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Legislature

Nurses issue warning over staffing, care levels at hospitals
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nurses-issue-warning-over-staffing-care-levels-at-hospitals-1.2430543

Nurses are overworked. Staffing limits are the answer. | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/nursing-staffing-limits-union-contracts-pasnap-20190107.html

Nurses decry staffing cuts; hospitals defend recruiting efforts
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729588/nurses-decry-staffing-cuts-hospitals-defend-recruiting-efforts

Baker named to chair state Senate Judiciary Committee
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729581/baker-named-to-chair-state-senate-judiciary-committee

Two midstate senators to get their first taste of committee chairmanship in the Pa. Senate
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/two-midstate-senators-to-get-their-first-taste-of-committee-chairmanship-in-the-pa-senate.html

Some top Senate committees see turnover after many years
http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/01/some-top-senate-committees-see-turnover-after-many-years.php

State Sens. Vogel, Bartolotta get committee chair appointments
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20190107/state-sens-vogel-bartolotta-get-committee-chair-appointments

Of Pa.’s ‘new’ legislature, its new dress code, its new committee, its (likely) same old ways | John Baer
http://www.philly.com/news/columnists/pennsylvania-legislature-tom-wolf-john-fetterman-john-baer-20190107.html

Reintroduce democracy to Legislature
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/reintroduce-democracy-to-legislature-1.2430497

Administration

Rabbi who survived Pittsburgh massacre to speak at Wolf’s inauguration
http://www.philly.com/politics/pennsylvania/rabbi-who-survived-massacre-speak-wolfs-inauguration-20190107.html

Tree of Life rabbi to offer invocation at Gov. Wolf swearing-in
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14479113-74/rabbi-jeffrey-myers-to-offer-invocation-at-wolf-swearing-in

Line-up of participants in Gov. Tom Wolf’s swearing-in ceremony announced
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/line-up-of-participants-in-gov-tom-wolfs-swearing-in-ceremony-announced.html

Wolf to set greenhouse gas reduction goals for Pennsylvania
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/wolf-to-set-greenhouse-gas-reduction-goals-for-pennsylvania.php

Business

Acme to close Lower Merion supermarket
http://www.philly.com/business/acme-gladwyn-store-closing-low-volume-20190107.html

New Kensington Kmart closes after nearly 55 years
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14479216-74/new-kensington-k-mart-closes-after-nearly-55-years

Crime/Punishment

Guilty plea in landmark drug delivery case, first of its kind in county history
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729573/guilty-plea-in-landmark-drug-delivery-case-first-of-its-kind-in-county-history

New York Police Department conducting homicide investigation at Berks landfill
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/new-york-police-department-conducting-homicide-investigation-at-berks-landfill

Education

Elizabeth Forward High School senior gets surprise: $25,000 college scholarship
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/01/07/Simone-Dobosh-Sallie-Mae-scholarship-surprise-Elizabeth-Forward-university-of-pittsburgh/stories/201901070086

Flap over Neshaminy ‘Redskins’ nickname goes before a state panel
http://www.philly.com/education/neshaminy-school-district-redskins-pennsylvania-human-relations-commission-hearing-20190107.html

HS BASKETBALL: Abington Heights receives forfeit after suspended coach attended game
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/hs-basketball-abington-heights-receives-forfeit-after-suspended-coach-attended-game-1.2430472

Elections/Politics

Democracy depends on voter access, so why is it so hard in Pa. and NJ? | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/voting-trump-pennsylvania-new-jersey-phil-murphy-tom-wolf-20190108.html

Gaming

Video gaming terminals coming to truck stops in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/video-gaming-terminals-coming-to-truck-stops-in-berks-county

Rutter’s seeking VGTs for area
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/01/rutters-seeking-vgts-for-area/

Government Shutdown

Federal shutdown to pinch state in about two weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf says
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2019/01/07/Gov-Tom-Wolf-federal-shutdown-furloughs-two-weeks-humans-services/stories/201901070123

Federal workers to protest government shutdown in Philly Tuesday morning
http://www.philly.com/news/government-shutdown-worker-protest-afge-nteu-philadelphia-20190107.html

Food inspections continue through the shutdown — but with some compromises
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/01/07/Food-inspections-continue-through-the-shutdown-but-with-some-compromises/stories/201901070128

Government shutdown: What’s been affected so far and what could be next
http://www.philly.com/politics/government-shutdown-update-social-security-food-stamps-unemployment-fha-loans-20190103.html

Government shutdown disrupts about $200 million a day in federal contracts
http://www.philly.com/business/federal-contracts-affected-shutdown-boeing-lockheed-martin-20190107.html

Shutdown Fight Raises Questions About Fate Of Food Stamps After January
https://www.wesa.fm/post/shutdown-fight-raises-questions-about-fate-food-stamps-after-january#stream/0

Loretto officers working without pay
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/01/loretto-officers-working-without-pay/

Health Care

Local hospitals offer tools to navigate medical treatment costs
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/local-hospitals-offer-tools-to-navigate-medical-treatment-costs-1.2430584

Local News

Site changed for Thursday stormwater fee meeting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/site-changed-for-thursday-stormwater-fee-meeting-1.2430484

Belusko named WB council chair, Barrett takes vice chair
https://www.timesleader.com/news/729562/belusko-named-wb-council-chair-barrett-takes-vice-chair

Scranton city council plans stronger ethics code
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-plans-stronger-ethics-code-1.2430677

