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Legislature

Seeking to block a carbon tax, the House fell short of a veto-proof majority. How?
https://www.penncapital-star.com/energy-environment/seeking-to-block-a-carbon-tax-the-house-fell-short-of-a-veto-proof-majority-how/

Despite transparency and privacy concerns, anti-abortion group continues to receive taxpayer dollars
https://www.penncapital-star.com/health-care/despite-transparency-and-privacy-concerns-anti-abortion-group-continues-to-receive-taxpayer-dollars/

Grand jury blasts fracking oversight | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/fracking-marcellus-shale-gas-and-oil-josh-shapiro-grand-jury-editorial-20200709.html

State chooses gerrymandering for next decade
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/state-chooses-gerrymandering-for-next-decade/article_8a7d5c86-83ff-578f-9744-661c80036127.html

Repeal of state fireworks law is best way to make neighborhoods quieter, safer [editorial] https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/repeal-of-state-fireworks-law-is-best-way-to-make-neighborhoods-quieter-safer-editorial/article_aa550090-c234-11ea-9424-2fe69125d0ed.html

Bernstine, Bartolotta say untested residents told they have COVID-19
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200709/bernstine-bartolotta-say-untested-residents-told-they-have-covid-19

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania reports 36 new covid-19 deaths
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/36-new-covid-19-deaths-reported-today-in-pa/

Allegheny County reports 158 new coronavirus cases, 12 hospitalizations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-158-new-coronavirus-cases-12-hospitalizations/

12 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Thursday in Luzerne County
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/12-more-covid-19-cases-no-new-deaths-reported-thursday-in-luzerne-county/article_cbe7086b-be46-538b-882b-ee521f52b6d1.html

New COVID-19 cases in NEPA hit highest point all week
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/new-covid-19-cases-in-nepa-hit-highest-point-all-week/article_f5201714-1db3-54a9-9997-db8c5a746b94.html

With Black Americans dying of COVID at higher rates, the medical community points to racism in health care
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-health-care-racism-coronavirus-blm-20200710-pgd2wty63bhvbg2vopfubupidm-story.html

No new restrictions in Beaver County as cases rise; Allegheny County changes orders
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200709/no-new-restrictions-in-beaver-county-as-cases-rise-allegheny-county-changes-orders

As more young adults get sick, Philly and Delaware County officials urge people to report bars and restaurants ignoring social distance rules
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-philadelphia-pa-nj-masks-bars-restaurants-delco-cases-virus-20200709.html

Delco to residents: Report non-compliant bars and restaurants
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/coronavirus/delco-to-residents-report-non-compliant-bars-and-restaurants/article_ba4daa66-c201-11ea-a4f5-b38cfb075058.html

UPMC says recent strain of COVID-19 may not be as virulent
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/09/COVID-19-western-pennsylvania-data-cases-deaths-allegheny-pandemic/stories/202007090125

How to interpret daily covid-19 case counts
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/how-to-interpret-daily-covid-19-case-counts/

State Police add liquor enforcement stats to Pennsylvania covid-19 portal
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-police-add-liquor-enforcement-stats-to-pennsylvania-covid-19-portal/

GOP eyes narrowing second round of $1,200 stimulus payments
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/07/09/stimulus-checks-second-round-coronavirus-payments/stories/202007090200

Administration

Wolf extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through Aug. 31
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/07/09/Governor-Wolf-continues-moratorium-on-evictions-and-foreclosures-through-Aug-31/stories/202007090137

Pa. issues new eviction moratorium after fears rent relief would be too slow
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/pennsylvania-eviction-moratorium-august-31-rental-assistance-20200709.html

Tenants, know your rights: Rent relief is available along with a pause on evictions
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-eviction-moratorium-end-homelessness-coronavirus-what-next-20200710-6upfybfdybcwxkvw4emeeow6oe-story.html

New aid for food retailers who ensured access to meals under the pandemic
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/07/09/aid-funding-food-retailers-access-covid-19-pandemic-cares-act-snap-wic-10-million-fresh-food-financing-initiative/stories/202007090114

Pennsylvania ban on evictions and foreclosures during pandemic extended through August
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pennsylvania-ban-on-evictions-and-foreclosures-during-pandemic-extended-through-august/article_ddc2a860-c1fd-11ea-9564-cf6bdbb145a5.html

Pennsylvania offers $10M in grant funding for food retailers affected by pandemic
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/state-announces-10m-in-grant-funding-for-food-retailers-impacted-by-pandemic/

Pennsylvania to date distributes nearly $25B in unemployment claims
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/labor-secretary-pa-distributed-nearly-25-billion-in-unemployment-claims/

