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Legislature

State won’t overhaul Medicaid transportation program following study
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2020/01/06/Pennsylvania-Medicaid-transportation-program-study-MAPT-counties-department-human-services/stories/202001060070

2020 is year of the voter, and Pennsylvania should change election mapping accordingly | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-redistricting-gerrymandering-election-maps-reform-20200106.html

Poor workers stay that way
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/poor-workers-stay-that-way-1.2579918

Administration

‘My heart just dropped’: Gov. Wolf orders flags to half-staff in honor of Rostraver paramedic killed
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/01/06/Gov-Wolf-orders-flags-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-Rostraver-paramedic-killed-Sunday/stories/202001060063

Gov. Wolf orders flags lowered to half-staff for former Pa. congressman
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/gov-wolf-orders-flags-lowered-to-half-staff-for-former-pa-congressman.html

Business

Chocolate makers like Hershey want U.S. and EU laws after failing to curb child labor for two decades
https://www.inquirer.com/news/hershey-mars-mondelez-chocolate-west-africa-child-labor-new-rules-20200107.html

Wawa’s data breach hits close to home but reflects global problem | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/wawa-data-breach-malware-nine-months-questions-20200107.html

Ikea to pay $46 million to family whose son was killed by a dresser that toppled onto him
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ikea-dresser-lawsuit-tipover-death-settlement-jozef-dudek-20200106.html

4 businesses, including Cosi and Crepe Soleil, close at Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley
https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/food-drink/restaurants/mc-ent-four-businesses-close-promenade-shops-saucon-valley-20200106-ofqz4pdbzngm3fxh7wonwyfcyq-story.html

Crime/Punishment

First jurors chosen for 2016 Wilkinsburg mass shooting trial
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/06/wilkinsburg-mass-shooting-jury-selection-allegheny-county-cheron-shelton-robert-thomas/stories/202001060061

Police seek person who released bedbugs in Erie Walmart store
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/06/Police-seek-person-who-released-bedbugs-in-Walmart-store-Erie/stories/202001060083

Officer grazes man with bullet after incident near Sto-Rox High School
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/01/06/Officer-grazes-man-gunfire-near-Sto-Rox-High-School-Stowe-McKees-Rocks-Pittsburgh-police/stories/202001060106

Former Montgomery County jail guards sentenced for roles in violent 2017 inmate assaults
https://www.inquirer.com/news/montgomery-county-jail-assault-darin-collins-alfred-gregory-sentencing-20200106.html

Education

Local schools receive ‘Teacher in the Workplace’ grants
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-schools-receive-teacher-in-the-workplace-grants-1.2580028

Six area districts get $25,000 each in state teacher grants
https://www.timesleader.com/news/768342/six-area-districts-get-25000-each-in-state-teacher-grants

Misericordia encourages students to be #JewishandProud
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/misericordia-encourages-students-to-be-jewishandproud-1.2579926

Elections/Politics

Lamb endorses Biden, saying he ‘shares our values’ in western PA, will protect Medicare, Social Security
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200106/lamb-endorses-biden-saying-he-rsquoshares-our-valuesrsquo-in-western-pa-will-protect-medicare-social-security

West Shore Democrat announces bid to seek Pa. House seat
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/west-shore-democrat-announces-bid-to-seek-pa-house-seat.html

Health Care

The latest skirmish over abortion: Separate insurance premium billing under Obamacare plans
https://www.inquirer.com/health/abortion-aca-obamacare-hhs-azar-new-rules-20200106.html

Regulator cites failures at hospital where 3 preemies died in bacterial outbreak
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/01/06/Regulator-cites-failures-Geisinger-Medical-Center-where-3-preemies-died/stories/202001060084

Report slams Geisinger for ‘systemic’ failures
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/report-slams-geisinger-for-systemic-failures-1.2579946

The crisis no one wants to discuss: What to do when a loved one needs long-term care | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/the-crisis-no-one-wants-to-discuss-what-to-do-when-a-loved-one-needs-long-term-care-opinion/

Local News

Scranton’s first female mayor announces Cabinet picks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-s-first-female-mayor-announces-cabinet-picks-1.2579871

Another fight over appointments threatens to divide Lackawanna commissioners
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/another-fight-over-appointments-threatens-to-divide-lackawanna-commissioners-1.2579857

Gaughan chosen Scranton City Council president
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/gaughan-chosen-scranton-city-council-president-1.2579847

