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Coronavirus – COVID-19

Pennsylvania coronavirus cases are trending up, with worries about bars, young people, and the Jersey Shore
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-deaths-cases-philadelphia-new-jersey-pennsylvania-jersey-shore-atlantic-city-20200702.html

Pa. reports 832 new covid-19 cases, tells residents to quarantine if visiting these 15 states
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/832-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-pennsylvania/

Allegheny County tops 230 new coronavirus cases
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-tops-230-new-coronavirus-cases-no-deaths/

12 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/12-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county/article_5f8e9211-0631-5534-832c-17d87a5661f6.html

COVID-19 cases rise in NEPA, state data released Thursday shows
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-cases-rise-in-nepa-state-data-released-thursday-shows/article_2a5b1724-ca46-5496-b372-0019bd4f6e22.html

Westmoreland has another double-digit spike in coronavirus cases, commissioners issue warning
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-has-another-double-digit-spike-in-new-coronavirus-cases/

New Berks County coronavirus cases up by 4 as state records 832, most since May 22
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/new-berks-county-coronavirus-cases-up-by-4-as-state-records-832-most-since-may/article_6e94d0de-bc68-11ea-b161-179406ede836.html

Analysis: Testing rate in Luzerne County relatively stable
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790291/analysis-testing-rate-in-luzerne-county-relatively-stable

Montgomery County officials launch ‘Mask Up, Montco’ campaign
https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/news/region/montgomery-county-officials-launch-mask-up-montco-campaign/article_3b489fb1-7dc6-5962-bdf9-1a8d97b147a9.html

Coronavirus hospitalization rise across U.S. is cause for concern
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-us-resurgences-hospitalizations-rising-20200703.html

Penn State announces first student death from COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/02/Penn-State-University-state-college-coronavirus-COVID-19-death-Juan-Garcia/stories/202007020127

Penn State student from Allentown dies from coronavirus at 21, possibly youngest in state
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-juan-garcia-penn-state-student-covid-death-20200702-albrliisifasvdw5ddeotzmdj4-story.html

Recruiting contact tracers
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/07/03/Pennsylvania-contact-tracing-recruitment-training-college-students/stories/202006180081

Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/03/Secret-Service-agents-Pence-Arizona-trip-coronavirus/stories/202007030079

As Phillies, MLB teams await more test results, doctor expects ‘steady number’ of COVID-19 cases
https://www.inquirer.com/sports/phillies-training-camp-covid-19-testing-2020-mlb-season-20200702.html

Kim Jong Un reaffirmed North Korea’s claim to not have had a single case of COVID-19
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2020/07/03/Kim-Jong-Un-urges-North-Koreans-to-keep-up-fight-COVID-19-virus/stories/202007030075

Legislature

In Pa.’s growing fireworks war, it’s fed-up residents vs. cold, hard cash
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/spl/fireworks-pennsylvania-ban-repeal-complaints-20200703.html

Pa. Gov. Wolf signs law requiring insurers to cover costly supplemental breast cancer screenings
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/pa-gov-wolf-signs-law-requiring-insurers-to-cover-costly-supplemental-breast-cancer-screenings.html

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs into law state universities’ reform bill that opens the door to dramatic changes
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/pa-gov-tom-wolf-signs-into-law-state-universities-reform-bill-that-opens-the-door-to-dramatic-changes.html

Mullery-sponsored bill to reduce flood risk in Plymouth
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/mullery-sponsored-bill-to-reduce-flood-risk-in-plymouth/article_dbbdb571-fc3b-5c91-beca-baeb08ed7550.html

Booms a bust? State ponders fireworks rules
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/booms-a-bust-state-ponders-fireworks-rules/article_b1d75d22-5a38-54fe-9c26-11759ec93c07.html

Administration

Our Opinion: Gov. Wolf is the tyrant we need
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/our-opinion-gov-wolf-is-the-tyrant-we-need/article_8c5452ed-6e4c-52f5-a8c2-d00c8cfc3515.html

Pennsylvania is changing its emergency management contractor in the middle of a pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/phmc-takes-emergency-managment-contract-hap-wolf-levine-20200703.html

Budget

Rocked by COVID economy, Pa. finishes 2019-20 budget year $3.2B in the red
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/rocked-by-covid-economy-pa-finishes-2019-20-budget-year-3-2b-in-the-red/

Business

Congress acts to protect the Philly region’s defense plants, giving Lockheed Martin and Boeing a boost
https://www.inquirer.com/business/technology/defense-philadelphia-chinook-helicopters-boeing-lockheedmartin-congress-trump-20200703.html

Some Realtors are moving away from using the term ‘master bedroom’
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/master-bedroom-real-estate-terminology-20200703.html

3 workers test positive for covid-19 at Penn Hills Shop ‘n Save
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/three-workers-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-penn-hills-shop-n-save/

Man rips face mask off employee at beer store: ‘You don’t need that’
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/man-rips-face-mask-off-employee-at-beer-store-you-dont-need-that-video.html

