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Legislature

Down to zero: Small payments in canceled assistance program made big impact in recipients’ lives
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2019/07/29/general-assistance-program-ended-pennsylvania-legislature-safety-net/stories/201907250147

Wolf admin says SNAP restriction could impact 200,000 Pennsylvanians
http://www.witf.org/state-house-sound-bites/2019/07/wolf-admin-says-snap-restriction-could-impact-200000-pennsylvanians.php

Philadelphia, state consider rebooting ‘focused deterrence’ to combat gun violence
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/philadelphia-state-consider-rebooting-focused-deterrence-to-combat-gun-violence/article_bc92f66f-61ab-5788-a6a3-49b96daed250.html

Corrections officers want a state review of the parole system, but lawmakers aren’t sure
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/corrections-officers-want-a-state-review-of-the-parole-system-but-lawmakers-arent-sure.html

‘Very optimistic’: Rigby tackles opioids, blight, gas tax in wide-ranging interview
https://www.tribdem.com/news/very-optimistic-rigby-tackles-opioids-blight-gas-tax-in-wide/article_a471795c-b0dc-11e9-a6de-bfb4d8420c06.html

Way to boost participation
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/way-to-boost-participation-1.2513628

Business

Target to roll out new pickup service in 18 locations in southwestern Pennsylvania
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2019/07/29/Target-pick-up-service-18-locations-southwestern-Pennsylvania-driveup-walmart-tower-greensburg/stories/201907290021

Groundhog Day? Rural internet firm says Comcast messes up its bill every month, squashing its prospects.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/comcast-rural-broadband-verizon-pennsylvania-pittsburgh-20190728.html

Crime/Punishment

Ross plaza shootout spurs scrutiny over undercover drug buys in public places
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/shootout-in-ross-shopping-plaza-spurs-scrutiny-over-undercover-drug-buys-in-public-places/

$80K cost of Northampton County death penalty case ignites debate on capital punishment’s expense
https://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-northampton-county-death-penalty-trial-cost-20190729-uybq7c3eyfb6titrvtr7azcfym-story.html

Education

Investigators targeted DeNaples bus deal with Scranton School District
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/investigators-targeted-denaples-bus-deal-with-scranton-school-district-1.2513877

Lunch-shaming must end | PennLive letters
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/07/lunch-shaming-must-end-pennlive-letters.html

Outgoing Temple University board chairman reflects on his 10-year tenure: ‘I’m Temple Made, too, in a way’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/patrick-oconnor-temple-board-cosby-stadium-rankings-20190729.html

Chapter 13 bankruptcy for student loans? It’s possible
https://www.inquirer.com/business/chapter-13-bankruptcy-student-loans-net-price-calculator-laura-perna-penn-20190729.html

Edinboro president focuses on university, community growth
https://www.goerie.com/news/20190729/edinboro-president-focuses-on-university-community-growth

Washington State is betting big on free college. What lessons can Pa. advocates learn? | Opinion
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/washington-state-is-betting-big-on-free-college-what-lessons-can-pa-advocates-learn-opinion/

Elections/Politics

Population estimates show Pennsylvania losing congressional district
https://triblive.com/local/regional/population-estimates-show-pa-losing-congressional-district/

Berks-area congressional fundraising ranges quite a bit
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-area-congressional-fundraising-ranges-quite-a-bit

Local News

YMCA program to focus on fighting childhood obesity
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ymca-program-to-focus-on-fighting-childhood-obesity-1.2513688

Rick Morelli applies for vacant Luzerne County Council seat
https://www.timesleader.com/news/751116/rick-morelli-applies-for-vacant-luzerne-county-council-seat

Carbondale takes ownership of playground property from county
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/carbondale-takes-ownership-of-playground-property-from-county-1.2513876

St. Joe’s Festival: a flea market tradition or an international lesson in compassionate care
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/st-joe-s-festival-a-flea-market-tradition-or-an-international-lesson-in-compassionate-care-1.2513723

Monday Update: Scranton’s ‘castle house’ draws fresh scrutiny
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/monday-update-scranton-s-castle-house-draws-fresh-scrutiny-1.2513727

Plans for 162-acre development off Route 28 a ‘go,’ developer says
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/plans-for-162-acre-development-off-route-28-a-go-developer-says/

Every child gets a chance to be a child in Southwest Greensburg Adaptive Baseball
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/every-child-gets-a-chance-to-be-a-child-in-southwest-greensburg-adaptive-baseball/

South Buffalo police actively patrolling 30 square-miles
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/south-buffalo-police-actively-patrolling-30-square-miles/

Reading discussing purchasing the former Dana South site
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-discussing-purchasing-the-former-dana-south-site

2 weeks after a deadly flash flood, Douglass Township is slowly getting back to normal
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/douglass-twp-slowly-getting-back-to-normal

Frequent flash flooding is keeping Berks emergency coordinators busy
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-emergency-coordinators-keeping-busy

One year after a police officer fatally shot Joseph Santos outside Dorney Park, what’s changed in South Whitehall Township?
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mc-nws-south-whitehall-police-shooting-one-year-later-20190728-wioqk2tdffdizmxvwfcidghpoy-story.html

Lehigh Valley Puerto Rican Day Festival cut short after shots fired in Jordan Park lots
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-shots-fired-jordan-park-puerto-rican-day-festival-20190728-ncu24u2tzbhazidarosizbm3ii-story.html

National News

3 are reported killed and 12 injured at California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/28/Police-responding-to-shooting-at-Gilroy-Garlic-Festival-in-California/stories/201907280153