O’Malley remains chairman of Lackawanna commissioners board for fourth consecutive year
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/o-malley-remains-chairman-of-lackawanna-commissioners-board-for-fourth-consecutive-year-1.2430404

Scott Twp. recognizes longtime township secretary, treasurer
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scott-twp-recognizes-longtime-township-secretary-treasurer-1.2430628

Harrison commissioners approve new contract with public works employees
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14479205-74/harrison-commissioners-approve-new-contract-with-public-works-employees

Tarentum working to fix garbage collection problems
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/14478215-74/tarentum-working-to-fix-garbage-collection-problems

After vetoes, Reading City Council can vote again on mayor’s firing powers
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/after-vetoes-reading-city-council-can-vote-again-on-mayors-firing-powers

‘Nothing surprises me:’ Williamsport mayor describes twists, turns of police hire
http://www.witf.org/news/2019/01/pennsylvania-and-the-push-to-raise-the-minimum-wage-explained.php

Erie gun case echoes in Pittsburgh gun-control debate
http://www.goerie.com/news/20190108/erie-gun-case-echoes-in-pittsburgh-gun-control-debate

National News

Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to life for killing a man as a teen sex-trafficking victim, wins clemency
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/01/07/Cyntoia-Brown-granted-clemency-life-sentence-man-sex-Tennessee-governor-Haslam/stories/201901070130

Opioid Crisis

One year after declaring state of emergency, Pa. officials assess progress on opioid battle
http://www.philly.com/health/opioid-crisis-update-progress-pennsylvania-overdoses-addiction-20190107.html

Pointing to successes in Berks County, Wolf administration claims progress against opioids
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/pointing-to-successes-in-berks-county-wolf-administration-claims-progress-against-opioids

In 2018, drug deaths drop in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/in-2018-drug-deaths-drop-in-berks-county

Philly

Mayor’s plan on violence unready
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/mayor-s-plan-on-violence-unready/article_ac9ef190-9a3d-5b10-aec5-69bf802cdf06.html

Could a Philly company and a push from Congress save 30th Street Station’s iconic flipboard?
http://www.philly.com/news/flipboard-th-street-station-philadelphia-brendan-boyle-20190107.html

Comcast, NBC10, Telemundo open 2019 applications for funding. $250,000 available for local groups.
http://www.philly.com/business/comcast/comcast-ncb-telemundo-startup-funds-charitable-community-20190107.html

A local dance legend is pitching a new charter school for West Philly: Here’s why
http://www.philly.com/arts/joan-myers-brown-academy-string-theory-schools-philadanco-dance-20190107.html

Philly charter school teacher recognized for promoting literacy
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philly-charter-school-teacher-recognized-for-promoting-literacy/article_fabe1971-19e4-5b42-8dfe-e1f02a953f54.html

Philly’s confusing message on harm reduction: OK with overdose prevention sites; banning smoking from rehab centers? | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/philly-bans-tobacco-use-addiction-treatment-programs-smoking-cigarettes-vaping-20190107.html

How the East Passyunk logo misrepresents Philadelphia’s past | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/east-passyunk-logo-racism-native-american-lenape-20190108.html

Pitt

Gun rights crowd to city officials: ‘Come on out!’
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/07/Gun-rights-Downtown-City-Council-Bill-Peduto/stories/201901070054

Gun rights rally in Pittsburgh foretells battle over bill
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/01/08/Gun-rights-rally-foretells-battle-over-bill/stories/201901070113

‘He’s a traitor’: Armed protesters ridicule Bill Peduto during gun rally in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14479129-74/armed-protesters-pillory-peduto-during-peaceful-rally-downtown-pittsburgh

Doors Open black history tour will focus on city’s AME churches
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14479031-74/doors-open-black-history-tour-will-focus-on-citys-ame-churches

County jail board weighs paying expert in curbing suicides
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/01/07/Allegheny-County-Jail-board-Pittsburgh-prison-considers-paying-expert-curbing-suicides-prevention/stories/201901040089

Fitzgerald announces re-election bid at political event in Pittsburgh’s South Side
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14479953-74/fitzgerald-announces-re-election-bid-at-political-event-in-pittsburghs-south-side

State News

Pa. constable’s online post about meth contaminated with flu virus prompts outcry
http://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-meth-facebook-post-20190107.html

Ohio regulatory approvals bring second ‘cracker’ plant in region closer to reality
https://triblive.com/local/regional/14479101-74/ohio-regulatory-approvals-bring-second-cracker-plant-in-region-closer-to-reality

Ismail gets call from College Football Hall of Fame
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ismail-gets-call-from-college-football-hall-of-fame-1.2430596

Report: Chesapeake Bay hit hard by pollution
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/report-chesapeake-bay-hit-hard-by-pollution-1.2430534

Winning lottery ticket sold in Duryea worth $1.95 million
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/winning-lottery-ticket-sold-in-duryea-worth-1-95-million-1.2430480

Debris from bridge project remains in the Lackawanna River
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/debris-from-bridge-project-remains-in-the-lackawanna-river-1.2430674

Transportation

Plans for renovating North Huntingdon park ‘n ride lot postponed
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/14479753-74/plans-for-renovating-north-huntingdon-park-n-ride-lot-postponed

Dreibelbis Station Bridge in Berks County to get $4 million rehabilitation
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/dreibelbis-station-bridge-in-berks-county-to-get-4-million-rehabilitation

Washington

Trump heads to TV, border as fed workers face paycheck sting
http://www.philly.com/politics/nation/trump-heads-tv-border-fed-workers-face-paycheck-sting-20190108.html