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Legislature

Democrats file lawsuit to ‘protect the franchise of absentee and mail-in voters’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/democrats-file-lawsuit-to-protect-the-franchise-of-absentee-and-mail-in-voters.html

Petrochemical tax break bill speeds through Senate
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791683/petrochemical-tax-break-bill-speeds-through-senate

Judicial redistricting proposal clears Senate committee in party-line vote
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/judicial-redistricting-proposal-clears-senate-committee-in-party-line-vote/

Bucks County GOP lawmakers call for investigation into unresolved unemployment claims
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/14/bucks-county-gop-lawmakers-call-for-investigation-into-unresolved-unemployment-claims/

Pa. Senate GOP’s judicial gerrymandering plan is a threat to our democracy | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/pa-senate-gops-judicial-gerrymandering-plan-is-a-threat-to-our-democracy-opinion/

Gas execs flush; everyone else flushed
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/gas-execs-flush-everyone-else-flushed/article_6d303823-d2e1-59a5-9317-150fcd003120.html

To build an energy efficient economy, Pa. needs to join regional greenhouse gas compact | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/to-build-an-energy-efficient-economy-pa-needs-to-join-regional-greenhouse-gas-compact-opinion/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pa. warns that repeating cycle could fuel new coronavirus surge; cases decline in N.J.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coroanvirus-covid-19-pa-nj-philly-cases-surge-transit-positivity-20200713.html

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s claim of ‘less severe’ coronavirus strain in Pa. is not supported by science
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/spl/coronavirus-less-severe-pennsylvania-upmc-claim-20200714.html

Pennsylvania health department puts additional coronavirus restrictions on hold
https://triblive.com/local/regional/pennsylvania-health-department-puts-additional-coronavirus-restrictions-on-hold/

State won’t enact restaurant restrictions in Beaver County as COVID cases climb
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200713/state-wonrsquot-enact-restaurant-restrictions-in-beaver-county-as-covid-cases-climb

COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 328 new infections; Pittsburgh region sees 173 more cases
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/13/COVID-19-pittsburgh-Allegheny-County-pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-infections/stories/202007130071

Allegheny County reports 71 new covid-19 cases, 6 new hospitalizations
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-71-new-covid-19-cases-six-new-hospitalizations/

Westmoreland County passes 1,000 coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-passes-1000-coronavirus-cases/

7 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/7-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county/article_d60617f9-cc2e-5852-b3a1-3c42c8b3a018.html

New cases decline Monday and no new deaths from COVID-19
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/new-cases-decline-monday-and-no-new-deaths-from-covid-19/article_bf18bbe8-f073-5169-beac-33bf539ded88.html

New daily coronavirus cases in Berks County drop to 8, while weekly average climbs
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/new-daily-coronavirus-cases-in-berks-county-drop-to-8-while-weekly-average-climbs/article_49f94d2e-c52b-11ea-af74-1bab6d77c12f.html

County’s youngest COVID-19 victim was 18
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/countys-youngest-covid-19-victim-was-18/article_f2d8cc74-919e-5439-a78f-e9ab91fc7694.html

Westmoreland County officials confirm 3rd courthouse worker tests positive for covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-officials-confirm-third-courthouse-worker-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Northampton County will partner with Lehigh Valley Health Network for new COVID-19 testing site
https://www.mcall.com/coronavirus/mc-nws-coronavirus-northampton-county-testing-lvhn-20200713-oxlfuf6icjegxp5jworewdj4ey-story.html

How do you deal with people who refuse to wear a mask? Experts weigh in with advice
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/how-do-you-deal-with-people-who-refuse-to-wear-a-mask-experts-weigh-in-with-advice.html

Covid concerns spread through Vandergrift
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/vandergrift-borough-employee-tested-for-covid-19/

Commissioner Manning being tested for COVID-19
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200713/commissioner-manning-being-tested-for-covid-19

With kids online more during COVID-19, parents need to guard against internet predators | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-online-abuse-children-sexual-exploitation-20200713.html

West Virginia governor reinstating coronavirus restrictions as cases rise
https://triblive.com/news/west-virginia-governor-reinstating-coronavirus-restrictions-as-cases-rise/

Two NBA players test positive for coronavirus at Walt Disney World
https://www.inquirer.com/sports/coronavirus-nba-players-test-positive-bubble-extra-quarantine-20200714.html

Business

Extra $600 weekly jobless benefit checks coming to an end
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/07/14/extra-600-weekly-jobless-benefit-checks-COVID-19-Pennsylvania-claims-backlog/stories/202007130100

State says 90% of jobless getting benefits
https://triblive.com/local/regional/state-says-90-of-jobless-getting-benefits/

In Harrisburg, a struggle to open Pa.’s 1st Black-owned craft brewery: ‘It shouldn’t be this hard’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/in-harrisburg-a-struggle-to-open-pas-1st-black-owned-craft-brewery-it-shouldnt-be-this-hard.html

