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Legislature

Pashinski, officials pitch increase in fees for dog licenses
https://www.timesleader.com/news/713367/pashinski-officials-pitch-increase-in-fees-for-dog-licenses

Five-Finger Discount: A look at Pennsylvania’s three strikes law for retail theft
https://cumberlink.com/news/local/closer_look/five-finger-discount-a-look-at-pennsylvania-s-three-strikes/article_687d8698-5de3-5557-9115-39f4feb4f040.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Paper shredding event to be held Saturday in Cheswick
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13918920-74/paper-shredding-event-to-be-held-saturday-in-cheswick

Wolf should move forward with methane regulations | Opinion
https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/07/wolf_should_move_forward_with.html#incart_river_index

Administration

Gov. Wolf cabinet leaders hold community discussion at Pitt-Greensburg
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13919605-74/gov-wolf-cabinet-leaders-hold-community-discussion-at-pitt-greensburg

3D Guns

Nine states including Pennsylvania sue the U.S. government and a company over 3D guns
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/07/30/Nine-states-including-Pennsylvania-sue-the-U-S-government-and-a-company-over-3D-guns/stories/201807300168

Effort succeeds to block access to 3D downloadable guns in PA
https://www.timesleader.com/news/713336/effort-succeeds-to-block-access-to-3d-downloadable-guns-in-pa

Pennsylvania reaches deal to halt distribution of 3D gun-printing materials
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13919279-74/state-officials-reach-agreement-to-halt-3d-gun-printing-in-pennsylvania

I’m a sheriff. Don’t flood this country with 3D-printed guns. | Opinion
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/3d-guns-downloadable-weapons-second-amendment-trump-20180730.html

Clergy Sex Abuse

Pa. high court taps ex-Sandusky judge to oversee redaction of Catholic clergy sex abuse report
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/07/30/Judge-John-M-Cleland-Pennsylvania-clergy-sex-abuse-case/stories/201807300139

Pa. Supreme Court sees lack of due process in grand-jury claims
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/07/30/Grand-jury-Catholic-priest-sexual-abuse-Diocese-of-Pittsburgh-Greensburg/stories/201807300110

Partial win for abuse victims
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/partial-win-for-abuse-victims-1.2367623

Fallout from church sex abuse report could resemble Altoona-Johnstown aftermath, experts say
http://www.tribdem.com/news/fallout-from-church-sex-abuse-report-could-resemble-altoona-johnstown/article_e8b837ba-9457-11e8-ae70-fbd597500765.html

Crime/Punishment

Ex-Penn State frat member faces sentencing in pledge’s death
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/07/30/Ex-Penn-State-frat-member-faces-sentencing-in-pledge-s-death-hazing-beta-theta-pi/stories/201807300128

Johnstown pediatrician accused of sexually abusing 29 more children
https://triblive.com/local/regional/13919981-74/johnstown-pediatrician-accused-of-sexually-abusing-29-more-children

Elaine Trombetta, sister of charter school founder who stole $8M in school funds, gets probation
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13920201-74/elaine-trombetta-sister-of-charter-school-founder-who-stole-8m-in-school

Westmoreland County jail to get new kitchen
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13919579-74/westmoreland-county-jail-to-get-new-kitchen

Community corrections center helps reintegrate offenders to society
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/community-corrections-center-helps-reintegrate-offenders-to-society-1.2367781

GED program gains impetus
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/ged-program-gains-impetus-1.2367627

911 tape: South Whitehall officer reports suspect’s “mental issue” before fatal shooting.
http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-nws-south-whitehall-fatal-police-shooting-final-20180730-story.html

Education

St. Margaret School wins school-lunch grant
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/st-margaret-school-wins-school-lunch-grant

EMTA: Audit finds no problem with busing Erie students
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180731/emta-audit-finds-no-problem-with-busing-erie-students

Elections/Politics

Allegheny County Republicans select nominee for Hal English seat
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13918835-74/allegheny-county-republicans-select-nominee-for-hal-english-seat

Candidates forum includes possible Bernstine challenger
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180730/candidates-forum-includes-possible-bernstine-challenger

State changed ‘motor voter’ registration two years ago to weed out noncitizens
https://observer-reporter.com/news/election/state-changed-motor-voter-registration-two-years-ago-to-weed/article_12c13336-9426-11e8-a246-9fa93a384e5f.html

Health Care

Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20180730_ap_09e06d686a1a481fa76e3fd91f3fcbc2.html

Local News

Wilkes-Barre to seek city council’s approval for new contractor for Solomon Creek wall
https://www.timesleader.com/news/713371/wilkes-barre-to-seek-city-councils-approval-for-new-contractor-for-solomon-creek-wall

Prepping for the prez
https://www.timesleader.com/news/713403/prepping-for-the-prez

Crews busy preparing for Trump visit
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/crews-busy-preparing-for-trump-visit-1.2367733