Natural Gas

The industry says otherwise, but studies identify specific harms that shale-gas pollution can cause for fetuses, newborns, children and teenagers.
https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/fracking-and-health-2/

Philly

With pizza and police sessions, a new organization in West Philly seeks to empower youth
https://www.inquirer.com/life/youth-empowerment-for-advancement-hangout-philadelphia-police-20190729.html

‘One small victory’: A community gathers after firings of Philadelphia police officers for offensive Facebook posts
https://www.inquirer.com/news/one-small-victory-community-gathers-after-firings-philadelphia-police-officers-offensive-facebook-posts-20190729.html

Philly’s top office landlord Brandywine has Texas-sized development plan for expanding Austin stronghold
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/brandywine-realty-trust-austin-texas-broadmoor-schuylkill-yards-philadelphia-train-station-20190729.html

They’re 16. They’re earning free college degrees. How’s it going for these Philly students?
https://www.inquirer.com/education/parkway-middle-college-philadelphia-high-school-community-20190728.html

Philadelphia family hit with $2,500 surprise bill for dental anesthesia
https://www.inquirer.com/health/consumer/dental-insurance-anesthesia-medical-bill-error-20190729.html

High schoolers get paid to learn solar in Philly. It’s about to become a program of study.
https://www.inquirer.com/business/solar-training-high-school-philadelphia-energy-authority-job-growth-20190729.html

3 Roman Catholic churches to close in Society Hill, West Philly, Northeast
https://www.inquirer.com/news/archdiocese-of-philadelphia-closes-holy-trinity-our-lady-of-ransom-saint-rose-of-lima-20190728.html

Dimming the light on civilian complaints against police | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/philadelphia-police-citizen-complaints-facebook-scandal-20190729.html

Hahnemann closure is symptom of a bigger disease | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/hahnemann-health-care-vulnerable-mortality-20190728.html

1 dead, 5 wounded in Philly shooting during rap video production
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/1-dead-5-wounded-in-shooting-in-philly-during-rap-video-production.html

Pitt

County 911 dispatcher claims retaliation for complaints about sleeping co-worker
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/28/County-911-dispatcher-claims-retaliation-for-complaints-about-sleeping-co-worker/stories/201907280139

Several firefighters injured in massive Penn Hills restaruant fire that spread across businesses
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/07/28/Penn-Hills-restaurant-fire-spreads-to-other-businesses/stories/201907280151

‘A complete tragedy’: Braddock mourns loss of street preacher, activist against gun violence
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/28/Braddock-mourns-loss-rev-sheldon-stoudemire-street-preacher-anti-violence-activist-to-gun-violence/stories/201907280136

City fears cable access channel funding loss if FCC approves new rule Aug. 1
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/29/City-Pittsburgh-cable-public-access-tv-television-channel-funding-loss-FCC-new-rule-franchise-fees-local-Aug-1/stories/201907250100

For the weekend, we were Picklesburgh
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/recreation/2019/07/28/Picklesburgh-Pittsburgh-pickle-festival-2019-Clemente-Bridge-tourism/stories/201907280122

Details of undercover Pittsburgh police alcohol expenditures not for public consumption
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/29/narcotics-imprest-fund-pittsburgh-police-undercover-detectives-alcohol-receipts-pittinger-lamb-honick/stories/201907280072

Start the healing: Pitt, UPMC receive grant to treat sickle cell disease
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/29/Start-the-healing-Pitt-UPMC-receive-grant-to-treat-sickle-cell-disease/stories/201907200008

Progressive Democrat Hallam got personal in Allegheny County Council primary campaign
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/progressive-democrat-hallam-got-personal-in-allegheny-county-council-primary-campaign/

How 3 new Allegheny County Democrats are shaking up the party’s old guard
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/how-3-new-allegheny-county-democrats-are-shaking-up-the-partys-old-guard/

State News

Thousands of homeowners in the Philly region may be paying too much in property taxes. The deadline to do something about it is Aug. 1
https://www.inquirer.com/news/assessment-appeal-montco-chester-bucks-delco-delaware-county-reassessment-20190729.html

Boy, 10, shot in leg in freak incident on ‘Harry Potter Night’ at IronPigs game in Allentown
https://www.inquirer.com/news/ironpigs-boy-shot-harry-potter-night-quiddich-20190728.html

Hanover Twp. police chief talks new post
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/hanover-twp-police-chief-talks-new-post-1.2513746

Bald eagle found fatally shot in Erie County
https://triblive.com/local/regional/bald-eagle-found-fatally-shot-in-erie-county/

Record rainfall has caused significant problems in Berks County; if it continues, woes will mount
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/the-record-rainfall-of-the-past-year-has-caused-significant-problems-in-berks-county-if-it-continues-woes-will-mount

Penn State hosting hemp discussion at Lancaster Co. research farm
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/07/penn-state-hosting-hemp-discussion-at-lancaster-co-research-farm.php

Transportation

Pennsylvania Turnpike using technology to clear accident scenes quicker
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/07/28/Pennsylvania-Turnpike-traffic-accidents-technology-International-Bridge-Tunnel-and-Turnpike-Association/stories/201907280028

Washington

Trump Attacks Black Lawmaker Anew, Rejects Racism Accusation
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/trump-attacks-black-lawmaker-anew-rejects-racism-accusation-20190728.html

Trump says director of national intelligence is resigning
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/trump-says-director-of-national-intelligence-is-resigning.html

Bill from U.S. Sens. Toomey, Feinstein would abolish ethanol mandate
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190729/bill-from-us-sens-toomey-feinstein-would-abolish-ethanol-mandate