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Legislature

New drilling method proposed at troubled Mariner East site; public meeting tonight
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/local/new-drilling-method-proposed-at-troubled-mariner-east-site-public/article_f2276d0d-1455-5cd6-9186-aab471ed36ff.html

Are Mariner East pipelines safe? A Cumberland County resident argues in a hearing that they aren’t
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/are-mariner-east-pipelines-safe-a-cumberland-county-resident-argues-in-a-hearing-that-they-arent.html

As Pa. faces home-care worker ‘crisis,’ lawmakers set the stage for a small wage increase
https://www.penncapital-star.com/health-care/as-pa-faces-home-care-worker-crisis-lawmakers-set-the-stage-for-a-small-wage-increase/

It’s time for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/death-penalty-da-larry-krasner-supreme-court-cox-marinelli-20190718.html

Budget

Pa. auditor general’s budget cut: ‘He’s obviously getting under somebody’s skin,’ an analyst says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/deep-cut-made-to-pa-auditor-generals-budget-lawmakers-say-they-are-fed-up-with-him-using-his-office-for-his-political-agenda.html

Business

‘World’s largest cannabis company’ created as Curaleaf acquires Grassroots
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/curaleaf-grassroots-herbology-worlds-largest-cannabis-company-pennsylvania-20190717.html

EPA raises concern about elevated cancer risk for people living around B. Braun plant near Allentown
https://www.mcall.com/health/mc-hea-cancer-risk-lehigh-20190718-sj2he3ten5cfxc6gwg54zxb3ne-story.html

New fulfillment center opening in the Easton area to hire 700 seasonal employees
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/2019/07/new-fulfillment-center-opening-in-the-easton-area-to-hire-700-seasonal-employees.html

Crime/Punishment

‘A drug dealer in a white lab coat.’ Moon doctor gets probation in pills-for-cash scheme
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/17/Addiction-clinic-doctor-Redirections-Treatment-Madhu-Aggarwal-probation-Suboxone-for-cash-case/stories/201907170088

Education

Pa. Department of Education approves Penn Hills School District financial plan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/07/17/Penn-Hills-School-District-Department-of-Education-Secretary-of-Education-Dan-Matsook-Pedro-Rivera/stories/201907170111

Will this tweak in Pa. law send student test scores soaring?
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/07/will-this-tweak-in-pa-law-send-student-test-scores-soaring.php

WVW kids face foster care over lunch bills
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wvw-kids-face-foster-care-over-lunch-bills-1.2509610

Harrisburg school board president voted for husband’s pay raise, and that could be a problem
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/harrisburg-school-board-president-voted-for-husbands-pay-increase-and-that-could-be-a-problem.html

University of Scranton program gives students opportunity for success
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/university-of-scranton-program-gives-students-opportunity-for-success-1.2509646

Elections/Politics

Democratic super PAC makes Pa. part of four-state, $100 million push for 2020 race
https://www.inquirer.com/news/priorities-usa-pennsylvania-super-pac-trump-20190718.html

Local News

Keystone Mission distributes food to more than 1,100 families in need
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750120/keystone-mission-distributes-food-to-more-than-1200-families-in-need

Zoning approved for proposed adult day care center in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750124/zoning-approved-for-proposed-adult-day-care-center-in-wilkes-barre

KKK brick protected under 1st Amendment, says PSU professor
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750113/kkk-brick-protected-under-1st-amendment-says-psu-professor

Young people learn about police work at Camp Cadet
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/young-people-learn-about-police-work-at-camp-cadet-1.2509532

17 people seek temporary Scranton mayor appointment
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/17-people-seek-temporary-scranton-mayor-appointment-1.2509448

Grand jury judge had right to issue search warrants for Lackawanna County records, court rules
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/grand-jury-judge-had-right-to-issue-search-warrants-for-lackawanna-county-records-court-rules-1.2509450

Scranton City Council approves settlement involving redevelopment block
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-approves-settlement-involving-redevelopment-block-1.2509639

Heat can’t keep faithful from attending Novena to St. Ann
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/heat-can-t-keep-faithful-from-attending-novena-to-st-ann-1.2509660

A vest for Endy: Ex-city resident’s donation will protect K-9 officer
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/a-vest-for-endy-ex-city-resident-s-donation-will-protect-k-9-officer-1.2509510

New lights coming to city streets
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/new-lights-coming-to-city-streets-1.2509578

OD Awareness Festival Saturday in Tamaqua
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/od-awareness-festival-saturday-in-tamaqua-1.2509523

State loan will help replace aging water lines in Latrobe
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/state-loan-will-help-replace-aging-water-lines-in-latrobe/

