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Legislature

Could Pa. be the next state to raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/could-pa-be-the-next-state-to-raise-the-age-to-buy-tobacco-products-to-21.html

Baker, others appeal ruling in fracking case
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/baker-others-appeal-ruling-in-fracking-case-1.2511007

Probation, parole reforms considered
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2019/07/probation-parole-reforms-considered/

Ever-rising turnpike tax
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/ever-rising-turnpike-tax-1.2510936

Lawrence John: Legislation another barrier to opioid addiction treatment
https://triblive.com/opinion/lawrence-john-legislation-another-barrier-to-opioid-addiction-treatment/

Administration

Editorial: Governor’s bonds for voting machines out of bounds
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/editorial-governors-bonds-for-voting-machines-out-of-bounds

Business

A Delco auto lender wants to pay $4 million for allegedly robocalling consumers. A judge is unsure if that’s enough.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/flagship-credit-robocall-class-action-settlement-20190722.html

The number of retail closings announced so far in 2019 has already topped last year’s totals
https://www.readingeagle.com/money/article/number-of-retail-closingscontinues-to-rise-in-2019

They’re massive and they’re everywhere: 96 warehouses and distribution centers that call central Pa. home
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/07/theyre-gigantic-and-theyre-everywhere-96-warehouses-and-distributions-centers-that-call-central-pa-home.html

Crime/Punishment

Off-duty police navigate ‘gray area’ of when to intervene in potential crimes
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/off-duty-police-navigate-gray-area-of-when-to-intervene-in-potential-crimes/

Education

Don’t Have Your Lunch Money? 1 Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/744005587/dont-have-your-lunch-money-one-pennsylvania-school-district-threatening-foster-c?_ga=2.170473831.611433754.1563796659-143648526.1525781970

When is the first day of school 2019?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/when-is-the-first-day-of-school-2019.html

Erie School District to resume Welcome Home visits
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190722/erie-school-district-to-resume-welcome-home-visits

A classmate exposed himself to her 7-year-old daughter. How she handled it, and what parents should do.
https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/07/a-classmate-exposed-himself-to-her-7-year-old-daughter-how-she-handled-it-and-what-parents-should-do.html

Small private colleges struggling to succeed
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/small-private-colleges-struggling-to-succeed/

Could Penn State sell naming rights to Beaver Stadium?
https://www.mcall.com/sports/penn-state/mc-spt-penn-state-football-big-ten-notebook-20190721-ajhtmglavfaqzejwg3uwjw2r3q-story.html

Elections/Politics

The turnout gap between voters with and without disabilities grew in 2018 — representing 2.35 million people
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/voters-disabled-turnout-2020-gap-20190722.html

Gaming

Sports betting in Pa. boosts revenue
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/sports-betting-in-pa-boosts-revenue-1.2511109

Local News

Luzerne County pension fund on a roll
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750424/luzerne-county-pension-fund-on-a-roll

Luzerne County Council to weigh in on Geisinger’s borrowing plan
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750418/luzerne-county-council-to-weigh-in-on-geisingers-borrowing-plan

County council to choose Kelleher’s replacement soon
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-council-to-choose-kelleher-s-replacement-soon-1.2511074

Standoff in West Pittston ends peacefully
https://www.timesleader.com/news/local/750414/standoff-in-west-pittston-ends-peacefully

Latest Luzerne County hirings released
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750426/latest-luzerne-county-hirings-released

Remembering World War II
https://www.timesleader.com/news/750434/remembering-world-war-ii

New Steamtown boss excited to take helm
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/new-steamtown-boss-excited-to-take-helm-1.2510956

What do you want in Scranton’s next mayor?
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/what-do-you-want-in-scranton-s-next-mayor-1.2511202

Monday Update: Stormwater problems fixed on Dickson City hospital building site, but work remains
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-stormwater-problems-fixed-on-dickson-city-hospital-building-site-but-work-remains-1.2511210

Protect and Defend 5K aids police academy scholarship fund
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/protect-and-defend-5k-aids-police-academy-scholarship-fund-1.2511218

Land bank breathes life back into blighted homes
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/land-bank-breathes-life-back-into-blighted-homes-1.2510970

Schuylkill County prison board hires 4 corrections officers
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/schuylkill-county-prison-board-hires-4-corrections-officers-1.2510972

Springdale public works employees get annual 2% raises in new pact
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/springdale-public-works-employees-get-annual-2-raises-in-new-pact/

Reading Mayor Wally Scott reverses course, will allow LGBTQ rainbow flag to fly
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/reading-mayor-wally-scott-lgbtq-rainbow-flag-20190721.html

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and City Council lend their voices to Reading Pride Celebration
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/fetterman-city-council-lend-voices-to-reading-pride-celebration

