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Legislature

Pa. bill would protect mom-and-pop subcontractors from construction errors they didn’t cause
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/pennsylvania-bill-anti-indemnity-hold-harmless-subcontractors-construction-accident-liability-driscoll-stephens-20190730.html

Pennsylvania may raise tobacco sales age to 21. Science says that could slash smoking rates.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/tobacco-21-law-smoking-cigarettes-vaping-preemption-yale-university-pennsylvania-20190730.html

Santarsiero opening satellite office in Tullytown
https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190729/santarsiero-opening-satellite-office-in-tullytown

Speed cameras to be installed on Interstate 78 in Berks County
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/speed-cameras-to-be-installed-in-interstate-78-in-berks-county

Local lawmaker introduces legislation to create Pipeline Early Detection and Warning board
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/local/local-lawmaker-introduces-legislation-to-create-pipeline-early-detection-and/article_d80feb5e-b217-11e9-9d35-0752dccc7fea.html

Carroll: State needs to make changes to transportation funding
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/carroll-state-needs-to-make-changes-to-transportation-funding-1.2514082

Burns asks Shapiro to give Cambria County share of restitution from Big Pharma
https://www.tribdem.com/news/burns-asks-shapiro-to-give-cambria-county-share-of-restitution/article_7622f720-b27f-11e9-a27b-4b9a66bc20bb.html

A new state grant program will help poor defendants in capital punishment cases. Why aren’t reformers satisfied?
https://www.penncapital-star.com/civil-rights-social-justice/a-new-state-grant-program-will-help-poor-defendants-in-capital-murder-cases-why-arent-reformers-satisfied/

For women seeking power in Harrisburg, look to Carson City | Fletcher McClellan
https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/for-women-seeking-power-in-harrisburg-look-to-carson-city-fletcher-mcclellan/

Administration

Gov. Wolf: 200,000 Pennsylvanians jeopardized by Trump’s food stamps move
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/200k-jeopardized-by-trumps-food-stamps-move-governor-warns-20190729.html

State DHS secretary: USDA’s cuts to food stamps would punish working families
https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/pennsylvania-department-human-services-secretary-trump-administrations-cuts-food

Business

Capital One target of massive data breach
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2019/07/29/Capital-One-100-million-data-breach-credit/stories/201907290125

Uber to cut about 400 employees, citing worry of slowing growth
https://www.inquirer.com/business/uber-cut-about-400-employees-citing-worry-slowing-growth-20190729.html

California company to buy 5 central Pa. properties with almost 2 million square feet of space
https://www.pennlive.com/life/2019/07/california-company-to-purchase-5-central-pa-warehouses-with-almost-2-million-square-feet-of-space-combined.html

Crime/Punishment

Two accused in W.Pa.’s largest-ever fentanyl bust appear in federal court
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/29/fentanyl-seizure-pennsylvania-turnpike-westmoreland-county-largest-state-police-guzman-taveras/stories/201907290090

Fifth community joins effort to form regional police force in Mon Valley
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/07/30/Fifth-community-joins-effort-to-form-regional-police-force-in-Mon-Valley/stories/201907290087

Westmoreland wants to expand program to help curb drug use by jail inmates
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/westmoreland-wants-to-expand-program-to-help-curb-drug-use-by-jail-inmates/

Judge boosts courthouse screening after sheriff’s office lets man skip security
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/judge-boosts-courthouse-screening-after-sheriffs-office-lets-man-skip-security.html

Education

Scranton school recovery plan calls for greater transparency, end of confidentiality agreements by Sept.1
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-school-recovery-plan-calls-for-greater-transparency-end-of-confidentiality-agreements-by-sept-1-1.2513958

Luzerne County won’t meet Thursday target for school tax bill mailing
https://www.timesleader.com/news/751240/luzerne-county-wont-meet-thursday-target-for-school-tax-bill-mailing

AG: State overpaid Stroudsburg nearly $500K
https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20190729/ag-state-overpaid-stroudsburg-nearly-500k

Hanover Area hires new superintendent at $118,000 starting salary
https://www.timesleader.com/news/751190/hanover-area-hires-new-superintendent-at-118000-starting-salary

Good for Duquesne: School district challenges charters for kids
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2019/07/30/Charter-schools-Duquesne-City-district-education-online/stories/201907260022

Receiver shows there will be changes in Harrisburg schools, and it’s long overdue | PennLive Editorial
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/07/receiver-shows-its-no-longer-business-as-usual-in-harrisburg-schools-pennlive-editorial.html

Area colleges, universities named to Colleges of Distinction list
https://triblive.com/local/regional/area-colleges-universities-named-to-colleges-of-distinction-list/