Fell Twp. places restrictions on wind turbines
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/fell-twp-places-restrictions-on-wind-turbines-1.2580011

Democrats make Bucks history as they take control of county government
https://www.theintell.com/news/20200106/democrats-make-bucks-history-as-they-take-control-of-county-government

Dems sworn in to hold 5-0 control of county council
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/dems-sworn-in-to-hold—control-of-county/article_a95340a6-30be-11ea-a156-638a22baf59c.html

Enthused crowd sees Chester officials take their oaths
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/enthused-crowd-sees-chester-officials-take-their-oaths/article_02ac06fc-30e6-11ea-bde3-3f1808054511.html

Reading Mayor Eddie Moran names new managing director, new parking authority board
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/reading-mayor-eddie-moran-names-new-managing-director-new-parking/article_399490bc-30cd-11ea-9435-0b61281388d6.html

New Berks County commissioners board looks to the challenges ahead
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/new-berks-county-commissioners-board-looks-to-the-challenges-ahead/article_78c82e2e-30a0-11ea-84e0-3372cb32e215.html

Tarentum stays with Waste Management for 1 more year; rates unchanged
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/tarentum-stays-with-waste-management-for-1-more-year-rates-unchanged/

New Westmoreland County sheriff finds offices trashed
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/new-westmoreland-county-sheriff-finds-offices-trashed/

New Westmoreland County commissioners say they’ll reopen the county’s budget
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/new-westmoreland-county-commissioners-say-theyll-reopen-the-countys-budget/

Brown’s inauguration draws large crowd to Kirby Center
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/brown-s-inauguration-draws-large-crowd-to-kirby-center-1.2580014

Hundreds welcome Brown as new mayor; council pledges cooperation
https://www.timesleader.com/news/768334/hundreds-welcome-brown-as-new-mayor-council-pledges-cooperation

Two towns, two mayors, two brothers: Coughlin siblings lead Nanticoke, Plymouth
https://www.timesleader.com/news/768358/two-towns-two-mayors-two-brothers-coughlin-siblings-lead-nanticoke-plymouth

County Council: McGinley still chair, budget re-opening fails, legal counsel proposal advances
https://www.timesleader.com/news/768368/county-council-mcginley-still-chair-budget-re-opening-fails-legal-counsel-proposal-advances

New leader ‘confident’ in JCC’s future
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-leader-confident-in-jcc-s-future-1.2579929

Councilman who sparred with Pawlowski now president of Allentown Council; O’Connell sworn in as mayor
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-reorganization-hendricks-named-president-20200107-w7iexk3emzc4ljtwhzzqekuq2y-story.html

Paxtang Borough proposes ban on e-cigarette sales while business owner is setting up vape shop
https://www.witf.org/2020/01/06/borough-proposes-ban-on-e-cigarette-sales-while-business-owner-is-setting-up-vape-shop/

Philly

Asbestos closes Philly elementary for at least the rest of the week
https://www.inquirer.com/education/asbestos-school-philadelphia-carnell-close-environmental-20200106.html

‘If you don’t want to move your car, tough.’ Street sweeping is coming to all of Philadelphia, Kenney says.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-street-sweeping-moving-cars-20200106.html

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s second term is underway. Here’s what he promises to do in the next four years.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philadelphia-mayor-jim-kenney-inauguration-20200106.html

Philly Mayor Kenney signs orders on racial equity, reshaping Office of Education as he lays out 2nd-term priorities
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/philly-mayor-kenney-signs-orders-on-racial-equity-reshaping-office-of-education-as-he-lays-out-2nd-term-priorities/

This Philadelphia business has created a wearable panic button to protect hotel workers from sexual assault
https://www.inquirer.com/life/panic-button-for-hotel-maids-me-too-20200107.html

Philly literary magazine ‘Prolit’ belongs to a new class of anti-capitalist press
https://www.inquirer.com/news/prolit-literary-magazine-capitalism-work-money-class-20200107.html

Homeless encampment at 18th & Vine Streets cleared
https://www.inquirer.com/news/homeless-encampment-tents-vine-street-philadelphia-20200106.html

Philly’s Veterans Shark Tank burnishes entrepreneurs out of military vets
https://www.inquirer.com/news/veterans-shark-tank-megrelief-david-robinson-comcast-rebecca-gray-20200106.html

