from-people-opposed-to-city-gun-ban

Pittsburgh mayor on gun controversy: ‘It’s not going to cost taxpayers anything’
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/pittsburgh-mayor-on-gun-controversy-its-not-going-to-cost-taxpayers-anything.php

Temperature records shattered in Pittsburgh and across the nation
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/01/30/Winter-weather-wind-chill-advisory-pittsburgh-forecast/stories/201901300101

Fundraisers after Tree of Life shooting have taken in more than $10 million
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2019/01/30/Fundraisers-donations-Pittsburgh-Tree-of-Life-shooting-synagogue-Jewish/stories/201901300155

Pittsburgh school board rejects application for charter high school
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/30/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-Career-Tech-Charter-High-students-proposal-board-vote/stories/201901300041

KDKA fires news staffer over Tom Brady ‘Known Cheater’ graphic, friends create GoFundMe in response
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2019/01/30/Tom-Brady-Known-Cheater-graphic-KDKA-Fires-Employee/stories/201901300114

Garfield nonprofit that helps build housing and training for low-income youth granted $1M
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/30/Garfield-Pittsburgh-nonprofit-Garfield-Jubilee-YouthBuild-grant-housing-and-workforce-training-low-income/stories/201901300130

Survivors of street life take shelter, share tips to survive bitter cold
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/01/30/Light-of-Life-amps-up-services-to-help-homeless-through-deep-freeze/stories/201901300144

Temporary head of Mattress Factory aims to set museum right after scandal
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14562438-74/temporary-head-of-mattress-factory-aims-to-set-museum-right-after-scandal

Pittsburgh is again offering free grass cutting services for seniors and disabled
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14560368-74/pittsburgh-is-again-offering-free-grass-cutting-services-for-seniors-and-disabled

Promoted to military captain overseas, Pittsburgh police officer receives 2nd promotion
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14560317-74/promoted-to-military-captain-overseas-pittsburgh-police-officer-receives-2nd-promotion

State News

‘Severely neglected’ farm animals rescued from Butler County home
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14559794-74/severely-neglected-farm-animals-rescued-from-residence-in-harmony

State: Jeanesville mine fire is extinguished
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/state-jeanesville-mine-fire-is-extinguished-1.2439634

Berks groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-groundhog-predicts-6-more-weeks-of-winter

Game Commission considers changing start of rifle deer season
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/game-commission-considers-changing-start-of-rifle-deer-season

State Game Commission plan to cull deer herd angers some
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/01/state-game-commission-plan-to-cull-deer-herd-angers-some/

Report: Pennsylvania must do more to address tobacco use
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190130/report-pennsylvania-must-do-more-to-address-tobacco-use

Transportation

After a month of darkness, the lights are back on at the Apollo Bridge
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14560485-74/after-a-month-of-darkness-the-lights-are-back-on-at-the

Dozens of vehicles in pileup after snow squall in central Pa.
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/14560219-74/dozens-of-vehicles-in-pileup-after-snow-squall

Snow squall causes 27-car pileup on Route 222 in Wyomissing
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dozens-of-vehicles-reportedly-involved-in-pileup-on-route-222-in-wyomissing

Transit authority considering route cuts
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190130/transit-authority-considering-route-cuts