Liquor agents checking for COVID-19 violations in bars, restaurants
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/liquor-agents-checking-for-covid-19-violations-in-bars-restaurants/article_b953f264-bbd4-57a3-abd9-f6be53d03192.html

Hershey Entertainment extends temporary layoffs for more than 600 employees to more than 6 months
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/07/hershey-entertainment-extends-temporary-layoffs-for-more-than-600-employees-to-more-than-6-months.html

New controversy over Round the Clock Diners, this time over COVID-19 aid
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2020/07/13/round-clock-diner-owners-criticized-accepting-covid-19-aid-before-defying-wolfs-orders/5426749002/

Crime/Punishment

18th Street gang behind Chester County child sex-trafficking case, court records say
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/18th-street-gang-chester-county-sex-trafficking-philadelphia-wawa-20200713.html

Charge against Amish bishop reduced in abuse case
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/13/Amish-bishop-levi-esh-sr-charges-amended-coverings-sexual-abuse/stories/202007130099

DA: Man charged with kidnapping; missing Amish woman feared ‘harmed’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/13/Man-charged-with-kidnapping-Amish-woman-pennsylvania/stories/202007130058

Nine-minute video shows man outside hospital before officers approach, police takedown, aftermath
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-allentown-police-video-st-lukes-allentown-hospital-arrest-20200714-5bqrld6mkfatfdkuh5ux6mo2ie-story.html

Education

Dallas looking to start with all students in school, with restrictions
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791694/dallas-looking-to-start-with-all-students-in-school-with-restrictions

Remote learning, cyber school part of New Kensington-Arnold’s plan for 2020-21 school year
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/remote-learning-cyber-school-part-of-new-kensington-arnolds-plan-for-2020-21-school-year/

Leechburg Area to resume in-person classes in August, offer online instruction to those who want it
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/leechburg-area-to-resume-in-person-classes-in-august-offer-online-instruction-to-those-who-want-it/

Weatherly Area superintendent outlines district’s back-to-school plan
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/weatherly-area-superintendent-outlines-district-s-back-to-school-plan-1.2642380

Cumberland Valley releases ‘scaffolded reopening’ plan to return to classrooms in the fall
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/cumberland-valley-releases-scaffolded-reopening-plan-to-return-to-classrooms-in-the-fall.html

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and Berks County Intermediate Unit webinars to focus on reopening schools in the age of coronavirus
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/education/greater-reading-chamber-alliance-and-berks-county-intermediate-unit-webinars-to-focus-on-reopening-schools/article_e8ed3b1c-c516-11ea-ba59-f3aef081eb8e.html

Lampeter-Strasburg football coach tests positive for coronavirus, voluntary workouts canceled
https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/lampeter-strasburg-football-coach-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-voluntary-workouts-canceled.html

Will the ‘Raiders’ finally become history in Radnor?
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/will-the-raiders-finally-become-history-in-radnor/article_1bfbe848-c55b-11ea-a661-afb9b2b2c4f1.html

Should schools reopen amid the pandemic? It’s a debate rich in misinformation, angst and rancor.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/coronavirus-largely-spares-children-but-reopening-schools-still-poses-huge-challenges-20200713.html

Should kids return to school in September? | Pro/Con
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-pa-school-reopening-plan-coronavirus-covid-20200713.html

Lackawanna College program accredited
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-college-program-accredited/article_789612e3-16ad-5211-9754-ab1ec0b5c2a5.html

Pa. and N.J. attorneys general join lawsuit to block ICE from barring or deporting international students
https://www.inquirer.com/news/attorneys-general-lawsuit-ice-international-students-deportation-20200713.html

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, students join effort to overturn ICE rule to deport international students
https://triblive.com/news/world/pennsylvania-pittsburgh-students-join-effort-to-overturn-ice-rule-to-deport-international-students/

Peduto administration joins other cities in legal fight against Trump rule change for international students
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/13/trump-proposal-suspend-international-students-visas-fall-online-classes-bill-peduto-cmu-pitt-lawsuit/stories/202007130083

Student visa rule must fall
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/student-visa-rule-must-fall/article_6e4e7b96-c1d0-5010-a2a3-45dab1537fb8.html

Elections/Politics

Presidential elections usually inspire a big jump in voter registration. Not in Pa. this year.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-2020-voter-registrations-fall-coronavirus-pandemic-20200713.html

Face-to-face political campaigning returns to the doorsteps of Lehigh Valley voters
https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-nws-pa-campaign-canvassing-resumes-amid-coronavirus-20200714-xyl2m2dujvb5xl3rl3r5qyeqju-story.html

Health Care

Rural hospitals need doctors
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/14/Rural-hospitals-need-doctors-health-care/stories/202006240023

Local News

Lackawanna County, Scranton losing population, latest estimates suggest
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-scranton-losing-population-latest-estimates-suggest/article_8bd2f73e-57f8-5f81-9ee2-0b000d4dfe0e.html

Scranton ordinances would restrict fireworks, illegal ATV use
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-ordinances-would-restrict-fireworks-illegal-atv-use/article_edce360d-1166-52b5-a866-39e7748b0514.html