Business

Complaints about online shopping surge during pandemic; masks top list of undelivered goods
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2020/07/10/complaints-online-shopping-pandemic-coronavirus-FTC-face-masks/stories/202007090166

Some shoppers at the King of Prussia mall skip masks even as coronavirus cases rise in Pa.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-cases-king-of-prussia-mall-masks-20200710.html

65,000-square-foot medical marijuana production facility to open soon in Perry County
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/07/65000-square-foot-medical-marijuana-production-facility-to-open-soon-in-perry-county.html

Montgomery County officials to ‘strictly enforce’ coronavirus guidance for bars, restaurants
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-officials-to-strictly-enforce-coronavirus-guidance-for-bars-restaurants/article_99171bda-def9-54f1-bda4-5a88fdda84fa.html

PPP Loans

Missing jobs data and disputed loan amounts cloud government records on $660B small-business bailout
https://www.inquirer.com/business/ppp-data-mistakes-errors-blanks-zeros-job-retention-20200710.html

Crime/Punishment

Mt. Lebanon police arrest man who allegedly threatened to ‘blow up’ state office building
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/09/Mt-Lebanon-police-bomb-suspect-arrest-blow-up-building-explosive-devices/stories/202007090197

Investigators widen scope of drug smuggling scheme at Westmoreland prison
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/investigators-widen-scope-of-drug-smuggling-scheme-at-westmoreland-prison/

Reform, don’t defund, the police. This is why | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/reform-dont-defund-the-police-this-is-why-opinion/

Education

School districts race against the clock, coronavirus and Trump’s tweets to plan reopening
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/school-districts-race-against-the-clock-coronavirus-and-president-trumps-tweets-to-plan-reopening.html

Greater Nanticoke Area planning for students to physically go to school two days a week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/greater-nanticoke-area-planning-for-students-to-physically-go-to-school-two-days-a-week/article_867bc463-6fbf-5ca3-aeff-62725c069a71.html

PIAA has discussed alternate plans for fall high school sports
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-football/2020/07/09/PIAA-COVID-19-fall-sports-alternate-director-plans-Bob-Lombardi/stories/202007090164

Europeans are sending kids back to school. Why can’t we? | Trudy Rubin
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-school-reopening-covid-europe-20200709.html

Lincoln University faculty, alumni rally in support of president Brenda Allen after her contract expired
https://www.inquirer.com/education/lincoln-university-president-brenda-allen-petition-pennsylvania-20200709.html

Penn State promises support for international students against “unjust” ICE policy
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/10/penn-state-promises-support-for-international-students-against-unjust-ice-policy/

Big Ten programs going to conference-only schedules for fall
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/sports/penn-state/big-ten-programs-going-to-conference-only-schedules-for-fall/article_b31b4d3d-f8e2-54c6-a40c-717b5dda70e7.html

Elections/Politics

Biden promised to build the ‘economy of the future’ and criticized Trump as ‘singularly focused’ on the stock market in a Pa. visit
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/joe-biden-mike-pence-pa-visit-economy-20200709.html

Biden pitches economic plan, blasts Trump at Dunmore facility
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/biden-pitches-economic-plan-blasts-trump-at-dunmore-facility/article_6bf6e6a3-3ce8-5659-9596-809ba2ca49fd.html

Biden swings by childhood home during campaign stop
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/biden-swings-by-childhood-home-during-campaign-stop/article_d1faa914-3e39-5b0c-9439-8e61ee158b09.html

Biden said Pa. sent more Black troops to fight for the Union during the Civil War than any other state. Is that true?
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/biden-pennsylvania-civil-war-fact-check-20200710.html

Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden and Mike Pence clashed over how to fix America
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/joe-biden-mike-pence-pennsylvania-coronavirus-police-20200709.html

Mike Pence speech at FOP lodge draws hundreds of police supporters, dozens of protesters
https://www.inquirer.com/news/mike-pence-philadelphia-protests-police-fop-trump-20200709.html

Group claiming to be Proud Boys shows up outside Mike Pence event in Philly, attends police gathering after
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/proud-boys-mike-pence-philadelphia-police-union-lodge-20200709.html

Local News

Friend of ex-Scranton Mayor may be sentenced next month
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/crime-emergencies/friend-of-ex-scranton-mayor-may-be-sentenced-next-month/article_718576c3-1c62-5a82-a992-9432c73085dc.html

Berks County commissioners support $15.2 million grant program that helps vulnerable populations
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-county-commissioners-support-15-2-million-grant-program-that-helps-vulnerable-populations/article_57f91eec-c1e6-11ea-893a-b70d058f01bd.html

