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Administration

Gov. Tom Wolf will allow transparency bill to become law despite veto threat
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/tom-wolf-public-open-records-requests-unanimous-approval-20200726.html

Wolf sides with transparency in allowing Right-to-Know Law bill to become law
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/wolf-calls-for-greater-transparency-from-legislators-in-allowing-right-to-know-law-bill-to-become-law/

Gov. Tom Wolf allows public records bill to become law but uses announcement to criticize GOP
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/gov-tom-wolf-allows-public-records-bill-to-become-law-but-uses-announcement-to-criticize-gop.html

Wolf, Levine unwisely withhold data
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/wolf-levine-unwisely-withhold-data/article_bb26259c-d080-53c7-9578-4d5010ca0c55.html

Pa. unemployment offices have doubled staff, but thousands still waiting on claims
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/27/pa-unemployment-offices-have-doubled-staff-but-thousands-still-waiting-on-claims/

Coronavirus – COVID-19

133 new cases, no new deaths from COVID-19 in Allegheny County; 800 new cases in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/26/COVID-10-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic/stories/202007260139

Allegheny County reports 133 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-reports-133-new-coronavirus-cases-no-new-deaths/

14 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 800 statewide
https://www.timesleader.com/news/793672/14-new-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed-in-luzerne-county-800-statewide

Westmoreland County reports 31 new cases of covid-19
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-county-reports-31-new-cases-of-covid-19/

Eight members of South Fayette family devastated by COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2020/07/26/Family-devastated-by-COVID-19-perkins-family-South-Fayette-tested-positive-two-died/stories/202007250033

In a coronavirus summer, many kids’ camps shutter, others open — with masks, gallons of sanitizer, and no tag
https://www.inquirer.com/life/summer-day-camp-coronavirus-parks-and-recreation-overnight-camp-children-20200727.html

As pandemic unfolded, OSHA complaints around Pittsburgh highlighted supply shortages
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/07/26/As-pandemic-unfolded-OSHA-complaints-around-Pittsburgh-highlighted-supply-shortages/stories/202007220107

‘It’s like Groundhog Day’: Coronavirus testing labs again lack key supplies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/insight/2020/07/26/It-s-Like-Groundhog-Day-Coronavirus-Testing-Labs-Again-Lack-Key-Supplies/stories/202007260038

COVID-19 restrictions block some solar homeowners from tying into the grid
https://www.inquirer.com/business/philadelphia-solar-peco-installations-rebate-covid-delays-20200727.html

Pa. lags in COVID-19 nursing home inspections tied to pandemic money
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20200727/pa-lags-in-covid-19-nursing-home-inspections-tied-to-pandemic-money/1

Nursing home operator using Lower Burrell site to care for covid-19 positive patients
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/nursing-home-operator-using-lower-burrell-site-to-care-for-covid-19-positive-patients/

Commuting rabbis and kosher chickens: A rural Pa. poultry processor’s unique challenge in keeping COVID-19 at bay
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2020/07/25/rural-Pa-poultry-processor-s-unique-challenge-in-keeping-COVID-19-at-bay/stories/202007200074

White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/nancy-pelosi-criticizes-republican-pandemic-relief-package-that-trims-unemployment-benefits-20200726.html

Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/virus-vaccine-put-to-final-test-in-thousands-of-volunteers/article_5cce00cb-9daa-5fa8-b445-233d19e90912.html

Legislature

Lawmaker’s rising star crashed to the ground when he killed a man and left the scene in 1999
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/07/lawmakers-rising-star-crashed-to-the-ground-when-he-killed-a-man-and-left-the-scene-in-1999.html

Crime/Punishment

Two dead in domestic homicide in Cheltenham, police say
https://www.inquirer.com/crime/two-dead-cheltenham-double-homicide-domestic-20200726.html

A church’s call for criminal justice reform reaches Episcopal diocese of central Pennsylvania
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/a-churchs-call-for-criminal-justice-reform-reaches-episcopal-diocese-of-central-pennsylvania.html

Education

Local school districts share $10M in CARES, other COVID-19 relief funding
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/local-school-districts-share-10m-in-cares-other-covid-19-relief-funding/article_ad7cd5eb-057d-5e0e-ab0a-32f7b65f4cc1.html

Remote learning gains steam in Pennsylvania’s largest school districts
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/remote-learning-gains-steam-in-pennsylvanias-largest-school-districts/

Colleges plan for students’ arrival next month
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/education/colleges-plan-for-students-arrival-next-month/article_f60aaad5-a395-5f7b-bd71-363702b36253.html

‘It will be weird’: Pa. college students gear up for unprecedented semester
https://www.pennlive.com/reopeningpa/2020/07/it-will-be-weird-pa-college-students-gear-up-for-unprecedented-semester.html