Ex-NAACP officer wants action after remark by W-B official
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/ex-naacp-officer-wants-action-after-remark-by-w-b-official-1.2367649

Pa. American Water upgrading water main in Forty Fort
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/pa-american-water-upgrading-water-main-in-forty-fort-1.2367709

Tour highlights downtown Hazleton redevelopment projects
https://www.timesleader.com/news/713362/tour-highlights-downtown-hazleton-redevelopment-projects

State official impressed with city’s revitalization
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/state-official-impressed-with-city-s-revitalization-1.2367702

Med school researchers tracking down the “hidden population”
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/med-school-researchers-tracking-down-the-hidden-population-1.2367708

State: Scranton on pace for exit from distressed status in two years
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-scranton-on-pace-for-exit-from-distressed-status-in-two-years-1.2367640

NeighborWorks Week lives up to its name
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/neighborworks-week-lives-up-to-its-name-1.2367788

In 3-2 vote, Scranton council approves city rehiring labor counsel
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/in-3-2-vote-scranton-council-approves-city-rehiring-labor-counsel-1.2367735

After Westinghouse: River pollution from old Sharon factory leads to “do not eat fish” advisory
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/07/29/Westinghouse-factory-Sharon-Shenango-river-pollution-pcb-superfund-site-economy-fish-CBS/stories/201807260140

After Westinghouse: Sharon tries to revive its economy, but old factory’s environmental hazards lurk
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2018/07/30/Westinghouse-Sharon-Residents-Unaware-Old-Factory-s-Environmental-Hazards/stories/201807260132

West Deer residents can join ‘no knock list’ to avoid solicitors
https://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13918944-74/west-deer-residents-can-join-no-knock-list-to-avoid-solicitors

Reading has spent millions in health benefits for retired cops still working elsewhere
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-has-spent-millions-in-health-benefits-for-retired-cops-still-working-elsewhere

Kutztown apartment owner sees student rentals declining
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/kutztown-apartment-owner-sees-student-rentals-declining

Marijuana

Scranton marijuana dispensary among first in state to sell ‘dry leaf’
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/scranton-marijuana-dispensary-among-first-in-state-to-sell-dry-leaf-1.2367616

Medical marijuana offers relief
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/07/medical-marijuana-offers-relief/

Pa. medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling dry leaf form Wednesday
http://www.mcall.com/business/healthcare/mc-biz-medical-marijuana-dry-leaf-sale-20180730-story.html

National News

Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight observation of U.S. air travelers since 2010
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/07/30/Air-marshals-have-conducted-secret-in-flight-observation-of-US-air-travelers-since-2010/stories/201807300189

Trump’s Treasury considers a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, sources say
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/07/30/Trump-s-Treasury-considers-a-tax-cut-for-the-wealthiest-Americans-sources-say/stories/201807300190

Former FEMA head of personnel accused of sexual misconduct
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20180730_ap_6923035b48b44fb8841c6cb2ad506560.html

Annual survey flags shady home alarm sales practices as issue to watch
http://www.post-gazette.com/business/money/2018/07/30/survey-flags-shady-home-alarm-sales-consumer-federation-america-complaints/stories/201807300073

Opioid Crisis

State, local officials ask federal authorities for additional help fighting heroin epidemic
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2018/07/30/Pittsburgh-HIDTA-opioids-Tom-Wolf-Governor-heroin-drug-trafficking/stories/201807300106

Overdose death rate continues decline in Beaver County
http://www.timesonline.com/news/20180730/overdose-death-rate-continues-decline-in-beaver-county

Philly

Philadelphia Fusion’s strong finish shows how e-sports can fill arena seats
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/technology/philadelphia-fusion-overwatch-spitfire-espn-disney-esports-comcast-20180731.html

Why Philadelphia’s Suburban Station is in the heart of the city
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/philadelphia-suburban-station-location-pennsylvania-railroad-history-20180730.html

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner owes a debt to citizens when it comes to transparency | Editorial
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/larry-krasner-district-attorney-creditor-michael-giampietro-hired-20180731.html

Philly cop taken to hospital over fentanyl scare
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/philly-cop-taken-to-hospital-over-fentanyl-scare-20180730.html

Mural honors city’s early Black power couple
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/mural-honors-city-s-early-black-power-couple/article_32b1b676-7eaa-51c8-bb35-d2bf0d4d33a9.html

Two friends were kicked out of a cab for being gay. Here’s how the PPA served up justice. | Ronnie Polaneczky
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/ronnie_polaneczky/ppa-philadelphia-lgbt-gay-discrimination-cab-taxi-lyft-uber-polaneczky-20180730.html

TSA’s new CT baggage scanners coming to PHL; could save passengers time and hassle
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/tsas-ct-baggage-scanners-l3-idss-phl-20180730.html

Philly firm files $100M lawsuit in fatal Missouri duck boat sinking
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/duck-boats-100m-lawsuit-missouri-branson-philadelphia-mongeluzzi-firm-20180730.html