Dunmore passes ordinance to deter illegal ATV use
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/dunmore-passes-ordinance-to-deter-illegal-atv-use/article_b84cd25a-c5fa-5eaf-8286-bbd39922fdde.html

How a national coin shortage is impacting Berks County’s economy
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/how-a-national-coin-shortage-is-impacting-berks-countys-economy/article_2e10062a-c152-11ea-b5d2-dfe3e1ca1b50.html

Chester County attorney in PUC action involving pipelines resigns
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chester-county-attorney-in-puc-action-involving-pipelines-resigns/article_74557ee6-c53d-11ea-a7de-dfaf06e80606.html

Railroad, Walnut among streets included in $80K Latrobe paving project
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/railroad-walnut-among-streets-included-in-80k-latrobe-paving-project/

Moon homeowner suing, says house unaffordable with misidentified ‘septic tank’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/13/Moon-home-Richard-OShea-septic-tank-lawsuit-Howard-Hanna-Merakey-Allegheny/stories/202007090184

City taking applications for Wilkes-Barre Police Advisory Board
https://www.timesleader.com/news/791712/city-taking-applications-for-wilkes-barre-police-advisory-board

National News

Public resistance and high costs are canceling pipelines across the country
https://www.inquirer.com/business/energy/pipelines-roadblocks-gas-shale-court-challenges-penneast-dakota-access-20200714.html

Federal judge voids Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion restriction
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/georgia-abortion-heartbeat-20200713.html

California rejected 100K mail-in ballots because of mistakes
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/california-mail-in-voting-ballots-20200713.html

Sideline Cancer, inspired by memory of Red Land star, to play in $1 million TBT final
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/2020/07/13/york-hoops-standouts-chase-1-million-prize-honor-late-teammate-tbt/5429016002/

Philly

People with disabilities say outdoor dining is making it hard to get around in Philly: ‘There is no room for us’
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/philadelphia-outdoor-dining-sidewalks-accessibility-20200714.html

Philly Managing Director Brian Abernathy to resign following criticism of city response to protests
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-managing-director-brian-abernathy-to-resign-20200713.html

Teacher safety matters as Philly makes plans to reopen school amid coronavirus | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/philadelphia-pa-school-reopening-plan-coronavirus-covid-teachers-20200714.html

As Philly tourism officials look to restart conventions, they ask health experts for help
https://www.inquirer.com/business/tourism/philadelphia-conventions-meetings-safety-coronavirus-health-advisors-20200714.html

Man fatally shot in Kensington, allegedly during domestic dispute
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-kensington-shooting-51-year-old-man-victim-20200713.html

Philly’s police union chief condemns Proud Boys days after they attended a Pence after-party at the FOP lodge
https://www.inquirer.com/news/proud-boys-philadelphia-police-fop-union-mike-pence-john-mcnesby-20200713.html

Cleaning up the PES refinery site should happen as soon as possible | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/former-philadelphia-refinery-hilco-redevelopment-community-benefit-agreement-20200713.html

Pitt

Temperature checks, other precautions will be part of the Downtown Fairmont hotel reopening
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/07/13/Fairmont-Hotel-Downtown-COVID-19/stories/202007130079

Pittsburgh officials mourning firefighter’s death
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/14/Pittsburgh-Fire-Department-firefighter-Christopher-Conway-dies/stories/202007140066

Pittsburgh reports 16 new COVID-19 cases among first responders, environmental services employees
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/13/Pittsburgh-16-COVID-19-cases-first-responders-police-firefighters-environmental-services-employees/stories/202007130073

Pittsburgh Public Schools set to reveal reopening plan Tuesday
https://www.post-gazette.com//education/2020/07/13/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-reveal-reopening-plan-fall-classes/stories/202007130075

Police investigate after youth critically wounded in Turtle Creek shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2020/07/14/Police-investigate-shooting-of-juvenile-in-Turtle-Creek/stories/202007140067

Man transports self to hospital following Bedford Dwellings shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/13/Bedford-Dwellings-shooting-Pittsburgh-police-White-Hill-Drive-man-hospital/stories/202007130115

Columbus statue, Black Lives Matter mural vandalized in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/columbus-statue-black-lives-matter-mural-vandalized-in-pittsburgh/

Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park vandalized
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/14/Christopher-Columbus-statue-In-Schenley-Park-vandalized/stories/202007140074

State News

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/protest-in-pennsylvania-after-cop-uses-knee-to-restrain-man/article_32d3b64f-357b-50b7-8dcc-e2039ceea9e4.html

More than 200 march, demand change following video showing officer kneeling on man
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-rally-protest-police-force-20200713-7hadjmdqkvhk3hn2zngy4flpwu-story.html

Washington

U.S. budget deficit hits all-time high of $864 billion in June
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/07/13/US-budget-deficit-record-high-June-coronavirus-covid-19-relief-pandemic-PPP-loans-unemployment-Congress/stories/202007130092

White House lawyers give Trump extra time to file personal financial disclosure forms, the second extension since May 15
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-financial-dsclosure-extension-20200713.html