Elections/Politics

Inside 100 days to the presidential election, 9 things that could change the race
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/27/inside-100-days-to-the-presidential-election-9-things-that-could-change-the-race/

Health Care

Pottstown Hospital nurses and the community are dismayed at the Tower Health decision to close the maternity ward
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/pottstown-hospital-nurses-and-the-community-are-dismayed-at-the-tower-health-decision-to-close/article_7025d89c-bc9c-11ea-8a32-67a05140e3e9.html

Tower Health fights to weather the pandemic storm
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/tower-health-fights-to-weather-the-pandemic-storm/article_846dcfae-cace-11ea-813a-6b273107310f.html

Local News

Judge reverses Scranton Zoning Board approval for homeless shelter in 500 block of Wyoming Avenue
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-reverses-scranton-zoning-board-approval-for-homeless-shelter-in-500-block-of-wyoming-avenue/article_ad7c84eb-36da-5dd5-bcf8-dcef52a734f2.html

Westmoreland Big Brothers Big Sisters group gets creative to raise cash during the coronavirus pandemic
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-big-brothers-big-sisters-group-gets-creative-to-raise-cash-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Luzerne County Council halts plan for in-person meeting
https://www.timesleader.com/news/793691/luzerne-county-council-halts-plan-for-in-person-meeting

Community steps up with gardening effort
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/community-steps-up-with-gardening-effort/article_b7d0fd6a-2a7f-5378-ad30-6f4f86c6509c.html

Fireworks ordinance considered by Shenandoah council
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/fireworks-ordinance-considered-by-shenandoah-council/article_22239890-c7e6-54c1-9ba6-6d9be5de7bd3.html

National News

Body of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis crosses Selma bridge
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/john-lewis-body-carried-across-selma-alabama-edmund-pettus-bridge-civil-rights-20200726.html

As long as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk the streets, none of us are truly free | Will Bunch
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/breonna-taylor-killed-louisville-police-investigation-hankison-20200726.html

Mike Ditka rips kneeling athletes: ‘Get the hell out of the country’
https://triblive.com/sports/mike-ditka-rips-kneeling-athletes-get-the-hell-out-of-the-country/

Philly

Face masks are required on SEPTA. Now if only more riders would comply.
https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-face-masks-requirement-new-coronavirus-rules-20200727.html

It’s not ‘unconstitutional’ to cancel a parade — or to call out racist cops | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/bill-mcswain-mummers-parade-philadelphia-police-lawsuit-first-amendment-20200727.html

In Philadelphia, how Black activists are getting out the vote in an election unlike any other
https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/in-philadelphia-how-black-activists-are-getting-out-the-vote-in-an-election-unlike-any-other/

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in Southwest Philly, police say
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-shooting-kingsessing-20200726.html

Police cars set on fire in Philadelphia
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/police-cars-set-on-fire-in-philadelphia.html

Pitt

Us: Feed the Hood founder nourishes body and soul
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/neighborhood/2020/07/27/Us-Homewood-chef-Carlos-Thomas-Feed-the-Hood-Third-Presbyterian-Church-Pittsburgh/stories/202005240015

Man stable after Sheraden shooting
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/07/27/Man-stable-after-Sheraden-shooting/stories/202007270055

Man dies after being shot in vehicle at Wilkinsburg intersection
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/26/Man-dies-shot-shooting-Wilkinsburg-intersection-Ardmore-Marlboro/stories/202007260145

State News

30 years later, Americans with Disabilities Act still lauded but ‘work is never done’
https://triblive.com/local/regional/30-years-later-americans-with-disabilities-act-still-lauded-but-work-is-never-done/

Pennsylvania-American Water $138.6 million rate hike subject of virtual public hearings
https://www.mcall.com/business/mc-biz-pennsylvania-american-water-rate-hearings-20200727-im7behalbzflzbj3dwdmr5ywfm-story.html

Transportation

PennDOT catches up on delayed road work but $120 million in new projects remains on hold
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/07/27/PennDOT-COVID-19-road-work-delayed-projects-Allegheny-Beaver-Lawrence-counties/stories/202007230090

Reading Area Transportation Study group approves $274.8 million four-year transportation plan
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/transportation/reading-area-transportation-study-group-approves-274-8-million-four-year-transportation-plan/article_07538cbe-cdbe-11ea-9154-d33b8e24ab84.html

Washington

House Dems vote to remove Confederate statues with an assist from Pa. Republicans
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2020/07/27/Pittsburgh-area-lawmakers-vote-remove-Confederate-statues-rename-military-bases-US/stories/202007230126