Jefferson University to hold ‘Shark Tank’ challenge for marijuana and hemp start-ups
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/marijuana-hemp-shark-tank-jefferson-university-cannabis-jaz-lambert-center-20180730.html

Richard Allen Charter school still looking for renewal
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/richard-allen-charter-school-still-looking-for-renewal/article_6a519609-f2e3-5254-80e5-5e134ffe1062.html

Pitt

UPMC, Pittsburgh councilman reach community deal as part of Mercy expansion
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/07/30/UPMC-Mercy-expansion-community-benefits-Daniel-Lavelle-City-Council-Pittsburgh/stories/201807300134

UPMC agrees to provide social services, minority job opportunities at Mercy Hospital
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13919648-74/upmc-agrees-to-provide-social-services-minority-job-opportunities-at-mercy-hospital

Champion endurance biker dies in jump from Hot Metal Bridge
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/07/30/hot-metal-bridge-jump-pittsburgh-austin-bible-crush-commonwealth/stories/201807300151

Friends: Man who took fatal jump off Hot Metal Bridge likely did so for fun
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13919269-74/friends-say-man-who-jumped-off-hot-metal-bridge-likely-did-so

Military helicopters buzzing above Downtown part of planned safety exercise
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/07/31/Military-helicopters-buzzing-above-Downtown-Pittsburgh-part-of-planned-exercise/stories/201807310071

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh receives $229,000 grants for black artists, agencies
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/books/2018/07/30/Advancing-Black-Arts-Pittsburgh-grant-artist-short-stories-journaling-comic-book-ceramics/stories/201807230156

Pittsburgh’s ‘rapping principal’ channels Drake, welcomes students back with style
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2018/07/30/Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-Miller-Margaret-Starkes-rapping-principal-students-Hill-District/stories/201807300075

Transgender woman allegedly raped by cellmate says she requested single cell
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13919677-74/transgender-woman-allegedly-raped-by-cellmate-says-she-requested-single-cell

Police overtime costs top $1M for Antwon Rose protests
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13919418-74/police-overtime-top-1-million-for-antwon-rose-protests

Crowd sparse at Pittsburgh hearing on $40M building purchase
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13918754-74/sparse-crowd-at-pittsburgh-public-hearing-on-40m-building-purchase

State News

Pa., N.J. suspend tens of thousands of driver’s licenses a year for not paying court costs. Is that constitutional?
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/drivers-license-suspensions-pennsylvania-new-jersey-restoration-20180730.html

State DEP hires Pittsburgh native as new environmental justice director
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2018/07/30/State-DEP-hires-new-environmental-justice-director-Allison-Acevedo/stories/201807240142

$1M Powerball ticket sold in Forest Hills
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2018/07/30/Powerball-ticket-sold-Forest-Hills-Ardmore-Pittsburgh-Allegheny-County/stories/201807300107

NASCAR and organic food make a run together in the Poconos
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nascar-poconos-raceway-organic-farming-food-20180731.html

Army Corps of Engineers ‘horrified’ by photos of man, children fishing beneath Allegheny River dam
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/outdoors/2018/07/30/Army-Corps-of-Engineers-Pittsburgh-Armstrong-County-horrified-fishing-allegheny-river-9-dam/stories/201807300071

WIC Nutrition program expands income guidelines
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/wic-nutrition-program-expands-income-guidelines-1.2367664

USDA announces $4 billion in available water-infrastructure grants
https://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/13919214-74/usda-announces-4-billion-in-available-water-infrastructure-grants

Where does your Pa. county rank for speeding tickets, traffic violations
https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/07/4dcf8b9f8f8737/where-does-your-pa-county-rank.html#incart_river_index

To save Pa. coal mines, officials devised a preposterous plan: Build a 137-mile tunnel
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/07/anthracite_mining_history_pa_t.html#incart_river_index

Why some Pa. streams and rivers are orange: the legacy of abandoned mines
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/07/anthracite_minings_long_legacy.html#incart_river_index

Flood preparation should start with getting flood insurance, PEMA director advises
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/07/flood_preparation_should_start.html#incart_river_index

Transportation

TRAFFIC: County sets date, time for closure of Stowe-Neville Island bridge
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/07/30/Allegheny-County-closing-Fleming-Park-Bridge-Neville-road-Island-stowe/stories/201807300082

Washington

Trump says ‘no problem’ shutting government, dismaying GOP
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20180730_ap_7e0d621473e94c319b25868141b303ae.html

West Nile

County West Nile program to begin spraying for mosquitoes this week
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/county-west-nile-program-to-begin-spraying-for-mosquitoes-this-week-1.2367663

Mosquito spraying in two Lackawanna County towns set for Wednesday
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/mosquito-spraying-in-two-lackawanna-county-towns-set-for-wednesday-1.2367618

West Nile virus remains a threat to Berks County residents
http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/west-nile-virus-remains-a-threat-to-berks-county-residents