Lonnie Walker IV inspires kids at Reading High basketball camp
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/lonnie-walker-iv-inspires-kids-at-basketball-camp

Berks County pummeled by another deluge
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/flash-flood-warning-issued-for-berks-county/1

A fixture since 1923, the giant clock atop the former VF Outlet Center is nearly out of time
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/former-vf-outlet-factory-clock-to-be-hidden

Over 100 volunteers take a ‘mission trip’ to Birdsboro, sprucing up homes in the area
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/mission-trip-birdsboro-115–volunteers-provide-help-at-home

Editorial: Reading mayor causes unnecessary conflict over flag
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-reading-mayor-causes-unnecessary-conflict-over-flag

Allentown officials, police urged to do more to curb gun violence: ‘How many shootings will it take before the problem is fixed?’
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-city-council-20190718-zx2n26jpnvf4nky2ksmrvpmgku-story.html

National News

John Paul Stevens was a study in Democratic values
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/18/John-Paul-Stevens-Supreme-Court-justice-democratic-values/stories/201907180028

Online discrimination linked to real-life hate crimes
https://www.inquirer.com/health/social-media-twitter-discrimination-linked-hate-crimes-20190718.html

Philly

Sources: Philadelphia police officers to be fired over offensive Facebook posts
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-department-firings-facebook-posts-20190717.html

Philly had its hottest day of the year, but it’s about to get hotter, and nights won’t be much cooler
https://www.inquirer.com/news/heat-wave-philadelphia-record-storms-barry-20190718.html

Q&A: Keeping kids safe in rising summer temperatures
https://www.inquirer.com/health/kids-heatstroke-summer-safety-20190719.html

In a city of Tastykakes and water ice, Philly health officials declare war on sugary snacks for kids
https://www.inquirer.com/health/sugar-snacks-philadelphia-health-department-farley-child-obesity-diabetes-soda-tax-20190717.html

Northeast Philly’s Ally McHugh is readying for her second shot at Olympic dream
https://www.inquirer.com/news/northeast-phillys-ally-mchugh-is-readying-her-second-shot-olympic-dream-20190718.html

Union teams up with city to build 15 soccer mini-pitches and 2 new fields across Philly
https://www.inquirer.com/soccer/philadelphia-union-soccer-mini-pitches-mayor-jim-kenney-20190718.html

Redevelopment of Asian food plaza shows gentrification’s threat to Philly’s heritage retail | Inga Saffron
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/philadelphia-commercial-gentrification-housing-boom-jewelers-row-hoa-binh-plaza-20190718.html

What’s happening to Philly’s moon trees? One died, and now its clone is dying, too.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/moon-tree-philadelphia-clone-20190718.html

City program makes camp a possibility for youth with behavioral health challenges
https://www.inquirer.com/education/department-behavioral-health-madeline-moore-grant-summer-camp-20190717.html

Four Philadelphia health institutions seek to save St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
https://www.inquirer.com/health/st-christophers-temple-jefferson-einstein-pcom-hahnemann-20190717.html

Sixty years ago today, Philly was the center of U.S.-Soviet Union tensions | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/us-russia-relations-philadelphia-track-meet-soviet-union-20190718.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh police chief: Slain officer Calvin Hall was shot three times in the back
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/17/Pittsburgh-police-Officer-Calvin-Hall-shot-Sunday-Homewood-dies-homicide-Scott-Schubert/stories/201907170093

Colleagues recall slain Pittsburgh Police Officer Hall as great servant and ambassador
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/pittsburgh-police-officer-calvin-hall-dies-of-injuries-from-homewood-shooting/

State Supreme Court hands win to Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/17/pennsylvania-Supreme-Court-pittsburgh-paid-sick-leave-safety-training-security-guards/stories/201907170085

Court rules that Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave law can stand
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/court-rules-that-pittsburghs-paid-sick-leave-law-can-stand/

Peduto, other mayors seek federal help on climate change
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/07/17/peduto-mayors-climate-change-congress-senate-schatz/stories/201907170112

Lawrenceville zoning, PWSA agreement get affirmative nod from city council
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/17/Lawrenceville-zoning-PWSA-agreement-get-affirmative-nod-from-city-council/stories/201907170113

CNN’s Jim Acosta to speak at Pittsburgh Playhouse in media series
https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2019/07/17/Pittsburgh-Playhouse-Point-Park-University-Jim-Acosta-Media-Speaker-Series/stories/201907170082

Pedal power: Bikes left on buses should go to needy kids
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/18/Bikes-buses-needy-kids-Pittsburgh/stories/201907170037