Penn State files federal trademark lawsuit against Florida brewing company
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/penn-state-files-federal-trademark-lawsuit-against-florida-brewing-company/

Elections/Politics

GOP loses registration majority in Cumberland County: Could the county turn blue?
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/gop-loses-registration-majority-could-cumberland-county-turn-blue.html

NEPA counties have higher rate of late absentee ballots than state average
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/nepa-counties-have-higher-rate-of-late-absentee-ballots-than-state-average-1.2513955

Watch parties planned for Democratic debates
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/watch-parties-planned-for-democratic-debates-1.2514024

GOP in Pa. swing county posts, then deletes, ‘Jihad Squad’ image
https://www.witf.org/news/2019/07/gop-in-pa-swing-county-posts-then-deletes-jihad-squad-image.php

Gaming

Fantasy sports giant enters Pennsylvania betting market
https://www.inquirer.com/business/fanduel-mobile-sports-betting-online-launches-pennsylvania-shaking-up-market-20190729.html

Health Care

Sen. Bob Casey tells Berks roundtable Republicans must have viable replacement for Obamacare
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/sen-bob-casey-tells-berks-roundtable-republicans-must-have-viable-replacement-for-obamacare

Central Pa. hospitals rank among the best in the state and the country: U.S. News & World Report
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/two-central-pa-hospitals-rank-among-very-best-in-state-us-news-world-report.html

Local News

Pedri: Completed audit, 911 borrowing numbers this week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pedri-completed-audit-911-borrowing-numbers-this-week-1.2514067

Brown wants action on Wilkes-Barre City Hall fire escape
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/brown-wants-action-on-wilkes-barre-city-hall-fire-escape-1.2514081

Kiwanis Club of Wilkes-Barre sponsors ‘Pets on Parade’ on Public Square
https://www.timesleader.com/news/751234/kiwanis-club-of-wilkes-barre-sponsors-pets-on-parade-on-public-square

Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail work continues
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/countryside-conservancy-trolley-trail-work-continues-1.2514089

Scranton set to lease/purchase two garbage trucks
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-set-to-lease-purchase-two-garbage-trucks-1.2513926

Scranton City Council accepting letters of interest for vacant council seat
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-city-council-accepting-letters-of-interest-for-vacant-council-seat-1.2514103

Local officials sifting through meaning of Mylan/Pfizer merger
https://triblive.com/local/regional/local-officials-sifting-through-meaning-of-mylan-pfizer-merger/

Walsh helped Scranton move forward
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/walsh-helped-scranton-move-forward-1.2513947

Brian Shaw memorial fundraiser to be bigger than last year, organizers say
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/brian-shaw-memorial-fundraiser-to-be-bigger-than-last-year-organizers-say/

Caron Treatment Centers dedicates a refurbished building to a man who donated more than $1 million over 25 years
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/caron-dedicates-residential-dining-hall-in-memory-of-longtime-supporter

Missing autistic boy, 13, from Lower Heidelberg Township found following search
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/autistic-boy-reported-missing-from-lower-heidelberg-home

Natural Gas

Murrysville fracking well hearing focuses on truck traffic
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/murrysville-fracking-well-hearing-focuses-on-truck-traffic/

Opioid Crisis

Twenty-six dead from drug overdoses in Beaver County in 2019
https://www.timesonline.com/news/20190729/twenty-six-dead-from-drug-overdoses-in-beaver-county-in-2019

Philly

Philly seeks money for 2020 Census after Pa. legislators reject funding request
https://www.inquirer.com/news/2020-census-funding-philadelphia-budget-pennsylvania-new-jersey-20190729.html

People with autism face special risks dealing with police. This virtual reality program could help.
https://www.inquirer.com/health/autism-virtual-reality-police-childrens-hospital-of-philadelphia-st-josephs-university-20190730.html

To lure dues-paying millennials, Philly museums tap into ‘experiences’
https://www.inquirer.com/life/museums-philadelphia-events-membership-after-hours-science-art-history-20190730.html

30th Street Station’s old Amtrak Solari board now on display at Railroad Museum
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/amtrak-solari-board-30th-street-station-railroad-museum-20190729.html

Temple University reaches deal to sell Fox Chase Cancer Center
https://www.inquirer.com/business/health/temple-university-jefferson-fox-chase-cancer-deal-20190729.html

The mass shooting on Sunday night that you haven’t heard about | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/mass-shooting-philadelphia-elmwood-gun-violence-gilroy-garlic-california-20190729.html

Cory Booker to hold Philadelphia event Aug. 7
https://www.inquirer.com/news/cory-booker-philadelphia-rally-aug-7-20190729.html