HELP Center in Bristol mobilizes to provide basic needs
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20200709/help-center-in-bristol-mobilizes-to-provide-basic-needs

Citizens repeat calls for Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale to resign
https://www.timesherald.com/news/citizens-repeat-calls-for-montgomery-county-commissioner-joe-gale-to-resign/article_c828af71-9138-536d-b9e5-ecc4fa66f49a.html

Tarentum updating law that assesses $50 fee for ‘excessive’ police calls
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/tarentum-updating-law-that-assesses-50-fee-for-excessive-police-calls/

Blight cleanup group to take on former Wilkes-Barre station
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791146/blight-cleanup-group-to-take-on-former-wilkes-barre-station

Pedri: No, county not headed back to yellow phase
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791164/pedri-no-county-not-headed-back-to-yellow-phase

Brown: Fireworks petitions draw regional interest
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791162/brown-fireworks-petitions-draw-regional-interest

Crestwood grads launch nonprofit to help adults with special needs
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791152/crestwood-grads-launch-nonprofit-to-help-adults-with-special-needs

Concert series kicks off Friday in W-B, weather permitting
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/concert-series-kicks-off-friday-in-w-b-weather-permitting/article_1250744a-a216-5f90-86cb-fa9dce4ff379.html

Philly

Philly schools weigh reopening with a hybrid learning model, masks and cleanings every 4 hours
https://www.inquirer.com/education/back-to-school-philadelphia-coronavirus-school-district-plans-reopening-20200709.html

Black and Blue: 190 years of police brutality against Black people in Philadelphia
https://www.inquirer.com/news/inq/philadelphia-police-brutality-history-frank-rizzo-20200710.html

Man, 19, killed in Southwest Philly triple shooting
https://www.inquirer.com/news/southwest-philadelphia-homicide-triple-shooting-reinhard-20200709.html

Gun violence is claiming too many of our children. What’s it going to take to stop it? | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/child-killed-angelo-walker-fakeem-hayes-philly-police-jenice-armstrong-20200709.html

West Philly rapper D4M Skiano, 18, died in a shooting. His music lives on.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/d4m-skiano-rapper-shooting-death-aamir-johnson-daye-west-philly-20200709.html

How Philly families are entertaining their kids during the summer of COVID-19
https://www.inquirer.com/business/parents-kids-camp-summer-playsets-swings-bouncy-house-20200709.html

A study found Philly courts rife with nepotism and racial tensions. Judges waited a year to release it.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-courts-racism-discrimination-first-judicial-district-workplace-karen-simmons-20200709.html

Krasner’s truth and reconciliation commission is a good idea — if he can get it right | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/krasners-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-is-a-good-idea-if-he-can-get-it-right-opinion/

Pitt

Pittsburgh controller finds some bright spots in revenue flow
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/09/Pittsburgh-controller-finds-some-bright-spots-in-revenue-flow-lamb-covid/stories/202007090153

PPS sharpens focus on reopening but will allow full-time remote instruction
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/09/Pittsburgh-public-schools-reopening-remote-instruction-classes-guidelines-Hamlet/stories/202007090108

Allegheny council hears from Pittinger on creation of countywide citizen police review board
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/07/09/Allegheny-County-Council-Beth-Pittinger-countywide-civilian-police-review-board/stories/202007090172

What’s in a name? Fox Chapel residents petition to change offensive local names
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2020/07/09/Fox-Chapel-residents-petition-to-change-offensive-local-names-ohara-Squaw/stories/202007090102

Police investigate shooting in Northview Heights
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/10/shooting-in-Northview-Heights-pittsburgh/stories/202007100085

March, vigil in Downtown Pittsburgh honor slain Fort Hood soldier
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/march-vigil-in-downtown-pittsburgh-honor-slain-fort-hood-soldier/

Controlling the outbreak at the courthouse
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/10/Allegheny-County-courthouse-COVID-19-pandemic-outbreak/stories/202007090042

State News

Pittsburgh joins Philadelphia, anti-gun groups in support of Harrisburg firearm regulations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-joins-philadelphia-anti-gun-groups-in-support-of-harrisburg-firearm-regulations/

Firefly season is peaking in the Philly area. Here is what sets Pennsylvania’s state insect aglow.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-firefly-season-lightning-bugs-pennsylvania-state-insect-20200709.html

Washington

Roads, bridges, buses, broadband … but what about autonomous vehicles?
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/07/10/House-infrastructure-bill-autonomous-vehicles-self-driving-cars/stories/202007080011