Crime/Punishment

Pa. to train more local police officers as experts in spotting DUI drivers
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2020/07/02/Grant-training-pennsylvania-police-officers-drug-recognition-experts-DUI-drugs-driving/stories/202007020114

Allentown Police Department releases full use-of-force policy
https://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-nws-allentown-police-use-of-force-policy-20200702-otjvdat6ene3dkjvuxtqkzxw5a-story.html

Education

2 North Hills School District students test positive for covid-19 following hockey tryouts
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/two-north-hills-school-district-students-test-positive-for-covid-19-following-hockey-tryouts/

‘Death by a thousand cuts’: Controversy in Lebanon County school district highlights Pa.’s education challenges
https://www.penncapital-star.com/education/death-by-a-thousand-cuts-controversy-in-lebanon-county-school-district-highlights-pa-s-education-challenges/

Face mask ‘gray area’ leaves Pennsylvania high schools in uncertain territory
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/sports/high-school/2020/07/03/pennsylvania-high-schools-suddenly-face-mask-gray-area/5371341002/

CMU leader says his school wants to be on ‘the right side of history’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/02/CMU-president-Farnam-Jahanian-race-inequity-Black-Lives-Matter-diversity-police/stories/202007020128

Penn to remove statue of slavery supporter, forms group to look at campus iconography
https://www.inquirer.com/news/penn-statue-remove-whitefield-racism-university-20200702.html

Ohio schools will be required to implement mask policy for reopening
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2020/07/02/Ohio-coronavirus-Gov-DeWine-schools-masks-reopening-COVID-19/stories/202007020159

Elections/Politics

The most important Pennsylvania congressional races used to be in the Philly suburbs. Not anymore.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-2020-congressional-races-20200703.html

Local News

Scranton to beef up fireworks enforcement
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-to-beef-up-fireworks-enforcement/article_5cdf6a7b-7b44-54ba-a651-4f53b917d45e.html

Lackawanna County cancels events
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/lackawanna-county-cancels-events/article_f44cfa97-0367-5c14-a7d6-0beee3f7f489.html

Courts said President Trump can’t block constituents on Twitter. What about Montgomery County Commissioner Gale?
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/joe-gale-lawsuit-montgomery-county-facebook-twitter-instagram-black-lives-matter-20200702.html

Opponents of Berks County Residential Center target house of second commissioner for protest
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/opponents-of-berks-county-residential-center-target-house-of-second-commissioner-for-protest/article_84a1abbc-bc82-11ea-94ee-3b9ac0e42a98.html

Upper Darby residents rally to ‘Back the Blue’
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/upper-darby-residents-rally-to-back-the-blue/article_e21f4884-bcc4-11ea-8f9c-8b1e21b8375e.html

Bike ride will pay homage to three McKeesport heroes
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2020/07/03/Bike-ride-honor-three-McKeesport-heroes-William-Sample-Helen-Richey-Franklin-Phillips/stories/202006290111

Noose found hanging in Leechburg park
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/noose-found-hanging-in-leechburg-park/

Luzerne County buildings off-limits to those returning from virus-hit states
https://www.timesleader.com/news/790169/luzerne-county-buildings-off-limits-to-those-returning-from-virus-hit-states

Pandemic restrictions cause dip in some Wilkes-Barre revenues
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pandemic-restrictions-cause-dip-in-some-wilkes-barre-revenues/article_0725ed62-a10e-5809-8f4e-620101a40296.html

Census task force to address low response in Wilkes-Barre
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/census-task-force-to-address-low-response-in-wilkes-barre/article_b4e66ec9-9f57-51f7-a662-27bd0d821ff1.html

Sunday call volume peaks as officers respond to noise, other complaints
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/sunday-call-volume-peaks-as-officers-respond-to-noise-other-complaints-1.2641186

National News

Video shows white woman pulling pistol on black mother, daughter in Michigan
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2020/07/02/Auburn-Hills-white-woman-pulling-gun-black-mom-daughter-video-couple-charged/stories/202007020173

New Jersey

In New Jersey schools, climate change education will be mandatory
https://www.inquirer.com/education/climate-change-new-jersey-mandatory-curriculum-tammy-murphy-20200702.html

Philly

Philly set out to decriminalize protests. Instead, critics say, it’s silencing free speech.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-protests-citations-code-violations-illegal-arrests-20200703.html

Philadelphia delays reopening of landlord-tenant court, a reprieve for renters struggling during the pandemic
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/housing/landlord-tenant-court-reopen-philadelphia-delay-coronavirus-20200702.html

Union’s minor-league team to resume July 18 with first Philadelphia-area game in any sport since pandemic began
https://www.inquirer.com/soccer/usl-schedule-coronavirus-philadelphia-union-20200702.html

Rizzo, Columbus statue defenders are back in court, challenging city handling of memorials
https://www.inquirer.com/news/rizzo-columbus-statute-bochetto-south-philadelphia-legal-kenney-20200702.html

Philly experiencing ‘second wave’ of coronavirus
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/philly-experiencing-second-wave-of-coronavirus/article_901c2f95-60ed-573e-852e-d48f3646237f.html