Body found in aftermath of Northeast Philly house fire
https://www.inquirer.com/news/fatal-fire-colfax-northeast-philadelphia-20200107.html

Philadelphia City Council gets a leadership shakeup, with Cherelle Parker beating Bobby Henon as majority leader
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/philadelphia/philly-city-council-majority-leader-cherelle-parker-bobby-henon-20200106.html

Philly needs better bill to promote community benefit agreements for fair development | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-community-benefit-agreements-bill-20200107.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh council has new compromise president, new member
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/01/06/Pittsburgh-council-new-president-new-member-Bobby-Wilson-Ricky-Burgess-Corey-OConnor/stories/202001060050

Pittsburgh City Council elects new president, newest North Side rep takes office
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-city-council-elects-new-president-newest-north-side-rep-takes-office/

‘It takes away more vibrancy’ — Three restaurants close in or near Market Square
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/01/06/Market-Square-Downtown-Molinaro-Wolfies-Pub-Pizzuvio/stories/202001060095

Airport van service SuperShuttle shutting down
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/01/06/Pittsburgh-International-Airport-shared-van-service-SuperShuttle-shutting-down/stories/202001060088

Push for improvements: Transit riders should offer input at meetings
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/07/Push-for-improvements-Transit-riders-should-offer-input-at-meetings/stories/202001030061

State News

Mike Fitzpatrick, a former Republican congressman from the Philadelphia suburbs, has died at 56
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/mike-fitzpatrick-dead-20200106.html

‘My heart is broken’: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick on death of his brother, a former Pa. congressman
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/01/my-heart-is-broken-rep-brian-fitzpatrick-on-death-of-his-brother-a-former-pa-congressman.html

‘There’s no magic bullet’: Pa. dairy farmers face uncertainty as milk producers declare bankruptcy
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/01/theres-no-magic-bullet-pa-dairy-farmers-face-uncertainty-as-milk-producers-declare-bankruptcy.html

Public sector unions face legal threats, but they’re on a ‘winning streak’
https://www.penncapital-star.com/featured/public-sector-unions-face-legal-threats-but-theyre-on-a-winning-streak/

‘I don’t need the job’: Is $27/hr enough to entice workers for census in places like Montco?
https://www.witf.org/2020/01/06/i-dont-need-the-job-is-27-hr-enough-to-entice-workers-for-census-in-places-like-montco/

Farm show season highlights issues facing Pennsylvania agriculture
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/farm-show-season-highlights-issues-facing-pennsylvania-agriculture/

Pipeline gets new life
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/pipeline-gets-new-life/article_33539d16-30bd-11ea-b2db-cb3ab72690c7.html

2 constables find themselves on wrong side of the law
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20200106/2-constables-find-themselves-on-wrong-side-of-law

Transportation

Federal, state investigators continue to probe cause of fatal Turnpike crash
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/01/06/Pennsylvania-State-police-more-new-details-turnpike-tragedy-crash-bus-FedEx-UPS/stories/202001060057

‘It feels like a movie.’ Turnpike crash survivor recounts ordeal
https://triblive.com/local/regional/it-feels-like-a-movie-turnpike-crash-survivor-recounts-ordeal/

PennDOT launches automated system that tracks vehicles speeding in active work zones
https://triblive.com/local/regional/penndot-launches-automated-system-that-tracks-vehicles-speeding-in-active-work-zones/

Speeding through a work zone in Pennsylvania is about to get even riskier
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2020/01/06/penndot-drivers-speeding-past-radar-cameras-work-zones-fined-starting-march/2825679001/

Author pens harrowing tale about how glancing at a text message changed her daughter’s life
https://www.dailylocal.com/lifestyle/author-pens-harrowing-tale-about-how-glancing-at-a-text/article_57813522-30bd-11ea-a297-ef6b98078bc0.html

Washington

The Pentagon rules out striking Iranian cultural sites despite Trump’s threats
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/01/06/Iranian-cultural-sites-Trump-war-threat/stories/202001060118

Gene Therapy: Presidents should not golf, except Trump — he should golf all the time
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/gene-collier-columns/2020/01/07/Trump-golf-Tiger-Woods-Jack-Nicklaus-Collier/stories/202001070061

World News

Stampede kills 35 at funeral for slain general
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/01/07/Iran-35-killed-stampede-funeral-slain-general-Soleimani/stories/202001070082