Hahnemann cautionary tale
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/hahnemann-cautionary-tale-1.2513949

City residents give new voting machines test run
https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/city-residents-give-new-voting-machines-test-run/article_a25d28ae-369c-5bc3-acfe-3351c2a77169.html

Pitt

With an eye toward 2070, Pittsburgh wants your ideas about its future transportation needs
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2019/07/29/Pittsburgh-2070-transportation-vision-plan-future-walking-biking-public-transit-driving/stories/201907290065

Anticipation — Heinz may leave Heinz Field
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2019/07/29/Heinz-Field-Kraft-Heinz-Naming-Rights-Pittsburgh-Steelers-PPG-football-advertising/stories/201907290112

No more ‘Heinz Field’? New name suggestions abound on social media
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/no-more-heinz-field-new-name-suggestions-abound-on-social-media/

A ‘gigantic mess.’ Penn Hills officials blame fire’s severity on gas company’s response
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2019/07/29/Penn-Hills-Churchill-Center-fire-chief-Bill-Jeffcoats-blames-People-s-Gas-company-slow-reaction/stories/201907290067

Penn Hills manager slams Peoples Gas for response to plaza fire
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/peoples-gas-response-to-penn-hills-fire-a-complete-insult-township-manager-says/

Carnegie Museum will use $1.3M grant for climate change education in rural Western Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2019/07/29/Carnegie-Museum-science-grant-climate-change-education-rural-Western-Pennsylvania/stories/201907290080

Oakmont clinic brings different approach to helping children with autism
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2019/07/29/Oakmont-clinic-different-approach-behavioral-techniques-autism-Pittsburgh-Behavioral-Services-children/stories/201907270006

Transgender former inmates and advocates call for change at heated jail oversight board meeting
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/07/29/Transgender-former-inmates-advocates-Allegheny-County-Jail-assault-harassment-solitary/stories/201907290119

Quilters present handmade pieces to first responders injured at Tree of Life
https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2019/07/29/pittsburgh-squirrel-hill-tree-of-life-synagogue-injured-police-quilts/stories/201907290079

Allegheny County releases interactive map locating landslides across county
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/allegheny-county-releases-interactive-map-locating-landslides-across-the-county/

Couple sues Pittsburgh over landslide that destroyed their home
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/couple-sues-pittsburgh-over-landslide-that-destroyed-their-home/

Allegheny River lock 2 to close to all boat traffic for repairs
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/lock-on-allegheny-river-popular-with-recreational-boaters-to-close-until-fall/

Mac Miller tribute planned at Blue Slide Park on 1-year anniversary of his death
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/fans-plan-to-honor-anniversary-of-mac-millers-death-at-blue-slide-park/

State News

Pennsylvania revokes marijuana grower’s permit after weed mysteriously disappears
https://www.inquirer.com/business/weed/agrimed-cannabis-marijuana-pennsylvania-denied-permit-renewal-20190729.html

Here are some of the latest steps states are taking to deal with PFAS water contamination
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pfas-state-action-water-contamination-20190729.html

Bufalino film to premiere at New York Film Festival
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/bufalino-film-to-premiere-at-new-york-film-festival-1.2514076

Transportation

Route 908 Extension work detours traffic in Fawn, Frazer
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/route-908-extension-work-detours-traffic-in-fawn-frazer/

PennDOT wants to hear about your safe-driving habits, and also your unsafe ones
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/penndot-wants-to-hear-about-your-safe-driving-habits-and-also-your-unsafe-ones-1.2513960

Portion of Cross Valley down to one lane today
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/portion-of-cross-valley-down-to-one-lane-today-1.2514057

Taxpayers foot the bill for ‘V-toll’ violations that state-owned vehicles rack up
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/taxpayers-foot-the-bill-for-v-toll-violations-that-state-owned-vehicles-rack-up.html

V-tolls: What they are and why you might be paying them if you travel the Pa. Turnpike
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/v-tolls-what-they-are-and-why-you-might-be-paying-them-if-you-travel-the-pa-turnpike.html

Pa.’s four-year-long partnership to fix 558 bridges approaches its conclusion
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/07/pas-four-year-long-partnership-to-fix-558-bridges-approaches-its-conclusion.html

Washington

Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/trump-blasts-black-congressman-racist-20190730.html

McConnell defends blocking election security bill, rejects idea he is aiding Russia
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/mcconnell-defends-blocking-election-security-bill-rejects-idea-he-is-aiding-russia-20190729.html

Trump administration official visits Delaware County refinery to hear gripes about ethanol
https://www.inquirer.com/business/epa-wheeler-monroe-energy-refinery-ethanol-toomey-20190729.html