Reading Pride a brightly colored celebration of gender and sexual diversity
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-pride-a-brightly-colored-celebration-of-gender-and-sexual-diversity

Children’s Home of Reading marks 135 years; it’s still an orphanage but that’s just for starters
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/from-home-for-friendless-children-to-the-childrens-home

New Jersey

New Jersey anti-Semitism bill would limit free discussion | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/new-jersey-bill-anti-semitism-free-speech-20190722.html

Philly

These workers will pay thousands more for a hospital stay because Hahnemann is closing
https://www.inquirer.com/news/hahnemann-closure-st-christophers-health-insurance-philadelphia-academic-20190722.html

On a sweltering National Ice Cream Day, Philadelphians weigh in on the city’s new anti-sugar education campaign
https://www.inquirer.com/health/philadelphia-national-ice-cream-day-heat-wave-health-campaign-war-on-sugary-snacks-20190721.html

Commissioner Ross was right to fire cops for racist Facebook posts. But many will probably be rehired. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-police-officer-firings-facebook-posts-database-fraternal-order-police-20190722.html

Study on gentrification’s benefits for long-time residents is surprising and useful | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/gentrification-study-federal-reserve-philadelphia-research-20190721.html

Pitt

Port Authority to review 7,000 bus stops in hopes for improvement, but there’s a catch
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/07/22/Port-Authority-Pittsburgh-Allegheny-County-bus-stops-new-guidelines-shelters/stories/201907210078

Pittsburgh abortion clinics promise to carry on despite proposed Title X restrictions
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/07/22/Pittsburgh-abortion-clinics-planned-parenthood-allegheny-reproductive-health-center-trump-title-x-funding-regulations/stories/201907180098

Duquesne, Pittsburgh districts go door-to-door to lure students back from charters
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/07/20/Duquesne-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-charter-schools-students-recruitment-marketing-tuition/stories/201907200006

Protesters target Mon-Oakland Connector proposal
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/22/Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania-community-development-Mon-Oakland-Connector-protest/stories/201907220036

A foundation of hope: Pilot program boasts success in aiding at-risk juveniles on North Side
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/20/juvenile-probation-diversion-program-north-side-pittsburgh-allegheny-county-foundation-of-hope/stories/201907200014

Hundreds of police attend end of watch ceremony for fallen Officer Calvin Hall, badge number 4673
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/20/end-of-watch-ceremony-Officer-Calvin-Hall-Pittsburgh-Bureau-of-Police-badge-number-4673/stories/201907210129

Final roll call for slain Pittsburgh police Officer Calvin Hall
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/final-roll-call-for-slain-pittsburgh-police-officer-calvin-hall/

One-man show: Why does county council give Fitzgerald free rein?
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/21/Rich-Fitzgerald-Allegheny-County-council-snoozes/stories/201907180042

Flash flooding forces many road closures around Pittsburgh region
https://triblive.com/local/regional/flash-flooding-forces-closure-of-numerous-roads-in-region/

Free dental clinic slated at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/free-dental-clinic-to-be-held-at-ppg-paints-arena/

State News

Bear bites staffer during safari tour at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
https://triblive.com/local/regional/bear-bites-staffer-during-safari-tour-at-nemacolin-woodlands-resort/

Raw sewage was discharged into Harrisburg waterways on 150 days last year
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/raw-sewage-was-discharged-into-harrisburg-waterways-on-150-days-last-year.html

Hit by Ransomware, one Pa. library returns to paper-only loans
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/07/hit-by-ransomware-one-pa-library-returns-to-paper-only-loans.php

Nearly 1,300 pounds of prescription drugs collected in 2019
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190722/nearly-1300-pounds-of-prescription-drugs-collected-in-2019

Water World: Is water company consolidation a good deal for customers?
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/water-world-is-water-company-consolidation-a-good-deal-for/article_4629e138-a978-11e9-9e0a-1f2f8bbb41a4.html

Former state GOP head Val DiGiorgio now out at law firm
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/former-state-gop-head-val-digiorgio-now-out-at-law/article_15d93cfa-aaf8-11e9-9392-47d87b868c37.html

Transportation

Editorial: Progress or caution with turnpike proposal?
https://triblive.com/opinion/editorial-progress-or-caution-with-turnpike-proposal/

Outfit that runs Westmoreland County buses says it’s on the road to better service, fewer fines
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/outfit-that-runs-westmoreland-county-buses-says-its-on-the-road-to-better-service-fewer-fines/

Damaged road may close section of Skyline Drive in Alsace Township for weeks
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/section-of-pricetown-road-closed-in-alsace-township-due-to-traffic-hazard