Mixed-income housing project divides Baptist church and East Oak Lane neighborhood
https://www.penncapital-star.com/working-the-economy/mixed-income-housing-project-divides-baptist-church-and-east-oak-lane-neighborhood/

Violent extremist or dedicated activist? A battle rages to define the demonstrator charged with torching Philly police cars
https://www.inquirer.com/news/lore-elisabeth-blumenthal-philly-protests-justice-department-george-floyd-demonstrations-20200702.html

Teens from these elite Philly schools were trading sexist, racist texts. Their parents need to do better. | Jenice Armstrong
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/central-masterman-high-school-racist-sexist-philly-hite-jenice-armstrong-20200702.html

There will be no reckoning on race with clueless leaders in charge | Helen Ubiñas
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/philadelphia-police-fishtown-black-lives-matter-protests-helen-ubinas-20200702.html

‘Stuck again’: Philly’s restaurant owners scramble to respond to indoor dining delay
https://www.witf.org/2020/07/02/stuck-again-phillys-restaurant-owners-scramble-to-respond-to-indoor-dining-delay/

Pitt

Allegheny County bars, restaurants ordered closed as new COVID-19 cases double
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2020/07/02/COVID-19-coronavirus-Allegheny-County-Western-Pennsylvania-cases-deaths-data-pandemic-200/stories/202007020115

Allegheny County orders bars, restaurants to halt on-premises dining for a week
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-orders-bars-restaurants-to-halt-on-premises-dining-for-a-week/

Pittsburgh protest targets alcohol ban: Bar, restaurant owners and workers feel singled out
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2020/07/02/covid-19-mitigation-expands-bars-restaurants-owners-workers-feeling-singled-out/stories/202007020139

‘It’s getting ridiculous,’ bar owner says of alcohol ban during Allegheny County protest
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/protest-on-allegheny-county-alcohol-ban-will-go-on-without-bar-owner-who-organized-it/

As ‘green’ stage rolls out, a tight-knit group of entrepreneurs shares the wins and the setbacks
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/07/03/entrepreneurs-COVID-19-small-business-reopening-challenges-support-group-eForever/stories/202007020031

Panel explores impact of pandemic, police violence on Black youth
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/02/Black-students-impact-COVID-19-police-violence-Teach-the-Teachers-Youth-Panel/stories/202007020155

Saturday ‘Trump Boat Parade’ still on despite new county gathering limits
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2020/07/02/Trump-Boat-Parade-Saturday-Tricia-Cunningham-Allegheny-County-gathering-limits/stories/202007020164

More than 10K sign up for Trump boat parade, rally in Pittsburgh, organizer says
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/trump-boat-parade-planned-for-pittsburgh-on-fourth-of-july/

Pirates close PNC Park to outsiders, adjust summer camp schedule
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2020/07/02/allegheny-county-covid-19-cases-rise-pittsburgh-pirates-pnc-park-camp/stories/202007020158

In wake of Allegheny County coronavirus outbreak, Pirates close PNC Park workouts to media
https://triblive.com/sports/in-wake-of-allegheny-county-coronavirus-outbreak-pirates-close-pnc-park-workouts-to-media/

Large majority of PPS union staff support police in schools, survey shows
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2020/07/02/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-police-Federation-of-Teachers-survey-majority-support/stories/202007020148

Levin Furniture to open 17 locations in Pittsburgh and Cleveland
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2020/07/02/Levin-Furniture-Robert-Levine-Art-Van-Furniture-LLC/stories/202007020157

It’s owned by Mark Cuban. It’s on the riverfront. And it’s for sale
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2020/07/03/Mark-Cuban-Fort-Duquesne-Boulevard-Downtown-CBRE-Dallas-Mavericks-Walnut-Capital/stories/202007030055

Richard King Mellon Foundation adds $10 million to its earlier $15 million commitment for covid-19 issues
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/richard-king-mellon-foundation-adds-10-million-to-its-earlier-15-million-commitment-for-covid-19-issues/

State News

No license required: Free fishing day Saturday
https://triblive.com/local/regional/no-license-required-free-fishing-day-saturday/

Public hearings scheduled via Zoom for proposed Columbia Gas bill hike
https://triblive.com/local/regional/public-hearings-scheduled-via-zoom-for-proposed-columbia-gas-bill-hike/

Gun sales surge nationally and in Pennsylvania amid fears of coronavirus and unrest
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/gun-sales-surge-nationally-and-in-pennsylvania-amid-fears-of-coronavirus-and-unrest/article_5e5868a0-bc92-11ea-a76c-2fef2f384662.html

How safe are Pennsylvania’s lakes and streams for fishing, swimming and drinking?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/07/how-safe-are-pennsylvanias-lakes-and-streams-for-fishing-swimming-and-drinking.html

Transportation

Fireworks, alcohol help fuel Fourth of July’s ranking as one of deadliest times of year. Police urge drivers to use caution
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-drunk-driving-fourth-of-july-20200702-zaxp5kdnhrhgnou4t5ikyja4wq-story.html