Financial website claims Penn Hills best place in Pittsburgh area to retire
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/financial-website-claims-penn-hills-best-place-in-pittsburgh-area-to-retire/

Self-serve tap beer now a thing in Pittsburgh: Vault Taproom opens on South Side
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/self-serve-tap-beer-now-a-thing-in-pittsburgh-vault-taproom-opens-on-south-side/

Allegheny County Board of Health approves $300K for asthma study, $90K for trees
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-board-of-health-approves-300k-for-asthma-study-90k-for-trees/

State News

Brothers, 1 and 3 years old, drown in swimming pool in Fayette County
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2019/07/17/Brothers-1-and-3-years-old-drown-in-swimming-pool-in-Fayette-County/stories/201907170145

Washington County man struck, killed by vehicle after falling off ATV
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/washington/2019/07/17/Washington-County-man-struck-killed-by-vehicle-after-falling-off-ATV/stories/201907170142

Eliot Ness Fest: Pa. town celebrates G-Man who helped take down Al Capone
https://www.inquirer.com/news/capone-ness-mob-coudersport-flappers-rural-stargazing-20190717.html

Mindy Kaling brings back NEPA connection in movie
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750115/mindy-kaling-brings-back-nepa-connection-in-movie

AHN, Riverhounds planning $16M sports/health complex in Coraopolis
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/ahn-riverhounds-planning-16m-sports-health-complex-in-coraopolis/

Excessive heat watch issued for Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/regional/excessive-heat-watch-issued-for-region/

Blue Marsh Lake visitors urged to look for possible harmful algae
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/algae-levels-at-blue-marsh-monitored

Public meeting scheduled for July 23 on Three Mile Island closure plan
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/public-meeting-scheduled-for-july-23-on-three-mile-island-closure-plan.html

In Berks County naturalization ceremony, newest U.S. citizens share what it means to be American
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/newest-us-citizens-share-what-it-means-to-be-american

The 50th anniversary of the York race riots: Sniper fire, fear and death
https://www.pennlive.com/crime/2019/07/the-50th-anniversary-of-the-york-race-riots-sniper-fire-fear-and-death.html

The York riots were 50 years ago, but ‘there is still a sense of pain’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/the-york-riots-were-50-years-ago-but-there-is-still-a-sense-of-pain.html

Human trafficking in Pennsylvania / Author Nathaniel Philbrick
https://www.witf.org/smart-talk/2019/07/human-trafficking-in-pennsylvania-author-nathaniel-philbrick.php

Erie County, US see drops in drug deaths
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190718/erie-county-us-see-drops-in-drug-deaths

Our view: Pa. must contain spotted lanternfly
https://www.goerie.com/opinion/20190718/our-view-pa-must-contain-spotted-lanternfly

Transportation

No E-ZPass? You’re going to pay more at new turnpike pay booths
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/07/17/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-cashless-tolls-Gateway-Route-66-EZPass-Toll-By-Plate-rate-hike/stories/201907170094

Police plan to crack down on aggressive driving in Western Pa.
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/police-plan-to-crack-down-on-aggressive-driving-in-western-pa/

PennDOT plans emergency repairs for Route 30 sinkhole at Greensburg-Hempfield border
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/penndot-planning-emergency-repairs-for-route-30-sinkhole/

W-B seeks study for rail service to Philly
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/w-b-seeks-study-for-rail-service-to-philly-1.2509520

LCTA bus drivers receive more honors for heroic actions
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/lcta-bus-drivers-receive-more-honors-for-heroic-actions-1.2509535

Turnpike rates revealed for local tolling points
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190717/turnpike-rates-revealed-for-local-tolling-points

Washington

Trump continues to slam 4 congresswomen at a N.C. rally, spurring a ‘send her back’ chant
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/07/17/Trump-rally-send-her-back-North-Carolina-tweets-House-congresswomen-Ilhan-Omar/stories/201907170138

NBC unearths video of Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a Mar-a-Lago party in 1992
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/07/17/Trump-Jeffrey-Epstein-video-party-1992-NBC-footage-shows-Mar-a-Lago-women/stories/201907170144

After ‘person of color’ quip, Rep. Mike Kelly clarifies: ‘We’re all created equal’
https://triblive.com/local/regional/after-person-of-color-quip-rep-mike-kelly-clarifies-were-all-created-equal/

Meuser: Trump is not a racist
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-trump-is-not-a-racist-1.2509612

Brian Fitzpatrick breaks party lines, condemns Trump’s tweets
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190718/brian-fitzpatrick-breaks-party-lines-condemns-trumps-tweets